Forums - Nintendo Discussion - Staring into the abyss of a world where Nintendo has no games scheduled for release. Edit: The Time of Darkness Has Arrived

Jumpin said:
curl-6 said:

If you're satisfied with a barren schedule fine, but don't expect me to be happy with having nothing concrete to look forward to.

But that's not true. There are almost 50 games scheduled on the EShop for the next week alone. And Nintendo reveals between 30 and 70 new games every week. There has never been a point in Nintendo's history when their schedules have been this rich with content.

While you may not be looking forward to anything, that doesn't make the "barren schedule" statement true. If we're looking at things objectively, not only do we see this Q4 with perhaps the largest lineup of games ever for a Q4 of any Nintendo system, but also, potentially, the highest Q4 sales for any Nintendo console ever; the standing record is Wii with 34 million set in both Fy10 and 11. And while Nintendo hasn't revealed most of Q1 Fy21 schedule, it's certain that several hundred games will release in the period, and that software sales will potentially break Nintendo's previous record set by the Wii Fy11 of 31 million software units sold.

Honestly in December the discussion on many sites including Nintendo fans discussions people were wondering what games will release in the first half of 2020. Animal crossing a delayed game was the only one but everyone seemed positive because hey a direct will come January maybe February and announce some games and probably DLC for some big releases.  January/February discussions basically exist of ; 'Where is the Nintendo direct? I just buy some games to kill the time but all I really look forward to is Animal crossing'  A sentiment we also saw on youtube.     

The Switch is a huge succesfull console but Curl-6 sentiment is maybe exaggerated but certainly not uncommon.  At this point it starts to feel they delayed Animal Crossing to have atleast a big game in the first half of the year.   How would people have felt now if Animal crossing released last November/December? 

For someone who likes games and Nintendo I hope I get quoted in 5 minutes because Nintendo just announced a general direct and announces a ton of games.






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Farsala said:
SpokenTruth said:
In case some of you haven't noticed, there is a global pandemic and economic crisis going on. Scheduling a major Nintendo Direct production and its distribution along with developing and scheduling the release of games are subject to some very major changes.

By saying Nintendo doesn't care about you by not having a ND when you want it, you are saying you don't care about Nintendo employees.

Kai_Mao said:

I don't even know if Nintendo employees are even permitted to come back to their respective offices in Tokyo or Kyoto right now.

Koizumi and Takahashi usually host the Directs from a green screen, which is likely in their offices. Can they do that at their respective homes in a professional manner?

Plus, as Sakurai even described, trying to talk and meet with third party developers is tough right now as no one can travel to other offices. If Sakurai can't even get Fighter Pass Vol. 2 done as scheduled, how could Nintendo get confirmed release dates and progress of games from their studios and their third party partners in a timely manner? Hell, pretty much all of the indie games from Indie World (which was all voice overs and people mostly outside of Japan presenting from their respective offices) had release windows. And that presentation was probably done before Nintendo of America allowed their staff from California and Washington to work at home.

Believe it or not Japan is not taking this pandemic thing seriously at all. Other than people with a lowly job such as myself, everyone is going to work as normal. People are still having large parties in public and going cherry blossom sightseeing. Of course there are significantly less people due to the tourists from Asia disappearing. I go to the gym and it is just as active as usual, if not more. So while the western/ 3rd party side might be more difficult, the Japan side isn't.

I stand corrected then. Though it does make me wonder then why can’t Sakurai continue development of Fighter Pass Vol. 2 due to not being able to present his proposed content to developers if we are going by what you are saying? He said the virus has made an impact in Japan so something feels off. Maybe video game developers are different because Nintendo not only has to worry about its own studios, but also getting agreements on games with third party developers, both Western and Japanese.

Though it’s interesting now that you mentioned life in Japan because things could get interesting for the people there. Especially if there’s fear of an increase of the infection in Japan.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/03/ab16686fb818-urgent-govt-panel-says-coronavirus-infections-feared-rampant-in-japan.html



Jumpin said:
NightlyPoe said:

There's really no truth in that.  The only games I can think of with any significance that Nintendo's announced at or around E3 is Super Mario Party and Mario + Rabbids at Ubisoft's event.  Oh, and I suppose the Metroid 2 remake for the 3DS.

Most of the announcements happen at the beginning of the year or sometime the previous year.  Smash Ultimate's early-March announcement is the latest in the year we've seen for one of their tent pole games recently.

There is, you just have a poor memory. Off the top of my head, Breath of the Wild 1 and 2 were announced at E3, and Animal Crossing was first shown at E3. And that's just recent. Nintendo has a long history of announcing much of their big stuff during the late spring/early summer within the month leading up to E3 or at the show itself.

Those games didn't launch that year (I do see I forgot to add that caveat, but it was a part of the original discussion).  Furthermore, neither Breath of the Wild nor Animal Crossing were announced at E3.  They were just shown for the first time.  Animal Crossing even got delayed.  And if you do have to go back to 2014 to find an example (that's not even correct), you're kinda proving my point.

I will add Let's Go, Pikachu/Eve to the list.  That one was announced in late-May.



The fiscal year ends March 31, right? I think there will be a Nintendo Direct in April.



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Kai_Mao said:
Farsala said:

Believe it or not Japan is not taking this pandemic thing seriously at all. Other than people with a lowly job such as myself, everyone is going to work as normal. People are still having large parties in public and going cherry blossom sightseeing. Of course there are significantly less people due to the tourists from Asia disappearing. I go to the gym and it is just as active as usual, if not more. So while the western/ 3rd party side might be more difficult, the Japan side isn't.

I stand corrected then. Though it does make me wonder then why can’t Sakurai continue development of Fighter Pass Vol. 2 due to not being able to present his proposed content to developers if we are going by what you are saying? He said the virus has made an impact in Japan so something feels off. Maybe video game developers are different because Nintendo not only has to worry about its own studios, but also getting agreements on games with third party developers, both Western and Japanese.

Though it’s interesting now that you mentioned life in Japan because things could get interesting for the people there. Especially if there’s fear of an increase of the infection in Japan.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/03/ab16686fb818-urgent-govt-panel-says-coronavirus-infections-feared-rampant-in-japan.html

Similarly.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/03/14fb6e803d74-feature-japan-struggling-to-get-a-grip-on-social-distancing.html

Though I suppose it does depend on the prefecture, Tokyo finally got a bit more serious recently.



In all fairness, I did say Curl could put out a tantrum last week if nothing was announced ....



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From what I am seeing online, it seems like something might actually be happening today after all. Still wouldn’t get anyone hopes up



The Nintendo Direct Mini has just arrived! https://youtu.be/ubRf4zyEvG4



curl-6 said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

You don't need to do that. We all already know! Don't need to confirm the easily confirmable. 

I'll do you one better - if a Direct isn't announced this week, i'll write in my sig that i'm a blissfully ignorant hopeful idiot for a whole month  

Not as like an official or serious bet, but as a bit of fun, sure, why not. After so many letdowns and false rumors I guess I just can't see this week being any different, I've been burned too many times. I'm sure tomorrow will be just another morning of me waking up, checking twitter, and being disappointed. Nintendo just don't seem to give a shit any more.

Welp