A few weeks back, we had heard that Nintendo was scrapping plans for their usual E3 Direct due to the pandemic. Working from home had shifted the way Nintendo works too much, and they couldn't piece things together to make sense. Now we have a follow-up to that tidbit, and it's not exactly exciting.
According to VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb, Nintendo is now holding off on plans for Nintendo Directs in general. In fact, Nintendo is apparently telling their development partners to not hold back on announcing their games. Now this doesn't mean Nintendo won't ever have a Direct again. It's just clear to Nintendo that they're not sure when they can get back to producing the type of Directs fans expect, so they don't want to leave developers hanging.
We've certainly seen the results of this approach, as Nintendo surprise-revealed Paper Mario: The Origami King out of nowhere. We can expect to see Nintendo do more of that as the weeks go on, and I guess we can lump in third parties as well!