With only 10 days to go until the official release of Nintendo’s brand new console, the Switch. I believe it is now the right time to discuss some of the most anticipated titles coming to Switch very soon.
I will only be discussing 5 out of 80 (and counting) titles coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2017, that myself and the general public are most anticipating. Therefore, if you do not come across a title that you’re particularly looking forward to, then do not be alarmed, and let me know what game you’re most excited for in the post’s comment box or via my Twitter page.
5. I am Setsuna
Release Date: 3rd March 2017
Publisher: Square Enix
I sneakily added this little gem to the list, despite Splatoon 2’s overwhelming popularity. However, I believe this JRPG deserved a position within the list due to its dynamic storyline, multidimensional characters and nostalgia to JRPGs of old. Although I am Setsuna had been released in 2016 on the PS4, PlayStation Vita and, is now, available via Steam, doesn’t take away the fact that it’s an amazing title.
I am Setsuna is a 2D ‘old style’ JRPG, with a dark and ethically provocative storyline. The game is set within a world harassed by demons, and you, the protagonist, must rid the world of these troublesome creatures, but the only way to do that is through a blood sacrifice. The blood sacrifice of Setsuna herself.
I won’t go into much of the story, for the risk of spoiling it for others. However, if you have previously enjoyed playing titles such as Final Fantasy 9 and Grandia 2, then you’ll certainly love I am Setsuna. Note: I am Setsuna, similarly to the games listed above, has a turn-based battling system. Allowing for strategic decision making throughout the games (many) enemy confrontations. I know a few people who detest this style of battling, however, this style is expected among older or seemingly ‘old style’ JRPGs.
Note: I am Setsuna has a turn-based battling system, allowing for strategic decision making throughout the games (many) enemy confrontations. I know a few people who detest this style of battling, however, this style is expected among older or seemingly ‘old style’ JRPGs.
4. Xeno Blade Chronicles 2
Release Date: 2017
Xeno Blade Chronicles 2 is the second title of JRPG franchise, Xeno Blade Chronicles.
Much similar to the first title of the series, Xeno Blade Chronicles 2 allows players to explore vast environments. However, Xeno Blade Chronicles 2 is categorised as an open world JRPG, meaning players of the new title get even more freedom to explore whatever and wherever their heart’s content.
The game will consist of a brand new protagonist, not yet met in the previous titles, and your mission (as the protagonist) is to find the world of Elysium. My guess is that on your journey to find Elysium you’ll find new friends, enemies and quests on your way.
Much like the previous titles, Xeno Blade Chronicles 2 looks beautiful. Lush green landscapes, bustling cities and breathtaking skylines are all to be expected within the game.
3. Super Mario Odyssey
Release Date: Late 2017
I for one and so excited for Super Mario Odyssey, as it is almost reminiscent of one of my all time favourite Mario platform titles, Super Mario Sunshine. Like Sunshine, Odyssey has an open world style of gameplay, which gives players the freedom to explore colourful and quirky new lands!
Like Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Odyssey will consist of different lands for players to venture, with one of the most anticipated being ‘New Donk City'(am I the only one who thinks this name sounds a little rude?), ‘New Donk City’ took its inspiration from the Big Apple itself. Seeing short and stumpy Mario among proportionate humans in ‘New Donk City’ will be absolutely hilarious.
Did I mention that Mario’s hat is alive? Yes, you heard me. Mario’s hat can now assist him in reaching higher platforms. Helpful, but with his hat’s new lease of life, does that mean Mario’s hat is now eating him? Scary.
2. Dragon Quest XI
Release Date: JP: 2017, US: TBA, EU: TBA
Publisher: Square Enix
If you read my previous Top 5 list of Nintendo DS games, then you’ll know that I am a huge fan of the Dragon Quest series. Even before the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, Japanese footage of a new Dragon Quest game had been circulating on YouTube, and low and behold it was Dragon Quest XI.
Dragon Quest XI is a 3D RPG, published by Square Enix. Much like the RPG’s listed, Dragon Quest XI has a turn-based battle system.
The premise behind the Dragon Quest series has not really changed much throughout the years. In Dragon Quest XI you play as the protagonist of the story, meeting new party members and helping those in need on the way to eventually battle the biggest and badest boss of the game.
Although the premise of the game sounds rather linear, Square Enix always manages to surprise its players with its unique, emotive and often challenging quest lines. There have been times where I have been choked up with emotions of sadness, anger and even disgust playing games within the Dragon Quest franchise.
What I love about the Dragon Quest franchise is having to ability to use alchemy to create new weapons, items and even protagonist outfits. As well as having more ‘human’ options to sleep at the inn when night comes, visit bars and even gamble at casinos.
The world of Dragon Quest has always been a colourful one, filled with interesting characters, creatures and quests, and Dragon Quest XI will be no exception!
1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Release Date: 3rd March, 2017
Anyone who writes a top most anticipated Nintendo Switch title list, and does not include the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, are people that should not be taken seriously!
Rant over. Let us begin.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild begins with our beloved Link waking from a 100-year snooze with whispers saying that he must (again) defeat the notorious Ganondorf.
Again, the premise of the Legend of Zelda franchise has not changed at all, however, I like to think of that the games take place within multiple dimensions, all with their own styles and quirks. However, the major difference between Breath of the Wild compared to the other game titles within the series, such as, Twilight Princess or the Wind Waker, is that the environment in which the game is set is almost entirely interactive. Oh, and did I mention it’s open world?
Players main goal is to stop Ganondorf, however sides quests (which often get you closer to your main goal) are available on the way. Personally, I always got the most enjoyment completing the side quests within the Zelda franchise, as they introduce us to new characters, new items and educate us about the state of the world in which we play within.
The game supports the use of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Amiibo figurines. Characters can be used to fight alongside Link when things get a little tough!
I am so excited for its release. Are you?
Let me know which games you’re looking forward to finally playing, and let me know whether or not they are on the list!
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