In what appears to be a lucrative week for the famed video game company, Nintendo announced an assorted number of releases for the Switch designed to excite both old-school and contemporary gamers alike.
At its first Direct presentation for the year broadcasted on Wednesday, Nintendo kept its consumers posted about a lineup of releases some of which are now available for free downloading online.
Among those released is Tetris 99, a remake of the old video game classic which is now available for free on the Switch eShop. Unlike the original Tetris however, Tetris 99’s main premise lies on pitting the player against 98 other opponents who try to eliminate one another by attacking each other with garbage blocks. As the game speeds up for those who manage to make it in the final 50, pressure is added on the player to not get knocked out in the arena.
Another vintage sensation earning a reprise is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening which was originally released for the Gameboy in 1993. Though silent on details of a scheduled release date, Nintendo posted a trailer on the same day which hints that the remake is likely to retain its original 2D layout and storyline albeit with new and improved 3D visuals.
One game with a scheduled release date, however, is Super Mario Maker 2, a sequel of the popular level-maker game released for the Wii platform back in 2015. A trailer uploaded for the follow-up reveals exciting new additions to the original game which include the ability to create slopes, a small but significant feature long desired by players, as well as the ability to use assets from other games of the Mario franchise, like the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario 3D World among others, for customizing levels.
Meanwhile, reprises of the Final Fantasy franchise were also announced by Nintendo with Final Fantasy 9 now available for download from the Switch eShop. Its prequel, Final Fantasy 7 is scheduled for a release on the same platform on March 26 while a remaster of 2017’s Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is scheduled for release on April 30.
Other games scheduled for release on the Switch include the following:
- Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered (March 21)
- Astral Chain (August 30)
- BoxBoy + BoxGirl, a box-platform puzzling game originally released on the Nintendo 3DS (April 26)
- Child of Light Ultimate Edition + Valiant Hearts: The Great War (February 26)
- Constructor Plus (February 28)
- Darksiders Warmastered Edition (April 2)
- Dragon Quest VI (Fall 2019)
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses (July 26)
- HellBlade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Spring 2019)
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (Summer 2019)
- Mortal Kombat 11 (April 23)
- R.B.I. Baseball 19 (March 5)
- Shred! 2 – Freeride Mountainbiking (March 1)
- Super Meat Boy Forever
- The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game
- Unravel 2 (March 22)
- Yoshi’s Crafted World (March 29)