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Rumour: Journalists claim Zelda: Tears of Kingdom could be last major Switch game

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Two British video game journalists Christopher Dring and Andy Robinson have stated on Twitter that they have heard from sources that the highly-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom could be the final major release for the Nintendo Switch with the next system-sellers making their debut on the Nintendo Switch’s successor. While Nintendo clearly have big games in the works for the Nintendo Switch this year, including Fire Emblem Engage, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe and Pikmin 4 the journalists claim that these aren’t massive system sellers on par with the likes of Zelda and Mario etc. As always this is a rumour and of course, Nintendo is a highly secretive company, so who knows what they are up to.

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31 thoughts on “Rumour: Journalists claim Zelda: Tears of Kingdom could be last major Switch game”

  1. I was just thinking about how Tears of the Kingdom will be the latest Switch game developed by Nintendo that we know of with a release date (May 12th). Both Pikmin 4 and Metroid Prime 4- assuming that’s even still a thing- don’t have release dates, with only Pikmin having one semi-penciled-in for sometime in 2023. Could there be a specific reason we don’t know of any other Nintendo games beyond the first half of 2023?

    1. I’m always excited for new hardware but I’ll be more excited playing my collection of Switch titles on whatever this console will be. I hope Pikmin 4 can be played on that next generation console too. It also would be nice if they fused 3Ds, Wii, Wii U and Switch Eshops all into 1 for the next generation console instead of deleting it.

  2. I mean if you define major release as games that are expected to sell 10 million plus copies then maybe. Wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted to get the next generation off to a start like the Switch got with several system sellers in its first year after all.

  3. Oh please. You just want the switch to die so they can hurry up and make the next Smash bros. I mean, I want that too, but at least wait until the last Mario kart 8 deluxe dlc.

    1. Way back when NX was in R&D, Nintendo should have thought about power then , then it would still be getting a ton of 3rd party support in its 6th year cycle. And the little 3rd party support it does get the PS5 and Series X/S always gets it months before the Switch does (Hogwarts). Why? Because Nintendo was stupid to think the Switch power would hold up in 2022 when it was in R&D in 2012.
      What else is the point of a next generation console? It was stupid enough to make the Wii U a tad bit more powerful than the PS3 and 360. What did they expect to come from Sony and Microsoft a console a bit more powerful than the PS3 and.360 like the Wii U was?

      There isn’t even a graphical difference between Pikmin 3 and 4 or Splatoon 2 and 3. Compared to Pikmin 2 and 3 which had a bigger leap than Pikmin 3 and 4 trailer. So obviously the Switch hit its ceiling.

  4. These days, rumors seem to be the only news. How many rumors need to turn out wrong until we stop blowing everything out of proportion? Shouldn’t Metroid Prime Trilogy be a save bet to be dropped this year because of the franchises anniversary? Shouldn’t there already be a Switch Advance out since summer? OK the ater might have been a victim of chip shortages and stuff, but still it shows how we should just have a special section with rumors on every game website, with a little “hide” button for people like me. Actual knowledge would be so amazing. I really can’t see the benefit of possibly knowing stuff from half-baked leaks in advance. The only reason is just sheer impatience.

  5. Nice…
    One exclusive Mario game for the console’s lifetime…
    Most of the games were ports from previous consoles or just a remaster, there were not many new titles and they already want to release a new console.
    If this were true, I would thank Nintendo and switch to Sony :D

      1. The PS5 is also a newer device.

        Additionally Sony is prioritizing putting their games on other hardware namely the PS4 and PC because of the scarcity of the PS5. They want their games to reach a wider audience. Sure it means the PS5 is less valuable with fewer exclusive titles. But on the other hand they’re making more money because a wider audience can play their games.

        I even have some of their games thanks to their inclusion on Steam, such as God of War, Horizon, and Spiderman. And they look fantastic on my brand new (just put it together last month) 4.5K PC, so less exclusives isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you look at the why.

        1. Sure, yeah I get the business decision for Sony to put their games on PC and PS4. But if someone leaves to go to PlayStation solely because the Switch is primarily ports with fewer exclusives than normal- well it isn’t really consistent logic now is it?

