7 franchises we hope Nintendo brings to Switch in 2018
Nintendo has had a busy year. And while the Switch's initial lineup didn't look super promising, the flood of games has continued one almost right after the other. We could debate quality, sure, but the quantity has been there.
But, such a packed release schedule begs another question: What will next year look like? Did Nintendo over commit to this year at the expense of next? We haven't seen a whole lot from Nintendo in terms of what Switch fans can expect to play in 2018. And what do we want to play? Glad you asked. Here's seven Nintendo franchises that would be right at home on the Switch next year.
Animal Crossing fans are getting antsy, and rightfully so. The Wii U is the first Nintendo system to not have a real Animal Crossing title since the series started (amiibo Festival does not count), and it has been five years since Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released on the 3DS.
Add that to the fact that the Switch is really a perfect Animal Crossing playing machine -- you can take your village everywhere and anywhere you want -- and it seems like the question isn't if, but when, the system will get its own entry in the series. Given that Mario and Zelda have already seen Switch releases, next holiday could be a good time to let a new Animal Crossing game shine. Best get those bells ready and save up those vacation days, just in case.
Pikmin releases have become almost a running joke at this point. We heard about Pikmin 3 for years and years before it finally saw the light of day on the Wii U, and now it looks like Pikmin 4 may follow a similar pattern.
Sure, the 3DS got the spin-off Hey! Pikmin game earlier this year, but that's not the same as a proper entry in the series. We heard that Pikmin 4 was still in the works this summer, after originally hearing that the game was almost done in 2015. Maybe 2018 will finally be the year that Pikmin 4 sprouts.
While the Switch is getting console-caliber heavy hitters like Mario and Zelda, it also is, at least on some level, following in the footsteps of the 3DS, even if Nintendo keeps releasing new games for its legacy handheld system.
One neat thing Nintendo did on the 3DS was release smaller sized eShop titles. One of them, Pushmo, went on to get multiple 3DS entries, and even a Wii U game. It would be great to see Pushmo make the transition to the next generation and follow Nintendo's bigger stars to the Switch. And yes, Dillon's Rolling Western was also going to be on this list, but apparently is coming to the 3DS next year, at least in Japan.
Wii Fit was a massive success for Nintendo during the Wii generation, but it didn't seem to make the same splash on the Wii U. But, given the Switch's portability, Wii Fit could come back in some form that levies the system's ability to follow you -- and your health -- around anywhere.
Nintendo may want to leave the Wii branding behind it, so it wouldn't even need to be called Wii Fit necessarily. But, some type of blue-ocean title like it that serves a similar function, and that could appeal to the same audience, would fit nicely on the schedule.
Camelot's portable RPG series skipped the 3DS -- who knows why -- and its most recent entry, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, was a cliff hanger ... back in 2010. The 3DS seemed like a no-brainer for the series, and hopefully its recent absence isn't a death knell. And hey, a new Golden Sun would also give Nintendo a strong JRPG to follow Xenoblade's release this year.
And let's be honest: If the decision comes down to mediocre Mario sports games or Golden Sun, Camelot should focus on the latter. Give us some more Golden Sun, Camelot. Please.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Sure, sure, the Switch already got Breath of the Wild ... but why stop there?
Nintendo has fallen in quite the habit of rereleasing Zelda games to help the massive wait between new entries in the series. Between the original release of Skyward Sword in 2011 and Breath of the Wild's release this year Nintendo rereleased ... Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, and Wind Waker. Phew.
That leaves just one modern console Zelda missing. The problem may have been motion controls -- which the Joy-Con could solve -- and Skyward Sword is more than overdue for the pretty HD treatment that its brethren have gotten. Let's see it happen.
Oh, and the Virtual Console
The Switch is entering its first holiday, but we still have no firm details on what -- if any -- virtual console services are coming to the system. Want to play old virtual console games? Better get ready to grab your 3DS or hook your Wii U or Wii back up.
The Switch's full online services were delayed to next year, and while hopefully a fleshed out virtual console comes at the same time, Nintendo hasn't committed to that. It is releasing legacy content in the form of some of its older arcade titles on the Switch, and hopefully that is leading the way for a more robust virtual-console solution to come.