Desert Child game

Racing RPG Desert Child Due Out Q3

The heat is exhausting out here, the only time you get shade is when the sun sets and then, you still want to be under an umbrella. For me, well I just get on this hoverbike over here and ride, for pleasure, for pay; it makes no difference.

Racing RPG Desert Child Game

The hot air turns cool. Of course, it can get pretty hot then let me tell ya – but when I ride, it’s like, what’s the word, Zen, you know… Free. It’s then I forget about the earth and its bullsh… ha, sorry kids, its nonsense. That’s not the life for me; the life for me is up there, Mars; and I’ll do whatever it takes to get there. Me and my trusty Judy here, my hoverbike.

Desert Child game
Dine on a range of interplanetary cuisine with sweet buffs to help you win

Hell, I’ll race, hunt bounties and deliver drugs; whatever it takes… Oh, you don’t like that? Listen, kid, you may snarl away to yourself as you’re reading this on your phone, tablet, but out here you do what you can for a buck. Breaking the law? Nah man, it’s survival. It’s the difference between having a meal and rummaging in the bins for scraps.

To me, I see as I’m playing some RPG, life-sim, racing game; the more points I get, the better the ranking, the bigger the taking. Man, I sometimes see the scores with my very own eyes I get that absorbed in it. Pfft, don’t look at me like that, I’ve got rent to pay and noodles to eat. I might even customize I, Judy, here.

Desert Child game
Race, shoot, and get better! Designed for replayability, with secrets that keep you coming back

I know you don’t understand but look, kid, if you want to survive out here you should do the same, earn what you can and get your ass to Mars.

You’ll see me soon kid, by Q3 you’ll understand and if you see me, you’d better shoot first kid; like I said, just think you’re on your PS4, Switch, Xbox One or PC… It makes it easier.

Desert Child game
Hunt bounties, deliver drugs, throw races – do anything you can to earn cash

Desert Child, that’s who I am. And that’s who you’ll be”.

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Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games 2018

It’s fair to say the Nintendo Switch had a rather good 2017… Now we’re somehow already in 2018, leaving us to ponder like the insatiable Homo sapiens we are: what’s out this year for the hybrid console?

With giants The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey both, surprisingly, released in the Switch’s first year, not to mention an overwhelming line-up of quality (if you’ve been following) in Splatoon 2, Arms, Fire Emblem Warriors, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (we still haven’t finished all of these), some may argue Nintendo has almost overdone it. Is there anything left?

While 2018 might not have quite the same level of killer titles – at the time of writing – here are some of the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games we’re looking forward to playing.

Fire Emblem Switch (Untitled)

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games: Fire Emblem Switch (Untitled)

The next true Fire Emblem title is coming to the Switch in 2018. And, yes, that’s pretty much all we know.

Although we do know this: Intelligent Systems produces some damn fine tactical strategy games. While Advance Wars would have been better, (where are you?) this is sure to be hot property.

Bayonetta 3

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games: Bayonetta/Bayonetta 2 Re-Release

It’s not confirmed that Bayonetta 3, announced at The Game Awards 2017, will launch for the Switch in 2018, but there’s a chance it will follow sometime after the Bayonetta/Bayonetta 2 re-release due out February 16th.

Bayonetta 2, at least to this writer, is one of the finest hack ‘n’ slash games ever made. So, Bayonetta 3 has a lot to live up to.

Metroid Prime 4

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games: Metroid Prime 4

Confirmed to be real in June 2017 at E3, we don’t know much about Metroid Prime 4. In fact, that logo up there is almost everything we have.

The announcement trailer was just over 40 seconds long, but that was enough to explode the internet. The confirmation that Nintendo is finally working on a new Prime game is what many fans have been waiting for – 10 years and counting.

There’s little doubt that a new adventure for Samus Aran, that happens to be a sequel to the beloved Prime games, will be a big deal. Out 2018? It’s possible.

Kirby Star Allies – March 16th

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games: Kirby Star Allies

Kirby has always been seen as a bit of a B-list hero for Nintendo when compared to Mario, but there’s no doubt the pink blob brings his own unique brand of fun wherever he turns up.

