Every Game You Need to Preorder Before the Nintendo Switch Launches
The big Nintendo Switch reveal was this past Thursday, and the launch is coming earlier than expected. On March 3rd, the system, accessories, and a handful of games will be released simultaneously at retailers worldwide. Even with only seven weeks to go before launch, there is already hardware and software shortages being predicted. Traditionally, the hottest software titles and controllers are usually the first to sell out, besides the system itself. Here is everything you need to know about the software that will be available for the Nintendo Switch console this year and beyond.
Software titles available at launch on 3/3:
The biggest software title is obviously The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and according to local sources has an attach rate of almost 100%. This game has been teased to us for years, and now is finally getting the home it deserves. (Note, it also will be available for the WiiU on March 3rd, but will look and run better on a Nintendo Switch console.) There are also two Collector's Editions available, but are incredibly hard to find. The first is the Special Edition which retails at $99.99, and includes a map, soundtrack, coin, carry case and a game. The Master Edition retails for $129.99 and features a replica statue of the famous Master Sword and everything else found in the Special Edition. Keep checking the links below and other retailers as sometimes allocations are increased by Nintendo as it gets closer to launch.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer:
The other five launch titles are a mixed bag, Super Bomberman R looks to be like the real winner, which features up to 8-players in battle mode and 50 stages of single player or co-op. 1-2 Switch is a glorified tech demo but you get to milk cows and eat sandwiches, so that's cool in my book. The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ features the entire original rogue-like classic in glorious HD graphics and comes with all of the DLC including the most recent which just launched this month.
What would a new console be without Skylanders? There isn't much to say here except its last Fall's Skylanders Imaginators game now on the Nintendo Switch. Also launching is Just Dance 2017 (not pictured), which is the same multi-platform popular dancing game that we all know and love. (Right!? Right.)
Software titles to be released in the coming months:
These are some of the top titles to be released on the Nintendo Switch in the coming months. Arms is a futuristic boxing game that allows players to use both motion controls and standard controls. This looks to be a really fun multiplayer game, and all of the reports of people who have played this at Nintendo Switch preview events confirm this. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a visual upgrade to Mario Kart 8 on the WiiU, featuring all the DLC that was released for the original title. PuyoPuyo Tetris is a multi-platform twist on the two classic puzzle genres that features four-player frantic puzzle action.
Splatoon 2 is the direct sequel to the hit multiplayer shooter game on the WiiU. Sonic Mania is essentially Sonic the Hedgehog 5, featuring styles and gameplay similar to the Sega Genesis classics we have come to know and love. Redout is a futuristic racing game that fills the void for us F-Zero lovers out there that haven't seen a new title since the Game Boy Advance. Finally there is some others to note like Snipperclips, a unique 2-player puzzle title, a port of the WiiU Lego: City Undercover game, and a tactical game called Has-Been Heroes. These are all of the titles that have been announced that are to be released by the end of this Summer. Hopefully some surprise titles are coming our way in the coming months.
Finally, here is a slideshow of some titles that have been announced but have no concrete release date. Highlights include Super Mario Odyssey (trailer below), Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Fire Emblem Warriors. Most of these titles are able to be preordered here. There are other titles that have been announced, check out Eurogamer for even more. Stay tuned for our hardware and accessory preview coming later this week.
Super Mario Odyssey Trailer: