Will they or Nintend-won’t they?
Nintendo introduced in the present day that it is holding onto some unannounced video games that it plans to launch this yr. If there’s one factor I really like, it is ruining the shock for myself, and so I did just a little digging into attainable clues.
It is an attention-grabbing state of affairs, provided that Nintendo tends to get pleasure from teeing up its larger video games properly upfront of their launch. That would appear to level to a smaller launch – however Nintendo has additionally mentioned it has an unannounced title it thinks will “please followers” within the wings. With that in thoughts, the next is a listing of (principally) knowledgeable hypothesis about what we could possibly be seeing pop up in a Nintendo Direct, and popping into our Switches shortly afterwards:
Of all of Nintendo’s established franchises, this appears the most definitely to get an impromptu launch, primarily as a result of Shigeru Miyamoto mentioned it was near being completed over three years in the past. It then “fell down the listing of priorities” at Nintendo, and we obtained a middling handheld spin-off, Hey! Pikmin to plug the hole.
Simply in case you assume Hey! Pikmin was Pikmin four, Miyamoto spoke in regards to the numbered sequel in 2017, saying it was “progressing” inside Nintendo’s personal studios (whereas the hand-held sport was made by an exterior developer). We haven’t heard something since – wouldn’t or not it’s good if Uncle Shigeru was ready to shock us with a fairly new story of insectile genocide?
A Mid-Tier Multiplayer Zelda
Except we get a Majora’s Masks-style remix of Breath of the Wild, it appears fairly unlikely we’ll be getting a brand new mainline Zelda sport for a while, however that doesn’t essentially imply we received’t get a Zelda sport in any respect.
Lately, Nintendo’s tended to fill gaps between main releases with smaller, extra experimental Zelda titles. The Minish Cap popped up between Wind Waker and Twilight Princess; Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks propped up the spot between Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword; Hyperlink Between Worlds and Tri-Drive Heroes made the look ahead to Breath of the Wild barely extra bearable. Each one of many gaps between these video games have been two years or much less.
And, as we method two years because the Swap’s first Zelda sport, we’ve had collection producer Eiji Aonuma say that he’d prefer to take learnings from Breath of the Wild and use them in a multiplayer sport, and seen Nintendo start hiring for a brand new Zelda venture. 5 Swords Adventures, anybody?
A Retro Studios Donkey Kong
Nintendo simply restarted growth on Metroid Prime four, and put Retro on the helm. Which begs some questions: what was it engaged on earlier than that, and can we see that sport completed? Since releasing Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze in 2014, Retro’s solely public venture was… a port of Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. If it wasn’t engaged on Prime four prior to now, one thing will need to have been within the works.
A 3rd Donkey Kong title wouldn’t be an outlandish suggestion – every of the final two has been well-received, and it’d proceed the studio’s streak of releasing one per Nintendo hardware technology. There’s additionally the possibility it was engaged on a brand new IP altogether. Retro’s additionally no stranger to Nintendo cancelling its initiatives in favour of Metroid – growth of the unique Prime led to a few separate video games being cancelled – so there’s additionally the sadder chance that no matter was within the works is destined to stay unreleased.
The NES Remix collection has been constructed on shock. The primary retro mash-up sport was introduced and launched on the identical day, whereas the sequel arrived simply two months after its reveal. Followers have clamoured for a SNES-themed follow-up ever since.
It is unlikely that Nintendo would have allowed an in-house eShop title to cannibalise gross sales of the SNES Basic micro-console however, with that now promoting out and apparently not coming again, there’s certainly no obstacle. Plus, co-developer Indieszero has been radio silent because the launch of its final sport, Sushi Striker: The Means of Sushido – right here’s hoping that is what it’s engaged on.
AA Shock Recreation
Nintendo’s made a advantage of saying and releasing mid-tier, “AA” surprises for a number of years at this this level. The aforementioned Sushi Striker, the BoxBoy collection, Dillon’s Rolling Western, and extra have popped up seemingly out of nowhere and picked up followings (and the occasional Smash Bros. help trophy). One thing alongside these strains appears way more suited to a fast announcement-and-release than one of many firm’s tentpole franchises.
Wii U Ports
Sure, we’ve had quite a lot of these already, however there are loads extra we haven’t seen make the leap from last-gen but. The likes of Tremendous Mario 3D World, Pikmin three, Tremendous Mario Maker, and the HD remakes of Zelda: Wind Waker and Twilight Princess are all among the many top-sellers on Wii U – it stands to purpose that Nintendo would need to money in on that recognition on a much more profitable console.
A New Micro-console
It’s not technically a sport in and of itself, however the contents of an N64 Basic would fulfill the concept of “unannounced video games”. We noticed a trademark for the N64’s design filed final yr, and subsequently got here up with our selections for a line-up. It’d be good to see these video games pop up once more in 2019. Each the NES and SNES Basic had a brief announcement-to-release time too, 4 and three months resepectively.
In fact, Reggie Fils-Aime says the corporate has no plans for an N64 re-release “proper now”, however he mentioned that final yr. However how lengthy does “proper now” cowl? We’ve got scientists engaged on that very query, er, proper now.
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Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK Deputy Editor, and he was Pikmin four probably the most. Comply with him on Twitter.