Despite fears that the coronavirus would impact its release schedule, Nintendo’s president has confirmed that, so far, that’s not the case.
While several publishers and developers have spent the last several months announcing new titles or providing info on existing ones, Nintendo has remained incredibly quiet.
That’s not to say there hasn’t been any sort of announcements from the company. The long-rumoured new Paper Mario game was revealed out of nowhere, with a trailer confirming a July release dropping onto the Internet with zero build-up.
And only this week, we saw the latest DLC fighter be announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Min Min from ARMS, who will be added to the game on 30 June.
Otherwise, though, Nintendo’s 2020 schedule currently looks completely empty, which has led to some assuming that it doesn’t have any first party titles planned. That, as it turns out, is not the case.
According to Kyodo News, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa announced that production on the Switch console has been recovering, with things expected to go back to normal later in the summer.
In May, Nintendo issued warnings that the COVID-19 pandemic could have an affect on game development, but this may not be the case if Furukawa is to be believed.
‘Currently, we do not see any impact on software set to go on sale this year, but there is a possibility that we cannot sell it as scheduled in the event of a second or third wave,’ he told shareholders.
Of course, the question now is what software does Nintendo have planned for the rest of the year? We may already have some ideas.
The big rumour is that Nintendo has numerous Switch re-releases of previous Mario titles, such as Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World, to celebrate the Super Mario Bros. series’ 35th anniversary.
Very recently, we also saw some new Pokémon games be announced, namely a sequel to fan favourite spin-off Pokémon Snap for Switch and a MOBA title, Pokémon Unite, which will release on both Switch and mobile devices and feature cross play, though these weren’t given release dates and may not be out this year.
Speaking of Pokémon, the second DLC expansion for Sword and Shield, The Crown Tundra, is also expected to release this year, but has yet to be given a date.
While Nintendo’s silence can be infuriating for some, it’s at least good to know that the company does have new games in the pipeline for this year. When it actually intends to announce them, though, is anyone’s guess.
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