Every year the Nintendo Switch’s library gets bigger and bigger as upcoming first and third-party games are released. Titles like Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Maker 2, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 offer new experiences for Switch owners and a sneak peek of what’s to come later in 2019 as Nintendo gears up to release more highly-anticipated exclusives.
Here, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming games for Nintendo Switch, including long-awaited sequels to popular Nintendo franchises and some indie gems that may not be on your radar. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list with new entries in the future. If you’re interested in receiving more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Release Date: Oct 31, 2019
Luigi’s Mansion 3 will see Nintendo’s neurotic plumber setting off on a new spooky adventure, this time in a massive hotel whose ghostly guests have gone rogue. Equipped with the new and improved Poltergust G-00, Luigi will have to save his friends from King Boo’s grips while exploring the hotel’s multiple floors, each of which are centered around a unique theme.
The long-awaited sequel includes expanded multiplayer, now granting players the option to experience the story with a friend in local co-op. Additionally, Luigi’s Mansion 3 will introduce new ScareScraper and ScreamPark modes where up to 8-players can team up and compete locally and/or online to defeat ghosts and rack up coins.
Pokémon Sword & Shield
Release Date: Nov 15, 2019
Pokémon Sword & Shield marks the long-running JRPG’s debut on Switch and brings with it a new cel-shaded visual style and plenty of new creatures to encounter. Set in the UK-inspired Galar region, the game plans to bring both veteran and novice players together by introducing a handful of features and QoL improvements.
Players will now be able to spot wild Pokémon roaming freely in the overworld in addition to hiding in patches of grass. New “Dynamax” Pokémon transformations offer an extra layer of strategy during battles, increasing a Pokémon’s size and attack power for three turns. Lastly, multiplayer has been extended beyond traditional battles against other players with co-op focused Max Raid Battles, in which players work together to defeat powerful Dynamax Pokémon.
Release Date: Nov 22, 2019
The follow-up to 2016’s DOOM reboot and the fifth mainline entry in the iconic FPS makes its way to Switch later this fall with developer id Software back at the healm. The sequel sees players suiting up to take on the role of Doom Slayer yet again, this time with a home field advantage as the demonic threat invades planet Earth.
Although we can expect DOOM Eternal to maintain the series’ flashy and ultra-violent combat, a slew of new enemy types, abilities, and weapons are sure to shake things up and provide more opportunities for player-generated carnage. Of all the shiny new toys id Software has included, a new grappling hook and a shoulder-mounted cannon/flamethrower hybrid have us most excited.
Release Date: TBA 2019
Bloodroots is a new indie action game that sees players embarking on a Western journey for revenge. You control Mr. Wolf, a deadly outdoorsman with the ability to turn just about any ordinary object into a lethal weapon, including carrots.
The game has you fighting your way through a variety of environments ranging from forests to mountaintops, each littered with an assortment of random objects that can be used to teardown enemies and swing the odds in your favor. Bloodroots’ fluid combat and traversal systems allow Mr. Wolf to quickly transition from one point to another, leaving behind a trail of destruction in the process.
Release Date: TBA 2019
Neo Cab is a visual novel adventure that has you taking on the role of a cab driver in a dystopia obsessed with automation. Set in the futuristic city of Los Ojos, the game is centered around Lina, the last human cab driver still in business.
Following the disappearance of her best friend, the cabbie finds herself caught in a web of conspiracies and mystery as she tries to uncover the truth while keeping her emotions and bank account in check. After all, kidnapping investigations don’t cover the cost of gas.
Mineko’s Night Market
Release Date: TBA 2019
Mineko’s Night Market is an adorable adventure/simulation game inspired by games like Animal Crossing that features vibrant environments and more cats than you’ve ever dreamed of. You play as a curious girl still getting accustomed to her new home on a Japanese-inspired island at the base of Mount Fugu.
With an emphasis on story and exploration, the game sees you trying to uncover the island’s many secrets, including the mythological Sun Cat, Abe, who’s rumored to be real. In addition, you’re tasked with managing daily activities such as crafting items, running a shop, and breeding cats.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Release Date: Mar 20, 2020
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the long-awaited new entry in the social sim series from Nintendo. The game sees you playing as a new character whose traveling to a tropical island as part of business-savvy tanuki Tom Nook’s “deserted island getaway package.”
No longer held back by the limitations of the 3DS, New Horizons supports online multiplayer for up to 8-players inhabiting the same island and introduces a bevy of new features; players now have the ability to create custom paths, rearrange the placement of items both inside and outside their tent, and craft items using a workbench.
Empire of Sin
Release Date: Spring 2020
Empire of Sin is a turn-based action/strategy title that tosses players into the seedy underbelly of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago. The game tasks you with building a criminal empire from the ground up by mastering a variety of different rackets, such as speakeasies, union protection, and casinos.
In order to make a name for yourself, you’ll have to expand your influence by taking over rival territories and hiring loyal street soldiers. However, the journey won’t be easy as corruption and violence pressure you to bribe, intimidate, and when all else fails, go to war.
Release Date: Spring 2020
Minecraft Dungeons is inspired by old school dungeon-crawlers like Diablo and sees players exploring a variety of procedurally-generated levels filled with dangerous mobs and powerful treasure as they try to take down the evil Arch-Illager.
Players will personalize their character by equipping them with a wide selection of weapons and armor designed for different playstyles such as melee, ranged, magic, etc., along with enchantments that allow them to perform devastating special attacks. The game will support local/online multiplayer for up to four players.
Trials of Mana
Release Date: Early 2020
Trials of Mana is a remake of the 1995 action-RPG originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 for the Super Famicom. The game is set in a world where Mana, a potent but finite energy source, has begun to disappear, resulting in widespread conflict across the land.
With evil forces plotting to unleash ancient beasts known as the Benevodons, whose defeat is rumored to bring about more Mana, it’s up to the player to restore peace and prevent the world from falling into ruin. The remake will feature completely new 3D assets while retaining the gameplay structure of the original.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Release Date: TBA 2020
All signs point towards Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga being a pivotal entry in the long-running Lego game franchise. The upcoming title plans on adapting all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga, including The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
So far, we know the game will feature optional fully-voiced dialogue and allow players to complete any of the episodes in whichever order they choose. Given the success of the original Lego Star Wars games and the rise in quality of more recent entries, we’re confident The Skywalker Saga will deliver an updated version of the best Lego series to date.
Breath of the Wild Sequel
Release Date: TBA
Arguably one of the biggest announcements to come out of 2019 is that Nintendo is currently producing a sequel to 2017’s BOTW. The first game received praise for its detailed world, open-ended gameplay, and approach in propelling the series forward. Largely considered to be one of the best games ever created, BOTW won multiple awards including several “Game of the Year” honors.
The sequel appears to maintain the visuals of the original while taking on a much darker tone. In the trailer, we can see Ganondorf’s corpse become reanimated before an exterior shot shows Hyrule Castle being lifted into the air. The game’s already being compared to the likes of Majora’s Mask, another heavy hitter in the Zelda series known for its darker themes and more mature undertones.
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