Nintendo Direct was held for the first time in 1.5 years. And there were big announcements, such as Splatoon 3, the remaster of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and new heroes of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. How many people followed the event, and how popular was Nintendo Direct compared to other gaming events?
What was announced?
The main announcement of the event was Splatoon 3: a new part in one of the most commercially successful Nintendo franchises. Trailer showed several locations and some gameplay action: players will once again fight for territory painting it with the color of their team. The release of the game is scheduled for 2022.
Nintendo did not share new details about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, but announced a remaster of another game in the series: Skyward Sword that was originally released in 2011. Game controls have been redesigned specifically for Nintendo Switch.
Release of remastered Skyward Sword is scheduled July 16th. Thematically painted Joy-Con controllers will also go on sale later that day.
Nintendo also announced Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection, which includes three original games of the series. The collection is scheduled to release on June 16 and will be available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation and Xbox.
The new Mario game will be Mario Golf Super Rush, a sequel to the 1999 original title. It will have several game modes, and gesture control will also be available. The release is scheduled for June 25th.
Event also intrigued viewers with the announcement of Star Wars Hunters. This is a team shooter set between the sixth and seventh episodes of the saga. The game does not have an exact release date, but it will be available in 2021.
New Electronic Arts game for Switch was also announced: Knockout City. This is an online action game similar to classic dodgeball. The game will be available on Switch and other platforms starting May 21.
There were many other announcements during the event. Apex Legends, Miitopia, Capcom Arcade Stadium, Tales from the Borderlands, World's End Club, remaster of Stubbs the Zombie and many other titles will also be released on Nintendo Switch before summer.
Event was quite big, so viewers couldn’t miss it. As a result, Nintendo Direct 2021 has become one of the most popular gaming events in the history of streaming services.
Nintendo Direct viewership statistics
Overall peak viewers number was 2.53M, no other Nintendo stream gathered more people. Moreover, the event entered the top 5 by Peak Viewers among all gaming events in history.
The event was on air less than an hour with broadcasts on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. YouTube became the main platform: it had over 2M Peak Viewers, while on Twitch peak barely exceeded 350K spectators.
English was the most popular language of the broadcoast to no surprise: over 1.5M Peak Viewers. Japanese streams became second most popular as it just slightly overtook Spanish (368K vs 338K Peak Viewers)
Nintendo Direct overtook not only last year's Xbox showcase by the overall peak, but also the Ubisoft Forward presentation, which had over 2.35M Peak Viewers. Nintendo’s showcase only lost to three events, two of which were the presentation of the PlayStation 5.
The most popular gaming event is still The Future of Gaming Show: a showcase, where the first games and the PlayStation 5 itself were shown for the first time. The event was simultaneously watched by over 7.2M viewers.
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The second place by peak viewers among gaming events is held by the September presentation of the PlayStation 5 with over 4.5M Peak Viewers. The 3rd most popular gaming event in history is the ceremony of The Game Awards 2020, which is called the "Oscar" in the world of video games: 3.1M Peak Viewers.
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