When Nintendo announces new games, people get excited. This is because the company is known for releasing consistent high-quality titles. This year saw the release of a number of notable games, such as Kirby Star Allies, Octopath Traveler, and next month, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 2019 and beyond is going to be no different.
There are a number of upcoming Nintendo games with no concrete release date - some of these titles are not even confirmed to release in 2019. Let's take a look at these games and see what we know about them.
Welcome To Animal Crossing (2019)
Animal Crossing is getting its next mainline title. Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch (working title) was announced during the final part of Nintendo's September Direct. It was clever marketing, as the scene was first about Isabelle entering Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Then, unexpectedly, Tom Nook appeared on the screen, which led to the announcement of the new game.
This will be the first main Animal Crossing since New Leaf in 2012. Sadly, aside from its brief announcement, nothing is known about the upcoming game. Tom Nook seems intent on making sure the animals have a nice, new home. It sounds like classic Animal Crossing gameplay will return. Nintendo confirmed that the new game will be a Switch exclusive, making this the first home console main title since City Folk in 2008.
Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch will release sometime in 2019.
Core Pokémon RPG (2019)
A new Pokémon RPG title is releasing next year. This core game was announced during Nintendo's 2017 E3 presentation. Sadly, there has been no footage and little details about the core RPG. But, there are a few exciting things known regarding it.
First and foremost, Pokémon producer Junichi Masuda told IGN that the core game will "follow in the tradition of Pokemon X and Y and Pokémon Sun and Moon." In an interview with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), The Pokémon Company CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara, shared important information. One, there will be "plenty of new Pokémon to encounter." Two, while Let's Go is aimed at casual and new fans, the core game is aimed at those who have been playing Pokémon for years. Three, Ishihara says the game serves as "what an evolved Pokémon game looks like after it has continued to succeed the traditions of Game Freak."
As for transferring Pokémon between games, Masuda told GameSpot that the company is looking for ways to transfer a player's Pokémon from Let's Go to the core game. Everything stated so far implies that the core RPG will be Generation 8, but this has technically not been confirmed yet. The game is scheduled to release during the second half of 2019 (July-December).
The third installment in the Bayonetta series was announced for Nintendo Switch during The Game Awards 2017. It was a great time for fans of the series, as Bayonettea 1 and 2 were announced to be getting ported to the Switch. So, what do we know about the upcoming third game?
Sadly, aside from the brief teaser, nothing else is known. However, the teaser does reveal some very intriguing things. Bayonetta herself has her hairstyle and outfit from the first game, as opposed to the sequel's design. She is in a deadly fight with a being that appears to be made out of energy. This isn't some half-hearted duel; she is getting pummeled. The final scene is haunting and the most intriguing part. It seems like Bayonetta gets sliced in half by the way her boots fall apart. Based on this, the game looks to feature her greatest challenge yet.
Bayonetta 3 does not have a release date.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (spring 2019)
Fire Emblem is getting a new home console installment, the first in 12 years. Three Houses was originally announced last year, but it wasn't until Nintendo's 2018 E3 presentation that the game got its title, and made its storyline known.
Three Houses takes place in a place called Fódlan. The teaser features anime-cutscenes and voice acting. Fire Emblem is known for its big storylines, and it looks like it's going to be no different here. The tactical gameplay returns, with an interesting "formation" feature, where Nintendo says that troops will follow and support the player. Perhaps most interesting is that there will be sections that allow the player to roam around, like in a standard third-person game. You can see this in the teaser, and Nintendo says that you can "interact with other characters and gather information."
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is scheduled to release in spring, 2019.
Luigi's Mansion 3 (2019)
The third installment in the Luigi's Mansion series was unveiled during Nintendo's September Direct. This was a surprise announcement, and is confirmed to release sometime in 2019. There are a few things we can gather about the story from the teaser.
The main thing you'll notice is that instead of the usual mansion, the setting seems to be a hotel. There are visible room numbers, and a cleaning cart you find in hotels. It seems like Mario and friends were on vacation, because Mario's suitcase is seen, and there are a bunch of open pizza boxes. It seems like whoever the villain is planned this, because a brief scene in the trailer shows smeared pictures of Mario, Luigi, Toad, and what appears to be Peach.