Developer HAL Laboratory has proudly declared that Star Allies will stay true to its side-scrolling platformer roots, with Kirby joined by up to three companions for some co-op madness.

The World Ends With You Final Remix

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games 2018: The World Ends With You Final Remix

One of Nintendo DS’ greatest titles, The World Ends With You, will be re-released on the Switch sometime this year. In addition to a new, Switch-exclusive scenario, The World Ends With You Final Remix will feature both touch controls resembling those of the original DS release and new Joy-Con controls.

No specific release date was given, but The World Ends With You Final Remix will be released in 2018.

Yoshi (Working Title)

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games: Yoshi (Working Title)

A charming game for a charming character. Yoshi, that’s the only name for now anyway, is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018.

Cutesy platforming guaranteed the new Yoshi game looks to be shaping up rather nicely indeed – with a Paper Mario art style in tow.

Project Octopath Traveler

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games: Project Octopath Traveler

Square Enix is bringing some energy to the Switch: we have a Dragon Quest XI port in the works, but there’s the exclusive Project Octopath Traveler heading its way too.

Octopath Traveler is from the team that brought you Bravely Default, the acclaimed 3DS JRPG series – so this could be special. It also boasts a brand new visual style the developers are calling ‘HD-2D’.

Mario Tennis Aces – Spring

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games 2018: Mario Tennis Aces

The developers of the great Mario Tennis titles, Camelot, are at it again with a Mario Tennis title for the Switch.

Mario Tennis Aces will feature the series’ first story mode since GBA title Mario Tennis: Power Tour, complete with boss battles and mission-based gameplay. The story mode looks ‘ace’…

Pokémon Switch (Untitled)

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games: Pokémon Switch

Whether you’re a huge fan of Pokémon or not, there’s no escaping the sheer power and importance of the brand. This will move consoles. Now there’s a new title coming, created specifically for the Nintendo Switch.

The Pokémon games happen to be expertly crafted affairs, so whatever Game Freak and Nintendo have planned, you can be sure it will dominate the headlines. Remember Pokémon Go?

The Other Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games For 2018

Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games: Travis Strikes Again

Other notable Nintendo Switch games coming out this year include the following:

  • Payday 2
  • The Escapists 2
  • Xeodrifter
  • Lost Sphear
  • Celeste
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • The Longest Five Minutes
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Shakedown Hawaii
  • Flipping Death
  • Wargroove
  • Terraria
  • Dandara
  • Pocket Rumble
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • Runner 3
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns
  • Yoku’s Island Express
  • 2064: Read Only Memories Integral
  • Indivisible
  • Shovel Knight: King of Cards
  • Mulaka
  • Layers of Fear: Legacy
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Shin Megami Tensei (New Title)
  • Steep
  • Syberia 3
  • Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2
  • Owlboy
  • Battle Chasers Nightwar
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Hollow Knight
  • No More Heroes 3 (Travis Strikes Again)
  • Super Meat Boy Forever
  • Light Fingers

Newly Announced

  • Dark Souls Remastered – May 25th
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – May 4th
  • Celeste – January 25th
  • Fe / February 16th
  • SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy – Summer 2018
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA – Summer 2018
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition – Spring 2018
  • Dragon Quest Builders – January 2018
  • Pokken Tournament DX DLC – January 31st, and March 23rd for second DLC

That’s it for now. We’ll be updating this article when Nintendo inevitably decides to share the full details of their plans for 2018.

January Nintendo Direct

January 2018 Nintendo Direct (Mini): Here’s Everything Announced Today For The Switch

On January 10th Nintendo of America’s Twitter was aflame after this ambiguous tweet:

Chibi?

Gamers everywhere wondered what prompted Nintendo to tweet a picture of a flaming Chibi-Robo. Was a new Chibi-Robo game on the horizon? Nope. It turns out Nintendo was just hyping fans for today’s surprise Nintendo Direct Mini. Despite not mentioning Chibi-Robo, Nintendo did announce a slew of new Switch releases.

