First Nintendo Direct of 2021 breaks viewership records

It reached over 3 million viewers across all platforms.

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While some fans may have been disappointed with the showcase of games at this year’s first Nintendo Direct, the event appears to have been a success in terms of viewership. reaching more live viewers than ever before.

According to esports insider Rod “Slasher” Breslau, Nintendo Direct reached over 3 million live viewers across multiple streaming platforms. YouTube pulled in 2 million, and Twitch followed behind with over 1 million viewers across its countless co-streams.

Some of the highlights of the event were the addition of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 characters Pyra and Mythra joining the Super Smash Bros. roster, a remake of Nintendo Wii title The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Switch, and the next entry into the Mario franchise, Mario Golf: Super Rush, which will launch on the Switch in June.

While the Skyward Sword remake brings a refreshed take on the classic title, this wasn’t the Zelda news fans were hoping for. Nintendo shared that news around the sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, wouldn’t be revealed until later this year.

One of the most highly-anticipated announcements for the event was news on a new Pokemon game, but nothing was shared regarding this and fans expect further news will be revealed at the Pokemon 25th Anniversary event later this year.