Pokemon is still going to sell very well, and as a hardcore Pokemon fan, I'm buying it for nostalgia reasons and just to see Kanto in 3D and hear the music redone. And besides, there are still trainer battles and leveling up, just no wild grinding which I don't mind for this style of game.
Last edited by Ljink96 - on 24 June 2018
Don't discount Mario Party, it could be huge.
But other than those, yes it's an odd year Nintendo has had so far, which is why it's so surprising to see it still selling so well. I mean we had mostly ports for the entire year and it's selling off old ports and evergreen titles. I still say we wait until their last big online direct to see if anything is coming to fill empty months, but it is strange that Smash is really only one of a few big games for 2018. That being said, Smash and Pokemon will carry the Switch a long ways.
I think Yoshi and Fire Emblem were supposed to be 2018 but got pushed back and I think losing those 2 games has definitely hurt Switch's new game lineup. However, seeing the stiff competition that has been shown by Microsoft and Sony in 2019, I think it's best for Nintendo to save those games for 2019, and hey, they can get away with it so why not? I think 2019 will be similar to Nintendo's 2017 year. I mean, we'll potentially have:
Metroid Prime 4
Pokemon's Real Entry
and any other surprises like a Mario RPG, Luigi's Mansion, whatever Chrono Trigger's Director is working on for Switch etc.
2018 will suffer for the sake of 2019 being a great year, and I think that checks out fine. I've gotten/am getting my playtime in for Switch this year.