          1. Actually, I’m against exclusives. I praise the practice of putting games on more platforms to reach a wider audience. Sure it makes each console less valuable. But each individual game gets more attention and it’s more affordable for the consumer too.

            I don’t want to pay for 3 or 4 devices to play all my games. Things are too expensive as they are. If I can buy the latest Nintendo platform and a PC and still play Playstation and X-Box games I’m very happy.

            1. Yeah, I can respect that. There are some exclusives that I wish weren’t exclusive. For example, you have no idea how much I want Bloodborne on PC

        2. Oh, also I don’t think the PS5 being newer than the Switch holds that much water at this point. The PS5 has been on the market for 2 years at this point and it only has a handful of exclusives. Switch had far more exclusives by that point in its life. Granted, I’m sure there are several different factors for that since Switch games aren’t nearly as graphically demanding as PS5 games etc.

          I still agree with your other point though

          1. But you’re comparing the PS5 to the Switch. The Switch has been out for almost 6 years. Why is it a shocker that it has more exclusives than a platform only on the market for 2?

          2. I retract what I said earlier. I just read your comment wrong. You meant that 2 years in the Switch had more exclusives than the PS5 currently does.

            But most of those were upgraded ports of Wii U games at the time.

            1. I could have sworn there were more exclusives other than upgrades ports but that point in the Switch’s life, but I could be misremembering.

              I will point out though that my initial response to the first comment was made to point out the hypocrisy in their comment. Why they would choose to jump ship to Sony instead of Nintendo because the Switch has a lot of ports and few exclusives makes less sense considering that Sony’s consoles are in the exact same situation.

              I’m sure they were just trolling, or maybe they really couldn’t see the inconsistency with their own statement. I dunno

  6. I have small doubts that Tears of the Kingdom would be the last Switch game for Nintendo Switch. So, some people just wanted the Switch to die right away since Nintendo has not announced the next machine yet.

  7. Isn’t it obvious? Metroid Prime 4 is going to end up being the last Nintendo game on the Switch and it’ll also be a launch title for the Switch’s successor as well. This will be a huge game to go out on, but most Nintendo fans will just get the game on the new hardware like we did with Breath of the Wild when it released on the Wii U and the Switch almost 6 years ago. So I suppose it won’t be a system seller for the Switch, but it will be for the new hardware.

  8. I wish people would stop talking about a new console, since it’s never coming, it could come as late as 2028 at the earliest. But at this point no one can say or even speculate what, when, or will be. Nintendo don’t want a new console, they are happy with this one, and it’s sheer greed by some people thinking that something always has to be next, when you already have next in your unappreciating hands. Computers have only been around for 87 years, with the first gaming computer at 83 years, while I appreciate advances in technology, I believe that patience is key if you want something fantastic, you must wait patiently for it, for as long as it takes.

    1. I think the same way, if you look in a business perspective they have no need for a new hardware considering the Switch is still flying off the shelves and barely slowing down. Any game (at least good ones) ported to the Switch sells very well, even if with lower resolution/framerate.

      I do believe we’ll eventually have a proper successor (and not this “Pro” thing we hear since 2019), but we are probably years away from even an announcement. Nintendo just doesn’t work like Sony or Microsoft, they basically do their own thing.

      As for the Switch we still have Pikmin and Metroid 4 after Zelda.

      1. @ Inaho,
        And I’m eagerly awaiting Pikmin 4. Can’t wait for that one. I just hope that after all these years of production that it’s a much bigger and more expansive game than part 3 was. I’m also hoping for the return of actual treasures to collect, instead of almost nothing but fruit.

  9. So, what’s this I used to hear about how the Switch was going to be made in a way that could be upgraded and made more powerful down the road (which meant the console would have a much longer life-span than other Nintendo consoles)? Does anyone else remember reading that about the Switch before (or around the same time) it launched? That’s already turning out to be an exaggerated lie. 😒

    And the next Nintendo console better be backward compatible with Switch games. Because I didn’t spend all these years collecting Switch games (and spending all of my money, literally) just to be unable to play Switch games on the successor.

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