Nintendo fans were recently thrilled with the announcement of the second full-length Nintendo Direct livestream event this year. The Direct will stream at 7AM PT/10AM ET/3PM BST on September 13, 2022. Rumors suggest we’ll see new information regarding the upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which was previously delayed to 2023. There is also speculation of possible Nintendo Switch ports for other The Legend of Zelda titles, such as The Wind Waker or Twilight Princess. For all this excitement, however, there is one hiccup. Nintendo fans residing in the United Kingdom will have to wait a while or find an alternative method of viewing the highly anticipated event.
Just a few short moments after the Direct’s reveal, the official Nintendo UK Twitter account announced that they will not be streaming the September 13 Nintendo Direct. This decision is due to the ongoing national period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, 2022. England’s period of mourning will continue for approximately two weeks, while the Queen’s coffin makes its final journey and preparations are made for the coronation of King Charles III. Rather than livestreaming the Direct, Nintendo UK will upload a video of its contents to its YouTube channel at 4PM BST on September 14, 2022.
As a mark of respect during this period of national mourning, we will not livestream tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct. It will be published as a video-on-demand on our YouTube channel at 16:00 (UK time) tomorrow.
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) September 12, 2022
Fan response to this announcement was primarily negative, with some feeling that streaming a Nintendo Direct is not disrespectful to the Queen’s memory. Others are protesting the delay due to a lack of support for the British monarchy in general. TheGamer’s Rhiannon Bevan (@Rhi_Bevan), responded by pointing out the high number of Nintendo fans sharing anti-monarchy messages and drawings in the recently released Splatoon 3.
However, some fans have expressed relief that the Direct will still be livestreaming in other areas, including Japan and the United States. Previous rumors had indicated that the Queen’s death might delay the Direct by a full week. With fans so eager for any news on the upcoming Breath of the Wild sequel, Nintendo’s decision not to delay the event seems popular.
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