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Nintendo Switch Launch Primer

/ Feb 27th, 2017 No Comments

Nintendo Switch

The time for a new way to experience video games is almost here. The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3 with a variety of games and a new lineup of amiibo inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The system retails for $299.99 and is available in two bundles, one with a grey color scheme and the other a neon color scheme.

Nintendo Switch – March 3

What makes the Nintendo Switch unique is the ability to transform your gaming experience. Whether you want to play at home or on-the-go, the Nintendo Switch is the first hybrid console that lets you continue the fun anywhere you go.

By placing the Nintendo Switch into the Nintendo Switch dock, you can experience the system as a home console on your TV. When you take the 6.2 –inch, capacitive multi-touch Nintendo Switch from the Dock and attach the Joy-Cons to the device, you can take it on the road with you, on a plane or to the park! Depending on the game the Switch can last up to six hours on-the-go.

Nintendo Switch

Joy-Cons are the Nintendo Switch’s new controller technology. They can be used in multiple ways.

The Joy-Cons feature motion-sensing technology, HD Rumble, an IR sensor and a built-NFC reader. They can be used a single controller by slipping them into a Joy-Con grip or split apart to enjoy multiplayer action at home or on-the-go.

When out up to 8 Nintendo systems can connect for local multiplayer. The Nintendo Switch features a new capture feature allowing players to take in-game screenshots then view, edit, and post them to social media. The system comes with an internal 32GB hard drive, but it can be expanded with micro sdxc cards up to 2TB.

The launch line-up includes the games listed below along with I Am Setsuna, Just Dance 2017, Human Resource Machine, Little Inferno, Skylanders: Imaginators, and World of Goo. More games will release in the near future and later in 2017.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – NS, Wii U – March 3

After a hundred years of sleep, Link awakens to discover a ruinous Hyrule. Guided by a mysterious voice, Link embarks across the vast reaches of Hyrule. Early in his journey, Link learns from an old man that Calamity Ganon has been sealed in Hyrule Castle for the hundred years that Link slept.

However, Calamity Ganon wasn’t sleeping but amassing his power once again to break free. Link’s awakening was not happenstance; he must stand against the coming disaster to restore Hyrule to its former glory.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks incredible with a vibrant world to explore.

Breath of the Wild marks a huge departure for The Legend of Zelda series instead of a linear type of gameplay; players will now explore a massive, open world. Link will be able to climb towers and mountain peaks and explore a diverse and beautiful Hyrule.

He will be able to utilize different types of weapons, hunt, cook, brew elixirs on his own, and use the environment and physics to his advantage. The gameplay allows for a lot of creativity. If you ever wanted Link to explore Hyrule in his underwear, now’s your chance.

The game isn’t solely about freedom of exploration, although that’s a huge part. Link will have to undertake the challenge of more than 100 Shrines of Trials. The Shrines are scattered across Hyrule waiting for Link to discover them. Unlike previous games the dungeons can be tackled in any order and completed in a number of various ways with multiple solutions to puzzles.

What you’ll be asked to do in Shrines will vary from Shrine to Shrine without truly knowing what awaits you until you enter. Some challenges will test your grasp of physics; others will require you to use the power of electricity, wind, fire and more to move forward. By utilizing Link’s runes you will best the Shrines.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Combat is going to require thought, timing, and adaptability in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Combat has changed. It is not only dangerous to go alone, but you’ll need to adapt to new situations. Link will have to manage his gear not only to face a variety of environments, but to face smarter enemies. Enemies now come in different shapes and size each with its own strategy to best. You’ll have to think on your toes if you truly want to save Hyrule.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will features a variety of amiibo support. Whether using old or new The Legend of Zelda amiibos, they will greatly help Link on his journey in the expansive Hyrule.

When tapping older amiibos, Link will get help resources like barrels possibly full of rupees by tapping 8-Bit Link, random plants for tapping Wind Waker Zelda, random fish for tapping Wind Waker Toon Link, and random meat for tapping Ocarina of Time Link.

All amiibo when used will grant players a random amount of meat or fish among other items when used in-game.

The newer Breath of the Wild series amiibo will also grant random selections of resources and possibly something extra. Archer Link will give Link random fish and meat, and possibly a bow or arrow. Rider Link will give Link random mushrooms, a weapon, and a possible item for Link’s horses.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the first main-series Zelda game to feature voice acting and a season pass.

