Amiibos – in the form of fun little character figures – are Nintendo’s wireless communications and storage system. They interact with software and data to be transferred over multiple platforms. Popular with both the 3DS and the WiiU, amiibos can now be used to access fun extras in compatible games on the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo currently offers a special $379 Super Mario Odyssey Switch bundle, which includes the game, a pair of red Joy-Con controllers that match the iconic hero’s signature hue and a carrying case inspired by the ex-plumber’s latest adventure.
After the underrated Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U, the series returns once more on Switch with a similar yet refined take on the long-running JRPG universe. This time out the player is put in the shoes of protagonist Rex, who along with his compatriots Tora and Mia, proceed on a mission to discover Elysium, a paradise for humanity. Numerous obstacles and enemies lie in their way though, with players needing to master a auto-attack, special attack ‘Arts’ combat system that leans on well-timed attacks and combos to prosper. The series’ excellent voice acting and story telling will make Xenoblade Chronicles 2 an epic adventure.
Mario’s lightning-fast rival lands on the Switch in a critically-acclaimed re-imagining of Sonic’s illustrious history. There’s a mix of old and new zones crammed with shortcuts and tricks that will keep you coming back from more. Plus, there’s three playable characters, including Sonic’s pals Tails and Knuckles.
The Switch’s has amassed an excellent game lineup in less than a year, headlined by Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 and filled out by indies and third-party hits such as Shovel Knight, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Doom and Stardew Valley.
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The Nintendo Switch gaming console lets you play a large assortment of exclusive video games in a wide variety of genres. Choose from traditional platformers, open-world RPG adventures, physical interactive party games and more. Step into a world of adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, race your friends in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, or experience face-to-face play with a wild-west duel or dance off in 1-2-Switch. The exciting collection of Nintendo Switch games also includes Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Arms and more. The Nintendo Network offers even more opportunities for excitement. Purchase a Nintendo eShop prepaid card that can be used to download content such as games, videos and more in a matter of seconds.
Nintendo’s online gaming service is currently free for a trial period, but will become a subscription service in 2018. The service will cost $20 per year in the US (about £15 or AU$30). Prices for other countries have yet to be announced. Nintendo says almost all of the games will need a paid service subscription to play online.
One of the main selling points of the Switch is the inclusion in its games of beloved Nintendo characters that you can’t find on any other system. Mario and Link have already made their debuts, and fan favorite faces from Metroid, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, and the rest are sure to follow. But just because you know the names doesn’t mean you’ll like the games. That’s where we come in.
The second Dynasty Warriors-inspired collaboration between Tecmo Koei and Nintendo, Fire Emblem Warriors adds some key elements that make it a better game than its predecessor, Hyrule Warriors. From the weapons triangle to class-based powers and weaknesses to the ability to issue units combat orders right from the map, Fire Emblem’s core-franchise strategy elements make for a much more engaging action game. Here’s hoping it will get the same great post-launch support and flesh out the limited character roster to bring more of our favorites across. – Peer Schneider
I don’t think anyone could read Charlie Hall’s enthusiastic piece about returning to Magic: The Gathering without wanting to get in on the action. MTG has always been super intimidating to me, but I picked up the Mind vs. Might Duel Deck from my local shop this weekend and had a blast. To start building your own deck, grab a Deckbuilder’s Toolkit that has everything you need to get going.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle makes the best Nintendo Switch role-playing game overall due to its positive acclaim, fresh creative design and fun gameplay. The winner of over 50 E3 awards and nominations brings a brand new cross over role-playing game with tactical play style only exclusive on the Nintendo Switch.
The Switch had a strong opening lineup. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey scored perfect 10s across the board, and Nintendo itself even won Brand of the Year at this year’s prestigious T3 Awards.