It looks like the rumors that Tears of the Kingdom is the last big game for the Switch could be true.
Nintendo is reportedly skipping E3 2023 due to “less big releases than usual” to show off, supporting previous rumors that Tears of the Kingdom could be the last significant release for the Switch.
Earlier this week, IGN reported that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will not be attending this year’s E3, including the lack of presence on the show floor or at any showcases. While skipping over Sony and Microsoft makes perfect sense given that they’ve both created their own showcases over the past few years, it’s a bit of a surprise that Nintendo isn’t included, as in a way it’s always been at E3, even the last physical one Events in 2019.
As reported by VGC, it appears that Nintendo is missing out on E3 this year because there aren’t enough major releases that are far enough in development to warrant being featured on the show floor. We currently only know about a few of Nintendo’s upcoming releases, like Metroid Prime 4, Pikmin 4 and Tears of the Kingdom, so it makes sense to skip E3.
This supports previous rumors that have suggested Tears of the Kingdom is the last major release for the Nintendo Switch and that the company is looking to move to its next-gen console. As we pointed out when this rumor last circulated, it raises some questions about the status of Metroid Prime 4, although it’s possible that Nintendo doesn’t consider it a “significant” release like Mario and Zelda does.
Though Nintendo previously focused its entire showroom space around one release, Breath of the Wild, it can’t really do the same here, with Tears of the Kingdom targeting a May release, a few months before the start of E3.
Even if Nintendo skips E3 2023 this year, it seems likely that there will still be a Summer Nintendo Direct to share some of the smaller projects it has in development and provide an update on Pikmin 4 that currently planned for 2023.
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