Game Informer editor says Nintendo is reviving an 'officially cancelled' game, also talks about the potential for Kingdom Hearts titles on Switch

Game Informer senior editor Imran Khan has been hot-and-heavy lately with rumored Nintendo info. He recently talked about Mother 3 not making its way to the states/Europe, and now he's followed up that info with a double dose of rumored discussion. First up, he drops hints at Nintendo reviving a cancelled game.

“Let me hint at something, I guess. This is a thing that I’m going to write up at some point as soon as I get some more sources on it. But there’s a game that’s thought to be dead that Nintendo’s reviving, and it’s not one that people would expect. It was very much a title that was dead and buried – very officially cancelled.”

With the game being officially cancelled, it sounds like this project might involved a third party. Khan makes it clear that this was "very officially cancelled," and Nintendo doesn't really talk in those terms often.

Next up, Khan moves onto the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Will we ever see Sora and the gang come to Switch? Here's what Khan has to say.

- Kingdom Hearts III is looking unlikely
- the HD re-releases might be more feasible
- Nintendo and Square Enix were talking about what they could do with Kingdom Hearts III
- it was deemed unfeasible to get Kingdom Hearts III on the Switch
- the game is “very demanding” and “not necessarily you can put out without paring it down a lot”
- Khan's unsure if the remasters are “actively being worked on”
- he believes “that’s probably where they settled on it”

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!


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Previously cancelled?!!


I find it hard to believe they couldn't get KH3 running on the Switch. Having played through it the game does nothing technically that the Switch couldn't do. It's extremely bare bones and dead simple, all they'd have to do is cut down the graphical quality.

That could mean that the game is already demanding for the hardware for some reason or other, and they can't use fancy graphics because the game would run poorly. In that case, it would be difficult to have a decent version running on less powerful hardware without a lot of optimisation work.

Apparently KHIII is also a problematic game, and not as great as it was hyped up to be. If the Remixes are more feasible on Switch then so be it. KHIII will probably have to wait till Switch's successor and by then I hope its issues are ironed out. Either way this rumor drained my enthusiasm about having KHIII on Switch. Do I still want KH on Switch? Absolutely. And I'll take the Remixes at this point since they are reportedly better games than what KH3 turned out to be.

Previously cancelled?!!


It's the first one that came to mind hehe. I doubt it though, the story behind the development of that game spells that Nintendo will never trust NST again.

Was honestly the first thing I thought of too!

I got it.

Metroid Prime 4 is Starcraft Ghost with a new coat of paint. Retro and Blizzard are both in Austin, TX. It just makes sense. THE STARS HAVE ALLIGNED.

Scalebound... But they would have to buy the rights from Microsoft.

Sun Feb 17 19 01:58pm
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I've always wondered if PG owned that IP or Microsoft did. I bought the Xbox 1 because of Scalebound was exclusive, I'd love to see it on Switch.

You got an XO for Scalebound too? I'm not alone Smile

Wonder if we'll ever see that again though...

Metroid Dread is back on track, baby!

The game they're reviving that was "dead and buried" is obviously Metroid Prime 4. Just Kidding. I wonder if they'd ever resurrect Project Hammer. Now that's a game that's well and truly "dead and buried".

Sun Feb 17 19 12:38pm
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Metroid Dread...please! The name alone made it sound like they were going to ratchet up the horror aspects of Fusion. A seriously scary Metroid game would be awesome.

My out there guess though is going to be Donkey Kong Racing with Playtonic developing it.

Sun Feb 17 19 05:28pm
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My out there guess though is going to be Donkey Kong Racing with Playtonic developing it.


Sun Feb 17 19 12:50pm
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KHIII already has trouble running at 720p on a base XBox One, let alone running it on Switch docked or even with further paired back GPU clocks in handheld mode... so yeah, I don't think that would happen any time soon.

The thing is though with some of the guesses here so far from people, Khan say it's a game that was previously known to be in development once upon a time and was "officially cancelled". That would rule out Metroid Dread. It has never been anything more than a rumour. Personally, I'd never say no to more Metroid games. Raven Blade is another game that was real and cancelled.

