As many people know Virtual Reality features that involves the Nintendo Labo VR will be coming soon to the Nintendo Switch and there are so many people who are excited to see what it has to offer. We recently just learned that Super Mario Odessey will now include a Theatre Mode were players will be able to what the intro of the game more in-depth. Also, the new Theater Mode will also allow players to rewatch the cutscenes of Super Mario Odessey after completing certain parts of the game which makes this 3D platformer even more appealing than it was following its initial release back in 2017. The Theater Mode for Super Mario Odessey will be available after the Labo VR update for the Nintendo Switch takes place on April 24th.
It should be noted that Super Mario Odessey will be the first game in the Mario series to have Virtual Reality features in general. While there are many people who wished for Nintendo to have more extensive gameplay for Super Mario Odessey this is the company’s first time utilizing Virtual Reality. Hopefully, we will get Virtual Reality features for titles such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe & Super Mario Party in the future in relation to the Nintendo Labo VR.
As many people know there have been a lot of classics games coming to the Nintendo Switch as of late. Along with the upcoming inclusion older Final Fantasy games from the mid 90’s-early 00’s we recently got to see classic NES titles such as Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels, Punch Out and Star Solider released for the Nintendo Switch so far. As it currently stands it looks like Konami will be bringing some their arcade classics to the Nintendo Switch in the near future and first game announced is Time Pilot from 1982. While Time Pilot might a title that is unknown to many gamers from this generation retro gamers are generally nostalgic about these type of games especially since the 80’s was considered to be the arcade era where pixelated horizontal & side-scrolling shooters were popular.
In fact, many people would argue that most of Konami’s best work in relation to video games game during the 80’s and the 90’s. As far as Time Pilot is concerned the game is expected to appear on the Nintendo Switch eShop in a few days on April 11th. The cost for Time Pilot in the Nintendo Switch eShop is expected to be at $7.99 in America while countries such as the UK & Japan have their own respective prices.
As far as blockbuster announcements are concerned we have received couple within the past three months or so in relation to upcoming releases. While Nintendo had introduced the Labo VR Kit which is set to be released later this month we have recently learned that Super Mario Odessey along with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are two games that people will be able to play while utilizing the Nintendo Labo Virtual Reality Kit. Its not much of a surprise that Nintendo has allowed these two games to support the Nintendo Labo VR especially considering how popular they both were following their respective releases back in 2017. In fact, Super Mario Odessey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild are both still huge attractions for the Nintendo Switch considering the fact that they are both within the top five as far as best selling titles for that console is concerned.
Also, Nintendo had made it clear from the beginning that the Nintendo Labo VR Kit was designed to target children. Besides its no secret that Nintendo generally loves to place more emphasis on their first party games in general which could possibly mean that we will eventually see VR support for games such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe & Splatoon 2 something in future. The software update which enables gameplay regarding Super Mario Odessey & Zelda: Breath Of The Wild for the Nintendo Switch is expected happen on April 25th. While players will be able to partake in three mini-missions from Super Mario Odessey in VR; Nintendo plans on giving players Zelda: Breath of the Wild a more extensive Virtual Reality experience all together.
There are so many exciting games that people are waiting to see for various different game consoles as we progress throughout 2019. As far as upcoming action titles are concerned one of hottest titles that has been announced for Summer 2019 is a game entitled Astral Chain. For those who do not know Astral Chain is a single-player action title title developed by Platinum Games and published by Nintendo set to appear on the Switch console on August 30th of this year. It should be noted that Astral Chain will be directed by Takahisa Taura who was the lead designer for the critically acclaimed Niet: Automata game that was released back in 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.
The plot for Astral Chain is pretty basic but interesting since it involves players trying to fight off a full-scale alien invasion while in a city known as The Ark. In Astral Chain players have the option of controlling a male or female protagonist while utilizing a living weapon known as Legion to take down opposing forces throughout the game. As it currently stands Astral Chain is one of the most anticipated action titles for the Nintendo Switch for Summer 2019. It will be interesting to see how popular Astral Chain becomes following its release on August 30th for the Nintendo Switch; especially considering the fact that it will be directed by Takahisa Taura.
As the Switch continues to grow in popularity we are fortunate enough to also get to play classic NES titles provided on the console’s Online eShop. We have just learned that on April 10th Nintendo will be adding three more NES titles to the Nintendo Switch eShop including Super Mario Bros Lost Levels (1986), Punch Out (1987) and Star Solider (1986). While the Super Mario Bros series for the NES is very popular and well known throughout the gaming world not everyone is too familiar with Punch Out or Star Solder which were both somewhat addictive 8-bit titles from the 80’s.
While Star Solider is a retro space shoot em up game Punch Out is an arcade styled boxing game that had a high replay value. Punch Out was probably one of the most memorable sports/fighting games of the NES era and is one that would definitely be an attraction to Switch owners who are really into sports such as boxing. It almost certain that Nintendo will add more NES titles to the Switch eShop as we progress throughout the rest of the year and include more classics frond the 8-bit era of gaming.
As far as popular games from the 00’s are concerned everyone has there list of favorites in terms of what they consider to be top games within that decade. For those who owned a Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s and was a huge fan of the Metroid series in general then there is absolutely no question that you are a huge fan of the Prime series from 2002-2007. While Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was a fantastic first-person action-adventure title some would put its ’02 prequel or even its ’07 sequel above it in terms of quality. However, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was still one of the best GameCube titles of the mid 00’s. In this game players got to see the official debut of Dark Samus after she made a cameo in the original Metroid Prime game. Also, players had the opportunity to explore two different parallel dimensions after Aether is divided into two when a comet hits the planet splitting the planetary energy two creating a Dark Aether in the process.
There where various aspects about Metroid Prime 2: Echoes that people admired including the platform and puzzle solving elements of the game. Also, unlike its 2002 predecessor Metroid Prime 2: Echoes had a multiplayer mode that could allow up to four people with games such as Bounty and Deathmatch which added to its overall replay value. The plot for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes felt like it had a dark tone especially considering the demise of the marines who were attacked by creatures called Ing’s along with the threat that the Luminoth’s faced throughout the game. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was without a doubt a critically acclaimed first-person action-adventure title for GameCube which was eventually ported for the Wii console back in 2009. Since then we have not seen any Wii-U or Switch ports of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes but hopefully the game will be remastered in HD on a current generation console sometime in the future.
As far as interesting gaming deals are concerned the one that Nintendo has come up with for the Switch console is definitely something that will attract many people who are huge fans of the Mario series in general. For those who are unaware Nintendo has a deal which started on March 10th which allows people to purchase the Nintendo Switch along with one of five Mario games for a reduced price. Those who purchased he Nintendo Switch along with Super Mario Odessey, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Party, Mario Tennis Aces or New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will receive $30 off on their purchase which will bring the overall price to approximately $330. The cool thing about Nintendo’s bundle deal is that people get a chance to mix and match whatever Mario game they want with the hybrid console while this week long sale lasts.
The only drawback is that people will not be able to purchase non-Mario games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate on this deal where they can receive the 50% off reduction. Despite, still being expensive since the bundle with any of the five listed Mario games will average approximately $330 it’s still a good deal especially since each game is worth around $59.99 by themselves. For those who do not own a Nintendo Switch and are huge fans of the Mario series this deal is worth taking advantage of while it lasts.