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Sid Meier's Civilization VI brings empire building and diplomacy to Nintendo Switch

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Look, ma! It's another third-party game of the sort Wii U led us to believe could never come to a Nintendo console.

Strategy games may not have a long, rich history on Nintendo platforms, but every now and then, some publisher tries to bring a PC hit to Mario's house to keep him company. Yesterday, 2K announced it will make such an attempt, with Sid Meier's Civilization VI.

Originally developed by Firaxis Games and heaped with all sorts of genre and industry awards, Civilization VI is due to arrive on Nintendo Switch on November 16, 2018. The port is being handled by Aspyr Media, rather than Firaxis (which, let's be honest, is probably already hard at work on the sequel).

In the Civilization titles, your goal is to "build an empire to stand the test of time." You do this by exploring, researching technology, battling and defeating enemies, threatening world leaders and in general having a strategic good time.



Key features you should look forward to include the option to play as one of 24 different leaders, to watch your sprawling empire fill up a vibrant map and to challenge four playable scenarios.

In "Outback Tycoon," you'll be part of the colonization of Australia. In "Jadwiga's Legacy," you're trying to repel invaders who have their sights set on Poland. As a Viking leader, you'll plunder Europe in "Vikings, Raiders, and Traders!" And finally, you can attempt to conquer the known world in "Conquests of Alexander."

Cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes are available, as well, so that as many as four players can battle for supremacy (or just good vibes?) using a wireless LAN. Just remember that if you betray your friends, they could come back at you with rockets and vengeance in their eyes. Assuming they survive your duplicitous behavior.

I just checked a few retail sites online to see if the game is listed for sale yet, but it is not. However, a physical edition does seem to be on its way, so you'll have your choice of how to add the game to your collection. Me, I'm most inclined to get a cartridge... which by now should surprise no one.



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Staff article by Jason Venter (September 14, 2018)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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