Report: Splatoon Packed in With Switch at Launch, Mario and Skyrim are Launch Titles


The world is buzzing yet again. Moments after reporting on some juicy rumors involving Mario Kart Switch, we got some even juicer stuff dropped on our doorstep by Laura Kate Dale. She is the one who reported the exact day the Nintendo Switch would be unveiled, among many other Switch rumors that have so far been 100% correct. She also detailed out what types of sources she has been using, and included in this recent batch is her source from inside Nintendo that initially told her when the Switch would be unveiled (and the Switch name itself). All told, she is currently the most reliable source of Nintendo Switch leaks presently. That being said, until you hear it from Nintendo, always remain skeptical.

Before we get into the bigger stuff, we did report that Breath of the Wild would not be there at launch. Laura has further backed that up with multiple sources and got additional confirmation that the Wii U version is also pushed back (expected, as Nintendo stated they would release simultaneously). However, she did learn the Wii U version is definitely not canceled and will still come out around the time the Switch version lands (which she claims is several months after launch).

Beyond that, she had some interesting things to say about Mario Switch:

“In Switch-specific news, we have been told that the Mario game shown in the Switch reveal trailer is planned as Switch release day title in all territories. One source has told us a potential name, but we are currently unable to find any web domains or trademark registrations to back up the name suggestion and so we are choosing not to talk about that at this time.

The title will apparently feature a 3D open world hub from which different worlds can be selected, with multiple objectives to complete in each, much like Mario 64 or Mario Galaxy. This may seem obvious, but we share this information to specify that this will not be a Super Mario 3D World-style game where the action is in 3D, but each stage is a linear path designed to be completed a single time.”

The multiplayer teased in the trailer will be a co-op version of the main game, with both players able to work together toward objectives, but with a form of tether to keep the players from going too far from each other. Player twoโ€™s gameplay will not hold player one back from progress, but player two can be the one to complete an objective and be shown as receiving the level end reward. A screen will then show how much of the progress toward that success was down to each player, like how many red coins each player collected in a red coin stage.

This Mario title has a demo in development ready for press to play in January 2017.

This does back up a somewhat questionable rumor report from awhile back, but we’ll see what comes to fruition soon enough. She also dropped some bombs on other launch titles:

We have also heard that the current plan is for the more expensive Switch SKU (stock keeping unit) to come bundled with a new version of Splatoon. A big part of the push for this will be a 1 vs 1 mode where two players on separate Switches can fight over a map, switching their weapon of choice at will mid-game. Nintendo expects the short match nature of Splatoon to translate well to handheld multiplayer, in that players need only commit a few minutes to a full multiplayer match.

There are also plans to add additional single player content to the game, and for the Switch version of the game to have a similar free content output schedule to the one the Wii U version of the game enjoyed.

Also, that Skyrim port Bethesda refuse to confirm is real is totally happening. Weโ€™ve heard itโ€™s planned to be a launch day release for the system, to mirror the recent remastered version of the game, and to allow mods at some time post-launch. Mod support for Skyrim will not be there from day one, and much like the PS4 will be limited to mods made using existing in-game assets.

Are you pumped? I am glad to see Skyrim will be getting mod supported, even if it’s in the limited capacity. Not having it at all would have felt like a big blow for such a well renowned game.

Source: LetsPlayVideoGames



Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

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  • Rob Whetzel

    No Zelda or Animal Crossing at launch means I will not be buying this at launch. Poor launch titles are gonna turn the Switch into another Wii U. I hope it goes well though, regardless.

    • Lord Lemmy

      A new 3D Mario in the style of SM64/Sunsuhine/Galaxy1/2. (A type of Mario game everyone’s been wanting)
      Upgraded Splatoon port. (one of Wii U’s top selling games)
      Skyrim HD.
      on top of whatever else hasn’t been announced yet from both 1st and 3rd party developers, even with confirmations that 3rd parties plan on bringing major games to the console.
      “Poor launch titles”

      Hell, the ONLY Nintendo Console to have Zelda at launch was the Wii, and that was just a port of a GCN game…

      Neither Zelda nor Animal Crossing have ever been known for being launch titles for, well, any console, so complaining about them not being launch titles is like complaining that a restaurant doesn’t have lunch deals at 8 in the morning.

      • Rob Whetzel

        Skyrim HD, a game just recently re released, isn’t a launch title to be excited about in March 2017.
        Wii was Nintendo’s best selling home console, and Zelda was a launch title, so that certainly helped. They’re poor launch titles to me.
        Also your restaurant metaphor doesn’t work here, but nice try. I’m not complaining about them not having those games for launch, I’m simply saying they won’t and because of that I’ll be waiting. I made the mistake of buying the Wii U at launch.

        • Darth Kazar

          “Skyrim isn’t a launch title to be excited about in march 2017”. You are soooo wrong there.

