Hey, we're in Year 3 already, which means we probably already know about half the games that Nintendo will release for the whole generation. Of the ones that have stayed quiet so far, which will show up on Switch?
Does Nintendo feel like they need to bother? If they don’t release a new title, it’ll probably end up being the best-seller for the system, they can just sit back and sell about 3 million copies of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a year. That said, they release a new game and it’ll instantly sell another 10 million. But if it isn’t coming next year, that’ll mean that it won’t come until at least Year 4 of the console’s lifecycle. At that point, I think Nintendo keeps their powder dry and develops the game as the premier launch title of Switch’s successor. A much more valuable use of the IP.
New Super Mario Bros.:
Before the Deluxe version was announced, I would have been a hard yes on this. Now, there’s a little more doubt. Why not just toss this onto the platform this year if there was going to be another one out soon? Still, other than Mario Kart, this is easily the biggest IP Nintendo has left. As much as it’s a joke that Nintendo made so many of these games in a few years, it’s been a long time now since we’ve seen one. I think Nintendo might be holding back while they think of some new ways to do Mario.
Super Princess Peach:
A part of me wants to say that Nintendo will put this in instead of New Super Mario Bros. But the realist in me thinks this is so distinct that they can’t. Will the go down this road again? Yeah, maybe they would. I think Nintendo likes developing Peach.
We’ve gotten it on the other platforms a small download game. However, with it on the online service it’s already available.
I’m surprised it hasn’t been released yet. If Nintendo wants people to stop complaining about the Switch’s online service, they could make this a gift with the service. Cheap to develop, but would be a big enticement to paying $20 a year. Well, they won’t do that, but they will definitely release this.
A large part of me thinks that if it were coming, it would have come with the World Cup. Which is a shame because it’s probably the most beloved of the Mario Sports series.
Yeah, I think this one does get made.
Nah. No one’s interested.
Same as baseball.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games:
No one seemed to notice that this series failed to materialize for the first time in a decade during an Olympic year. Still, I think it shows up for the summer games in 2020.
If Nintendo doesn’t know what to do with an IP, they’ll sometimes just put it on hiatus for some time to let the batteries (and longing) recharge.
Mario RPG (direct sequel):
There is money on the table for both Nintendo and Square Enix and the two companies are suddenly buddy/buddy again. There are two big games that I point to for how to make a Switch game. Octopath Traveler and Mario + Rabbids. A Mario RPG sequel is basically squashing the two together and watching the money pour in. Oh, and if Paper Mario needs to take a break, is there a better title to fill the gap?
Mario & Luigi:
I think they’ll let this one sit until the next generation.
If no Mario, Wario can also help with depth. Be interesting if we had a generation with a Yoshi, Peach, and Wario 2D platformer, but nothing for Mario.
In one form or another, definitely
Dead franchise. Don’t see a revival.
Intelligent Systems is rather busy, and this series has been dormant for some time. Still, this would make for a relatively light game for release as a summer or spring title one year. Perhaps it could even be outsourced.
Adventures of Lolo:
It’s got a better shot than you think. Nintendo’s been pushing this old title lately. Maybe as a download only title. Still, odds are against.
Brain Age/Big Brain Academy:
I’ll just bunch these together and say that one of the two comes out.
Another one that Nintendo’s been pushing a bit lately. Still, I don’t see the resources being put here.
Donkey Kong Country:
I think Nintendo is happy with the Tropical Freeze port’s performance, but not enough to keep going if Retro is busy on something else (assuming they’re still afloat).
Donkey Kong 3D:
Would be nice, but I don’t think this gets rebooted.
I wish I could think of a way to turn this into a Labo game.
Diddy Kong Racing:
I’ll give the Star Fox Racing rumors the benefit of the doubt.
Pfft. Only as a Mother 3 remaster that is only released in Japan without English subtitles.
Elite Beat Agents:
There’s enough love for this game that I think they give it another shot.
Wish they would, but don’t see it.
Excitebike 64 is a highly underrated gem of that system and I would love to see it again. Heck, the Excitebike course in Mario Kart is my favorite. Still, it’s been a long time and I expect the wait to continue.
Does Nintendo try again? The funny thing is Nintendo has enough excellent racing series that they could easily slot one in at the beginning of every summer and just cycle through them each generation. I prefer Wave Race, I think this one has enough pent-up demand that Nintendo outsources it and we finally get another one.
I suspect Camelot is bored enough making Mario Sports games that they go ahead and turn this into a late-cycle offering.
Does Sakurai want to do another one? If he does, I can’t see Nintendo telling him not to. And it would make for a good late-cycle bit of software and there’s just enough time for it. I'm more concerned that Nintendo is having him create overpriced DLC for Ultimate.
The Legend of Zelda 2D:
2D Zelda already has a team. I’m not aware of their being disbanded and it’s been awhile since A Link Between Worlds.
Zelda Four Swords/TriForce Heroes:
I can see this being the fun time playing together game they release late-cycle.
Zelda 2D RPG/Side Scroller:
Well, if I were making a Zelda game, I’d probably take another whack at the Zelda 2 formula. But…
Traditional Zelda 3D:
Again, I wish. I prefer the Ocarina-style to Breath of the Wild.
Would love it, but I don’t think Samus Returns did enough.
Hey, why not?
Surprised this isn’t a mobile app yet now that I think about it. That said, I’m almost certain it’ll probably be a mobile app next time we see it.
This has been confirmed, but not confirmed. I’m leaning towards us not seeing it this generation.
Didn’t do that great on 3DS, probably a dead franchise.
Still not sure how this didn’t get made for the Wii U.
Don’t think it did enough to warrant a sequel.
Arms took its spot, which is probably the thought that most condemns Arms.
Sin & Punishment:
Series never got as much love as it should. Probably dead.
Same boat as Paper Mario. Nintendo is just stymied on how to handle Star Fox at this point. Unless someone in there is taking that IP as their own, I think they just let it rest for a while. They’ll want to get back to it eventually, but right now they might as well pluck the low-hanging fruit.
Y’know, I wish Nintendo would team with a quality indie developer to develop a true sequel to the original game. But this game is so far down Nintendo’s memory hole that it didn’t even get a throwaway spirit in Smash Ultimate. That's in the realm of sad.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE:
Bad sales. Hasn’t even been ported yet.
Nintendo’s moving away from these types of games, but it’s got a solid fanbase.
See what I mean about all the racing franchises? This, along with Excitebike, were always favorites of mine because tracks made for more dynamic racing. And Wave Race 64 was one of my favorites for the system. There have been rumblings about this one lately.
Oh, this is a tough one. Wii Sports sold millions of systems not too long ago and the Joycon motion control is somewhat underused. This would be a cheap game to make as well. Nintendo is distancing themselves from the Wii era… In the end, there’s money to be made here.
Pretty much the same as above, but a little less tied to the Wii. I’m wondering if the Smash update to the character model means anything. Gonna guess not, but I wouldn’t be shocked.
This might be a case where people want to make the game, but the money just isn’t there.
No.Last edited by NightlyPoe - on 12 February 2019