The Nintendo Switch, releasing at the start of March, is a hybrid home/portable console that aims to bridge the gap between traditional gaming in front of the TV and the ever growing in popularity of mobile devices. Using some smart controller options the console can easily turn from a proper handheld console back into a proper home console in a few seconds giving players the best of both worlds.
Nintendo have had mixed fortunes recently. The under powered gimmicky Wii sold like gangbusters. The follow up, and far superior, Wii-U went head to head with the PS4 and Xbox One and failed to find a big enough player base to get consistent third party support and died.
The Switch has a lot going against it. It is already falling behind in terms of power when compared to the PS4 and XboxOne. It is also entering the market with a hefty price point of around €329 and a limited slate of launch titles. Even Mario is missing from the list of launch titles as Odyssey won’t launch until later this year, meaning it is relying heavily on the portable aspect to be its unique selling point. While it obviously offers a far better experience than a tablet, is this enough to make it a must have?
The launch line up is pretty light, but a number of third party developers and publishers have announced that some of their major franchises will be coming to the Nintendo switch in 2017 including;
Ubisoft who have always been strong partners for Nintendo have the biggest range of titles announced so far. Just Dance 2017 will be the first Ubisoft game released for Nintendo Switch at launch. The chart-topping dance track, “How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris & Disciples, will be available as an exclusive track for Nintendo Switch owners via Just Dance Unlimited. Rayman Legends Definitive Edition the ultimate version of the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends created by Michel Ancel. This edition includes all the game’s traditional features, such as Kung Foot, plus some brand-new surprises. With Steep players drop in to the Alps and ski, snowboard, wingsuit and paraglide through the game’s massive open-world playground, filled with exhilarating activities and breathtaking views.
Konami are bringing Super Bomberman R as an exclusive launch title. Super Bomberman R makes full use of the Nintendo Switch system capabilities, which enables gamers to play wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. Super Bomberman R offers a ‘Battle’ mode where up to eight players are dropped within a maze until the ‘last man standing’ is declared the winner. There is also a ‘Story’ mode where one to two players work cooperatively to clear a series of 50 stages in order to save the galaxy.
Bandai Namco Entertainment have announced Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2. Nintendo Switch players will be able to experience many of the adventures, epic battles that make up the heart of the Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 gameplay experience.
Activision’s Skylanders Imaginators for Nintendo Switch provides gamers unique ways to play, including the introduction of a vast digital library that allows players to easily load and store 300+ toys from the Skylanders® franchise* directly to the new home gaming system.
System 3 mark the 20th anniversary of Constructor with new that it will be a day one release. Using the Nintendo Switch, Constructor fans will be able to seamlessly take their construction empire with them, allowing players to build, sabotage, and cause construction chaos anywhere. Caught short and need to lay some pipe during Constructor? Undock your Nintendo Switch, take your place on the porcelain throne, and continue building your empire in uninterrupted comfort. Just remember to flush.
Nintendo themselves of course will have all their major franchises appearing including The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Mario Odyssey, and Pokemon all coming at some point later this year.
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