January Nintendo Direct (Mini) Rundown

Here’s the full rundown for you, reader:

  • The World Ends With You Final Remix / 2018

The World Ends With You Final Remix

One of Nintendo DS’ greatest titles, The World Ends With You, will be re-released on the Switch sometime this year. In addition to a new, Switch-exclusive scenario, The World Ends With You Final Remix will feature both touch controls resembling those of the original DS release and new Joy-Con controls. No specific release date was given, but The World Ends With You Final Remix will be released in 2018.

  • Pokken Tournament DX DLC / January 31st, March 23rd

New Pokémon fighters will soon appear in Pokkén Tournament DX. Battle character Aegislash will be available for download on January 31st along with the support Pokémon set Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. On March 23rd a new battle character, the famous Blastoise, and a new support Pokémon set featuring Mew and Celebi will be available for download. Both sets of Pokémon will be released as part of the Deluxe Battle Pack now available for purchase. While you won’t have access to the new Pokémon until their release dates, you will be given a new set of avatar items upon purchase.

  • Kirby Star Allies / March 16th

Nintendo presented a new trailer for the already announced Kirby Switch title featuring two of Kirby’s new abilities: Artist and Spider. Now Kirby can paint Waddle Dee and other enemies into a world of pain using the artist ability, or Kirby can spin a web around foes à la Spiderman. A new co-op mode will also allow players to mix and match abilities.

  • Dragon Quest Builders / January 2018

Experience the world of Dragon Quest your way in the Minecraft-flavored Dragon Quest RPG. The cross-platform hit is making its way to the Switch later this month, but a demo is now available for download in the eShop as well.

  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition / Spring 2018

It’s both the Wii U and 3DS Hyrule Warriors in one. The Switch’s definitive version of Hyrule Warriors will include all the exclusive content featured in both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Hyrule Warriors. New to the definitive edition are Breath of the Wild-themed Link and Zelda costumes, and a same-screen co-op mode.

  • Mario Tennis Aces / Spring 2018

Mario Tennis Aces

The developers of the great Mario Tennis titles, Camelot, are at it again with a Mario Tennis title for the Switch. Mario Tennis Aces will feature the series’ first story mode since GBA title Mario Tennis: Power Tour, complete with boss battles and mission-based gameplay. The story mode looks ‘ace’…

  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA / Summer 2018

RPG fans rejoice! Ys VIII: Lacrimose of DANA is making its way to the Switch this Summer. Ys VIII features a real-time battle system, a base-building mechanic, anime-style cutscenes, and an epic narrative.

  • Super Mario Odyssey Update / February 2018

Luigi’s opening up a new world for Mario to explore in Super Mario Odyssey’s free upcoming update. The update features post-game content where Luigi sources Mario to either find or hide balloons. Finding and hiding balloons brings with it international scoreboards where players around the globe can find other players’ hidden balloons and compare high scores.

Also included in the Super Mario Odyssey update are new costumes for Mario and new filters for snapshot mode. The update will be free.

  • SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy / Summer 2018

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy will feature female characters from SNK’s prolific catalogue of fighting games. Players will be able to customize fighters with different costumes and accessories.

  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC / Spring 2018

A new challenger approaches in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and he is bringing all the jungle heat… and a banana boomerang (?) with him. Yes, Donkey Kong will be available for download this Spring.

  • Payday 2 / February 27th

The earlier announced Switch port of Payday 2 will release on February 27th along with a timed-exclusive new character: Joy. Joy brings with her hacking perks sure to make quick work of any security firewalls.

  • Fe / February 16th

Fe

This platforming adventure allows players to explore a huge 3D world. Heavy emphasis is placed on music as players use it to unlock abilities and battle foes. Fe will be available for purchase on February 16th.

  • Celeste / January 25th

Celeste is a 2D action-platformer featuring lovely pixel-based graphics. Play as Madeleine and help her ascend Mount Celeste using an air-dash and other abilities. Celeste lets players fully customize game difficulty allowing for both easy runs and impossibly difficult runs too.

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze / May 4th

Another Switch port of a Wii U game, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze introduces Funky Kong as a new playable character with his own unique abilities.

