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In this thread: all the major Nintendo releases of the year.
2020 Thread here.
Below: our January predictions. In December we can see if anyone had some good predictions!

2021 New Software Published
- Buddy Mission BOND January 29th. JP only.
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury February 12th.
- Bravely Default 2 February 26th.
- New Pokémon Snap April 30th.
- Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir May 14th.
- Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind May 14th.
- Miitopia May 21st.
- DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power June 4th.
- Game Builder Garage / Gamestudio June 11th.
- Mario Golf: Super Rush June 25th.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD July 16th.
- Pokémon Unite July 21st (Switch), September (Mobile).
- No More Heroes III August 27th.
- WarioWare: Get It Together! September 10th.
- Cruis'n Blast September 14th.
- Metroid Dread October 8th.
- Pikmin Bloom October 27th.
- Fatal Frame: Maiden of Blackwater / Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water October 28th.
- Pokémon Café ReMix October 28th.
- Mario Party Superstars October 29th.
- Shin Megami Tensei V November 12th. PAL publishing.
- Pokémon Brilliant Diamond November 19th.
- Pokémon Shining Pearl November 19th.
- Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain December 3rd.

2021 New Hardware & Major Merch
- amiibo: Cat Mario & Cat Peach. February 12th.
- amiibo: Palamute, Palico & Magnamalo. March 26th.
- amiibo: Gold Palamute, Gold Palico & Gold Magnamalo. January 25th-April 11th.
- amiibo: Banjo & Kazooie, Terry Bogard, Byleth (Male). March 26th.
- amiibo: Ena, Tsuniko, Razewing Rathalos. July 9th.
- amiibo: Zelda & Loftwing. July 16th.
- amiibo: Samus & E.M.M.I. October 8th.
- amiibo cards: Animal Crossing x Sanrio Collection. Localized, March 26th.
- amiibo cards: Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel Saikyou Battle Royale!! August 12th, JP only.
- amiibo cards: Animal Crossing Series 5. November 5th.
- Hardware: Switch variant - Mario 3D World. February 12th.
- Hardware: Switch variant - Monster Hunter Rise. March 26th.
- Hardware: Switch Lite variant - Blue. May 7th/21st.
- Hardware: Joy-Con variant - Fortnite. June 4th.
- Hardware: Joy-Con variant - Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. July 16th.
- Hardware: Switch OLED model - White edition. October 8th.
- Hardware: Switch OLED model - Neon Red/Blue edition. October 8th.
- Hardware: Switch Lite variant - Dialga & Palkia edition. November 5th.
- Hardware: Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda. November 12th.
- Book: Ask Iwata. April 13th, Viz publishing.
- LEGO Mario 8+ new sets. 2021.

2021 DLC (paid)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Fighters Pass 2: DLC 4 March 4th. Pyra/Mythra.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Mii Fighters: Round 9 March 4th. Monster Hunter, Ghosts n Goblins.
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Expansion Pass May 28th.
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Expansion Pass: Wave 1: Pulse of the Ancients June 18th.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Fighters Pass 2: DLC 5 June 29th. Kazuya.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Mii Fighters: Round 10 June 29th. Lloyd, Dragonborn, Dante, Shantae.
- Sky: Children of the Light - Zelda cosmetics June 29th.
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Expansion Pass: Wave 2 October 29th.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Mii Fighters: Round 11 October 19th? Octoling, Judd, DOOM Slayer.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Fighters Pass 2: DLC 6 October 19th. Sora.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise November 5th.

2021 Free DLC/Demo releases
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Festivale update January 28th.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Mario items February 25th.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Anniversary update March 18th.
- Super Mario Party - Online play added April 27th.
- Miitopia - Demo April 27th.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Season events update April 28th.
- Game Builder Garage / Gamestudio - Demo June 11th.
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - Yoshi + New GP July 1st.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Summer update July 29th.
- New Pokémon Snap - 3 new areas August 3rd.
- Mario Golf: Super Rush - Toadette, New Donk City, etc. August 5th.
- WarioWare: Get It Together! - Demo August 20th.
- Mario Golf: Super Rush - Ninji, Koopa Troopa, 2 new courses September 24th.
- Metroid Dread - demo October 28th.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Version 2.0 November 5th.
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - Luigi Cup & split-screen November 17th.
- Mario Golf: Super Rush - Wiggler, Shy Guy, 2 new courses November 23rd.

