Nintendo hasn’t had a console traditional hit since the Wii, save for its range of handheld consoles. So it’s wasn’t a surprise that it decided to focus on the handheld bit with the Nintendo Switch while also making it double up as a standard home console that can be connected to your TV. Unfortunately, the long list of teething troubles with hardware compounded with some serious design flaws and QA issues put a serious dent in the console’s credibility. The fact that the Nintendo Switch didn’t have any launch titles of worth this side of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild also didn’t do the handheld console any favours. However, that’s about to change because the Japanese videogame giant has announced a huge smorgasbord of first-party and third-party games at the Nintendo Direct event.
The event saw confirmation of major titles that had already been bandied around as demoes. These include Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Chapter, Splatoon 2, and Arms.Project Mekuru is another big title that was confirmed, which came as a surprise since it didn’t have much promotion before announcement at the Nintendo Direct event. Additionally, the PC and console hit Payday will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2017, along with Ubisoft’s commitment to bring its version of Monopoly to the handheld console.
Meanwhile, here is the list of titles announced at the event along with the expected release dates:
- Puyo Puyo Tetris: April 25 (with a demo out today)
- Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition: May 11
- Disgaea 5 Complete: May 23 (demo coming soon)
- Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers: May 26
- Arms: June 16
- Splatoon 2: July 21
- Fate/Estella: July 25
- Sonic Mania: Summer
- Sine Mora X: Summer
- Project Mekuru (working title): Summer
- Namco Museum: Summer