THE LATEST Nintendo Switch games news involving The Legend of Zelda series, as well as more on the recent stock updates and Splatoon 2 Marina release reveal.
The Nintendo Switch’s launch month was a big success, in thanks partly to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
While it was also available on the Wii U, The Nintendo Switch games version provided players with a slightly higher-spec and the chance to play it on the move.
Many fans have probably picked up the new DLC expansion, which is also the first to be made available in any Zelda game.
But for those who were hoping for a quick-fire sequel on the Nintendo Switch, series producer Eiji Aonuma has some bad news for you.
Speaking to Gamereactor, the Zelda veteran revealed that we’re in for a long wait, following the success of Breath of the Wild.
“We have no plans for a future Zelda,” he explained.
“We are still far from that, unfortunately for you. Today, I'm at the stage where I'm trying to gather a number of ideas for a sequel, but I cannot do it alone.
“It's a lot of work that will have to be done over a long period of time, and we're still far from having planned anything. Leave us a little time.”
Aonuma did confirm that more support for Nintendo Switch’s HD rumble would likely be in the next title, adding: “The real problem that made it impossible to use this technology is not so much a matter of time problem but rather that we were going to have too many differences with the Wii U version and they both had to be identical games.
“We will be able to use this in the next Zelda.”
Nintendo have revealed that demand has far surpassed their original estimates and they’re now looking to have an install base of around 10m by the end of the current fiscal year.
But while Nintendo strive to boost their production numbers to keep up with supply, Nintendo Switch stock at Gamestop and GAME is still unable to keep up.
A statement from Nintendo to MCVUK explains: “"For Nintendo Switch, our initial plan for the fiscal year ended March 2017 was to ship two million units by the end of March, but we increased production which resulted in shipping 2.74 million units globally.
"For products like Nintendo Switch, it takes time to procure parts and run production, so we perform demand estimates far in advance of launch. Actual demand following the launch of these products surpassed our estimates globally.
"To take advantage of this favorable momentum, we will continue to bolster our manufacturing facilities and strive to increase production in preparation for the Christmas period, which has been factored into our forecast of shipping 10 million units globally by the end of this fiscal year.”
But while increases in production have been promised, There still isn’t enough Nintendo Switch stock at places like Gamestop.
Nintendo have confirmed that they expect more stock to arrive later this month, adding: “We anticipate more stock to arrive in mid-July. Customer orders will be fulfilled in the order they are placed.”
Players in the UK mostly have access to pre order pages for the Nintendo Switch, effectively putting down a deposit so that they can queue for a system.
Splatoon 2 has a new set of characters, which were officially unveiled by Nintendo this week.
Marina and Pearl will be the new hosts of Splatoon 2's Splatfest, who will be taking over from Callie and Marie.
Nintendo announced that a Splatfest demo would take place before the game officially launches on July 21. Instead, fans will be able to log on Saturday, July 15, to check out the new multiplayer offerings.
The new demo should be available to download now, with the official UK times for the new Splatfest confirmed as from 5pm, BST.
As mentioned above Splatoon 2’s Marina and Pearl will be part of the scene for the foreseeable future and are part of a pop duo called Off the Hook.
“Who are these fresh new faces? Why it’s Pearl and Marina of the group Off the Hook, the newest sensation in Inkopolis,” a message from Nintendo teases.
Nintendo Switch fans will also get voice chat support through a smartphone app landing on July 21 - the same day as Splatoon 2 is released.
However, the Big N have gone for a less conventional - and slightly controversial route - for their online voice chat. While the PS4 and Xbox One just needs you to plug in a headset to chat with friends online, with the Switch you have to download a smartphone app.
Once you have downloaded the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, connecting a headset then requires a few more steps. Splatoon 2 is launching with a third-party headset, which looks like the funky headsets characters in the game wear.
But to use it alongside the Switch game, there are a number of hoops you have to jump throug