January 9 to 15 3rd Party News Roundup

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Now that Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King has released, the North American website is fully available, and you can access it here.

Nintendo also prepared a new commercial to promote the RPG’s launch, which you can watch below, followed by some gameplay footage.

Dragon Quest Heroes I-II

Square Enix has confirmed that it will be bringing Dragon Quest Heroes I-II to the Nintendo Switch. The game is a launch title in Japan, but will be brought to other regions later in the year.

You can find a trailer for the game below.

I Am Setsuna

Square Enix has announced it will be releasing I Am Setsuna on the Switch. The game will be out on launch date in Japan, and sometime in March in North America and Europe.

You can find the trailer, some information about the game, and a few screenshots below.

The island had a custom.

To maintain peace, once a decade, a sacrifice was offered to a fiend on the island. However, one year, the fiend grew violent before the next sacrifice was due. Those living on the island were afraid and tried to calm the fiend by offering a sacrifice; Setsuna, chosen because of her powers of enchantment. Setsuna must leave with her safeguards for the farthest land, where the ceremony of sacrifice will be held.

Features:

  • Colosseum Mode – Available as a future DLC, players can take on the parties which other players that other players have developed

Project Octopath Traveler

Square Enix has announced Project Octopath Traveler for Switch, a new RPG from the Bravely Default team led by Tomoya Asano.

You can find the announcement trailer for it below.

Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker

Square Enix and Tozai Games have announced Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker for Nintendo Switch, which uses the free-to-play PlayStation 4 title Spelunker World as its base. The game will be released physically and digitally this spring in Japan. You can visit the official website over here.

It features the weakest protagonist in the history of games for Switch, and passing around the Joy-Con will make for noisy multiplayer. From core gamers to playing with family, Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker promises to be an action game that everyone can enjoy.

Up to 4 players can participate in TV and table modes, but only 1 player can enjoy it in handheld mode.

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers

Capcom has announced to be working on Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers for Nintendo Switch.

You can find the debut trailer and an overview of the game below, followed by some gameplay footage from Dengeki.

Hey World Warriors!

As announced on the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 in Tokyo, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, is coming to the Nintendo Switch!

Capcom and Nintendo have a long history together, going all the way back to Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991, so we are happy to bring the newest edition of Street Fighter II to the Nintendo Switch.

For the first time in nearly 20 years, since Super Street Fighter II, two new characters join the fight; Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. This version of Ryu has succumbed to the Satsui no Hado and is now obsessed with fighting in order to prove he is the strongest. His former honorable self has been purged, allowing him to enjoy absolute power and embrace an unquenchable bloodthirst for battle.

Violent Ken is the result of M. Bison kidnapping and brainwashing Ken, enhancing his abilities with Psycho Power and twisting his brotherly rivalry with Ryu into hatred. Violent Ken is more ruthless, aggressive, and fearless with moves that feature purple flames instead of his signature fire.

Choose between classic pixel-art graphics for a retro nostalgia trip, or enjoy HD graphics created by UDON Entertainment.

Utilizing the system’s unique Joy-Con controllers, players can challenge each other in Arcade Mode, or team-up to both fight against the CPU at the same time.

Nintendo Switch TV, Tabletop, and Handheld modes allow you to play Ultra Street Fighter II at home or on-the-go with brand new single-player and multiplayer modes. More information and details on these modes, along with confirmed pricing and release timing, will be shared at a later date.

Yoshinori Ono, Executive Producer of the Street Fighter series, will be making an appearance on Nintendo’s Treehouse Live on January 13th to showcase Ultra Street Fighter II. Watch it live on Nintendo’s Twitch or YouTube Channel.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2, Tales of Series, Taiko Drum Master Series

Bandai Namco has confirmed that it will bring Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Working Title) to the Switch, followed later on by entries in the Tales of and Taiko Drum Master series.

You can find the official announcement below.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. Confirms Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 (Working Title)
Coming to Nintendo Switch in the Americas, with Tales of and Taiko Drum Master in Development

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 (Working Title), the most expansive Dragon Ball videogame experience to-date, will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch™ system for the Americas. Nintendo Switch players will be able to experience many of the adventures and epic battles that make up the heart of the Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 gameplay experience. Nintendo Switch players can also look forward to sharing their Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 experience through local co-op gameplay, enabling players to share their Dragon Ball adventure with friends. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. will share more details soon regarding the debut of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 (Working Title) on the Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned!

