Nintendo has confirmed that the release date for Yoshi for the Nintendo Switch has been pushed back to 2019, which explains why the game was missing from Nintendo's E3 presentation.
Nintendo made a number of important announcements during their presentation at E3 2018. Nintendo announced Switch ports for the battle royale game Fortnite and the 2.5D fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ. Nintendo released a trailer for the Switch's first Mario Party title, Super Mario Party, and officially unveiled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The biggest bomb that Nintendo dropped was the reveal that every fighter in Super Smash Bros. history will be included in the new game, which is an incredible undertaking. One of the upcoming titles that went unmentioned was Yoshi.
Though Yoshi was expected to be released in 2018, its official product page on Nintendo's website was recently updated with a new release date of 2019. In an interview with Polygon at E3, Nintendo of America president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime offered an update and said that Yoshi "continues to be in development making good progress".
Yoshi has received a handful of solo titles, with the last game being 2015's Yoshi's Wooly World for the Wii U, which was ported to the Nintendo 3DS in 2017. A new untitled game starring Yoshi was revealed at last year's E3. Developed by Good-Feel, the sidescrolling platform game will be designed with a new bright and colorful art style reminiscent of past Yoshi titles. Yoshi's first Nintendo Switch release will see the return of many of the mechanics associated with Yoshi games, such as the character's ability to eat objects with his long tongue and move across a stage with a trail of eggs behind him.
One of the key features in the game revolves around "flipping" the stage, allowing players to see the other side of the stage and how it works. Every stage has two sides to it. For example, one stage appears to be a jungle environment, but in exploring the stage from the other side players can see that the "jungle" is actually made out of cardboard cutouts and milk cartons.
Though we may have longer to wait than expected for the new game, there will be other opportunities to play as Mario's green dinosaur companion in 2018. Yoshi will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Tennis Aces, and Super Mario Party.
Yoshi launches in 2019 for the Nintendo Switch.