Switch – All first-party games confirmed and believed to be in development
NOTIntendo consoles still live and die thanks to their first-party support, and while the Switch certainly got significantly better third-party support than you’d usually expect from a Nintendo system (especially in terms of games independents), there’s no doubt that the best of anyone’s greatest strength of the Switch and its library remains the excellent first-party exclusives it has received and will continue to receive. A slew of first-party games are already confirmed to be in development for the Switch, and obviously plenty more are rumored, and here we’ll try to round it all up. Of course, we can never really know every unannounced game in development, especially with a company as secretive as Nintendo, but there are still quite a few that have been rumored, and we’ll try to mention the ones that seem plausible.
NINTENDO EPD TEAMS
Let’s start with Nintendo’s internal development teams, because there’s a lot to unpack here. The biggest game currently in development at their in-house studios, the biggest game in development for the Switch, and possibly the biggest game in development, period, is the unnamed sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wildwhich is currently targeting a 2022 launch. And that’s not all Zelda fans get neither. Skyward Sword HD is also in the works and will launch imminently, and while Nintendo has said that’s all we’re getting for the series’ anniversary celebrations in terms of Switch re-releases, rumors continue to insist on the fact that The Wind Awakens HD and Twilight Princess HD will eventually come out for the hybrid system as well.
Beyond Zelda, Nintendo’s internal EPD teams still have quite a few irons in the fire. First, let’s talk about the things we know are coming and confirmed to be in development. There are Splaton 3, of course, which is done by the animal crossing team and is currently scheduled to release sometime in 2022.
Beyond that, we’re getting firmly into rumored gaming territory. The only game that has caused a lot of ink to flow lately is a new donkey kong Title. While Retro has handled the series for the past few years, this novella is believed to be directed by the Super Mario Odyssey team. Although it will still be 2D side scrolling, it will drop the The country nickname and do his own thing instead. Rumors mentioned that the game would be announced at E3 and launch later this year, and that first item obviously didn’t happen while the second also seems unlikely. Does this mean that there is no new donkey kong Game? Or did the timeline just change. Honestly, who knows with Nintendo, but hopefully the reports are true. Of course, speculation also suggests that a new 3D mainline mario the game is in development. There is little concrete evidence to suggest this might be true, but of cours there will be a new mario Game. It’s just a matter of when, not if.
Another game that needs to be mentioned is pikmin 4, which is a particularly curious case, insofar as it is not even rumored be in development – confirmed to be in the works and for some time. In fact, in 2015, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Pikmin 4 development was close to completion, but declared a year later that the game had been shelved, and we have absolutely not heard from it since then. So it always comes? Who knows – we just know that Pikmin 4 exists in one form or another.
And of course we would be remiss not to mention Mario Kart. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe go harder than ever and refuse to stop selling – like Nintendo’s own GTA 5 or something. Given that, many people think a new game is unlikely to be released anytime soon, and of course that makes sense. But rumors suggest that a new mainline Mario Kart the game is in the works and could be released for the Switch within the next year. Will this actually happen? That remains to be seen.
Pokemon is an institution in itself, and as a franchise capable of selling millions of consoles on its own, it only makes sense that Nintendo and The Pokemon Company would want to continue producing these games. And there’s quite a bit going on here as well. In November of this year we get the long-awaited Gen 4 remakes with pokemon shiny diamond and shiny pearl, which, oddly enough, are not made by Game Freak, but by ILCA. But even if it is the first main line Pokemon games not to be developed by Game Freak, series veteran Junichi Masuda is still co-director.
An even greater Pokemon the release comes a few months later, with Game Freak bringing a completely new style and flavor to the series with Pokemon Legends: Arceus. The open-world game set in Sinnoh hundreds of years ago diamond and pearl promises to shake things up for the series in interesting ways, and it should be fascinating to see how he accomplishes that (or if he even does).
