2022 was a good year for Nintendo as the Switch brought a wide range of genres to the console. There seemed to be a steady stream of first party game releases throughout the year, although few titles really stood up to the competition from Nintendo and one of the most anticipated games was delayed.
The stars seemed to be lining up for a great 2023 for Nintendo. Several exciting first-party games have already been announced, and the company is looking at ways to expand its most popular franchises into media outside of video games. While the year is looking bright for Nintendo, there are a few key resolutions that must be kept if they are to go beyond that.
Don’t delay games
Nintendo is generally okay with sticking to announced release dates, but recently there have been a few instances where they’ve had to postpone games or content. Of course this is sometimes necessary to avoid releasing broken or unfinished games, but in 2023 we want Nintendo to be confident that they can meet a release date before announcing it.
The highly-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been pushed back from 2022 to May 12, 2023, and so far we don’t know much about the game, despite the fact that it’s expected to be released in just a few months. It would be quite disappointing if it was delayed again by the end of the year, having been expected to come out several times before that.
Pikmin 4 is slated for release in 2023, but with no more specific target window and only a teaser trailer so far, this is another game we’re hoping to hit our consoles this year. For other games that are eventually announced for this year, Nintendo needs to be sure they’re ready before committing to those dates.
Bring the virtual console to the switch
Many fans have been calling for Virtual Console to come to Switch for years, but that request is more relevant than ever in 2023. Because the eShop on the Wii U and 3DS will be permanently closed this year on March 27th, putting an end to the virtual console.
All things must come to an end, but the Virtual Console series on Wii U and 3DS is the only way to buy hundreds of titles from older consoles, from Game Boy Color/Advance to Nintendo DS and even some retro third-party consoles like the TurboGrafx-16 and Game Gear.
We already have many retro NES, SNES and N64 titles available on Nintendo Switch Online, but we are still missing hundreds of games that were available through Virtual Console. In 2023, Nintendo should find a way to either add these titles to NSO or just bring the virtual console library to the Switch for players to purchase individually.
Release a new 3D Mario game
There’s a lot going on at Mario this year. Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, the interactive theme park featuring the Mushroom Kingdom, opens to the public on February 17th. The Super Mario Bros. movie, the first film adaptation of the franchise in 30 years, will be released on April 7th.
These are big events, but so far Nintendo hasn’t announced a new Super Mario game to tie in with them. This seems like the perfect opportunity for the company to market and release a new game in the franchise.
It’s been six years since the last original 3D Mario (Super Mario Odyssey in 2017), which is about the average time it takes Nintendo to release this type of game. We had 2021 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury to shorten the wait, but since this was a port with additional content, we’re ready for something brand new. 2023 seems to be the right time for this.
Continue to support older titles
Nintendo is usually good at supporting games that have already been released by adding new content over time, but lately they’ve dropped the ball with this one.
Sure, there are some exceptions, like the new DLC booster course tracks being added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but there are a number of games that could get a lot more new content than they are.
One of the biggest culprits is Mario Party Superstars. This game started with only five boards to play with, which is fewer than the Mario Party before it and three boards fewer than the very first Mario Party game on the Nintendo 64. Since the boards in Superstars are just remastered versions of older titles, there’s no reason , why Nintendo can’t update the game with more.
Other games like Nintendo Switch Sports and Mario Strikers: Battle League have received new content, but it’s been remarkably slow and the updates have been boring. Nintendo could breathe new life into these titles if they received interesting content updates that would bring older players back and attract new buyers.
Announcing new hardware for 2024
Let’s face it: the Nintendo Switch feels pretty dated at this point. The original system is six years old, and while the OLED model was a nice upgrade, there’s a lot more Nintendo can do to refresh its hardware.
It’s no secret that many games of 2022 on the Switch have struggled with performance and graphics, and part of the reason for that lies in hardware limitations. The excuse used to be that the Switch is a handheld device and that’s holding it back, but recent competition like the Steam Deck proves it could do so much more.
2023 is the time for Nintendo to share its plans to take its hardware to the next level, be it a new iteration of the Switch or a successor console. Perhaps this will be the last year for the Switch before we finally see what 2024 could be in store for Nintendo’s hardware.
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