As GameStop circles the toilet bowl a last few times en route to being flushed out of existence by digital games, it still occasionally makes the news for a reason other than mass layoffs or a tanking stock price. This time, Twitter user @New_WabiSabi, famous for receiving a cease and desist letter from Nintendo after several accurate E3 leaks, has found several new Switch software placeholders on the company’s website. If these SKUs follow the same patterns as SKUs discovered before E3, a wave of announcements could be on the way within the next few weeks. A bunch of Switch software announcements all happening at the same time. Does that sound like anything familiar to you?
Gamestop has added EVEN MORE new Nintendo Switch SKUs, more than the previously found 12. Seems like we’re getting closer to news. pic.twitter.com/JDJSmzZ07O
— Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) August 22, 2019
It has been nearly three months since the last Direct, so GameStop’s new SKUs may signal that it is time for us to start anticipating another one. All aboard the hype train, I say. Nintendo seems to almost always have a fall Direct, and September would be the most timely for news on Banjo’s release date, the next character reveal for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and any last-second announcements to fill out the Holiday release schedule, like a surprise Super Mario 3D World port. Early September would also be a great time to drum up hype for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and the Switch Lite. Plus, the one year anniversary of Nintendo Switch Online will come next month, which means a lot of subscriptions are up for renewal. If SNES games are coming to the service in time for that, the time to announce them is very, very soon. The stars seem to have nearly lined up, and now GameStop’s new crop of SKUs is adding something tangible to speculate off of.
When GameStop finally bites the dust, I’ll certainly miss the cheap used games, all of the memories, and the relaxing feeling of just popping in after class and browsing the shelves, but, what I’ll miss most of all is these giant SKU leaks.