The Legend of Zelda. Super Mario. Mario Kart. Skyrim Remastered. Splatoon. All of these games were shown today during Nintendo’s teaser video for their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch. In fact, the Nintendo Switch’s reveal was delayed from September because Super Mario wasn’t running “perfectly.” There may be a question of how early these games are in development, but Nintendo wouldn’t show games that aren’t ready to be seen. This is a common trend with them over the years. The Nintendo Switch will have the best launch lineup in console history.

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I expected Super Mario to be shown in the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer, but Mario Kart!? This was the largest surprise next to Skyrim, but we’ll get to that later. Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s most consistent series’ in terms of quality. The fact that Nintendo decided to show it means that it will come out during the system’s launch window. Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U was one of the most successful games for the system, and for good reason. It’s non-stop fun and the most successful racing franchise of all time. There is no reason why Mario Kart for the Nintendo Switch will be any different.

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The latest iteration of Super Mario was expected to be shown for the Nintendo Switch. What wasn’t expected was just how good it looks. Instead of Mario Galaxy 3, which many fans clamored for, Nintendo went for something that looks remeniscent of Super Mario 64. This is something fans have wanted for a very long time. 3D Mario is going back to its roots, and this is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s quite exciting. All signs point to Mario being a launch title, especially in light of recent rumors. There wouldn’t be Mario launch posters if the game weren’t a Switch launch title.

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Nintendo fans have been waiting for a new Zelda game for five years. Finally, they are getting one. It’s co-launching on both the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch, but let’s be honest, most gamers will get it for the Switch. When the Wii launched, Twilight Princess was a system seller. Breath of Wild is in a similar position 10 years later. The thing is, Breath of the Wild is not alone this time. It’s going to be accompanied by a brand new Super Mario game and Mario Kart. That is one hell of a lineup. Yes, third-party support matters, but with that kind of launch lineup, everything will fall into place. If Mario Kart is a launch title, as we believe it is, the Nintendo Switch will have the best launch lineup for any console.

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Skyrim was the biggest surprise in the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer. No one saw this coming. To have such a heavy hitter like Bethesda come out and support the Nintendo Switch is huge. Some may claim that this is just a tech demo, but there is no way Nintendo would feature it so prominently in their reveal trailer if it weren’t coming out for the system. Skyrim is one of the most beloved games of last generation and is receiving the remaster treatment this generation. This shows that the Nintendo Switch has the power to handle these types of third-party games, and there will be more to follow. If Bethesda is backing the Nintendo Switch like this, more heavy hitting publishers and developers will as well with actual content. Considering the Skyrim remaster is not that far off, in all likelihood it will launch with the Nintendo Switch.

Why will the Nintendo Switch will have the best launch lineup of any console to date? Everything indicates that it will launch with a new Zelda game, Mario game, Mario Kart game, Splatoon¬†(a follow-up or port, we’re not sure yet), and even a heavy hitting third-party game like Skyrim. Nintendo is back and in style. Nintendo is still tight lipped on the Switch so there’s so much we don’t know. Despite that though, what we have seen is spectacular. The Nintendo Switch will have the best launch lineup of any console in history.

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  • Hvd

    its not worth $299 for this nintendo tablet.$249 maybe not $299 id rather buy a xbox one s or save and get an xbox scorpio for $499 for native 4k gaming.i have also herd it has a short battery life something like 3 hrs..

    im a console/pc gamer and this is a hand held its not for me.

    • notmy cellphone

      Nintendo kills off their Console Wiiu Not there handheld 3DS. They are putting their console games on it (SkyRim, zelda, Mario cart, Mario, UBIsoft is putting console games on it). It acts like a CONSOLE, and a HANDHELD. That is why the name is SWITCH you can switch between them.

      So why are you saying it is a hand held? Does the 2ds play like a console to your TV? NOPE, does that 3DS play like a CONSOLE to your TV? NOPE! Did you see the regular NON-detachable controller? You should have they featured it.

      Did they EVEN announce a price? NOPE! Is this new console worth at least $299 yes.

      • Hvd

        did you not watch the reveal?all they showed was two instances of it being at home all the others were portable out at a park on a roof topthey showed and marketed it as a hand held

        japan hand held market is bigger then their console market the #ds sold better then the consoles

        • notmy cellphone

          That’s course I watched the video, and I recognized that it is marketing! It is still Both a console and a handheld. They are showing the coolness and convenience of being able to take it with you. They STILL killed OFF the CONSOLE, and not the handheld.

          Did you people stop to think what your saying? Your saying they have two handhelds 3DS and Switch, two handhelds and NO CONSOLE! Why would they have NO CONSOLE and TWO HAND HELDS it makes no sense. This is their Console that is also a handheld.

          • Hvd

            this thing is the wii u 2.0 its weaker then the xbox one.its a tablet that plays nintendo games.

  • Panty Sniffer

    better than girl’s panties

  • BTW, nothing indicates that ANY of these titles will be launch titles, if you mean within the launch window which I believe is within the first 3 months then yes, but launch titles, no, the only one I’d bet on is Zelda. The Mario game looks incredibly unfinished, so I doubt very much it will be a launch game, the others are all plausible but again there is no indication that this is correct, And as of right now Skyrim hasn’t officially been announced by Bethesda, they have stated (on Twitter) that they have nothing to announce other then that they are working on something for the Switch.

  • iofhua

    I was hoping for Mario Maker and Hyrule Warriors. I’m not getting the Wii U and these are the only two games for that system which interest me.

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    do you even know if all those are launch games?

  • Nine

    The same thing have been said about the wii u and look at the wii u it’s the biggest failure for Nintendo

  • David

    So, a port of a WiiU game, a port of a WiiU game, a port of a WiiU game, the definitively worst port of an Xbox 360 games, and yet another Mario game that isn’t a Galaxy game so nobody cares.

    To Nintendorks, BEST LAUNCH EVAH!

    To consumers – what the heck kind of bad launch lineup is THIS?!

  • Dave McHugh

    This is a system teaser and not a launch trailer. Nintendo will be lucky to have even one of these 1st party games out at launch and Bethesda hasn’t even officially announced Skyrim for Switch. Hands up if you work in the commercial industry. These a models and actors pantomiming in front of blank screens that later had specifically chosen game footage painted on in post production. None of those systems in the trailer were doing anything. Most of those games probably won’t end up looking or running as well as they were shown.

    • Dave McHugh

      Um, and I call bullshit on playing multiplayer NBA 2K17 with your buddies on the go. What, do they have a Switch specific control setting that allows you to do everything with 4 buttons and an analog stick just so you can share some tiny controllers with your friends in a park that would legally be closed after dark so what the hell are you kids even doing out there oh my god where are your parents?