Nintendo delights players with autumn announcements
Autumn is an important time for the gaming industry as manufacturers go head-to-head for a slice of the Christmas spending pie. So, it’s not surprising Nintendo has chosen September to thrill their fans with a bunch of gaming announcements. From a new edition of Super Mario, to the comeback of the Nintendo Classic NES, there’s much to look forward to from the gaming giant.
Here’s a run-through of what’s coming up…
Nintendo Switch game releases.
Super Mario Odyssey
Release date: 27th October 2017
Super Mario Odyssey will come out as a specially designed bundle that includes red Joy-Con controllers (red being the colour we most associate with Mario). Although, you’ll also be able to buy the game separately for around £60.
The game will feature a new Mario companion – Cappy – who removes hazards from Mario’s path and gives him new moves to fight opponents. But as you’d expect, your goal is still to save Princess Peach from the villainous Bowser.
The Elder Chronicles V: Skyrim
Release date: 17th November 2017
At one point, there was speculation about whether Skyrim would ever make it to the Switch. Thankfully, we now have a date confirmed for mid-November. Just in time to make the Christmas wishlist, whoop!
Using the Switch’s motion controls, you’ll be able to aim a bow, pick a lock or swing a weapon when playing Skyrim. You’ll also have access to in-game extras through Zelda amiibos that unlock bonus features.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Release date: 1st December 2017
Step into the fairy tale world of Alrest as disorder breaks out in the hunt for the Aegis Blade, a weapon sought after for its explosive magic. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the latest instalment in the Xeno series, and it’s shaping up to be a superb adventure game.
A renewed focus on classic gaming
Classic titles come to Nintendo Switch Online.
Nintendo has already announced the launch of its paid service, Nintendo Switch Online, in 2018. But interestingly, we now know a selection of classic titles will be available through the service. The classic games available will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.
Continued production of Nintendo Classic console.
This month, Nintendo once again fanned the flames of ‘90s gaming passion with the re-release of the Nintendo Classic Mini SNES. Unsurprisingly, the console sold out within minutes of going on sale. But there’s good news: Nintendo will be producing more Nintendo Classics in 2018 (they originally vowed to discontinue the product line by the end of this year).
There are good times ahead for fans.
When the Switch was launched without a special edition Mario game or Skyrim, some gamers were disappointed. But, they did promise to bring both to the Switch in 2017, and it looks as though they’ll hold true to their word.
For fans of classic games, there’s plenty of good news too. Retro gamers will be pleased to know that Nintendo has retracted their decision to halt production of the Classic (again). So, even if you were unlucky enough to miss out on the Mini’s release this month. You’ll have the chance buy the Nintendo Classic NES next year. Of course, even if you don’t, you could join Nintendo Switch Online and get a taste of some classic titles there.