This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.
Nintendo Switch Indies getting spotlight broadcast next week
Nintendo will broadcast a “Nindies Showcase” on Tuesday at 12pm ET (9am PT, 5pm GMT) focusing on downloadable indie games for the Nintendo Switch. According to the company, over 60 indie games will come to the eShop this year.
The company also announced that futuristic racing game Fast RMX and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, the complete edition of Yacht Club’s retro platformer including the new Specter of Torment campaign.
“Vast majority” of Mass Effect: Andromeda playable after main story ends
According to lead designer Ian Frazier, the “vast majority” of Mass Effect: Andromeda and its side quests will remain open after completion of the main story.
“There’s a handful of quests that, if you finish the main story, are no longer accessible. But it’s a pretty small percentage. But the vast majority of the game, including the loyalty missions, Miss Effect 2 style, you can do even after you finish the main story. Most parts are so open.”
-Ian Frazier, Mass Effect: Andromeda lead designer
The game will launch Mar. 21 in the U.S. and Mar. 23 in Europe and Australia on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows.
Marvel Games to tell original stories, not held to canon
Marvel Games won’t force the developers it partners with to squeeze their games into existing storylines throughout the brand’s universes.
“We want to give our partners… freedom to look at all of Marvel history and to pick from what interests them. It’s a bit like we’re saving, ‘Hey you’re the chef, you’re going to make this meal. Here’s all of the ingredients. You pick the ingredients that you like and make a new meal.”
-Bill Rosemann, Marvel Games creative director
These meals include four announced console/PC projects – Spider-Man PS4, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite, and the Square Enix Avengers project.
“We want all of our games to tell an original, all new story. We want [our development partners] to have passion, we want them to put their stamp on the games. It’s their games. We want it to be their vision.”
However, Rosemann did note that Marvel does consider where audiences are coming from with their awareness of each property. For example, Telltale’s Guardians project will feel “familiar to people who have seen the movie” that stands as Marvel Studios’ fifth most successful film at the box office worldwide.
The goal here is not to force a game’s development timeline to coincide with a movie, show, or comic launch.
“We’re not going to rush things, we’re not going to get things out before they’re done.
“We’re also not going to try to do the very tricky balancing act of trying to make a game that adapts a movie and get it out in the same window as the movie.”
While timeliness can be important, Marvel Games’ focus is both on quality.
“We want every game to be game of the year. So we’re focusing on each game at a time. We know there are certain characters people are really hungry for, [but] right now we’re just going to focus on getting those right.”
Nintendo Switch won’t support virtual console at launch
Nintendo Switch will not come with Virtual Console games at launch.
Virtual Console is Nintendo’s emulation service, allowing new consoles to play games from the NES and beyond.
The Switch will also require a launch day update in order to access the eShop, according to a Nintendo press release, but it “downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn’t disrupt gameplay.”
Nintendo Switch will launch on Mar. 3, but you should know that by now.