Nintendo has big plans for the Switch catalogue in 2017, unveiling a slew of unique IPs, enhanced ports, and arcade classics in a Twitch live stream last week.
Nintendo is committed to bolstering its limited offering on the two-month-old console, and for the rest of 2017, at least, the Switch draws closer to competing with its wizened console rivals. Discover Nintendo’s prominent, upcoming releases for the year below, and watch the video for every title covered in the stream.
ARMS is a brand new fighting game launching on June 16, 2017, for the Nintendo Switch. Players engage in 1v1 and 2v2 matchups utilizing fighters who equip the eponymous ARMS. Technological super-slinkies with various types of gloves attached to the ends, each ARMS has its own elemental attributes for unique combat modifiers, and proficiencies unique to each ARMS and the fighter who wields it. Any two ARMS can be mixed and matched to form distinctive combat strategies and specific ability combinations. While certain types of ARMS perform better against other types in a Rock, Paper, Scissors methodology, the chance to combine ARMS of different types provides a refreshing depth of strategy and planning.
The gameplay is highly stylized, with fighters taking various cues from world cultures and ethnicities to highlight the idiosyncrasies and origins of each character. The atmosphere portrayed in the reveal is vibrant, colorful, and importantly for Nintendo, family-friendly; there seems to be an emphasis on novelty and fun rather than the grittiness of hand-to-ARMS combat. The dynamic and frenetic nature of the gameplay may yet appeal to the eSports crowd in the same way the Street Fighter series has enjoyed its own longevity. The emphasis on player skill and tactical positioning could be the deciding factor in the success of ARMS.
In-game currency earned through play can be used to purchase new ARMS and upgrade existing ones. More fighting means more ARMS to equip in future bouts.
ARMS will contain both singleplayer and multiplayer elements.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
An enhanced port of the original Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Wii U, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is coming to the Switch on April 28, 2017. The game offers more characters, tracks, and karts, unlocked and playable from the beginning than any other Mario Kart in history.
Race mode returns with players competing with eleven other players online. However, the game also offers dedicated single-player. Nintendo will be hosting two tournaments to celebrate the release of the game: one dedicated to racing, and the other for the revamped Battle Mode. These tournaments can be joined directly through the game UI upon purchase.
Five battle modes will be included, along with five new maps for a total of eight battle stages, replacing the repurposed racetracks from the Wii U version.
The game features all of the base and DLC content from the original Mario Kart 8 with a total 48 courses.
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Releasing May 26, 2017, for the Nintendo Switch, Ultra Street Fighter II is an HD revival of 1994’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo. The game will offer a retro pixel art style in addition to the improved HD art overhaul.
Two brand new characters, the first to be added to the classic roster in over twenty years, now include Evil Ryu and Violent Ken, bringing the roster up to nineteen fighters.
A new game mode combines the use of Nintendo’s joy-cons to give players a first-person perspective at using Hadouken, a special energy attack notably used by Ryu and Ken, in a fully-realized 3D environment.
The game features online, local, and co-op support, in which two players share a single health bar and attempt to defeat CPU opponents.
Splatoon 2 is a third-person shooter, and the sequel to the 2015 game, Splatoon. A team-based shooter playable by up to eight players in online 4v4 matches, Splatoon 2 launches on July 21, 2017, on the Nintendo Switch alongside Splatoon 2 amiibo characters.
Splatoon 2 includes a brand new game mode, Salmon Run, in which four Inklings engage waves of Salmonid enemies in an effort to collect Power Eggs. Narrative incongruities aside, players tough it out until elite enemies show up and drop Golden Eggs, which can be exchanged for rewards or to fulfill objectives.
Special gear is equipped in Salmon Run, along with specific weapons. If a player dies they can deploy a lifesaver to request a revive, at which point an Inkling can revive another by ‘inking’ them.
The game is compatible with previously released Splatoon amiibo.
Splatoon 2 will contain new content relating to the Octarians, as revealed by Nintendo in the Splatoon 2 segment of the live stream.
Nintendo has quickened the pace and depth of content on offer in 2017, and if the trend continues, the Switch will have plenty to contribute to the conversation around console ownership and diversity in its catalogue.
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