Nintendo Direct Turns 10: The Best Announcements From Nintendo’s Video Presentations

Ten years ago, on October 21, 2011, the first-ever Nintendo Direct premiered on YouTube. The 7-minute presentation–only SEVEN minutes!–included updates on Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. A decade later the format has become the standard for delivering gaming news to the masses, be it PlayStation’s State of Play, Microsoft’s Inside Xbox, or other pre-recorded, livestream-style broadcasts throughout the industry.

Looking back at the history of Nintendo Direct is a tall order–there are to date close to 150 videos if we include the game-specific presentations like this month’s Animal Crossing Direct or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sora reveal. That didn’t stop us though, and we’ve gone back and chosen our favorite announcements from the first decade of Directs. Check them out below, listed in chronological order from oldest to most recent.

(Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the first-ever Nintendo Direct announcement was Hulu Plus coming to the Wii and 3DS. How far we’ve come.)

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Author: Jason Fanelli