The 2017 Game Lineup For The Switch Is Disappointing

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The Nintendo Switch undoubtedly launched with gusto this past March. Functionality wise, it has succeeded in most of the places it set out to, even though its multiple hardware issues have been a common topic of discussion. The Switch also brought with it, perhaps, the greatest game of 2017. Regardless of your position on Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there’s no denying that this game has made a gigantic impact on the gaming world. While I agree with the hype and still recommend the game to anyone willing to shell out a few hundred dollars on a Switch (unless you have a Wii U), I’m not as impressed with the line-up that is set to follow. Based on this list, I am concerned with the amount of value the Switch will hold at the end of 2017:

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28) <–– port

Minecraft (May 11) <–– port

Disgaea 5 Complete (May 23) <–– port

Ultra Street Fighter II (May 26) <–– port

Arms (June 16)

Splatoon 2 (July 21)

Fate/Extella (July 25) <–– port

Puyo Puyo Tetris <–– port

Sonic Mania (Summer 2017)

Project Mekkura (Summer 2017)

Sine Mora Ex (Summer 2017) <––re-release

Battle Chasers Nightwar  (Summer 2017) <–– re-release

Namco Museum (Summer 2017)

Monopoly (Fall 2017)

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (Fall 2017) <–– port

Sonic Forces (Holiday 2017)

Payday 2 (2017) <–– port

Super Mario Odyssey (?)

While I am excited for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Disgaea 5, and Arms, a large portion of this list is comprised of remakes or ports; sweet merciful Poseidon, how many systems is Minecraft going to be released on? Splatoon 2 looks very promising, and the looming Super Mario Odyssey peaks my interest as well. Aside from that I find little reason to believe that Nintendo isn’t just going to coast off of the momentum of BotW for the next year. I’ll admit that there are a few redeeming qualities, such as the several neo geo titles that are available. Still, there is this ongoing theme of recycled content that makes up a lot of what the Switch has to offer. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy a good video game re-hashing, but there needs to be substance in the new content category as well.

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How do you feel about the current lineup of Switch games? Am I just a bitter old curmudgeon who refuses to go with the flow?


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