Games Inbox: When is the most likely Nintendo Switch 2 release date?

Nintendo Switch OLED Console

What’s next for the Switch? (photo: Nintendo)

The Thursday letters page wonders why there isn’t a Marvel-connected universe for games, as a reader tries to imagine Metroid Prime 4.

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Smoke and fire
I wouldn’t say it was exactly a smoking gun, but that’s some very suspicious information from Nintendo’s latest financial records. I think the fact that they haven’t announced a single new game before 2023 is proof enough that new hardware is coming.

Since the Switch Pro would presumably be backwards compatible, I’m assuming the reason they’re hiding the games is because it’s the full-fat Switch 2. I realize the madness of Nintendo’s prediction, but like everyone else, they’re smart enough to try and repeat a good trick, so I think a May launch with Breath Of The Wild 2 is a perfectly reasonable bet.

If not, when? It must still be 2023 or 2024, I think, they can’t resist any longer. Not so much because the Switch is getting too outdated (although it has), but because the technology has moved so much further that a Switch 2 could be a huge leap in performance. Imagine a Nintendo hybrid console with the power of a PlayStation 4 costing less than £300. Yes please!

All part of the plan
I don’t know if there’s a Switch 2 coming out next year, but I’ll bet Metroid Prime 4 was always meant for it. They must have known how long it would take them to reboot and what the Switch’s lifespan would likely be. Since the Switch has done so well, they probably underestimated it and expected the next one to come out soon anyway.

I’m really curious what they’ll do with it and if they’ll have a Zelda-style open world or something that keeps the traditional ‘closed doors’ style of Metroid. The previous Prime games had to do that for technical reasons, but it’s so ingrained in the way Metroid works that I’m not sure Nintendo will be able to get rid of it.

No news is bad news
I’ve seen a lot of people in the Inbox accuse others of bias or dishonesty towards Sony, but I think that misses the point. People are not so much angry as frustrated. They are frustrated by the lack of news, but also by the lack of reason why everything is so mysterious. Sony clearly has other games in the works, so why not announce them? Are they pretending they haven’t previously announced games with just a pre-rendered trailer?

Just Say God Of War: Ragnarök is out October 12, or whenever. You can always change it later, it’s not that we’re not all used to that. It would mean at least one thing to look forward to because I honestly can’t even remember the last time I played a game, let alone looked forward to it.

Elden Ring seems so long ago now and it feels like the entire gaming industry went on holiday after Easter and hasn’t come back. That’s why people get excited, not because they suddenly hate Sony or something.

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Proven tactics
You mentioned that Return To Monkey Island may have been a timed Switch exclusive due to the strong indie sales on the platform which I think is correct but probably even stronger than that I think it’s due to strong point-and- click-sell on Switch, specifically of Ron Gilbert’s last game, Thimbleweed Park.

Ron shared this a few years ago: “Although the Switch version launched last and only shows about three months of sales here, with its much lower user base in January 2018, it beats the Xbox version released much earlier and a comparable had an exclusivity deal with Microsoft, as well as PlayStation 4, which had very disappointing Thimbleweed Park sales.”

I’m sure Ron shared the updated version of these sales with Devolver Digital, and Devolver probably now with an even higher Switch user base thought it’s worth getting some help from Nintendo.
Lord Darkstorm

unrelated word
Am I right in thinking that Sony’s Spider-Man game is a completely standalone game? It doesn’t connect to another game or anything in terms of a story? I find this very strange. I would have thought it would have been a super obvious idea for game companies to replicate the interconnectedness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

DC should have made do with the Batman: Arkham games and yet I don’t even think Gotham Knights is part of the same universe. Considering how quick other movie companies have been to copy the idea, it’s surprising that no game has ever actually done it. It kind of happens in Final Fantasy games, but the best example I can think of is Half-Life and Portal, and that was really just a joke.

GC: The only two games that could connect are Spider-Man and Iron Man VR, but we don’t remember anything specifically connecting them – if anything, it was just a throwaway line.

