Ubisoft Announces Suite Of Games For Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch, which was officially announced a few days ago and is released on March 3rd for £279.99 (though you will need to pay for online services later in the year) has a handful of games available for the platform upon release, namely Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Bomberman R and 1-2-Switch. Later in the year you will also get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey and ARMS. However in terms of 3rd party support Ubisoft has announced that Just Dance 2017, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition and Steep will also be part of the line-up for Nintendo Switch.
For those who don’t know Nintendo Switch combines the best of two worlds: a mobile handheld console with a 6.2" 720p screen and a traditional at-home console gaming (that upscales to 1080p when docked to a larger screen).
Alongside the intuitive Joy-Con controller this new console brings Ubisoft and its teams new opportunities to express their creativity, develop fresh ways to play and push the industry boundaries once again.
“Ubisoft is bringing Just Dance 2017, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition and Steep to the Nintendo Switch. We’re proud to be working closely with Nintendo on this new console, making sure players can enjoy great games on a device that shares the same philosophy as these games: great accessibility and the ability to bring people together”, said Xavier Poix, Managing Director, Ubisoft’s French Studios. “These three games are just the beginning; we will share more about other exciting projects for Nintendo Switch at a later date.”
Just Dance 2017 – Dancing with anyone – anywhere, anytime
Just Dance 2017 will be the first Ubisoft game released for Nintendo Switch at launch. The chart-topping dance track, “How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris & Disciples, will be available as an exclusive track for Nintendo Switch owners via Just Dance Unlimited.* This hit song joins 40 tracks already available in the game, including “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, “Lean On” by Major Lazer Ft. MØ & DJ Snake, brand-new hits like “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5, party favourites like “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé and classics like “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. Nintendo Switch players will also have three months of free access to Just Dance Unlimited, the dance-on-demand subscription streaming service, which offers more than 200 additional songs and access to exclusive tracks, with new hit songs added all the time.
More accessible than ever, Just Dance 2017 can now be played anywhere, with up to six players at the same time using a Joy-Con controller, or by using the Just Dance Controller app (which turns your smartphone into a controller).
Rayman Legends Definitive Edition – Exploring Rayman’s legendary worlds
Players’ all-time favourite, Rayman, is back in the game thanks to Rayman Legends Definitive Edition, the ultimate version of the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends created by Michel Ancel. This edition includes all the game’s traditional features, such as Kung Foot, plus some brand-new surprises. Nintendo’s history has included the Rayman brand since the franchise’s beginning, with titles such as Rayman Advance for Game Boy Advance, Rayman 2 The Great Escape for Nintendo 64 and Rayman Raving Rabbids for the launch of Wii.
Rayman, Globox and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look closer, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a different mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting.
Steep – Experiencing action sports in the beautiful open-world of the Alps
In Steep, players drop in to the Alps and ski, snowboard, wingsuit and paraglide through the game’s massive open-world playground, filled with exhilarating activities and breathtaking views. Developed by Ubisoft Annecy, Steep is designed for a culture that’s all about sharing experiences with the world. Steep features seamless multiplayer, populating the world with players as they naturally explore the Alps. Players and friends across the globe can take on challenges together or compete with each other to snag the top spot on the leaderboard. The open-world of Steep will be further enriched by the majestic slopes of Alaska in a free update available this year.
As of yet Nintendo have not revealed the exact specs that will feature in the Nintendo Switch console but it will be roughly based on the Nvidia Tegra X1 chipset (like the Nvidia Shield Android Box). However games will be more about the gameplay, rather than cutting edge graphics, so if you are obsessed with having the highest quality visual presentation then the console may not satisfy your needs. However in some ways, getting back to pure gameplay is going to be refreshing, so it’s going to be fun to see how the console fairs when it arrives in March.
For more info about the console check out the official presentation video below…
*“How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris & Disciples is available through Just Dance Unlimited and can be accessed either via the free trial or by subscribing. The track will be available for all platforms later this year.