After launching the Switch earlier this year, Nintendo has been on a consistent roll month after month. Sales of the new console have been stellar thanks in large part to the release cycle which sees at least one new title each month from The Legend of Zelda to Mario Kart, and of course, the just-released Super Mario Odyssey. Still, there’s a few franchise that Nintendo hasn’t given much attention to as of yet, like the highly requested Switch version of Smash Bros or a new Donkey Kong.
In an interview regarding the recently released Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime discussed how Nintendo revamped many of its core gameplay elements to deliver something unique. During his answer, Fils-Aime name-dropped both the Metroid and Donkey Kong franchises, stating that regardless of the experience, Nintendo’s focus is delivering games that provide unique experiences and giving fans the sensation of doing things the IP has never done before.
“Whether it’s with a Metroid experience or a Donkey Kong experience, we’re constantly looking to push the envelope on the IP versus doing sequential small iterations with a particular franchise.”
Considering that Nintendo has seemingly put an emphasis on its first-party franchises for the Switch, hearing the potential of a new Donkey Kong title shouldn’t be too surprising. The franchise has had a nice rebirth during the past few years during the Wii and Wii U eras with Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Both titles received praise from fans and critics alike, with Tropical Freeze even going on to become a Nintendo Select title in 2016, a title that highlights games that have sold well for the company.
It’s no secret that Nintendo has crafted a revival of sorts for many of its first-party franchises with the Switch, beginning last March with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Many traditional staples of the franchise were either cast out or reworked significantly, ultimately giving players a Zelda experience unlike anything that had been played before. The same can be said for Super Mario Odyssey, which launched last week to critical acclaim, giving players a Mario game that expertly weaves in new mechanics to a vibrant open world. It stands to reason that the upcoming Metroid Prime game and any future first party games like a potential Donkey Kong title will likely follow these same innovative design patterns.
A new Donkey Kong game has been teased for Nintendo Switch.