The fall and winter are almost always amazing times to be a gamer, and the next five months are shaping up to be no different.
Owning a Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s newest console that’s a 2-in-1 home console and portable console, is finally starting to payoff with AAA, or “triple A,” games. The three As don’t stand for a specific acronym, but the term is synonymous with the film industry’s “blockbusters.”
Before I bought my Switch, I hadn’t owned a Nintendo console since my Nintendo 64 and Gameboy days. Most of the Nintendo properties just don’t appeal to me that much, and I bought the Switch because it’s a revolutionary console that Nintendo promised would have access to triple A games – a promise that Nintendo and the industry’s biggest third-party developers are beginning to make good on.
“Pokken Tournament DX,” a game in which players fight each other as Pokémon, and “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle,” a tactical turn-based crossover of Nintendo’s Mario and Ubisoft’s Rabbids, were both released on the Switch in late September.
The premiere basketball videogame franchise, “NBA2K17,” was released on the Switch in mid-October. Making the bonding experience of playing as your favorite NBA team against your teammates or friends portable is extremely fun and satisfying, and a great move by Nintendo and 2K.
“Mario Odyssey,” an open-world Mario game, arrives on the Switch on Oct. 27 and will be followed by my most anticipated games currently known to be coming to the Switch.
“Sonic Forces,” the next game in the “Sonic The Hedgehog” series, is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on Nov. 7.
Previously deemed a holiday season release, Nintendo announced in a recent direct (press release) that last year’s “Doom” reboot would be making its way to the Switch on Nov. 10. “Doom” is an extremely gory, First-Person, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure game. The original “Doom” came out in 1993.
This wasn’t the case initially, but I feel that “Doom” is the kickoff to a lot of big, unexpected games going portable in the coming months.
“LEGO: Marvel Superheroes 2” and Rockstar’s “L.A. Noire” are coming to the Switch on Nov. 14, followed by probably the most anticipated game coming to the Switch, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.”
“LEGO: Marvel Superheroes 2” is an open-world Action/Adventure game that allows players to take control of a massive variety of LEGO Marvel Superheroes and explore the different worlds and dimensions that exist in the Marvel Universe. Released alongside it is a game I am particularly excited to play on the Switch, “L.A. Noire.”
“L.A. Noire” is an open-world Action/Adventure game that takes place in 1947 and centers around a detective going to battle with the L.A. underground.
Only three days later, on Nov. 17, one of the biggest games in the world, goes handheld. “Skyrim” is an open-world Action/Adventure Role Playing Game set in the Middle Ages. Players can customize their character from the very beginning, finding different armors and weapons along the way or blacksmithing new items.
Nintendo also announced that this year’s “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” would be coming to the Switch in February of 2018. The “Wolfenstein” series is a First-Person Shooter that takes place in an alternate future where Nazis won World War II. Players take control of American BJ Blazkowicz to try to take down the Nazi State.
This year, “Wolfenstein II” joins “Mario Odyssey,” and will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Oct. 27, alongside the next sequel in my absolute favorite videogame franchise, “Assassin’s Creed: Origins.”
The “Assassin’s Creed” franchise is a Third-Person, open-world Action/Adventure game series. After several years of annual releases, Ubisoft, the developer, decided to take a step back for 2016 and analyze the state of the series. “Assassin’s Creed” has taken players to the Middle East during the Crusades, the Italian
Renaissance, the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy, and “Origins” will be taking players to Ancient Egypt.
The fighting system has changed dramatically, which I don’t love, but I’m still extremely excited to explore Ancient Egypt as the first assassin. A couple days after that,
“Call of Duty: World War II” is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
On Nov. 3, the “Call of Duty” franchise is taking several steps back in time. Instead of taking place in the future, the series is going back to World War II.
Joining the Switch version of “Wolfenstein II” in February is “Far Cry 5.”
“Far Cry 5,” an open-world, First-Person, Action/Adventure game that takes place in rural Montana, is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Previous “Far Cry” installments have taken players to Africa, Nepal, a tropical island, and to the days of the early humanity.
The next five months are looking great for gamers, and I can’t wait for “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” to start off the gaming season.