Outside of Animal Crossing: New Horizons completely taking over the world for a month or so, Nintendo has been kind of quiet this year on the games front. We’ve seen Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, the Tokyo Mirage Sessions port, and, most recently, Paper Mario: The Origami King. As for the rest of the year? We’ve got essentially nothing confirmed between now and the end of 2020. That’s not a massive surprise – Nintendo has always been prone to software droughts like any other company, and they basically fired on all cylinders for all of 2019. Plus, you know, there’s a pandemic. Still, the odds of Nintendo bravely marching through the rest of the year and against two new consoles with nothing to move Switch units have got to be close to zero. What do you think Nintendo will release over the course of the rest of this year?
I’m still very confident that the 3D Mario remasters are a thing slated for this year. I’m also expecting at least one Wii U port – either Pikmin 3 Deluxe or Super Mario 3D World Deluxe – to grace us. Possibly both, but I’m not sure about that because there’s just not a lot of year left. As for new stuff, I won’t be surprised if Nintendo still has some of their most heavily rumored projects, like a new 2D Metroid, on track for release. Also, for no particular reason at all, I’m kind of thinking that this is the year for Mario Kart 9. I anticipate a full Direct sometime in August or September, when Nintendo’s viable holiday projects and production plans will be so close to completion that they’ll be able to say what’s coming with certainty, COVID be damned.
What do you think Nintendo has in store for us for the rest of 2020? Whatever your predictions are, and whatever they’re based on, go ahead and air them out in the comments below.