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

Yeah, Animal Crossing's release is less than 48 hours away and Nintendo's got zero games dated for release beyond it.  For that matter, they've still only got two TBA 2020 games in the pipeline (Xenoblade and publishing duty on Square Enix's Bravely Default II).  About a month ago I pointed this out, but assumed we'd get a Direct before it became a thing.  But those odds are approaching zero at this point.  And, yes, there are 3rd party games coming, but no matter how much you might think they "should count" they don't as far as an objective look at Nintendo's release schedule.

Has there ever been a gaming company that has had any remotely similar situation?  Where, in the middle of a successful console's life-cycle a company slipped into a void where their customers just had nothing definite to look forward to.

I realize that there's a good chance this will be remedied by the end of the month.  If nothing else, their fiscal year is ending and they'll want to brag about their slate and Xenoblade seems like it's already been rated in some territories so it's probably coming soonish.  But I wanted to mark this strange moment in time.



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Yeah, it's really weird. I can't help but imagine they really do have nothing coming out in the next few months, or else they'd have announced it by now.



When it comes to treating their fans like crap, nobody does it quite like Nintendo.

You want release dates? Something to look forward to? You want actual new games on your new console? Fuck you. 

I swear they get off on depriving people of what they want.

Last edited by curl-6 - on 18 March 2020

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

I'm not sure if the coronavirus has thrown their schedule in disarray, or this would have happen anyways. But yeah, we need a Direct.



You know it deserves the GOTY.

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I'm not expecting any new announcements until June where I think they'll have a fairly major blowout show.

But I don't expect anything before that except maybe a Xenoblade Chronicles Remaster Direct which provides a date, and possibly more Monolithsoft news.



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Darwinianevolution said:
I'm not sure if the coronavirus has thrown their schedule in disarray, or this would have happen anyways. But yeah, we need a Direct.

The coronavirus isn't really a valid excuse as they were doing this silent treatment bullshit long before the pandemic.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

curl-6 said:
Darwinianevolution said:
I'm not sure if the coronavirus has thrown their schedule in disarray, or this would have happen anyways. But yeah, we need a Direct.

The coronavirus isn't really a valid excuse as they were doing this silent treatment bullshit long before the pandemic.

I know, but if they have to announce general delays and leave most of the year barren, I can't blame them for just trying to stall for time to try and scramble for whatever they could release.



You know it deserves the GOTY.

Come join The 2018 Obscure Game Monthly Review Thread.

Well if we disregard third parties, then both the PS4 and XB1 has had similar droughts. XB1 has probably had even worse ones.



There should be a direct in a week or two based on a rumor that has so far been true to my knowledge. Take it with a grain of salt, but hopefully we get something soon.



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curl-6 said:
Darwinianevolution said:
I'm not sure if the coronavirus has thrown their schedule in disarray, or this would have happen anyways. But yeah, we need a Direct.

The coronavirus isn't really a valid excuse as they were doing this silent treatment bullshit long before the pandemic.

The virus affected Japan in mid-late January so I think it made some impact. 
Or did you expect a direct in December or something?

And they were quite busy anyway in their third quarter (Oct.-Dec.) with Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokemon, and the holiday marketing.

Now an employee from NoA has the virus so everyone has to work from home. I know they’re mostly about marketing, building partnerships with other devs, and translating, but how much could they accomplish at home compared to being at their offices at NoA?