Nintendo Switch Launch Lineup

It’s been a slow day on my front as far as gaming items go, so I thought it would be a good time to go over what we know about the Switch launch lineup. The big fish is, of course, Legend of the Zelda Breath of the Wild, but what else can we expect on and after March 3rd?

The Lineup

Wikipedia lists 96 Switch titles, with 20 exclusives, 3 of them from Nintendo. But I consider launch window to be the initial 6 months after the drop date. GameSpot helps us narrow it down:
Launch (March 3):

  • 1-2-Switch
  • Just Dance 2017
  • Human Resource Machine
  • I Am Setsuna
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Little Inferno
  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • Super Bomberman R
  • World of Goo

March/Spring:

  • Arms (Spring 2017)
  • Has-Been Heroes (March 2017)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28)
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris (Spring 2017)
  • Snipperclips, Cut It Out Together (March 2017)

Summer:

  • Rime
  • Splatoon 2

I have to admit that I find this list to be a little underwhelming. It clocks in at a little over half of what we had with the Wii U launch. Beyond Zelda, there’s the popular shooter Splatoon and of course Mario Kart. Arms looked fascinating and fun at the January press conference, but who knows how it’ll turn out. Bomberman is an interesting face to see. Brings me back to the early 90s when getting Bomberman was a major deal for any platform. I’ve heard conflicting things about the 1-2-Switch. During the reveal event I felt sure it was going to be the Wii Sports tech demo that sold the system to a wider audience. But apparently Nintendo had different plans and it’s a full fledged, fully priced, game. If I recall correctly early impressions weren’t through the roof favorable…but don’t quote me on that.
As a reminder, the Switch releases on March 3rd

Games Out October 12 to October 18

The games being released this week:  a mix of upscaled re-releases, PC ports and a movie tie-in for the consoles and some new IPs for the PC. Rather than describe the notables, here’s a playlist I put together of all the gameplay trailers I could find for this week.

I’m going to grant the Usualjay WTH award to two games this week: Mushroom 11 which looks very interesting at least and Rogue State – because isn’t it about time there was a strategy game where you play as a Middle East dictator?

As always this list isn’t exhaustive, so if you’re interested in having your game/project added to the calendar in the future, let me know.

I couldn’t find any product site links for The Arland Atelier Trilogy or Corpse Party (surprisingly). These aren’t affiliate links.

PlayStation 4 Games

Tuesday, October 13

Xbox One Games

Tuesday, October 13

Wednesday, October 14

PC Games

Monday, October 12

Tuesday, October 13

Wednesday, October 14

Thursday, October 15

Friday, October 16

Wii U Games

Friday, October 16

PlayStation 3 Games

Tuesday, October 13

Xbox 360 Games

Tuesday, October 13

Wednesday, October 14

3DS Games

Tuesday, October 13

PS Vita Games

Tuesday, October 13

  • Corpse Party: Blood Drive

Games Out – October 5 – October 11

PlayStation 4 Games

Tuesday, October 6

  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
  • RIDE
  • Rock Band 4
  • Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Transformers: Devastation
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (GOTY Edition)

Friday, October 9

  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Xbox One Games

Tuesday, October 6

  • RIDE
  • Rock Band 4
  • Transformers: Devastation
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (GOTY Edition)
  • Elite: Dangerous

PlayStation 3 Games

Tuesday, October 6

  • Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax
  • Saint Seiya: Solders’ Soul
  • Transformers: Devastation

Xbox 360 Games

Tuesday, October 6

  • Transformers: Devastation

PC Games

Monday, October 5

  • Caffeine
  • Sky Arena
  • Inventioneers
  • Novus Inceptio
  • Nubs’ Adventure
  • Read Only Memories

Tuesday, October 6

  • Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul
  • Skyhill
  • Dungeon Manager ZV
  • Sayonara UmiharaKawase
  • Devils & Demons
  • Vortex: The Gateway
  • Transformers: Devastation

Wednesday, October 7

  • March of Industry
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut
  • Pool Nation FX

Thursday, October 8

  • Sublevel Zero
  • Ookibloks

Friday, October 9

  • Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide
  • Masochisia
  • WRC 5
  • Kaiju Panic
  • Trap Them – Sniper Edition

Games Out September 28 – October 4

Here’s a list of some of the titles coming out during the week.

