One of the main leakers of Nintendo Switch news is Laura Kate Dale from Let’s Play Video Games. Sometimes her news comes in the form of a report on the site, and other times, like today, it comes via tweets.
The first nugget of information has to do with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s release date. She has previously stated it won’t be a launch game and that it is most likely coming out closer to summer. She now has heard an actual retail date of June 16, 2017 for the U.K. (no word on North America or Japan yet). She also reports that the Wii U version would come a week later, on June 23, 2017. This would be similar to how Twilight Princess was handled in North America, coming out a week or two later on GameCube after the Wii version released.
Speaking of Breath of the Wild, GameStop has changed the release date from March 2017 to just 2017 on its upcoming Wii U software website page. This could be another indicator that the game will be arriving later in the year and will miss the Nintendo Switch’s launch.
Laura also confirmed today that her sources are telling her that Monolith Soft is working on an entirely new game for the Nintendo Switch and aren’t handling the supposed Xenoblade Chronicles X port. Their new project won’t be out until 2018 at the earliest and the Xenoblade port is being done by an external porting agency. We heard before that Tantalus was already working on Switch ports, so could this be one of the games they are currently developing?
Finally, GameStop seemingly confirms that the Nintendo Switch will have motion controls. According to IGN, Paul Raines (CEO of the retailer) said:
“A movement-related game is more fun for kids, you know, taking those accessories off – [the detachable Joy-Con pads] – you can really do a lot of interesting things with that in gameplay.”
Of course Nintendo hasn’t yet divulged any information regarding motion controls, but it definitely seems like the system will have them in some fashion. It would make sense for games like Just Dance to have that as a feature in the system.
With all of these rumors, will there be any surprises left for Nintendo come January 12, when its set to properly debut the Nintendo Switch? I sure hope so!