Nintendo Switch: ‘Zelda’ for March, ‘Mario’ later, dozens more games

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  • Monday, 16 Jan 2017

Confirming that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be available at launch with Super Mario Odyssey released later in the year, Nintendo also presented Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and many others during its Jan 12 Nintendo Switch presentation. 

Until very recently thought to be likely to miss the March 2017 launch of Nintendo's new console, tentpole release The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will indeed be available upon the console's March 3 debut. 

Conversely, it's Super Mario Odyssey that is now emerging towards the end of 2017. 

Glimpsed during the Switch's first official presentation in October 2016 and now given its own full trailer, the action adventure sees Mario explore a metropolitan facsimile New Donk City – a first for the series – as well as the sort of fantastical lands that the franchise is familiar with. 

Details surrounding the Splatoon and Mario Kart variations seen in October were also given. 

Splatoon 2 still looks like a natural extension of the accomplished Wii U original, promising more arenas, weapons, and character customizations for the paint-based team action game. It's set for release mid-2017. 

By contrast, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also adds new tracks, enhanced abilities, and new characters to the Wii U game that came before it, but sticks with its predecessor's name. 

Among other Switch exclusives, minigame collection 1-2 Switch demonstrates the Switch controllers' motion-tracking, super-sensitive rumble just as Wii Sports profiled the Wii's own accessibility. 

According to its trailer, Nintendo envisions that players will spend more time interacting directly, and less time looking at the Switch's screen. 

Snipperclips is a virtual paper-cutting competition for up to four players, and Arms is from the studio behind Splatoon, a bonkers, elastic-limbed, cartoon-style riff that appears inspired by elements of boxing, sumo, and the playground game of slap hands. 

In line with the five Super Bomberman games from the 1990s, Super Bomberman R looks set to join the Switch exclusivity club, accommodating up to 8 players by way of the Switch's detachable controllers. 

Speaking of controllers, while the base Switch package is to retail for a fairly reasonable US$299 (RM1,335), high introductory prices for replacement Joy-Cons ($79) are likely to drive adoption of protective covers and straps. 

Swelling the Switch's videogame library are two dozen more titles including an iteration of EA Sports' FIFA franchise, and Ubisoft's prehistoric Far Cry Primal, snowsport sim Steep and music-oriented Just Dance Unlimited, the latter a popular and long-running franchise that originated on Nintendo's Wii. 

Other planned releases include sprawling role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, futuristic racers Fast Racing RMX and Redout (both of which are reminiscent of PlayStation's iconic Wipeout franchise) and four in the Dragon Quest franchise. 

Some highly anticipated games didn't make the cut – beloved classic Mother 3, a Mario-meets-Rabbids adventure, and potential 2018 release Beyond Good & Evil 2 – though it's possible they are being kept in reserve for the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. — AFP Relaxnews

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