Say what you will about the Switch; it’s got some awesome looking games
Everyone seems to have an opinion on Nintendo’s home-console/handheld hybrid. Some people love it, some people hate it, some people want to love it and some people are mad that there’s still no new Metroid. But I don’t think it can be denied that, regardless of what you think about its specs, its design or its (admittedly poor) launch line-up. there are some truly amazing looking games heading its way.
But which ones are worth getting excited over? Which ones will most likely help define the system and encourage people to grab one? Well, here are the five exclusives that I think we should all be keeping a very close eye on.
5. No More Heroes Sequel
Kind of cheating with this one since, last I checked, we know next to nothing about the new No More Heroes game. In fact, I personally have no stake in it since I only played a little bit of the first game and that’s it. However, for fans of the series, this may be the game that makes them invest in a Switch.
The last game came out in 2010 and director Suda51 once stated that we probably wouldn’t see a third game for another 15 – 20 years – and that was only two years ago. The odds of a third game ever existing seemed marginally slim. So it must say something about the system if he’s ready and waiting to begin creating another adventure for the foul-mouthed assassin, Travis Touchdown, for it.
And with Suda51 himself back on writing duty too, it’s a safe bet that, whatever this new installment is, we can look forward to it being as bat-shit crazy as its ever been. I’ve heard some people criticise Suda51’s latest works (like Killer is Dead and Let It Die), arguing that he may have lost his touch somewhat. This could be the game to prove them wrong.
4. Fire Emblem Warriors
Yes, yes, we know barely anything about this game either but, come on, it’s Dynasty Warriors but with Fire Emblem characters! I’m not even a Fire Emblem fan and I want this. Hyrule Warriors showed that slapping a Nintendo IP on the Dynasty Warriors engine could have fantastic results and, considering FE‘s more strategic and medieval-esque roots, it seems like a perfect fit.
The real question is, though, is what kind of characters will appear. The teaser trailer already confirms Chrom (star of FE: Awakening) and we can safely assume that other protagonists like Marth and Ike will be a shoe-in, but the FE universe is a vast place. There’s a smorgasbord of awesome, weird and lovable characters to take control of; this could be the perfect chance to give them the spotlight for a change. I’m sure some die-hard fans could write several lists worth of underrated characters they’d want to see.
Considering how Fire Emblem was once a Japan-only series, the fact that we’re getting some grand crossover title shows how far it has come; Nintendo listened to Westerners demand and slowly began to introduce the series over here and, now, it’s become one of their most recognisable franchises. Dare I say, it’s become one of their most iconic?
Look, it’s just probably going to be really cool and, sometimes, that’s all that matters.