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?
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):
Just Dance 2017
Human Resource Machine
I Am Setsuna
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Bomberman R
World of Goo
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.