Sonic Mania

SEGA has now confirmed the company is bringing Sonic Mania to Nintendo Switch. Tantalus Games is helping SEGA with porting the game to Nintendo’s platform. The Switch version will also come in the regular edition and the collector’s edition, with the latter containing the items depicted in the picture below.

Finally, you can take a look at the trailer, facts sheet, and some gameplay footage underneath.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

SEGA has revealed that Puyo Puyo Tetris will be coming to the Switch this Spring.

You can find the trailer below, followed by the official announcement and some off-screen gameplay footage.

IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 13, 2017 – Two puzzle game juggernauts collide as Tetris®, one of the largest-selling and recognized brands in gaming history, and Puyo Puyo™ from SEGA have combined to create a fun-to-play, fast-paced, competitive party game like no other! Coming to retailers in the Americas and Europe on PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™ in spring 2017, the game offers tons of gameplay styles – from single-player Adventure and Challenge modes to ferocious competition with up-to-four player Arcade modes, for tons of Tetris/Puyo variety. Plus, an in-game Shop enables players to unlock new characters and skins for Puyos and Tetriminos.

Puyo Puyo Tetris will be releasing only in physical format on the PlayStation 4, and will cost $29.99 at retail. The Nintendo Switch version of
Puyo Puyo Tetris will have a digital version for $29.99 and a special retail edition for $39.99. The Nintendo Switch retail edition will include two keychains players can use to show off their Puyo Puyo or Tetris allegiance – one keychain features a green Puyo, and the other features a purple T Tetrimino. The special launch edition of Puyo Puyo Tetris on the Nintendo Switch will only be available in quantities limited to pre-orders and first-run printings of the game in the Americas. Puyo Puyo Tetris is now available to pre-order at most major game retailers.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the different ways to play:

Adventure – Single-player mode offers ten unique acts, each with ten stages featuring different characters from the Puyo Puyo and Tetris universes. Each stage contains unique challenges players will need to overcome in order to win and move on!

Multiplayer Arcade – For up to four local players, Multiplayer Arcade offers a wealth of game variants that will bring out players’ competitive nature!
Versus – Players compete head-to-head in either Puyo Puyo or Tetris to fight in the puzzle fight of their life.
Swap – Players’ abilities are put to the ultimate test when they compete on both Puyo Puyo and Tetris boards, which switch back and forth at set intervals.
Fusion – A true hybrid game where players compete with Puyos and Tetriminos together on the same board, requiring deft, on-the-fly thinking to become victorious.
Big Bang – It’s a race to the finish as players compete against each other to clear unique challenge boards as quickly as possible to win.
Party – Players compete on Puyo or Tetris boards, but the puzzles feature special items that when activated either help players or harm their opponents.
Online – Players can try their puzzle skills on a global scale by playing any of the multiplayer modes with up to four players online in Puzzle League or Free Play modes
Puzzle League – Increase player rating, earn ranks and aspire to new leagues in this mode for competitive enthusiasts.
Free Play – A more casual experience where records aren’t kept and players can customize matches with unique settings, and invite their friends to play.
Replays – Players can save and upload any online matches to show off to their friends, or search other players’ replays using the tag and filtering system to see how they tackle matches.
Solo Arcade – Play any of the Multiplayer Arcade modes against the CPU in Battle or Endurance matches, or try single-player challenges:
Battle – Substitute human players with 1-3 CPU opponents to fight against simultaneously.
Endurance – Go the distance in a one-on-one gauntlet of never-ending CPU opponents, racking up as many wins as possible.
Challenge – Forget about the opponents and put skills to the test with Sprint, Marathon and more, like the quirky Tiny Puyo, which shrinks down Puyos to fit even more on the board.
Puyo Puyo Tetris will be the site of many contentious local- and online-multiplayer fights for puzzle superiority when the two games collide in spring of this year. The PlayStation 4 version will be available only in a physical format for $29.99, but the Nintendo Switch version will be available digitally for $29.99 and physically for $39.99, with a special launch edition that includes two Puyo Puyo- and Tetris-themed keychains while supplies last. The PS4 version of the game is rated E10+ by the ESRB. The Nintendo Switch version is not currently rated by the ESRB, but E10+ is expected. There will be more information about the puzzle fighter coming soon. Future updates for Puyo Puyo Tetris will be on the game’s official page: puyo.sega.com/tetris!

