Nintendo finally ended months of anticipation for its next generation gaming console by unveiling the Nintendo Switch in a promotional video on Thursday, Oct. 20.
While Nintendo has yet to reveal the official release date of the Switch, the company hinted in news reports in April that the "Nintendo NX," which is what the console was referred to back then-will likely be launched globally in March 2017.
We're still five months away from when the Switch hits stores but many fans are already excited to see what Nintendo's latest offering has to offer gaming world. If the promo video is any indication of how video games are going to look on the new platform, then casual and hardcore gamers are sure in for a treat.
Here are five video game titles we would like to see on the new Nintendo Switch.
The Mario Kart series has proven to be one of the most fun games on Nintendo platforms over the years. With the launch of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, the title has gone back to highlighting some of its essential aspects that made it such a thrilling game to play such as twisting U-turns, challenging race tracks and an overall blistering sense of speed.
Adding Mario Kart to the Switch's lineup of games could open up the title to new generation of gamers, especially those looking for a fun activity they can do with friends.
Super Smash Brothers
Another classic game title we want to see on the Switch is Super Smash Brothers. Die-hard fans of Nintendo games know just how exciting it is to see iconic characters from various titles duking it out against each other.
The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U version of Super Smash Brothers saw the return of game mascot Mario together with Luigi and Bowser from Super Mario, Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog, Pikachu and Squirtle from Pokémon, Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda, Fox and Falco from Star Fox and Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong from Donkey Kong.
If Nintendo were to create a Switch version of the game, the company could add a few new game characters to the mix or stick to the 58 playable ones we already saw on this previous iteration. It's still going to be exciting to see these folks on the new console.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Despite not being bundled with the Sega Genesis console when it was released, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is still considered to be one of the runaway hits for the gaming platform of all time. The game is the last 2D platformer in the series during the Genesis era just before it switched to 3D with Sonic 3D Blast.
Creating a port of the game for the Nintendo Switch with better graphics could be a good way to appeal to hardcore Sega Genesis fans who would want to relive the glory days of the fourth generation console.
Phantasy Star Online
Phantasy Star Online is one blast from the past that is also worth porting for the next generation Switch. The game is considered to be a commercial and critical success, serving as one of the few bright spots during the Sega Dreamcast's run back in 2000.
The latest iteration of this online RPG came in the form of Phantasy Star Online 2, which was released for Microsoft Windows in 2012 and for the PlayStation Vita in 2013. A mobile version of the game, known as Phantasy Star Online 2es, became available for iOS and Android devices in 2014.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The promo video for the Nintendo Switch gave a brief glimpse of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim playing on the new gaming console. However, Nintendo has yet to confirm whether we'll get to see the open world fantasy game on the Switch.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, an unidentified Bethesda official said that they were happy to collaborate with Nintendo to feature Skyrim in the video.
While they are not confirming any of their titles that will appear on the Switch as of the moment, Bethesda is indeed teaming up with Nintendo to support the new console.
There may not be an official word yet but it's safe to say that if Skyrim does land on the Switch, it's going to be a very interesting prospect to play the game on a handheld.