Mini success
Between the Nintendo Mini Direct and the first batch lineup, Nintendo put in a solid performance for the rest of ’22. Tuesday’s Direct had absolutely few surprises, given the leaks and news a few weeks ago Persona came to Xbox (and thus inevitably Switch), but it still showed a strong roster of third parties to support Nintendo’s first party efforts and indies. .

Keeping older titles coming to the small portable never gets old in my opinion. I would never have spent the 100+ hours it takes to get through The Witcher 3 and Divinity: Original Sin 2 if I had to set aside time to play them on the TV… on the handheld, but it’s easy, despite being much inferior versions . It looks like Persona 5 will finally be ready this Christmas during the cold winter nights.

Mind you, a lot depends on how well the old Switch can technically hold up in these games. NieR:Vending machines are the main concern as it’s already a bit janky on other platforms despite not being particularly high tech so wonder who’s doing the gate?

And while Persona 5 is on the PlayStation 3, I imagine they’ll just port the PlayStation 4 code base over to Royal and cut it down to size, so we’ll probably see Shin Megami Tensei 5 like feats there, which I could live with to have it on a handheld. Just hope they get physical cartridge releases.
PS: I also just wanted to sing the praises of OlliOlli World, what a charming little game. Probably my game of the year so far.

The early bird gets the console
Looking forward to the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2, I hope Snatcher on Mega CD will be on it with an English translation as it is so expensive on eBay. The last time Snatcher sold a mega CD on eBay, it sold for £234 pounds! I will be pre-ordering the Mega Drive 2 Mini from Amazon as soon as possible. I missed the NES mini and SNES mini because I didn’t order early and they sold out.
Andreas J.
ps. The free games on the Epic Games Store on Thursdays starting at 4 p.m. are Geneforge 1: Mutagen and Iratus: Lord Of The Dead. They have never been given away for free by Epic before.

To overtake
I thought the recent Nintendo Direct Mini was a bit of a mixed bag. Persona, NieR:Automata and Monster Hunter don’t interest me, while the remakes/collections of Pac-Man and Mega Man games felt like filler for the release schedule, but I might be a little harsh there. On the other hand, I enjoyed the first Mario + Rabbids game, so I’ll probably check out the sequel.

The presentation also provided some opportunities to correct major gaps in my gaming experience. I’ve never played a Monkey Island or Portal game, but know they are widely acclaimed, so Return To Monkey Island and the Portal Companion Collection look interesting.

Think you must have played one of the original Monkey Island games to appreciate or understand Return To Monkey Island? And is it possible to play these games on consoles (I don’t have a gaming PC)? It feels like LucasArts is leaving money on the table and not releasing the original games as a collection on modern formats…

Likewise, is the Portal Companion Collection probably the best way to experience these games on consoles? I seem to recall that a collection was released before, but it may have been on PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 – it may be cheaper for me to get a month of PS Plus Extra, if this collection is there, in instead of the new Switch version…

GC: The Monkey Island Special Editions are readily available on Xbox and PlayStation, and we think there’s a good chance they’ll be brought to Switch as well. However, Escape From Monkey Island (the only other essential) is currently only for PC – unless Sony brings the PlayStation 2 version to PS Plus, as they’ve already done with the Special Editions. Portal 1 and 2 have probably been bundled at different times, but the only official compilation is on the Switch.

Inbox is running too
Ubisoft has been making Skull & Bones for 10 years?! I wonder if they ever heard of a little concept called sunken cost fallacy?

Consider me another who thinks Harvestella actually looks pretty cool. I hope they don’t take it too serious and it’s just a fun adventure, the problem with Square Enix is ​​they can always be so serious.

This week’s hot topic
The topic for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Tosh, who asks what’s your favorite PlayStation exclusive?

Inspired by the recent launch of PS Plus Premium, we want to know what your favorite PlayStation exclusive is. It doesn’t have to be one made by Sony, just one that was only available on a PlayStation console (including portable devices) at the time.

How important was the game, and the exclusives in general, in getting the console or building a positive impression of the PlayStation brand, and is the franchise still going on today? If it became multiformat, did that somehow diminish your enthusiasm for it?

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