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Since its announcement earlier this year, the Nintendo Switch has seen its fair share of ups and downs. This hybrid portable/console took many by surprise and has seen a high consumer demand since launch. Unfortunately, Nintendo has been dealing with supply chain issues regarding memory. However, Nintendo has sold 4.7 Million consoles in its first four months despite these issues. This is an amazing feat considering that the Wii U only sold 14 Million titles in the entirety of its lifespan.
“Nintendo could not have asked for a stronger launch title for the Switch.”
Arguably the one major issue that has plagued Nintendo consoles since the Gamecube has been the lack of 3rd party developer support. With the Switch sales being so strong out the gate, however, third-party developers have appeared to take notice. Games such as Take-Two’s WWE 2K18, Rockstar’s L.A. Noire, Bethesda’s Wolfenstein II and Skyrim, Id Software’s 2016 DOOM and Capcom’s Resident Evil Revelations Collection have all been added the Switch’s roster of upcoming titles. Some third-party developers have even pledged support with exclusive Switch titles such as Monolith Soft’s XenoBlade Chronicles 2, Atlus’s Shin Megami Tensei, and Square Enix’s Project Octopath Traveler. I am sure that if these titles continue to sell well that other third-parties will take notice.
- The Switch offers a portable experience that you can take home and play on your home theatre system.
- Nintendo backs its console with a library of first-party exclusive titles.
- You can upgrade the console’s storage with standard Micro SDXC memory cards. (Supporting up to 2 TB.)
- Early strong sales seem to have won over third-party support.
- Larger Indie titles have been showing up in droves.
- Cartridge-based games typically have shorter load times.
- Limited 32 GB internal storage.
- The Switch’s additional Storage can be costly and will be required.
- Console availability may remain limited into the next year.
- That online voice chat app for your phone. Just, no.
- Not all of your larger third-party titles have shown up… yet?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo could not have asked for a stronger launch title for the Switch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the first open world game in the Zelda franchise. The world is so large in scope that I was actually amazed that a portable console with only 4 GB of RAM and a Quadcore ARM CPU could manage this. Despite the fact that this title was a port from the Wii U and was not designed from the ground up for the Switch, it was the perfect way to display the power of this console. The Breath of the Wild not only looks and plays good but currently holds a 97 on Metacritic.
“If you like Mario Kart, you will be hard-pressed to find a reason to not like this version.”
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
This is the version of Mario Kart that we deserved on Wii U. It has all the courses, racers, and modes that were on the Wii U version with additional maps and a fixed Battle Mode. Mario Kart Deluxe offers the game at full 1080p when the Switch is docked. Without the purchase of another controller, you can enjoy Mario Kart multiplayer, which is a first for the series. If you like Mario Kart, you will be hard-pressed to find a reason to not like this version.
Ubisoft and Nintendo team up for a turn-based strategy combat. No, I did not just make that up. Borrowing heavily from the Mario franchise charm and the Rabbids off the wall weirdness, this title places them both in familiar looking settings and unfamiliar scenarios. This title could be a must buy for strategy fans.
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition
Rayman Legends has already released on all of the major 7th and 8th generation consoles and finally lands on the Switch. Ubisoft scraped all of the DLC bits, scraped them off the table and onto this cart. If you somehow missed this game on any of the other platforms, this will the version to finally snag.
Iterating off of one of the Wii U’s strongest new franchise titles, Splatoon 2 takes all of the goodness from the original and adds more. This third-person shooter forces you to splash colorful paint to control the most territory as possible. The team-based combat gets frantic quick as you navigate quickly with your Squid kid both swimming in the ink and running on the surface. This may be Big N’s first try at the eSports arena. Splatoon 2 is definitely worth the price of admission.
The Bomberman franchise has been alive since 1983. This series has had a simple, single board competitive mode that really has not changed much since then. This may be one of the most simple games available on the Switch, this fact is the point. Multiplayer can be single-console and also supports up to 8 Switches connected to WiFi.
“This was one of single most impressive video games I had ever played up to this point in my life…”
I remember that one of my first experiences with the original NES included the original Bomberman. This was one of single most impressive video games I had ever played up to this point in my life and it is great to see that the franchise has been picked back up by such a competent team. Blaster Master has you driving your tank “Sophia 3” in the overworld, jumping and shooting enemies from all angles. Some areas require that you exit Sophia and go it alone on foot. Once you get into the cave areas, the camera will switch to an isometric view that allows you combat and collect upgrades for both you and Sophia.
It is very impressive that the development team continue to release additional, free content post-launch. As of patch 1.3, the developers have added both Shovel Knight and Shantae from their respective titles. This game and its team keep delivering for the fans.
Mighty Gunvolt Burst
This 2D platforming game has almost everything that makes Mega Man a great title. Solid control and classic chiptunes make for a solid-polished game that is worth all the pennies.
Rogue-like, unique art design.. check this experimental title out. You will be hooked.
This short, arcade, hack and slash adventure you play as one of the Shrine Maidens who has been tasked with destroying demons from the land of the dead. Each of the Shrine Maidens plays differently and this adds to the game’s replayability. At $5.00 USD, this game really is a steal.
Hack and Slash? Check. Rogue-like? Check. Phantom Trigger sports a well animated, pixel art style that really impresses in motion. It is also fairly brutal in its difficulty. This Indie game does a good job developing a decent story and gives you variety with multiple endings. Check it out.
Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together!
Snipperclips is full of colorful and lighthearted puzzles, that requires experimentation and cooperation with one to three partners. This unique game may be the title to play with your best friend or significant other. Give it a try.