Q&A — 4.27.17


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Question: What non-Nintendo games are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to the following games:

  • Insomniac’s Spiderman game
  • Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
  • Sonic Mania
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • The Last of Us 2


Question: What are the odds that Nintendo will announce something Smash Bros related at E3.

Last year, Dr. Serkan Toto claimed that Bandai Namco was working on Super Smash Bros. for Switch. Secondly, there are new Smash Bros amiibo figures releasing on July 21st like Cloud, Bayonetta, and Corrin. Thirdly, Reggie Fils-Aime has hinted at Smash Bros coming to Switch multiple times.

Historically, Super Smash Bros has always been announced at E3.  Melee was announced at E3 2001, and Brawl was announced at E3 2006. Then there is Smash Bros for Wii U, which was announced at E3 2011, and then later revealed with a trailer at E3 2013.


Question: How come Ubisoft doesn’t release any Mature rated games on the Nintendo Switch?

Good question, reader.

You may have noticed a trend with Ubisoft.

So far they’ve announced Rayman Legends, Just Dance, Monopoly and Steep. There is also Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, which has not been officially announced yet. Notice how all of these games are family-friendly titles.

Ubisoft has not announced any Mature rated games like Ghost Recon, South Park, Assassin’s Creed, or Splinter Cell.  Not even an old port of Zombi U. This is very different from the Wii U years when Ubisoft announced 3-4 Mature rated titles.

Back in August 2014, Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot explained to Game Informer that Nintendo fans don’t buy M-rated games like Assassin’s Creed.

“It’s very simple,” Guillemot says. “What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.”

“What we see is that [Wii U owners] are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games,” he said. “So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in.”

What does this all mean? Well…

*Psssttt* Assassin’s Creed Empire is not coming to Switch. 

Question: Can you give us more info on the Rabbids game?

I heard “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” has eight playable characters — including Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi — and they each have their own sci-fi weapons, laser guns, arm cannons, etc. But you don’t control the characters — you control Tuttorio, a small floating dish, to guide them through the worlds. There is also co-op multiplayer.


Question: Did you read the Nintendo Life article about the curation of the Switch eShop?

Personally, I think Nintendo’s policy on ports is inconsistent and confusing. Why is a port of a nine-year-old “World of Goo” acceptable for the eShop, but Axiom Verge is considered to be too old? We’re talking about a system where May’s biggest retail game is a port of Super Street Fighter II. We’re talking about a system where Skyrim is being released in holiday 2017.

Otherwise, Nintendo has done a great job with attracting indie support. And whoever gave the green-light on all of those Neo Geo games deserves the Nobel Prize.