Nintendo's new console is having an incredible run, and the future looks even brighter
Ben GilbertJun 26, 2017, 20:59 IST
Nintendo's latest video game console is off to a killer start.
NintendoJust look how excited these paid actors are to play the Switch!Nintendo
The barely three-month-old Nintendo Switch remains sold out everywhere. It's main launch game, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," is heralded as one of the best games ever made. And Nintendo's got a huge new "Super Mario" game in the works, called "Super Mario Odyssey," that's scheduled for launch this holiday.
Between this year's Switch games, and what we found out recently about 2018's Switch line-up, it looks like Nintendo is finally delivering on its long-held promise to release a steady cadence of games from its biggest franchises. Heck, Nintendo just announced a full-on new Pokémon game for the Switch. That's an outright first for Pokémon, a series forever tied to Nintendo's handheld consoles.
NintendoThe first Pokémon games debuted on Nintendo's Game Boy handheld console.Nintendo
We've put together a comprehensive list of what's coming to the Switch in 2017, and what to expect for 2018 - follow that below:
Who knows when: Where is Netflix? What about Hulu? YouTube? Amazon?
What's still missing? "Super Smash Bros.," "Animal Crossing," and many more.
The Nintendo Switch Online service is scheduled to launch in 2018, and it costs $20/year. For that fee, you'll get instant access to a classic game library and the ability to play games online.
In addition to a new spinoff game this year, an entirely new entry in the Pokémon series is coming to the Switch. Pokémon company president Tsunekazu Ishihara calls it a, "core RPG Pokémon title." That sounds like a main entry in the Pokémon series for the Switch — a first for Nintendo, which has always made these games for its handhelds. There's no gameplay to show yet, and Ishihara says the game could be "more than a year" out. Don't hold your breath for a 2018 release on this one.
You can tell Nintendo's really serious about getting back into the good graces of its fans because it's releasing a new entry in the "Metroid Prime" series, long-thought to be dead. The company showed nothing more than a trailer, but that was enough to get some fans to lose their minds.
Similarly, Nintendo recently debuted a new game in the "Kirby" series. It looks like a return to form for the series, with Kirby traipsing through 2D levels, sucking in enemies and absorbing their powers. Both Kirby and Yoshi are unnamed thus far, and neither has a release date beyond "2018."
During Nintendo's presentation at E3 2017, an annual video game trade show that took place earlier this month, the company unveiled a new entry for Yoshi. The game thus far is just named "Yoshi," and it looks like a twist on the old "Yoshi's Island" format from back in the Super Nintendo days.
2018: A "core" Pokémon game, new entries for Kirby and Yoshi, Nintendo's online service, and a new game in the "Metroid Prime" series.
Everyone's favorite cartoon plumber isn't just getting his own game later this year — he and his pals are joining up with Ubisoft's Rabbids for an entirely new game: "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle." It's a more tactical game than anything else, and it arrives on August 29.
Following the launch of "Splatoon 2" this summer, a spinoff of the Pokémon series is heading to the Switch: "Pokken Tournament DX." It's a 3D fighting game featuring — what else? — Pokémon, and it's a re-release of a game previously available on the Wii U. Think of it as a precursor to next year's "core" Pokémon game on the Switch. It arrives on September 22.
Before "Super Mario Odyssey" arrives this October, Nintendo's summer plans are dedicated to "Splatoon 2" — a sequel to the delightful shooter that debuted on Nintendo's failed Wii U console. It arrives on July 21.
At this point in 2017, we know much of Nintendo's plan for the rest of the year. While there are several games launching for the Switch leading up to this holiday season, the heavy among them is "Super Mario Odyssey." It's a gorgeous new "Super Mario" game along the lines of "Super Mario 64" and "Super Mario Sunshine." It launches on October 27.
2017: A new "Super Mario," a sequel to "Splatoon," a Pokémon spinoff, and an entirely new series for Mario.