fans will soon be finding about new games coming to the system in a Nintendo Direct September 2018 stream.

The start time for the hugely anticipated Nintendo Direct – which will showcase upcoming Switch and 3DS games – is not far away.

The Nintendo Direct for September 2018 was originally scheduled for last week but got delayed after a deadly earthquake hit Hokkaido, Japan.

Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent natural disasters to hit Japan.

Besides new Switch games reveals, the House of Mario has said that the upcoming Direct will announce more on the soon-to-be-released paid-for Nintendo Switch Online service.

Ahead of the Nintendo Direct starting Express.co.uk has rounded up everything you need to know about it.

We’ve got details on the start time, how you can live stream it, and the latest predictions and rumours.

And Express.co.uk has the latest on whether Animal Crossing Switch or a new Smash Bros Ultimate character could get revealed.

So strap in and buckle up for what should be an exciting Nintendo Direct.

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Nintendo Direct – New Nintendo Switch games set to be revealed (Image: NINTENDO • RARE)

NINTENDO DIRECT SEPTEMBER 2018 – WHAT IS THE START TIME? HOW DO I LIVE STREAM IT?

The Nintendo Direct for September 2018 will be held on either Thursday September 13 or Friday September 14 – depending on your time zone.

Here is the start time for different regions:

• UK – Thursday September 13 at 11pm BST

• Europe – Friday September 14 at 12am CEST

• US – Thursday September 13 at 3pm PT

• Japan – Friday September 14 at 7am JST

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Nintendo Direct – Could a new Super Smash Bros Ultimate character get revealed? (Image: NINTENDO)

The Nintendo Direct is going to last for 35 minutes. If you want to live stream it as it happens click here go to the page you need to visit.

The Nintendo Direct September 2018 presentation will focus on upcoming Nintendo Switch games and 3DS titles.

It will also reveal more on the Nintendo Switch Online service which has a release date of September 19.

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Nintendo Direct – Will Animal Crossing Switch finally get announced? (Image: NINTENDO)

NINTENDO DIRECT 2018 – WILL THERE BE A NEW SMASH BROS ULTIMATE CHARACTER REVEAL? COULD ANIMAL CROSSING SWITCH GET ANNOUNCED?

The last few Nintendo Direct have had a segment on Super Smash Bros Ultimate, with the brawler taking up a huge chunk of the Direct shown during E3.

The full Super Smash Bros Ultimate roster has not been revealed and with only a few months left until launch more character reveals can be expected.

And one rumour in particular has sent fans into overdrive.

The last time Smash Bros Ultimate featured in a Nintendo Direct Simon Belmont and King K Rool were announced.

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Nintendo Direct – Will Banjo Kazooie get announced as a Smash Bros Ultimate character? (Image: MICROSOFT • RARE)

And fans have been left wondering whether another beloved character, which made his mark during the N64 days, could get revealed today.

The internet is abuzz with rumours that Banjo Kazooie could get revealed for Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Fans are tweeting out hopes that this rumour could come true alongside the hashtag #BanjoForSmash.

The rights to Banjo Kazooie are held by Microsoft as the tech giant own Rare – who made some of the best and most-loved N64 games.

But after Microsoft and Nintendo joined forces for Fortnite cross play maybe the Windows makers are more inclined to letting Ninty use that character.

And Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox, boosted such hopes when he was asked in March by a fan on Twitter whether Microsoft would be willing to let Banjo Kazooie appear as a character in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

He simply replied: “Yep”.

And as always with a Nintendo Direct, rumours have surfaced ahead of it that Animal Crossing Switch could finally get announced.

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Nintendo Direct – The Nintendo Direct September 2018 broadcast will take place on Thursday in the UK (Image: NINTENDO)

Animal Crossing is arguably the biggest Nintendo franchise which right now doesn’t have a presence on the Nintendo Switch.

