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Nintendo Switch Games Line-up: What You’ll be Playing in Its First Year

written by Jason Marcano January 14, 2017
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There were a lot of games announced for Nintendo’s Switch during the presentation and the following days. We’ve already covered a few of the heavy hitters here at DHTG, but there are still plenty more. Many of the games shown off at the presentation and the subsequent Treehouse special didn’t have release dates attached to them. However, Nintendo has been kind enough to provide a graphic of what games we can expect in the first year of the Switch’s life.

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While many of those names may be familiar to some of you, others haven’t been talked about too much. Like most console launches, the Switch is full of ports and little known titles. This doesn’t mean the Switch won’t sell. On the contrary, despite the stocks falling, many people have pre-ordered the console with a few retailers already selling out.

If you’re on the fence about buying the Switch at launch, it’s understandable. The only game that seems worth it, Breath of the Wild, is also being released on Wii U, so it’s easy to take a “wait and see” approach to Nintendo’s newest venture. In an effort to help make picking a side of the fence to land on easier, we’re going to go over some of the lesser known and talked about games coming to the Switch in 2017.

Switch Launch Day Games

Everyone has seen The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and we all know by now whether or not we’ll be picking it up. So here is a look at the other games you can buy on March 3rd.

  • 1-2 Switch – A multiplayer game through and through, 1-2 Switch is designed to showcase the versatility of the Joy-Con controllers. Players each take a Joy-Con and and challenge each other in various mini-games ranging from old west shoot outs to shaving(?). Check out the trailer below

  • Super Bomberman R – If you don’t know who Bomberman is, what have you been doing your whole life? Debuting in the 80s, Bomberman has been letting friends blow each other up for decades. Konami’s party friendly series returns March 3rd.

  • Just Dance and Skylanders are popular enough that fans already have it made up in their minds that they’ll be picking these up. If you are unaware of what either are, one is a dancing game that’s great at parties, and the other is a wallet sapper that will have you buying more toys than you know what to do with.

The Rest of 2017

As the year goes on the Switch will see a steady trickle of games, both AAA and unique—as per usual with a Nintendo console. Square Enix’s I am Setsuna will see a port, a new version of Mario Kart 8 will also be moving onto the Switch. With a revamped Battle Mode and a few new characters, this will be the definitive edition of the already excellent Mario Kart 8.

You may be asking yourself, “What is Snipperclips?” Well, we have the answer for you. Snipperclips is a co-op puzzler in which you and whomever you play with have to cut each other to pieces in order to solve various challenges. It’s cuter than it sounds.

The surprise hit Splatoon will see a sequel this summer. Get ready to join the the squid-like “Inklings” again as they splatter the town with paint.

Has-Been Heroes is a lane-based action game that was touched on during the Treehouse Live presentation. Coming from the makers of Trine this game looks pretty intense. Check out the full presentation here.

The Others

As for everything else, they are either games that we can already play or they’re self explanitory as is the case with Steep, Fifa, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers is an update to the SNES classic that may see some new editions including HD or standard graphics. Sonic Mania is a collection of old, new, and remixed stages, you can see early coverage of it here along with basically the same trailer that was shown for the Switch. As for Minecraft, it’s Minecraft.

There you have it geeks, these are all the (announced) games coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. Do any of these help make your decision as to whether or not to get a Switch easier? Which games are system sellers for you? Are all these just “meh”? Let us know whether or not you’ll be running out to get a Switch on March 3rd, or if you’ll just wait and see in the comments below!

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