When Nintendo originally announced the Switch a few months ago, it raised a number of questions. How will it handle multiplayer and online interactivity? First party exclusives? 3rd party games that aren't from 2011?
These questions, and many, many more were answered at the official Nintendo Switch Livestream Event.
Here are the highlights:
Nintendo Switch will have a dedicated online service
Remember how XBOX Live worked when the 360 launched? That's essentially how the premium online service is going to work. For a monthly fee, users will be able to play and interact with other users online, get exclusive deals, and "free" game downloads.
Non-subscribing members will still be able to add and manage friends, access the Nintendo eShop, and post content via social media.
This would have been great for the Wii U, and the "premium" features are a bit iffy. Giving users a free game each month is nice, if those games were of the current generation (and XBOX Gold subscribers get TWO newer, free games each month), instead, "Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month."
Um... what? You're allowing us a license... for 20+ year old games? C'mon. You can do better than that, Nintendo.
Nintendo Switch's online membership will be free until the premium service launches sometime in the Fall, 2017.
(Most) First-Party exclusives look balls out amazing
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - March 3rd, 2017
This one has most everyone geeked. Because HOLY FUCK IT'S GORGEOUS. It looks like they've taken inspiration from The Witcher 3 (now included on many, many GOAT lists for open-world RPGs). ALSO VOICE ACTING. OH MY GOD. The quality of this game will be pivotal for the Switch's success.
Hell, I'll buy it day one based on that footage alone.
Super Mario Odyssey - Holiday 2017
Now this looks very, VERY interesting. Seeing Mario in an urban setting... around other humans? The contrast between the cartoony Mario characters (is... Bowser puttin' on the Ritz?) next to the drab, dull greys of the city is striking. I'm glad we see other, more colorful worlds, and not just the mock-GTA cityscape.
It appears, much like FLOOD in Sunshine, Mario's sentient hat companion is going to take center stage in this installment as Mario's guide. I'm really digging the throw-hat-bounce-off-hat mechanic.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 -- Release TBD
I never got around to playing the original Xenoblade for the Wii (because it was a limited release, and all copies are GODDAMNED EXPENSIVE), so most of the teaser will be lost on me. However, the game looks beautiful, massive, and it appears to be a proper sequel to the much-beloved original.
Splatoon 2 -- Summer 2017
One of the most original, furiously entertaining arena battlers to come out in the last generation of games, Splatoon took us all by surprise. It's like if TF2 met Super Mario Sunshine. It's stupid good fun. And it looks like Splatoon 2 is going to keep this up.
The game's success will largely depend on the quality of the online experience. Better matchmaking, better connectivity, and better design are a must. The game will most likely have a story mode, but the meat and potatoes of Splatoon will always be the multiplayer.
Other games that were announced
Courtesy /u/Ninjaboi333 on Reddit):
- 1, 2, Switch - March 3, 2017 - $49.99
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - April 28, 2017 - $59.99
- Has Been Heroes - March 2017
- I am Setsuna - March 2017
- Just Dance 2017 - March 2017
- Snipperclips - Cut it out, Together - March 2017 - $20
- Super Bomberman R - March 2017
- NBA 2K18 - September 2017
- Arms - Spring 2017
- LEGO City Undercover - Spring 2017
- Sonic Mania - Spring 2017
- Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Fall 2017
- Project Sonic 2017 - 2017
- Arcade Archives
- Disgaea 5 Complete
- Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 (Working Title)
- Farming Simulator
- Fast RMX
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure
- Minecraft: Switch Edition
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
- Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title
- Skylanders Imaginators
- Syberia 3
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Nintendo Switch releases March 3rd, 2017 -- $299.99
The console will have two color options: original black, and the Blue-and-Neon-Red controller version.
You can find more information on the Switch, including bundle options and accessories, at Nintendo's official website.