March Nintendo Switch News Wrap-up

The Switch has seen crazy growth since its launch two years ago, and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Keeping up with all the announcements and new games can be tricky at times, but we’ve got a quick cheat sheet of headlines to help you carry on.

Major Announcements

03/06 Nintendo Labo VR Kit

A new Labo kit is coming April 12th, and this time, it’s VR. The new kit contains materials for a basic pair of VR goggles, a Toycon Blaster, Wind Pedal, Elephant, Camera, and more. The software itself boasts quite a few game modes, including a shooter, competitive hippo feeding, bird sims, and a massive selection of 64 smaller game modes. Players can also create custom VR content using the Toycon Garage. Nintendo will also be releasing a VR starter set, containing the Goggles, Blaster, and software only, at a reduced price.

03/20 Nindies direct

We got a massive load of quality indie game reveals and release dates, starting with the world-shattering announcement of Cuphead, a once Xbox One and PC exclusive. Other titles included pinball adventure game Creature in the Well, roguelikes Overland, The Red Lantern, and Nuclear Throne, and tons of others.

The direct was rounded out with another total surprise, Cadence of Hyrule, a Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer crossover game. Cadence, the protagonist from Crypt of the Necrodancer, will be joined by Link and Zelda, in a brand new procedurally generated rhythm roguelike game, releasing later this spring.

Big Releases

03/20 Blaster Master Zero 2

Immediately after the Nindies Direct, Inti Creates released the sequel to Blaster Master Zero, a launch title for the Switch.

03/26 Final Fantasy 7

For the first time on Nintendo hardware, Final Fantasy 7 is finally available. Often cited as one of the greatest video games of all time, FF7 is now playable on every major platform.

03/29 Yoshi’s Crafted World

The only first party title to release in March, Yoshi’s Crafted World features a cardboard aesthetic, local co-op, and a few mechanical tweaks over past Yoshi games. A demo for Yoshi’s Crafted World has been available since January.

Other Gaming News

03/19 Google announces Stadia

Google’s Stadia is a streaming service that promises a lot, but elaborates on very little. We know few of the details other than the wide variety of platforms, streamer compatibility, and developer tools. Details on pricing, dates, and library have yet to be announced.

03/25 Apple announces Apple Arcade

Seemingly out of spite for Google’s announcement, Apple announced its own gaming platform. Boasting over 100 new games, the service also advertises streaming as well as offline play. As with Stadia, pricing and exact dates are unannounced at this time.

03/25 Sony begins new “State of Play” series

Following the success of Nintendo Directs, Sony has begun a periodical video presentation in the same style. The inaugural episode showed off a variety of PSVR content, including a No Man’s Sky VR update, as well as a story trailer for their upcoming zombie action game, Days Gone.

Our Reviews From March

Check out everything we played this March, and look forward to all the games we’ll be reviewing this April as well.

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