Nintendo Switch has a plenty of software hitting its handheld/home console platform. We gather together ten of our favourites to keep you in the know...
Finally, a new Nintendo console is upon us! Rejoice! Here at T3 Towers we can barely contain our excitement at the thought of getting to grips with new Ninty hardware, and one that's a handheld/console mashup no less.
There are also a lot of tantasling games coming to Switch in 2017, so to make sense of all these amazing titles - ranging from a brand new Mario to motion control-centric party games, all the way to fresh installment in The Legend of Zelda series - we've gathered some of our favourites into a handy buying guide.
So check out our comprehensive gallery and start getting your pre-orders down in time for March and the Year of Switch.
Publisher: EA / Developer: EA Canada / ETA: TBC
So, now it's official (at least from the mouth of EA's Peter Moore) - FIFA for Nintendo Switch will be FIFA 18, but it'll be a version specifically designed for the new handheld-focused platform.
It's not confirmed yet whether this version of the most popular football sim in the world (sorry PES fans) will be based on the PS3/Xbox 360 version, but we wouldn't be shocked to see something similar come to fruition in order to make FIFA work on a platform that isn't as powerful as PS4 or Xbox One.
Still, EA is promising all the features you love from FIFA on Switch, so expect Ultimate Team and the like to come bundled in when it most likely arrives in September this year. You can pre-order it on Amazon today for £59.99.
Snipperclips: Cut It Out Together
Publisher: Nintendo / Dev: Nintendo/SFB Games / ETA: March 2017
If there's one thing Nintendo does better than any creative force in the videogame industry, it's come up with weird and crazy concepts that are instantly engaging and endlessly enjoyable. And one of its latest, the Switch-exclusive Snipperclips is a perfect example.
This co-operative puzzle game sees up to four players controlling two simple-shaped characters called Snip and Clip. By placing one character over another, you can trim them into various new shapes to help you solve a variety of tricky conundrums.
It might sound simple, but it gets devilishly hard the further you go and it could be Nintendo's dark hose going into Switch's launch. It looks like Snipperclips will be a digital download available on the Nintendo eShop in March for $20/£16.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo / ETA: TBC
One of the most unexpected and most exciting games to come out of the steady stream of Switch reveals in the last few months, Arms is one of those games that's gone fun stickered all over it.
Using the motion-controls of the Joy-Con, Arms taps into the enduring retro spirit of Punch Out and tasks you with beating seven bails of something-or-other out of your opponent. Being able to fling your arms forward into an extendable slap might sound simple, but it's made for one of the best Switch titles yet.
Arms has yet to be given a release date (we're expecting it to come out next month, though), but you can pre-order one today from Amazon for £49.99.
Publisher: Playtonic Games / Dev: Playtonic Games / ETA: 11 April
Once destined for Wii U (before that version was summarily cancelled), the first game from Playtonic Games (made up of former Rare staff who worked on Banjo-Kazooie, etc), Yooka-Laylee is looking to tap into that magic that made 3D platformers so magical on PS1 and N64.
Trading bear and bird for chameleon and bat, Yooka-Laylee will feature plenty of colourful, charming worlds to explore and that unmistakable tongue-in-cheek humour these veterans devs are famous for.
The formally-Kickstarted Yooka-Laylee will be arriving on Switch on 11 April as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo / ETA: 28 April
Rather than launching Switch with a brand new Mario Kart, Nintendo is instead re-releasing the much-loved Mario Kart 8 with new tracks, fresh karts and and a revamped Battle mode.
Said mode has been retooled to make it a little more enticing, as well as adding in Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast and a selection of new tracks to - ahem - bomb around.
And since Mario Kart includes all the DLC from the original Wii U version - as well as new racers in the form of the gang from Splatoon - you're getting the most complete Mario Kart 8 experience (and one you can play anywhere, anytime).
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Pub: Bethesda / Developer: Bethesda / ETA: TBC
One of the most surprising games to be featured in the debut reveal trailer for Switch last year, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is nonetheless preparing to touch down on Switch.
Despite being a six-plus-years-old game, Skyrim remains the greatest action-RPG of all time and Switch is all the better for its presence. The Switch version will be the Special Edition that brought HD graphics, all DLC and the power to mod to PS4 and Xbox One in 2016.
No confirmation on whether modding will feature in this version (it even took Sony a while to come on-board), but the sheer ability to play Skyrim on a handheld is a staggering notion to behold. You can now pre-order a copy today via Amazon for £59.99.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo / ETA: 3 March (launch)
If there's one game you must own when Switch arrives, it's Breath of the Wild. New entries in the Legend of Zelda series don't come round often, so the arrival of the latest Link adventure feels genuinely monumental.
It's the first in the series to embrace an open-world and (bizarrely) it's the first Zelda game to ever feature a full voice cast after more than 30 years. You can play through dungeons in any order (another first) and there's a new physics engine to bring Hyrule to life like never before.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo / ETA: 3 March (launch)
1-2 Switch is classic Nintendo. A bespoke, in-house title that's fun, silly and perfectly suited to Switch and its motion-control Joy-Cons. In the vein of Wario Ware, 1-2 Switch is basically a set of goofy mini-games that uses motion controls and the Joy-Con's HD Rumble to do everything from milking cows to guessing the number of balls in your controller.
This is what Nintendo does best - finding a way to bring players together in a fun and engaging way, just like it did with Wii Sports and co on Wii. If you're looking to share Switch with your family, this is a must when Switch launches on 3 March.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo / ETA: Summer 2017
There's no denying the first Splatoon was one of the best (and only) reasons to own a Wii U, with its family friendly take on the third-person shooter making it the best multiplayer experience on the beleaguered console bar Mario Kart 8.
Splatoon 2 looks to up the ante of the first game, enabling you to take the 4v4 paint shootouts of Turf War on the go with local and online matches. There are new weapons (including the dual-wielding Splat Dualies), a game-changing Dodge Roll move and a promise from Nintendo for fresh and regular updates.
Splatoon 2 can be pre-ordered today from Argos for £59.99.
Super Mario Odyssey
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo / ETA: Winter 2017
So as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild starts the Year of Switch, the next Mario game is set to bring it to a close. The first 'pure' Mario platformer since Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Odyssey looks simply incredible in scope.
Everything from exploring New Donk City to the ability to use Mario's cap as an extra platform makes us excited for Odyssey - especially how its bringing back the classic ledge-grabbing action that made Super Mario 64 the classic it still is today.
Seeing Mario leaping over skyscrapers might seem a little strange, but this is clearly Nintendo dialling back the clock to a time where exploring new worlds and collecting stars was the order of the day. Fans have been crying out for a 'proper' Mario for years so we can't wait to see the mustachioed plumber back in our lives.
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