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 two’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. We’ve heard it’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.