Where Are These Missing Nintendo Switch Games

first_img The agony and ecstasy of being a Nintendo fan is that since the company has such an incredible cast of characters and franchises they can’t all be equally serviced all the time, outside of Smash Bros. Sure you can always count on Mario and Zelda games. But part of the reason why surprise revivals of Punch-Out and Kid Icarus were so exciting was because of how long the wait was. And being in the middle of that hiatus sucks. Just ask F-Zero fans.The most recent Nintendo Direct had a bunch of cool announcements for classic Nintendo franchises coming to Switch, from Super Mario Maker 2 to Link’s Awakening to Fire Emblem Three Houses to Yoshi’s Crafted World. And while some other games with beloved pedigrees didn’t get airtime, most notably Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion 3 and the next generation of Pokemon, Nintendo is at least still saying those titles will all launch in 2019.However, other promised (or implied and rumored) Nintendo Switch games are still very much missing, and this Direct didn’t shed any more light on them. So where are they?Metroid Prime 4When Nintendo first announced Metroid Prime 4 back in 2017, fans of the fantastic first-person shooter take on Metroid finally thought their long decade of waiting was over at last. However, earlier this year Nintendo unfortunately revealed that development had not been going well and that the project was basically being rebooted from scratch now with original developers Retro Studios. So that’s an answer at least. But one question that remains is whether or not we’ll get an HD Metroid Prime Trilogy collection to tide us over while we wait again, and if so when?Bayonetta 3Bayonetta is kind of a pseudo-Nintendo franchise as this point after Nintendo published Bayonetta 2 and allowed the sex witch’s inclusion in the family friendly Smash Bros. series. The first two games are on Switch but in late 2017 we also learned a third entry would be coming exclusively to the system. We haven’t learned anything else though except for a confirmation the game still exists when Nintendo showed off a different PlatinumGames exclusive, Astral Chain, coming to Switch this August. Bayonetta 2 director Yusuke Hashimoto recently leaving the company also gives us pause.Shin Megami Tensei VWe’re still waiting for Persona 5 to be confirmed for Switch. But the next core entry in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, which Persona is a spin-off of, was confirmed for the system all the way back in 2017. Later we even learned Shin Megami Tensei V would be coming to America. But we’ve still yet to really see anything concrete from this Unreal-powered Japanese role-playing game.Pikmin 4This is another shaky one because the only instances of Pikmin 4 being “confirmed” come from brief Nintendo PR statements clarifying offhand remarks from Shigeru Miyamoto about the game being worked on. Apparently it might have even been a Wii U game before surely moving over to Switch. And no we aren’t talking about Hey Pikmin on 3DS. Like Metroid Prime 4, rumors suggest this game has been internally rebooted, which is also why a Pikmin 3 port could arrive first.Retro Studios’ Other GameThe last game Retro Studios made was Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze back in 2013. The Texas team only started work on Metroid Prime 4 basically right now. So what were they doing in the years in-between? Even if things have been rocky over there and projects have been cancelled, which I believe, it would be wild if Retro Studios didn’t have a Switch game almost ready to go. Everyone thinks it’s that Star Fox racing game, including me, because it’s just too crazy for that rumor to be a big misunderstanding about Starlink. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more