When it comes to Switch in 2023, all eyes are on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. There’s no doubt the sequel to Breath of the Wild/the best-selling Zelda game ever is going to bring an insane amount of attention with it, but what about those who aren’t interested in Zelda? Well, when it comes to Nintendo’s output specifically, things might be few and far between.
IGN has shared a statement on Nintendo in relation to the company not attending E3 2023. According to IGN, “Nintendo opted not to take part in the event due to a light second half release schedule not justifying the event space.” IGN goes on to say that they can corroborate this info as well.
Of course, “light” is all in the eye of the beholder. There’s no doubt Nintendo wants to put huge focus on Tears of the Kingdom, but they’ll surely have other titles coming to Switch in the second half of 2023. Now whether “light” refers to lesser titles of interest or fewer games altogether, that remains to be seen.
The “light” comment is IGN’s paraphrasing of the original VGC report:
“According to VGC’s publishing sources with knowledge of Nintendo’s plans, the company has decided to skip E3 2023 – the event’s first physical show in four years – because it feels it has fewer major releases than usual ready to show and which would justify significant event space.“
I don’t know if the phrasing makes a huge difference but it’s already from the rumor mill so the original source is worth noting.
If Nintendo don't have a holiday blockbuster, then I hope they would at least give a Prime 4 update even if they are just going to sit on it until the Switch's successor releases first. We've been overdue for a new update.
Otherwise barring a third party giving Nintendo a AAA release for the holidays, Nintendo will have to hope the new Zelda can really evergreen in the holidays along with Pokemon Scarlet/Violet (mainly for the holdouts waiting for GameFREAK to optimize the Gen IX games).
Wouldn't be surprising. Once Zelda is released, it will keep many, many Nintendo fans occupied for the rest of the year.
As for me, who isn't really a Zelda fan...eh, plenty of indie games coming out to keep me entertained. I can deal with it.
This "rumour" is something people have been talking about for a month or two no. Maybe it's just a good guess since Nintendo have done stuff like tis before. But it all points, if true, that the successor is closer to being unveiled than we might think.
We’ll know for sure how light Nintendos second half of 2023 is once a February direct hits.
That said, they are releasing a sequel to arguably the best game on Switch with TOTK.
Other than Pikmin 4 and probably a holiday Pokémon remake, I can’t think of anything else in their pipeline.
Edit: either a Pokémon remake or DLC for S/V. Pokémon has been annualised for a long time now so I don’t see that stopping.
There's a distinct lack of negative comments here yelling for a Switch 2. I wonder if they are on vacation?
As for the 'light' second half of 2023: There'll be DLC for the new Pokémon gen but other than that? If Metroid Prime 4 isn't the big holiday blockbuster (stop laughing) I only expect some remasters.
Look at how conditioned we all are for a light release schedule from Nintendo. You can tell we've been longtime Nintendo fans who remember the N64/Gamecube/Wii/WiiU years with their frequent "sparse" years. What immediately sprung to mind for me was that E3 during the Wii era where they only showed us a few pointless casual games but tried to pass them off as something to look forward to.
Or that late Gamecube-era year where we were all bracing ourselves for a rumored "megaton" announcement that never came.
Nintendo's actually kept us pretty well-supplied during the Switch years, comparatively. If we're in for a sparse year, I hope it's to have an incredible launch lineup for a new console, like we had with the Switch.
As I mentioned this with some other rumours, like Nintendo already being ready for amass production of the Switch's successor, everything points at we seeing the successor sooner than later.
But since this is all still in rumour-land we'll have to play that old waiting game for something official.
giancarlo thomaz senoni1M ago
i doubt IGN/VGC report, that Nintendo is gonna have a light second half this year, Nintendo could preparing for us a brand new 2D Mario, how IGN/VGC already know Nintendo entire schedule for the year? given how secretive Nintendo are? i dont fall for this report, the Nintendo Switch sucessor will be released in 2025/early 2026 at the lastest, Nintendo is not stupid to kill Switch now, when the console is still selling well.
giancarlo thomaz senoni1M ago
how about a new 2D/3D Mario on Nintendo Switch? we dont have a new 2D/3D Mario since New Super Mario Bros U in 2012 e Super Mario Odyssey in 2017, is about time Nintendo Switch receive either of this games, unless Nintendo is saving the next 2D/3D Mario for the Switch sucessor
Yeah it's high time for a brand new Mario game. And with the movie coming up it would've been perfect for a spring release but I highly doubt that'll happen.
Maybe this will be the big holiday game.