PlayStation 4 Games

Tuesday, September 29

  • Dungeon Defenders II
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
  • NBA Live 16
  • Samurai Warriors 4-II
  • Prismatic Solid
  • Toto Temple Deluxe

Friday, October 2

  • Journey Collector’s Edition

XBox One Games

Tuesday, September 29

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
  • NBA Live 16
  • Toto Temple Deluxe

Wednesday, September 30

  • Toto Temple Deluxe

PC Games

Monday, September 28

  • Psycho Starship Rampage
  • Sketch Tales
  • Stairs
  • Franchise Hockey Manager 2
  • Thea: The Awakening
  • Orion: A Sci-Fi Visual Novel
  • Dungeon Manager ZV

Tuesday, September 29

  • Hypership Out of Control
  • Might & Magic Heroes VII
  • Jotun
  • Samurai Warriors 4-II
  • NBA 2K16
  • Fallout Anthology
  • Mighty Gunvolt
  • Arcana Heart 3: LOVEMAX!!!!!
  • 80 Days (2014)
  • The Bizarre Creations of Keith the Magnificent
  • Dino Run DX
  • Toto Temple Deluxe
  • Lift It

Wednesday, September 30

  • Hyperspace Pinball
  • Daily Espada
  • Expand
  • The Escapists: The Walking Dead
  • Jerry McPartlin – Rebel with a Cause
  • ORBIT
  • Swords & Crossbones: An Epic Pirate Story
  • Jim Power: The Lost Dimension
  • Other Age: Second Encounter
  • Epistory – Typing Chronicles
  • Armikrog

Thursday, October 1

  • 8Bit Fiesta
  • Heroes of Normandie
  • Disposable Heroes
  • Korwin The Game
  • StarForce: 2193
  • Bloo Kid 2
  • Meridian: Age of Invention
  • Omnipresent
  • Angels Fall First
  • Pixel Galaxy

Friday, October 2

  • Luna Sky
  • Polychromatic
  • Black & White Bushido
  • Lost Horizon 2

Games Out September 20 – 27

An abbreviated Games Out list for this week. I’m closing on the end of the Phantom Pain, so I’ll return to my regular posting schedule shortly.

PlayStation 4 Games

Tuesday, September 22

  • Blood Bowl 2
  • FIFA 16
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • Penarium
  • SOMA

Wednesday, September 23

  • Extreme Exorcism

Friday, September 25

  • NBA 2K16

XBox One Games

Tuesday, September 22

  • Blood Bowl 2
  • FIFA 16
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • Penarium
  • SOMA

Wednesday, September 23

  • Extreme Exorcism

Friday, September 25

  • NBA 2K16

PC Games

Monday, September 21

  • Quick Slick Deadly
  • TankZone Battle

Tuesday, September 22

  • SOMA
  • Blood Bowl 2
  • Penarium
  • FIFA 16
  • Rivals of Aether
  • Templar Battleforce

Wednesday, September 23

  • Weapon of Choice
  • Navpoint
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut
  • Concrete Jungle
  • Explosionade
  • Game Type
  • XenoBloom
  • Shapes of Gray
  • Extreme Exorcism

Thursday, September 24

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Doodle God
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Else Heart.Break()
  • Missing Translation

Friday, September 25

  • Grand Ages: Medieval
  • Cataegis : The White Wind
  • Shoppy Mart: Steam Edition
  • VERLIES II
  • Project Tarvotan
  • Mars Colony: Frontier
  • Euclidean
  • Hacker’s Beat
  • Blowy Fish

Games Out September 13 – 20

Here is the list of games coming out between September 13 and 20, 2015. Looks like a pretty light week in terms of overall releases, skewed mostly toward sports games (Forza 6, NHL, PES, etc).  Destiny begins Year 2 with the Taken King and yet another Skylanders game is out on the 20th.

The UsualJay WTH Award this week goes to Typoman, a “Nindie” that looks intriguing and beautiful.

As usual this list is not exhaustive or complete. If you see something missing or want your game added to these posts, send me a note.

PlayStation 4 Games

Tuesday, September 15

Sunday, September 20

XBox One Games

Tuesday, September 15

Sunday, September 20

PC Games

Monday, September 14

Tuesday, September 15

Wednesday, September 16

Thursday, September 17

Friday, September 18

Wii U Games

Wednesday, September 16

Thursday, September 17

Sunday, September 20

PlayStation 3 Games

Tuesday, September 15

Sunday, September 20

Xbox 360 Games

Tuesday, September 15

Sunday, September 20

Nintendo 3DS Games

Tuesday, September 15

Sunday, September 20

Games Out September 7 – 13

Prying myself away from The Phantom Pain just long enough to do the weekly games out. Super Mario Maker should be on most Wii U owner’s short lists this week, and I plan on picking up Armikrog.

