That seems pretty likely actually - Breath of the Wild has been in development for ages, and it’s been associated with the new console since NX days. It would definitely shift a lot of units, which Nintendo urgently needs to do.
It’s gonna be jarring in the best way to go from Oracle of Seasons on VC to Breath of the Wild…
I think that it’s GAME’s price, not Nintendo’s - so it could be different at other retailers.
Today’s report, backed up by one previously used source and one new source who I have vetted thoroughly, is that UK specialist gaming retail chain GAME has been informed of the Nintendo Switch’s wholesale price to retailers, and is planning on selling their basic SKU (stock keeping unit) of the system in stores for £199.99.
It is important to note this is not a Nintendo set RRP (recommended retail price), as Nintendo do not set UK RRP prices for consoles. However, it is safe to assume this gives us a solid indication of the price the system will sell at nationwide.
Like Hexagram said, it’s a leak from GAME that suggest that’s what they’re pricing it at (which also means that virtually everyone else will probably pitch it at the same level, give or take about a tenner.
Ignore the bit about RRP - people misinterpret the law and what Nintendo are up to there. Nintendo were burnt in the 90s for trying to stop retailers from buying stock in Eastern Europe and the UK and sell it in other parts of Western Europe to keep prices in places like Germany artifically high.
Part of Nintendo’s response was to stop selling an RRP so they couldn’t be accused of trying to force retailers to stick to it. That doesn’t mean you can’t set an RRP though (Sony and Microsoft do with their consoles), it’s just that Nintendo choose not to - setting just the trade price and allowing retailers to pick their markup themselves.
Not Zelda. Wouldn’t surprise me if that ends up being a Q3 release, in which case they’ll probably want two other big first party titles along with Skyrim; from that list Splatoon & 3D Super Mario would be ideal, with MK a good second choice. Smash 4 feels less accessible than previous ones, so probably isn’t ideal for day one.
There’s a back to basics vibe to this so far, so launching with a new Mario game would fit into that. It sets out the stall for Nintendo Family Fun early and clearly - Nintendo consoles are the Mario machines after all.
Zelda looks awesome, but it isn’t the only adventure-y game out there by a long way - whereas Nintendo pretty much have the platform game scene sewn up. From a branding perspective, I can see that playing to strengths early on is a good idea, then expanding.
Smash 4 is a personal favourite (Kirby 4 lief), although it is a thing in esports, so a port would make sense at some point since Nintendo seem to have an eye on that. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, though, true.
Is it outside the realms of possibility there’ll be a Pokemon within the first year? It’s a big system seller, but obviously they’ll want Sun and Moon to come out and sell a load before they release a new one. The big highup GameFreak man said they’re working on a game for the Switch, I’d really love it if it was a Red and Blue sequel.
I guess a Pokemon Super Diamond and Mega Pearl remake is due in the next year or two and if Switch is the long term replacement for 3DS as well as Wii U then it’s logical. Can’t see a new generation so close to Sun/Moon for the reasons you give.