Last Night, Nintendo revealed several new details about its forthcoming console, the Nintendo Switch. Not the least of which being the launch date, price, and some of the games that will be available at launch. Start saving up now, because the console will be hitting store on March 3 for $299. If you wanna see all the details, check it out below.
The Equipment, and 1 2 Switch.
Inside the box you get two Joy-Con controllers, the Joy-Con grip (which holds said controllers), the docking station, and an HD cable. The unit can be played by hooking it to a TV, standing it on a surface (tabletop mode) or by attaching the Joy-Con controllers to the sides and playing it as a handheld. The Joy Controllers can detect distance and motion, similar to the wiimotes. This makes things interesting, as it seems that Nintendo may not have abandoned motion controls as we thought. The first game Nintendo showed off was a game called 1 – 2 switch, which is designed to be played with friends rather than by looking at a screen. 1 – 2 switch is a collection of two player minigames ranging from a old-west shoot out to a sword fight. Nintendo also revealed it’s online service. It will feature online lobbies and voice chat, free NES and SNES game downloads, and smartphone/tablet integration. The service will start out free and will become paid at a later point.
First Party Games
Along with 1 – 2 Switch, Nintendo showed off a few more first party games, including a new Mario. Arms, an original IP is a one-on-one fighter featuring fighters with extendable arms. It can be played on split-screen, or online, or with two switches. Nintendo also previewed Splatoon 2, due out this summer. Mario Odyssey, a new Mario title looks to break new ground by featuring Nintendo’s mustached plumber in a open-world sandbox. One of the environments includes a modern day city street! To close out the show, Nintendo revealed some more gameplay from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which was confirmed to be a Switch Launch title. Nintendo’s website revealed that Mario 8 Deluxe was also heading to Switch, which will contain all the dlc from the Wii U release.
The switch looks like it’ll be the go-to system for Japanese RPGS. Nintendo announced Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the system, and Atlus was on hand to show off a new Shin Megami Tensei. We already know Dragon Quest X and XI are coming to the system, but Square Enix also revealed that Dragon Quest Heroes I and II would hit the Switch as well. Speaking of Tecmo Koei’s slash-em-ups, Nintendo also revealed Fire Emblem Warriors, which looks to be a Fire Emblem themed version of Koei’s hack and slashers. Square Enix also showed off versions of I Am Setsuna, along with a new game called Project Octopath Traveler, which looks to be a side scrolling rpg with artwork similar to Final Fantasy Tactics.
More Third Party Games
It’s not just Japanese RPGS that are getting love too, as Bethesda confirmed that Skyrim is heading towards Switch. Suda 51 appeared to reveal that he was working on a new No More Heroes game. EA revealed that FIFA would be coming to the switch as well. Nintendo showed off several more third party games in a highlight reel. Among these games are a new Dragon Ball Z Game, Lego City Undercover, NBA 2k18, I Am Setsuna, Sonic the Hedgehog, a version of Street Fighter 2, and Steep. It definitely looks like Nintendo may have gotten third party support down pat this time around.
Hopefully the Switch will meet everyone’s expectations, and it has a lot to offer gamers when it launches in less than two months. Better start saving up now.