Metroid Prime 4 and core Pokemon, Kirby, and Yoshi games are all in development for the Switch, Nintendo announced this morning.
Metroid Prime 4 is being developed by a new team rather than Metroid Prime trilogy developer Retro Studios. However, long-time Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe is still leading the project.
It has been 10 years since the release of Metroid Prime 3. Since then the series has been in decline: neither 2010's Metroid: Other M nor last year's Metroid Prime: Federation Force was well-received.
Little is known about the Switch's Pokemon title, except that it is an RPG in development at GameFreak that according to Nintendo "may not release for more than a year".
Yoshi’s upcoming Switch game has players explore a huge world decorated like a miniature diorama.
According to Nintendo, each side-scrolling stage has the traditional front side as well as a back side where players can explore the world from a different view to find new surprises. It will release in 2018.
The Kirby game sees the ever-friendly puffball recruit enemies by hitting them with hearts to gather a party of up to four characters, or join with up to three friends for co-op play.
Kirby can combine copy abilities to create combo attacks for defeating enemies and solving puzzles. As with Yoshi, the game will release next year.
Other announcements from Nintendo's E3 presentation:
Super Mario Odyssey, the first 3D sandbox-style Mario adventure in more than 15 years, will be out for Switch on October 27.
In Odyssey, players roam massive kingdoms to collect Power Moons to power Mario’s airship, The Odyssey. Mario can don a variety of costumes and interact with his environment in many creative ways, such as by driving vehicles or exploring sections as Pixel Mario.
Mario’s new partner, Cappy, gives him new moves like Cap Throw, Cap Jump and Capture, and the game offers new locales including the skyscraper-packed New Donk City.
Three Super Mario Odyssey series amiibo figures – Mario, Princess Peach and Bowser in their wedding outfits – will be sold individually and as a three-pack when the game launches on October 27.
Nintendo called Pokkén Tournament DX "the definitive version of the game", and announced a release date of September 22.
Other snippets of info:
◆ Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Rocket League will be out this coming summer.
◆ As we saw yesterday, The Legend of Zelda franchise will appear in the Nintendo Switch version of Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when it releases this summer.
◆ Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle launches on Nintendo Switch on August 29.
◆ EA Sports FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch launches September 29.