Nintendo has had its share of ups and downs in Q2 2018, and introduced a multitude of enjoyable Switch titles. But while the system has received plenty of games in general, none of them were the blockbuster hits fans have been clamoring for over the last few months. Earlier this year was a relatively quiet period for the system, with April introducing exclusives in the form of Mario Tennis Aces and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition.
The most intriguing part of the Switch’s lineup for the quarter also included Nintendo Labo, with both its Variety and Robot Kits debuting in April. The construction toy platform, which utilizes a series of kits featuring cardboard cutouts, rubber bands, grommets, and other parts for users to assemble various items, caught on like wildfire. It was widely hailed as one of the coolest things Nintendo has come up with yet, especially as it was a win for STEM learning and a great way for parents to spend time with their children.
But aside from these big hits, and including the fact that Dark Souls Remastered’s Nintendo Switch port ended up being pushed out from its initial May release, the Switch didn’t have the same oomph as months past. Without big exclusives like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Switch’s lineup tends to pale in comparison to prior, more varied and exciting times in the system’s life cycle. While we got a nice selection of different games over the last few months, they’re unfortunately not enough to elevate the Switch to become the winner of Q2 2018.