‘Minecraft’, ‘Payday 2’, ‘Sonic Forces’ and More Revealed for Nintendo Switch

Henry Gilbert
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Nintendo had quite a special Nintendo Direct live stream today. Not only did we get to find out the release date for Arms and for Splatoon 2, but we also got a huge stack of new info on a bunch of new Nintendo Switch games. That includes new titles starring folks like Sonic the Hedgehog, big PC ports like Payday 2 and Minecraft, and even some brand new amiibo heading to store shelves. Here’s the whole rundown from the stream — watch and then we’ll highlight the biggest stuff right after.

Where to start? Well, Sonic fans will certainly focus on the new updates on the two Hedgehog titles arrive on the Switch this year. Not only did we get to see some of the first footage of Classic Sonic running around in Sonic Forces, but we also got to see some of his throwback stages. Speaking of throwbacks, that was shown alongside some new footage of the retro-loving Sonic Mania game coming to Switch this summer.

We also got to see Switch get a few ports of fan favorites like Minecraft, Payday 2, and Rayman Legends. Sure, some folks have played those on PCs and other consoles, but if you missed them before, Switch is giving you another chance. There was also news of more NEOGEO classics headed to the eShop, along with some arcade classics in this summer’s Namco Museum. Though when are older Nintendo games going to arrive on Switch’s Virtual Console.

Last of the big news were dates on some new downloadables coming soon. Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers brings back the classic world warriors in another remake of the iconic fighter, and it’ll be on the Switch May 26. Meanwhile, the RPG adaptation of hit indie comic book Battle Chasers will arrive as a download in late summer, while this fall will see the beloved board game Monopoly head to Switch this fall.

So, after a launch that featured Zelda: Breath of the Wild and not much else, it looks like the next few months of Switch games is getting a lot busier. But what will be revealed at E3? Stay tuned to find out!

Henry Gilbert
Henry Gilbert is Senior Games Editor at Fandom. He's worked in the gaming press since 2008, writing for sites as diverse as GamesRadar, IGN, and Paste Magazine. He's also been known to record a podcast or two with Laser Time. Follow him on Twitter @henereyg.
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