Nintendo Switch holiday

Nintendo’s been quiet in regards to their holiday 2018 slate of games. Fans got the impression Super Smash Bros., Pokemon, and Super Mario Party were the heavy hitters for the year, but it sounds like Nintendo might have a few unannounced games in store. With this in mind, here are three titles we could see this holiday season.

Pikmin 4

Pikmin 4’s been in development for years now, but we’ve yet to see even a screenshot or teaser for the game. Shigeru Miyamoto claimed it was very close to completion in 2015, so what gives?

Pikmin 4 could’ve been a Wii U title that was scrapped and moved to Switch, which would explain the development delay. And given Switch’s massive technical difference compared to Wii U, Nintendo would likely re-tinker the game to take advantage of the advanced, unique hardware. If this is indeed the case, Pikmin 4 could very well see a release this holiday season.

Pikmin 4 is not a game that would drive hardware sales or take away from the excitement around Pokemon or Super Smash Bros. It’s a title that could easily sell over a million units and attract, and even add-on to, a foundation of Pikmin fans. Olimar’s place in Smash Bros. sets up a great Pikmin 4 announcement, too, akin to what Nintendo did with the Inklings in Super Smash Bros.

The next Pikmin could work incredibly well with the console’s hybrid controls, and would fit right in with the energy and brand recognition Nintendo is attempting to establish with Switch. The game’s bound to launch eventually, so why not release it in 2018?

Another Wii-U port

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Like it or not, Nintendo’s all-in on porting Wii U games to Switch. It’s an easy way to give these titles the audience they deserve and flesh out the system’s library of games. And with Wii U, there are a few titles that would make sense to get the port treatment next.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD would be a great fit, and is the first title that comes to mind. It’s gorgeous remake of one of the more underrated installments in the series. Turning Twilight Princess into a portable experience is something that could entice returning players to pick up the game for a second time, and for some, a third time. Nintendo has established a massive Zelda audience on Switch, so a port like this makes perfect sense.

Yoshi’s Woolly World

Yoshi’s Woolly World is another Wii U title that would fit on Switch. Given the untitled Yoshi’s delay, a void could be somewhat filled by a Woolly World port launching this year. And if the coming Yoshi game is indeed a sequel to Woolly World, a port would serve as a great introduction to the series for Switch player that didn’t own a Wii U.

It’s a gorgeous game with smooth controls and wonderful variety in its design. Few 2D platformers stand out, but Woolly World did just that; on Switch, the game would only get fans excited for next year’s Yoshi title.

What games could Nintendo have planned for this holiday season? Do you have any pipe dreams, say an Animal Crossing or Punch-Out!! installment? Chime in below, let us know!

Aric Sweeny
Former Editor-in-Chief, now staff writer here at NE. I'm an English student in California. Let's talk Pokémon.


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