Nintendo Has a Strong 2019 Lineup, But Doesn’t Want to Show It All Just Yet

Nintendo’s first Direct of 2019 opened and closed with two previously unannounced first party games — Super Mario Maker 2 and a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Both are Switch exclusives set for a 2019 launch, and yet, as terrible as it is to be ungrateful for what we did get, it’s easy to slip into the “why didn’t they show X?” state of mind.

And while many of the already announced 2019 exclusives didn’t receive a spotlight at this Direct, it’s not really a cause for concern. In fact, Nintendo holding back some of its heavy hitters shows the company has learned from its mistakes, and taken as a whole, has responded to the criticisms of Switch experiencing a lighter second year than its launch year.

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