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The modern era of gaming is certainly one of convenience, as you can purchase a game anytime you want without leaving the comfort of your home. All you have to do is hop on a digital store, click a few buttons and then you’ll be playing that game in no time. If you want to go the old-school physical route, a bit more legwork is required. Unfortunately for Switch fans, it seems the situation is getting even worse.

Without any explanation or official announcement, it appears multiple first party Switch games are now out of print. Thanks to some great detective work by Nintendo fans AShadowLink and Neoxon, we now know that the following Switch titles are no longer seeing physical copies printed.

  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (2019)
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe
  • Metroid Dread
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Fire Emblem: Engage
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World
  • WarioWare: Get it Together!
  • Nintendo Switch Sports
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Splatoon 2
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Mario Strikers: Battle League

Wondering what the explanation for this is? We are as well, but there seems to be no word on that front right now. Fan speculation points to one of two options; either Nintendo is stopping select Switch game production as they look to shift over to the platform’s successor, or Nintendo is gearing up a new Nintendo Selects line. We’ve reached out to Nintendo for clarification, and should we hear back we’ll certainly share the update with you.

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tendonin

5M ago

One imagines that physical games stop getting reprints all the time, and that it's been that way for as long as there have been physical games for sale. The strange part is actually hearing about it. Some of those are unsurprising. Odyssey and games from 2023 being on the list is very surprising.

As long as nothing's getting pulled from the eShop...right?


socar

5M ago

There are always times where games get out of print.

They will be reprinted again eventually.


humanfart

5M ago

Transitioning those games to Nintendo selects? One can dream.


macgruber

5M ago

@rawmeatcowboy

Nintendo Selects should absolutely be a thing. Great games like Mario Tennis Aces have dwindling online communities, and a price cut could really breath new life into it. As it is, it's not worth $60 because the online is somewhat difficult to enjoy with such a small player base. It's the best online tennis game in 2024, gameplay wise. It's half a decade old and still being sold at 60. I think Nintendo is a bit anti consumer in these later years.