Nintendo Switch Pro, now the president is also exposed

Nintendo Switch Pro, now the president is also exposed

Nintendo Switch Pro

There has been talk of Nintendo Switch Pro for some time now. The possible hi-end version of the hybrid console from the Kyoto house has never found official confirmation from the executive board of the manufacturer and with E3 2021 now archived a really complicated announcement in the middle of summer. Over the last few hours, however, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser has allowed himself to make some statements regarding the next hardware in development.

Bowser has confessed some details about a possible Nintendo Switch Pro during a interview with the Washington Post. In reality, the managerial figure did not want to confirm or deny the existence of a new hardware but he exposed himself much more than he did in the past, pointing out a concept as obvious as it can be shared: Nintendo's goal is always the same, that is to start exploring new possibilities of launching a console when the time is right.

"We are always looking at technology and how it can help us improve the gameplay experience," said Bowser. The problem, however, always remains between the research and development of a possible Nintendo Switch Pro and its official announcement. "New hardware will be announced when the time comes," added the president of Nintendo of America. A clear sign, therefore, of how at the moment the Kyoto house is not with water in its throat. The hybrid console is, by the way, relatively young, with only 4 years of "activity" on its shoulders and is really selling well.

Nintendo Switch Pro probably exists for real but announcing it now for Nintendo could be an own goal. In the heads of the executives, in addition to the fact that the console continues to sell and technically is preparing to welcome various games (also using cloud technology, as in the case of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy), they are also very technically driven. It is therefore clear that at the moment there is no rush to launch new hardware, especially considering the chip shortage that has affected the entire entertainment market and beyond.

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Nintendo E3 Zelda and Metroid news gave us a lot to chew on, but still no Switch Pro

E3 2021 Zelda Metroid MarioSource: iMore

It's crazy to think that E3 2021 is squarely in the rearview mirror after so much hype leading up to it. While there were definitely some messy parts of E3 the overall consensus for the Nintendo Direct has been a positive one. The Japanese gaming company showcased a long list of new Switch games, a new Super Smash Bros. fighter, and revealed some exciting news that, quite frankly, had me happily screaming.

This is not the Zelda you're looking for

To start things off, I think Nintendo intentionally trolled us. The first thing we saw was someone carrying The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time version of Ganondorf and tossing him off of a cliff. With all of the buzz surrounding a potential Zelda 30th Anniversary celebration and everybody expecting new Breath of the Wild 2 info, the hype was building and then deflated quickly when we learned this was just the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter reveal for a Kazuya of Tekken fame.

Of course, people were still excited and the reveal was hilarious as Kazuya continued to throw several other Smash characters over the edge. As you can imagine, the internet was quick to turn Kazuya's cliff tossing into memes. While it wasn't Zelda news at all, this E3 intro made it so Nintendo E3 opened and ended with Zelda.

How did Nintendo do at E3?Party time

The next couple of reveals worth mentioning, while smaller, are exciting nonetheless. Both WarioWare: Get It Together! and Mario Party Superstars were announced for Nintendo Switch. Anybody familiar with older titles in these respective series know that these are fun party games. It's been a while since the last WarioWare came out and longer still, in my opinion, since a good Mario Party released. WarioWare brings a new two-player mode while Mario Party Superstars features five boards from the N64 era and 100 minigames from previous games.

I'm sure they'll both be perfect for game night and I especially can't wait to revisit some of the visually upgraded Mario Party elements from my youth. They're both releasing later this year, just in time for one hilarious Halloween party.

Samus returns to 2D

Metroid Dread Hero

Metroid Dread Hero

Source: Nintendo

Later into the show, Shinya Takahashi, general manager at Nintendo, told us the company didn't have any new Metroid Prime 4 information to show, but that they are 'working hard' on it. He then continued to surprise everyone by announcing a new 2D Metroid game: Metroid Dread.

In this 2D sidescroller, Samus is chased around by relentless E.M.M.I. robots while platforming around. Considering how many Metroid fans there are, it's really boggling that the last new 2D Metroid game before this released about 19 years ago. So even though we didn't get a new Metroid Prime 4 trailer like some had hoped, Samus Aran fans have been somewhat satiated. Plus those Samus and E.M.M.I. amiibo launching alongside Dread in October are seriously killer collectibles.

Closest thing we're getting to a Zelda's 30th celebration

Game And Watch Zelda Links Awakening

Game And Watch Zelda Links Awakening

Source: Nintendo (screenshot)

While bulding to the eventual Zelda update, Nintendo revealed that a new backlit, full-color Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda device is coming out this November and includes three classic Zelda games: The Legend of Zelda from NES, The Legend of Zelda 2: Adventure of Link from NES, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening from Game Boy. If you're a Zelda fan, or at all familiar with how the Game & Watch helped Nintendo grow into a household name in the 80s, then you'll understand why this is such a cool collectible. Sadly for anyone who had been hopeful for a Zelda's 30th celebration, this seems to be the only thing we're getting.

Hold your screams until after the presentation

Falling Link Botw2 Closeup

Falling Link Botw2 Closeup

Source: Nintendo (screenshot)

Nintendo knows how to do an E3 presentation and it ended this one with a bang by showing brand new footage for a Breath of the Wild 2 trailer. To say seeing this new information made me ecstatic is an understatement. I was screaming throughout the minute and 40 seconds shown. Despite being somewhat short, the Zelda team managed to pack the trailer full of new Breath of the Wild 2 information, including Link using brand new powers and exploring floating islands in the sky.

In all honesty, the Zelda trailer left us with more questions than we started with, but that's a good thing. It's clear that this sequel is going to be very different and offer unique elements from the first game while still providing plenty of familiar features. At any rate, it's nice knowing it's not just a rehash of the first one. The Zelda team is hoping to release it in 2022, though that could change.

At this point, you might have noticed that despite the incredible hype for the fabled Switch Pro leading up to Nintendo E3, no new Nintendo hardware was announced. I've honestly been surprised about Twitter's silence on the matter considering people were so vocal about it beforehand. I think everyone got Switch hype burnout and found plenty of other exciting news from Nintendo.

Well, that's it for this week's update. With all these awesome games heading our way, I might need to get a bigger micro SD card for my Nintendo Switch. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with fun video games and pleasant weather.

Until next time.

- Rebecca Spear

Every Dragon Quest available on the Switch

Every Dragon Quest available on the Switch

An iconic questEvery Dragon Quest available on the Switch

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