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After a stel­lar open­ing year, Switch has had a quiet 2018 in soft­ware terms, as the nat­u­ral con­se­quences of launch­ing a main­line Mario and Zelda game in the same year come to pass. Nin­tendo’s stock price may have suf­fered as a re­sult, but the one-two win­ter punch of new SmashBros and Poké­mon games should put in­vestors in bet­ter mood – and while Nin­tendo is keep­ing its plans for 2019 close, the fu­ture al­ready looks bright. Of those con­firmed for re­lease next year, Luigi’s Man­sion 3, Yoshi’ s Crafted World and Fire Em­blem: Three Houses are the high­lights, but hopes are high that other an­nounced games – in­clud­ing MetroidPrime4, An­i­malCross­ing and Bay­o­netta3 – will join them. And the com­pany is bound to have a few sur­prises up its sleeve too. The in­vest­ment com­mu­nity, one sus­pects, won’t stay grumpy for long.

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