Bethesda, Ubisoft, Take-Two and others teased their support for Nintendo’s new hybrid device, but the newest announcement trailer and a list of publishing partners has revealed that some of the biggest names in gaming right now will be making headway on Nintendo’s Switch.
During the announcement trailer we learned that a new Super Mario game is on the way in a similar vein to Super Mario 64, only this time it has better graphics. We see that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to the Nintendo Switch, along with NBA 2K17.
We also find out that there’s a new Mario Kart on the way, or at least a remaster of the one from the Wii U.
The game is basically the same as Mario Kart 8, featuring similar graphics and the ability to glide and utilize items and all that jazz, but the main hook is that the portable versoin of Mario Kart 8 actually allows you to play split-screen by allowing someone else to use the second detachable controller as player two. It’s some innovative stuff, even for the likes of Nintendo, who are known for pushing disruptive technologies.
We also were teased with a Nintendo Switch version of Splatoon, the Wii U exclusive that came out back in 2015. It wouldn’t be surprising if we also saw a Super Mario Maker also make its way onto the device.
The more surprising news, however, was that Nintendo has a full line-up of publishers prepped and ready to release their content on the Switch when the time comes.
Gamespot spotted an image floating around on Twitter by Nintendo that shows all of their officially licensed publishing partners for the Switch. You can check it out below.
From THQ to Codemasters to 505 Games to Arc System Works to Activision… it looks like all of the people who used to support Nintendo during the Wii era (and even some who didn’t) are coming back and attaching their name to Nintendo’s newest home console.
Gamespot speculates that with Capcom on the list we could also be seeing Resident Evil 7 on the Nintendo Switch as well. It’s also nice to see Square Enix on their because that also makes it likely that Final Fantasy XV could make the leap, along with the Dark Souls series given that From Software is on there too. There’s a lot of cool things and possibilities that could come out of these partnerships and the Nintendo Switch technology, a lot of it will depend simply on what the system will be priced at and how many games will be made available for it consistently during the first quarter of release.