Meanwhile, The Pokemon Company is working with Tencent’s TiMi Studios to bring the free MOBA Pokemon Unite to the switch, while a new Detective Pikachu The game has also been in development for the Switch for quite some time (though it’s been quite a while since we last heard about it).
quite interesting, Xenolame Monolith Soft studio has no officially confirmed games in development at this time. Monolith has often done support work for various Nintendo first-party games, and that will obviously continue, with Breath of the Wild 2 receive development support from them. But beyond that, are they working on something of their own? Although there is no official announcement they obviously are, and again despite no official announcement they are obviously working on Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
Monolith and Nintendo intend to capitalize on the success of the Xenolame brand has found, so yes, there will definitely be a new one Xenolame Game. The only question now is when it will be announced. Soon I hope.
This one is simple and straightforward. NDcube is Nintendo’s board game studio, which of course means the series they’re primarily known for is mario party. And yes, there is a new mario party upcoming game. One of these was rumored for a while before it was announced, and at E3 Nintendo officially unveiled Mario Party Superstarssort of a nostalgic trip down memory lane for the series that brings back classic cards and games from the N64 era and will launch later this year.
Retro Studios has taken over the development of Metroid Prime 4 a while ago and basically restarted the game from scratch, so that’s pretty much what they completely focused on for a while. Development of the game started in early 2019, which would hopefully mean we should start hearing about it next year. Retro Studios has made a name for itself with Metroid Prime, of course, so there’s no shortage of reasons to be excited for this one.
Of course, people wondered a lot about what Retro was working on before development started on Metroid Prime 4. Their last game Land of Donkey Kong: Tropic Freeze, came out in 2014, and obviously the studio didn’t just sit silently and do nothing in the five years between its launch and the start of Metroid Prime 4 development. Rumors have long claimed that they were working on a star fox game, but in retrospect it’s clear that it never really existed. Unfortunately, we may have to make peace with the fact that we’ll probably never know what the studio was working on before. metroid came with. It’s safe to assume that, regardless, it will never see the light of day.
NEXT LEVEL GAMES
Nintendo acquired Luigi’s mansion developer Next Level Games earlier this year, and while there are no firm rumors or leaks as to what they might be working on, we can speculate and make safe assumptions. Next Level Games did an absolutely marvelous job with Luigi’s mansion 3, and this was not only reflected in strong critical reception, but also in excellent critical acclaim, with the game selling over 10 million copies. This critical and commercial success obviously played a huge role in Nintendo’s acquisition of the studio, so it follows that Nintendo wants more. Does this mean a Luigi’s mansion 4 is under construction. You can never be too sure with Nintendo…but yeah, that’s probably what it means.
Several first-party Nintendo titles are also being worked on by outside studios. The biggest is, of course, Metroid Dread, which Nintendo is working on in conjunction with MercurySteam. Expected release in October Metroid Dread, a game that spanned two decades, is a big deal for this series, and fans are rightly excited. The long-awaited sequel to Metroid Fusionthe first new 2D metroid game since 2002, the first new main line metroid game since 2010, the first HD metroid Game neverwithout mentioning the fact that Metroid Dread itself was first leaked in 2005, and since then Nintendo has tried to get development off the ground twice, before going gold on its third attempt with Mercury Steam. So yes, it’s definitely a time of celebration for metroid and his fans.
Meanwhile, another crowd-pleaser version prepared for this December is Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which brings back the beloved strategy series with two core remakes developed by indie studio WayForward. So there is Bayonet 3, of course, announced what seems like an eternity but little more than a name, for all intents and purposes. Nintendo and PlatinumGames continue to insist that development of the game is going well, and honestly, we’re going to have to take their word for it for now. Hoping that we see Something of this game in the near future. Of course, it’s possible that Nintendo and Platinum are working together on something else as well. It was recently confirmed that the Astral chain Full ownership of IP has passed to Nintendo, and that, combined with the critical and commercial success of the first game, is giving some hope that a sequel is in the works.
Finally, there is Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, will be released sometime in 2022. Technically, this is not the first part. This is more of a license agreement, and the game itself will be fully developed and published by Ubisoft, just like Mario Kingdom Battle + Rabbids has been. But come on, it’s mario. For all intents and purposes, this is basically the first part.