Nintendo Switch is not as powerful as the PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X. Its worldwide success is proof that power isn’t everything. However, the Switch gaming library has suffered a little due to the console’s lack of processing power. Nintendo Switch won’t be getting Call of Duty: WWII because it is’t powerful enough for the graphics-intensive title.
R.B.I Baseball 17: A new addition to the Switch gaming library
The lack of power has also cost it Asobo Studio’s A Plague Tale: Innocence because the developer believes the Switch’s processing power doesn’t do justice to the title. Destiny 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2 are a few other titles that wouldn’t be added to the Switch gaming library. However, recent announcements by Major League Baseball and Ubisoft should be music to the ears of Nintendo Switch users.
The console already has a basketball game called NBA Playgrounds. It will get two other officially licensed games NBA 2K18 and a version of FIFA18 later this year. Now Major League Baseball has announced that its R.B.I. Baseball 17 will be made available to Switch users on September 5th. R.B.I. Baseball 17 is already available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
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The R.B.I Baseball 17 will be the first licensed pro sports game to be available in retail stores for Nintendo Switch. Users will be able to play it on the go or at home. The developer said the title allows for “fun, fast-paced gameplay in all 30 ballparks” with more than 1,000 MLB players. The Switch version of the game will also be taking advantage of the console’s unique controller options.
Ubisoft to bring new Switch games ‘quite soon’
Ubisoft has also teased new games coming to the Switch. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said during the company’s recent earnings call that the developer was planning to bring new games to the Switch in the near future. The company is expected to showcase the new titles at the Gamescom 2017 event. Ubisoft made available its Just Dance 2017 to Nintendo Switch earlier this year.
Ubisoft has already promised to bring a series of titles to the Switch including Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition, Monopoly, Just Dance 2018, and Starlink: Battle for Atlas. It would be interesting to see whether the new Assassin’s Creed Origins comes to the Switch. The title will launch on other consoles on October 27th. If Nintendo gets the game, it would be an exciting addition to the Switch gaming library.
Ubisoft has many other franchises such as Beyond Good & Evil, Far Cry, and South Park. Gaming experts believe that the company would also port over some of the older titles from these franchises to Nintendo Switch. Ubisoft hasn’t made an official announcement yet.
Nintendo is yet to announce many first-party titles
Nintendo will bring Super Mario Odyssey to the Switch on October 27th, while Splatoon 2 is coming on July 21st. Earlier this month, Nintendo executive Shinya Takahashi revealed that the company has many other titles that haven’t been announced yet. The Japanese company has been working on multiple projects to explore the full capacity of Nintendo Switch. Some of these projects could be officially announced soon.
Earlier this week, Nintendo released the Nintendo Switch Online app for Android and iOS. The companion app will enable voice chat, game invites, and many other multiplayer features for titles that support the app. The upcoming Splatoon 2 will have its own ranking and information service called SplatNet 2 in the Online app. Though the app is available for free, it isn’t very useful at this point.
The app is currently under maintenance. If you want to play multi-player games, the app would allow you to do that and more after July 21. You can continue to use the app for free until Nintendo unveils the full version of the Online app next year. When the full version goes live, Nintendo will charge $3.99 per month, $7.99 for three months, and $19.99 for a year. By comparison, Microsoft and Sony charge $59.99 per year for their services.
Will Nintendo Switch beat Xbox One this year?
Nintendo Switch is only about four months old, but has shattered all the previous sales records for Nintendo. The console shipped 2.74 million units during the launch month. The Japanese company was hoping to sell nearly 10 million units during the first year. But impressive sales have prompted Nintendo to double its production capacity to about 20 million units per year. The Switch is expected to see strong sales during the holiday shopping season.
Gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter predicts that the Switch will be able to outsell Microsoft’s Xbox One this year. The holiday sales would be the deciding factor here. Microsoft’s Xbox One X is releasing in time for the holiday shopping season, which should fuel the Xbox sales. However, the One X will be an expensive console ($499) targeting only hardcore gamers.
Recently, Nintendo shared the list of most popular Switch titles based on the eShop download ranking. The top five titles were Snipperclips, Minecraft, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Kamiko, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.