Nintendo's E3 presentation was filled with notable announcements - Fortnite is available on Switch right now, Dragon Ball FighterZ is coming to the console, the upcoming Smash Bros. is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, among other things. However, one game was noticeably absent: Yoshi for Switch. The colorful game was unveiled at last year's E3, with a release date of 2018. Now, this could be up in the air, as Nintendo's official page listed the game as coming out in 2019. Below is a screenshot. However, very interestingly, the page has gone back and forth between listing 2018 and 2019.
Kotaku asked Nintendo of America's director of product marketing, Bill Trinen, about Yoshi's absence from Nintendo's Direct. Trinen said, "We’ll have updates later this year." So, Yoshi may have been delayed. Why would it take two years to release? There are no real answers yet. It could be that Nintendo doesn't want Yoshi to release the same year as other big titles - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokemon: Let's Go and Dragon Ball FighterZ are due out later this year for Switch. Or, Yoshi simply needs more development time.
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Yoshi is being developed by Good-Feel, the company responsible for the acclaimed Kirby's Epic Yarn. Good-Feel is no stranger to Yoshi, having developed the previous Yoshi game as well, Yoshi's Woolly World. The Switch title has a very similar art style to Woolly World. However, Yoshi for Switch is bringing something new to the table: stages with a "flip side," as Nintendo says. Beyond that, gameplay looks familiar, but with some fun features, such as a non-side-scrolling monster enemy battle.
Based on its 2017 trailer, Yoshi has the potential to be a beautiful game. If it can combine the cheerfulness of Epic Yarn and the challenge of the first Yoshi's Island, we could have a masterpiece. It has been difficult to replicate the quality of Yoshi's Island. Even Woolly World lacked the aspects that made Island one of the greatest games ever made. Yoshi for Switch may be created as an easy game, however, like Epic Yarn. That doesn't have to be a bad thing - if Good-Feel can implement what made Epic Yarn enjoyable, then Yoshi being an "easy" game is fine.
Hopefully, we'll hear updates on Yoshi soon. At the very least, fans can look forward to playing as the dinosaur in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on December 7th.