After a long wait and much speculation, Nintendo has finally revealed the games we can expect to play on the Switch when it finally launches on March 3, 2017.
Frankly, it could be better. Launch day will see the release of just five titles; Skylanders Imaginators, Just Dance 2017, 1-2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, and the massively anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Of course Zelda – easily the biggest seller for the Switch on Day One – will be available for the Wii U on the same day. Not the best move, perhaps.
Still, it gets better as the year goes on. Later on in March we can expect SnipperClippers, Fast RMX, and Has-Been Heroes – all genuinely intriguing looking titles.
April 28 will the see the release of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe – essentially a polished port of the fantastic (and overlooked) Wii U game, with extra content thrown in.
As Spring 2017 rolls around, we’ll see the likes of Arms, Disgaea 5 Complete, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and Rime, while Splatoon 2 graces us in the Summer, Skyrim makes an appearance in Autumn, and Super Mario Odyssey makes its debut in the Holiday season.
Check out the trailer below for a montage of everything hitting the console by the end of year one.
There are also a fair few titles still confirmed for the Switch that don’t yet have a solid 2017 release date, including Sonic Mania, Project Sonic 2017, Steep, Rayman Legends, Minecraft, FIFA, NBA 2K, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
The Nintendo Switch doesn’t look like it’ll have a lot to offer in the beginning, but the 3DS also had a naff launch lineup and managed to turn it around by the end of the first year – let’s hope the Switch can do that, instead of ending up like the Wii U.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.