  • Dark Souls Remastered / May 25th

Dark Souls Remastered

A trailer was shown for Dark Souls Remastered, but it didn’t include any details regarding changes or new gameplay. All that’s known about Dark Souls Remastered is its release date then: May 25th, 2018.

That wraps it up for the January 11th Nintendo Direct Mini. Are you excited about any of the titles showcased? Are there any games you were hoping to see that didn’t make the cut?

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 release date

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 release date: December 1st on your Switch

It finally happened: the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 release date was announced during the Nintendo Direct today. The game is available on December 1st, 2017, yes, 2017 – just in time for the festive season. Epic.

This Is the Monado’s Power

Here’s the new trailer in case you missed Nintendo’s Direct (or if your internet couldn’t take the strain during the presentation. Like mine.).

And here’s a few extra goodies you know you want. The special edition of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 includes:

  • A sound selection CD
  • Premium metal game case
  • A fancy, 220-page art book

Oh, and this is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller – Xenoblade 2 Edition. Basically, the best edition we’ve seen of it so far:

Can you believe the game is actually out this year? And do you think Xenoblade 2 has gone back to its roots? Let us know below!

Realistically, what can we expect from Nintendo’s Direct this Wednesday?

In case you missed it the big N is holding their next, coveted, Nintendo Direct this Wednesday, the 13th September at 11 pm (that’s UK time). We’re looking at midnight for Europe and 3 pm Pacific time.

As with every Direct, before it’s shown, the excitement tends to build to ridiculously high levels online. Enthusiasm and passion are brilliant things. No arguments. But they can also lead to disappointment, sometimes culminating in folks on the internet ‘stating’ that there was nothing to see. Or our ‘favourite’ comment we see thrown at all of the big three from time to time: “No gamez”.

Some Directs are better than others, that’s for certain. But it also helps to go in with realistic expectations. So, what do we know, and think, will actually be shown over the course of the 45-minutes-long presentation?

Nintendo Direct: What We Know

Super Mario Odyssey has been confirmed for starters, and we expect a good amount of time to be spent on it too. It’s released at the end of next month and is Nintendo’s next flagship 3D Mario title. It’ll be an essential game to ensure Switch consoles are under the Christmas tree.

Nintendo Direct: Super Mario Odyssey

We also know that both 3DS and Switch games, to be released “in the coming months”, will get some time in the spotlight. Nintendo confirmed this on Twitter, which is good news for those that aren’t too keen on the individual 3DS and Switch Directs that we’ve seen in the past. But that’s all we know for sure.

Nintendo Direct: What We Think

In terms of those 3DS games, we’d expect to see a final showing for Metroid: Samus Returns, released this Friday and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, the remake of the classic first game in the series out October 6th. That Kirby 3DS game that we know nothing about other than it’s a “multiplayer action game” should show up as well. It is Kirby’s 25th anniversary after all. Finally, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will definitely be in there.

As for Switch, other than Super Mario Odyssey, details about the new Arms update, featuring Lola Pop, should be coming. A release date for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 may well be in there. (We hope). Fire Emblem Warriors (New 3DS and Switch) will probably get a new trailer showing off some unannounced characters before its release on October 20th. The enhanced port of Pokkén Tournament DX, the Tekken Pokémon game for Wii U, to be released on the 22nd September, will most likely feature too.

Nintendo Direct: Pokkén Tournament DX

What about new games?

They’re the most exciting thing of all. Well, we don’t expect to see many here in all honesty. A Bayonetta Switch announcement could be on the cards, in some form. A third game if we’re very lucky. Bethesda has also been teasing an unannounced game, but whether it’s for Nintendo consoles or not, that remains to be seen. Bottom line: we wouldn’t expect any new AAA Nintendo games we don’t already know about. Unless they’re Wii U ports, (for example Smash Bros.).

A bonus something might be in there and perhaps we’ll get more on that Animal Crossing mobile app. For now, though, take a deep breath, relax, and keep expectations real. It really does make surprises, if any, that much better.

Until Wednesday.