12 new Nintendo Switch games ‘confirmed’ in leak ahead of next Nintendo Direct

Rumours surrounding a Nintendo Direct in January 2020 are starting to gather pace with yet more leaks this week.

The latest rumour (well, it's more of a leak) confirms that US retail store, GameStop, has added several new SKU placeholder listings for Nintendo Switch console.

What is a SKU? It stands for 'Stock Keeping Unit' and essentially refers to the retailers database.

The info was tweeted out by Twitter user @YuYuKami (seen below) which noted that in total there's 12 brand new GameStop SKU listings for Nintendo Switch games.

A sure fire sign that a Nintendo Direct is coming soon, which makes sense, since the Nintendo bosses have typically held a Direct Conference in some form or another in January or February every year.

Added to this belief that a new Direct is coming is Nintendo's sudden desire to start pushing Animal Crossing: New Horizon's, their next big IP coming in March this year.

The next mainline entry in the Animal Crossing series has been conspicuously quiet over the past few months, despite the launch looming ever closer.

But in recent weeks we've seen new images, boxart and most recently a new trailer for the game.

"The Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package is waiting for you!" reads the trailer description. "Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes to Nintendo Switch on 3/20."

It seems more and more likely that we could see Animal Crossing feature in a big way as Nintendo look to promote their next exclusive.

Equally, we're still without details surrounding the fifth Super Smash Bros Fighter Pass character .

The games next Fighters Pass DLC is scheduled to arrive by February 2020, so we wouldn't be surprised to see an announcment soon, if not necessarily a deep dive into the character.

According to Daily Express, it's also heavily rumoured that we could see a port of Metro Exodus coming to the Nintendo Switch.

If true, it's possible this could be one of the many new games set to be announced in the Nintendo Direct conference.

The PEGI certification board has already rated Metro Exodus for Nintendo Switch, which pretty much guarantees some sort of announcment at some stage in the future.

We saw something similar with the Overwatch Nintendo Switch port, that was both rated and widely expected to be announced in the last Nintendo Direct.

Metro Exodus was one of the better releases in 2019, but having launched in February it's easy to forget that it's still less than 11 months old.

Given the Switch's ability to port the likes of DOOM, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and more recently The Witcher 3, we wouldn't be surprised to see something like Metro Exodus make it's way to the console.

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If you've forgotten entirely about Metro Exodus, here's a quick recap of the game:

"an epic, story-driven first person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created".

"Flee the shattered ruins of dead Moscow and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in the greatest Metro adventure yet.

"Explore the Russian wilderness in vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter."

And if you're wondering if it's any good, here's what we said in our Metro Exodus review :

"Metro Exodus is full of little details that all come together to create an incredibly immersive experience.

"One that feels like it can't have been handcrafted because it's just too clever, too reactive.

"It's the kind of game that achieves what the best games do: it makes you forget it's a game, it plays like it's magic (not the hard work of a development team). That's what Metro has always done best – you can't tell the sound design, the tension, the level design et al are all so good because everything feels so believable and right and in place. It's a credit to 4A Games.

"Metro Exodus is quite simply astounding and it's good to see it escaping the underground and, hopefully, it'll get the recognition it deserves now that it's out in the open for all to see. "

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