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After what feels like decades of rumors, leaks, and speculation, the Nintendo Switch is just days away from release. The Switch, a hybrid of home console and portable, is certainly another shining example of Nintendo at its most imaginative, but there’s an enormous amount of pressure on the system to succeed. The Wii U was basically Matthew McConaughey in the 2000s: wandering around dazed and shirtless and unable to get its act together, even though there was some real potential there. The Switch needs to be Matthew McConaughey in the 2010s: weird, idiosyncratic, but totally killing it and worthy of our respect. If the Big N plays its cards right, it could end up with a mainstream, breakout hit on the magnitude of the Wii, or the first season of True Detective. If things go badly, we’ll just get another Failure to Launch.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Nintendo Switch (March 3rd)

Why we’re excited: It’s a new console. Gamer law says that we all must be excited for a new console launch. The early buzz: We’ve gotten plenty of hands-on time with the Switch around the office, and the hardware is mostly what it needs to be. The real question, as always, will be whether Nintendo can keep enough great games coming to justify buying one. Left behind: Some outlets have reported issues with the left Joy-Con desyncing from the console, but we haven’t encountered that issue in many, many hours of play. Maybe we’re lucky. Maybe only some units have that problem. Either way, it’s something to keep an eye out for if you’re planning on picking one up.

Zelda Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (March 3rd)

Available for: Switch, Wii U
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Why we’re excited: Oh, like you haven’t been watching every new trailer with frothing excitement yourself? Fine, here’s the gist. It’s borrowing from the open-world and RPG gameplay of its contemporaries. It’s Nintendo modernizing its best series. It’s a new Zelda. The early buzz: Just one review has been published, and it’s a 10 out of 10 from Edge Magazine. EGM’s Emma Schaefer isn’t done quite yet, but we asked her what she thought of what she’s played: “It’s awesome so far. I would say it doesn’t necessarily follow the ‘Zelda formula,’ but if there’s such a thing as a ‘Zelda spirit,’ this game is the pinnacle of that.” Sounds like some high praise. Spoiler warning: The game has leaked online, and some d-bags are already out there posting spoilers. Be very careful if you see anything that might ruin the game, since there’s a good chance the info is real.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn (February 28th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games

Why we’re excited: Set in a lush, post-apocalyptic world filled with robotic dinos and creatures, Horizon is easily the most visually impressive game we’ve seen on PlayStation 4 to date, and that’s saying something. The open-world gameplay doesn’t look too shabby, either. The early buzz: Critics (pretty much) everywhere are hailing Horizon as the best new property Sony has introduced on PS4. The game is at an 88 out of 100 average on Metacritic, and EGM’s own Matt Buchholtz praised the game in his 9.0 review, calling it “a great choice for those craving action and adventure.” XXX: Thirsty for any news about Death Stranding? Horizon includes a trio of Easter eggs referencing Hideo Kojima’s next game, probably because he’s worked with Guerrilla Games to use its Decima engine.

Also releasing this week:

February 28th

Blowhards (PC)
Constellation Distantia (PC)
Constructor HD (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Desync (PC)
The Division: Last Stand DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Dying: Reborn (PS4, PSVR, Vita)
Energia (PC)
forma.8 (PS4, Vita)
From Shadows (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ghost Blade HD (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U)
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PS4)
Locomancer (PC, Rift, Vive)
My Vet Practice (PC)
RC-AirSim – RC Model Airplane Flight Simulator (PC)
Stage Presence (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS)
Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Vita)
Suikoden IV (PS3)
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Turn Around (PC)
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier retail (PS4, Xbox One)

March 1st

Einlanzer (PC)
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One)
Radioactive (PC)
Ticket (PC)
Water Heroes: A Game for Change (PC, Mac)

March 2nd

ACA NeoGeo Nam-1975 (PS4)

March 3rd

Nintendo Switch
1-2-Switch (Switch)
Bloons TD5 (Xbox One)
Chaos Drift (PC)
Eekeemoo: Splinters of the Dark Shard (Xbox One)
Fast RMX (Switch)
Human Resource Machine (Switch)
I Am Setsuna (Switch)
Just Dance 2017 (Switch)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, Wii U)
Little Inferno (Switch)
Mastema: Out of Hell (PC)
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers (Switch)
Ra² (PC, Mac, Linux)
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Switch)
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Switch)
Skylanders Imaginators (Switch)
Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! (Switch)
Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors (PC)
Super Bomberman R (Switch)
World of Goo (Switch)
WRC 6 (PS4, Xbox One)

March 6th

Infektor (PC, Mac)