2021 Nintendo Switch Online / Services / Mobile
- Pac-Man 99 April 7th.
- Free trial: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled December 30th - January 5th.
- Free trial: Dead Cells January 26th - February 1st.
- Free trial: Descenders April 21st - April 27th.
- Free trial: Fuser June 29th - July 5th.
- Free trial: Among Us July 21st - July 27th.
- Free trial: Two Point Hospital July 28th - August 3rd. PAL only.
- Free trial: Daemon X Machina September 13th - September 19th. PAL only.
- Free trial: Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town September 22nd - September 28th. NA only.
- Free trial: Prison Architect October 20th - October 26th. PAL only.
- Free trial: Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town November 10th - November 16th. PAL only.
- Free trial: Don't Starve: Nintendo Switch Edition December 14th - 21st. NA Only.
- Free trial: Art of Balance December 14th - 20th. PAL only.
- Discontinued: Nintendo Switch Online - Splatoon 2 Lounge July 28th.
- Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack - N64 October 25th.
- Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack - Genesis October 25th.
- Discontinued: Dr. Mario World October 31st.
- Games added to NSO NES/SNES/N64/Genesis apps:
* Fire 'n' Ice / Solomon's Key 2 NES. February 17th.
* Doomsday Warrior SNES. February 17th NA/May 26th JP.
* Prehistorik Man SNES. February 17th.
* Psycho Dream SNES. February 17th.
* Shin Megami Tensei II Super Famicom. February 17th. JP only.
* Joe & Mac / Caveman Ninja SNES. May 26th.
* Magical Drop II SNES. May 26th.
* Spanky's Quest SNES. May 26th.
* Super Baseball Simulator 1.000 SNES. May 26th.
* Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Famicom. May 26th.
* Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Super Famicom. May 26th. JP only.
* Super Mario Kart SP May 26th.
* Claymates SNES. July 28th.
* Jelly Boy SNES. July 28th.
* Kablooey / Bombuzal SNES. July 28th.
* Shin Megami Tensei If... Super Famicom. July 28th. JP only.
* Dead Dance / Tuff E Nuff Super Famicom. July 28th. Belated JP release.
* Super Mario 64 N64. October 25th.
* The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64. October 25th.
* Mario Kart 64 N64. October 25th.
* Star Fox 64 / Lylat Wars N64. October 25th.
* Sin & Punishment N64. October 25th.
* Dr. Mario 64 N64. October 25th. NA/PAL only.
* Mario Tennis N64. October 25th.
* WinBack / WinBac: Covert Operations / Operation: WinBack N64. October 25th.
* Yoshi's Story N64. October 25th.
* Custom Robo N64. October 25th? JP only.
* Custom Robo V2 N64. October 25th? JP only.
* Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Streets of Rage 2 Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Ecco the Dolphin Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Castlevania: Bloodlines Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Contra: Hard Corps Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Golden Axe Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Gunstar Heroes Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* M.U.S.H.A. Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Ristar Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Shining Force Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Strider Genesis / Mega Drive. October 25th.
* Paper Mario N64. December 10th.
* Dynamite Headdy Genesis / Mega Drive. December 17th.
* Toejam & Earl Genesis / Mega Drive. December 17th.
* Altered Beast Genesis / Mega Drive. December 17th.
* Sword of Vermillion Genesis / Mega Drive. December 17th.
* Thunder Force II Genesis / Mega Drive. December 17th.
2021 Directs
- Nintendo Direct February 17th.
- Pokémon Presents February 26th.
- Mr. Sakurai Presents: Pyra/Mythra March 4th.
- Indie World April 14th.
- Nintendo E3 Direct June 15th.
- Mr. Sakurai Presents: Kazuya June 28th.
- Indie World August 11th.
- Pokémon Presents August 18th.
- Nintendo Direct September 24th.
- Mr. Sakurai Presents: Sora October 5th.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct October 15th.
- Indie World December 15th.

Announced projects beyond 2021
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus January 28th 2022.
- Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp April 8th 2022?
- amiibo: Min-Min. 2022.
- amiibo: Minecraft Steve. Spring 2022.
- amiibo: Minecraft Alex. Spring 2022?
- amiibo: Malzeno, Palamute Canye X, Palico Canye X. Summer 2022.
- Bayonetta 3 2022.
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land Spring 2022.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel 2022.
- Mario Movie December 21st, 2022.
- Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope 2022.
- Splatoon 3 2022.   
Announced projects without dates
- amiibo: Sephiroth.
- amiibo: Pyra.
- amiibo: Mythra.
- amiibo: Kazuya.
- Detective Pikachu TBA. Previous date: 2020. 
- Metroid Prime 4 TBA. Announced June 2017/January 2019.
- Pokémon Sleep TBA. Previous date: 2020.
- Pokémon Trading Card Game Live TBA. Announced September 2021.

Welcome to the 2021 predictions thread, where you can win points and eternal glory!
How it works: please post one or more Nintendo related things you think will occur this year.

I will try to update this thread with all the major Nintendo releases of the year, just like last year.
Barring unforeseen catastrophe we can then once again tally everyone’s points by the end so we can discover who the true Soothsayer of our board is.

You can predict anything you want in this thread (please don’t manifest another plague though), but if you wanna COMPETE for those highly desirable POINTS, please humor me and follow these Rules/suggestions:

* You may submit between 1 and 10 predictions for the year.
* If you can write your predictions in bullet point format that’d be helpful, but it's not required.
* You get 1 point for being right, half a point for being half-right.
* No points for guessing stuff we already know! See what we already know… below the line!
* You have until the first Direct of the year to submit predictions. Last time that was January 9th! Obviously we can continue speculation afterwards, but I don’t wanna go through every post again to assign meaningless VERY VALUABLE points.
Feel free to speculate, but I'm not gonna count 'em in December.

Here's my bold predictions for the year!

