The Switch is Nintendo’s latest console. named as such because players can quickly switch from using it as a home console to disconnecting it and taking it with them as a portable. Nintendo is always pushing for something new, sometimes it works and sometimes, not so much. Initial response to the Switch as been positive, although there hasn’t been a ton of information about what we can expect in terms of software, until now.
We’ve finally got some information revealing launch titles, and titles set to launch during the first 6 months of the Nintendo Switch, and it’s already giving the Wii U a run for its money. This information comes from Laura Dale, a Nintendo insider, who laid out the upcoming games on the following timeline…
Launch titles for Nintendo Switch:
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- 3D Mario
- Mario Rabbids RPG
- Just Dance 2017
And the expected line-up for the next six months after launch is as follows:
- Super Smash Bros
- Mario Kart 8
- Super Mario Maker
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- The Silver Case
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Telltale Guardiands of the Galaxy with weekly episodes leading up to the 2nd film.
But that’s not all, there are a few more games set to be launched at an undetermined time during 2017:
- Pokemon Stars
- Pikmin 4
- Sonic 2017
In a conference call today, the Gamestop’s CEO Paul Raines had high-praise for the upcoming Nintendo console, and suggested that it may include motion controls. He had a hands-on look when he was able to play the Switch a couple of weeks ago.
“The Switch is a very interesting device…. A movement-related game is more fun for kids, you know, taking those [Joy-con controllers off] and then the master controller, you can really do a lot of interesting things with that in gameplay.”
“I think it has tremendous potential as a game-changer. We’ll have to wait and see. Like everything else in this industry, the consumers will vote with their dollars.” – Paul Raines
Nintendo has not really catered to the more hardcore of gamers, the ones who grew up on Nintendo consoles but eventually had to switch over to PlayStation and Xbox because Nintendo consoles didn’t really grow up with them. Nintendo has released ports of some big franchises on the Wii U, but until they can offer at LEAST an equal experience on the big multiplatform games, if not better, as opposed to something that feels watered down, it’ll be a struggle to win back the core gamers.
The Nintendo Switch is a really interesting concept, but it will all come down to implementation and having developers put their best foot forward when it comes to the Switch versions of all the huge non-Nintendo IP franchises.
Which of these initial titles are you most looking forward to? Do you plan on picking up a Switch at launch or will you be waiting to see how things pan out? The Nintendo Switch is set to launch in March of 2017.