I believe Nintendo is still holding back some big announcements. The company has stated that tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct will focus on upcoming 3DS and Switch titles, but I’m hoping there are a few secrets up the big N’s sleeve. I like the approach the company is taking with plopping new announcements periodically throughout the whole year, it’s a unique marketing strategy that constantly implants the word “Nintendo” in everyone’s brains without us even realizing it.
1. GameCube Games on Switch
Many people, including myself, were hoping Nintendo would have already announced that they’re bringing classic GameCube titles to the Switch eShop during E3 2017. The Nintendo GameCube has a smorgasbord of games many would love to play on Switch — Luigi’s Mansion, Super Smash Bros. Melee, etc. I think it would be fantastic for younger gamers to have access to these GameCube gems. I expect and hope Nintendo will be revealing their plans to roll out a GCN Virtual Console sometime next year, but it would be nice to hear something about it tomorrow.
2. The Legend of Zelda Collection for Switch
In recent years, many game developers have gotten frowned upon due to the amount of HD remakes hitting the market, and to a degree, HD remakes are still a little out of hand. However, The Legend of Zelda is an exceptional franchise that consists of some of the best titles in the history of gaming. Thanks to the Switches’ enhanced power when in comparison to 3DS, it’s more feasible that we’ll see GameCube and Wii games (and anything older) running on the console/handheld-hybrid, with no technical difficulties. Heck, after seeing the gorgeous Breath of the Wild on the platform, I believe any previous Nintendo game could run on Switch. The main reason why I want a Legend of Zelda collection is because Nintendo has released so many remakes/remasters over the years, it’d be awesome to have all of those versions on one platform.
3. A Handful of Streaming Services
Nintendo chose to launch the Nintendo Switch with no apps of any sort. In 2017, that’s a bold move. They say it’s because they want to market the Switch as a gaming console first, but in my opinion, I think they rushed the console to the market. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, we did get a brand new incredible Zelda game at the launch. Nintendo knew they couldn’t delay Breath of the Wild again, so instead, they launched the Switch day and date with The Legend of Zelda, and most gamers are satisfied with their purchase, despite not having any apps, and a scarce launch lineup.
So let’s get the obvious out of the way; streaming services. Applications like Netflix, Hulu, Twitch, HBO Now, hell even YouTube would all be fantastic on Switch, more so than PS4 and Xbox One. Why? The Switch can go anywhere in your house, and steaming anywhere with an internet connection. In a sense, when is comes to streaming services, the Switch is a combination of a PS4 and tablet — and unlike the Wii U, it’s not tethered to your console (hallelujah). Lastly, there were some rumors a way back before the Switch was revealed that it was capable of streaming in 4K. If that is true (I’m no tech guy), it’s another big way Switch could compete with PS4 and Xbox One as the king of the living room.
4. Virtual Console Unveiling
Since the launch of the Switch, it’s Virtual Console is still very much non-existent. Where are the classic Mario and Zelda titles? Where are Nintendo 64 games, for that matter? We can assume they’re coming (in some capacity), but the question is, “How soon?”. I’ve heard many people say that the virtual console doesn’t matter, but I disagree. We should celebrate amazing classic games, and keep them around for younger gamers out there. Not to mention I’d love to play them on the go and on my TV. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, I’m sure you have heard multiple other people beg for some Virtual Console information. Let’s just cross our fingers!
5. Super Smash Bros. for Switch
Once again, Nintendo has been catching some flack due to the company releasing Wii U ports on the Switch, but there are some cases that are justified. Super Smash Bros. for Switch could be the ultimate version of the Wii U and 3DS title. Not only would it look the best, but it would make sense to include all the content from both previous versions. I view Super Smash Bros. as a platform game, similar to something like Rocket League and Minecraft. The Switch version could be an evolving, constantly updated Smash title on Switch. The naming scheme Nintendo used for Smash 4 perfectly sets up the name of Smash on Switch.
There has been a lot of chatter around Smash on Switch due to this Nintendo Direct being the three-year anniversary of the date Smash launched on 3DS and Wii U. Not to mention that Nintendo’s YouTube live-stream recently auto-tagged Super Smash Bros. Purposeful hint? Maybe?
6. Achievement System
Many gamers have been clamoring for this feature on Nintendo platforms ever since Xbox achievements launched on Xbox 360. Recently, the developers behind Lightspeer held an AMA on Reddit. One user asked about online rankings, and in the answer was a very interesting quote regarding achievements coming to the Switch.
Nintendo doesn’t have an official support for Achievements and Leaderboards, like Sony or Microsoft but we know that they’re working on it.”
This seems like a statement based on some form of prior knowledge. With Nintendo delaying their paid online service, it seems as though an achievement system could possibly in the works. This feature alone would cause me to buy way more games than I do now (I get easily addicted).
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Brett Medlock is a senior editor and a lead on video production here at Enthusiast Gaming. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll