Nintendo Switch: It’s Mario! It’s Zelda! It’s everything we’ve seen before including retro games like Sonic Mania.
Retailing at $299 in the US, it’ll be £279 in the UK, and for that you’ll get the Switch console, the Switch dock, the Joy-Con left/right controller pieces that slide onto the side of the console, plus the Joy-Con Grip to to attach them to for charging. Add to that the AC adapter, HMDI cable and Joy-Con straps, presumably so you don’t launch the controllers at the screen, as some people did with their Wiimotes.
Additionally, you can buy an extra pair of Joy-Con controllers at a not-exactly-cheap £74.99, as well as a much more reasonable pair of Joy-Con Wheels at £13.99 for said pair, in which to place your controllers, and then thrash about wildly and unrealistically, unless you’re that prat on the M60 who cuts me up every day, in which case your driving can be replicated exactly here. However, the wheels aren’t available until April 28th.
For the games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have fanbois creaming their pants at a new entry in that series, but in full HD; Fire Emblem Warriors is just a teaser; Xenoblade Chronicles 2 brings the world of that action role-playing-game to the Switch; while ARMS is a fighting game where you throw ridicilously long arms across an arena, and it has a trailer which throws in a Japanese schoolgirl character to try and get you to part with your money.
Then there’s a number of self-explanatory titles in Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Super Bomberman R, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Sonic Mania and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Oh, and to cap an incredibly uninspiring line-up, there’s 1-2-Switch which just looks like a gimmick as you draw your controller, same way as a bandit draws his gun. Bleah – who cares?
Perhaps salvation will come in a slew of third-party titles such as LEGO City Undercover, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a new Mega-Ten title from Shin Megami Tensei, Project Octopath Traveler, Redout, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, Has-Been Heroes, I Am Setsuna and Dragon Quest Heroes I and II.
Nintendo Switch is released no March 3rd, and there’s all the above trailers and teasers below, plus Nintendo’s presentation for the console.
(NOTE: Some videos have since gone from Youtube so I’ve removed those links)
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