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I mean, Animal Crossing will be the work of EPD and they're hardly an "AA" developer. The bulk of the Animal Crossing team likely worked on the Splatoon games too, so they're already experienced with HD development.

Really, it depends what your expectations are. Animal Crossing will be iterative no doubt, but will have the polish that EPD are famous for.

Fire Emblem is a middle tier franchise - so it's not going to have the same kind of budget and not be in the same technical league as EPD's Switch efforts, but I'm optimistic given Echoes improvements to aesthetics and narrative (even if late game mission design was one note, that's more a legacy of the game's origins). My biggest concern with Three Houses would be an expensive season pass - the game isn't returning to the Fates triple release strategy though (Three Houses refers to plot elements, plus the game has a different name in Japan). I'd expect Fire Emblem to look better when it does resurface. The game had English voice acting, subtitles and animated cut scenes in the reveal trailer so much of the content is likely finalised - which has left Intelligent Systems time to polish the game.

On first reveal I thought Luigi looked good - the textures are simple but it's well lit and well animated. It's likely developed by Next Level with supervision and support from EPD, so again I'm optimistic.

Pokemon is difficult to judge. I don't think Let's Go is indicative of what we'll get for generation 8 but it's not secret Game Freak have been technically conservative with Pokemon at every turn. I'd expect something better looking and better animated than Let's Go, but not something that pushes the Switch or rivals EPD's best efforts.

In short, I think these games are likely to turn out well. There haven't been many mis-steps with Nintendo's first-party offerings on Switch and I don't see that suddenly changing now.



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Mar1217 said:
You don't have to look further much than Kirby Star Allies or Yoshi's Wolly World to know they can do technical marvels with the tools in hand !

Good-Feel is more of a console developer.

2008-Wario Land: Shake It (Wii)

2010-Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)

2015-Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)

2019-Yoshi's Crafted World (NSW)

Their handheld support mostly consists of educational games on DS and Streetpass games & old ports on 3DS.



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zorg1000 said:
Mar1217 said:
You don't have to look further much than Kirby Star Allies or Yoshi's Wolly World to know they can do technical marvels with the tools in hand !

Good-Feel is more of a console developer.

2008-Wario Land: Shake It (Wii)

2010-Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)

2015-Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)

2019-Yoshi's Crafted World (NSW)

Their handheld support mostly consists of educational games on DS and Streetpass games & old ports on 3DS.

Woops, brain fart lol.

I still stand my point for HAL so far.



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Cerebralbore101 said:

I'm sure I'm not the only one that has noticed this. But...

Fire Emblem
Poke'mon
Animal Crossing
Luigi's Mansion

Have all either been traditionally handheld titles, or had their last (mainline) major entry on a handheld. In other words they were all 3DS games. 

Will these games all translate well to Switch? Will the developers be able to go from AA development to AAA development smoothly?

What do you guys think? 

Of those options, I sincerely believe that all will go well. They are quality franchises with experience on consoles. Although this will be a lot bigger.

 

Luigi's Mansion is basically coming home.

Animal Crossing will likely struggle the most as its past console games were meh imo.

 

Pokemon: releasing Let's Go will probably  result in some refinement.

 

Fire Emblem: The GCN title was great. I think it will transfer. They have done a fair amount of innovation over the last few entries, so they arent shy about trying new things.