What Does Nintendo Have Planned for This Year While We Wait for ‘Switch 2’ in 2025?

Remasters of Metroid Prime 2 and 3

Metroid Dread Switch OLED
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Given the triumph of Metroid Prime Remastered, bringing remasters of Metroid Prime 2 and 3 feels like a no-brainer. Assuming that Metroid Prime 4 is still on its way to the Switch (more on that in a bit), these remasters should be a popular option. We all expect to have the ability to play them on the next system through backwards compatibility, so hopefully, having them on Switch wouldn’t rule out the possibility of playing them on ‘Switch 2’.

Let’s talk about Prime…

Is it Time for Prime 4?

Metroid Prime 4 logo
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It is the most obvious choice for a top-tier send-off for the Switch. Many games over the past year would have been a perfect ‘bookend’ to the Switch’s time, but this one in particular would be a superb conclusion given its complicated development history.

It’s hard to imagine that Nintendo would once again make a Metroid game exclusive to a system that is being phased out (as it did with Metroid: Samus Returns). However, if that is the case, it could be a fitting farewell.

Or perhaps repeating history with a late-arriving Switch version of MercurySteam’s aforementioned Samus Returns? In a way, it would be appropriate to see it once again arrive late to the party, and if backwards compatibility is a feature on the next system, then everyone wins.

Additional remakes?

Link's Awakening Switch OLED
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When it comes to late-cycle remakes, Nintendo is known for it. The company has a history of releasing excellent ports (Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn) or quality remakes exclusively on outgoing hardware, such as Samus Returns. So, the possibility of another remake or two is definitely on the table, even with Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door already in the works.

Returning to the Zelda theme, imagine a re-release for 3DS’ Link Between Worlds, an all-time gem that’s currently only playable on its original host system. We haven’t seen much from Grezzo since 2019’s Link’s Awakening remake and the 2021 port of Miitopia, so whether its next release comes to Switch or a future system is a big question.

We’d love new games, of course, but we’re as susceptible to nostalgia as the next gamer and these aren’t a bad way to pass the time while we’re in a new hardware holding pattern.

Another compact console?

N64 Console
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Who could resist a N64 Classic Mini? Or a Game Boy Color with a built-in library?

The more specialized appeal of those consoles compared to the NES or SNES Minis, along with potential cost increases over their predecessors, would make these less probable than in the Wii U days. There’s also the fact that Nintendo Switch Online already provides games from these systems.

While those of us with an insatiable appetite for miniature retro hardware would be the first to pre-order them, they arguably make less sense than ever before. It would be better to add more classics to NSO, wouldn’t it?

Additional amiibo?

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Another experimental venture Nintendo conducted to divert attention from the declining Wii U nearly a decade ago. The Smash Bros. series of NFC figures is finally over, but is it possible Nintendo might produce a few more to give eager Switch fans something cool to include in their stockings this Christmas?

It’s not out of the question — hey, we’d still love a Geno or the Chorus Kids — but it’s going to take a little more than a cute Oatchi amiibo to distract us from… from the thing. The topic we were discussing. About Switch and the, erm…

Okay, fine. An Oatchi amiibo bundled with a Pikmin 1-4 physical uberpack and a Pikmin Joy-Con set or something. There you go, that’s Thanksgiving sorted. Easy, this game scheduling malarkey.

A gesture to the fans

Ness Amiibo and Mother Games
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If Nintendo is really in a bind, 2024 could be the perfect time to play perhaps the ultimate fan card and put Mother 3 on Switch.

It could be a fanfare addition to Nintendo Switch Online, or it could be a limited-time, original Fire Emblem-style affair. Or it could be a proper physical re-release of a game adored by an incredibly invested, passionate fan base.

Whatever the scenario, an official localization of the EarthBound sequel — in the series’ 35th anniversary year, no less — would be simultaneously a wonderful gift and a masterful distraction.

The actual ace up the sleeve

Pocket Card Jockey
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Of course, the real ace in the hole would be a Switch port of the best thing Game Freak ever made: Pocket Card Jockey.

Look, leaker Pyoro has hinted that Game Freak might feature in a Partner Direct soon (and then tweeted about dolphins — start your GameCube rumour engines, folks!), and seeing as any Pokémon announcements would almost certainly be saved for a Pokémon Presents at the end of February, our minds immediately jumped to our beloved Pocket Card Jockey. We here at Nintendo Life adore that game, and given the state of our backlogs, a shadow drop on Switch would keep us very happy for the rest of the year.

Just us? Perhaps. But the game already has an iOS version which launched in January 2023, and by all accounts, it would be a great fit on Switch, say, after a year of Apple exclusivity? Larvely.

Those are just a handful of ideas, and none of them too outlandish, except maybe the mini consoles. Obviously, there’s potential for brand-new games, too — it just seems unlikely that Nintendo wouldn’t be banking the very best stuff for the next console.

Let us know which quality 2024 filler you’d be most interested in, or comment below with your own ideas.

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