Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Now, personally, I haven’t played a game on the Xeno series. I know that in the United State it gained a huge cult following, after the release of Super Smash Bros. (4). And this game seems to have all the elements in place to at least keep the fans happy.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. So, this was one that we already saw announced last month. It is something that did catch my interest, even if my interest in playing Pokemon Go faded away last year. I do like the inclusion of Mew with the Pokeball plus accessory.
Super Mario Party: Here’s a series that, a while back, my family purchased and played every title in this series. I do like the extra features shown in how multiple Switch consoles can be used as part of the mini games. Sure, that’s gimmicky, but I feel like mini games are a good excuse to try such experiments.
Fire Emblem Treehouse: Once again, another Nintendo franchise I never really got into. And I think that has mainly to do with the fact that we didn’t see a North American release of any games in this series until I was in high school. Although, I will say that I’m somewhat intrigued by the turn-based/real-time strategy thing they’ve got going on here.
Fortnite: I’m sure many out there have kept up with this game. Although, surprise, it’s on the Switch now.
Overcooked! 2: From what I’ve seen with let’s plays of this game, I think it makes for a really interesting party game. Not something I’d recommend to pickup unless you’re wanting to get a friend involved.
Killer Queen Black: Feels like a throw back to old arcade/NES games. Something that maybe fun for those that liked games like Mario Bros. or Balloon Fight.
Hollow Knight: Not much to say about this one other than it’s a platformer with a hand drawn animation style. This seems to be becoming the norm for a lot of independent developers these days.
Octopath Traveler: Again, another game I’m not exactly familiar with. However, the graphical style seems to suggest something like Chrono Trigger.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas: Yes, I do need to comment on the inclusion of Fox McCloud in the Switch version of this game. The trailer I saw yesterday actually has me thinking that it maybe a better space fighter than some previous Star Fox games that we’ve seen (I’m not the biggest fan of Star Fox Zero). So, I’m interested in seeing how the Arwing will translate to such a game.
There were several games announced that have already been released and are going to be see re-released on Switch. There’s really not much to talk about here as it’s mostly stuff we’ve already seen.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: As the trailer said, “EVERYONE IS HERE!” Every character that’s ever made an appearance in Super Smash Bros. is back for this new title. Which I’m guessing that Nintendo is really banking on this game to be the smash hit that really keeps the momentum of the Switch moving this year. It looks as if they’ve done a lot to try and balance the characters as much as possible this time around. I know that it’s been a major complaint about games released after Super Smash Bros. Melee. It also appears that they’re bringing back every stage that’s been included in previous Super Smash Bros. game to some extent. And I have a feeling that we’re not seeing everything that’s going to be included in this game by the time it’s launched. But, only time will tell there.
So, overall, I’d rate this event as underwhelming. Not to downplay the hype of Super Smash Bros. at all. I’m very exited for that game myself. However, I feel like that’s all Nintendo really brought to the table. Heck, not even a mention of the Metroid Prime 4 game they’ve been working on. I will say that I’m happy that there was not a Star Fox racing game announced as was rumored though. Out of this whole thing, I’m really only looking forward to Smash Bros. and overall that’s not bad. I just wish there was more.
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