The Nintendo Switch launch games lineup, announced last January 12, is a bit disappointing, to say the least. We're only getting a grand total of five games on March 3, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as the biggest. The good news is that another game has now joined the fray. But it doesn't bear the word "Mario" or "Pokemon" in its title.
Try "Isaac." As in The Binding of Isaac, the popular roguelike indie game with a questionable premise. Nicalis, Inc. has just announced that The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will be a launch game for the Switch. The announcement was made via a blog post by Tyrone Rodriguez at the game's official website.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will be available in both physical and digital (Nintendo eShop) copy, and contains Rebirth, Afterbirth, and Afterbirth+. It has a price tag of $39.99. Furthermore, it seems there's an incentive to pre-ordering the boxed copy. According to Rodriguez, "the first few thousand copies" may receive something special, although no other details were divulged.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ joins Breath of the Wild, 1-2 Switch, Just Dance 2017, Skylander's Imaginators, and Super Bomberman R in the short list of Switch launch games. The game's premise is loosely based on "The Binding of Isaac," a story from the Bible. The gameplay features elements seen in roguelike games such as procedurally-generated dungeons, 2D graphics, and permanent death.
The indie game was originally released back in 2011 for the PC as simply The Binding of Isaac. After its popularity had grown, the game was remade and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth was born (no pun intended). Afterbirth and Afterbirth+ were both expansion packs which added hundreds of new levels, items, and monsters into the base game. Rebirth is also available on all current-gen consoles, including handhelds, as well as on Mac and Linux.
The Switch launches on March 3 with a price tag of $299.99. The formerly code-named "NX" is a home console which can be taken out of its "dock" to also function as a traditional handheld console. The console is a successor to both the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Wii U.