Nintendo Switch E3 2017 Predictions

by David Loft posted June 11th 2017

File Under Gaming

Well it's that time of year again, E3 is upon us. Before the big reveal on Tuesday, I wanted to get my predictions down on paper, as it were. I usually like to do predictions for more than just Nintedo, but with the Switch, Nintendo has dominated my gaming time for the past few months. Its been wonderful having a Nintedo home console for the first time since the N64. But as a result of this I have not paid much attention to PC or PS4 gaming, so just Nintendo predictions this year.

First prediction is a given, we will get more info on Super Mario Odyssey. We will see new environments, as well as new gameplay elements and the game will be available to play at the show. We will also get a mid November 2017 release date. Second is more info on Splatoon 2, they will detail all the multiplayer modes and provide some more info about the single player campaign. Third, a release date for the Legend of Zelda Breath of Wild first DLC pack, with a possible available now announcement. Also possible is some info the the second DLC pack coming later this year. And last but not least, a tease for a new open world 3D Metroid built with the Breath of the Wild engine.

From Ubisoft, we will obviously get Mario Rabbids, which has already fully leaked.

I also suspect we will see the first big OS update for the Switch announced which will bring, amount other things, streaming video services like YouTube and Netflix, and maybe even Twitch and Amazon Prime Video. But it will not bring the ability to stream Switch games. We also may catch a glimpse of the Switch's upcoming Smart Phone app.

For new Nintendo games, I suspect we will hear about three titles. First a Kirby 2D plat former for fall 2017, second an Animal Crossing with more of a focus on farming, borrowing ideas from games like Stardew Valley for an early 2018 release and last but not least a tease for a new open world 3D Metroid built with the Breath of the Wild engine, with either no release date or a late 2018 release.

As for third parties, I predict several new Nindies will be announced for the Switch. We will also get an announcement that Capcom, will be bringing Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) to North America. They will also announce a MegaMan Collection.

From Ubisoft, we will obviously get Mario Rabbids, which has already fully leaked. But we will also get an announcement for Just Dance 2018, a given really, and South Park The Fractured but Whole. A game that was denied to be coming the Switch, but one that seems a given.

Two more third party titles I suspect we will see announced for the Switch is a Call of Duty title, maybe a new one, maybe an older one, or maybe a custom one. And Rocket League, a game that would fit absolutely perfectly on the Switch.

Nintendo would be crazy to announce a Smash Deluxe three days before the release of Arms.

What won't we see. Virtual, not going to happen yet, if will come later, and likely will have its very own Direct. No more Pokemon for Switch, wecwill likely see a game made from the ground up for the Switch in a couple years. Till than, I guess keep a 3DS handy.

Lastly, a Super Smash Bros Deluxe. Nintendo likely has plans for at least a few Deluxe versions of Wii U games. But I don't think we will see another for 2017. Nintendo will likely want to help fill gaps over the next year or too, and they don't want the Switch to feel like a machine that just gets ports. Also, and likely most importantly, Nintendo would be crazy to announce a Smash Deluxe three days before the release of Arms.

Arms is important to Nintendo, it's the first major release from Nintendo thats exclusive. Is, not also available on the Wii U. An announcement of Smash, even months out, could hurt Arms sales and Nintendo has been far too deliberate in their release and announcement of games to do this.

Well there we have it. If you liked what I had to say or thought I was wrong, feel free to leave a comment. This is Letters From Dave signing out.


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