Yeah guess you're right. People would be so hyped for Dread though lol

Sakamoto has confirmed the games existence multiple times in the past, and has said that if they were to go back to it they’d start completely from scratch. It was a real game at some point.

Sun Feb 17 19 01:27pm
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YES SADNESS IS FINALLY GONNA BE RELEASED! After more than a decade since that teaser trailer we're finally getting the game y'all!

I'm pretty sure that game did release. It was completely reworked as a 2D platformer though.

Nope. It's never been released.

Sun Feb 17 19 01:41pm
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Murga Murn Legurnds 3!

Sun Feb 17 19 02:11pm
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Earthbound 64 is back!

Mother 3 Localization was pretty much "dead", right?

Found it weird how this started blowing up yesterday when this was from a Kind Funny episode from Wednesday/Thursday.

Metroid Dread would make a lot of sense but I wouldn't describe that as "not one that people would expect."

Other possibilities:

Project Giant Robot
Legend of Zelda: Mystical Seed of Courage (3rd version of the Oracle games)
Tingle Horror Game (by Vanpool, who instead made Dillon's Rolling Western)
Super Mario Spikers (Next Level volleyball game)
Kirby Tilt N Tumble 2
Star Fox 2? I guess that got released on the SNES Classic but they could remake it.

They got Agent from TakeTwo
Or is that not ”cancel”?

Would love scalebound more

Sun Feb 17 19 06:59pm
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Hmm...didn’t consider third party games they could swoop in on. Scalebound isn’t a bad shout on that front.

Unlikely as hell but it’d be huge if they took up the mantle on Silent Hills on behalf of Konami. I doubt Nintendo would be able to get Kojima back on board even if he wanted to because Konami is Konami but they could always reboot it with a new team. Certainly fits the bill for “very officially cancelled”, and definitely not one that anyone would expect.

The first thing that came to my mind was Scalebound but with Bayo 3 AND Astral Chain being both already in development at Platinum I doubt they would have a third Switch project.

Watch it be the revival/remaster of Miitomo.

Sun Feb 17 19 07:56pm
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Imagine if it's Chrono Break.

Except it wasn't officially announced, so it wasn't "very officially cancelled" either.

Not so sure how to take it, considering Nomura JUST said they just STARTED thinking about a Switch verison of 3 (among others). He wouldn't be saying that if Square-Enix and Nintendo already decided it was non-starter. Now it's DEFINITELY not going to be a pretty conversion, though.

To be fair he said it was possible at E3 2018. And there were rumors of SE wanting KH3 on Switch. Now it's possible those plans did fall through, but on the other hand if it DOES come it WOULD have to be downscaled somewhat. I don't have any faith in it happening, but the Remixes should be less challenging.

Metroid dread? Super Mario 128?

Mon Feb 18 19 05:27am
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Mario128 was just a tech-demo to show off the GC's power. Was never meant to be a game.

Hopefully not Project Hammer, imagine how bland it would feel next to games like Bayonetta, the game was canceled with good reason.

It doesn't state that it's a Nintendo IP, it could easily be another developers IP.

One word-- SCALEBOUND! (evil laughter)

The first game I thought of was Disaster: Day of Crisis. The game was reportedly practically done when some sort of natural disaster hit and Nintendo felt it would be insensitive to release the game at the time.

Mon Feb 18 19 12:35pm
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You've mistaken Disaster: Day of Crisis for Disaster Report 4/ Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4, a game from a series with no connection whatsoever to Nintendo.

D:DoC was completed, and even released in PAL regions, but it was never given an NTSC print due to poor sales.

DR4/ZZT4, on the other hand, was being developed for the PS3 when the Tohoku earthquake (and subsequent tsunami) struck in 2011, and so development was halted. It took a while, but production eventually resumed and the game was finally released for PS4 in November of last year.

You're right, that's an odd couple of games to mix up, I guess.


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