Your Guide To 2017’s Nintendo Releases: Real, Rumored, Unconfirmed

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The calendar has officially turned over to 2017, and with a new year brings many fresh releases to Nintendo platforms. The big news of the moment is the worldwide March release of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s home console/portable hybrid. The Nintendo 3DS is also still alive and kicking into its autumn years. So what can fans expect to play across both platforms?

The past year has been littered with smatterings of confirmed releases of 2017, but plenty more rumored games as well. For the Switch, the first game announcements of note came from independent sources, official PR, and will be announced in an upcoming January 12th live event. To help keep track of it all, we’ve assembled a list of every big game you can expect to see on Nintendo platforms in the next 12 months.


Confirmed

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Arguably this is Nintendo’s highest-profile release of the year, and the Zelda adventure fans have been waiting for since 2013. Breath of the Wild promises to shake up the Zelda formula with a vast world to explore, lots of dungeons, item crafting and scavenging, and a greater sense of challenge. While it also will launch on the Wii U, all eyes look to the Switch version as the definitive release. Its release date is up in the air, but recent rumors point to the game making the Switch’s March launch after all.

Ever Oasis: Announced at E3 last June, Ever Oasis comes to us from Grezzo Games (Ocarina of Time 3D) and Koichi Isshi (Secret of Mana), this Action RPG has players rebuilding an oasis town hub while fighting monsters. There’s no release window as of yet, but by the time it comes out, it could be one of the last major 3DS exclusives.

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Mario Sports Superstars: Players of the Wii’s Mario Sports Mix should have a pretty good idea what Sports Superstar is. It’s another collection of Mario-flavored sports, this time developed in collaboration with Namco and Camelot. It’s currently pegged for a spring release.

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Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World: A 3DS port of the Wii U platformer, this version attempts to justify double-dipping with the inclusion of new Poochy challenge levels, special animated shorts, and an adorable Poochy amiibo. The amiibo and its game launch this February.

Rime: Originally revealed as a PlayStation 4 exclusive back in 2014, Rime went away and has recently resurfaced as a multi-platform indie. One of those platforms is, naturally, the Nintendo Switch, due out sometime in 2017.

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Yooka-Laylee: While the throwback platformer’s Wii U release has been cancelled, a new Switch port is planned to launch in April, the same time as on other planned consoles and PC. With the Wii U version no longer the definitive version, Nintendo fans, especially of the game’s Banjo-Kazooie heritage, will have to settle for the Switch edition.

Seasons of Heaven: One of the first original, high-profile Switch-exclusive indie games (apart from a planned PC release), Seasons of Heaven is based off the novel of the same name. It follows the adventures of a boy and his dog, set in a fantastical world rendered in Unreal Engine 4.

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Chicken Wiggle: The first effort from studio Atooi, courtesy of Mutant Mudds’ Josh Watsham, is a level creator platformer for the 3DS. When it launches later this year, it will cost $10 on the 3DS eShop.

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Project Sonic 2017: SEGA’s celebratory game for Sonic the Hegehog’s 25th anniversary remains mysterious, but looks to be in the vein of 2011’s Sonic Generations, a mixture of 2D and 3D Sonic platforming. It will hit the Switch, PS4, and Xbox One simultaneously.

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Lego City Undercover Switch: Originally a Wii U exclusive, WB Games will be porting this open world Lego title to not only the Switch, but the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well. The content should overall be the same as before. Look for it this spring.

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Dragon Quest XI: Square Enix made one of the earliest Switch game announcements back in 2015. The Switch version of Dragon Quest XI will likely be closer to the PlayStation 4 edition rather than the unique, dual-styles 3DS edition.

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Just Dance 2017: Ubisoft cast the first stone in June when they announced the first official Switch release, the latest Just Dance. Aside from implying the inclusion of motion controls for the Switch, this will likely hit the console’s launch in March.

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Skyrim: Special Edition: There was a bit of “Will they, won’t they” regarding a Skyrim port for the Switch, but Bethesda Games has officially confirmed the presence of last year’s Special Edition for the console this year. When it launches, we’ll probably learn more at the January 12th event.

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Pikmin 3DS (tentative title): Developed by the folks at Arzest (Yoshi’s New Island, the first handheld Pikmin trades off top-down strategy for a side-scrolling puzzle platformer that utilizes the touch screen. Whether it is the proper Pikmin 4 that Shigeru Miyamoto said was almost done or a separate project, expect the Pikmin to march onto 3DS later this year.

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Tank Troopers: Another upcoming 3DS release, similar in the spirit of strategy series Advance Wars, that we know precious little about and, as of this writing, has just released in Japan. The emphasis here is on multiplayer and single-player missions. From its Japanese release, Tank Troopers looks to be a digital-only proposition.

Unconfirmed

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Mario Kart 8 Switch (untitled): One of a few games teased in the original Switch teaser, a Switch port of Mario Kart 8 is implied to have new characters (King Boo), updated mechanics, and a rumored Battle Mode overhaul.

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Splatoon Switch (untitled): Rumors suggest that a Splatoon refresh on Switch not only has new items, but will also be bundled with a premium bundle for the console as well.

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3D Mario Switch (untitled): Nintendo teased an all-too brief look at a new 3D Mario adventure last October, one more reminiscent of Super Mario 64 than of Super Mario 3D World. Multiple sources are clashing on the game’s release window, whether it be the March launch or later in the year.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2: Ubisoft has officially confirmed last year production on a Beyond Good & Evil sequel after years of waiting. Multiple rumors have pegged such a sequel as a timed-exclusive on the Switch. We may likely hear more on January 12th about the return of BG&E and indeed if it’s a Switch exclusive after all.

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Miitopia: This Mii-filled RPG came out in Japan last December, but has no confirmed western release so far. Although Miitopia hasn’t sold that well so far, western players are likely to experience it given the launch of Tomodachi Life (also heavy on the Mii quotient) back in 2014.

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Mario X Rabbids (Rabbids Kingdom Battle): One of the more bizarre game rumors for the Switch would be a collaboration between the Super Mario franchise and Ubisoft’s Rabbids characters. The collaborative role-player may have been teased in a Ubisoft anniversary video, and may make its debut at the January 12th event. It is rumored to see a September launch.

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Mother 3 (Virtual Console): Last year, sources proclaimed that the elusive Mother 3 (from Game Boy Advance) would finally hit North America on the Wii U eShop. That never came to pass, as it turns out that releasing a major import on a dying platform might not be such a great prospect. Mother 3 is now rumored to have been moved to the Switch Virtual Console instead.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X Switch: The massive role-player from Wii U is rumored to get a Switch port, although it would not be ported by original developer Monolith Soft. That studio is working on a brand-new Switch project, leaving the port theoretically in the hands of Monster Games.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Switch: This additional Wii U port goes back to 2015 via a Bandai Namco’s resume listing. The Switch port of Super Smash Bros. would also coincide with the release of the final three Smash Bros. amiibo, including Cloud and Bayonetta.

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Pokémon Stars (tentative title): Originally reported by Eurogamer the same day as Pokémon Sun and Moon’s launch, the theoretical Pokémon Stars would serve as a companion piece to those Generation 7 games. If it’s real, that would  also make Stars the first core series Pokémon game to premier on a home console. At the least, The Pokémon Company has pledged support for the Switch.

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Nintendo GameCube Virtual Console: If the rumors are true, the Switch might be the first place to relive classic GameCube games through digital distribution. According to sources, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine, and Animal Crossing are among the first games planned for the service. And yes, the NES games that were unlockable in Animal Crossing will still be fully playable.


See any major releases missing from our list? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it right on it.

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