PS4 Games

Tuesday, September 8

  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • Hyper Void
  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Broken Sword 5

XBox One Games

Wednesday, September 9

  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Castle Crashers Remastered
  • Onigiri

Wii U games

Tuesday, September 8

  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut

Friday, September 11

  • Super Mario Maker

PC Games

Monday, September 7

  • Almightree: The Last Dreamer
  • Mooch

Tuesday, September 8

  • Master Spy
  • Armikrog

Wednesday, September 9

  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Fate Tectonics
  • Impulse Revolution
  • The Dreamatorium of Dr. Magnus 2
  • Circa Infinity

Thursday, September 10

  • Otherland
  • Cross of the Dutchman
  • Dropsy
  • Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion
  • Naught Reawakening
  • Queen’s Quest: Tower of Darkness

Friday, September 11

  • WonderCat Adventures

3DS Games

Tuesday, September 8

  • Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Games Out August 31 – September 6

I didn’t have a lot of time to compile this list for the week: you may have heard of a certain triple A title coming out on Tuesday, an obscure series called Metal Gear Solid…but seriously, all eyes are on the the Phantom Pain in what’s actually a light looking week for releases. The only other title that looks interesting is Mad Max, and speaking for myself: there’s only room for one Snake, and one open world adventure game.  Apologies to the indies: I’ll revisit the sites and demos tomorrow.

PlayStation 4 Games

Tuesday, September 1

  • Mad Max
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Xeodrifter

Wednesday, September 2

  • Grow Home

Xbox One Games

Tuesday, September 1

  • Mad Max
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Friday, September 4

  • Super Toy Cars

PlayStation 3 Games

Tuesday, September 1

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence

Xbox 360 Games

Tuesday, September 1

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

PC Games

Monday, August 31

  • Stasis
  • Close Your Eyes
  • Immortal Defense
  • Rememoried
  • Deliverance

Tuesday, September 1

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • iZBOT
  • Trigonarium
  • Red Goddess: Inner World
  • Mad Max

Wednesday, September 2

  • Act of Aggression
  • Renowned Explorers: International Society

Thursday, September 3

  • Raiden IV: Overkill
  • Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces
  • Gunman Clive 2
  • Mos Speedrun 2

Sunday, September 6

  • Shift Happens

PS Vita Games

Tuesday, September 1

  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
  • Xeodrifter

Games Out August 23 – 30

Seems like there are more games coming out in the waning days of August days than the previous week, but there are a few more multiplatform releases. Madden and Disney Infinity should need no explanations in terms of triple A pedigree; and on the Upscaled/HD front we’re seeing a few more releases, 2011’s Dishonored gets an upgrade to XBox One/PS4 with its definitive edition, and the heavily promoted re-release of the 2006 classic Gears of War is out on the 25th. There’s also an 8-bit Mega Man collection and a reissue of the Dreamcast era Grandia II for good measure for those of you who may have missed those games the first time around or if you want to take a trip down memory lane.

Until Dawn is an interesting survival horror game from Supermassive Games and exclusive to the PS4. The graphics look pretty great and found it all to be reminiscent of the early Resident Evil games, sans zombies.

The UsualJay WTH Award this week goes to Party Hard, self-described as a “tactical strategy game of mass murder.” In the vein of Hotline Miami, you play as a deranged killer all in retro 8 bit glory. The runner up goes to Fran Bow with its grotesque but beautiful artwork.

As always, this list should not be considered exhaustive or complete. If you want your game added to the list, send me an email.

PlayStation 4

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Xbox One Games

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wii U Games

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

PlayStation 3 Games

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Xbox 360 Games

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

PC Games

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

PS Vita Games

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Games Out August 17 – 21

Here’s the list of games coming out this week across consoles, handhelds, and PC, now with hyperlinks to the product pages. As usual it’s a light week for the older systems and there’s a ton of games being released on Steam, either early access or otherwise. Seems like there are a lot of upscaled HD games or DLC bundles (Helldivers), which is fine but realize some of these are “new” releases.  An interesting release is Zombi, which you may recall was a highly touted “core” launch title for the Wii U, back in the day. Overall, if Rogue-likes are your thing, you’ll find a plethora of those on Steam.

The Usualjay WTH Award this week goes to Conflicks: Revolutionary Space Combat. The premise: Leonardo Da Vinci discovered a new matter substance from chicken eggs before he dies, leading the Renaissance era European countries to become space faring empires. Color me intrigued by this one.

As always, if I missed a game or you want yours to be included in the list, shoot me an email.

Last but not least: congrats to all the developers who made their release dates this week.

PlayStation 4 Games

August 18

XBox One Games

August 18

August 21

PlayStation 3 Games

August 18

XBox 360 Games

August 18

PC Games

August 17

August 18

August 19

August 20

August 21

Wii U Games

August 18

August 20

Nintendo 3DS Games

August 20

August 21

PS Vita Games

August 18