Nintendo Direct Mini for March 2020 was the surprise release of this week, dropping out of the blue with details on tonnes of Nintendo Switch games. The Nintendo Direct Mini for March 2020 was released by the House of Mario without prior warning on Thursday March 27 at 2pm UK time. The latest Nintendo Direct revealed tonnes of details on upcoming Switch exclusives like the Xenoblade Chronicles remake and Bravely Default 2.
The Nintendo Direct Mini also announced new titles such as Clubhouse Games as well as BioShock, Borderlands and XCOM 2 collections for the Nintendo Switch.
However, while the Nintendo Direct Mini for March 2020 was welcome news it did raise a number of questions for Nintendo Switch fans.
Specifically, the Nintendo Direct Mini covered games that will be heading to the Switch for the first half of the year.
As such we’re still none the wiser as to what will be the big holiday release for the Nintendo Switch in 2020.
Which, surely, will only raise questions about what Switch games Nintendo has planned for the second half of the year.
And until we get official confirmation speculation will only continue to mount about what unannounced exclusives could be coming to the Switch in 2020.
It was originally speculated that The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 was going to be the big holiday release for the Switch this year.
But latest indications have suggested that development is taking longer than anticipated and other titles will fill in this scheduling gap.
It has been rumoured that Mario Kart 9 could be replacing Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 as the big Nintendo Switch release for this year.
Other titles that are rumoured to be coming to the Switch in 2020 are Pikmin 4, Metroid Prime 4 and a new Paper Mario game.
It is also believed that at least two more Wii U ports are in the works and will be coming to the Nintendo Switch this year.
While other Metroid games such as a Metroid Prime Trilogy Compilation and a remake of SNES classic and all-time great Super Metroid are rumoured.
It remains to be seen if any of these games are coming to the Nintendo Switch and when they will get announced.
The likeliest place we would get confirmation on Nintendo’s Switch schedule for the second half of the year would be in an upcoming Direct.
But it remains to be seen if these announcements will come in a Direct in the next few months or in the broadcast scheduled for when E3 would have been.
If we had to predict, we would assume that Nintendo would save news on their Q3 and Q4 releases for their typical June Direct but never say never.
Recently Nintendo insider Emily Rogers gave their predictions for what Nintendo Switch fans can expect from 2020.
On Twitter Rogers posted: “My overall expectations for Switch software this year: Good year to be a plumber.
“Solid year to be an RPG fan. (Xenoblade, BravelyDefault2).
“INSANE year to re-play old games (HD remasters, deluxe ports, remakes).
“Decent year for more casual games. (AC = casual)”.
It remains to be seen whether some of the predictions Rogers made gets confirmed in a Direct that airs in June or if the news drops earlier on.
The comments Rogers made about it being a “good year to be a plumber” is interesting.
Could this refer to the rumoured new Paper Mario and Mario Kart games or could this be teasing other unannounced Mario games?
One title that would surely fill a release gap left by Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 would be a Super Mario Odyssey sequel.
Odyssey was a year one Switch title like BoTW, but unlike the masterful Zelda adventure we haven’t seen any major DLC drop for Mario’s big Switch outing.
Could the reason for this be that the dev team behind Odyssey decided to work on a Super Mario Odyssey 2 instead of creating any major DLC downloads?
While Rogers’ comments about 2020 being an “insane year to re-play old games” are also tantalising.
Could this also be teasing another new Super Mario game, possibly a remaster of an iconic retro title from Mario’s back catalogue?
If so one title that Mario fans would surely love to see get a Switch re-release would be Super Mario Sunshine.
Switch fans have long been calling for GameCube games to hit Ninty’s hugely popular hybrid console.
And if a Super Mario Sunshine re-release or remaster drops this year then that would surely send Switch fans wild.
This all, of course, remains to be seen but 2020 looks like it will be a very exciting time to be a Nintendo Switch owner.
Published at Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:44:00 +0000