* The three new Smash Bros. fighters will all release this year. They are: Dr. Robotnik, Crash Bandicoot, and a Konami character. A smaller, third season pass is announced, to Sakurai's chagrin.
* Zelda Twilight Princess HD is ported to Switch this year, but not Wind Waker HD.
* Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury scores lower in reviews than the original and is once again unjustly  snubbed during GOTY season.
* Another Game & Watch is released, this time containing all the Game & Watch Gallery releases. No other retro/mini consoles.
* Boyfriend Dungeon becomes the surprise indie critical darling of the year.
* The Zelda BOTW sequel will not release this year, but Age of Calamity gets a big DLC expansion.
* E3 is cancelled once again.
* A new Fire Emblem game is announced, again working with Koei-Tecmo.
* NSO adds SNES Vegas Stakes and either Mario RPG or EarthBound, but not both.
* Sonic & Mario Tokyo Olympics is re-released with bonus content to tie into the event (which will happen, but without any audience).
Can y'all do better? Let's hear it!

Here we go

* A 2D Metroid is absolutely coming out this year from Mercury Steam, and I will absolutely ignore it because I'm not really a Metroidvania guy.
* Doshin the Giant will be the WHAT?! character in the 2nd fighter pass.
* That Splatoon side scroller will finally emerge.
* A 3D Kirby game will finally release and have controversial elements.
* Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity, surprisingly does not have any DLC.
* A sequel to everyone's favourite recent sonic game, sonic forces 2 will be announced. You will also be allowed to port over your terrible original character.
* The Switch operating system will gain one new theme in 2021.
* Breath of the Wild 2 will receive a 89 metacritic
* Tatsu, from Xenoblade X, will appear in an official Nintendo Direct, a Direct Mini will not count.
* The credits sequence for No More Heroes 3 will be over 17 minutes in length.

Luigi Dude:
I'm going to go big this year.

1.  The Bowser's Fury part of the upcoming Switch port of 3D World can almost be considered its own game.  The original Wii U version of 3D World was only 1.7 GB while Nintendo's own reports say the Switch version will be 5 GB.  Mario Odyssey in comparison was 5.7 GB.  So either something like New Super Luigi that redesigns every level, or some huge Mario Odyssey style open world levels.  Either way it's going to be epic.

2.  Zelda's 35th Anniversary will be huge.  Nintendo will also release a Zelda 35 similar to Super Mario 35 that is available for a limited time and based off the original as well.  The rumored Skyward Sword HD will be released as part of the upcoming 35th anniversary as well.  Nintendo will pull a Mario 3D All Stars with Zelda and release a limited time collection that includes Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD.  Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will get a huge DLC expansion that actually has the original story of what happened during the Calamity instead of the DBZ style alternate timeline the base game has.  And finally Breath of the Wild 2 will be Nintendo's big holiday game this year.

3.  Metroid will also have a big year.  A New 2D Metroid from Mercury Steam will come out this year and it will be Metroid 5.  And yes the villains will be who the 100% completion reward for beating Samus Returns shows.  A trailer for Prime 4 will be shown with a 2022 release date at the end.  Metroid Prime Trilogy HD which has been done for a while will finally come out this year as well since they'll finally have footage of Prime 4 to show so they'll want to get Metroid Prime hype train going.

4.  A new 2D Kirby that's a traditional adventure game will come out this year.  Unlike Star Allies, this one will be more single player focused with some major gimmick like Planet Robobot.

5.  With Retro busy with Prime 4, Nintendo has gotten Playtonic Games to create the next 2D Donkey Kong.  Since the studio is made up of former Rare employees who even worked on the original Donkey Kong Country games, Nintendo is more then happy to work with them again.  The game will be announced this year but won't come out until 2022.

6.  A new Wario Ware for the Switch will be released.

7.  A new Fire Emblem Echo's will be released that will be a remake of the 4th game, Genealogy of the Holy War.  The 5th game Thracia 776 will also be remade for the game as something unlockable after beating it or DLC announced later.

8.  Arms 2 and Splatoon 3 will both be announced and released this year as well.

9.  A port of Xenoblade X will happen with an added epilogue to deal with the huge cliffhanger left at the end of the original Wii U game.

10.  One of the upcoming Smash Bros DLC character will be Crash Bandicoot.  For the final Smash Bros DLC character, Sakurai will say **** it and reveal Goku.

Mr. Bungle's predictions for Nintendo in 2021

- New Switch Model improved Switch hardware releases holiday 2021
- New Game from Ubisoft Uses a Nintendo IP like Mario + Rabbids and Starlink
- Zelda re-releases For 35th anniversary several older games are released on switch, not as a collection
- New Kirby Game Not a platformer
- New Wario or WarioWare Game
- Battletoads (2020) ported to switch
- Games without release dates Bayonetta 3 will release in Summer 2021, Breath of the Wild 2 delayed to 2022, Metroid Prime 4 teaser trailer with 2022 release window
- Wii U eShop Announcement of closure in 2022
- Smash DLC Challengers include a Pokemon and two 3rd party characters, one from Koei Tecmo
- Super Mario Movie Delayed to 2022


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