2016 was a banner year for Nintendo. During the summer, the company waded into the mobile app market by unleashing Pokemon GO, which quickly took the world by storm thanks to its mix of augmented reality and nostalgia. It followed the success with the latest iteration of their hit handheld game, Pokemon Sun & Moon. Before the year was out, they brought Mario into the palm of player's hands with Super Mario Run, again setting records in the app store. And with the release of Nintendo Switch and a new Super Mario-themed park in Japan, the next few years look to be just as good for the company.
While we've only seen concept art for the park, the Switch is fast approaching release. On March 3rd, the console, which mixes handheld and platform play, will finally arrive along with the much-anticpated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A number of other games will follow, including a new Mario installment. The Switch unveiling told us a lot about the console and games, and we learned even more when we recently got our hands on the system. For fans of Nintendo, it looks to be the culmination of everything the company has always excelled at and more.
While we're still patiently awaiting Nintendo's foray into film, they'll be making one first this weekend. Nintendo has just announced that they will be airing their first-ever Super Bowl ad during the game this Sunday, and it will focus on the Switch along with Breath of the Wild. The spot will only be 30 seconds, but you can see the extended, 90-second version above. The full version gives us a look at other launch titles like 1-2-Switch and Just Dance 2017, along with a few games coming later this year.
Aside from Super Mario Odyssey, we know Nintendo will be launching Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in April, ARMS sometime in the spring, Splatoon 2 in the summer, and Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers at an undetermined date. You can see clips from all of these games in the Super Bowl video, with each bringing something different. Splatoon will take advantage of the global multiplayer, Mario Kart will be introducing some new characters, 1-2-Switch and ARMS will bring back the Wii's motion controls in a big way, and Street Fighter will focus on an enriched 2D style of play, as will the upcoming Sonic Mania.
For gamers both old and new, the Nintendo Switch looks to offer just about every type of player something to enjoy. Given the lack of success the Wii U was met with, it looks like Switch might finally return Nintendo to the glory they achieved with the Wii when it first came out and joined young and old gamers together with its fun, easy-entry games and unique controls. We'll know soon enough, as the system's launch is now just a month away.
Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3rd with a price tag of $299.99 in the U.S.