In 2018, Nintendo continued to build upon the success they had had the previous year, releasing an assortment of new first-party exclusives and third-party games, including a growing list of “Nindie” titles. With a bunch of games scheduled to release in 2019, the company has been slowly doling out new information regarding the Switch’s upcoming titles.

A much-anticipated new Nintendo Direct finally provided us with some updates, along with some pleasant surprises, regarding the Switch’s 2019 lineup. We’ve decided to highlight the best upcoming releases as well as some games that may not be on your radar just yet. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list should there be any new announcements.

Aragami: Shadow Edition

Release Date: February 21st

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Aragami is an action-adventure stealth game that originally released in 2016. The game has players take the role of Aragami, an assassin with supernatural abilities capable of teleporting between shadows. The base game features 13 chapters in the form of open-world levels. While exploring, you’ll have to take out enemies, collect items, and destroy obstacles in order to reach a level’s exit.

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The game allows you to upgrade your character and unlock new skills by finding a number of hidden scrolls throughout levels. Among Aragami’s unlockable skills is the ability to become temporarily invisible or make corpses vanish. The Shadow Edition includes Aragami’s Nightfall DLC, which added a new campaign that takes place before the events of the original game along with two playable characters equipped with new moves and abilities.

Trials Rising

Release Date: February 24th

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Trials Rising is the latest installment in the long-running racing series from Ubisoft-owned studio RedLynx. The game has you attempting to navigate levels filled obstacles while riding a physics-based motorcycle.  Like other games in the series, players can compete against each other in local and online multiplayer, setting records for their friends to attempt to beat.

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Rising will feature new levels from locations around the world, such as the Eiffel Tower and Mount Everest, and allow players to create custom courses that can be shared with other players. Additionally players will be able to customize their character’s outfit and motorcycle in the game. Lastly, Rising will include a new local multiplayer mode called “Tandem Bike” which has two riders attempting to control the same motorcycle.

Ape Out

Release Date: February 28th

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Published by Devolver Digital, Ape Out is an intense, highly stylized smash ‘em up game about primal rage and escaping captivity. The indie title has you playing as an ape that’s managed to escape from its cage, making its way through a heavily guarded facility in an attempt to break out to the outside world.

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While playing as the ape, you’ll come across increasingly powerful security guards that can be flung across rooms and used as human shields against incoming fire. During your journey a Jazz soundtrack plays in the background, becoming more and more frenetic as you progress through the facility and encounter harder challenges.

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Release Date: March 29th

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It’s been a few years since we’ve seen the iconic green dinosaur on a new adventure and Yoshi’s Crafted World looks to change that. It’ll be the first Yoshi game to appear on the Switch, with Yoshi’s Woolly World having released on the Wii U in 2017 and later on the 3DS. The game is being developed by Good-Feel, who helped create Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and features a unique hand-crafted visual style.

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Aside from a new art style, the game makes full use of the Switch’s capabilities and introduces a new mechanic that allows the player to switch the game’s camera, bringing the background of a level into the foreground. This change in perspective allows Yoshi to reach new areas and find hidden objects, as well as travel on three-dimensional paths. Crafted World also features a 2-Player co-op mode, which has each player controlling a separate Yoshi.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Release Date: April 23rd

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Originally released back in 2012, Dragon’s Dogma is an action-RPG with hack n’ slash combat. Set in the fantasy world of Gransys, the player plays as a human protagonist called the Arisen and embarks on a quest to defeat a dragon that’s rumored to bring the world to an end.

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Gameplay has you exploring Gransys, completing quests and fighting monsters in real-time combat, with the ability to grapple and climb enemies. The Dark Arisen version of the game comes with additional content, including an extra dungeon called the Bitterblack Isle, and more weapons and armor exclusive to the area.

Super Mario Maker 2

Release Date: June 2019

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Super Mario Maker first appeared on the Wii U back in 2015, and was later ported to the 3DS. Since then, fans have been wondering when and if Nintendo would announce a sequel for the Switch. Now we know Super Mario Maker 2 will be coming to the console and will bring a ton of new features along with it.

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The game will include the ability to build slopes in levels, allowing Mario Makers to craft authentic Super Mario Bros. 3-style levels for the first time. Next, new themes such as Desert, Snow, Jungle, and Forest have been added and will provide more variety for designing stages. Lastly, new types of blocks and enemies have been added, giving players the opportunity to design more challenging levels for their friends to try.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Release Date: July 12th

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While Dragon Quest Builders 2 was released in Japan back in December 2018, fans have been waiting for an announcement of a Western release. The latest Direct confirmed that the sandbox title will be dropping later this summer, and is much bigger and more ambitious than the first Builders.

