Psyonix’ Rocket League Confirmed For Nintendo Switch This Winter, Will Have Cross-Network Play With Xbox And PC

Following the mediocre response to 2008’s Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, developers Psyonix found themselves with a surprise hit when Rocket League launched on PC and PS4 in 2015.

An Xbox version launched in 2016, and the developers have since been supporting the game – and it’s growing fanbase – across all platforms with DLC, both free and paid, on a regular basis.

Now, via a trailer as part of Nintendo’s E3 showing, Psyonix have announced the rocket-fueled-football-cars (totally should have called it that) will also be coming to Switch later this year.

The Switch version of the game will include wireless multiplayer and the cross-network functionality found elsewhere, which means whether you’re on PC, Xbox or Switch you’ll be able to play online seamlessly with those on other machines.

One point of note here, is that despite the developers and other platform holders being open to the idea, PlayStation owners are not able to join cross-network games, because of what Sony say are ‘privacy concerns’.

Rocket League Switch is expected to launch late 2017.

Psyonix’ Rocket League Confirmed For Nintendo Switch This Winter, Will Have Cross-Network Play With Xbox And PC

Cristiano Ronaldo Revealed As FIFA 18’s Cover Star

I’m not going to pretend I know much about football – but I do enjoy a game of FIFA every now and then, and despite not actively following the sport, I also understand that Cristiano Ronaldo is quite good at it. So good, in fact, that he’s been revealed as FIFA 18’s cover star.

Alongside the standard edition of the annualised franchise, EA are releasing a Ronaldo Edition of the game, which will grant players a digital version of the striker in the Ultimate Team game mode. There will also be an Icon Edition of the game coming to Sony and Microsoft platforms – which seemingly replaces the previously Xbox exclusive Legends Edition.

Heading into E3, we can expect further FIFA 18 details at the EA Play presser on June 10th, although I’d be surprised if they mention the cut-down Nintendo Switch version of the game on stage, since we already know that wont be running on the Frostbite Engine, or include the Journey story mode.

Cristiano Ronaldo Revealed As FIFA 18’s Cover Star

Nintendo Announce More Details Regarding Switch’s Online Service

Nintendo have today released new details regarding its upcoming paid online service for Nintendo Switch. They had earlier planned to have the service go live in Fall 2017 – meaning that Switch owners could play games online for free until then – however the company’s now revealed paid online won’t launch until 2018, which is great news for early adopters of the system.

Pricing for the service has also been announced, with 1 Month, 3 Month and Annual Membership options, costing 3.99/7.99/19.99 respectively.

Further to the low pricing, more good news comes by way of the included game options – think PlayStation Plus or Games With Gold.

“Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play.”

“Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription.”

“Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be able to play a wide variety of classic games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario. More games will be announced at a later date. At launch the classic game library will include NES games. Super NES games continue to be under consideration, but we have nothing further to announce at this time.”

Nintendo have otherwise remained silent on the future of Virtual Console on Switch.

Nintendo Announce More Details Regarding Switch’s Online Service

Nintendo Announce Switch Release Date, Price & Games Line-Up

Early this morning Nintendo took to YouTube and hosted their Nintendo Switch Presentation – an hour long stream which finally put to bed all the rumours circulating around the new home-console come portable hybrid.

First and foremost, Nintendo gave us a price and worldwide release date – ¥29,980/$299.99, 3rd March 2017. In Europe that equates to £279.99, with Nintendo’s own store, GAME and Amazon taking pre-orders. There’s only two SKUs to consider, too, with JoyCon colour being the deciding factor, so you wont need to worry about finding a Premium or Base console, as with the Wii U. Retailers in

Nintendo being Nintendo, stock is expected to be limited, and retailers have introduced restrictions of one console per customer to try and combat resale – as we’ve seen with the recent NES Classic Mini – which regularly appears on eBay at 3 or 4 times its original price.


£280 is a little more than many had hoped, so, it begs the question, what am I getting for my money?

In the box you’ll find the Switch console, two Joy-Con controllers, the Switch Dock, a Joy-Con Grip, two Joy-Con wrist straps, a HDMI cable, and thankfully, and AC adapter.

If you want to buy extras, or accessorise, you’ll need to save up however, as a new pair of Joy-Con will set you back $79.99/£69.99, and a Pro Controller $69.99/£59.99.

Spec wise, we know the Nintendo Switch is powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor, and will feature 32GB of built in storage, this is expandable via MicroSD, up to 2TB. Handy that, since Zelda, for example, takes 13.4GB – roughly 40% of the on board space.

The console’s battery life has been quoted as “between 2.5 and 6 hours”, dependent on the game or services in use. Typically, those who’ve already gone hands on are reporting the lower end of this range. Charging is facilitated via a USB3 port beneath the Switch unit.

We also now know the 6.2″ screen runs at 720p, and features capacitive multi-touch.

We also learnt that the Switch will not be region-locked.


Nintendo Switch’s online service will be free at launch, with a pricing model (as yet undisclosed) taking effect from from Fall 2017. Subscribers to the service will be able to download a free classic NES or SNES game each month, although access to that title is removed as a new one is Switched in. The console will feature friends lists and voice chat, with Nintendo chosing to leave behind Miiverse and Streetpass, instead opting to support existing Social Media platforms. Various aspects of the console’s online service including friend management and parental controls will be available via smartphone apps.

