Nintendo lays out six-title plan for Switch

Two 'Nintendo Labo' kits are due to launch in April 2018. — Handout via AFP
Two 'Nintendo Labo' kits are due to launch in April 2018. — Handout via AFP

TOKYO, Feb 2 — Everyone from “game fans to family gamers” will be included in Nintendo’s slate of upcoming releases, which names a new Yoshi title alongside the self-assembly Nintendo Labo and action game Bayonetta 2.

Nintendo has announced a five-game schedule for the next four months, with one other title dangled over 2018 as a whole.

The critically acclaimed successor to a cult hit action game, Bayonetta 2, arrives on Nintendo Switch the week of February 16 worldwide.

It was originally released on the Wii U in 2014, but with the Switch having already outsold the Wii U in only nine months, Nintendo has a lot more potential to play with.

The launch of adorable action adventure Kirby Star Allies has been narrowed from Spring 2018 to March 16, 2018, while the boundary-pushing, innovative fold-it-yourself interactive game project Nintendo Labo was announced for April 20 onwards (April 27 in European regions) earlier in January.

As with Bayonetta 2, the audience for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was limited by virtue of the Wii U’s underwhelming adoption rate; the accomplished side-scrolling jump ‘n’ run title is relaunching on Switch from May 4 (May 3 in Japan.)

Announced in January, Mario Tennis Aces sticks with a designation of Northern Spring 2018 — sometime between the beginning of March and the end of May.

And a new entry to the Yoshi franchise was teased midway through 2017 at June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

With an origami aesthetic, Mario and Luigi’s dinosaur friend will be venturing out at some point during 2018 — Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima did not provide a more specific window during his February 1 financial report.

Brief mention was made of 28 titles from other publishers to be released “in the future.”

All but one — Chinese mobile hit Arena of Valour — had previously been given a broad or specific 2018 date. Those included Dragon Quest Builders (February 9), Payday 2 (February 23/27) and Dark Souls Remastered (May 24), as well as No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again, Project Octopath Traveller and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (all 2018).

“We believe that the availability of software titles will continue to accelerate as a result of the widespread acceptance of Nintendo Switch by other software publishers,” Kimishima noted. — AFP-Relaxnews

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