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Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games 2017: 14 exciting Switch launch titles and more

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After months of speculation Nintendo has finally revealed the launch line-up for Nintendo Switch, and, to be blunt, there aren't many games on show.

However, the legendary company has announced many of the Nintendo Switch games coming in the first year of the console's life cycle, including the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey.

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We also have plenty of third-party titles in the form of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, FIFA and NBA 2K18.

With Nintendo's new console allowing players to enjoy the same game at home or on the go, and split the controller in half for immediate multiplayer, the likes of Mario Kart, Super Bomberman R and Ultra Street Fighter 2 are pretty high on our list.

Release Date: March 3, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the flagship launch game for Nintendo Switch, delivering an experience that will no doubt excite Nintendo fans all over the globe. You once again play as Link in a bright, colourful yet seemingly apocalyptic vision of Hyrule.

The world is in ruins, and it's your job to once again stop 'Calamity' Ganon and save the princess. Breath of the Wild will be the first in franchise history with a fully open world, no longer restricted by segmented cities.

Non-player characters are also voiced for the first time, lending the narrative a heavier, more palpable sense of drama than ever before. The recent trailer gave us goosebumps, showcasing the sprawling world while simultaneously ushering in a tale in which we truly felt invested. It may be another case of saving the princess and vanquishing evil, but it has never felt this special.

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super mario odyssey

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Super Mario Odyssey

Release Date: Winter 2017

Odyssey is a fully-fledged 3D Mario experience, echoing the open world design found in Nintendo Gamecube’s Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario 64. Nintendo is making a bold statement with Odyssey, and it looks brilliant.

The reveal trailer showcased a mixture of realistic and fantastical environments alongside a slew of innovative new gameplay mechanics centred around Mario's hat.

Mario can now hurl his signature red hat at enemies while also using it as a handy platform for reaching precarious new areas. Bowser is up to his usual tricks, who has once again kidnapped Princess Peach and plans to marry her. Just another day in the Mushroom Kingdom, then?
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Arms

Release Date: Spring 2017

Arms is a wacky, quintessentially Nintendo fighter, and it's one of the Switch's very first high-profile exclusives. Players must use the controllers to throw punches using stretchy boxing gloves. It looks incredibly silly and fun, and a perfect game to play with friends while showing off the new HD Rumble feature.

You can alter the angle and trajectory of each attack by titling the Joycon controllers in your hands, breaking through an opponent's block with a well-timed jab.

It appears Arms can be played either online or locally with each player requiring two Joycon controllers to take part. As is usually the case with fighters, there will be plenty of characters and stages to choose from at launch.
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1 2 Switch

Release Date: March 3, 2017

1 2 Switch is a collection of traditional and motion controlled minigames that can be played by using the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers. Many of the minigames also don't even require use of the TV, for example safe cracking is done purely using the controller's "HD rumble" and games such as Samurai require two players to face one another.

These games are designed to showcase the system's capabilities while also encouraging you and your friends to get off the sofa and have some fun.

Experiences range from a western shoot-out to questionably milking a cow. There is plenty here that should entertain family and friends at launch who are trying out Switch for the very first time.
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Splatoon 2

Release Date: Summer 2017

Splatoon 2 capitalises on the success of the original with new modes, maps and the addition of local multiplayer on Nintendo Switch. Many of us were expecting a spruced up port of the Wii U version, but it turns out Nintendo has been developing a fully-fledged sequel for its bustling new IP.

The mischevious inklings have found themselves an assortment of new weapons, and have somehow learned how to duel wield – John Woo style. These newcomers to your arsenal are accompanied by new methods of movement such as rolling and paint-propelled jetpacks, perfect for gaining the advantage mid-match.

It is unclear whether Splatoon 2 will offer an enhanced solo experience over its predecessor, but we can tell the multiplayer is going to be as fun and frantic as before. Local multiplayer should be a blast, too, made a breeze thanks to the Switch's Joycon controllers.


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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Release Date: April 28, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is essentially an enhanced version of the original experience with all new tracks, items and characters. Newcomers such as King Boo, Dry Bones and even the Inklings from Splatoon are confirmed as playable characters. Nintendo is really starting to embrace its creative roster of potential racers.

Deluxe is purposely designed with Switch in mind, giving two players the chance to play at one time by using the Joycon controllers. The ability to connect several controllers and consoles together wirelessly means local play for up to eight players is simple, too.

To top things off, the mediocre Battle Mode has been completely revamped so you'll no longer be tediously roaming around the track in search of a target. Nintendo is also introducing some assist modes for young children and less-abled players. Good on them!
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Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Release Date: Late 2017

Monolith Soft arguably stole the show with this surprise announcement, blowing us away with a trailer featuring some truly gorgeous environments and a goosebump-inducing orchestral score.

Acting as a direct sequel to the Nintendo Wii original, Xenoblade 2 will likely provide us with a vast open world to explore filled with monsters, quests and characters to encounter.

