Games announced for Switch this week – 31/03 – 07/03
This week is another quiet one, we delayed it another day, as PAX East kicked off and there are usually a few sly game announcements around that time. While there were a few games that got their own stories, looking at you Jackbox Party 5 and Firewatch A there are still a number of big games coming, including one really cool looking collection, so without any further delay, let’s get to it.
The FMV returned in last years Late Shift and it is now making its way to Switch. Your choices will have consequences from the very start, right through to the very end. One small decision could change the entire outcome in a choose-your-own-adventure style gameplay that can lead to one of seven conclusions. Written by the 2009 Sherlock Holmes writer and with over 180 decisions to be made, how your story ends, is up to you.
Released first on PC back in 2013, Don’t Starve has received a welcome response on each platform it has landed on, including Wii U, but now Klei have announced that the game is coming to Switch. This is going to be a complete edition as it will include both “Reign of Giants” and Shipwrecked along with the original game. The best news however is that the game is out on April 13.
Pirates: All Aboard!
Pirates: All Aboard! is a competitive battle game for solo and multiplayer, where you must navigate between tropical islands, across a variety of maps, in order to come out victorious. Exploit each of the ships’ strengths and weaknesses and use the power-ups and fire devastating cannon blasts in order to win. The game offers 2 game modes – Battle Arena for 1-4 players and Endless “Treasure Sail” for those who sail solo.
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
During a panel at PAX East, NIS America announced that celebrating 40 years of SNK would be done in style on Switch, with the release of the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. This release will pack in 13 titles, including both the home console and arcade release of a few and will have, what are now standard collection features, like rewinding, save states and more. Digital Eclipse, the studio behind the Mega Man Collections and others are handling the package, look for it later in the year.
The Spectrum Retreat
It is almost unheard of, that a game wins an award, before it is even out, but that is what happened with The Spectrum Retreat. Developer Dan Smith took home a BAFTA award for the demo of this puzzle game, set inside of a luxury hotel. Players must explore the pristine and uncanny hotel, The Penrose, solving its ingenious colour-coded puzzles and discovering the reasons behind their seemingly never-ending stay.
Those who loved Paperboy and the 80’s are in for a treat with The Videokid. The goal is simple: Avoid being busted by the cops, pull off sick tricks and complete crazy combos to earn bonuses; all whilst trying to stay alive just long enough to deliver your pirate video round and get to your girl in time. Get ready to skate, hitch and grind your way through hazardous streets; dodging 80s bikes, cars, trucks, trains & more.
Later this year, you are your friends can venture out into space, but be warned, you will have to worth together to survive. Catastronauts is a fast-paced multiplayer action game in which players become a crew of intergalactic spacefarers who must work together to destroy an attacking enemy fleet, whilst frantically struggling to keep their own ship intact.
Chosuido have announced that the very stylistic visual novel adventure ghostpia will be coming to Nintendo Switch with the game more ‘powered up’ than the iOS version. What that means has not yet been clarified, in fact apart from the brief trailer below, we know nothing else about the Switch version.
The First Tree
In The First Tree, players will get to follow two stories of interconnected beings: one of a fox looking for her missing cubs, and another of a son reconnecting with his estranged father in Alaska. Players take control of the fox on a poignant and beautiful journey that crescendos at the source of life, and perhaps result in an understanding of death. Along the way, players can uncover artifacts and stories from the son’s life as he becomes intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree.
Microids has announced that Toki is coming back, with a complete remaster of everything. Originally released back in 1989 for the Amiga, the game developed a bit of a cult following for its arcade based action and ape character. The games original artist Philippe Dessoly is also working on this remake, to ensure that the visuals remain faithful to the original game. The game is set to release for Switch later in 2018 and as of right now is exclusive to the platform.