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Nintendo Direct is coming out this week, and discusses what you should expect from a video presentation in Nintendo’s latest podcast. But since you are busy, I will also write those predictions for you. Let’s talk about some specific things with some longshots as Nintendo gives us an update on its next release slate for the switch.
Games on which we expect to receive updates:
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- Mario + rabids: sparks of hope
- Project triangle strategy
- Advance Wars 1 + 2 Reboot Camp
We may hear again about the games we know about:
- Splatoon 3
- Beyonc 3 3
- Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster
- Sports Story
- Hollow Night: Silk Song
Undeclared games you should expect on this Nintendo Direct
Nintendo also has a list of undeclared games that we usually have little idea about. And we can hear about some of them on Direct tomorrow. Let’s take a look at each of them.
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Incidentally, there is growing evidence that James Bond is about to return to gaming. Achievements were leaked for the Xbox version of GoldenEye 007, which Nintendo originally released for Nintendo 64 in 1997. And someone – it’s not clear who – asked German regulators late last year to remove GoldenI from the list of banned sports in the country. It looks like Nintendo and Microsoft (now owned by Rare Shooter developer Rare) have reached an agreement to bring the game back, and it looks like we’re hearing about it on Nintendo Direct. And it could launch in the next few weeks.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Xenoblade Chronicles is a favorite Nintendo role-playing adventure franchise. Nintendo’s EPD 1, which works with partner studios on games like Xenoblade Chronicles, Kirby and Fire Emblem, has been very busy lately. But it is also one of the few production houses on Nintendo that has the ability to quickly release sequential games. And this game has been running out of time in the rumor mill for the last several years, so we can finally hear about it at any time.
1-2 switch sequels
This is a rumor from the well known Nintendo rumor source Zippo. It claims that Nintendo is following the Nintendo Switch launch game which has console tricks like HD Rumble. Due to its availability at launch, the 1-2 Switch is definitely selling well. But Red Steel also sold well when it debuted on the Wii. Do you remember Red Steel? If so, remember it because future generations will not remember it.
The symbol of fire
We are rapidly approaching the third anniversary of the release of Fire Emblem: Three House for Switch. Nintendo and developer Intelligent Systems (with partner studio and Koei Tecmo subsidiary Kou Shibusawa) are likely to reunite for a second release in the franchise. Intelligent Systems has released a new fire symbol every two to four years since 2005. The only question is whether this is a remake of the old game or a completely new game, and the rumors point to the latter.
Nintendo’s EPD 10 has not released any new game since the 2019 Super Mario Maker 2. It also ported a deluxe version of Pikmin 3 in 2020, but it probably did with something new. The question is what is that new project. The team also makes the new Super Mario Bros. Games, but that series seems to be over. Of course, maybe we’ll get a new 2D Mario from this team, which I like. But Nintendo creative boss Shigeru Miyamoto said in 2015 that a fourth Pikmin is in development, and perhaps now – after a huge welcome for the Pikmin 3 Deluxe – it’s time to bring the project out.
If we don’t see Pikmin 4 here or in Summer Direct, I bet this team has moved on to something related to 2D Mario.
Metroid Prime Remaster
Metroid Prime Remaster is one of the games I have heard about for a long time. For a while, I mistakenly thought I was hearing about the Metroid Prime Trilogy HD – but it was wrong. Instead, the game I was hearing about was a Metroid Prime remaster from a retro studio that is essentially complete and could come out at any time. But that doesn’t mean Nintendo will pull it off. Instead, it looks like the company will try to save the game for its 20th anniversary in November – so it is unlikely that it will appear here. This is contrary to what I say on the podcast, but I have time to think about it. And I’m a better person than I was then.
The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild or HD Ports
Nintendo will mention Breath of the Wild 2. It probably won’t give us a deeper look at the game, but it could show a teaser to reveal the name. I expect we’ll have to wait until E3 to get a real start to the marketing campaign for these most anticipated sequels.
Publisher Twilight Princess and Wind Waker HD can give us plenty of Zelda in the form of HD remaster ports. Both games are long overdue to switch from Wii U, and this year could serve as the ideal time to start those games – especially if Breath of the Wild 2 slips in early 2023.
EPD 9’s new game (Mario Kart / Arms Team)
Finally, we have the question of the Mario Kart team. Nintendo’s EPD 9 manages Mario Kart and Arms. He has not released any new game since 2017. It’s too late to do something new. And yet Mario Kart 9 seems unlikely due to the ongoing overwhelming sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The Arms sequel is also a possibility, but it looks like the team could do something new or choose a dormant franchise while it takes its time with the Mario Kart follow-up. Or maybe the team will eventually go back to Nintendogs and represent the podcast.
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