The question everyone has been asking since day one of the Nintendo Switch’s name reveal has been “Yeah that’s cool and all, but what games ya got?”. Nintendo answered this question wonderfully last night during their presentation although quite a few of them will have to wait till later this year. Within the group of games confirmed for the Switch, were some oddly surprising ones including a possible return to No More Heroes thanks to Suda 51 and an odd statement from SEGA about their want to make games. Although SEGA was expected, there were still enough games to get excited about coming very soon. But let’s not mess around, let’s dive right in to the game that everyone was expecting and will definitely be there right at launch.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild | Expected Release: March 3rd 2017 (Launch Day!)
While the trailer during the presentation was still in Japanese, this one has an amazing English voice-over that really has me jazzed for characters to talk in the series finally. Breath of the Wild was “delayed” multiple times on the Wii U to polish it. If the trailer impresses nothing else on you, the comparison between the Switch footage and Wii U are miles apart. The textures are richer, the game looks to run faster, and we can play it on the go!
1-2 Switch | Expected Release: March 3rd 2017
This one was a rather odd title but is basically the Wii Sports or Nintendo Land for the Nintendo Switch. The developer who spoke about the game relayed that it takes players away from looking at the screen, and instead look at their opponent, deep into their eyes. Hard focus as a party game and will give a good example of the IR camera and expressiveness of the HD Rumble feature found in the Joy-Cons.
Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! | Expected Release: March 2017
I don’t know a whole bunch about this game but here’s an excerpt from Nintendo themselves:
“In this creative new kind of Action-Puzzle game, players communicate, cooperate and use their imaginations to solve basic and advanced puzzles by cutting paper characters into new shapes. People can play solo or with a friend in the main game, then bring in a bigger group to solve up to four-player dynamic puzzles or compete in other activities.”
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | Expected Release: April 28th, 2017
As many people suspected, there is a new version of Mario Kart 8 coming to the Switch. 8 was one of the best series entries in years and this version boasts some welcome additions. Everything including DLC from the Wii U version will be making its way over as well as new characters in the Inklings from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. This is yet another killer app arriving very shortly after the Switch is released.
ARMS | Expected Release: Spring 2017
Another example of what the Nintendo Switch can do and as one of the games confirmed for the switch, may be turn out to be a sleeper hit. The characters are extremely stylized and, as we learned with Wii Sports, people love to punch. What’s unique about ARMS is to play, you hold the Joy-Cons in a “thumbs up pose” and when you punch, the character punches in typical 1:1 motion. As you learn the game more, you can twist your arm after the punch is launched to swerve back towards your enemy and really make them have to predict your movement. The game can be played vs. computer, split-screen, or even with two switches in tabletop mode. It’s definitely an interesting one but no telling how crazy it will be in the end.
Splatoon 2 | Expected Release: Summer 2017
To be honest, I never played the original Splatoon, so to see this as one of the games confirmed for the switch, I wasn’t super enthused but do understand exactly how awesome the characters are and why people love it. Splatoon 2 is set to expand on the phenomenon of the first game with new weapons, special moves, and power ups that should change the course of paint warfare quite a bit. Luckily, you can play this game with both the Joy-Con and Pro Controllers so no matter your play-style, there is something in there for you.
Super Mario Odyssey | Expected Release: Holiday Season 2017
Remember that awesome Mario game confirmed for the switch way back when? Well here it is! Super Mario Odyssey is the first game in the series to take the sandbox fun from Super Mario 64 and Sunshine and throw it into a more realistic setting. According to the developers on stage and Nintendo’s press release, Mario journeys out of the Mushroom Kingdom to discover mysterious new places while riding an airship. What impressed me most was his living hat that he can throw and then jump on for an extra layer of platforming.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 | Expected Release : 2017
Xenoblade Chronicles made JRPG fans believe again. So the fact that chronicles 2 exists (although they already had X) is mind blowing. What’s more impressive is that it’s coming out this year after such a quiet development cycle. Unique to this game is its still enormous scale but cartoon like atmosphere. The end of the trailer basically shows Yggdrasil (the world tree) being eaten by Nidhogg (big ass dragon), so I bet there will be quite a bit of interesting lore this time around as well.
Fire Emblem Warriors | Release Date: TBD
A surprising one but in the same vein as Hyrule warriors, this is the only Fire Emblem game to be shown off for the Switch so far. Koei Tecmo is continuing to show their ability to turn everything into Dynasty warriors and it’s a bit surprising it took them this long to reach Fire Emblem. It’s a perfect fit and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Dragon Quest X and XI | Release Date: TBD
Another one without a direct trailer but these games have been on their way for quite a while. Glad to see Square committing to Nintendo systems again and adding not just these two but a total of three games confirmed for the Switch.
Shin Megami Tensei : Brand New Title | Release Date: TBD
Atlus has been forging a pretty tight relationship with Nintendo as of late and this game should prove interesting on a higher powered system. Whether this is a brand new entry, Devil Summoner, or a main title have yet to be revealed. But knowing Atlus, we won’t have to wait long as the faithful for more details. What’s amazing is it’s being powered by Unreal 4 which should open up more games to be added to the Switch that have similar architecture.
Those were all the games confirmed for the Switch that I could find proper trailers for (or at least have something interesting to say about) but here is a list of the games I’ve found so far confirmed with their tentative dates.
Games confirmed for the switch without materials proper
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | TBD
- NBA 2k18 | TBD
- FIFA Title | TBD
- Minecraft | TBD
- Super Bomberman R | March 2017
- Disgaea 5 Complete | TBD
- Fast RMX from Shin’en Multimedia GmbH | TBD
- Has Been Heroes |March 2017
- Just Dance 2017 | March 2017
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers | TBD
- Puyo Puyo Tetris | TBD
- Skylanders Imaginators | March 2017
- Sonic Mania | 2017
- Project From Suda51 | TBD
- Project Octopath Traveler | TBD
The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3rd of this year. It’s already sold out just about everywhere so try to find yourself a copy when you can! For more on Nintendo’s 2017 Switch event or other Switch related news, be sure to check back here!
Andron (or Ace as he likes to call himself) is the so called "Head Honcho" of Bombchu.com. He has a deep passion for video games primarily RPGs, Fighting or Adventure. When not gaming, he's furiously typing on his keyboard or coming up with new schemes.