With tent pole releases such as Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has gotten off to a strong start in terms of its first party software lineup. That trend is already confirmed to continue next year, with new entries in the Yoshi, Kirby, and Fire Emblem series coming then, but now it sounds like they may not be alone. According to comments from one of Nintendo’s directors, Metroid Prime 4 and the currently untitled Pokémon game for Switch might be joining those titles by releasing in 2018.

In a recent interview, Nintendo of America (NOA) Corporate Communications Director Charlie Scibetta originally said that Switch has a strong second year in store, especially with the E3 announcements of Metroid and Pokémon for the system.

“We’ve announced a nice lineup through this year, and next year we have some big games coming with Metroid 4. 2018 will be around Metroid, Kirby, Yoshi, and a new Pokémon game has been announced. We feel good about the lineup for this year and beyond.” — Charlie Scibetta, NOA corporate communications director

Later on, it was clarified by Nintendo that Scibetta meant to say “2018 and beyond” for Metroid and Pokémon, but that doesn’t really deny the possibility that those two projects could be coming sooner than expected or are further on in development than Nintendo is letting on. Of course, such thoughts are mere speculation at this point, but it is at least interesting that someone so involved with promoting Nintendo’s endeavors originally said these two highly anticipated titles could be coming as soon as next year.

When do you think Metroid Prime 4 and Pokémon for Nintendo Switch will release? Are 2018 release dates realistic, or do you think these games will need more time in the development oven to come out like Nintendo would want? Share your own hype and speculation in the comments below!

Source: Venture Beat

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