Shin Megami Tensei

Atlus has opened up a new Shin Megami Tensei 25th Anniversary website, and has announced that it’s currently developing new entries in the series for both Switch and 3DS.

You can find the official announcement and trailer for the Switch game below.

IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 13, 2017 – As revealed during the Nintendo Switch™ Livestream event, Atlus Co. Ltd (parent company to ATLUS U.S.A., Inc.) revealed a new HD title in its long-running hardcore RPG franchise, Shin Megami Tensei. The new game, which is known only with the placeholder moniker Shin Megami Tensei Brand New Title, will be released on the Nintendo Switch.

Atlus USA currently has no information about a localization for this title, but wanted to present the details from the Japanese reveal of this title to the western market. A formal announcement will be made later for this title if a localization gets confirmed.

You can watch the new video here:

Disgaea 5 Complete

NIS has revealed that Disgaea 5 Complete will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The game will be released on the Switch launch day in Japan (March 3), while the other regions will have to wait until Q2 of the current year. A Limited Edition is also being made available for pre-order on the NIS America store over here.

You can find a trailer, facts sheet, screenshots and some gameplay footage below.

Super Bomberman R

Konami has unveiled that a new entry in the Bomberman series will soon be coming to the Switch. Bomberman R will be launching on March 3, and is being made by an internal team from Konami at Nintendo’s request, which is comprised of former Hudson staffers who contributed to past Bomberman titles as well as Hexadrive.

You can take a look at the trailer and read up on the official announcement below.

Bomberman is back! Legendary multiplayer series returns for Nintendo SwitchTM launch title
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. announces Super Bomberman R as a launch title exclusively for the new Nintendo SwitchTM format.
The Bomberman series has been delighting fans with its stunning multiplayer action since 1983. The premise of the game is simple: guide your chosen Bomberman around a maze-like play area using timed bombs to open walkways and take out players or CPU-controlled adversaries. Super Bomberman R retains these core elements but places them with updated visuals that offer greater detail while still remaining faithful to the series’ origins.

Super Bomberman R makes full use of the Nintendo Switch system capabilities, which enables gamers to play wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. Super Bomberman R offers a ‘Battle’ mode where up to eight players are dropped within a maze until the ‘last man standing’ is declared the winner. There is also a ‘Story’ mode where one to two players work cooperatively to clear a series of 50 stages in order to save the galaxy.

All key Bomberman elements return for the Nintendo Switch™ title, including useful items found within the destructible areas of each maze. Removing a wall will often reveal a power-up to extend the range of the explosion or endow the user’s Bomberman with a useful skill. These include faster movement, the ability to kick or throw bombs, and more. Thus, as players gain ever more devastating capabilities, they must use all their skill and ingenuity to ensure their opponents get caught in a blast while avoiding its fiery touch!

Key features in Super Bomberman R include:
3D stages with dynamic environments
Bomberman’s siblings and well-known enemies are back with rich personality
Battle mode for maximum of 8 players, local connection battles, and online battles
Enriched story with all-star voice actors

Super Bomberman R marks a fitting return for the much-loved gaming legend and will be released for Nintendo Switch™ on March 3rd.

For more information, please visit us at: https://www.konami.com/
Video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPus7r38GVg

New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers, BlazBlue

Arc System Works has announced it’s developing two new titles for Nintendo Switch.

The first title is New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers, a followup to the 2016 3DS downloadable town cultivation simulation game Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers.

In addition to the content from the 3DS version, the Switch version will have an increased amount of buildings and animals to offer, let you walk alongside pets, and go fishing, among an array of various new additions. You can visit the official English website over here.

The second title the company announced is from its 2D fighting game series BlazBlue. No other details were given however, so we only know it’s a “BlazBlue series-related title” for the Switch.

Harvest Moon: Skytree Village

Natsume has now released a new patch for Harvest Moon: Skytree Village, bringing the game up to version 1.01. Changes to Dean’s fertilizer stock will be implemented, alongside other minor things, like preparing the game for upcoming DLC.

