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WWE 2K18 Announced for Switch

WWE and 2K have announced that WWE 2K18 will be coming to the Switch. It’ll be the first time a WWE game has been on a Nintendo platform since WWE 2K13. It also appears to have all the other features present on the other platforms’ versions, including matches featuring up to eight Superstars, a more expansive backstage area, new weight detection, grapple carry systems, including the pre-order bonus of Kurt Angle. You can read about the features right here.

 

 

So, it looks like the Switch will be getting a fully-featured third party sports game, which is apparently too much for other third parties to do.

WWE 2K18 for Switch is expected to release in Fall 2017.

 

Crazy Wild-Guess Prediction Time: The Fifth Super Smash Bros. will be titled “Super Smash Bros. VS.”

The fourth Super Smash Bros. was called “Super Smash Bros. For”, with that title followed by the name of the console that it landed on. If (or more appropriately, when) the sequel gets made and the fighting formula upgraded for the Nintendo Switch, it might seem too predictable that they’d call it “Super Smash Bros. For Switch”. Instead, they may do a play on a title like, “Five Switch,” stylizing it as “VS”, and feature additional fighting-game modes designed by Capcom, Namco, and SEGA’s fighting game teams:

  • A mode by Capcom, featuring smoothly animated hand-drawn sprites reminiscent of Street Fighter 3 or the Alpha-series (a.k.a. Street Fighter Zero in Japan).
  • A Tekken-like mode headed by Katsuhiro Harada featuring Tag-combos and stage-breaks.
  • A Guilty Gear-like mode by SEGA with air-dashes and long, memorized combos.
  • Perhaps even a Kid Icarus Uprising-like mode by Sakurai and his team featuring weapons, and equipment, provided the core Smash game only needs balance tweaks and a roster update so he can sink the time into developing such a KI:U-like mode.

Super Smash Bros. has generated so much revenue, not only for Nintendo but its partners, that it wouldn’t be surprising that they’d want to put more effort into developing this into a more fleshed out fighting franchise, covering as much of the genre as they possibly can. It solves the problem of people asking about “When’s Capcom vs. Smash Bros happening?” “When’s Tekken vs. Smash Bros. happening?” While also mitigating the risk that such a game wouldn’t make its investment back, since whether it’s packaged in or sold separately as DLC, the money made will easily cover the costs of development and maintenance.

It’s Super Smash Bros that features other fighting franchises, and a great way to differentiate the fifth game from the fourth, without alienating the people who are used to the familiar Smash Bros fighting formula.

It Looks Like FIFA 18 Will Be Gimped on the Nintendo Switch

EA Sports has today announced FIFA 18, with Cristiano Ronaldo as the cover star. A separate version of the game named the “Ronaldo Edition” has also been announced.

 

However, if you look real close at the last screen of the trailer you will notice that they’ve inserted a little disclaimer that states: “Frostbite Game Engine Technology and The Journey: Hunter Returns Mode are available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC platform versions only. Not all features available on all platforms.” What’s more, the Ronaldo Edition will also apparently give benefits to the PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms only. This essentially means that the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18 will be FIFA 16 with a squad update, as it’s also missing features present in FIFA 17.

So, what we’re gonna have here is yet another case of EA third parties gimping games on Nintendo systems, while still possibly charging full price for it, then blaming everyone but themselves if their games do not sell on Nintendo systems and using it as an excuse to pull support. This is rich that EA is doing this if the rumour about them holding their games ransom to Nintendo is to be believed. And don’t give me that BS that the Switch can’t handle Frostbite. Regarding the Wii U, you yourselves said “making Frostbite 3 work on [it] is not impossible. Where there are gamers, we’ll be there as well. This is the true meaning of “omnidirectional”.”  The gamers are there, as the Switch is selling rather well. The console is selling and the hardware is capable – why aren’t you putting your best foot forward?

FIFA 18 launches for Switch on September 29th, 2017

*Edit* – At the time of writing, there isn’t even an option to pre-order the Switch version on the official EA Sports website

ARMS Nintendo Direct Announced for May 17th

Nintendo has announced that there will be a Nintendo Direct focusing on the upcoming Switch game, ARMS. Additionally, a brand new trailer for Splatoon 2 will be shown. The Direct goes live at 3pm PT/6pm ET in the US, 11pm in the UK and 12am in Europe.

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What do you think will be shown in the Direct?

ARMS is set for a release date of June 16th 2017, whilst Splatoon 2 is due out July 21st, 2017.

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