Gamer dad who loves the classics, indies, racers and the occasional shooter. Have been in the industry for well over a decade and am as enthusiastic as ever! #4theplayers
Nintendo Switch already has an impressive catalog of games in its first quarter, and there is a lot of fun to be had in Q3 and Q4. Let me tell you why I think you should get the Switch if you haven’t already, and – even more important – why it’s going to be an even bigger hit coming years.
Nintendo Switch is born
At Nintendo they’ve had a rough console generation with the unpopular WiiU and analysts knew it for sure; Nintendo will quit making consoles after such a failure. Lucky for us they didn’t and Nintendo gave birth to the Switch. While getting positive reviews on the hardware, the Switch got bashed for its software line-up at launch. Although the list with games is almost half of the WiiU launch lineup, it’s double of the Gamecube list. The Switch missed out on titles such as Mario World, Mario Kart or even third-party triple-A titles. It did ship Zelda at launch and largely by this highly anticipated game, the Switch sold out completely and still is hard to get by three months in.
Games to play now
1-2-Switch, I am Setsuna, Super Bomberman R, King of the Fighters ’98 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild are quite a nice list, but did not cater everybody’s appetite. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe came a month after release and ARMS, Disgaea 5 Complete and Ultra Street Fighter II, Redout and Rime would follow in May and June. So after this rocky toddler phase of the Nintendo Switch, we have a firm list of games to keep us playing for a little while (and I didn’t even mention the download only titles).
Microsoft has wowed us for years with its arcade titles on Xbox 360 and the PS4 and Vita are currently king in Indie-land. Peggle, Trials, Limbo, Shovel Knight and Rocket League are just some of the industry standards set for arcade/ indie games. And the Switch is jumping right in with the big boys. Where the Wii and WiiU marketed almost only first-party back-catalogue games, the Switch is heavy on indies and I’ll give you just some of the titles as an example.
Rive, the Escapist 2, Thumper, Towerfall Ascension, Enter the Gungeon, Redout and even Minecraft are on Switch with a whole lot more to come. Being a hybrid console mean the platform is great for playing these games on the go and Nintendo is taking full advantage of it, releasing over 60 indie titles this year alone.
The future is bright
Splatoon 2, Sonic Mania, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Pokkén Tournament DX, Fire Emblem Warriors, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Rayman Legends and Yooka-Laylee are some of the games that will be released this year. In 2018 however, we have some impressive titles as well: Kirby, Yoshi, Fire Emblem, Metroid Prime 4 and a new Pokémon game are only Nintendo’s own software that has been announced. I expect to get even more announcements at GamesCom or this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Nintendo is future-proofing the Switch, and not just with a really nice line-up of games.
E-Sports is a big deal
To appeal to all categories of gamers is nearly impossible but Nintendo is giving it a go. At E3 in Los Angeles we have seen invitationals for Arms, Pokkén Tournament DX and Splatoon 2, and they had a lot of views and positive comments. If Nintendo is smart (and you know they are) they will go big in the realm of E-Sports with their games. These titles are a really nice choice and the fanbase is huge around the globe.
Forget frustrating Call of Duty or FIFA matches; these Switch titles are where the fun is. So get off of your “fractured butt whole” and go get yourself a Switch. If you’re not quite sure if this is the smartest choice for you, just wait and see ’cause Nintendo’s Switch future looks very bright!
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