Hi everyone. Since 2020 was a lacking year for Nintendo in terms of the quantity of new releases, I thought it could be interesting to hear your ideas on what new games Nintendo could release for 2021. These are my personal ideas of what Nintendo could release, by I.P.
Mainline Mario: I'm gonna be bold here and guess that Super Mario Odyssey 2 is going to be the holiday title for 2021. While Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is being released in February, I don't think that'll necessarily prevent them from releasing a new mainline Mario game, especially since they could just use a slightly enhanced version of the Super Mario Odyssey engine. It wouldn't be that out of the realm of possibility either, since Super Mario Galaxy 2 released 3 years after Galaxy, and Super Mario 3D World released only 2 years after 3D Land, so I think it would make perfect sense for a Super Mario Odyssey sequel to release next year, even if we're getting the 3D World enhanced port in February.
Mario Spin-offs: I'm gonna address the elephant in the room and say that I don't think the rumored Paper Mario 64 remake is gonna happen. Intelligent Systems is clearly going in a new direction with the series, and as much as I'd love to see a remake of the first two games, the developers clearly have other ideas in mind. I don't think there'll be a new Mario Kart game yet either, considering Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Kart Tour are still going strong. I'm gonna make another bold prediction though, and say that an "Ultimate" Mario Party might release, which would basically be a collection of the best boards from the first 8 games up-scaled to HD and with an online multiplayer. Like, imagine being able to play Western Land, Faire Square, and Koopa's Tycoon Town all in the same game, preferably with the Mario Party 6/7 orb system. The idea of compiling content spanning across the whole series has some precedence too, since Mario Party: The Top 100 was a thing on the 3DS. I could totally see Nintendo doing something like this, especially considering the lukewarm reception to Super Mario Party. For a more minor prediction, I'm gonna guess that there'll be a new Mario Sports game as well. These games would probably release in mid-spring or early summer.
Donkey Kong: Since Retro Studios is hard at work on Metroid Prime 4, I don't think the next Donkey Kong game is gonna be developed by them, but I wouldn't be surprised if a brand new game came out next year, since it'll have been 7 years since Tropical Freeze released. Since the Switch version of Tropical Freeze had 5 different playable characters, I could see this hypothetical DKC6 having a focus on the different abilities of the kongs, maybe with some more puzzle aspects to the level design and actually having unique bonus areas like in the original trilogy. I'd expect a summer time release for this one as well.
The Legend of Zelda: Since it'll be the 35th anniversary for Zelda, I could see them releasing a 3D Zelda All-Stars like what Super Mario 3D All Stars did, but I don't know if they'd all be released in the same package. If I had to pick 3 games, I think Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Wind Waker would make the most sense, since Twilight Princess was originally rated Teen, and it would make more sense for Nintendo to release the three games that focus on the Hero of Time in one way or another in the same pack. Of course, I'd like for Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword to be released as well, but I don't know if Nintendo would release all 5 games in the same year, especially since Breath of the Wild 2 is coming out. If I had to guess, the Zelda All-Stars would release around April, right after the Mario 35th anniversary ends and Breath of the Wild 2 itself would probably release in the fall.
Metroid: I don't think we're gonna get Prime 4 or a new 2D game next year, but we could potentially get a rerelease of the Prime trilogy to hold us over until Metroid Prime 4, which would release in 2022. We'll probably get a reveal of Prime 4 around E3, though. If the Prime collection does get released, I'd guess it would be late in the year, around October or November.
Kirby: Kirby is a franchise that I feel has a lot of untapped potential in terms of having tons of possibilities for creative spin-offs. I don't think a 3D Kirby game would really work, since having a character that could fly an infinite number of times in a 3D space wouldn't really work, and Super Mario Odyssey's capture mechanic kind of makes Kirby's copy abilities feel obsolete by comparison. Instead, I could see a Metroid-vania style game where you gradually unlock copy abilities throughout the game that opens up the world bit by bit working really well for Kirby. Another thing that could work really well, but will probably never happen, would be a Kirby RPG. I think Kirby's copy abilities would lend themselves to some really creative RPG mechanics, and there's a lot of story potential here as well considering the lore that Kirby games tend to have in the background. Both of these are probably pipedreams, but I'd expect something Kirby-related to show up next year, and to release sometime in the Spring.
Pokemon: This is gonna be a pretty controversial opinion, but I think GameFreak should actually take a year off their release schedule and focus on making Gen 9 the best that it can be. I know a lot of people are clamoring for Sinnoh remakes to be released next year, but with Breath of the Wild 2 and the probable Super Mario Odyssey 2 likely releasing near the end of the year, I feel that releasing Sinnoh remakes on top of that would make for a crowded holiday release schedule. I could see them releasing a remake of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky though, in addition to New Pokemon Snap.
Fire Emblem: I don't think a new game would be released this year, but one could possibly be announced for 2022.
Pikmin: Like with Fire Emblem, I don't think this would release next year, but I could see Pikmin 4 finally being announced for 2022, with a possible collection of Pikmin 1 and 2 being announced as well.
Updates and Ports from Wii U: Finally, I think it's safe to say that Smash Ultimate and Animal Crossing New Horizons are gonna get more content added throughout the year, probably one per season, if I had to guess. The ports from the Wii U that I could see being released in 2021 that I haven't mentioned already are Nintendo Land and Yoshi's Woolly World, and Xenoblade Chronicles X if we're really lucky.
Sorry for the long post, lol. What are your guys' predictions for Nintendo in 2021?
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