Wow, guys! The first actual non-Mini Direct since September 2019, and it's a whopper too. Hopefully they don't lean too heavily on the "available games" (unless it's Tadpole Treble Encore)! Looking forward to seeing what's in store for Switch for the first half of the year. Maybe Mario Golf? And possibly a Smash reveal that I don't despise?
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I'm gonna make some bold proclamations for once! But first a few tame ones. These are more like predictions for the year but I wanted to get them out before the Direct.
I'm guessing a new Mario Golf will be announced this year, since it feels like it's been a while since Mario Tennis Aces wrapped up. "Yeah well everyone's saying that one."
There's gotta be at least one more port from Wii U announced this year, right? Though there isn't a whole lot worthwhile left. Nintendo Land is the most popular, but would require the most work to convert and may need some redesign changes, so they may not do that one. While the next in line for popularity would be Yoshi's Woolly World, I actually think that Xenoblade X would be more likely, since they've been Xeno-crazy lately. "Talk about a real port-able system."
Whatever is the next Smash character, it will have the most wining yet. "Your only sane prediction."
There's gotta be a Super Mario Party 2 right? I know they released that Clubhouse Games thing last year, but that can't have taken their full development effort. "What is you a filthy casual?"
A new Pokémon game besides Snap will release this year, probably the gen IV remakes that are so heavily rumored, but maybe a new Mystery Dungeon?! "Frankly, we'd rather catch a cold."
Due to its explosive popularity, they'll do another year's worth of free updates and events for Animal Crossing New Horizons. "Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in!"
A new Switch model will be announced, not sure if it will be something more powerful or something more like the Lite. "Hedge your bets folks."
They'll add a new system to the NSO thingie, but not until September. My guess is original Game Boy, which may or may not include GBC lumped together. "Mmm, pea soup."
Super Mario 3D World seems like it could get some DLC, such as a new world and new characters (Yoshi?!). "Quit making me want to rebuy games!"
A new Dr. Mario title on the eShop feels long overdue! Though they might do something like Dr. Mario 99 instead. "We've got to stop calling everyone who wears a white coat a doctor."
Nintendo will release a Zelda collection of some kind, but it will include the original versions of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, not the HD remasters. "This isn't funny anymore."
Possibly my boldest prediction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 will release this year! November most likely. "Your baloney has a first name, and it's Mop it up."
I'm gonna say Nintendo will not completely ignore Metroid's 35th anniversary and will release Metroid Prime Trilogy HD... However, it will be simply the Wii game upscaled on emulation and not an HD remaster. "That'll be $60 please."
Nintendo will make at least one more public apology about Joy-Con drift, but will continue to do nothing. "I'm sorry you made this post."
Despite this being the year of Zelda, I'm still gonna guess that Super Mario Odyssey 2 is in the works and will release this coming fiscal year, possibly the October slot like the original, but may be a Feb or March 2022 title. Bowser's Fury seems like it was an experiment when deciding what to do with Odyssey 2. "Who knew predicting a Mario game was a wild guess!"
Hey, I called Mario Golf! And a Smash reveal I don't despise (but also isn't very interesting IMO).
It was okay to me I guess. I've actually really been itching for a new Mario Golf and Famicom Club getting remade was a great surprise. Otherwise, nothing too major, but it was nice to watch an actual Direct again.