Sometime around August 4th, 2021, the August 2018 Direct Smash Ultimate Direct has begun to vanish off of Nintendo’s official Youtube channels and websites. If you try to watch the August 2018 Direct by visiting its link from the official North American Nintendo Youtube channel, you’ll find that the video has been made private and thus unviewable. The same has happened with other versions of the Direct, such as the Chinese and UK versions on their respective Nintendo channels. Meanwhile, the Australian channel just outright deleted their version of the Direct. This was not an instantaneous process either, as the Japanese Direct lasted for a few days longer but then went private on August 6th.
The disappearance of this specific Direct is not just limited to Youtube. On the Japanese Smash website under the movies section, the August Direct has been taken down from there as well. The videos are listed in order from right to left, and yet the only Smash Directs present are the E3 2018 and November 2018 ones.
It’s worth noting that the individual reveal trailers for the Belmonts and K. Rool are still up on Nintendo’s channels. You can watch them here and here respectively. However, it is also worth noting that Chrom and Dark Samus reveals are no longer officially viewable since they never got their own individual trailers.
Airing exactly 3 years ago from today, the August 8th 2018 Direct was one to be remembered. This Direct saw the reveal of 5 characters for Ultimate, those being 2 newcomers (Simon and King K. Rool) as well as 3 echoes (Richter, Chrom, and Dark Samus). Other announcements included the entire stage lineup for Ultimate, the new Squad Strike mode, and much more. You can find a full summary of the contents of the Direct here and watch a reuploaded version of it here.
As of this writing, no statement has been given for this unexpected removal. Only time will tell if we ever learn the reasoning for this.
Author’s Note: Why do you think the August 2018 Direct was made private? Let us know in the comments below!
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