Complete Nintendo Switch Roundup
A lot of news was dropped last night about the anticipated Nintendo Switch. So much so, that everyone here at Stream.Me wanted to make it easier on you to make a one stop stop for everything Nintendo Switch. Yesterday, we reported that Nintendo announced its release date is March 3rd, 2017 and a little bit about the Joy-con controller system. However, today we know so much more!
Let’s Start With The Controllers
The Joy Con controllers will be a massive part of the overall gaming experience with the Nintendo Switch. Each of these little controller includes an analog stick (that also acts as a button), the obvious, traditional ABXY buttons, a Home button on the right hand controller and a tiny square button on the left controller that will be used to capture gameplay screenshots or video. Players will also be able to share those moments and captures on there social media pages (which ones have yet to to be determined). The controllers each have individual shoulder buttons as well so when used horizontal it has a very small version of most controllers today.
Each controller can work independently of one another. They also each have accelerometer and gyroscope for motion controls. They also include, what Nintendo explains as, “HD Rumble” which provides very precise motion detection. This was demonstrated very cleverly by illustrating that pouring water into a glass and detecting how many ice cubes were in it shouldn’t just be a constant vibration motion. All of those have a certain feel to it and with the HD Rumble Nintendo show off they figured out how it should actually feel and not just give you hand seizures.
A wrist strap accessory will also be available, this should have not been a surprise since Nintendo no longer wants you be accountable of people throwing their controllers. These straps clip onto controller and enhance the shoulder buttons (which also makes the controller slightly bigger for those of us with bigger hands). Two of the writ straps will be included with the system with additional straps sold separately, the price was not revealed.
Let’s Move On To Games!
There was a number of games talked about from Nintendo’s first party games, to some big named third party ones. Nintendo seems to be pretty excited to have the means to push big, amazing looking adventures again and there was no shortage of excitement. So lets take a look at everything they announced.
Nintendo is no stranger to family friendly party games, and the Nintendo Switch is coming with 2 new IPs.
The 1-2 Switch is a family party game that brings a new spin. It utilizes the console’s Joy Con controller and HD Rumble in a way for players to interact with each other. What makes this game so unique? The game isn’t played facing a screen, but instead facing each other. Kouichi Kawamoto, the Gen Hardware Director for Nintendo Switch and producer of 1-2 Switch, said at the presentation, “1-2 Switch can be played without looking at any screen. So then, where exactly do you look? In the eyes of your opponents. You look directly into the eyes of your opponent to play the game.”
1-2 Switch comes at launch on March 3, 2017.
The second IP coming to the Switch is called Arms. This game utilizes the Joy Con’s motion control capabilities. It’s a long range fighting game with some pretty fun quirks.
By tilting your hands, you can move your character around and respond to punches coming in, as well as dash, block, and jump. The more you play, the higher level techniques and strategies you learn. You can battle against CPUs, or split screen/with two Switch consoles.
Arms also releases on launch on March 3rd, 2017.
Amidst a slew of new titles, one of the most exciting announcements in the sequel to Nintendo’s most popular new IP, Splatoon 2 . And I must say, it looks like they stayed fresh.
One of the first things fans will notice in the trailer is the inklings sporting a new look. It seems like they’re sporting a number of new hairdos, as well as new outfits and accessories for both male and female Inklings.
Splatoon 2 is also packing some new heat. The trailer shows off an artillery weapon which barrages enemies with missiles from afar, some sort of new Roomba-like ink distributor, a bomb launcher, and what seems to be the new iconic weapon for the game, the “Splat Dualis”. We also see an ink jetpack and some sort of aerial ground pound attack. As well as weapons they’re some new stages revealed, like a concert stage and a rock climbing hall.
Splatoon 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in Summer 2017, and like its predecessor, it will receive content updates and dlc over time.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Monolith Soft announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch.
This game’s art style in its landscapes should look familiar to fans of the original Xenoblade Chronicles. The new graphics along with stellar character models (designed by Masatsugu Saito) look amazing. The story seems to have a new cast of characters and an all new protagonist, which is always an interesting take on a sequel.
The giant land masses in the sky are coming back with an epic fantasy awaiting. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has no release date yet, but at least we know it will be on the Nintendo Switch.
Super Mario Odyssey
Our fat Italian plumber hero has been everywhere from the Mushroom Kingdom to Space, so the question is always, “Where to next?” Well, Nintendo answers once again. Let’s put him in real life. Welcome to Mario in the real world, in the major great metropolis of New Donk City.
The game’s overworld has been described as “a large Mario sandbox world for you to run around in.” Its not Just New Donk City, players will also visit a lush forest populated by robots, and a Latin American-inspired desert town. Also, what is a new Mario game without a new gimmick? How about a boomerang hat? Sure! Also as it turns out, the trademark red “M” hat we’ve come to know and love over the last 30 years has come to life at an unusual tease at the end of this trailer with a huge pair of eyes.
Super Mario Odyssey will be available for Nintendo Switch during holiday season 2017
Sonic Mania, the widely anticipated return of classic Sonic the Hedgehog. Nintendo has clearly defeated their original foes and now Sonic is doomed to exist on Nintendo alone.
Sonic Mania is seen as the recapturing gameplay from the Genesis era of Sonic titles. The pixel art looks extremely reminiscent of those games, not-to-mention the physics for how Sonic moves and the classic level design. Sonic Mania is both a new adventure and a endearingly recrafted old one.
It also features three playable characters (Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles) and a new ability called the Drop Dash that allows you to manoeuvre the new Zones and the classic Zones in a whole new way. The game is definitely a “celebration of the old and the new”.
Sonic Mania will arrive on the Switch in Spring 2017
- MineCraft: Switch Edition – Has a ton of Nintendo themes to it.
- A Game with Travis Touchdown in it – Suda51 promises something great.
- DragonQuest Heroes 1 & 2 – Sony games brought over to Nintendo with all of its DLC.
- Ultra Street Fighter II – Like the Original but with two new characters; Evil Ryu and Violent Ken
- Disgaea 5 – Eight bonus scenarios, four characters, and three character classes released as DLC in the PS4 release are now on-disc content for NS
- Fire Emblem Warriors – think of Hyrule Warriors, but with Fire Emblem characters like Roy and Marth.
- Bomberman R – Fresh start for the series and features all new stages and gameplay features. There’s boss battles and a full co-op story mode to play.
- Mario Kart 8: Switch Edition – All the Mario Kart 8 goodness with some extra content, better online play, and some new characters.
Some more Third Party Games:
- EA’s FIFA
- Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
One Last Thing
After all those awesome announcements came forward, there was one last thing announced. Something that everyone was waiting for. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild announcement date.
However, that wasn’t all that Nintendo gave fans. A new Master Edition was revealed for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The Master Edition includes:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game
- 24 song soundtrack
- A Master Sword statue
- Sheikah Eye collectible coin
- Sheikah Slate Switch carrying case
- Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather Worn Map
The price for the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Master Edition has not been officially revealed but the most normal suggested retail is $129.99. Stay Tuned for further details
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will release alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd, 2017.
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