Nintendo has divulged its launch calendar for the new year but fans noticed that there’s not much worth getting hyped about. Although its 2021 launch calendar is quite bare, Nintendo is still doing remarkably well.
Recently, the Nintendo Switch outpaced its handheld predecessor, the Nintendo 3DS, in all-time sales. Back in 2011, the Nintendo 3DS sold 75.94 units in its entire lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is only halfway through its existence but already has sold 79.87 million units to date. In simple words, the Nintendo Switch is doing absurdly great in terms of sales.
There have also been rumors spreading around a potential Nintendo Switch Pro. Even though Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s president, has dismissed those gossips, some dataminers found evidence that suggests the contrary.
Dataminer SciresM uncovered some code that hints at an improved Switch console, complete with an enhanced cooling system, better battery life, an OLED screen, and 4K graphics support in the form of a Realtek chip. However, even if it is happening, Nintendo said that it’s not going to come in the foreseeable future.
Although a Nintendo Switch Pro would be amazing, Nintendo has revealed its 2021 launch calendar, and it is far from impressive. There are only three Nintendo games with confirmed launch dates which are Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury on Feb. 12, Bravely Default II on Feb. 26, and New Pokémon Snap on April 30.
A few other games are listed but are all marked as TBA. These titles include Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3, and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2. These details come from Nintendo’s latest financial report.
Judging from the list of verified games for 2021, this is really frustrating. It is not that the Japanese gaming giant was anticipated to reveal new games through a financial report but seeing all of the verified titles for 2021 listed out shows how lifeless Nintendo’s year is looking as of writing. These are all likely great games worth looking forward to, but where there is plenty of quality, there is not much quantity at all.
It should also be noted, however, that the company is possibly working on a myriad of games that are currently unrevealed. No one truly knows what else Nintendo could be developing at the moment, but it feels pretty safe to expect that Metroid Prime 4, and possibly even the sequel for The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, won’t be releasing this year.