According to unverified sources, a new Super Mario game will be a launch title for Nintendo Switch to take the place of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
In the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer, one of the first games players see is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo has been pushing the game as the premiere title for its new console, leading many to believe that the new Zelda will be available for it at launch. Unfortunately, recent reports indicate that Zelda won't be ready in time for the Switch's launch after all, leading many to wonder what Nintendo will deliver at launch to fill the gap. Well, we might already have our answer.
According to Eurogamer, sources have said that a new Super Mario game will be available for Nintendo Switch at release. We know that a new Super Mario title is in development for the console, as it was briefly seen during the Switch's reveal trailer, but some fans may be surprised to learn that it is apparently far enough along in development to be ready for release this coming March.
Given the anonymity of Eurogamer's sources, there's no way to verify these claims at this time. Nintendo has said that there won't be any more Nintendo Switch news until January 12th, when the Big N is planning to reveal the console's price and release date. But while fans should definitely take this information with a grain of salt and keep their expectations in check, Eurogamer has a relatively reliable track record when it comes to leaking Nintendo news.
In fact, many of Eurogamer's leaks regarding the Nintendo Switch have proven to be accurate in the past. One of the most notable examples of this is Eurogamer's report that Nintendo Switch will be a handheld console with detachable controllers, which turned out to be completely true. That's not to say that Eurogamer is necessarily correct that Super Mario will be a Switch launch title, but it does have some credibility thanks to its past leaks about Nintendo's new console.
Furthermore, having Super Mario launch with Nintendo Switch simply makes sense. Mario has a long history of launching alongside new Nintendo consoles, with the iconic plumber present for the launch of the NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Wii U, and a number of Nintendo's handheld devices. Mario can sell consoles, so it wouldn't be surprising if Nintendo did its best to ensure the new Super Mario game was available on launch day.
If the new Super Mario game is available for Switch on day one, then it could very well be the console's rumored pack-in title. For now, though, fans should wait patiently for the Nintendo Switch event on January 12th to learn more about the console's launch lineup, pricing, and hopefully some more information on the new Super Mario game.
Super Mario is said to be in development for Nintendo Switch, with a rumored release date of March 2017.