New Nintendo Switches won’t be at E3
Contrary to recent rumors that Nintendo would be unveiling one or two new Switches at E3 2019, it has been confirmed by Nintendo that this, in fact, will not be the case. Nintendo CEO and President Shuntaro Furukawa said as such, as reported by Bloomberg, when he told reporters that Nintendo has “no plans to announce that at this year’s E3 in June.” Furukawa also explained that there is much to be done before the consoles are officially revealed, stating that Nintendo’s “current applications are just for the hardware, but we’ll also need inspections of our software” and they’ll “need many more applications to the government and others, so from that perspective the launch period is still unknown.”
This is slightly disappointing news, admittedly. With many looking forward to a June reveal, optimism was up regarding the future of the Switch. However, the optimism has likely subsided with many. That said, Nintendo still has some anticipated high-profile titles in the pipeline for 2019, including the third installment in the Luigi’s Mansion series and another Animal Crossing entry. Hopefully, we’ll see more of those and other games at E3.
Switch numbers are in
Along with unfortunate news of a delayed reveal of the rumored Switch console updates, statistics regarding the fiscal year have surfaced. Having originally projected that they would have sold 20 million Switches by the fiscal year’s end, they later changed that figure to about 17 million. Nintendo now reports that they sold about 16.95 million units for the fiscal year, selling 2.47 million units in the first quarter of 2019. Figures were brighter in terms of software sales, as Nintendo reports that they sold 118.55 million units in software. That figure is certainly bolstered by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s December 2018 release.
Even though Nintendo didn’t quite hit the mark, the Switch has now sold more units in its lifetime than that of the Nintendo 64, which sold 32.93 million units in its lifetime. However, the Switch has yet to reach the sales figures of the likes of the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.
Going forward, Nintendo has projected that they will sell 18 million Switch units in the next fiscal year. This is a rather conservative estimate, at least compared to last year’s initial estimate. However, with some enticing new upcoming releases that number may be very likely to reach.
Source: The Verge
Nintendo Gives ‘Super Mario Maker 2’ a release date
Although one of the Wii U’s best hits, Super Mario Maker still wasn’t exactly guaranteed a sequel. Even as one of the more unique D.I.Y. games of last generation, it may have well been a one-off. That is, until a couple months ago, when Nintendo officially announced Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch. Initially given a June 2019 release date, Nintendo has now given the game a more focused release date of June 28, 2019.
Let’s-a go! Let your imagination run wild as you make and play the Super Mario courses of your dreams when #SuperMarioMaker2 launches for #NintendoSwitch on 6/28! https://t.co/TnK9rQwRJi pic.twitter.com/eSJfb7JSPj
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 24, 2019
Now that we have a set-in-stone release date, we can all rest easy. Two months isn’t that far away, so as long as there are no delays, Super Mario Maker 2 is sure to fill in the the summer drought that occasionally plagues the game industry insofar as popular releases go. So set your calendars folks!
‘Mario Kart Tour’ now has beta signups
It has been known for about a year at this point that Nintendo has been working on their latest Mario Kart outing with Mario Kart Tour, which is also the latest in its lineup of mobile games. Well, we are now inching closer and closer to its official summer release.
Furthermore, to signify this, applications for the closed beta test are currently open to the public. Signups are available on Mario Kart Tour‘s official website, where Android users can sign up for the beta test with their Gmail-linked Nintendo accounts. Applications for the beta test will end May 7, so any interested Android owners should get to applying as soon as possible.
As for the beta itself, it will run from May 22 to June 4. As for iPhone users with Switch consoles, there is always Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to be occupied until Nintendo’s next non-mobile console Mario Kart release. In the meantime, Mario Kart Tour is sure to bring some interesting features to the series.
This Week’s Releases
This week turned out to be a pretty significant one for the Switch in terms of releases. First and foremost, the highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat 11 was released April 23. The latest installment in the long-running fighting game series, Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the first titles to land on a Nintendo console in a while. Priced at $59.99 USD, it is packed with content that is sure to have players coming back long after its release.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen was also released this week. Running at $29.99 USD, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is a re-release of the complete package that had come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC a while ago. Designed with deep action-RPG mechanics and a beautiful, if sometimes brutal, world to explore, Dragon’s Dogma is yet another Capcom game that would not be worth missing.
On April 26, Switch owners will be treated to BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!, a sequel to the well-received BOXBOY! Expanding upon the original’s unique platforming/puzzle-solving gameplay with the innovative use of boxes, BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!, priced at $9.99 USD, adds two-player cooperative gameplay to the mix. That is, assuming the two players are cooperative.
As always, you can find these and more on the Nintendo Game Store.