Nintendo’s software output so far in 2020 has been a contentious topic for many Switch owners. Following a fairly stellar year in 2019, where we seemingly enjoyed a new first-party game every month, the Switch’s first-party lineup in 2020 is scarce, heavily featuring remakes so far (Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore), a charming dose of Paper Mario, and, of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Short of Pikmin 3 Deluxe (which was just unveiled this morning), we don’t know much about the company’s holiday plans. Of course, the situation isn’t without some clear explanations. Nintendo released a lot of games in 2019 and many, myself included, anticipated that 2020 would be a bit of a gap year. There’s also the slight issue of a global pandemic screwing up collaboration and supply lines, so Nintendo is keeping announcements extra close to its chest. That all said, how do you feel about Nintendo’s 2020 so far?
Personally, I’m still anticipating one or two surprises as Nintendo continues to wait until the last possible second to announce stuff, but overall, it’s been an okay, not great year. Certainly no 2017 or 2019, but perhaps comparable to 2018, where I found one heavy hitter (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, respectively) surrounded by a handful of decent titles. Not exactly underwhelming since I came into the year with low expectations, but far from an impressive outing for Nintendo. Now, if Pikmin 3 Deluxe is joined by the rumored 3D Mario remasters, I might sing a different tune because those are some of the best games ever made and I need them on Switch ASAP.
How do you feel about Nintendo’s 2020 so far? Did this morning’s Pikmin 3 Deluxe announcement change your mind at all? Do you think we’ll see any other surprises this year? Let us know in the comments below.