The biggest new games out this week: February 28th–March 6th

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By EGM Staff | 02/28/2017 12:15 PM PT | Updated 03/1/2017 09:44 AM PT

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After what feels like decades of rumors, leaks, and speculation, the Nintendo Switch is just days away from release. The Switch, a hybrid of home console and portable, is certainly another shining example of Nintendo at its most imaginative, but there’s an enormous amount of pressure on the system to succeed. The Wii U was basically Matthew McConaughey in the 2000s: wandering around dazed and shirtless and unable to get its act together, even though there was some real potential there. The Switch needs to be Matthew McConaughey in the 2010s: weird, idiosyncratic, but totally killing it and worthy of our respect. If the Big N plays its cards right, it could end up with a mainstream, breakout hit on the magnitude of the Wii, or the first season of True Detective. If things go badly, we’ll just get another Failure to Launch.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Nintendo Switch (March 3rd)

Why we’re excited: It’s a new console. Gamer law says that we all must be excited for a new console launch. The early buzz: We’ve gotten plenty of hands-on time with the Switch around the office, and the hardware is mostly what it needs to be. The real question, as always, will be whether Nintendo can keep enough great games coming to justify buying one. Left behind: Some outlets have reported issues with the left Joy-Con desyncing from the console, but we haven’t encountered that issue in many, many hours of play. Maybe we’re lucky. Maybe only some units have that problem. Either way, it’s something to keep an eye out for if you’re planning on picking one up.

Zelda Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (March 3rd)

Available for: Switch, Wii U
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Why we’re excited: Oh, like you haven’t been watching every new trailer with frothing excitement yourself? Fine, here’s the gist. It’s borrowing from the open-world and RPG gameplay of its contemporaries. It’s Nintendo modernizing its best series. It’s a new Zelda. The early buzz: Just one review has been published, and it’s a 10 out of 10 from Edge Magazine. EGM’s Emma Schaefer isn’t done quite yet, but we asked her what she thought of what she’s played: “It’s awesome so far. I would say it doesn’t necessarily follow the ‘Zelda formula,’ but if there’s such a thing as a ‘Zelda spirit,’ this game is the pinnacle of that.” Sounds like some high praise. Spoiler warning: The game has leaked online, and some d-bags are already out there posting spoilers. Be very careful if you see anything that might ruin the game, since there’s a good chance the info is real.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn (February 28th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games

Why we’re excited: Set in a lush, post-apocalyptic world filled with robotic dinos and creatures, Horizon is easily the most visually impressive game we’ve seen on PlayStation 4 to date, and that’s saying something. The open-world gameplay doesn’t look too shabby, either. The early buzz: Critics (pretty much) everywhere are hailing Horizon as the best new property Sony has introduced on PS4. The game is at an 88 out of 100 average on Metacritic, and EGM’s own Matt Buchholtz praised the game in his 9.0 review, calling it “a great choice for those craving action and adventure.” XXX: Thirsty for any news about Death Stranding? Horizon includes a trio of Easter eggs referencing Hideo Kojima’s next game, probably because he’s worked with Guerrilla Games to use its Decima engine.

Also releasing this week:

February 28th

Blowhards (PC)
Constellation Distantia (PC)
Constructor HD (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Desync (PC)
The Division: Last Stand DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Dying: Reborn (PS4, PSVR, Vita)
Energia (PC)
forma.8 (PS4, Vita)
From Shadows (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ghost Blade HD (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U)
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PS4)
Locomancer (PC, Rift, Vive)
My Vet Practice (PC)
RC-AirSim – RC Model Airplane Flight Simulator (PC)
Stage Presence (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS)
Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Vita)
Suikoden IV (PS3)
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Turn Around (PC)
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier retail (PS4, Xbox One)

March 1st

Einlanzer (PC)
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One)
Radioactive (PC)
Ticket (PC)
Water Heroes: A Game for Change (PC, Mac)

March 2nd

ACA NeoGeo Nam-1975 (PS4)

March 3rd

Nintendo Switch
1-2-Switch (Switch)
Bloons TD5 (Xbox One)
Chaos Drift (PC)
Eekeemoo: Splinters of the Dark Shard (Xbox One)
Fast RMX (Switch)
Human Resource Machine (Switch)
I Am Setsuna (Switch)
Just Dance 2017 (Switch)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, Wii U)
Little Inferno (Switch)
Mastema: Out of Hell (PC)
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers (Switch)
Ra² (PC, Mac, Linux)
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Switch)
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Switch)
Skylanders Imaginators (Switch)
Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! (Switch)
Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors (PC)
Super Bomberman R (Switch)
World of Goo (Switch)
WRC 6 (PS4, Xbox One)

March 6th

Infektor (PC, Mac)

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