As is often the way with any presentation focused on a launch, Nintendo unveiled a number of Switch titles while others, either rumoured or simply desired by fans, received no mention at all. There were some notable absentees as a result, but Reggie Fils-Aime has tried to sooth any lingering nerves around certain franchises.
Speaking to GameSpot, the Nintendo of America President evidently saw a question about Mother 3 coming, and also tackled the other big M - Metroid. The NoA executive does sometimes string fans along with remarks, but nevertheless his comments are relatively reassuring that major IPs not yet seen on Switch could very well be on the horizon.
Oh, so earlier today I got asked about Mother 3; maybe you can ask me about Metroid. Look, again, I am proud as an executive with Nintendo to say that we look at all of the boards and all of the comments and we really have a good understanding of what our consumers want. And believe me, we take that to heart as we work to create content.
So I have nothing to announce - here. But we are aware that there are some key IP that consumers just can't wait for the next true instalment in that franchise's legacy. Suffice it to say, we're aware of it, and talk to me in a year and let's look back and see what's happened.
With Nintendo having already lined up a Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct for next week, it looks like the relatively quiet 2016 could make way for a full-blooded year of awareness-building in 2017. With the Switch arriving soon, here's hoping for a year of regular Directs and frequent surprises.There's plenty of time for big names and franchises to make their way onto the Switch.