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Nintendo of America corporate communications director indicates that Metroid Prime 4, Pokemon Switch are 2018 titles

Posted on June 21, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

During last week’s Nintendo Spotlight presentation at E3, Nintendo revealed two big projects for Switch. Metroid Prime 4 and a new core Pokemon game were announced for the platform.

Neither game was given any sort of release window. They’re definitely not 2017 titles – especially Pokemon, which will likely take more than a year to arrive. Yet Nintendo of America corporate communications director Charlie Scibetta has indicated that Pokemon as well as Metroid Prime 4 could be out on Switch next year.

Speaking about providing a consistent lineup of games on Switch, Scibetta noted:

“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.”

We do have to caution that just because Scibetta said this, it doesn’t necessarily make it true. As always, the only information you can truly count on are from official announcements. Having both of these games in 2018 is something most Switch owners would be very much pleased with though.


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  • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

    I’d love that, but right now it’s hard to believe…

    • Not really. Game Freak been working a Pokemon for Switch since late last year and earlier this year they were hiring for those experiences with making HD models even though they used HD models for 3DS Pokemon games but downsize them to 240p which is why the framerate always tanked in those games. And they said more than a year away. So that definitely Holiday 2018.

      As for Metroid Prime 4 it’s most likely been in development since last year considering they don’t have any good enough to show as of now.

      • I’m pretty sure someone said development only started earlier this year

        • Riku0493

          Probably just latching onto the phrase “We have now entered development” quite literally.

          Game Freak is known to work on multiple projects at once, especially ‘mons projects.

          After X/Y wrapped up, they started on Sun/Moon; while Team B was on OR/AS and switched to Ultra Sun/Moon when OR/AS went gold.

          • Sorry, was talking about Prime 4 😛 (edited it in)

        • that can be assumed but that wouldn’t matter because for the longest they were trying to form a team to get the game development going they already had everything pretty much planned.

      • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

        Just one thing, models per se don’t have a resolution, they are rendered at whichever resolution is set by the renderer. If the renderer is set to 240p that’s the resolution everything will be rendered.

        But yes, 3DS Pokémon models for battle are very detailed with a huge number of points/ triangles, they will probably only need to remake the textures for things to look good in HD.

      • Lindsey Stewart

        Actually metroid prime 4 was in development far longer and i bet emily Rodgers knows who the devs are.

        Pokemon stars was clearly the fact that pokemon generation 8 was in development (starting with porting to sun and moon)

        Wouldn’t it be amazing generation 8 is based in sinnoh?

        • Princess_Eevee9

          There is no Pokémon “Stars” you people need to let that go. If anything Sinnoh remasters or a new Pokémon Colosseum is what I’m betting on. (I’d also love to see Pokémon Conquest 2 or Battle Revolution 2, also should note Pokémon Warriors might happen too)

    • Burning Gravity

      yeah, smart. there’s no guarantee, games often get delayed

    • Tlink7

      I dunno, Nintendo is managing a game(+) a month for 2017, I have faith they will be able to continue this into 2018

      • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

        Me too, I’m just not sure if Metroid Prime 4 and the new Pokémon will be among them =P

        • Roto Prime


  • Exposer

    For latin gamers “smoke” means titles that were announced in some point and vanishes for years, like many Sony conferences…Hopefully Nintendo didnt smoke us, that much if this is true.

    • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

      Poweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer!!!(Potencia) hehe
      Ninty does not like to smoke us, the most recent that I recall is Zelda but they delayed it because Wii U did not sell well and was a good movement

    • Aline Piroutek


      • Exposer

        Exato. Brazilian gamers dont use that term?

    • RoadyMike

      We call that vaporware,mate. Games that we know have been in development for years but with no update or official cancellation

      • Exposer

        So Kingdom Heart 3 is a vaporware and last guardian too in its momment?

        • RoadyMike

          As far as I’m aware, KH3 has had a few trailers so far and The Last Guardian is already out(unless you’re talking about some other game; the big dog thing with wings?) so niether are really vaporware

          An example of vaporware would be the game RETRO has been working on. Literally the only thing we know about the game is that retro is working on it and haven’t given out any details in about 3 years now(I think). We all thought it was gonna be Prime 4 but it turns out someone else is making it so Retro’s game is a complete mystery

          • Exposer

            Oh…No, no Im talking about titles OFICIALLY ANNOUNCED some years ago, but with NO realease date until now (Day-Month-Year), TLG was announced like 11 years ago for PS3, with the “dont worry it will be launch” sticker on it in those days, the same for KH3, if it shows trailers it dosent matter honestly.
            No realese date = Smoke

          • RoadyMike

            Then whatever smoke means to you is different than vaporware. Not giving a release date isn’t the same as giving absolutely no new update

          • Exposer

            Yeah, because giving more updates, dosent mean that the game is comming, just that they didnt forget about it, not the same.

  • Tlozbj

    I could see Pokemon next year, Metroid not so much. That will most probably be 2019, with a early gameplay trailer at this year’s VGX, with a better look in E3 2018, with a 2019 release date

    • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

      Yeah, Pokémon development tends to be a lot faster, so maybe, but I’m not buying it for Metroid Prime. Maybe if they use a 3rd party engine (like Yoshi uses UE4) they can save a lot of development time, but a “1st person adventure-shooter” isn’t something you can do well with little development time.

      Also, the huge hype around the series helped bringing a lot of attention for the Switch during E3 2017, but Nintendo simply can’t disapoint fans now, and they expect at the very least an easy 9/10. Nintendo needs to take their time and deliver a great game or fans will rant non-stop for years.

