Nintendo Switch games we can't wait to take on the road
From 'Zelda' to 'FIFA,' the future of mobile gaming has never looked brighter.
When the Nintendo Switch releases worldwide on March 3, gamers will be treated to a home console that not only looks good on your TV, but can also be disconnected and enjoyed on the go. Thanks to the system's beautiful touchscreen, whether you're on a couch or in a car, you'll always be able to enjoy your favorite games.
"We're hoping that Nintendo Switch will be a system that will be the constant in your gaming life," Japanese Switch producer Yoshiaki Koizumi told Time magazine. "Whereas previously, you would play certain things on your home system and certain things on your handheld. Our hope is that Nintendo Switch can be the system that bridges both of those and becomes the constant system that you're always using."
Below are just a handful of the upcoming games for the Switch that we're looking forward to playing wherever life takes us.
'Zelda: Breath of the Wild'
We'll kick this off with an easy one, because if you're going to own the Nintendo Switch, chances are "Zelda" will be a part of your early library. Produced by famed Japanese game designer Eiji Aonuma, "Breath of the Wild" takes place in the beautiful and expansive open world of Hyrule. Unlike other games that demand players adhere to a defined story to unlock new areas, nearly every piece of the fictional kingdom is available to explore from the beginning.
"From the very start of 'Breath of the Wild,' we wanted to, and set out to, create a world that wasn't only vast, but where everything was connected," Aonuma told Vice. "So you really could freely explore the world, without these barriers or gaps imposed."
In addition to an enormous amount of crafting and item hacks to take you from wielding a wooden club to a steel sword, "Wild" will also feature an advanced physics system to aid in some extremely creative attacks on enemies. All this and a beautiful new original soundtrack from Japanese composer Manaka Kataoka easily make "Breath of the Wild" one of the most anticipated games in years.
"Zelda: Breath of the Wild" will launch alongside the Switch on March 3.
The third installment in the acclaimed series from Belgian video game developer Benoît Sokal, "Syberia 3" promises to offer adult gamers a serious adventure across Europe and Russia. According to French developer Microïds, fans of previous chapters in the steampunk-themed franchise can look forward to improvements beyond just the gorgeous graphics.
"Impersonating Kate Walker, players will benefit from a brand new way to freely explore striking landscapes and circumvent their mysteries and puzzles in ways they have not experienced before," they said in a statement.
In a welcome return for fans of video game scores, Israeli composer Inon Zur has once again crafted a haunting and beautiful soundtrack for the game. The famed musician, recently nominated for Best Video Game Score in the GoldSpirit Awards for the virtual reality hit Eagle Flight, was praised by Sokal for his ability to add emotion to the scenes that play out onscreen.
"The music spurs players on to the next part, asking questions and creating suspense," Sokal said in a behind-the-scenes featurette. "The music has given the game greater depth, making it even more immersive."
"Syberia 3" will launch on April 25th.
If sports are your thing, you'll be thrilled to know that Electronic Arts has announced that it is bringing its venerable FIFA soccer franchise to the Switch. According to Peter Moore, EA's chief competition officer, "FIFA 18" will be developed to take advantage of Nintendo's unique hardware.
"What you have will be a custom built version for the Nintendo Switch from the FIFA development team in Vancouver," he said. In addition to soccer, EA has also confirmed that its NBA2K franchise will appear, as well as the winter sports game "Steep" from Ubisoft.
Lace up those cleats and get ready to enjoy "FIFA 18" on the Switch sometime in September 2017.
'Super Mario Odyssey'
If you enjoyed the open world "Mario" games of yore like "Super Mario 64" and "Super Mario Sunshine," chances are you'll eagerly jump into this new adventure with the world's most famous plumber. Called "Super Mario Odyssey," this Switch exclusive will appeal to core gamers eager for some serious action and adventure.
"So we've been making Mario games for over 30 years, and through that process, we've made changes to the games," legendary Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto said during a recent event. "Some games tended to be a little bit harder, and a little bit harder to play, and then so we teeter back to make it accessible to all kinds of gamers, and then we go back the other way. It's been kind of a give and take in that way."
Because Nintendo has not yet allowed the press to demo the game, what little we know about "Odyssey" has come from the game's gorgeous trailer. Environments you're likely to encounter include an urban center called "New Donk City," as well as lush forests, deserts and a stunning gem-filled expanse. We also know that Mario will enjoy a new power-up in the form of a special hat that can be thrown at enemies and act as a kind of temporary floating platform.
"Super Mario Odyssey" is expected to be released during the 2017 holiday season.
With the "Splatoon" franchise, Nintendo has taken the concept of a third-person shooter and turned it into something that's enjoyable for the whole family. "Splatoon 2," exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, will build upon its predecessor with new maps, new guns, and a graphical refresh.
"One of the main aims the team had in making Splatoon was to make it a game that appealed and was fun to play to a really wide variety of players," Japanese producer Hisashi Nogami said in a recent interview. "That includes players that were familiar with the shooter genre, and to also widen the scope of players who haven't had as much experience with shooters and make sure they can also pick up the game and enjoy it."
Part of the beauty of "Splatoon" is that it's just so much fun to make a mess of the game's various levels. There's something extremely satisfying, no matter what age you are, about splattering paint everywhere. The fact that it's also non-violent and easy to control should make this a crowd pleaser when it's released sometime this summer.
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