The Twitter account and deal tracker Nintendeal first noticed recently that the physical release of Paper Mario: The Origami King was apparently out of print with big retailers no longer offering the game for shipping, pickup, or otherwise. After more sleuthing, a Discord user known as AShadowLink as well as ResetEra user Neoxon, a larger list of Nintendo Switch games was put together to show other first-party Nintendo games that have apparently gone out of print, too.
Nintendo Switch Games Disappear from Stores
While the games in the list below that was put together by Neoxon aren't impossible to find right now, you'll have a harder time finding them from some of the go-to retailers like Amazon, GameSpot, and more. Some of the games being out of print aren't too surprising due to their age, but others like Super Mario Odyssey are surprising given how successful that game was.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019)
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Engage
Yoshi's Crafted World
WarioWare: Get it Together!
Nintendo Switch Sports
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Maker 2
Mario Strikers: Battle League
So, what does it mean for the Nintendo Switch 2 if these games are indeed out of print, and if it's not related to that console, what are some other possibilities? As many users pointed out, it could be that these Nintendo Switch games are being pulled from retailers so that they can be reprinted with new branding that signifies that they're playable on both the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch 2. Among the seemingly endless rumors about the new console are frequent suggestions that it'll support the use of Nintendo Switch games, too, via backwards compatibility which would make sense considering how sizable some fans' collections of Nintendo Switch games will be by now. If that's the case and these games have reprints ahead of them, it bolsters theories that the Nintendo Switch 2 will be out this year.
Others have speculated that this could mean Nintendo is looking to revive its Nintendo Selects marketing strategy where it handpicks a number of defining first-party games and discounts them after they've been out for awhile. The last time this happened was with the Wii U, so if this isn't related to the Nintendo Switch 2, a collection of Nintendo Switch Selects is the next best guess.
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