Metroid Prime 4 (Switch – 2018/TBA)
This might not be a 2018 game. In fact, we’d almost bet on it being a 2019 one – much like the title below. But we’re going to hold out hope until Nintendo tells us otherwise. Metroid seems to be a weird problem for Nintendo Among its many licenses, few are as beloved and as neglected. Fans have been begging for a new Metroid game for a long time, whether it’s a proper 2D Metroid game or another Metroid Prime-style first person game. Finally at E3 2017, Nintendo answered our prayers as only an enigmatic trickster deity could – with a single image.
And for now, that’s enough. Like a drop of water in the desert, we’ll take it.
Pokemon for Nintendo Switch (Switch – 2018/TBA)
It’s no different for Pokémon on Switch. Since Pokemon started, fans have been begging for a full-fledged console entry, a game not hindered by limited handheld power but at the scale of a proper Pokémon RPG. But to this point, every mainline Pokémon game has been handheld-bound. The game is all about trading with your friends and wandering the countryside, so it makes sense.
But then we got the Nintendo Switch. It’s a console. It’s a handheld. It’s a handsole? It’s handheld enough that developer Game Freak is ready to work their beloved game world into a proper console entry.
With Metroid Prime 4 almost certainly not coming this year and the Pokémon games tend to be a yearly affair. It’s totally possible we could see a new entry this year, especially since the latest entries, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, are beefed up re-releases of 2016’s fresh entry.
Of all the barely-announced titles on the docket this year, this might be the one we’re most optimistic about.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Switch – 2018)
One of the weirdest, coolest games on the Wii was No More Heroes. It was a violent, stylish game about a geek with a laser sword taking down increasingly bizarre assassins. We haven’t had a No More Heroes game in a decade. Now, creator Suda51 is returning to the series, but he’s doing something a little different. We’re not sure just what that means yet. The game will be playable on a single Joy-Con, suggesting a simple control scheme. Suda51 is also bringing in other indie creators such as the teams behind Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight for licensing purposes.
But it’s a Suda51 game, it’s a Switch exclusive, and it’s No More Heroes. That’s enough for me.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch – 2018)
The paradigm shift that came with the Nintendo Switch was apparently quite obvious to developer Bethesda. Right from the beginning, the company was bullish on the system. Thanks to the Switch, Skyrim is finally a mobile game. And then we got a surprisingly playable Doom port.
Now, from the company that brought you “shooting at dragons on the bus” and “shooting at monsters at the beach” comes “shooting at Nazis anywhere you damned-well please.” 2017’s excellent, complex, and gorgeous Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is getting its own Switch port. While it won’t be up to the impressive levels seen on PC and Xbox One X, the Doom port has us anticipating the game. For the longest time, Nintendo systems have been exciting almost entirely because of Nintendo games. Now, Bethesda might be one of the biggest steps toward changing that.
Yoshi (Switch – 2018)
There’s only one word for Yoshi. Adorable. Since the dino’s first games on the SNES, Nintendo has capitalized on that, bringing us Yoshi games in media like crayon and yarn. The upcoming game, simply titled Yoshi at the moment, takes the wonderful world of the green goober and puts it into the perspective of a papercraft diorama. Everything is construction paper and paint and crayon. Go into a building, though, and you’ll see the backside of all that paper. Milk cartons and UPC labels and the like.
Yoshi games are always enchanting, and this one is sure to be the same. It looks like a blast and we can’t wait to hear more.
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