Updated 1/14/2017 – Updated with results!
After Satoru Iwata’s death in 2015, I was heartbroken. This man had, for better or for worse, defined the course of Nintendo’s evolution since he became president of the company in 2002. He gave us a Nintendo that wasn’t content with simply providing successively more powerful machines with Nintendo’s consoles. The goal under his tenure was to totally redefine what could be done with gaming hardware. The result was the power combo of the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii. Later on, the 3DS and the Wii U would continue to amaze and perplex with their unique features that can’t be found on any other console.
While many would prefer Nintendo to fall in line and simply deliver more powerful machines, I love the way Nintendo toys with people’s expectations, giving us hardware that most wouldn’t even conceptualize. After Iwata’s death, Nintendo felt directionless. They regained that direction when they announced the Switch last year, but where this will take them is yet to be seen. Tonight, we will probably find out.
I am so unbelievably hyped about seeing where Nintendo is going, that I’m going to drop a few predictions about tonight’s presentation.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title. – Confirmed.
- We will get an Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition port. Bethesda confirmed Skyrim is coming to the Switch in the fall.
- At least one Wii U port will be announced. We’re getting an enhanced port of Mario Kart 8, as rumored.
- The Switch will cost $250. If there is a second SKU, it will cost $300, have improved storage and come packed with a game. It will cost $300, and has only one SKU.
- Nintendo will at least announce and show a short snippet of the new Super Mario game. Super Mario Odyssey was shown.
- We will get a brand new Splatoon– not just a port. Splatoon 2 was shown.
- We will get a significant title from Square Enix besides Dragon Quest XI. May be a port of either Final Fantasy XV, or an announcement that either Kingdom Hearts III or Final Fantasy VII Remake are coming to the Switch. Dragon Quest Heroes I & II and Project Octopath Traveller were announced.
- Footage of the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI. No footage was shown.
- A new Atlus game. Atlus announced a new Shin Megami Tensei game.
- A new Monster Hunter or a port of one of the 3DS ones for the Switch. Womp womp 😦
- Pokemon Stars. No-show
- Meaty Virtual Console support right out of the gate. Virtual console was barely even mentioned.
- Mother 3.
- New Metroid.
- Brand new, non-Wii U port sequel for Mario Kart or Smash Bros.
- Proper sequel to Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- New Golden Sun.
- New Retro Studios game.
Yeah, who was I kidding with any of these.
Stay tuned for live coverage and opinions on tonight’s Nintendo Switch event!