I wasn’t sure at first what to do with this information when I first found it. I still don’t really know what to do, so instead I’ll get straight to the point. Nintendo’s Charlie Scibetta said this to VentureBeat:
GamesBeat: For the rest of the year, what’s the big message? Obviously Mario, but is there anything else?
Charlie Scibetta: Games. If you want to be able to play games and not have a dry spell between any of the big launches, we think Nintendo Switch is a good place to be. We have a nice drumbeat of first and third party. You’ll never have to wait long.
Just as you get through a game and you’re starting to put your head up, put the periscope out to see what else is out there, hopefully we’ll have something right there for you. 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, new Pokemon game has been announced. We feel good about the lineup for this year and beyond.
Exciting right? Well of course it is. The idea those games could come out in 2018 is enticing, but not wholly guaranteed. A representative, likely a PR agent, of Nintendo reached out to our friends at GoNintendo in response to this news to say this:
No change in what we announced last week, which is that those two games are coming, but they have no specifically announced release window/year.
So… they could come in 2018… or they could not come in 2018. Was Charlie jumping the gun? Who knows. Either way, it’s an exciting time to be a Nintendo Switch owner.