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Nintendo Switch accessories hint at day-one launch of Zelda, fighting game

Possible launch games, apparent cartridge size, better look at “share” button.

Sam Machkovech
Normally, a giant printout of upcoming third-party game-console accessories isn't news. But when the system in question is the Nintendo Switch, which still hasn't received a full reveal, the newsworthiness of things like screen protectors and AC adapters increases.
On Tuesday, a French Twitter user posted over a dozen pages of an internal document from the game-peripheral company Hori, and it contained detailed "working concepts" for products relating to the upcoming Nintendo Switch console. (While the leaker said he was unsure about the documents' accuracy, at least one editor, from Let's Play Videogames, has vouched for the leak's accuracy.) Many of the details line up with what Nintendo already revealed in October, including a "March 2017" release window. Some of the tidbits tease launch possibilities.
Diehard Nintendo fans will be excited by Hori's accessories for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, especially those with a "March 2017" release date. While you may have little interest in decorating your Nintendo Switch with Zelda logos, such a release suggests that Breath of the Wild will launch on the same day as the hardware. (Releasing those decorations without a game to match would be a wicked thing for Hori to do.) Nintendo has yet to confirm a release date for Breath of the Wild, though recent reports from Eurogamer suggest that it will launch alongside the Switch, at least in the United States and Japan.
The documents also see Hori preparing a fighting-stick controller for the Switch. Again, a "March 2017" date is attached to one of the pamphlet's pages (specifically, a Zelda-themed one), which implies that all of the accessories might be slated to launch that day. Meanwhile, Let's Play Videogames' Laura Kate Dale tells Ars that she "100 percent expect[s] a fighting stick to hit at launch." (Dale has a good track record about Nintendo Switch rumors.)
If that's true, then a fighting game would make sense for launch. But no fighting-game leaks have emerged surrounding the Nintendo Switch, other than guesses that a Smash Bros. Wii U port may eventually land on the newer system. (My wild guess: Namco could have something in the works, considering its long friendship with Nintendo. The forthcoming Tekken 7? Another Pokken Tournament? Heck, maybe an out-of-nowhere update to the Soul Calibur franchise?)
Nintendo's sole sizzle-reel for the Nintendo Switch didn't show off the system's cartridges, which means the document from the French Twitter user may very well contain the world's first look at them. The Hori documents show a few unlabeled cartridges, which look very similar to 3DS carts, tucked into a 24-game carrying case. One other cart is tucked into a combination cartridge-controller carrying case, and this image does a better job offering scale for the sake of measuring a Switch cartridge's size.
The last kinda-new detail on display, from a different, color-image leak posted to the NeoGAF forums, is a cleaner look at the system's possible "share" button. This appears to be a square button with an indented circle. The design resembles the "record" button you might find on a VCR remote control, but the leaked documents and images do not confirm the button's name just yet.
I admit, digging into a peripheral-preview document is a bit desperate, but anticipation continues to mount for the console as its major reveal looms. Nintendo will host a major event this Thursday evening in Tokyo, scheduled for 11 pm Eastern time. Expect announcements about the system's price, release date, and launch games lineup. That reveal will be followed by hands-on press events in both London and New York the following day, and Ars' Mark Walton and Kyle Orland (respectively) will be in attendance. Keep your eyes here at Ars for details from every event.
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Nintendo Switch accessories hint at day-one launch of Zelda, fighting game Reviewed by Chidinma C Amadi on 11:08 PM Rating: 5

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