      • Tlozbj

        And if I remember correctly, some mentioned that the models shown in the SuMo concept trailer were set to HD. So if the Pokémon models are already done, then things would go A LOT faster
        Not only is it not something you can’t do in short time, but it is a new dev team behind it, so they would first of all need to get the Metroid atmosphere right.

        Exactly :/ After such a long hiatusN fans from the series will expect the materpiece of masterpieces, so they need to take their time abd be careful to make it great.

    • Yep, Pokemon have more chances next year, might Metroid in Xmas season, but who knows.

  • Operative

    That’s assuming the dev team is alot further ahead than we thought. I won’t believe it until we get a gameplay trailer

  • TDude73

    You’re welcome, @Brian !

  • Francesco Gentile

    Doesn’t matter to me. Just knowing they’re coming is awesome. Either 18 or 19 is good. What really matters is that they’re good games

  • WishyWashy

    Considering this is coming from Nintendo of America instead of Nintendo of Japan I really don’t believe it, especially with Metroid Prime 4, probably them just trying to stir up some hype. “2018 will be around Metroid, Kirby, Yoshi, new Pokemon game has been announced.” also is it just me or is this worded horribly I can barely understand the meaning behind it.

    • SM

      Yeah at first i thought it was translation error, which we have had multiple happen this year around the Switch but the guy is American, so maybe he was msiquoted

  • Devlind

    That would be great of course, but I think it is unlikely to happen. With PKMN, if we follow the recent trend, the 7th generation should last unitl 2019, which I think is where this new game will be released. Metroid in the other hand, I don’t see how they can possibly launch it before 2019. IIRC, Tanabe said there were no other Metroids on the works aside from Federation Force, but Metroid: Samus Returns appeared from nowhere, so he could be easily holding it down. I would be more confident in a 2018 release if we see gameplay footage in the Game Awards.

    • Operative

      Well, Tanabe said he had no idea what Sakamoto was doing, if I remember right, when asked if a 2D game was being made. So he might have been answering truthfully when he said he didn’t know.

  • awng781

    I predict Pokemon Switch will be a Q4 2018 release and will be the Switch’s big 2018 holiday blockbuster.

    No chance Metroid Prime 4 makes 2018. It would be amazing if it did.

    • ben

      People were saying that about Xenoblade 2 right up until E3. I just look at how well Nintendo is structured and think of course they can do that.

      Splatoon team is now basically free. Arms team is the same. They will leave a small team working on updates for both games.
      Zelda team will be much smaller now.
      Mario team is almost done with Odyssey
      Xenoblade 2 team is almost done with Xenoblade. All these teams can send programmers to Metroid team while they are working on the ideas and art work part of their next games. Metroid team is now probably in design stage and just needs the programmers.

      It is really amazing.

      • DeltaPeng

        I’ve been surprised at how many great quality games Nintendo has been streaming out, it is quite wondersome.

        I’ll have to wait a bit and see if this pace, or something like this pace, is able to be kept up for 2018 and beyond (as some games, like Zelda, were in the works for several years prior).

        Definitely hopeful that they’ll be able to keep up the quality though. As the install base grows and games are released, it’s less important that more new titles are out. It’s more so the beginning where you need content that people want to play/buy. I imagine Virtual Console or such could help with droughts and or keep people busy as well.

        So far I think Nintendo is nailing it though!

    • ToonAddict1

      I do agree that Pokemon Switch will be out in Q4 2018 (with me already predicting a November 16, 2018 release date for that title, as having a Pokemon game come out the Friday before Thanksgiving in the USA is becoming more and less a tradition now).

  • Tlink7

    Hrm, Nintendo seems to be on top of plugging holes in their release schedule so far, 2018 appears to be no different. Excellent 😀

  • bugman83

    I want them to take there time on it. I don’t want another short development cycle like Star Fox Zero. You can tell it was rushed.

    • JasonBall

      Even with a five month delay?

  • Auragar

    Believe it when I see it. While Pokemon has a chance I dunno about Metroid but whatever. I will believe it when I see it. I still doubt Xenoblade 2 is coming out this year so eh.

  • Jesiah Grant

    I want to believe, If its true then 2018 will be so good :O

  • ben

    easily believable. Nintendo has put almost every dev in the same building. They have moved to a much easier to develop for machine. People say Zelda took a long time.. well… Everything took a long time on the wii u.., The IBM cpu was a nightmare.

    The way Nintendo works now is like a well oiled factory. They can easily move 300 programmers from one project to the next in a matter of hours.

  • R.Z.

    If that’s truly true I’d revise my opinion about this year’s E3 from pretty bad to pretty good.
    However I’m not really sure how much weight I should give to that isolated statement.

  • Aline Piroutek

    It is easier to believe Xenoblade 2 comes in 2018 Q1 than both Metroid Prime 3 and Pokémon Switch in 2018.

    • TDude73

      It’s Metroid Prime 4.

      • Aline Piroutek

        Woops, my apologies

    • Auragar

      Prime 4* but yeah definitely. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 2018. Pokemon Switch 2019. Metroid Prime 4 2019+.

  • TheJuiciest

    They basically halted big releases from their big teams for several years. Pretty much any IP could be on the table for 2018 really and I wouldn’t blink twice. Many studios also work on multiple games at once. For example, Xenoblade 2 was well underway even before X released, but people kept using X’s release as the timeline for Xenoblade 2’s development cycle. Heck some still do.

  • awng781

    Statement was clarified to “2018 and beyond.”

    • Auragar

      Much more accurate. Can’t see Metroid at the least (I can’t see Pokemon either but eh, more likely than Metroid) in 2018.

  • jimmy

    Pokemon i could understand but meyroid i doubt it, really like it if they take their time though