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All Articles: Nintendo Switch Presentation
Nintendo hosted their big Nintendo Switch Presentation last week, and the blowout reveal has finally made hybrid console/handheld feel real for a lot of fans. And this feeling of realness will only increase as the Switch’s is just under a month-and-a-half away. This kind of quick turnaround between announcement and launch is literally unprecedented (and frankly, kind of awesome).
But what about the games? Nintendo’s notorious penchant for secrecy went into overdrive during the run-up to the Switch Presentation, but now we’ve got a pretty good idea what the console’s first year (and beyond) will look like. The Switch’s release schedule is packed with big titles, and more than 80 games are said to be in development for the console.
So lets-a-go and have a look at every game in the works for the Switch… (more…)
Bandai Namco pledged their support to the Nintendo Switch with a short announcement after Thursday’s Nintendo Switch Presentation. The prolific developer has announced plans to bring an Untitled Tales Game, Taiko Drum Master, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 to the Switch.
None of these games have an official release date, but Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is expected to be available by the end of the year.
You’d probably never guess it from the title, but Puyo Puyo Tetris mashes up Puyo Puyo and Tetris to create the ultimate multiplayer puzzle competition. And fans of both franchises will be happy to know that Sega is bringing the game to the Nintendo Switch and the PS4 this Spring.
Puyo Puyo Tetris offers more than a dozen game modes, so players will always have plenty of options when they pick up a controller:
Adventure – Single-player mode offers ten unique acts, each with ten stages featuring different characters from the Puyo Puyo and Tetris universes. Each stage contains unique challenges players will need to overcome in order to win and move on!
Multiplayer Arcade – For up to four local players, Multiplayer Arcade offers a wealth of game variants that will bring out players’ competitive nature!
- Versus – Players compete head-to-head in either Puyo Puyo or Tetris to fight in the puzzle fight of their life.
- Swap – Players’ abilities are put to the ultimate test when they compete on both Puyo Puyo and Tetris boards, which switch back and forth at set intervals.
- Fusion – A true hybrid game where players compete with Puyos and Tetriminos together on the same board, requiring deft, on-the-fly thinking to become victorious.
- Big Bang – It’s a race to the finish as players compete against each other to clear unique challenge boards as quickly as possible to win.
- Party – Players compete on Puyo or Tetris boards, but the puzzles feature special items that when activated either help players or harm their opponents.
Online – Players can try their puzzle skills on a global scale by playing any of the multiplayer modes with up to four players online in Puzzle League or Free Play modes
- Puzzle League – Increase player rating, earn ranks and aspire to new leagues in this mode for competitive enthusiasts.
- Free Play – A more casual experience where records aren’t kept and players can customize matches with unique settings, and invite their friends to play.
- Replays – Players can save and upload any online matches to show off to their friends, or search other players’ replays using the tag and filtering system to see how they tackle matches.
Solo Arcade – Play any of the Multiplayer Arcade modes against the CPU in Battle or Endurance matches, or try single-player challenges:
- Battle – Substitute human players with 1-3 CPU opponents to fight against simultaneously.
- Endurance – Go the distance in a one-on-one gauntlet of never-ending CPU opponents, racking up as many wins as possible.
- Challenge – Forget about the opponents and put skills to the test with Sprint, Marathon and more, like the quirky Tiny Puyo, which shrinks down Puyos to fit even more on the board.
The Switch version of Puyo Puyo Tetris will be available both through the Nintendo eShop and as a very limited retail edition this Spring. However, the game’s PS4 launch will skip the PlayStation Store and only be available as a physical disc.
Did you miss the Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title trailer during the Nintendo Switch Presentation?
Nintendo is lining up some pretty impressive support for the Nintendo Switch, and one of the biggest “gets” to come out of Thursday night’s Presentation is Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title.
Officially, a North American release for the next game in Atlus’s long-running RPG series (which is being called Shin Megami Tensei V by many) has yet to be announced. But the trailer made its debut during a massive international livestream and its been years since a Shin Megami Tensei game didn’t make its way to North America.
The Nintendo Switch will receive a worldwide launch on March 3.
Publisher Nicalis and developer 34BigThings have announced plans to bring futuristic racer Redout to the Nintendo Switch this Spring. A very shiny debut trailer for the game has been embedded above.
Redout is set in the year 2560, after the construction of elaborate magnetic race tracks has transformed the barren wasteland of Earth into the epicenter of the galaxy’s most popular sport. Redout’s next-gen visual effects and highly optimized environments give players a mainline dose of sensory overload without sacrificing ultra-high-speed rendering and long draw distances.
Fans of futuristic racing games from the late ’90s will love the dynamic vehicle designs and evocative course environments. The architecture and terrain are based on fantastic visions—imagined 500+ years hence—of real-world locations like Cairo, Alaska and the gorgeous Italian region of Abruzzo.
