Tears of the Kingdom could be the great swan song for the Nintendo Switch –

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be released on May 12, 2023. And it might just be the last big farewell to the Nintendo Switch. As well-connected VGC reporter Andy Robinson shared on Twitter, he’s not convinced any “great proprietary game” other than Zelda will be released in the new year. This prediction is based on information he has. heard. With a “heavy first-party game,” Robinson actually means a Zelda-caliber game. One user puts brands like Kid Icarus, F-Zero or Wario Land into play, but according to Robinson they would “sell like peanuts” in comparison. The statement is in the context of reports of a Nintendo Switch Pro, which have been rumored for many years, but have long since fallen silent. Before the start of the year, a reporter from Digital Foundry had staked the fact that the Switch Pro is now also part of the internal story, which means that Nintendo is preparing intensively for the next generation. No surprise – console makers usually start with this when the latest console has just been released. Nintendo itself has been communicating about the “new generation” in its annual reports since 2021. The video games of this new generation must also have been in the works for a long time. Without specific context, Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier communicated a “fun fact” this week. “Video game production cycles have gotten so long that if a big-budget game studio started work on a brand new project today, it would probably be for the PlayStation 6,” Schreier said. In other words, big games always take longer. Of course, this also applies to Nintendo games. Andy Robinson’s statement is supported by GamesIndustry Editor Christopher Ding. He said the exact same thing on Twitter in November. “I’ve heard Nintendo won’t be releasing any major games after Zelda for quite a while,” Ding said. Pikmin 4, which is announced for 2022, is not a significant game, but one of Nintendo’s smaller brands. Indeed, the list of releases planned for 2023 by Nintendo is still very short. Until May, Fire Emblem Engage, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe and Bayonetta Origins, which is not a proprietary game but is distributed by Nintendo and is a Switch exclusive. Pikmin 4 is not dated yet. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is on hold, but by the definitions above, it shouldn’t pass as a “proprietary headline”. Even Metroid Prime 4 should sell relatively poorly. If it even releases for the Nintendo Switch. While Breath of the Wild brushes the 30 million mark, the highly rated Metroid Dread has sold 2.74 million copies so far, making it even the strongest game in the franchise. However, a new main Pokémon title is also on the way for now. Is the slender games catalog for 2023 a harbinger of the next generation Nintendo, do you think? Images: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Nintendo

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