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Now that Zelda: BOTW 2 is off the table, should the 2022 vacation belong to Mario?

Now that Zelda: BOTW 2 is off the table, should the 2022 vacation belong to Mario?

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Nintendo’s 2022 holiday season is shaping up to be very quiet. Too calm, if you ask us.

Even though we’re around nine months away, it seems a bit odd that we don’t know what Nintendo’s big holiday release could be – Splaton 3 is planned for the summer, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is due in September, and of course, the previous Big Release contestant, Breath of the Wild 2has just been pushed back to 2023.

Sooooo… Now what? I don’t want to be quite Entitled Gamer on this, but it would be a bit strange to be without a big Nintendo game in late 2022. Plus, there are plenty of games out there that could fill that gap. Last year Holiday 2021 brought us the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise update, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remake, Shin Megami Tensei Vand according to your definition of “holiday”, Mario Party Superstars and Metroid Dread. A relatively Quiet year, but understandable following COVID-related delays.

But Holiday 2022 is currently pretty bare bones, which perhaps isn’t too surprising considering it’s only March. It wasn’t a big deal until Breath of the Wild 2 was pushed back – and now there’s a gaping hole in Nintendo’s release schedule, with some particularly big shoes to fill. Can a hole have shoes? Shut up, it’s my mixed metaphor.

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I did this, in case you can’t tell (Photo: Kate Gray)

There are a few games that seem like likely candidates, simply because we already know them: Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope could be a late arrival, and Pokemon Scarlet/Violet is officially scheduled for this “late 2022” window. It’s not totally impossible that Metroid Prime 4 could magically appear this year either. Just highly unlikely.

But – and I hope I’m not sounding like a party poop here – I don’t know if any of these games could fill the void left by Zelda. Also, Metroid got all the attention last year, and Pokémon dominated in early 2022, so it would be nice to mix it all up.

Personally, and I know it’s a very In the long run, I’d like to see a smaller Zelda, like we did when Nintendo’s consoles were divided into handhelds and home consoles. In the 6 year gap between Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild, we got a link between worlds, a 3DS title that has managed to stay between two titans. But now we don’t have a handheld anymore, as the Switch does double duty…so maybe we could get a remake instead?

It’s not like a Wind Waker and or Twilight Princess remake hasn’t been on everyone’s Switch Release bingo cards for years now. Both games already have HD remakes, but they were both on Wii U, so… well, you know. I played Wind Waker HD on Wii U and had a great time, but I think everyone agrees it would be a missed opportunity not to have them on Switch as well, where people can actually play them . And just to imagine a Super Mario 3D All-Stars with Zelda titles, on Nintendo Switch. Twilight Princess, Wind Waker and… Ocarina of time? What an incredible outing that would be. I might end up disappointing myself even more than the BOTW 2 delay at this rate.

something that would fit well into the holiday release window is a Mario game – not only because it’s been five years since Super Mario Odyssey, but also because the Super Mario Bros. comes out at the end of december

But something that would fit nicely into the holiday release window is a Mario game – not just because it’s been five years since Super Mario Odyssey, but also because the movie Super Mario Bros. (the one with Chris Pratt as Mario) comes out at the end of December. It would be… weird not releasing a Mario game at that time, right? We’re not suggesting a game version directly tied to the movie (although imagine that!), and it’s not hard to imagine Mario + Rabbids taking that place, but as a Ubisoft-led spin-off, This is not the case. totally living up to the hype of blockbuster movies, even if we consider it a triumphant and unexpected use of the Mario canon.

It’s not entirely we’re unlikely to see a Mario in late 2022 – the studio that made Odyssey, Nintendo EPD Tokyo, is presumably working on Something. They also worked on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Super Mario 3D All-Starsand Captain Toad: Treasure Trackerso there’s plenty of Mario in their blood now… corn they also did Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for the GameCube.

Could they go back to their DK roots instead? That’s what the rumors say. Apparently, Odyssey team has been working on a new Donkey Kong 3D game since around 2017 or 2018, according to some insiders. Maybe DK and the gang will get the Kirby treatment, with a new 3D platformer, which would be good news for Donkey Kong fans who have been waiting since 2014’s Wii U game, tropical frost – significantly longer than the wait since Super Mario Odyssey. Maybe it’s time for Donkey Kong to shine after a hiatus of almost ten years!

So… do we think there will be a surprise release? Or will it be something we already know? Vote in these polls! It’s poll time!