The full patch notes for version 1.1 are as follows:

*After a long conversation between Sofia and Dean securing new compost sources, Dean will now offer a larger stock of fertilizer blends upon completing specific quests. If you have completed these quests already, his stock will update on the next business day.

*If you’ve told Sam “No” when he asked “Should we call everyone together?” please speak to him again. We’ve asked him to stop holding a grudge against certain players.

*We’ve changed the way the dog’s retrieval behavior interacts with certain morning event flags to make both a smoother process.

*Behind the scenes changes to prep for upcoming DLC.

*Misc bug fixes.

The DLC mentioned above will be comprised of three new DLC packs for the game. January 24 will bring players new bachelor and bachelorette character packs, which will be followed by a Harvest Sprite Statue on February 14. The New Male and Female Character sets will cost $2.99 each, while the Harvest Sprite Statue and Harvest Goddess Pergola will be free. You can also get the Farm Decorations Set which is already available for free, adding new types of walls.

Here’s an overview of the upcoming content:

“The new male marriageable candidate is Edmond, a grand mage, who trained both Gareth and Tabitha, and whose knowledge of the world far exceeds either of them. Despite this, he is rather calm and introspective in comparison to the slightly arrogant Gareth and boisterous Tabitha. He has returned to the land of the Harvest Goddess after some time, but what brought him back? Is there some sort of deeper secret he hides within? Also included in this DLC is a statue of the beautiful Harvest Goddess!

The new female marriageable candidate is Nova, a kind and strong-willed girl who showed up in Skytree Village, yet how she got there is a bit of a tale in itself. Her father is a human from the surface world, while her mother is of the tribe of Gorgan from the Underworld Kingdom. Since she was raised in the dark and damp underground mines of the Underworld, the surface world is still a bit strange and confusing to her. Help her learn the ways of the surface dwellers! This DLC also includes a statue of the eccentric creator, Doc!

Available on February 14th, for free, players can beautify their farm with this fantastic DLC set featuring the Harvest Sprite Statue and Harvest Goddess’ Pergola! Once downloaded, these two new buildings will be added to players’ Insta-Buildings list. What’s more, the Harvest Goddess’ Pergola comes in a variety of different colors!”

Travis Strikes Again

Grasshopper Manufacture has started teasing a new No More Heroes game for Switch. Suda51 appeared on stage at the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 to reveal that he’s currently working on bringing back Travis Touchdown for a new game on Nintendo’s console. The announcement was accompanied by the piece of artwork you can see below, which was drawn by Yusuke Kozaki of Fire Emblem: Awakening and Fates fame among Nintendo fans. Kozaki will be involved with the project.

4Gamer and Famitsu managed to talk with Suda51 after the presentation about this upcoming title involving Travis.

Suda51 told 4Gamer that the title is a secret for now. He was asked if it will be No More Heroes 3, but he can’t answer that yet. The scenario is being written by himself, and he’ll also be handling the game’s direction, something which hasn’t happened in ten years.

Suda51 has also been approached by some folks at overseas events who want to work on character designs alongside Yusuke Kozaki, and apparently they’re all pretty well-known figures. He hopes to be able to collaborate with some of them.

The new title will have collaborations with some indie games, but details about that are also being kept secret.

The story has already been outlined, but the actual plot points are still being decided upon. Game design planning is almost done too, so development will begin right away, which means we probably won’t be seeing it anytime soon during this year.

Famitsu asked Suda51 if Nintendo will be publishing the game and, essentially, the team will be cooperating with Marvelous while being supported by Nintendo.

He was surprised by Switch’s vibration technology saying it was more than he could imagine, so it will be implemented in the game. Suda51 will focus on how to implement immersion, sense of unity and depth of narrative into this title.

He is currently promoting the re-release of The Silver Case, a previous game he created, and the theme of that game, “kill the past”, will apparently be put on Travis’s shoulders in this game. Several killer character designs are already done and are apparently superb.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda’s Todd Howard announced during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 that the company will be bringing various title to the Switch, starting with their popular and well known title The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

You can read up on the official announcement from Bethesda below.

“Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose. Dragons long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel and the future of the Empire hands in the balance. As Dragonborn, the prophesized hero born with the power of The Voice, you are the only one who can stand amongst them.

