Exciting May for Switch game lovers

Danial Norjidi

Notable new titles will be making their way onto the Nintendo Switch in May, including a remaster of a Nintendo exclusive as well as collections compiling ports of games from three popular franchises.

One upcoming release is that of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, which is set to launch on May 29. Described during the Nintendo Direct Mini video showcase as “the ultimate version of a modern classic”, the critically-acclaimed role-playing game “looks better and plays smoother than ever before” on the Switch.

Developed by Monolift Soft and published by Nintendo, Xenoblade Chronicles originally launched on the Wii in Japan in 2010, before releasing in other regions in 2011 and 2012. The New Nintendo 3DS then got a port of the game in 2015.

The game follows the story of protagonist Shulk as he and his companions set out on quest to defeat a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. The definitive edition on the Switch will feature a battle HUD and menu screens that are easy to read and use, some re-recorded music as well as a new epilogue called “Future Connected” to cap off the main game.

Other upcoming releases next month for the Nintendo Switch come in the form of collections of three of publisher 2K’s most popular franchises. First up is the BioShock: The Collection, which features three titles from the award-winning BioShock series, namely: BioShockRemastered, where players explore Rapture, an undersea city that was once a haven for society’s greatest minds but has devolved into a dystopian nightmare; BioShock 2 Remastered, in which players get to experience Rapture through the eyes of Subject Delta, a genetically mutated and altered human being searching for his missing little sister; and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition, where you play as Booker DeWitt, an investigator on a mission to travel to a flying city above the clouds to rescue a woman named Elizabeth.

Ninjala. PHOTO: SILICONERA

Next is Borderlands Legendary Collection, which compiles three titles from the popular looter-shooter series. First is Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, in which you play as one of four mercenaries and explore the lawless desolate planet Pandora in search of powerful alien technology.

In the next game, Borderlands 2, you get to play as one of six vault hunters attempting to liberate Pandora from evil mastermind Handsome Jack, while the third game in the collection, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, sees players discover the story behind Handsome Jack and his rise to power.

The third upcoming 2K compilation is XCOM 2 Collection. In award-winning strategy game XCOM 2, aliens rule the Earth and you play as the leader of a guerrilla force trying to start a global resistance to eliminate the alien threat and save the human race from extinction.

The collection also features four DLC (downloadable content) packs as well as the War of the Chosen expansion. All three collections are scheduled for a May 29 release on Nintendo Switch.

Meanwhile, Minecraft Dungeons by Mojangwill be making its way to the Switch as well as PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass on May 26. According to its official Nintendo game page, Minecraft Dungeons sees players fight their way through an all-new action adventure game inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe.

Players can traverse the dungeons alone or join friends in parties of up to four players to “battle together through action-packed, treasure-stuffed, wildly varied levels – all in an epic quest to save the villagers and take down the evil Arch-Illager”.

Gungho-Online’s multi-player game Ninjala is another title that will be arriving on the Switch next month. Ninjala is described as “an online action battle game featuring ninja and gum”, where you “assume the role of a modern-day ninja and take part in the Ninjala tournament”. Players can use Ninja-Gum to blow bubbles that can be tossed at foes, while crafting weapons and dashing across stages.

The game features battle royale-style matches of up to eight players, striving to earn the most points by defeating opponents, obtaining items, destroying drones and using finishing techniques.

Players can also squad up in 4v4 team battles. Ninjala has a release date of May 27 on the Switch, and a demo is also available.

Also set for release next month on the Switch are: motorbike racing game TT Isle of Man Ride on the Edge 2 on May 14; sci-fi survival horror title The Persistance on May 21; survival horror game Monstrum on May 22; and platform game Shantae and the Seven Sirens on May 28.

Sharing his thoughts on the upcoming releases, local Nintendo Switch player, Mohd Nor, said, “It was a welcome surprise when they were announced.

“I’m glad more AAA games are coming to Switch, even if some of them are ports. I’m particularly looking forward to playing Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Collection, XCOM 2 Collection and Bioshock: The Collection on the go.”

“I loved Xenoblade Chronicles 2 but I have never played the first Xenoblade Chronicles. With the inclusion of new areas and it being graphically reworked, will definitely play it on the Switch.”

Speaking on games being ported over to the Switch, he said, “I can’t complain with more AAA games being ported as it means more choices. I just wish the prices of ports were not high as these games are sold for cheap on other platforms.”