So the Switch landed on March 3 2017 and we’ve been so busy selfishly enjoying the games for ourselves that we forgot to share our thoughts! So to cheat a little, here’s a quick little catch up of the major Switch releases we’ve seen thus far. It’s great that the Switch has had a slow and steady release cycle, gives a chance to savor the releases and catch up on the writing.
So here’s our quick stop review guide!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
All the hype, all the accolades, all the praise… all of it worth it. Living up to the hype is one thing, but far exceeding and surpassing is almost unheard of, and the latest in the legendary Zelda franchise accomplished just that without breaking a sweat.
The open world template is an innovation of the Western gaming sphere, with Japanese developers too having a go at adopting this widely accepted and appreciated style of video games. Open world gaming is quite simply the only genre that has showcased the power of current video game hardware, arguably with little substance or demonstration of sharp level design. Enter The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, where Nintendo decided to raise the bar for the genre so high that it will surely alter the complacent attitude of the industry.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the reason why you bought the Switch at launch, and it’s not just the reinvention of Zelda, but a rejuvenation of Japanese video games. Breath of the Wild is one of those games that captures the true awe and wonder of video games, and as a gamer for over 25 years, Breath of the Wild made me feel as if I had discovered video games for the very first time in my life. This is the best game of our generation, nothing more to add.
Super Bomberman R
It’s great to see Bomberman return in this day and age, but at the end of the day Super Bomberman R is a Bomberman game, nothing more nothing less. It serves its purpose just fine as a fun little multiplayer romp, both online and off. The story mode is a surprisingly enjoyable campaign with some really cool and inventive boss battles, and is a blast to complete in co-op with a friend.
Just make sure you go into options first and turn off those damned voices.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Re-releases and double dipping are usually moaned about in this current gaming age, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shows us how to double dip with class. Even if you owned the game on Wii U, the Deluxe edition feels like a whole new experience thanks to the many ways you can play the Switch. From the visual touch up to having all courses, racers, and DLC unlocked from the boot. As a multiplayer offering both online and off, it’s the best of the best when it comes to Nintendo Karting fun.
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
It’s 2017 and we have another new edition of Street Fighter II, and no it’s not the 1000th edition like every review is exaggerating. I’m going to LIST every version right now:
- Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
- Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
So that’s 6. Count ’em. SIX! Not 1000! The rest are just PORTS to different consoles and systems, so that EVERYONE regardless of their system of choice can enjoy Street Fighter II! Is that such a bad thing? To make the game more available to the sea of humanity on this planet? IS IT?
And now we have the 7th game on the Switch, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. It’s cheaper than most Switch releases and YES the price is just fine. Ultra Street Fighter II is for you if:
- You wan’t the legitimate best version of Street Fighter II ever.
- You want a fun classic fighting game for your Switch, both online and off, on the TV and on the go.
- The new characters interest you: Violent Ken and Evil Ryu, both are very fun to use.
It’s Street Fighter II that we all know and love, it’s a timeless gold standard of fighting games, it’s eternally playable and welcomes all players and not just fighting aficionados. If that sounds like something you fancy, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is a great addition to your Switch library.
What was accused for being a demo game for the Switch proved everyone wrong during the Global Testpunch sessions. ARMS is a deep and fun arcade style fighting game that takes the legendary concept of Punch Out! to a whole new level. In terms of gameplay variety, ARMS is a pleasant surprise and a fantastic multiplayer experience this side of Splatoon. The single player offering is pretty stock standard and not the appeal of the package, but you do get to unlock a ton of parts and customization options for the game’s colorful cast of long armed warriors. Topped by vibrant visuals, fun character designs, and groovy music, ARMS is a great showcase for the Switch and a great “new idea” that will certainly see better days in a sequel.
As a new IP, this as fresh as it gets and a great online experience, not to mention one hell of a workout for your arms!
Disgaea 5 Complete
Same great game that was released on the PS4, with more bells and whistles to boot. You can read our PS4 review here.
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Originally an import only title on the PS4 and Xbox One, Puyo Puyo Tetris brings two of the most celebrated puzzle franchises into the ultimate puzzle package for the Switch. It was great on the Xbox One and PS4, but let’s face it, Nintendo and Tetris were a match made in heaven.
So there you have it folks, all the major Japanese Switch releases that are worth checking out!
Who’s excited for Splatoon 2 in July?