Also, as usual, Nintendo is playing cards with a 2023 release schedule. Rumors of new hardware travel fast and fast, as they usually do whenever we move into a new year. Personally, we imagine that Nintendo will use Zelda to the fullest this year, squeezing every last drop out of the Switch before introducing a true successor to the Switch, which will be released in 2024 with the flagship Mario game. The company will be looking to replicate the success of Switch’s first year – with a solid schedule of monthly releases lined up for its next console, whatever form it takes – and we wouldn’t be surprised if it follows the Switch template so closely. as far as possible in terms of announcement time and release schedule.
Obviously, if there is any validity to our rampant but reasonable assumptions, it will mean a diversion of resources and games. away from Switch, putting extra pressure on Tears of the Kingdom to live up to expectations. Is it even possible? Well, Nintendo has exceeded our wildest expectations in the past, many times over, so it’s certainly possible. Assuming TOTK gets the job done and supports Switch 2023, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the last couple of Wii U ports arrive in the second half of the year to flesh out the release calendar. Nintendo has been waiting for Wind Waker HD Deluxe and Twilight Princess HD Deluxe for a long time. years now, right?
But who can say? If there’s any company that’s ready to tear this book apart, it’s Nintendo. Whatever the future may be, we are thrilled to have you aboard the good ship USS Nintendo Life as we sail into the uncharted waters of 2023. On behalf of all the NL staff, management and members, I wish you a Happy New Year. It will be good ‘un.