Features:

Epic Fantasy Reborn.
Skyrim reimagines the open-world fantasy epic, pushing the gameplay and technology of a virtual world to new heights.
Live another life, in another world.
Play any type of character you can imagine, and do whatever you want; the legendary freedom of choice, storytelling, and adventure of The Elder Scrolls is realized like never before.
Stunning Graphics and Immersive Gameplay
Skyrim’s game engine brings to life a complete virtual world with rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields, and ancient dungeons.
You Are What You Play.
Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities. The new character system allows you to play any way you want and define yourself through your actions.
Dragons Return.
Battle ancient dragons like you’ve never seen. As Dragonborn, learn their secrets and harness their power for yourself.”

FIFA

EA Games has revealed it’s currently developing a new entry in the FIFA series for Switch.

You can find the official announcement below.

Today at a Nintendo event in Tokyo, Patrick Söderlund announced that EA SPORTS FIFA will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. To take you behind-the-scenes into the event we have included a full transcript from today’s announcement:

It’s a huge honor and privilege to be here today representing the passionate and talented team at Electronic Arts. For me, to be on this stage is like a dream come true. For as long as I’ve played games, I’ve been a massive fan of the Nintendo platforms and amazing culture of creativity…so much so that when my first son was born, my wife and I gave him the middle name Luigi!

So today, we’re extremely excited to announce that the world’s most popular sports game will be coming to Nintendo Switch later this year.

EA SPORTS FIFA on Nintendo Switch will be the most immersive, social, and authentic sports game ever created for Nintendo players.

It will deliver the FIFA experience custom built for Nintendo Switch…so you can play anywhere, play with anyone, and play how you want to play.

If you’re at the park, at your friend’s house, or on vacation, you can always stay connected to the biggest matches. You’ll be able to get on the pitch with your favorite players and teams from the world’s best leagues in iconic stadiums from around the world…all with the unmatched authenticity and depth that FIFA is known for.

We’ll have much more to say and show in the coming months as we bring the world’s game to Nintendo Switch in 2017.

Just Dance 2017, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition

Ubisoft has now announced that Just Dance 2017 will be coming to the Switch as previously stated, but it won’t be the only game doing so, since Rayman Legends Definitive Edition will also be gracing the system.

You can find the official announcement below, followed by some more information about Rayman Legends Definitive Edition.

UBISOFT® ANNOUNCES SUITE OF GAMES FOR NINTENDO SWITCH™

SAN FRANCISCO — January 12, 2017 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Just Dance® 2017, Rayman® Legends Definitive Edition and Steep™ will be part of the lineup for Nintendo Switch™.

Ubisoft has been at the forefront of the constantly evolving video game industry, leading development of exciting games for each new platform launch. For years, Ubisoft and Nintendo have been partnering to deliver original, creative and memorable entertainment gaming experiences.

Nintendo Switch combines the best of two worlds: mobile handheld and traditional at-home console gaming. This new console brings Ubisoft and its teams new opportunities to express their creativity, develop fresh ways to play and push the industry boundaries once again.

“Ubisoft will initially be bringing Just Dance 2017, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition and Steep to the Nintendo Switch. We’re proud to be working closely with Nintendo on this new console, making sure players can enjoy great games on a device that shares the same philosophy these games: great accessibility and the ability to bring people together,” said Xavier Poix, Ubisoft managing director, French Studios. “These three games are just the beginning. We will share more about other exciting projects for the Nintendo Switch at a later date.”

Just Dance 2017 – Dancing with anyone – anywhere, anytime

2017 will be the first Ubisoft game released for Nintendo Switch at launch. The chart-topping dance track, “How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris & Disciples, will be available as an exclusive track for Nintendo Switch owners via Just Dance Unlimited.* This hit song joins 40 tracks already available in the game, including “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, “Lean On” by Major Lazer Ft. MØ & DJ Snake, brand-new hits like “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5, party favorites like “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé and classics like “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. Nintendo Switch players will also have three months of free access to Just Dance Unlimited, the dance-on-demand subscription streaming service, which offers more than 200 additional songs and access to exclusive tracks, with new hit songs added all the time.

More accessible than ever, Just Dance 2017 can now be played anywhere, with up to six players at the same time using a Joy-Con™ controller or by using the Just Dance Controller app (which turns your smartphone into a controller).