Luigi's classic vacuum gameplay returns. His new Poltergust has a jet ability, allowing him to jump, and it can shoot plungers at ghosts. As for enemies, generic blue ghosts appear, but the infamous Polterpup from Dark Moon will also make a comeback. The Boos are nowhere to be seen yet. King Boo was the main antagonist in the first two games, so he could come back for the third installment, but that's not confirmed. Hopefully we'll learn more when 2019 starts.
Metroid Prime 4
Metroid Prime 4, arguably the most anticipated game on this list, was unveiled during Nintendo's 2017 E3 presentation. Sadly, there was no gameplay or story footage; it was just outer space and the title card. No release date was given. We also don't know for certain which studio is working on the game. According to Eurogamer, Bandai Namco is working on it, not Retro Studios, but this has not been confirmed by Nintendo. The latest update was Reggie Fils-Amié telling Game Informer a few months back that the game "is still in development and proceeding well." There are not many details available, but there are some things we can piece together.
Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe talked with Eurogamer back in 2015 about his ideas for another Metroid Prime, and the things we wouldn't see. First, he stated that Dark Samus' story has concluded. Dark Samus has appeared in the three core Metroid Primes. But, based on Tanabe's statement, Dark Samus is truly dead. Next, Tanabe confirmed that at the end of Metroid Prime 3, the enemy ship tailing Samus was indeed Sylux, a character from Metroid Prime Hunters. Tanabe said, "Personally I'd like to create a story centering around Sylux and Samus."
Now, let's put all this together from a story perspective from the actual games. If you achieve 100% in Metroid Prime 3, you can see the scene where Sylux's ship is following Samus. The next Prime game was Federation Force. If you acquire the secret ending, you can see the back of an individual that appears to be Sylux, who is hatching a Metroid. One has to assume that these are cliffhangers for a story coming up. Metroid Prime 4 could be a conflict between Sylux and Samus. But, nothing is confirmed. Hopefully we'll learn more at next year's E3.
Town - working title by Game Freak (2019)
Town is an original RPG being developed by Game Freak. It was announced during Nintendo's September Direct. Game Freak is mainly known for developing the core Pokémon series, and one can definitely see a similar art style in Town. So, what do we know about this RPG?
The story, as told in the teaser, is set in a peaceful village. That peace is disrupted when monsters appear. Beyond that, not much else is known. The gameplay appears identical to turn-based games, and you can summon the help of fellow villagers when needed. The most intriguing aspect of the game is that the entire story takes place in this single village. It is extremely rare for an RPG to take place in one town/village. Unless this village is huge, it's going to be intriguing to see how the environments won't grow stale after awhile. But, Game Freak has proven to be great with RPGs, and this should be no exception.
Town is scheduled to release sometime in 2019 for Nintendo Switch.
Yoshi's Crafted World (spring 2019)
Yoshi's Crafted World was unveiled during Nintendo's 2017 E3 presentation under the working title, "Yoshi for Nintendo Switch." It was supposed to release in 2018. However, Nintendo unexpectedly delayed the game to spring, 2019. So, we'll have to wait a few more months before we can throw some eggs at enemies.
Crafted World is being developed by Good-Feel. Good-Feel also developed Yoshi's Woolly World. These two games share a similar art style, but Crafted World is abandoning the yarn aesthetic in favor of something more handcrafted. (Nintendo describes it as a "miniature diorama.") The gameplay is similar to past Yoshi games; you eat enemies, throw eggs, and flutter. However, the game is introducing an interactive background and foreground, and the ability to travel stages on the flip side. You can throw eggs at enemies in the background and foreground, and Yoshi can find secret routes that flip the stage. Also, there are 3D elements, such as the battle against a dragon enemy in the original teaser.
There will be local co-op multiplayer. Players' Yoshis can hop on one another to help reach far off items, adding a level of strategy and fun when two people play together. Crafted World will be releasing in 2019, hopefully early as opposed to late spring.