Joyful June for Switch gamers

Danial Norjidi

Those looking for something new to play on the Nintendo Switch will find that a number of new titles will be releasing this month.

One such title is a port of The Outer Worlds, which arrived on the Switch on June 5, after having first released on the PS4, Xbox One and PC in October last year.

Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, this first-person action role-playing game is set in the year 2355 in an alternative future and sees players create a character, lead a crew of companions and explore settlements, space stations and other diverse locations.

According to the game’s official page on the Nintendo website, “Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later than you expected only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony.”

“As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon.”

In ‘The Outer Worlds’, you awake from hibernation on a colonist ship that was lost in transit to Halcyon, the furthest colony from Earth located at the edge of the galaxy, only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy it. PHOTO: OBSIDIAN ENTERTAINMENT
‘Summer in Mara’ sees you take care of your own island and explore the ocean. Playing as Koa, players will farm and craft while also completing quests and discovering the secrets of the ocean. PHOTO: CHIBIG
This June 30, Switch RPG fans will get to immerse themselves in the world of ‘The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III’ while taking on the role of protagonist Rean Schwarzer as he uncovers a dark plot that threatens his homeland. PHOTO: NIHON FALCON
Project Warlock, which has a June 11 release date, features 60 vast levels in five settings, from frozen Antarctic base to the sands of Egypt to the medieval castles’ courts and graveyards. PHOTO: BUCKSHOT SOFTWARE
ABOVE & BELOW: ‘Burnout Paradise Remastered’ will be released on June 19 and includes the complete original game as well as eight main DLC packs; and Ninjala, delayed from its original release date of May 27 to June 24, features battle royale-style matches of up to eight players assuming the role of modern-day ninjas PHOTO: STELLAR ENTERTAINMENT/GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Another title released on June 5 was Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics, a collection of board games, card games and sports games. Examples of games included are Four-in-a-Row, Mancala, Chess, Toy Boxing, Carrom, Air Hockey, Bowling and Dominoes, to name a few.

An impending arrival on the Switch is first-person shooter Project Warlock, where players take on the role of a mysterious warlock on a dangerous mission to eradicate all evil. “Put your finger on the trigger and travel through time and space to wreak havoc like in the golden days of fast paced, adrenaline-pumping first person shooters, hooking you for hours of super fun carnage.”

Project Warlock, which has a June 11 release date, features “60 vast levels in five settings, from frozen Antarctic base to the sands of Egypt to the medieval castles’ courts and graveyards.”

Those looking to add some strategic gameplay to their libraries may want to consider looking at Warborn, which releases tomorrow. Featuring turn-based tactical combat, Warborn is set in the Auros System “during a time of war and political uncertainty”, and sees players deploy for battle in technologically advanced suits of war called Variable Armor.

Another upcoming title is Summer in Mara. Set for release on June 16, this single-player adventure sees you take care of your own island and explore the ocean.

Playing as Koa, players will farm and craft while also completing quests and discovering the secrets of the ocean.

June 17 will see the release of The Isle of Armor – the first expansion to Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. According to the games’ website, the Isle of Armor is full of environments not seen in Galar before, including wave-swept beaches, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes.

“There are also plenty of Pokémon that make this island their home, living freely amid the lush nature. The island is home to a dojo for Pokémon battles. You and your Pokémon will train hard to become even stronger under Mustard, the Trainer who is the master of this dojo.”

Meanwhile, Burnout Paradise Remastered will be released on June 19. As the game is described on its official page, “Make action your middle name as you rule the open streets of Paradise City, in Burnout Paradise Remastered. Test the limits of skill and endurance as you push the boundaries of speed itself. Hurtle through hectic downtown avenues to wild mountain roads. Smash through traffic, wreck your opponents, and use the open city to find shortcuts. Leave your friends in the dust and define your route to victory – or crash out in spectacular and devastating effect.”

This remaster includes the complete original game as well as eight main DLC packs, featuring new locations, challenges and more than 130 vehicles to explore.

Set for release on June 23 is SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated. A remake of the 2003 game based on the Nickelodeon animated series, this adventure platformer sees you play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy, using their unique skillsets to stop the evil Plankton from carrying out his evil plan to rule the undersea city of Bikini Bottom with his army of robots. The remake also features brand new horde mode multiplayer, as well as restored content that was cut from the original.

Another upcoming title is Gungho-Online’s multiplayer game Ninjala, which was delayed from its original release date of May 27 to June 24. The game features battle royale-style matches of up to eight players assuming the role of modern-day ninjas, all striving to earn the most points by defeating opponents, obtaining items, destroying drones and using finishing techniques. The game also features 4v4 team battles.

Action puzzler Mr Driller DrillLand makes its way to the Switch on June 25. The game sees players go to a secret amusement park 500 metres underground, where they “explore and conquer five ‘attractions’ with simple, yet exciting, gameplay that guests of all ages can enjoy”.

Lastly, Switch RPG fans will get to immerse themselves in the world of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III on June 30, taking on the role of protagonist Rean Schwarzer as he uncovers a dark plot that threatens his homeland. “To face their enemies, he must prepare a new generation of heroes as an instructor at a (military academy’s) new branch campus and guide them towards victory.”