The last game in the franchise, Xenoblade Chronicles X, was a masterful swansong for Wii U, and this could usher in a new age for JRPGs on the Switch.
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Fire Emblem Warriors

Release Date: Winter 2017

Hyrule Warriors was Nintendo's first foray into what could very well become a series of franchise spinoffs. Teaming up with the developers of Dynasty Warriors, Omega Force are recreating iconic game worlds through the perspective of a fast, frantic style of gameplay.

Now it's turning its attention to Fire Emblem, a fantastic SRPG series that often depicts its epic battles through mediated turn-based feats and lovely cutscenes. This changes with Warriors, as the player takes direct control of our heroes as they charge into the battlefield.

We expect hundred upon hundreds of enemies on screen as Chrom and friends tear through them with a series of weapons and special moves. The addition of an original story and new playable characters should make this a Fire Emblem experience worth checking out.
Skyrim
Release Date: Late 2017

After launching for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC way back in 2011, Nintendo is finally getting in on the Bethesda action. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to Nintendo Switch in its entirety, giving you a colossal fantasy world to explore whether you're at home, on the bus or climbing a mountain.

The prospect of having such a daunting game at our fingertips wherever we go sounds pretty exciting, so long as the console's battery life can hold out for more than a few hours. Bethesda is yet to confirm whether the Switch edition will include all previously released DLC and mod support, but it'd certainly be nice.

Now we just wait for the eventual port of Fallout 4. Come on, Bethesda.

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Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

Release Date: TBA 2017

Ubisoft has announced it plans to bring one of the finest platformers in recent memory to Nintendo Switch. Rayman Legends is a genuinely fantastic treat with dozens of imaginative stages and characters to delve into.

Legends can be played with up to four players, making fiendishly difficult stages even harder as you and some friends jump atop one another to get ahead and bag as many teensies as humanly possible.

They'll be swearing, punching and possibly a ruined friendship or two, but you'll have an absolute blast in the process. Oh, and the Switch iteration will also come packed with some exclusive surprises in the form of new multiplayer modes and costumes.
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Snipperclips

Release Date: March 3 2017

Snipperclips is a co-op action puzzler that will see you and a few friends cutting coloured paper into different shapes and sizes to solve a multitude of puzzles.

You'll need to get super creative as you progress through a series of adorably crafted levels, interacting with the environment by crafting objects and jumping atop of one another.

Each puzzle is designed to have multiple solutions, rewarding those who are willing to get creative and think outside of the box for once. Playable with up to three friends, Snipperclips is the perfect way to showcase the Switch's potential for multiplayer mayhem.
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Super Bomberman R

Release Date: March 2017

Since its debut release in 1985, Bomberman has proven to be a deviously fun multiplayer game. Its mixture of frenetic action and unpredictable tension makes it the perfect game to play with friends, and not to mention a great fit for Nintendo Switch.

Playable with a maximum of eight players, Super Bomberman R features a range of co-operative battle modes that can be played as a team or against each other. The Switch's trivial portability means you won't have any trouble dragging friends into a quick game either.

If couch co-op isn't your bag, you could always try your hand at the all new story mode boasting dozens of challenging new stages.
I Am Setsuna
I Am Setsuna can be added to the list of Nintendo Switch launch games as Square Enix has announced it will be arriving on March 3, 2017.

Games editor Brett Phipps wasn't a massive fan of the game when he reviewed it last July:

"I Am Setsuna starts out on a strong footing: offering what seems to be the perfect game for every JRPG fan with too little time on their hands. However, something is lost along the way, too much is trimmed and outside of the excellent combat system, the plot and characters simply fail to maintain my attention, some struggle to remain likeable because of their incredibly annoying dialogue."

But at least it gives day-one buyers another game to check out at launch with the new console.
puyo puyo

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Puyo Puyo Tetris

Release Date: April 28

Splicing together classic Tetris gameplay with the beloved Puyo Puyo series, Puyo Puyo Tetris is a charming adaptation of the beloved gaming classic with a bright visual style and charming new mechanics.

Puyo Puyo Tetris contains plenty of custom game modes alongside the original Tetris everyone loves. Those looking for a refined experience without any of the extra mechanics can still find something to love here. It's also perfectly suited to be played on the move with Nintendo Switch.

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Our Score:

9

Stardew Valley

The immensely popular farming adventure was recently announced for Nintendo Switch, and it's an absolutely perfect fit for the hybrid console.

Dropping you into the peaceful town of Stardew Valley, you are free to grow crops, befriend the townsfolk and go spelunking in the local mines.

Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch will also see the debut of multiplayer, meaning you can grow your farming empire with a friend by your side.
yooka-laylee 2
Developed by Playtonic Games, some of the original minds behind platforming classics such as Banjo-Kazooie and Conker's Bad Fur Day, Yooka-Laylee will be a nostalgic treat for fans of 3D platformers.