Rayman Legends Definitive Edition – Exploring Rayman’s legendary worlds

Players’ all-time favorite, Rayman, is back in the game thanks to Rayman Legends Definitive Edition, the ultimate version of the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends created by Michel Ancel. This edition includes all the game’s traditional features, such as Kung Foot, plus some brand-new surprises. Nintendo’s history has included the Rayman brand since the franchise’s beginning, with titles such as Rayman® Advance for Game Boy Advance, Rayman® 2 The Great Escape for Nintendo 64 and Rayman Raving Rabbids® for the launch of Wii™.

Rayman, Globox and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a different mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting.

Steep – Experiencing action sports in the beautiful open world of the Alps

In Steep, players drop in to the Alps and ski, snowboard, wingsuit and paraglide through the game’s massive open world playground, filled with exhilarating activities and breathtaking views. Developed by Ubisoft Annecy, Steep is designed for a culture that’s all about sharing experiences with the world. Steep features seamless multiplayer, populating the world with players as they naturally explore the Alps. Players and friends across the globe can take on challenges together or compete with each other to snag the top spot on the leaderboard. The open world of Steep will be further enriched by the majestic slopes of Alaska in a free update available this year.

*“How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris & Disciples is available through Just Dance Unlimited and can be accessed either via the free trial or by subscribing. The track will be available for all platforms later this year.

Rayman, named platformer of the year and winner of multiple artistic and musical achievements, is coming to the Nintendo Switch with Rayman® Legends: Definitive Edition. This edition contains the acclaimed game Rayman® Legends – 92 metacritic on Wii U – as well as new exclusive content. Michel Ancel, celebrated creator of Rayman®, Beyond Good & Evil® and the Raving Rabbids® is bringing his innovative creativity to this new and exciting platform. It will make full use of the power of the Switch and its new controllers.

Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting.

Game Details

Platform Nintendo Switch
Release Date TBD
No. of Players To be determined
Category Action, Adventure
PublisherUbisoft
DeveloperUbisoft Montpellier

NBA 2K18

2K Games has confirmed it will be bringing NBA 2K18 to Nintendo Switch this Autumn.

You can find the official announcement and some details about the game below.

New York, NY – January 13, 2017 – 2K today announced that the highest rated* annual sports title of this console generation will be coming to the Nintendo Switch™ with its latest entry to the series, NBA 2K18. Launching this fall, NBA 2K18 will continue the franchise’s tradition as the “gold standard of basketball simulation”** across all platforms with unrivaled realism and true NBA gameplay.

“Bringing NBA 2K18 to Nintendo Switch is a natural progression as we continue to expand our audience and welcome new fans to the franchise,” said Jason Argent, SVP of Basketball Operations for NBA 2K.

NBA 2K18 for Nintendo Switch will be available in September 2017.

Developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K18 is not yet rated by the ESRB.

The highest rated* annual sports title of this console generation comes to Nintendo Switch with NBA 2K18, featuring unparalleled authenticity and improvements on the court.

Shape your MyPLAYER and write your own narrative, build your dream MyTEAM, take control of the league, or prove you’re the best of the best by competing against players from around the globe.

NBA 2K18 will continue the franchise’s tradition as “the gold standard of basketball simulation” (Sports Gamers Online) with unrivaled realism and true NBA gameplay.

Features:

Create your MyPLAYER and develop your own NBA journey in MyCAREER.
Build your all-star MyTEAM with new card types.
MyLEAGUE and MyGM – Take control of an NBA franchise or the entire league.
More features to be announced!

Skylanders Imaginators

Activision has now shared that it will be bringing Skylanders Imaginators to the Nintendo Switch during March 2017.

You can find the official announcement and some off-screen gameplay footage below.

Fans Playing Skylanders Imaginators

Game and Skylanders Creator App Have Created More Than 25 Million Characters¹

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is delivering the innovation of Skylanders® Imaginators to the next wave of gamers when the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch™ launches March 2017. This March also marks the debut of some of Skylanders Imaginators’ most anticipated characters, as well as a brand-new expansion pack. Now Portal Masters all over the world can engage in new content, toys and experiences with the award-winning Skylanders Imaginators this spring!