And, as reported in a post by Nintendo Soup, rumours have surfaced that Animal Crossing Switch could get revealed in the September 2018 Direct.

Ahead of the Nintendo Direct kicking off Tom Phillips, news editor at Eurogamer, tweeted a link to the site’s article about the Direct.

Alongside it he posted: “I’ll be crossing off the hours!”

While a ResetERA forum member known as king zell also said: “Well, I heard that tomorrow maybe the day and we might see some Animals!!! But am not sure.”

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Nintendo Direct – It’s rumoured F15 Pocket Edition HD will get an imminent launch (Image: SQUARE ENIX)

NINTENDO DIRECT SEPTEMBER 2018 – HAVE THERE BEEN ANY SWITCH LEAKS? WHAT NEW SWITCH GAMES ARE RUMOURED?

Ahead of the Nintendo Direct taking place alleged leaks appeared on notorious internet forum 4chan.

The leak claimed that new Zelda and Mario games would get announced during the Direct, but since then numerous errors have been spotted in the alleged screen grabs.

Far more likely is a Final Fantasy announcement for the Nintendo Switch.

In the aftermath of the Nintendo Direct getting delayed a number of Final Fantasy games were announced for the Switch – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered and Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD.

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Nintendo Direct – Could we be getting a new Phoenix Wright on the Switch? (Image: CAPCOM)

The latter marks the first time a numbered entry in the hugely popular JRPG series has appeared on a Nintendo console since the SNES days.

It’s been speculated that the Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD release date could get announced during the Direct, with a launch soon after.

Nintendo have form with this, doing this previously with their Fortnite and Hollow Knight reveals.

Industry enthusiast Stealth tweeted: “I have a feeling that Final Fantasy XV Pocket is going to be a “Out Now” kind of announcement tomorrow during the direct, and it will do VERY well on the eShop charts.”

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Nintendo Direct – The Switch could be getting some 3DS Pokemon games (Image: NINTENDO)

Fans have been left hoping the recent FF announcements could pave the way for more games in the series arriving on the Switch.

Could we possibly see retro versions of classic Final Fantasy games released on the eShop? Or maybe a full fledged version of Final Fantasy 15 or online hit Final Fantasy 14?

Elsewhere a number of other games are rumoured to be coming to the Nintendo Switch which could get announced during the upcoming Direct.

There are rumours Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton games could be heading to the Nintendo Switch and it’s also rumoured that Ridge Racer could be making an exclusive return on the hybrid console.

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Nintendo Direct – Ridge Racer is rumoured to be coming to the Nintendo Switch (Image: BANDAI NAMCO)

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Nintendo Direct – A Star Fox racing game is rumoured for the Nintendo Switch (Image: NINTENDO)

It has also been claimed that a new Castlevania game could be in the works – with the addition of Simon Belmont to Smash Bros maybe a sign of things to come.

Another rumoured Switch game is a new Pokemon game separate to Pokemon Let’s Go and the new mainline series entry coming in 2019.

It’s been claimed that new versions of 3DS hits Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon could be on its way to the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo are rumoured to have a new Star Fox game up their sleeves which could get revealed during the upcoming Nintendo Direct.

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Nintendo Direct – Could we get a full Metroid Prime 4 reveal? (Image: NINTENDO)

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Nintendo Direct – It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything on Bayonetta 3 (Image: NINTENDO)

The rumoured title is allegedly called Star Fox Grand Prix and is reportedly being developed by Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze developers Retro Studios.

The rumour mill claims the Star Fox racer will either be in the vein of F-Zero or, alternatively, more like Wipeout – with players able to shoot other crafts as they race.

While, in terms of already announced games, fans haven’t heard much about Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 since its E3 2017 announcement.

Could we finally get a first proper look at these highly anticipated games during the upcoming Nintendo Direct?

• Stay tuned to Express.co.uk for all the big news coming out of the Nintendo Direct September 2018 broadcast

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