The 5 Most Anticipated Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games
The magic of Nintendo’s Switch console is that you can take it with you and play games with super nice and modern 3D graphics on the go. Then when you arrive home, just plug it into your TV and enjoy the same games on the big screen, without losing any of your progress! Here are some of the best games to look forward to.
1. Splatoon 2 - Multiplayer-focused Shooter
The first Splatoon was a mild success on the already not so popular Wii U, and Nintendo decided to release a full-fledged sequel to the much more popular Switch. As for what Splatoon is? It is a 4vs4 multiplayer action game with a unique twist on the regular control point gameplay. In Splatoon’s signature Turf War game mode, the goal is to mark more territory than the opposing team by painting everything in your color, while eliminating enemies with various weapons. It is reminiscent of paintball, only with much more ink. The second game will include the original’s weapons along with several new additions. If you like fast-paced shooters, then look forward to July 21st, when Splatoon 2 releases.
2. Stardew Valley - Open-world Farming Simulator
Tired of Harvest Moon not going forward as you would like it? Or would you like to play a retro-style game inspired by Harvest Moon? If yes, then Eric “Concernedape” Barone’s one-man game, Stardew Valley will be right up your alley! Featuring graphics reminiscent of the SNES-era Harvest Moon games, complex relationships with townspeople, different farm layouts to choose from, combat, mining, fishing and lots of other side distractions, almost everyone will find something they are likely to enjoy in Stardew Valley. The Switch version will be the first to feature co-op multiplayer.
3. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Open-world Japenese RPG
The first Xenoblade Chronicles featured vast, varied landscapes, tons of enemies to battle and interesting party members to recruit. Considering the fact that it was running on the Wii, it was a huge accomplishment. The sequel will arrive sometime late 2017 for the Switch, and will not have any relevance to the first in terms of story. According to previews, the game will have a less cluttered interface, yet still, keeps the complex combat and large amounts of usable abilities the first one had. We can’t wait to see what the Switch is truly capable of, as this game will surely push it to the limit. We can expect vast open landscapes to explore, tons of quests to complete and an action-packed battle system somewhat similar to the first game.
4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Open-world RPG
Yes, that Skyrim - the same one originally released on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2011. The Switch version of Skyrim was announced alongside the console itself in late 2016. In addition to the three official expansions - Dawnguard, Hearthfire, Dragonborn - the Switch version will feature motion controls for lock picking and combat, making these parts of the game more immersive. Additionally, the game will be amiibo-compatible, and will also feature iconic Zelda-themed loot scattered around the world - players will be able to find and use the Master Sword, the Hylian Shield, and the Champion’s Tunic.
5. Super Mario Odyssey - 3D Platformer
Super Mario Odyssey is a familiar, but fresh take on the iconic Mario character. It will release on October 27, 2017, and will return to more open level designs similar to Super Mario 64. Players will travel through various levels ranging from modern New York-like cities to fantasy worlds. The story will be the same as before - Mario will have to save Princess Peach from the evil Bowser. Mario will gain a new ability in the game - he can now throw his cap and use it as a platform for jumping, or throw it at enemies to possess them for a short time. The gameplay will be similar to Super Mario 64 - exploring these levels, collecting items and helping NPCs. A two-player Co-operative mode will also be available, during which one player controls Mario and the other takes control of his cap.