With only two months left in 2017, it’s time for Nintendo fans to look ahead. Super Mario Odyssey is nearly out, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is almost here, and a plethora of third party and indie titles have yet to be released. However, with the year wrapping up, what will the Switch bring us in 2018?
Currently, we know of a few big upcoming Switch games. On the first party front, Yoshi (working title) is slated for a release. Additionally, Kirby Star Allies is coming out in Spring. Moving over to third party titles, Project Octopath Traveler looks to be a unique title from Square Enix. Another headliner coming is Wolfenstein 2 from Bethesda. Besides the games I just mentioned, Nintendo has unveiled Metroid Prime 4 and a new, exclusive Switch Pokemon game. However, we don’t know if these games are due out in 2018. Although I’ve name dropped a couple big titles, one thing is clear: Nintendo’s 2018 game lineup is still largely unknown. So, what could the Big N drop to keep momentum going for their hybrid console?
A Smash Bros. would sell like hotcakes, especially given the silence from Nintendo regarding this series. Literally nothing has been said about this series returning on Switch, but everyone knows it’s happening. 2018 would be an interesting year to release Smash Bros., as there is no clear-cut approach. Should Nintendo upscale Super Smash Bros. 4 (Wii U) and release it as another Deluxe edition, or should the company build a sequel to the Wii U’s greatest fighting game? Both would sell incredibly well, but I don’t think anything would get the fan base more excited than releasing a brand new Smash Bros.
Another series in need of a Switch release is Pikmin. We know Pikmin 4 is in development, and 2018 would be the perfect time to drop this game. Although the franchise hasn’t been a huge seller, I think an HD, massive-scale Pikmin title, with the ability to play on-the-go, could be a decent seller.
The third new game Nintendo needs to reveal is whatever Retro Studios is working on. The developers behind Metroid Prime are hard at work at something in secrecy, and us Switch owners are dying to know what it is. While it could very well be a new Donkey Kong Country (don’t do this to us), I foresee Retro working on a new IP or revival of an old Nintendo franchise. Whatever it ends up being, the game will surely make a splash on Switch.
Moving away from strictly new releases, Nintendo needs to make getting apps on Switch a priority. The system is selling and it has games, we know that. Now, with a consistent stream of games, the console would benefit greatly from services like Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, etc. The ability to watch a show or movie at home, then finish it on a commute, is an amazing selling point that could definitely attract a new audience to the platform.
Lastly, Nintendo needs to unveil Virtual Console. With their paid online service launching next year, the popular retro game service must be available to consumers and boast a robust game library. Mother 3, Nintendo – make it happen.
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