Reggie Fils-Aimé, President and COO of Nintendo of America, spoke to Katie Linendoll during a Facebook live stream interview and addressed the chances of certain Nintendo franchises getting Switch sequels. Fils-Aimé’s statements were particularly encouraging as it relates to the potential for a new Super Smash Bros. game hitting the Switch sooner or later.
“Smash is obviously one of our best-selling franchises,” says Fils-Aimé. “What we say is that the philosophy that Nintendo has from a development standpoint is that for every platform, we want to have at least one (each) of our classic franchises.”
That last line is a bit of tease given that there are a couple of notable Nintendo franchises (F-Zero and Metroid) that fans have been begging Nintendo to revisit. While Metroid has been hinted at a couple of times by Fils-Aimé, Nintendo has refrained from committing to the release of a new game in some of their infamously dormant series. Fils-Aimé didn’t provide such a commitment during this interview, he did continue to tease the possibility.
“There’s gonna be one great Super Mario experience, there’s gonna be great Zelda experience, so you can expect, you can anticipate at some point in the future, who knows when, that all of our franchises will be addressed,” said Fils-Aimé. “We know that the fans love these games, love this content, so stay tuned.”
Given how successful the Smash franchise is, it would have been surprising to hear that Nintendo had no plans in place to create a Switch sequel. As for those other famous Nintendo franchises, we’ll have to wait and see if the company is finally ready to bring them back from the dead.
Elsewhere in the interview, Fils-Aimé confirmed that Nintendo is going to bring streaming services to the Switch eventually and that he too hopes that the Switch might eventually support cloud saves. Fils-Aimé also maintains that the Switch continues to be the fastest-selling console in company history.