Although very few games launched with the Nintendo Switch most people, the media, and review outlets are considering it’s launch to be a resounding success. Yes, there have been some technical bumps in the road but high praises of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have drowned out most of the early complaints people have had. That said, many Switch owners that have finished Zelda are left wondering “what’s next?”
I am here to tell you there are some great Switch games to look forward to in 2017. One of which, Mario Odyssey could prove to be as groundbreaking as Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Included here in no particular order are 5 titles that will make the Switch worth owning in 2017.
Mario Odyssey: Fall 2017
The biggest title of the bunch included here is Mario Odyssey. Mario Odyssey appears to be more of an open exploration game rather than a 3d platformer like Mario World 3d on the Wii U. The environments that Mario gets to explore look amazing and highly interactive. A first for the series, Mario even gets to run wild in a full-fledged city environment. If Nintendo includes some experimental emergent game play design systems of Zelda, we could be in for an awesome Mario experience indeed.
Arms: Spring 2017
If you are itching for a new Switch game for the Spring, Arms may arrive just in time. Taking advantage of the unique Joy-con controllers, Arms is a Nintendo exclusive fighting/boxing game. Players use a Joy-con controllers in each hand to throw punches from stretchy armed fighters. It sounds weird, but it looks like great fun. Surprisingly, Arms will be an online and local multiplayer affair.
Splatoon 2: Summer 2017
As one of the few competitive shooters coming out for the Switch, Splatoon 2 will be bigger and better than the first Splatoon. Instead of just porting the Wii U version, Nintendo has gone the full nine yards to make a full sequel that will offer new maps, modes, and local Switch multiplayer. Playing on the TV or in portable Switch mode will mean that you can have Splatoon multiplayer battles anywhere.
Mario Kart 8: Spring 2017
Although a port from the Wii U may not sound that exciting, I still can’t wait to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch. Yes, Nintendo is adding some new tracks, items, and characters but this is not what I care about. For me, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is exciting because it means that Mario Kart 8 parties and competitions will be able to leave the home. The Switch’s portability will make it incredibly easy for people have spontaneous Mark Kart-offs while riding the bus, taking a train, and while sitting on a white porcelain throne at Walmart.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Late 2017
If you need a deep RPG experience to look forward to on the Switch, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is it. Although the Switch will be missing Final Fantasy XV, this sequel looks absolutely amazing in terms of its graphics, design, and stunning musical score. The new Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will provide a massive JRPG open world that should offer 100s of hours of game play for Switch owners.