Wii U port Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may still be the most exciting thing about new console Nintendo Switch, following a lacklustre presentation at 4am this morning.
The new Zelda game was finally confirmed to be a Switch launch title.
Nintendo president Tastumi Kimishima also revealed key details about the new system, including:
The UK price was later revealed to be £279.99, you can pre-order the Nintendo Switch now.
A few more previously unknown details about the Switch were also revealed – and they showed Nintendo hasn’t given up on Wii-like control gimmicks just yet.
Joy-Cons, the two little detachable controllers that fit on each side of the Switch, feature:
Joy-Cons will also come in neon red and neon blue, as well as grey.
Nintendo next showed two fairly unique-looking new games that demonstrate the new play styles made possible by Switch.
The first, 1-2 Switch, is a game that has two players pistol duelling and playing other competitive games anywhere. It’s key gimmick seemed to that you play without looking at a screen – and in fact, virtually no actual game footage was shown.
The second was ARMS, a Wii Sports Boxing-like fighting game where you hold a Joy-Con in each hand and use motion controls to punch. Extendable arms allow you to punch things far away.
Both games looked pretty odd, and it’s hard to imagine them generating Wii levels of buzz – but maybe they play better than they look.
The previously shown Splatoon port was also confirmed as a full sequel: Splatoon 2.
The new game looked very similar to the original, but features new weapons, stages, fashions, and moves were promised. It’s out summer 2017, so will miss launch.
The new Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey, was also detailed. As rumoured, it’s a kind of successor to Mario 64 with large sandbox worlds.
Odyssey is a serious departure from previous games: Mario was seen running around a realistic New York City, and has a new power-up that adds two eyes to his cap. Apparently, this new power up will take advantage of unique Switch controls.
Third-party support seems to be lacking once again on this new Nintendo system, just as it was with Wii U. EA showed FIFA, Bethesda showed a Skyrim port, Sega showed nothing (although Project Sonic was shown later).
Kimishima did however mention that “over 80 games are in development.”
Games from Nintendo’s own studios and close partners were also shown or announced, including:
A clip reel towards the end of the conference also showed off Rayman, Lego, Minecraft, Disagea 5, Street Fighter 2 HD Remix, and others.
The hour-long presentation ended with a fantastic new Zelda trailer, which showed off a huge range of environments, good-sounding voice acting, a great score, and more story and combat then seen previously.
Watch it below:
What did you think of the Nintendo Switch presentation? Will you be buying one at launch, waiting a while, or passing altogether? Let us know in the comments.
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