We’re told the console was created with three different modes of play in mind; TV Mode, in which the docked Switch outputs at 1080p on the home TV with a variety of control options; Tabletop, with the attached kickstand propping up the portable screen and Joy-Con controllers detached – for when a TV isn’t available – and Handheld Mode, with the Joy-Cons connected to the screen, operated as a single portable unit. Up to 8 Switch units can connect for ad-hoc multiplayer.

Both the left and right Joy-Con feature an analogue stick, four face buttons, a shoulder button and a trigger. These identical features mean you can use each Joy-Con as a separate pad for multiplayer on many games. The Left Joy-Con also features a Capture button, for sharing gameplay, while the right brings an NFC sensor to facilitate amiibo support and an IR camera that can determine distance and even, we’re told, shapes like rock, paper or scissors. Both will also house enhanced “HD Rumble”.

The Switch games line-up isn’t, in my opinion, perfect, but as you can see from the video above, Super Mario Odyssey looks like amazing fun. The disappointing thing, however, is that this isn’t coming until “Holiday 2017”, which may harm early sales of the machine.

The announced line up for the console’s launch month is as follows:

  • 1-2-Switch
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Just Dance 2017
  • Skylanders Imaginators
  • Snipperclips
  • Fast RMX
  • Has-Been Heroes

A handful of other games have also been revealed, all due later in 2017 and beyond.

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2
  • Minecraft Story Mode: The Complete Adventure
  • Minecraft: Switch Edition
  • Arcade Archives
  • Arms
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Disgaea 5
  • RIME
  • Splatoon 2
  • Skyrim
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Xenoblade 2
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Dragon Quest Heroes I & II
  • Dragon Quest X
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Project Octopath Traveler
  • FIFA
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  • Steep
  • Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
  • Shovel Knight
  • Constructor
  • Seasons Of Heaven
  • Farming Simulator
  • Syberia 3
  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
  • Redout
  • NBA 2K
  • Sonic Mania
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Project Sonic 2017
  • New Shin Megami Tensei
  • Suda 51 Project Based On No More Heroes Travis Touchdown

We also know the Nintendo Switch will feature Virtual Console support in some capacity, although aside from the NES/SNES downloads mentioned earlier, nothing has been mentioned just yet.


Nintendo Announce Switch Release Date, Price & Games Line-Up

Retailer Argos List Nintendo Switch At £300

Nintendo’s new console, Switch, looks like it’ll cost anywhere up to £299.99 here in the UK when it launches in March, if retailer Argos have their pre-order pricing correct.

A photograph showing the instore computer systems has appeared on reddit, leading to wild speculation. £300 is roughly £50 higher than previously rumoured, although of course, it’s easier for a retailer to lower pre-order prices than raise them, so this is almost certainly a cautious placeholder.

Elsewhere, there’s also rumours circulating that Zelda Breath Of The Wild wont make the Switch launch in Europe, although sources apparently in the know say otherwise.

I’m happy to wait until next Friday when Nintendo give us a proper look at the console, but in the meantime, if you want to know more, or are interested in the numerous Switch leaks and rumours, check out Laura Dale’s tweets @LaurakBuzz, or LetsPlayVideoGames.com – which has a fantastic roundup, and extensive ongoing coverage.

Retailer Argos List Nintendo Switch At £300

From Software’s Dark Souls Might Be Headed To Nintendo Switch

Since the console was revealed in October, Nintendo Switch has created a buzz amongst gamers, and with a host of third party partners on board, many have been wondering exactly which games and franchises we’ll be playing on the system in the coming years.

Today, information regarding a hugely popular title has been made public, thanks to the folks at LetsPlayVideoGames.com. They’re reporting, via an undisclosed source within the company, that From Software – developers of the Dark Souls series – are looking to bring all three of those games to Switch.

According to one of our sources, From Software has Dark Souls 3 running on the Nintendo Switch with a level of performance they are happy with. They have not committed to releasing it yet, but discussions internally at the company have discussed the financial viability of re releasing the main three Dark Souls titles on the Switch with their DLC bundled in.

The report continues, stating that development has been underway for considerable time, with a small team working on the project. The suggestion is that Dark Souls 3 would launch on the Switch day-and-date with the DLC inclusive GOTY type edition hitting existing platforms.

 

From Software’s Dark Souls Might Be Headed To Nintendo Switch

Stardew Valley Coming To PS4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch

Indie PC hit Stardew Valley is making its way to consoles, developer Eric Barone has confirmed.

The game will be released on PS4 and Xbox One on December 13th in the US and a day later in Europe, with a Nintendo Switch version to follow at a later date.

Barone also spoke of moving development focus from the earlier planned Wii U port to the forthcoming Switch. Emphasising his commitment to Nintendo platforms, he said: “I am really looking forward to the Switch, and I believe that the Switch’s unique capabilities could create some exciting opportunities for Stardew Valley.”

Talk of a console port for Stardew Valley came soon after a hugely successful PC launch, which saw the title sell half a million copies in its first two weeks on Steam.

Stardew Valley Coming To PS4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch