June 10, 2023

Welcome everybody to this week’s Nintendo recap. 2022 is already off to an exciting start with new trailers for both the upcoming Pokémon and Kirby games, giving us greater insights into both adventures. Plus, one of the most popular Assassin’s Creed titles is coming to Switch and the next Mario Kart is reportedly in development. Additionally, in-person E3 2022 has been canceled, but it looks like this probably would have been the case regardless of the Omicron variant. There’s plenty to talk about so lets a-go!

New Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer shows off wild encounters, missions, and more
There’s been a lot of confusion and curiosity surrounding Pokémon Legends: Arceus since it was first announced considering it heavily deviates from the normal Pokémon format. The Pokémon Company has attempted to enlighten fans and get them hyped for the game through various social media posts and trailers. As part of this, a 13-minute Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer released Thursday. It explained several aspects of the game including Noble Pokémon, how to interact with and capture wild Pokémon, character customization, and more. While there’s still plenty that we don’t know, the latest trailer answers several questions and has gotten us at iMore more excited for its release.
Many have said this before, but this long trailer makes one thing certain; Pokémon Legends: Arceus was heavily influenced by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The open-world exploration, variety of terrain, and even the minimalist piano music all feel like it took cues from Link’s latest adventure. We even see a player seamlessly switch from riding a Wyrdeer over land to jumping into the air and flying with the help of a Braviary. Plus, the Pokémon catching mechanics seem to give the game more depth.
Players can sneak up on certain Pokémon and attempt to catch them simply by throwing a Poké Ball, but others require more work like battling or the use of items to make them catchable. Not to mention, your game avatar can even get attacked while out in the wild, so players will need to dodge and make use of the open space. It really looks like Arceus will provide a unique Pokémon experience and I can’t wait to get my hands on it when it releases on Jan. 28, just two weeks away.

Mario Kart 9 in development with a new “twist”
Tokyo-based industry analyst Dr. Serkan Toto told Gamesindustry.biz that Mario Kart 9 is in development with a new “twist”. This led many fans to speculate what the new gimmick could be.

On Twitter, #NintendoKart became a trending topic as players dreamed of additional video game characters landing themselves behind the wheel of Nintendo’s flagship racing game, much like how fighters from various games have made their way into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It wouldn’t be out of the question. After all, it was only with 8 and 8 Deluxe that more characters outside of the Mushroom Kingdom were added in like Link, the Inklings, and Isabelle from Animal Crossing. Characters like Samus Aran, Princess Zelda, or even certain Pokémon would liven the series up a bit and encourage players to buy the newest entry. Some players have already modded additional characters into Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to make things more interesting. However, whether this is the route Nintendo takes remains to be seen.
In the meantime, we’ve seen several other companies attempt to come into the silly racer space like Nickelodeon Kart Racers, Chocopo GP with Final Fantasy elements, and even Garfield Kart. It’s not surprising so many companies are developing their own multiverse racers given how well Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has continued to sell on Switch. Even though it’s technically a Wii U port, it’s the best-selling Switch game by far with over 38.74 million copies sold and it continues to sell well each month.

Sales show there’s absolutely no need for Nintendo to release Mario Kart 9 any time soon.

However, with how much money 8 Deluxe is bringing in, there’s absolutely no need for the Japanese gaming company to release Mario Kart 9 any time soon. It’s more likely that Mario Kart 9 will be headed to Nintendo’s new console after the Switch. It would make for a great launch title since all the fans yearning for it right now would most definitely go for the new console.

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That means right now, the only Mario Kart title made for Switch is Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Nintendo knew there was demand for a new Mario Kart on Switch, so it went with an experience that tried something new without cannibalizing the sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

More news surrounding Mario Kart entries will undoubtedly come over the next few years and we’ll be here to report on it when that happens.

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