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When is the July Nintendo Direct? Leakers reveal possible date & content

Published: 9/Jul/2020 18:19 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 9:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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Rumors about a July Nintendo Direct have been swirling for quite some time, but now it seems more likely than ever that we’re bound to get one a lot sooner than you think.

While leakers have already hinted at the possibility of a Nintendo Direct, they’re now being more upfront about when it will happen and what we could potentially be seeing during the presentation.

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The leakers come in the form of KeliosFR and NateDrake. The former has a history of Direct leaks while the latter had some insider information on the Smash Ultimate ARMS DLC fighter.

In response to a post on Resetera about the Direct taking place “around the 16th” of July, NateDrake sneakily commented, “What’s around the 16th? Is July 20th around July 16th?”

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NateDrake hinted that the Direct could be on July 20.

In a follow up to users asking if the Direct would be on July 20, KeliosFR replied with a simple smiley face, but later confirmed the suspicions.

“Nate knew the date from the beginning, he hinted so much and you [people] didn’t see,” he wrote.

KeliosFR also went on to discuss what the presentation may and may not include. According to the leaker’s source, several titles will be shown, but don’t expect to hear news about Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 or a new Pikmin game.

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KeliosFR seemed to confirm NateDrake’s July 20 comments.

In another comment, he claimed that this could be a standard Direct and not a Mini as we’ve had in the past. He also predicts that Nintendo will officially announce it on the Friday before.

One possible announcement during the presentation could be in the form of a leaked Tomb Raider collection coming to Nintendo Switch.

Additionally, some fans have theorized that the July (the seventh month) could be when Smash Bros announces the 7th DLC pack for what will be the 77th fighter in the game.

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Don’t expect to see info about Breath of the Wild at the Nintendo Direct.

The theory is that the long-requested character of Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars will be the next fighter.

Until then, we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens. At least now we’re starting to get some information and won’t have long to go to find out if July 20 really is the day of the next Nintendo Direct.

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EA removes FIFA 21 ad selling loot boxes to children after backlash

Published: 1/Oct/2020 5:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 5:47

by Bill Cooney

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September 30 update (9:30pm PT): EA has pulled the advertisement from all toy magazines, including the one shown in Smyths, promoting buying FIFA points in the lead-up to FIFA 21.

They have also apologized for not upholding their “responsibility we take for the experience of our younger players.”

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“We take very seriously the responsibilities we have when marketing EA games and experiences in channels seen by children,” they told Eurogamer in a statement.

Earlier: EA is under fire after users on the internet posted pictures of advertisements for FIFA 21 in-game purchases placed inside a children’s toy magazine.

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It’s that time of year again, the air is getting cooler, the holidays are fast approaching, and there’s a new FIFA game about to come out on October 6.

In the year 2020 it’s not strange at all to see ads for video games amongst other kinds of toys in your usual holiday catalogs (if you don’t already do all your shopping online). However ads for in-game transactions and not the games themselves are becoming more and more common, and people don’t seem to be too thrilled with the idea.

On Sept. 26 A Twitter account by the name of AllFifamistakes posted a picture from one of the latest in-store magazines for UK company Smyths Toys. The ad, for FIFA’s popular Ultimate Team mode, lists four steps for players to play FUT, with the second being “use FIFA points to open packs.”

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As any good FUT player knows, FIFA Points are the digital currency that is used specifically for that mode to unlock player packs, which are basically random loot boxes containing player cards and other upgrades.

Enough arguments have been made for and against loot boxes being a form of gambling than we could list in a series of articles, but they are one of the most unpopular features in modern-day gaming, and seen as a way for companies to keep cashing in on consumers after the fork out the sticker price just to play the game.

The fact that it’s in a toy magazine where a kid will most likely see it and bother his or her parent about buying them FIFA Points for some player packs is what seems to have ticked most people off, with some accusing EA of promoting gambling to their younger fans. However, this isn’t even the first FIFA game to employ such marketing tactics.

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As you can see above, EA SPORTS has been advertising using FIFA Points to open packs as part of their “four steps to FUT success” for at least a year now, with the exact same wording appearing on adverts for FIFA 20 back around holiday season 2019.

Like gambling itself, it doesn’t seem as though loot boxes will be going away any time soon no matter how unpopular they may be, but people obviously aren’t too fond of ads for them being waved under kids’ noses.

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