No Portal of Power®? No problem with Nintendo Switch. Skylanders Imaginators for Nintendo Switch provides gamers unique ways to play, including the introduction of a vast digital library that allows players to easily load and store 300+ toys from the Skylanders® franchise* directly to the new home gaming system. The arrival of the digital library empowers players to take their Skylanders Imaginators adventure on-the-go whenever and however they want.

“Since Skylanders Imaginators and Skylanders™ Creator launched, fans have made more than 25 million Imaginators using the expansive creation tools in the game and app. We couldn’t be more excited to extend that experience to Nintendo Switch players,” said Paul Reiche, co-founder and studio head, Toys for Bob. “We’ve seen some amazing Skylanders created, and as kids’ collections continue to grow, we’re proud to offer more depth and variety to fans in ways never before possible with this new system.”

“Skylanders Imaginators has ignited the imaginations of fans everywhere, and we’re looking forward to continuing to support their gameplay experiences with Nintendo Switch, along with new toys and content coming this year,” said Josh Taub, senior vice president of Skylanders Product Management, Activision. “There are now more than 300 million Skylanders toys in the hands of fans², which equates to nearly two toys sold every second since Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure launched. And with the new season of the animated series Skylanders™ Academy slated for Netflix this fall, we are thrilled that fans can enjoy playing, watching and creating Skylanders no matter where they are.”

Building on the franchise’s signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, Skylanders Imaginators pushes the boundaries of innovation and imagination with the upcoming release of the Cursed Tiki Temple level pack. The Cursed Tiki Temple level pack takes kids on an all-new adventure as they unlock more than 100 new offerings for their Skylanders Imaginators – a first in franchise history! The pack comes with Sensei character Wild Storm who will unleash a new level to players; a life Creation Crystal; and an Imaginite Mystery Chest all for the suggested retail price of $29.99 on March 12 at participating retailers nationwide.

Skylanders Imaginators gives kids an unprecedented level of choice — including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more — to create the most unique Skylanders characters they can imagine. This spring, fans can also be on the lookout for the arrival of new heroes in the world of Skylanders Imaginators, including Skylanders Sensei Grave Clobber. Once a great pharaoh who ruled the Golden Desert long ago, Grave Clobber was buried by his seven jealous brothers in an underwater tomb while he was sleeping. He eventually rose from his watery grave, clobbered each of his brothers and became the perfect choice to be a Sensei trainer for the Brawler Class. This mummy may surprise you with his range of powers, packing a serious punch as well as telekinetic powers!

Skylanders Imaginators for Nintendo Switch will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99. The game is rated E10+ by the ESRB. The Cursed Tiki Temple level pack and new Skylanders Senseis will support all major gaming platforms including Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U™ system; Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft; and PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems. Skylanders Creator is a free app that players can download from iOS and Android app stores for select mobile devices. For more Skylanders information, visit: www.skylanders.com.

Skylanders™ Academy, the new animated comedy-adventure show inspired by the Skylanders franchise, debuted on Netflix on October 28, 2016. Jam-packed with humor and heart, Skylanders Academy offers epic action for kids of all ages. The Netflix original series season one debuted in 190 countries, with a second season planned for late 2017.

LEGO City Undercover

Warner Bros. will be releasing LEGO City Undercover on the Switch this upcoming Spring.

You can find an official trailer for the game below.

Minecraft: Switch Edition, Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure

Mojang and Microsoft have announced Minecraft: Switch Edition and Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure for Nintendo Switch. The games will be released sometime in 2017.

You can find some more details about them below.

Minecraft: Switch Edition

“The critically acclaimed Minecraft comes to the Nintendo Switch system. Create your very own game world to explore, build and conquer. When night falls the monsters appear, so ensure you’ve made yourself a shelter before they arrive. Make it through the night and the world is only limited by your imagination you choose what you want to make or what to do.”

Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure

GAME DETAILS
Be the hero of a grand adventure in the Minecraft universe!

Embark on a perilous quest across the Overworld, to the End, and beyond. With a team of friends at your side, and a troubled land in need of heroes, your decisions – what you say and do – drive the story around you, so choose wisely!

Features fan favorites Stampycat, DanTDM, CaptainSparklez, StacyPlays and LDShadowLady.

Features:

Featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens
You will drive the story through the decisions you make: what you say to people (and how you say it), and what you choose to do in moments of thrilling action will make this YOUR story
Includes all five episodes of Season One and all three episodes of the Adventure Pass

Syberia 3

Anuman Interactive has announced it will be releasing a Switch version of Syberia 3.

