But that’s not the only Nintendo news from the annual awards show. During the event, Nintendo revealed a trailer announcing that the Bayonetta 3 game is currently in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system. In addition, the critically acclaimed Bayonetta 2 game, originally a Wii U exclusive, will be launching for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 16. Players who purchase the game in stores at a suggested retail price of $59.99 will receive a free download code for the original Bayonetta game. Consumers looking to purchase the digital versions of the games for Nintendo Switch can do so via Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com.* Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta 3 are developed by PlatinumGames.
Fans of The Legend of the Zelda: Breath of the Wild game got a new look at the game’s second DLC pack, The Champions’ Ballad, as well as the surprise news that it launched shortly after The Game Awards livestream. In this second of two DLC packs that are part of the game’s Expansion Pass, players are granted access to a large new adventure featuring a never-before-seen dungeon, new insights into the background of the game’s four Champions, as well as a new high-mobility means of transportation. Once players complete the adventure, they will have the opportunity to traverse the enormous world of Hyrule on top of a motorcycle called Master Cycle Zero. The DLC will also grant access to nine new armor items for players to find, as well as the Ancient Saddle and Bridle items. Players who purchase the Expansion Pass for $19.99 receive The Champions’ Ballad DLC Pack 2, as well as The Trial of the Sword DLC Pack 1, which launched earlier this year. For more information about what is included in the Expansion Pass, visit http://www.zelda.com/breath-of-the-wild/expansion-pass.
In addition, some of the games that were nominated for awards this year are from franchises featured in the Cyber Deals sale currently featured in Nintendo eShop and at Nintendo.com. Fans can save on select games featuring Mario, Link and more fun characters at https://nintendo.com/tga.
The event also featured a live performance of the “Jump Up, Super Star!” song from the Super Mario Odyssey game, with vocals by the game’s original singer.
“We are absolutely humbled that voters chose Nintendo for these awards,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “We plan to continue this strong momentum as we head into 2018.”
*The digital version of Bayonetta 2 can be purchased in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for $49.99, with the option to also then purchase the digital version of the original Bayonetta game for $9.99. However, if players choose to download the standalone digital version of Bayonetta first, they will pay $29.99, with the option to then get the digital version of Bayonetta 2 for an additional $29.99.
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