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Really wondering what major game(s) Nintendo is going to have for the holidays this year. Obviously they want to have a big lineup to go against the launch of the two new systems, but it almost feels like they might not have a major game ready. I assumed Breath of the Wild 2 would be the major release but the latest rumors from a few months ago said it probably wouldn't be out this year. If its not BotW2 I have no idea what it'd be.

The main contenders would seem to be BotW2 or a 3D Mario, or maybe even the start of a brand new 2D Mario series. Metroid isn't gonna be out this year and that franchise isn't a mega seller anyways. I'm assuming Bayonetta 3 will be out this Fall but that's much more a secondary game as it also isn't a mega seller.

In 2017 they had Odyssey as the major buy for the holidays, but had already launched 3 mega sellers earlier in the year. 2018 they had Pokemon Let's Go and Smash, with Mario Party as the secondary game though even that is about to be a 10 million seller. 2019 they had Pokemon and secondary game was Luigi's Mansion but again even that should end up being a 10 million seller. Now this year we've got AC out but they obviously need another huge selling game for the holidays.

I still think BotW2 is the most likely thing and maybe the rumors that it's taking too long are wrong. If that ends up not being ready maybe we're just gonna get a bunch of smaller titles like Bayonetta 3, the whole onslaught of Mario 35th anniversary games, maybe some HD ports like Metroid Prime Trilogy HD, and some Zelda HD games (personally I really want Wind Waker HD on Switch!). But it's hard to imagine, especially this year with new systems launching, that they won't have some centerpiece game for the holidays that says to people "forget the other systems, this is the must have game of the holidays!".



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Slownenberg said:

Really wondering what major game(s) Nintendo is going to have for the holidays this year. Obviously they want to have a big lineup to go against the launch of the two new systems, but it almost feels like they might not have a major game ready. I assumed Breath of the Wild 2 would be the major release but the latest rumors from a few months ago said it probably wouldn't be out this year. If its not BotW2 I have no idea what it'd be.

The main contenders would seem to be BotW2 or a 3D Mario, or maybe even the start of a brand new 2D Mario series. Metroid isn't gonna be out this year and that franchise isn't a mega seller anyways. I'm assuming Bayonetta 3 will be out this Fall but that's much more a secondary game as it also isn't a mega seller.

In 2017 they had Odyssey as the major buy for the holidays, but had already launched 3 mega sellers earlier in the year. 2018 they had Pokemon Let's Go and Smash, with Mario Party as the secondary game though even that is about to be a 10 million seller. 2019 they had Pokemon and secondary game was Luigi's Mansion but again even that should end up being a 10 million seller. Now this year we've got AC out but they obviously need another huge selling game for the holidays.

I still think BotW2 is the most likely thing and maybe the rumors that it's taking too long are wrong. If that ends up not being ready maybe we're just gonna get a bunch of smaller titles like Bayonetta 3, the whole onslaught of Mario 35th anniversary games, maybe some HD ports like Metroid Prime Trilogy HD, and some Zelda HD games (personally I really want Wind Waker HD on Switch!). But it's hard to imagine, especially this year with new systems launching, that they won't have some centerpiece game for the holidays that says to people "forget the other systems, this is the must have game of the holidays!".

Basically the highlighted (though Metroid Prime Trilogy is more just out of hope) plus Bravely Default 2 and No More Heroes 3, along with whatever other random stuff gets thrown in. Animal Crossing is so huge right now it almost accounts for two big hitters, and then Xenoblade Definitive should be great even as just a secondary title getting people through to the holidays.

That'd be more than a good enough year for Switch, but if they could have one more huge surprise like BotW2, or something completely unexpected, that could almost be a knockout punch. The other game we actually know about that could be floated around is SMTV, but really, how many big JRPGs do you need in one year (or basically half a year, given the likely release dates). I'd rather they not prioritise that over something else for this year at least.



Pretty current events might hamper their initial release schedule they had in mind. Will BoTW sequel go out this Holiday ? I don't know anymore. Is there any other game that we didn't know about which Ninty wishes o announce ? We'll see if something come up in June for the next Direct.



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Before the pandemic I really believed that BOTW2 could be a holiday 2020 release. Now there's no chance.

I honestly don't know. But I just hope they some sort of system seller for the holidays.



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A Mario game and a Pokemon remake.



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We should see a Mario and Zelda title this year. At least a remake or port of an older game.

A big holiday title could be a sequel or spin-off to the 2017 lineup (Zelda BOTW, Mario Kart, Splatoon, Mario Odyssey, 1-2 Switch, ARMS, Sonic). I expect a racing game (Diddy Kong Racing, Mario Kart spin off/Nintendo Kart) as addition and not replacement of Mario Kart 8 and an unannounced motion control focused game (perhaps another Ring-Con game).



The Mario collection is an easy 10 million seller and they might just try to push that in November



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No but seriously, I'm thinking BOTW2 could be possible, since it'll be able to reuse assets from the first, and they developed Majora's Mask in one year. It would have been 1.5 years since we first saw the BOTW2 trailer. (And development started before that.)

The rumored Mario Remakes/Remasters seems plausible as well.
But maybe we'll know more around the would-be E3 time.

Slownenberg said:

But it's hard to imagine, especially this year with new systems launching, that they won't have some centerpiece game for the holidays that says to people "forget the other systems, this is the must have game of the holidays!".

In order for them to be able to plan for that, they'd probably have to anticipate when PS5/XSX would release years in advance. Since game development for big games usually takes several years.

They could move the release of some title up or down, but I think it's just better to focus on your own thing to make the games as good as possible.