Nintendo’s direct points to another weirdly slow year for Switch games


Nintendo had its first major direct presentation since September 2019 yesterday, and the general feeling among fans is that most came back disappointed with what was shown.

While the Switch itself has grown during the pandemic lockdown with huge sales and scarce availability, actual major game releases for it have slowed down in 2020, with the biggest being Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but not big. – something else after that.

Fans were hoping that would change in 2021, but even in February here, that doesn’t appear to be the case. We’ve got some expected games like New Pokémon Snap on the way, and as always, some new Smash Bros. characters, but in terms of actual big franchise releases? It doesn’t look like much will come out of it this year.

The big reveal of The Direct was Splatoon 3, which will be released in 2022.

Nintendo specifically said they won’t be showing any footage from Breath of the Wild 2, and we’ll be checking it out “later in the year.” A little odd for a game that was announced two years ago, but it almost certainly won’t be releasing this year, if that’s where we’re at. Instead, Switch gets a version of Skyward Sword, originally released in 2011.

We don’t have any updates on Metroid Prime 4 which Nintendo thought would take a long time due to some work actually resuming for the game, which they didn’t like the direction it was going. But there is no way it will come out this year either.

No word on potential big hits like Mario Kart 9, as the Switch continues to skyrocket sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, when the original was released in 2014.

There’s Mario Golf, Pokémon Snap, Harvest Moon, and then plenty of Switch ports of existing games, but as far as the kind of major Nintendo IPs releases fans want to see, it sure doesn’t seem like anything really. major will be released in 2021 at this rate, at least nothing listed above.

Again, this has little impact on Switch sales, which remain incredibly strong, and there is already a large roster of games to play on the system. We also don’t know if Nintendo actually plans to release a “Switch Pro” by the end of this year, as has been said, as the original technology continues to get more and more dated in the face of the new one. generation. Not that Nintendo is in direct competition with the PS5 and Series X at this point, but obviously all hardware is evolving, and fans have been waiting for a new version of the Switch for some time now.

In short, there was nothing really exciting about The Direct, unless you were a die-hard fan of some very specific franchises. But major Nintendo releases remain in another castle, and that castle won’t be found until at least 2022, it seems.

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