          Those are good lauch titles, it doesn’t matter if you like them or not.

          • Rob Whetzel

            Well that’s good! You can get the Switch at launch ๐Ÿ™‚ but I won’t be, because don’t think they’re good launch titles. See how I said “I don’t think”? That’s called an “opinion”. Let’s jot that down for future reference.

          • Darth Kazar

            Oh! So good now you can separete opinions from judgments/supositions.
            Again, regardless your -opinion-. Those are games many people will take as motives for lauch day. That was not even my point. But good you will not make the same mistake as with the Wii U!

            “Skyrim isn’t a launch title to be excited about in march 2017” -> see how I quoted a statement with no opinions in it? It is called a judgment and suposition. It is a normal mistake, though.

          • Nos Rin aka CTCO

            pffffft. NOPE. It’s still a buggy mess just like the original and I bet you wont even be able to mod it and, let’s be honest, it’s a very bare boned games BECAUSE bugthesda knew PC would mod the shit out of it. And they have.

          • Darth Kazar

            Just replied to you the same before.
            “bare boned game”, “buggy mess”, now those ARE opinions, not like the other dude XD
            Mods, maybe yes. I hope so.
            And it is a game to be excited for most people, maybe new bugs and stuff will increase its value…

          • Nos Rin aka CTCO

            new buggs…. increase value……………….. wow.

            Bare boned could be considered an opinion until you compare it to the likes of other games.
            And buggy mess is NOT an opinion. Maybe the wording doesn’t sound factual but one of the things bethesda is known best for is the amount of bugs and glitches in their games.

          • Darth Kazar

            It was sarcasm dude…
            Chill out.

          • Nos Rin aka CTCO

            Sarcasm…. hard to tell… on interwebs…. >_>

      • Nos Rin aka CTCO

        Skyrim HD is just as much of a buggy mess as Skyrim. Sorry but when I can play that on a computer with mods why should I or anyone get excited?

        • Lord Lemmy

          Because now you can easily take it on the go. That’s pretty much it. For some, that’s a major advantage.

          And, I mean, I’m not gonna knock you for your opinions on mods, but I’ve never had too big of an issue with the bugs in the original. Nothing game breaking at the very least. I’ve never felt the need to implement mods, to either fix bugs or “expand” the game. But that’s just me. If you absolutely need mods, that’s fine, that’s your thing.

          • Nos Rin aka CTCO

            Sadly I do (need mods). Which oddly, I didn’t feel that need with Oblivion, FO3, FONV (although there were a small handful I did pickup just cause they were so awesome) or even FO4.
            Skyrim should have been my favorite. I love Nords. I love the cold north. But the game just felt so bare boned. Maybe it was the leveling system. Maybe it was the dull quests.

            But there’s two awesome mod expansions everyone should try (I havent yet.)
            Actually as far as bugs, I’ve had more issues with Skyrim HD then Skyrim I think. maybe? It’s been a long long time since i’ve played old skyrim but the HD version? I had it freeze so badly on a mini loading screen I could not even ctrl-alt-dlt out of it I had to log out of my user.

            I will probably go back to FONV, I’m on a third playthrough but I still haven’t even beat the story yet. XD

          • Darth Kazar

            Mods was a big advantage on PC, but getting it on the go is so dam good, that is why so much people had gotten excited. I also have had none bugs with Skyrim so far neither had installed mods. Maybe the mods are gonna be able on Switch too, because the cartdriges, more space, speed, etc.

          • Nos Rin aka CTCO

            I’m still not sold on this cartridge thing. for a handheld sure but a full console game? ……..

          • Daniel Rasmussen

            I am so happy about game cards, they are not your fathers cartridges, they are faster than disks, and the fewer moving parts the better.

          • Nos Rin aka CTCO

            im not that young! XD but ya I get the expression. I will wait and see since this is something I have not seen before but I’ll believe it when I see it.

          • Daniel Rasmussen

            Im 47, so I am the “father” I was talking about, but my 3ds is what makes me appreciate game cards, they are convenient and loading time is practically non existant.

          • Nos Rin aka CTCO

            oooold lol just kidding. ๐Ÿ˜› I’m getting there. (28)

            Eh, we’ll see. They’re great for handheld games but I question full game potential.
            Thinks like the N64 and the GC make me question Nintendo’s data storage choices because both of those limited what they could put into games. Megaman 64 and Sonic Adventures 2 are two examples that come to mind.

  • KnightSecular_


    not getting till zelda is released, or just a cheap ass wii u

  • Jake Valliere

    I mean, just having skyrim on a Nintendo console is good enough for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • James Todd

      Hell having sky rim on the go is good enough for me

  • Nos Rin aka CTCO

    I have skyrim on PC. meaning console commands and mods.
    *snore* Give me breath of the wild and then you can shut up and take my rupees.

  • Nos Rin aka CTCO

    XD nope!