Nintendo fan theory of potential announcement debunked by 2001 magazine article

A completely crazy Nintendo fan theory has surfaced that Nintendo has to announce something today.

Despite recently hosting a Nintendo Direct, a Reddit user Enryx25 took out his whiteboard and came to the conclusion that Nintendo had to announce something today. Yesterday Nintendo was celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Game Boy Advance handheld console, but Enryx25 took a closer look at the promotional art. They noticed that the game on screen is Super Mario Advance playing World 1-1 with an absurdly high life count of 96 and a score of 1222360.

For the most part, these details would often be overlooked, but Enryx25 found that by rearranging the partition, you can get the date 6/23/2021. They also noted Mario’s odd number of lives, which combined with the date indicates 6/23/96, when the Nintendo 64 was released in Japan. These dates and “hidden clues” are certainly interesting.

However, a highlighted user that the screenshot of the official tweet actually appeared in an issue of Game Boy Xtreme Magazine. This was a British magazine that ran from 2001 to 2002, and the particular Super Mario Advance article appears to have been published in 2001 around the game’s release that same year. So really, it just seems like Nintendo has this particular asset lying around in its archives and dumped it for modern day marketing.

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Despite the debunking that Nintendo was sneakily teasing an announcement through confusing scores and lives through promotional material, it’s still interesting that the dates line up. But alas, it all seems like a coincidence.

At this time, Nintendo doesn’t seem to indicate that they intend to reveal anything. But the speculation is understandable given that the company announced a new game and show for The Legend of Zelda’s 35th anniversary, and last year it did the same for Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo is currently rumored to be planning to reveal a new Nintendo Switch Pro and will unveil it around E3 2021, but nothing has come of it. Nintendo President Doug Bowser recently avoided commenting on the rumors and instead talked about the company being dedicated to “watching the technology”.

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