Nintendo Switch’s Games For 2017 Revealed

Written by Ven

January 13, 2017

With the Nintendo Switch press conference over and done with, we have a lot of information about a whole lot of games. I’ll be linking trailers when possible in the text for each game, or at least a text confirmation or tweet.

1-2 Switch: The first title shown off is certainly the oddest of the bunch, featuring a number of two player minigames, each built for one player using one Joy-Con each. It seems rather silly, but might be a solid representation of what an individual Joy-Con can do. Set to be a launch title alongside the Switch on March 3rd.

ARMS: A more serious new IP from Nintendo, ARMS is a 1v1 boxing game, only with both boxers having incredibly stretchy arms. Claimed to be a mix of a fighting game and a shooter, ARMS looks to actually be a fair bit deeper than a first blush implies! Set to be released in Spring 2017.

Splatoon 2: Unfortunately, it’s just Splatoon 2, instead of Spla2oon. But, missed opportunity aside, the new game looks like an impressive extension of the original game, featuring significantly more character customization, map variety, and weapon variety compared to the original game. It looks like everything the original was and then some. Set to be released in Summer 2017.

Super Mario Odyssey: The hinted at new mainline Mario entry is known as Super Mario Odyssey. Continuing the trend from 64 and Sunshine, with large explorable hubs, Odyssey seems to have a strange mix of fantastical and realistic levels to explore. The game is set for release Holiday 2017.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: This expanded release of one of the best selling Wii U titles features all DLC, plus new racers and tracks, including characters and locations from Splatoon, as well as a more traditional Battle Mode. With the Switch’s proclivity for local multiplayer, it seems like a match made in heaven.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: This new entry into the Xenoblade series by second party developer MonolithSoft looks much more colorful and, well, anime, to be honest, with no immediate connection to either the original game or Chronicles X. No launch date set as of this writing.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Like Hyrule Warriors before it, another collaboration between Tecmo Koei and Nintendo will be releasing in Holiday 2017. Sorry, the trailer shows no real gameplay footage.

Shin Megami Tensei (5?): The newest entry in ATLUS’ hardcore RPG franchise finds its home on the Switch, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Square Enix is showing some interest in the new console, announcing that not only the JP-exclusive MMO Dragon Quest X will be coming to the Switch, but also the upcoming Dragon Quest XI. In that same vein, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below as well as its upcoming direct sequel will also be making a trip to the Switch.

Project Octopath Traveler: In the last of Square’s offerings, there was a small teaser for a strange pixelated RPG with modern lighting, please check out the trailer to see what I mean.

SEGA expressed interest in the new console, though the only offerings they have to show off at this point is Sonic Mania, a new 2D adventure with an astonishing amount of polish.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Todd Howard of Bathesda came on during the presentation to confirm that Skyrim will be making a trip to the Switch, likely the recently released Legendary Editing.

SUDA51 bursts on stage to confirm the development of a new No More Heroes, a successor to the lewd, crude, and excellent series of games for the original Wii, being published by Marvelous.

EA appears with Nintendo of America bigwig Bill Trinen to announce that some of their sports efforts, particular the FIFA franchise, will be making a return to Nintendo consoles on the Switch.

During the montage at the end of the presentation, a number of other recognizable franchises such as Minecraft, Ultra Street Fighter II (yes you read that correctly), Super Bomberman R, Puyo Pop Tetris,  and Ubisoft game STEEP.

And their last showing, a new trailer of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, showing off so much new information its honestly just worth watching as it is, while simultaniously confirming it as a launch title, coming out March 3rd.

There was a surprisingly large amount of content shown off during this press conference, and there’s going to be a lot to digest moving forward.

We also have an admittedly shorter article covering what we now know about the Switch’s hardware that can be found here.

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