Some astute fans have noticed that some recent and popular first-party Nintendo games are going out of print, which possibly hints that the Nintendo Switch 2 could be coming sooner than we think.
Games going out of print is nothing new and regularly happens to older titles that are not getting the same level of attention as they used to.
However, what’s strange is that a bunch of more recent first-party titles are going out of print. What could this mean?
First-Party Nintendo Games Are Going Out of Print
Various first-party Nintendo games are going out of print, with many being recent releases. This means that retailers will stop selling physical copies of these games going forward.
This was first reported by the Nintenddeal Twitter/X page. It was later supported by AShadowLink, who found even more games out of print over on Amazon’s Discord.
Check out this Tweet to see a full list of the games going out of print:
Here's a list of games that will soon be out of print:https://t.co/UKZD5ia6Yy— Nintendo Switch News (@NinSwitchIntel) January 10, 2024
As you can see, there are quite a few of Nintendo’s most successful first-party offerings going out of print.
What’s most notable is that quite a large number of them are recent games that sold well, such as Paper Mario: The Origami King and Metroid Dread:
It’s also particularly noteworthy to see Fire Emblem: Engage appear on this list. It came out on January 2023, just shy of one year ago.
Additionally, fans are scratching their heads as Super Mario Odyssey, one of Nintendo’s heaviest hitters, has made it on the list of out-of-print games.
It’s a consistent seller and is pretty much a guaranteed purchase for most Nintendo Switch owners, even several years after its release. So why make it go out of print? For that matter, why make any of these games go out of print?
It’s time to put on our tin foil hats and attempt an explanation.
Why Are Nintendo Games Going Out of Print?
It seems that first-party Nintendo games are going out of print for one of two possible reasons:
- There is going to be a new Nintendo Selects lineup
- Nintendo is preparing for the release of the Nintendo Switch 2
A New Nintendo Selects Lineup
Nintendo Selects are a collection of top-selling games selected by Nintendo to re-release at a cheaper price. It’s a way to entice gamers who may have missed out on these experiences the first time around.
The last time Nintendo Selects were used was for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. There has never been a Nintendo Selects lineup that includes Switch games.
However, that may be about to change, as the recent Switch games that are going out of print could indicate a new Selects lineup. This would likely contain repackaged versions of these aforementioned first-party Switch games.
A new Nintendo Selects lineup could also indicate something much more exciting.
Nintendo Switch 2?
Another plausible explanation for the out-of-print games is that Nintendo is gearing up for the release of the possible Switch successor, the Nintendo Switch 2, later this year.
Making a sizable portion of its first-party Nintendo Switch games go out of print could be an indication that Nintendo is doing a bit of a rebrand in preparation for the potential Nintendo Switch 2 console.
As this Reddit user points out, if the rumors about the Switch 2’s backward compatibility are true, then it wouldn’t be a stretch to think Nintendo would create a new Selects lineup of Switch games to entice the new crowd of early adopters:
Reddit user WaluigiWahshipper offers his take on the situation. He predicts that these out-of-print games will undergo some sort of rebranding that will state that they can be played on both consoles on the box:
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Whatever the reason for this intriguing turn of events, one thing’s for sure – Nintendo is gearing up for… something. We’ll just have to keep our eyes peeled to find out what!
Thankfully, Nintendo fans won’t have to wait too long for some new announcements, as the next Nintendo Direct is heavily rumored to make an appearance in February 2024.