Redout was built using Unreal Engine 4, and Lead Game Designer Giuseppe Franchi is very proud of how fast 34BigThings has been able to make Redout: “You’re gonna leave this game with your eyes dry, because you can’t blink.”
Look out dood! Disgaea 5 is coming to the Nintendo Switch this Spring in a brand new Complete edition. Originally released for the PS4 back in 2015, Disgaea 5 is the latest game in the strategy RPG franchise from NIS America. This new version for the Switch will include the main game and all the previously-released downloadable content:
Disgaea 5 Complete tells a tale of revenge and rebellion. As a new and terrible Overlord named Void Dark seeks to enslave the countless Netherworlds, one young demon has stood to end his reign—Killia. In Disgaea 5 Complete, lead Killia and his tenacious army of rebels on their dark and dangerous path to vengeance. Filled with more over-the-top action and hilarious writing than ever before, Disgaea 5 Complete’s damage numbers are surely headed for the record books.
Disgaea 5 Complete is a strategy RPG that offers hundreds of hours of over-the-top, award-winning gameplay, and marks the first time the core game is available on-the-go. The game includes all eight bonus scenarios, four fan-favorite characters, and three character classes that were originally DLC in the PlayStation 4 release of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance.
In addition to the Standard Edition of Disgaea 5 Complete fans will also have the chance to purchase a special Limited Edition from the NIS America Online Store. Priced at $89.99, the Limited Edition will include the game and a variety of other goodies:
Disgaea 5 Complete: Limited Edition
- Disgaea 5 Complete for Nintendo Switch (With Reversible Cover)
- 2-Disc Soundtrack
- Hard Cover Art Book
- Clip On Rubber Prinny
- Collector’s Box
- And… MYSTERY ITEM! (To Be Revealed Soon…)
You can get a closer look at the Disgaea 5 Complete: Limited Edition after the break. (more…)
We first heard about Sega’s Project Sonic last year, but a second game starring Sonic the Hedgehog will also make it to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. Announced late last night during Nintendo’s Switch Presentation, Sega will also bring Sonic Mania to the Switch this Spring.
Developed by Christian “Taxman” Whitehead and Simon “Headcannon” Thomley, Sonic Mania is a 2D side-scrolling Sonic game that pays homage to the franchise’s past with re-imagined levels, while also adding new Zones and a new Drop Dash special move.
You can check out the Sonic Mania trailer embedded above, but it’s the same video that Sega used to announce the game’s existence for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One last July.
Ubisoft has always been a big supporter of Nintendo consoles, and the publisher has big plans for the launch of the Switch.
Just Dance 2017, Steep, and Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition will all be available for the Switch on March 3, with more titles to be announced at a later date:
Just Dance 2017
Just Dance 2017 will be the first Ubisoft game released for Nintendo Switch at launch. The chart-topping dance track, “How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris & Disciples, will be available as an exclusive track for Nintendo Switch owners via Just Dance Unlimited. This hit song joins 40 tracks already available in the game, including “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, “Lean On” by Major Lazer (Featuring MØ & DJ Snake), brand-new hits like “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5, party favorites like “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyonce and classics like “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. Nintendo Switch players will also have three months of free access to Just Dance Unlimited, the dance-on-demand subscription streaming service, which offers more than 200 additional songs and access to exclusive tracks, with new hit songs added all the time.
More accessible than ever, Just Dance 2017 can now be played anywhere, with up to six players at the same time using a Joy-Con controller or by using the Just Dance Controller app (which turns your smartphone into a controller).
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition
Players’ all-time favorite, Rayman, is back in the game thanks to Rayman Legends Definitive Edition, the ultimate version of the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends created by Michel Ancel. This edition includes all the game’s traditional features, such as Kung Foot, plus some brand-new surprises. Nintendo’s history has included the Rayman brand since the franchise’s beginning, with titles such as Rayman Advance for Game Boy Advance, Rayman 2: The Great Escape for Nintendo 64 and Rayman Raving Rabbids for the launch of Wii.
Rayman, Globox and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a different mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting.
In Steep, players drop in to the Alps and ski, snowboard, wingsuit and paraglide through the game’s massive open world playground, filled with exhilarating activities and breathtaking views. Developed by Ubisoft Annecy, Steep is designed for a culture that’s all about sharing experiences with the world. Steep features seamless multiplayer, populating the world with players as they naturally explore the Alps. Players and friends across the globe can take on challenges together or compete with each other to snag the top spot on the leaderboard. The open world of Steep will be further enriched by the majestic slopes of Alaska in a free update available this year.
This is great news for fans who plan to purchase a Switch at launch, but I guess the Beyond Good & Evil 2 announcement will have to wait…