Japanese games are coming to the Nintendo Switch in full force with the announcements of a new Xenoblade, Fire Emblem and more.
The internet is still buzzing with excitement after Nintendo’s early morning/late night Friday Nintendo Switch presentation. Set to arrive on march 3rd, the Switch is a hybrid home system/portable tablet designed to take full console games on the road. The primary controller is actually two smaller controllers housed in a uni-body grip and charging station; these “Joy-Con” controllers can be detached and used as two individual SNES-style controllers, or together for games featuring motion-controls such as the recently announced ARMS and 1-2 Switch.
Though the Nintendo Switch was already expected to see the likes of the Mario and Zelda franchises, Nintendo had a handful of surprises in store for viewers of yesterday’s presentation. A series of rapid-fire teasers from Monolith Soft, Square Enix, Koei Tecmo, Omega Force and Atlus hinted at three returning franchises and a brand new title currently in-development for the Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo fans will see a proper sequel to the Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles sometime in the future with Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Where Xenoblade Chronicles X saw the end of the world and the perils of galactic colonization, Chronicles 2 appears to be rooted once again in the sci-fi fantasy elements of the Wii title.
Koei Tecmo isn’t planning on ditching their popular Warriors (“Musou” in Japan) series any time soon, especially with the recent announcement of cross-over title Musou Stars. Developed by Omega Force, the successful Tactical/Strategy RPG franchise Fire Emblem will be the next series to get the Warriors treatment with Fire Emblem Warriors. This is the second Nintendo franchise to receive a Warriors spin-off, following Hyrule Warriors/Zelda Musou for the Wii U and 3DS.
Square Enix and Atlus are currently developing two new RPGs for the Switch. Under the working title “Octopath Traveler”, Square’s new game appears to have eight playable characters each with his or her own individual quest line. The visual scheme functions as a tribute to old-school 16-bit RPG games, but with a layered 3D aesthetic similar to the “3D Classics” version of Kid Icarus, and retro-made-3D worlds a la 3D Dot Game Heroes for the PS3.
The most cryptic of the teased games, Atlus is working on a new Shin Megami Tensei game for the Nintendo Switch. More details are expected to come later on this year.
The Nintendo Switch hits store shelves on 3/3. 1-2 Switch, Skylanders: Imaginators, Super Bomberman R and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will all release the same day.