For a lot of people, the word Nintendo evokes many pleasant memories from childhood. The company has been making video games longer than anyone else, so there’s a good chance you owned one of their consoles growing up. You might have been a huge “Mario” fan or a devoted “Metroid” player – everybody’s interests are different. What is the same, however, is our love for nostalgia. Those games meant a lot to us back then, and they’re still special now. If you feel the same, you might be happy to know that some of these beloved series have new games launching this year.
He’s been one of Mario’s sidekicks for three decades, but Yoshi hasn’t always been a secondary character. Ever since the release of “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island” in ‘95, the adorable fluttering dinosaur has played the lead in a growing series of games. The last time we saw him in action was on the Wii U when he was made out of yarn and living it up in “Woolly World.” Now, he’s put away the knitting needles and gone for something a little more crafty for his new game due out this year.
Yes, after being delayed for a whole year, “Yoshi’s Crafted World” is finally coming to the Switch in 2019. With a similar style of gameplay to its predecessor, this new release allows you to play levels from multiple perspectives as you discover the intricate secrets of each level. Let’s hope Yoshi doesn’t commit any more tax fraud before his game launches in the Spring.
Can you believe that the first Pokémon games launched on the Game Boy over 20 years ago now? We’ve had to adult so much since then, yet we still regress to those carefree childhood days whenever there’s mention of a new release. Speaking of which, guess what’s speculated to be coming out this year…
After testing the waters in 2018 with “Let’s Go: Pikachu & Eevee,” The Pokémon Company is set to debut its first mainline entry for the Switch in the coming months. Few details are known about the game so far, but the developers have confirmed it will follow the style of gameplay we’ve grown to love. It will also introduce the eighth generation of Pokémon, meaning plenty of brand new creatures to catch. We’re excited already.
There’s no better Nintendo game for de-stressing than “Animal Crossing.” Just hearing the theme tune instantly relaxes us and reminds us that life is easy so long as you have a fishing rod and a bug net. No matter which version you grew up with, whether it was on the GameCube, DS, Wii or 3DS, you probably had a smile on your face whenever you played it. Well, get ready to start smiling again because “Animal Crossing” is coming back this year.
After a variety of spin-offs that haven’t been great, the series is finally making its way to the Switch. We don’t know what month it’s coming out, but we already have high hopes for the game. “New Leaf” revolutionized the series, so it’s got some big boots to fill. However, we have faith in Nintendo. Why wouldn’t we?
Nintendo has a whole host of classic series that could easily return for a new game in 2019. Following the port of “New Super Mario Bros U” that was released in January, it’s possible we might see a sequel to “Super Mario Odyssey” this year. Also in the running could be the latest iteration in “The Legend of Zelda” series, especially with “Breath of the Wild” being a phenomenal success. Mario and Link’s first major forays onto the Switch are some of the console’s biggest sellers with 10+ million copies sold each. If they’re going to get follow-ups, we imagine it’ll be sooner rather than later.
Also potentially releasing in 2019 is “Metroid Prime 4.” The last “Metroid Prime” game was released in 2007, while the very first “Metroid” title came out all the way back in 1982. Isn’t it time we got Samus back on our screens? The newest release was announced at E3 in 2017, but Nintendo has so far remained silent on when we’ll actually be able to play it.
2018 didn’t have the best range of new Nintendo games available. However, with all these titles to look forward to this year, 2019 is going to be a good one.