EP Daily Rundown for October 20, 2016

Today in the Rundown, we have the first official look at Nintendo’s new console called the Switch! We also have first looks at Red Dead Redemption 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and the new Wolverine movie Logan!

After more than a year of rumours and speculation, Nintendo has finally unveiled their next console. They’re calling it the Nintendo Switch, doing away with the NX codename that they’ve been using all this time. As rumoured, the device is a crossover between a stationary console and a handheld device. It plugs into a Dock next to your TV allowing you to play just like a normal console, but you can also detach it and take it with you on the go just like the 3DS. Nintendo says that, in portable mode, you’ll get the “full home gaming system experience,” which sounds like there won’t be any down-scale in quality when you detach from the Dock. That makes sense given that the game cartridges (yes it uses cartridges) slide into the back of the gamepad itself and not the Dock. This means you don’t have to be in the same Wi-fi hotspot as the Dock either, which puts the NX- er, Switch, a big step ahead of the Wii U. As for the controllers, there are two little ones that Nintendo is calling the Joy-Con controllers, which can slide in and out in different ways and held in different positions. There’s also the Joy-Con Grip accessory, allowing you to clip the two side controllers together. If you don’t like that, there’s also the Switch Pro Controller, which looks a lot like the Wii Classic Controller.

All that hardware looks pretty cool, but the biggest question is: what games can you play on the Switch? Nintendo hasn’t released a list of launch titles yet. There are however several games that are glimpsed in the announcement video released this morning. There’s the new Zelda game Breath of the Wild, which we already knew was coming. There are also a few unannounced titles, including Splatoon, Mario Kart, and what looks like a new 3D Mario game. And is that Skyrim running on the Switch? And NBA 2K17? Pretty cool. In a statement, Nintendo says that some of the games shown in the trailer are just “short glimpses of representative gameplay” meant to demonstrate what the Switch can do, so some of them might look a little different when the final version arrives. Dozens of game makers are already working on titles for the system, including Ubisoft, Activision, EA, Sega, and Level 5. Nintendo says that developers will have the freedom to design their games to support all the different Switch play styles, which should lead to interesting gameplay variety, similar to what happened when the original Wii launched. Something that has us excited is that you’ll be able to play multiplayer on the go if you bump into someone else with a Switch controller, not unlike the 3DS. That’s convenient if you want to make new friends, or compete in massive esports tournaments. The Switch will launch in March. So how much does it cost? Nintendo hasn’t revealed that just yet, but you know we’ll have plenty more on the system in the coming days and months.

The Nintendo Switch isn’t the only big thing unveiled today, not by a long shot. Proving that game companies don’t know how to communicate with each other, Rockstar released the first teaser trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 just after the Switch was unveiled. The new game looks like everything we’d expect out of a new Red Dead, with beautiful, atmospheric environments and an authentic old west feel. We can’t wait for Rockstar to release more about the game, including info about the characters, setting, and multiplayer. Red Dead Redemption 2 will ride into town on the PS4 and Xbox One in Fall 2017.

And over on the big screen, not one but two new Marvel movies have been unveiled. First up, Marvel and Disney released the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. It gives us a brief glimpse of all the returning characters, including an adorable baby version of the talking tree Groot, although we’ve yet to get a look at the new characters played by Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, and others. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 won’t hit theatres until May, so there’s plenty of time to show off more. Secondly, Fox released the first trailer for their third Wolverine solo movie Logan. It looks like what would happen if The Last of Us had a baby with an X-Men movie. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic near future where the mutants have all but been destroyed, and it’s up to an Old Man version of Wolverine to team up with Professor Xavier one last time to make things right. This is expected to be Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the character, not to mention the last time Patrick Stewart will play Professor X, so hopefully it will be fitting send off. Logan will claw theatres in March.

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