Zelda will grant Link random plants or maybe a shield. The Bokoblin amiibo will give Link a variety of meat and possibly a club. The Guardian, which will be the first poseable amiibo, will reward Link with a metal box containing a useful item or perhaps “ancient parts”.

The coolest amiibo support for the game involves the Wolf Link amiibo from Twilight Princess. Tapping Wolf Link will unlock Wolf Link in-game! He will follow Link around on his journey and attack enemies on his own and track down hidden items.

1-2 Switch – NS Switch – March 3

Like Nintendo Land and Wii Sports before it, 1-2 Switch is Nintendo’s party game to highlight the Switch’s unique features. By combining the system’s unique portability and Joy-Con technology, 1-2 Switch lets you take the party games wherever you are.

While often hyperbole, 1-2 Switch may in fact be a wholly new way to play with the action taking place off screen. 1-2 Switch’s various mini-games forces players to look each other face-to-face to determine who is the fastest in a Wild West-style duel, who can be the best cow milker, and who is the fastest sub eater. 1-2 Switch will allow players to compete in 28 mini-games that somehow get weirder.

1-2 Switch

How fast can you eat that sub in 1-2 Switch?

1-2 Switch features three modes of play: normal, shuffle, and team battle. Whether you are playing without restrictions, randomly cycling through mini-games, or forming teams to battle to the end of the goal and control of the mini-game selection, there is plenty of variety to keep any party suitably weird.

The game’s simple rules and easy to pick up gameplay make 1-2 Switch a perfect way to get your rooftop barbeque, Kid-n-Play style house party, or hunger strike raucous fun. The game will take advantage of the Switch’s motion control, HD rumble to feel individual ice cubes clink into a glass, and the IR Motion Camera.

Super Bomberman R – NS – March 3

Emperor Buggler and his five villainous Bombers are out to cause chaos in the universe. The eight Bomberman Rangers must rise up and fight against these evil foes if they want to preserve order in the universe. As the Bomberman Rangers, you must battle through five different worlds and face off against five terrifying bosses.

Super Bomberman R

Super Bomberman R can pit up to 8 players in classic Bomberman combat.

Super Bomberman R brings classic Bomberman gameplay exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. Players can play through the game’s story mode solo or with a friend or compete against friends in battle mode. In battle mode up to eight players can drop bombs and set traps to determine who is the best Bomberman. Whether playing online or in-person with four Nintendo Switch consoles linked, you can relive the classic, chaotic Bomberman gameplay.

Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! – NS – March 3

Snipperclips challenges players to work together to solve a variety of dynamic puzzles. However, solving puzzles won’t always be peaceful. Players will have to cut out piece of each other to complete their goals whether it is cutting out a groove to hold a basketball or sharpen to a point to pop a balloon, you’ll have to be clever and communicate to solve the game’s puzzles.
Just because you’ve solved a puzzle once doesn’t mean that’s the only solution. Snipperclips’ dynamic puzzles encourage players to experiment and interact with puzzles in unique and interesting ways with multiple routes to solving them.


Snipperclips brings players together to solve puzzles in creative and unique ways.

Once players get a hang of puzzles, they can tackle advance puzzles by themselves or with a friend. Truly ambitious players can tackle the 4-player puzzles or compete in various activities.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment – NS – March 3

The latest DLC expansion to Shovel Knight, Specter of Torment is a timed exclusive for the Nintendo Switch as a standalone expansion. It will also be available in the Switch version of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which includes Shovel of Hope, and Plague of Shadows. Both will release later in April on additional platforms.

Taking place prior to the events of Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope, Specter of Torment sees Specter Knight embark on a quest to recruit powerful knights. This quests on the behest of the Enchantress eventually forms the Order of No Quarter whom Shovel Knight faces in Shovel of Hope.

There is more at stake than forming a fraternity of knights, if Specter Knight succeeds he may be able to regain his humanity and rise up from the yoke of servitude to the Enchantress. However, nothing is ever so simple with the Enchantress.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will be available as a standalone title or part of the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove bundle.

Specter of Torment like Plague of Shadows features the pitch perfect plaforming that made Shovel of Hope so remarkable, but the new mechanics gives the gameplay a unique play style. Specter Knight is a much more agile and aggressive character. He can climb walls leap over gaps with style, and utilize his devastating dash slash.

Players can test their skills with new Feats and Challenge Stages to see if they can master Specter Knight’s moves. The game features new bosses and challenges. Once you complete Specter Knight’s quest, you can always replay to find new secrets in New Game+.


Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs

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