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Nintendo Switch Launch Games Include Two New 'Mario' Titles, 'Skyrim'; In The Pipeline Are 'Super Smash Bros.', 'The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild'

21 November 2016, 7:48 am EST By Aaron Mamiit Tech Times
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Freelance video game writer and insider Laura Kate Dale, who has been on point on Nintendo Switch rumors and details, has released a lineup of games that will be available to the upcoming console upon its launch.

A quick look at the launch games for the Nintendo Switch, along with the titles that Dale has revealed are in the pipeline for the hybrid console, will likely drum up the excitement even more for its release.

Nintendo Switch Launch Games

According to Dale, the launch games for the Nintendo Switch will include two new Super Mario games. One of the games is the new 3D Mario platformer that was shown in the announcement trailer for the console, while the other one is an RPG that features a crossover between the long-running franchise and Raving Rabbids. With the working title Mario RPG: Invasion of the Rabbids, the game is set in the Mario universe as it is being invaded by the Rabbids characters of Ubisoft.

Other titles that will be available to the Nintendo Switch upon its release are a port for multiplayer shooter SplatoonJust Dance 2017, which would showcase the motion detection capabilities of the Joy-Cons controllers; and Skyrim, a title that is the subject of debate regarding its presence upon the launch of the Nintendo Switch, but Dale's sources insist that it will be available.

Nintendo Switch Games In The Pipeline

Over the first six months of the Nintendo Switch, games that can be expected to be released include Telltale Games' Guardians of the Galaxy, which will come very near the launch date; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, coinciding with previous reports that the title will be delayed and not make the launch date of the console; and ports of fan favorites Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8, Xenoblade X and Super Mario Maker.

Later in 2017, planned games for the Nintendo Switch include a new Sonic game; Pokémon Stars, which is likely an offshoot of Pokémon Sun and Moon; and a Pikmin reboot.

Nintendo Switch Outlook

Dale said that the games that she has included in her tweet were only for what she learned from the studios that she has sources from, which means that there will likely be many more titles available to the Nintendo Switch upon launch.

Looking at the launch games and the titles in the pipeline for the Nintendo Switch, it seems that Nintendo has learned its lesson from the Wii U, which was released alongside a weak lineup of games. With Mario, Zelda and Pokémon already planned for the hybrid console, Nintendo is banking on its big franchises to make the Nintendo Switch launch a success.

There are other factors that will contribute to a good start for the Nintendo Switch though, such as its available supply and its price tag.

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