Nintendo Switch launch titles: A brief guide to everything that’s not Zelda


Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is one of the best videogames ever. And that’s lovely. But when it’s going to cost you over £300 to play it on your new home console/portable gaming tablet when you could have just bought it for the Wii U, it’d be nice if there were some other things worth playing too, to make you feel better about blowing all that cash.

Thankfully, despite the launch being dominated by the universal acclaim for Link’s latest, there’s a bunch of other games that are worth your time and money. Here’s our guide to the rest of Nintendo Switch’s launch titles.

The best exclusives

Fast RMX, £16.99

F Zero was brilliant, and this is F Zero. Well, it’s not F Zero. But it is. It’s superfast space cars whizzing around bashing into walls and doing turbo boost shenanigans all over the shop. There’s even a ‘Hero Mode’ where boost energy is also shield energy. It’s F Zero. If you want a racing game, but if you can’t wait until Mario Kart 8 Deluxe lands at the end of April, this will more than satisfactorily scratch that itch until then, and beyond. It’s F Zero.

You can get it here.

Snipperclips, £17.99 (or £5 if purchased with a 2nd pair of joy-con controllers)

Classic quirky Nintendo, even if it started out life as an indie flash game. A cerebral co-operative multiplayer, the core mechanics (two shapes cut bits out of each other to solve single screen puzzles) take just moments to pick up, but the many ways it twists their usage will have you constantly pulling your hair out in frustration/delight. It can also be played solo, which is lucky, as your partner is almost certainly going to leave you when you shout at them for not standing still while you cut a hole in their face.

You can buy Snipperclips now from Amazon or GAME.

The ones you might have missed elsewhere

Voez, £18.99

Yes, this is a free smartphone game from last year and, yes, nineteen quid DOES sound like a lot to pay for that but, if you haven’t played it before and you like a rhythm action game, it’s a really good one. One of the first games on the Switch to shun your TV (this only works in touchscreen tablet mode), it’s perfect to dip into on your commute. With a range of difficulties to suit any player, and a great soundtrack of tunes you’ve almost certainly never heard before, it gets two screen-bashing thumbs up from us.

You can get it here.

I Am Setsuna, £29.99

This popped up on PS4, PS Vita and PC last year and, if you’re a fan of the Active Time Battle system found in classic SNES RPGs like Final Fantasy 4 and Chrono Trigger, this’ll be right up your street. Of course, with Zelda eating up your time, you might not fancy another ‘wander around and fight things’ game but, if you do, this is well worth a gander.

You can get it here.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, £22.49

Another title that sets out to evoke the spirit of games from yesteryear, Shovel Knight has quite rightly received critical acclaim for its NES-platformer play style. If you’ve already enjoyed the original you can grab the latest instalment, Specter Of Torment, exclusively on Switch for £8.99. Fair warning, though, if you do already own the original on another system, you’ll be getting Specter Of Torment as a FREE update on there in April, so you might want to hold off if you’re trying to minimise your spend.

You can get it here.

Neo Geo games, £6.29 each

From games that spiritually emulate old games, to actual emulation. Somewhat unexpectedly, given there’s no Virtual Console on Switch (for now, at least) there were FIVE Neo Geo games available on day one. Of these, two (Metal Slug 3, Shock Troopers) are run and gun games, whilst three (King Of Fighters ’98, Waku Waku 7, World Heroes Perfect) are fighters. If you fancy one of each, we’d opt for King of Fighters ’98 and Metal Slug 3 (giant crabs!). Whichever one(s) you get though, there’s a strong selection of options to enhance your retro experience, such as difficulty tweaks, manuals so you don’t have to go on the internet to find out how to pull off special moves, and a bunch of filters to help your massive 4k TV look and sound like a knackered old CRT screen.

The full price ones

Super Bomberman R, £49.99

It’s not bad, but £50 for essentially the same game we’ve all been playing for decades is a big ask, however pretty it looks. Plus, there’s been a number of early reports of lag issues (we found it unplayable in online multiplayer) so it’s worth holding off until patches are released and the price inevitably drops. Having said that, if you do get that Snipperclips/Joy-Con bundle we mentioned earlier, the prospect of 4-player Bomberman wherever you go may be too much to resist.

You can buy Super Bomberman R now from Amaazon or GAME.

Just Dance 2017, £49.99

No point me wasting any time on this one. If you like these games, you’ll no doubt buy this and have a lovely time. If you don’t, there is nothing I could say that would make you part with £50.

You can buy Just Dance 2017 now from Amazon or GAME.

1-2 Switch, £39.99

Remember Wii Sports? Great, wasn’t it? Remember Wii Play? You bought it second hand for a quid from CEX out of curiosity, played it once at Christmas when your parents came over, had a laugh, then left it on the shelf collecting dust. This is more the latter.

You can buy 1-2 Switch from Amazon or GAME.

No thank you very much

New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers (£8.99)

I really want to like this one. I really do. An isometric town-building simulation game is right up my street. Start off with a bit of land and an axe, and end up with a thriving metropolis. Perfect. But I can’t work out how to throw away rubbish when my little people do jobs, and the rubbish makes them game-ruining-ly sad. I’ve played the tutorial three times, hoping I missed something. I’ve tried searching online. I. CANNOT. WORK. IT. OUT. The U.I. and control scheme are a little bit counter-intuitive at times too, and the whole thing feels like a port of an unreleased smartphone game BUT, if you can tell me how to throw away rubbish, I’d probably love it.

You can get it here.

Vroom In The Night Sky, £7.99

“Magical girl. Riding a motorcycle. Flying in the sky!” declares the promo video. I mean… is it …is it bad on purpose? Is it hilarious if you’re on drugs? Is this what the young people like now? I honestly have no idea what’s going on here. But I’m 37. Maybe this is as popular with tweens as Ed Sheeran. Personally, I’d rather boil up a vat of stinging nettles and wasp bottoms then inject the liquid into my nipples than boot this game up again. Your mileage may vary.

You can get it here.

Othello, £4.49

Do you like playing the board game Othello? If you do, this is the board game Othello. If you don’t like playing the board game Othello, congratulations – you have just saved enough money to buy a pint.

You can get it here.

In summary

Get Fast RMX and Snipperclips now

Get Shovel Knight if you’ve not played it before

Get Voez, I Am Setsuna, Just Dance 2017, Othello and/or the Neo Geo stuff if they appeal

Buy Bomberman once the bugs are fixed and the price drops

Buy 1-2 Switch for a few quid just before Christmas and nod to yourself in memory of my wise advice to you all the way back in March

Tell me how to throw away rubbish on New Frontier Days

Tell me what Vroom In The Night Sky even is

Steve McNeil is co-creator of, and team captain on, Dara O Briain’s Go 8-Bit. You can find him on Twitter, here.



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