You can take a look at the official announcement below.

Paris, January 13, 2017 – Microids is proud to announce the development of Syberia 3, the upcoming game of Benoit Sokal, on the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch. The release date of Syberia 3 on Nintendo Switch will be announced soon.

“We can’t wait to see Syberia fans discover Kate Walker’s new adventure on Nintendo Switch.” said Elliot Grassiano, Vice President of Microïds. “ Nintendo, with the Switch, brings one more time a whole new innovative vision to the game industry and we are proud to be part of it.”

About Syberia 3:
Impersonating Kate Walker, players will benefit from a brand new way to freely explore striking landscapes and circumvent their mysteries and puzzles in ways they have not experienced before.

The story begins when Kate is found left for dead on a shore by the Youkol tribe, a nomadic people caring for their snow ostriches during migration. Trapped, prisoners in the city of Valsembor, they will have to find together a way to continue their journey in a chase against their enemies and unexpected challenges. While at the same time, Kate’s past is catching up with her…

The release date of Syberia 3 on Nintendo Switch will be announced soon. It will be fully dubbed in French, English, Russian, Polish and German with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Czech, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, simplified and traditional Chinese. The original soundtrack is composed by Inon Zur (Fallout 4, Dragon Age, Prince of Persia), who has already scored Syberia 2

Farming Simulator for Switch, Farming Simulator 18

Focus Home Interactive has revealed it will be making a new entry in the Farming Simulator series for Nintendo Switch, and releasing Farming Simulator 18 on the 3DS.

You can read up on the official announcement below.

Farming Simulator for the Nintendo SwitchTM has been revealed during the Nintendo Event – in addition, Farming Simulator 18 is coming to the PlayStation®Vita system and Nintendo 3DSTM.

After having already enticed millions of players on PC and Consoles, Farming Simulator comes back in 2017 with exciting new announcements.

First of all, the most complete Farming Simulator experience makes a grand return on PlayStation®Vita system and Nintendo 3DS™ as Farming Simulator 18. Developed by GIANTS Software, Farming Simulator 18 brings a load of new features for virtual farmers to harvest fields from the palms of their hands!
Immerse yourself in Farming Simulator 18, the premiere pocket farming experience in gaming! Farming Simulator 18 gives you access to a huge selection of over 50 farming vehicles and machines, faithfully recreated from over 30 of the biggest names in the industry, including AGCO’s most respected brands: Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.

Finally, as revealed during today’s Nintendo event, Farming Simulator is a stand out entry in the line-up of Nintendo’s upcoming console: the Nintendo Switch™. Eager to share the Farming Simulator experience with the greatest audience possible, GIANTS Software and Focus Home Interactive partner up with the famous Japanese company to bring Farming Simulator to the next generation of Nintendo consoles.

Arcade Archives

Hamster Co. has revealed it’s developing Arcade Archives for the Switch.

Arcade Archives is a collection of Neo Geo titles, featuring The King of Fighters ’98, Waku Waku 7, Shock Troopers, World Heroes Perfect, and Metal Slug 3.

It will be out in Japan in March for 823 yen.

State of Mind

Daedalic Entertainment has announced that its futuristic thriller game State of Mind is coming to the Switch.

You can find an overview of the game and a trailer for it below.

State of Mind is a futuristic thriller game delving into transhumanism. The game explores themes of separation, disjuncture and reunification, in a world that is torn between a dystopian material reality and a utopian virtual future.

Employing multiple playable characters and two separate game worlds, State of Mind explores the existential drama that develops in a society on the brink of post-material existence.

You are Richard Nolan, a father and journalist from Berlin who discovers that he and his wife and son have been subjects to mind uploads. Richard’s upload, however, has gone wrong. As a result, he is still living in real-life reality, but an incomplete second version of his self also exists in a secret Virtual Reality project.

Upon realizing that he is literally a torn man, Richard sets out on a dramatic and dangerous search for salvation. He aims to reunite with his family, as well as with his own split self. On his way, he soon realizes that this journey isn’t only about him, but about the future of mankind.

3rd Person Adventure
Story-driven gameplay experience
Switching between two game worlds
Multiple story layers
Multiple playable characters
Unique artstyle

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