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There are certain franchises that will inevitably find their way over to the Nintendo Switch. We already have Mario Kart and the Legend of Zelda. Nintendo has already confirmed Yoshi and Kirby titles. We're probably going to get an Animal Crossing at some point too. But where is Smash Bros. for the Switch? As we anxiously await the melee-infused fighter, it looks like Angry Mob Games is satiating our desire for frantic fisticuffs by delivering Brawlout later this year.

The game, which was offered in closed beta starting last December before launching on PC (via Steam) this past April, is now slated to hit the Nintendo Switch in "late 2017." They also plan on porting it over to the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 at some point this year as well.

I haven't tried the game myself, but looking at the gameplay video above, it's painfully obvious that they derived a great deal of inspiration from the Super Smash Bros. series. The newest character to enter the arena, Hyper Light Drifter, bears a striking resemblance to other sword-wielding characters in Smash Bros, like Marth, Ike and Link. The animations and sound effects seem very similar, as do some of the stage designs.

While there isn't the instant appeal of pitting some of the most iconic Nintendo characters against one another, the colorful array of combatants (currently numbering 7 with the addition of Hyper Light Drifter with more coming soon) should make Brawlout a fun little romp on the Switch. It's really surprising that Nintendo is okay with this, given the obvious parallels. Brawlout even uses a damage percentage instead of a traditional health bar, just like Smash.

Some of the more unique gameplay elements include the elimination of shields and blocking to encourage more "aggressive, fast-paced combat," different combat styles for each character (like the ability to freeze or dive kick), and a "rage meter" for powerful special attacks. Battles take place between 2-4 characters at a time.


Brawlout looks like as good an excuse as any to pick up some extra controllers for the Switch, wouldn't you say?

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