We finally got to see
the full glory of the Nintendo Switch! While some details remain blurry, the
games that will be shipping out look promising. So let's cut to the chase and
talk about the new games that will be running on Nintendo's new home console!
GAMES THAT WERE ANNOUNCED
This is a weird fighting game which lets you use the Joy-Con controllers to punch the hell out of your opponent. It's an interesting premise, one which aims to keep you active like the titles on the original Wii once did. How kind of Nintendo to think about our health.
Fire Emblem Warriors
Emblem has always been an amazing franchise.
It punishes you for recklessness and miscalculation by introducing permadeath
to your characters. But after the recent Fire
Emblem Fates held our hands through an easy labyrinth of nightmares in all
three of its storylines, Fire Emblem
Warriors may just be what the series needs to get back on track.
Shin Megami Tensei
Scoot Persona off to the side for a while and make room for the main Shin Megami Tensei series. While details are scarce as of the moment, at least we know that a new title in the franchise is in the works.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I wept when I saw this,
and not in a good way. Releasing Skyrim
for the umpteenth time is all just a show to let us know that the Switch will
be able to run videogames that were released on last generation consoles.
Though the game may be remastered, you cannot deny that Skyrim was so five years ago.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The sequel to the spiritual successor of another spiritual successor finally arrives. We know little about Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but every "Xeno" fan already knows that this game will be gritty, dark, and scariest of all... it will have 30-minute cutscenes.
Okay, the first Splatoon was fun. It injected a splash of color into a shooter genre that was composed mainly of brown backgrounds with guts strewn all over the surroundings. Splatoon was so big that it was even able to become one of Nintendo's flagship e-sports games, increasing the company's reach to a wider audience.
It comes as no surprise then that Nintendo decided to create a sequel.
Apart from playing the game traditionally with the Joy-Con or the Switch Pro Controller, Splatoon 2 will also support the Switch's new gyro controls. No matter how you decide to play the game, Splatoon 2 will allow you to play online as well as locally with other ink creatures when it comes out later this year.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Kart racing games have
always risen and fallen faster than the speed of light. Apart from Crash Team Racing, the only kart racing
game that has stood the test of time is Mario
Kart. And with the new Mario Kart 8
Deluxe being released on the Nintendo Switch with new courses, characters,
and a revamped battle mode, it seems that Mario isn't leaving the racetrack
The first sandbox Super Mario game hits the Switch later this year and it is such a sad thing to find out that it won't be a launch title. Still, the game is bigger than any Mario game ever introduced to us.
The trailer shows Mario in what looks to be Brooklyn, New York, but viewers have pointed out that the city's name reads as "New Donk City", based on the in-game posters. Also, there are new enemies to stomp through. Finally, a sequel that could be Nintendo's biggest innovation on the Super Mario franchise since Super Mario Galaxy.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Apart from mustachioed plumbers, you simply cannot have a Nintendo console without Link; which seems to be why Nintendo will be releasing the new Legend of Zelda title on both the Switch and the now-defunct Wii U.
of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a Nintendo
Switch launch title and provide players with a vast open world that you can
explore on foot and horse. The game is around twelve times the size of the
overwold in Legend of Zelda: Twilight
Princess and sees Link outside of his traditional green outfit and pauper
hat. This could be the launch game that gets people to pay attention to the
Switch once it drops on March 3.
GAMES WE DIDN'T SEE BUT HOPE TO IN THE FUTURE
I'm not talking about just your typical Donkey Kong game. I'm thinking of something along the lines of an overhaul - kind of like what Mario went through. Donkey Kong 3D, Donkey Kong Galaxy, Donkey Kong Sunshine, hell, I'd even take a Diddy Kong's Mansion.
We need more Kirby in our lives.
While Nintendo won't be pulling any more sly tricks like announcing Samus's gender, the least they could do is handle the Metroid Prime series better.
Mega Man Legends 3
To this day, I continue to hope that maybe, just maybe, the development for Mega Man Legends 3 has been resumed, even after the absence of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. Then again, Inafune is working on a spiritual successor of his own called Red Ash, so let's just hope that it fairs better than Mighty No. 9.
Super Mario Maker 2
Super Mario Maker was a huge hit. I doubt the sequel will ship out anytime soon, but when it does, I hope more items and enemies throughout the Mario-verse become available. Heck, I would even be game for a Super Mario Maker 3D!
Apart from its first-party titles, Nintendo has promised diverse third-party support for the Switch from other video game developers and publishers, among which include EA, Activision, Telltale Games, Take-Two, and From Software. There's a good chance that these companies will craft some excellent Switch-exclusive games that will help Nintendo recover their losses from the Wii U. If this is so, then Nintendo's only challenge now is to maintain the momentum of their own games to attract a larger audience.
And maybe change their YouTube monetization policies as well...