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Video game releases for March 2017

Highlights include Mass Effect, Nier, Zelda and the Nintendo Switch

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Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of March 2017. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2017 and subscribe to Polygon's YouTube channel for tons of gaming videos. Also, here are the free games you get with your Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus subscriptions this month. Additionally, here's what is coming to your favorite video streaming services and here's what is leaving in March.

What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of releases and only games with specific dates are listed below. Some games are announced for March but have no firm release date.

Mar. 3:


Nintendo Switch — Nintendo's newest hardware is a console/portable hybrid that aims to give you the console experience you've come to know wherever you go. Here's all of our coverage and our review of the Nintendo Switch and here's a list of games that are set to be released in the launch window. Below are the nine games that will be available at launch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for Wii U on the same day.

Mar. 7:


Lego Worlds (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — Minecraft is Lego in video game form. But what if Lego is Lego in video game form? What if Minecraft is the Lego video game in its real-life form? The sandbox Minecraft-esque Steam Early Access title is getting a proper release after two years. Read about a quest for love in Polygon's preview of the game at last year's E3.


Nier: Automata (PlayStation 4) — Set in a war-torn, post-apocalyptic world, the game follows a female-presenting combat android named 2B. She’s joined by the masculine 9S, who fights alongside her against the gigantic machines that are ravaging the abandoned Earth. Here's the Tokyo Game Show trailer, video of the demo's shocking ending and something about fake buttholes.

Read our review.


Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — Set in a fictionalized version of Bolivia taken over by a drug cartel, Wildlands marks the first mainline Ghost Recon game in five years. Ubisoft says the game contains the largest action-adventure open world the company has ever created. Check out 23 minutes of single-player PlayStation 4 Pro gameplay from the open world of Wildlands and 37 minutes of four player co-op gameplay from another of the game’s 21 regions. Last year Polygon visited Ubisoft's headquarters in Paris, France for a deep dive into the making of the game, read all about it here.

Read our review.

Mar. 14:


Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload (PlayStation 4) — Danganronpa has won cult acclaim with PlayStation Vita owners, and now the first two games in the gruesome murder mystery series are heading to PlayStation 4. A third mainline Danganronpa game is in the works for both PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 which is set to release on Sept. 26 in the US and Sept. 29 in Europe.

Read our review for the first and second games.

Mar. 21:


Mass Effect: Andromeda (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — The fourth game in BioWare's space opera series takes place centuries after the first trilogy and follows Sara or Scott Ryder's journey to populate the Andromeda Galaxy. Here's a trailer showing off the game's third-person combat and just in case you were worried, "pretty good" banging has been confirmed. Check out our 90 minutes with the game.

Read our review.


Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo 3DS) — This Mario-themed sporting event collection will feature baseball, golf, horse racing, soccer and tennis. First announced during a Nintendo Direct last fall, the game will do more than add horse racing to the Mario universe for the first time. Nintendo will also release a set of amiibo cards based on the game, the first line of the collectible trading cards based on a Mario title.

Mar. 28:


Hrmmm, hmmmmm!

Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — The Ringed City downloadable content will introduce new characters to the game as players traverse the world of Dark Souls 3 in pursuit of the Slave Knight Gael. There will also be new armor, weapons and magic to check out along the way to and within the hellish Ringed City.

Here's our review of Dark Souls 3 and its first DLC, Ashes of Ariandel.


Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PlayStation 4) — Square Enix is celebrating the Kingdom Hearts series' 15th anniversary with the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, a collection of six remastered titles for PlayStation 4. The trailer shows some classic, graphically enhanced moments from across all six games, like Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts 2 and Birth by Sleep. The upgraded, "final mix" versions of these and three more games — Re:Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days and Re:coded — will be included in the PS4 set.


MLB The Show 17 (PlayStation 4) — MLB The Show 17 developer SIE San Diego touts a bunch of gameplay improvements in the game’s trailer. Some of them include faster throwing animationsmore intelligent AI and significantly improved visuals.


Strafe (Linux, MacOS, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC) — Tongue-in-cheek throwback shooter Strafe first garnered attention following the release of an absurdly '90s trailer back in 2015. Further examination revealed an unabashedly straightforward shooting game, that's right out of 1998. Here are the developer's comments about what games inspired them (Spelunky?!) and 23 minutes of gameplay.

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