Nintendo’s earlier E3 presentation brought a strong influx of new information pertaining to some of the latest titles that have been announced for the Nintendo Switch. From the once mysterious purpose of the eyes on Mario’s hat to altogether new titles, Nintendo fans have a lot to look forward to regarding gaming on the go!
Here is a quick alphabetized rundown of all of the information we gained today regarding the Nintendo Switch:
1) ” Fire Emblem Warriors”: Two New Characters Join With Previous Heroes To Slay Dragons
Release Date: Holiday 2017
Intended for release on both the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS, this is a spinoff title styled after the Dynasty Warrior games that will have heroes fighting against large hordes of enemies. The premise centers on two siblings who rise (alongside familiar mainstay characters of the series) to face an evil dragon and restore peace to the land. Nintendo provided fans with a story trailer today, and below you can also find a link to a gameplay video that was uploaded at the beginning of the year.
2) “Kirby for Nintendo Switch”: Keep Your Enemies Close!
Release Date: 2018
The trailer presented earlier today showcased some great multi-player fun—players can team up, recruit enemies, and take on the diverse cast of foes in the pink puffball’s upcoming adventure. Using Kirby’s trademarked hoovering powers, players can use all sorts of new abilities to progress through obstacles and clear levels. The multi-player option as well as the ability to recruit enemies offers many new ways to play wherever and however you’d like.
3) “Mario Odyssey”: Nintendo Takes Us to New Terrain and Shows Off New Abilities
Release Date: October 27th, 2017
This is perhaps the most-talked about upcoming title for fans old and new alike, and today we were provided with a trailer that answered a question that has been on many fans’ minds since the game’s first initial reveal: What is the purpose of the eyes on Mario’s hat? It turns out that Mario will be able to use his new cap to take control of enemies and objects in his environment to help rescue Peach from a wedding that Bowser is planning. Additionally, several Amiibo were announced for the title showcasing the classiest side of the Marioverse’s characters.
Here’s a link to the trailer:
4) Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Zany Turn-Based Combat & Strategy
Release Date: August 29th, 2017
Ubisoft has taken the zany Rabbid characters and paired them up with Mario and friends in this turn-based, action-packed adventure. There is a large overworld to explore, and the turn-based combat will have players thinking about strategy. You can see many more details of the gameplay and the colorful cast in today’s announcement, and the title is shaping up to offer more than what many may have expected. In fact, this may even be one of the most underrated titles presented today.
5) “Metroid Prime 4”: Not Much Was Revealed
Release Date: Unknown
While Metroid fans are sure to be excited that Metroid Prime 4 is now in development for the Switch, no other story information or gameplay was shown. Only the announcement trailer was provided, so there’s not much to be said other than that at this time.
6) A Pokemon Main Entry Title is Being Developed for Switch… But That’s All We Know
Release Date: Unknown (And Perhaps Not Soon Enough for Some!)
Nintendo didn’t have any trailers to offer, only an announcement that there would be a new mainstay in the series beginning development soon (and a promise that more details would follow).
7) “Rocket League”: An Interesting Cross Between Soccer & Battle Car Racing
Release Date: Holiday 2017
While no gameplay was available to showcase what this title would like on the Nintendo Switch, it has been released on many other current modern platforms and even has an e-sports community. It is a vehicle soccer game wherein players use cars to battle and score goals. One of the biggest reveals is that it will reportedly offer cross-network play, meaning no matter what platform players are using, everyone will be able to compete against each other. Additionally, there will be some Nintendo-themed cars available on the Nintendo Switch version of the game exclusively. This opens some interesting doors for competitive play considering that the Switch can be taken just about everywhere and easily connected to wi-fi for some on-the-go fun. If you’d like to see some of the gameplay footage that has been taken on other systems, there is plenty of examples available with a quick search of “Rocket League” on Youtube.
8) “Xenoblade Chronicles 2”: So Much RPG, So Little Time
Release Date: Narrowed to Holiday 2017
What an exciting time to be an RPG fan with so many different types of stories and gameplay announced for the Switch! To be able to take such large-scale games on the go is truly an experience like never before. If you were a fan of the original Xenoblade Chronicles like I was—a game wherein the main storyline alone reportedly offers anywhere from 50-80 hours of content—then we can only hope that the sequel will offer the same breadth of world building and side quests as the original. From the looks of the trailer, this is shaping up to be the case!
Official Announcement Trailer:
9) “Yoshi for Nintendo Switch”: An Adorable Cardboard and Felt Platformer
Release Date: 2018
Explore all the nooks and crannies of detailed, diorama-like stages in an upcoming Yoshi game. Though it’s unclear if Nintendo is going to give the game a longer, more specific title, it was apparent that the fun textures seen in our dinosaur hero’s other games are making a graphic comeback (they are especially reminiscent of the 1997 entry “Yoshi’s Story” for the Nintendo 64). The trailer revealed co-op play—so you can play at any time on the go with a friend—as well as exciting new items for Yoshi to use on his journey (at one point, he was using a triceratops skull to take on enemies!). This is sure to be a treat, and it looks to offer some fresh components to the Yoshi series.
Today Nintendo opened the E3 presentation with the company’s American branch President Reggie Fils-Aimé discussing their intention to focus on cooperative play and offering new challenges to players everywhere. So what do you think? Do you already see yourself playing any of these upcoming titles with friends? Did any of the trailers offer a moment of gameplay that looked particularly challenging? Let us know in the comments below, or if you’re on Twitter, you can Tweet your opinion to me @AlexandraAvast.