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A Nintendo Direct broadcast is expected to take place within the next few weeks.

That’s according to previously reliable leaker Zippo, who updated a blog post this week to claim that the platform holder’s next product broadcast would likely take place within the next two weeks.

“This will reportedly focus on their remaining lineup for this year and will give us peeks at early 2022 games,” they added.

Looking at the historical data, the leaker’s claims look like a safe bet: Nintendo has held a Direct during the first two weeks of September in each of the last five years.

Even during 2020, when the company famously did not hold a single ‘full’ Direct broadcast due to disruption caused by the pandemic, it still published a bumper Super Mario 35th anniversary stream on September 3.

On Tuesday, Nintendo studio Monolith announced that it will be taking its website offline for maintenance on Tuesday, September 8, leading to speculation that it could be related to an announcement.

It was recently reported that Xenoblade 3 is in development at the company and could be revealed during this calendar year.

Since 2013, Nintendo has streamed regular Nintendo Direct presentations to update consumers on its product plans. In recent years, it’s complimented its big digital events with smaller streams focused on individual titles such as Animal Crossing, Pokémon and Smash Bros.

Last summer, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa reaffirmed its commitment to the Direct model, telling investors that it believes the live-streamed presentations are still an effective means of communication.

Splatoon 3 was announced in the first Direct of 2021.

“We feel Nintendo Directs are an incredibly effective way to present information directly to our customers in a very straight-forward way,” Furukawa said.

“Inversely, times change and so does the most effective way to promote products, so there is a chance that a new, better way to present this information comes about. So we always like to examine all of the possible ways to communicate this information to customers.”

In Nintendo’s last full Direct held in June, the company announced Metroid Dread, a new Advance Wars titlea new instalment in the WarioWare franchise, and concluded with the first look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 since its announcement two years ago.