In his last general meeting with shareholders earlier this month, outgoing Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima mentioned that unannounced Nintendo Switch games will be heading to the platform later this year. This probably doesn’t indicate that the likes of Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3 will be coming out in 2018. However, it does still give fans ample room to speculate what could be on the Switch’s horizon.
Keep in mind that both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a new Pokemon game are slated for the fall. Considering the immense popularity of both of these titles, the following list is within the realm of possibility. Nintendo likely won’t release anything else too major in an already jam-packed holiday lineup. Additionally, that other new pocket monster entry or a remaster of Melee probably won’t happen by the time 2018 is over.
Unannounced Nintendo Switch Games – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Nintendo managed to attract a significant portion of the Zelda fan base to the Switch through 2017’s Breath of the Wild. In order to placate this audience in between Link’s new adventures, the company could release a port of Wii U’s The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. A portable version of the Wii launch title would encourage generations new and old to pick up this modern classic a first, second, or third time. What’s more is that the game’s realistic art style could really come alive when displayed on a high-resolution television. While Nintendo is at it, it could give fans a port of the excellent Wind Waker HD. Better yet, the company could offer both in a Zelda-themed Wii U port bundle.
Unannounced Nintendo Switch Games – Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker took the gaming world by storm when it launched toward the end of the Wii U’s life cycle. A port of the title for Switch isn’t out of the question. This is especially true considering the community the game has managed to build to this day. What’s more is that Mario Maker would be the perfect piece of software to show off the Switch’s online component. In case you forgot, that’s set to debut later this year. Sharing levels would be easier than ever. Local and online play could be included for fun wherever fans plan to take their console. Best of all is that every level created in the Wii U and 3DS versions could be accessible. The range of creativity here is virtually endless. Nintendo would be wise to bring Mario Maker back into the fold this holiday.
Unannounced Nintendo Switch Games – Pikmin 4
Does anyone else remember Nintendo’s plans for a Pikmin 4? Developer Shigeru Miyamoto stated back in 2015 that the game was “very close to completion.” However, not a single screenshot or update has been shared since then. It’s possible that the sequel was originally planned for the Wii U and then shifted its focus to the Switch. In order to capitalize on the hybrid console’s design, the team may be hard at work re-engineering some elements of the title around. Pikmin 4 this holiday season isn’t too out of the question, then. It seemingly doesn’t attract the same consumers as Smash or Pokemon. Rather, the game would occupy a nice middle ground between the two. It could serve as a nice in-between filled with adorable alien plant things.
Unannounced Nintendo Switch Games – Yoshi’s Woolly World
Yoshi’s Woolly World on the Wii U wasn’t the best-received Yoshi title to have ever been released. Despite this, a port of the game with added improvements like higher difficulty settings could help redeem it. After all, a new Yoshi game was announced during Nintendo’s E3 video presentation last year and has gotten little to no information since then. An updated Woolly World could help build the anticipation in time for Yoshi’s next adventure, reminding fans why they fell in love with the green dinosaur in the first place.
Unannounced Nintendo Switch Games – Animal Crossing Switch
Nintendo will make our hopes and dreams of an Animal Crossing Switch game come true at some point. Fans know that the franchise’s success bodes well for its future on other platforms. Seeing as how the Switch’s online component is set to debut later this year, an Animal Crossing game would be the perfect means of getting people to sign up to pay $19.99 a year for the service.
The social simulation title will undoubtedly attract a significant online user base fast. Regular updates would ensure that the game and the console’s online functionality remain relevant for the months and years after its release. Best of all is that Animal Crossing Switch‘s fan base won’t conflict with Smash, as the two are completely different gameplay-wise. It’s a bona fide win for everyone.
What other games is Nintendo planning for later this year? Will we just see a bunch of Wii U ports arrive to the hybrid console? Will Animal Crossing ever even come out for Switch? Let us know in the comments below!