While Nintendo is responsible for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—one of the best games of the year—the overall line-up from the company has not been excellent considering it has launched a new console. Splatoon 2 and Arms has made a slight splash for the Switch, but overall, Nintendo needs some stand-out games to bring people to its consoles so the platform holder has a competitive advantage against Microsoft and Sony. Next month, the oddness that is Super Mario Odyssey is coming out, but until then, here are a handful of great games releasing this September.
POKKÉN TOURNAMENT DX
For people who love the world of Pokemon, but dislike the turn-based combat system of the core series, Pokkén Tournament DX will be an unmissable game. The game combines the fighting mechanics of the Tekken franchise and the delightful creatures of Pokémon, something the arcade version did back in 2015.
The current roster of the game features several terrific fighters, including ghost-type Gengar, fighting-type Machamp, and the semi-legendary Mewtwo, which suggests that fighting styles will vary immensely between each creature. Most importantly, players can play as Pikachu Libre—that is, Pikachu in a golden Mexican wrestler mask—which is perhaps one of the greatest features a video game can have.
The game includes online multiplayer, where players can fight against competitors all over the world; a campaign mode involving multiple fights to progress up the Ferrum League; and a practice mode, which allows players to set up their own kinds of combat encounters for a chance to improve their skills.
Additionally, unlike many games in recent years, Pokkén Tournament DX will have a local co-op option, allowing friends to battle in the comfort of a shared couch rather than messing around with online matches with strangers.
Pokkén Tournament DX will also be the first Pokemon title on the Switch, and with a September 22 release, players will not have to wait long before they can throw themselves into the game.
Set in Roman-occupied Britain in the year 120 AD, players take control of northern barbarians to fight in 1990s arcade-style combat against waves of Roman hordes and their allies. This north-versus-south divide is evocative of some of the central conflicts within Game of Thrones and players searching for their GoT fix will be treated to their fair share of terrific northern accents.
The combat seems engrossing and hyper-violent, allowing players to slice, bash, throw, and headbutt their way through ancient Britain with cool cartoonish characters and some gore-filled fight animations.
For those interested in such things, Wolverblade is based on actual historical incidents in ancient Britain. Appearances from historical figures Caradoc and Boudica have been confirmed, and players have the option to play as a certain Guinevere, master of the leaf blade, suggesting that Wulverblade may have some Arthurian elements added to the mix.
The title will have its first release on the Switch, before coming out to other consoles, but Wulverblade is nonetheless a great game to bring people over to Nintendo’s latest console.
Nintendo has not given a release date beyond September 2017, so expect Wulverblade to be out sometime soon.
METROID: SAMUS RETURNS
After the somewhat disappointing Metroid game that was Federation Force, Nintendo is being safe with the 3DS release of Metroid: Samus Returns, a reimagining of 1991’s Metroid II: Return of Samus.
The story seems similar to Metroid II, with Samus Aran returning to her home world of Planet SP388 to slaughter the race of Metroids before space pirates can use the creatures as living weapons.
While the game will remain faithful to the 2D design of the original, advancements in technology have allowed Nintendo to add new features. One notable instance is that the new game is in colour. Additionally, players have new weapons and abilities, including the grapple beam, a space jump, an ice beam, the ability to fire in any direction, and a brand-new melee counterattack.
One of the new features of the game is that the map system has become far more complex. Players can use a scanning ability that allows them to locate hidden areas on the map, making finding collectables and upgrades easier as they go.
Metroid: Samus Returns may or may not be the launching point for a brand-new 2D Metroid series, but the long-awaited 3D Metroid Prime 4 has already been announced for Switch. In any case, Metroid: Samus Returns will be available for the 3DS from September 15, 2017.
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition will also get a release on the Nintendo Switch on September 12. The game is already stellar on the other consoles, but the controls of the Switch may add exponentially to the overall experience .
Furthermore, SteamWorld Dig 2, the sequel to the beloved steampunk, cowboy, Metroidvania, action game, will release on September 21. The game focuses on a new protagonist searching for Rusty, her friend and the protagonist of the previous game, and features new locations, new characters, and new stories to uncover. SteamWorld Dig 2 also features the tagline “A first of its kind game… again,” which is perhaps one of the best tag lines of Nintendo’s September line-up.
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