Taking place across a variety of diverse worlds, you must collect as many objects as possible while greeting charming new characters that feel like they're pulled straight from the 1990s. It may not be a sequel to Banjo-Kazooie, but it's the next best thing.

Noel Grundy

January 17, 2017, 10:23 am

So come March the 3rd we can play Zelda or a couple of mini games? WTF Nintendo are you trying to kill your brand?

jimmy

January 17, 2017, 3:25 pm

its a real shame as the concept is great. They've had a couple of years to get games sorted for the launch. Launching with so few games is what killed the Wii U, I hope it doesn't do the same for the Switch

Zeromass

January 23, 2017, 1:52 am

Couldn't agree more, I thought they even said that they would have a great lineup for their next console compared to Wii U? Meh I just don't see why anyone would be compelled to pay £340 for the console and Zelda +£65 for the pro controller. Hopefully the 3rd party support is better, competition is good for this industry and Nintendo really needs this to be great.

AHYL88

February 21, 2017, 12:18 am

Not true, the Wii U launched with far more games, something like 24 of them, but they did not market the damn console well, if at all. Some people still think the Wii U was a add-on to the original Wii because there was barely any adverts around for it; I didn't even see one on TV.

Launching with only Zelda as the big hitter, with small but interesting stuff like I Am Setsuna and Super Bomberman R, is a smart move; their tactic to have major games come out in a steady stream throughout the year and spread them out, with plenty third party stuff sprinkled in between, rather than blow their load early. Like a calm before the storm kind of a approach, a soft-launch if you will; at least this way, people can jump in when they see the right game they're interested in coming out.

Cos lets be honest, do we really want everything to come out at launch and have another drought of no games for long periods that the Wii U suffered from? And can even you afford to buy the games you want in one go? I wouldn't and I'd struggle to pick between Zelda, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem Warriors and so on if they came out at once; this in turn makes the games end up competing against themselves and steal each others' sales. And there's already at least ten games on the Switch I'm interested in that's coming out this year alone...

jimmy

February 21, 2017, 12:17 pm

I agree with some points, such as gamers buying titles over time due to cash flow. However the console needs a wider selection at launch to get people on board. Ultimately the success of the console, and getting 3rd party developers to commit to new games, will be judged on it's first few months sales. I for one won't buy it early just to get Zelda as I'm not a fan of Zelda games. The other titles in the launch line up are purely novelty games, not what I would class as full AAA titles worthy of £30-40 (except skylanders, but that's more for my kids).
Also, gamers are more likely to jump in if there are several decent titles available, as they know they can purchase titles over a 6 month period to build up their collection, and after a few months some titles will have dropped in price adding to the appeal. I never buy games at launch as the initial price is crazy. I always wait a few months to get a better deal, I therefore wouldn't jump in to get a Switch just because Mariokart has just been released.
I have my fingers crossed it succeeds as the format is great for me. I'm just not sure Nintendo have marketed it enough yet, or got sufficient games lined up to ensure ongoing 3rd party support.

AHYL88

February 21, 2017, 1:25 pm

Hmhm the launch line-up is very minimal I agree, but again, I get why they did it even if it does raise eyebrows; then again, the PS4 and Xbox One launch line-ups weren't exactly that great either really. Yes there were around 24 to 30 launch games but most of them were third party games/ports (something like 20 for the PS4 alone) you could get on the PS3 and Xbox 360 while the new stuff like Knack and Killzone Shadowfall were only ok at best. Looking back at past launch line-ups, they were never great.

Third party and indie stuff is something Nintendo seems to be aggressively going for this time, even if the conference was a bit...wishy washy in telling us; the dev kits for the Switch are very very cheap compared to the Wii U, 3DS, PS4 and Xbox One at around $450, at least five times less than the said consoles' dev kits while it required much less manpower and time to work on it compared to the 3DS and Wii U. This was during a session with Capcom who were working on a RE Engine. There's a lot of Square Enix games coming too which while they aren't major, could be a taste of bigger things to come.

Zelda isn't my kind of game usually either but I'm keen to give it go, just not immediately despite pre-ordering it; can't get the console at launch due to bills for the car and such I want to sort out first. The price of games I agree are really quite steep and I'm hoping they're just placeholders at the moment; waiting a few months doesn't always work out cos most of Nintendo's games hold their prices stubbornly well for some reason. Best to dig around the sites and shops you buy games at to shave off some of the costs; it was the main reason for pre-ordering Zelda for the Switch cos there was a code to push it down to £38.

Same, I'm hoping it succeeds too cos they may be onto something great here; I do love the idea of playing the big console games on the go, anywhere and any time we like, if only to make comutes like bus or train journeys, waiting in airports or flights more enjoyable. The marketing I feel they've nailed down a lot better than the Wii U, thanks to that Superbowl ad a few weeks ago and that they actually made several 30 second TV ads; saying that though, they must keep pushing it further like they did with the original Wii. Only time will tell though and we'll find out soon enough with just over a week to launch.

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