New Mario, Splatoon, Fire Emblem, and More Announced for Switch
Things are looking pretty good for Nintendo.
Nintendo revealed a flood of information about its next video game console, the Nintendo Switch, during an event on Friday in Japan. In addition to sharing some basic information about the system, like the release date and price, Nintendo executives also shared some of the games that will be coming to the system, including a beautiful-looking new Mario game, sequels to Splatoon and Xenoblade, a new Fire Emblem, other games that take advantage of the joy-con’s motion technology, and much more to look forward to.
The first game Nintendo highlighted was Splatoon 2. The game, a sequel to Nintendo’s innovative, acclaimed paint-shooter, is set for a summer 2017 release date, a few months after the Switch launches. Splatoon 2 will feature new weapons and levels, and creators say that even more will be added to the game after it launches. There are also going to be new battle modes and in-game events.
Nintendo also revealed Super Mario Odyssey, which will return the 3D Mario games to their sandbox-style roots after the past few games since Galaxy have been more linear. Odyssey, which won’t come out until the holiday season late in 2017, gives Mario a living hat and takes the mustachioed plumber out of the Mushroom Kingdom and, at one point, into a version of our real world.
Another title that Nintendo announced was Xenoblade Chronicles 2. No release date was specified.
There’s going to be a new Fire Emblem game called Warriors. The trailer didn’t reveal much, but it does look like Chrom, the main lord from Fire Emblem: Awakening, is going to be a character in the new game. Fire Emblem: Warriors is also set for a holiday release.
Nintendo also debuted two new games that take advantage of the joy-con’s motion technology. One, 1-2 Switch, stretches the definition of a “video game,” since there isn’t really any video involved. Instead, players face off against opponents in an old-west style duel, though the trailer hinted at other modes of play as well. 1-2 Switch is a launch title, meaning it’ll be out on March 3.
The other game that uses the abilities of the joy-con was ARMS, a springy, stretchy boxing game. ARMS will come out something this spring.
It’s not a new game, but Nintendo closed out the event with another trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game — probably the most anticipated of all Nintendo’s offerings — will be available on March 3 as well.