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Just like the first game, which provided an alternate version of the events from the original Dragon Quest, the sequel will be using the events from Dragon Quest II to tell a new story. Dragon Quest Builders 2 features a larger world size as well as more natural landscapes, the ability to glide, dive underwater, character customization, and online multiplayer.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Release Date: July 26th

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February’s Direct gave us an update on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, currently being developed by series veteran Intelligent Systems. The next major entry in the long-running strategy-RPG series, and first Fire Emblem game to appear on the Switch, is slated to release later this year. Three Houses will no doubt be a huge exclusive for the Switch and breathe new life into the series both visually and gameplay-wise.

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The game takes place on the continent of Fódlan, which is divided into three nations with a central area that’s home to a monastery and academy. Three Houses has you play as Byleth, a teacher at the academy who begins having visions of a mysterious girl only they can see. Combat has you training students out in the field, where life and death are determined by your abilities as a leader.

Astral Chain

Release Date: August 30th

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Astral Chain is a new action game from Platinum Games and is being directed by Takahisa Taura, designer for Nier-Automata. Additionally, Hideki Kamiya, director of Bayonetta, is supervising the game’s development. This means we can expect fast-paced combat and plenty of large-scale enemy encounters.

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The game takes place in the Ark, a massive and prosperous city that’s hit by disaster when mysterious dimensional gates start appearing.  Dangerous creatures begin invading the Ark, attacking its citizens and taking over the city. As a rookie officer for the Neuron special task force, you and your “Legion”, a living weapon you have control over, will have to work together to save humanity.

Double Kick Heroes

Release Date: Summer 2019

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Double Kick Heroes is a rhythm game set in an apocalyptic world. The game’s soundtrack is filled with explosive licensed Metal tracks that play while you and your band take a road trip through the wasteland.

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Gameplay has you shooting zombies and other monsters by timing button pressing in tune with the music. There are a number of different weapons like shotguns, hand pistols, and cannons, which each have unique patterns and attacks.  Double Kick Heroes features five difficulties and a diverse cast of rock stars you can learn more about during your adventure.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Release Date: Summer 2019

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It’s been a decade since the last Ultimate Alliance game and we’re stoked to get to form bands of heroes from across the MCU roster. First revealed at the Video Game Awards 2018, the latest Nintendo Direct trailer for Ultimate Alliance 3 revealed that Captain Marvel would be joining the game as a playable character.

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Other playable superheroes include members from the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Defenders, Inhumans, and X-Men. With both local and online multiplayer support, Ultimate Alliance 3 will be great to play with friends, teaming up to pull off powerful Ultimate Alliance Extreme attacks.

Oninaki

Release Date: Summer 2019

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Coming from developer Tokyo RPG Factory, creators of I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear, Oninaki is a new action-RPG that tells the story of Kagachi, a “Watcher” with the ability to move between the Living World and the Beyond. As a Watcher, Kagachi must seek out the souls of those that have died, known as the Lost, and help them sever ties with the world and move on to the next.

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While the game seems to maintain the core JRPG elements that the studio is known for, Oninaki’s more action-focused combat and unique art style makes the game look and feel more vibrant than other JRPGs. Based on the trailer, it seems like the game will attempt to balance both an emotionally gripping story, and flashy gameplay.

Daemon X Machina

Release Date: Summer 2019

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Serving as a spiritual successor to the Armored Core series, Daemon X Machina is a thrilling, cel-shaded anime mech-fighting adventure that has caught our eye ever since it was first revealed at E3 2018. With some of the Armored Core team working on the game, we can expect flashy, Gundam-style combat.

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The story has you play as a customizable member of The Outers, a group of pilots who command mechs and gain superpowers after a planetary collision causes radiated energy to spread, making all artificial intelligence hostile against humans. You’ll be able to customize your mech and pilot it during missions where you’ll use a wide-array of weapons, abilities, and environmental objects to defeat enemies.

Town (Working Title)

Release Date: TBA 2019

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Game Freak likes to branch out from time to time and put out new games outside of the Pokémon series. Town looks to be their latest project and so far it looks promising. The game was revealed during a Nintendo Direct and seems to maintain the turn-based combat the studio is known for.

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From the brief trailer it does look like there will be a lot of layers to the game’s combat system. In terms of story, Town will take place as its name suggests, in one singular town that has been invaded by monsters. You and the rest of the villagers will need to team up and defend your home from enemy threats.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Release Date: TBA 2019

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During a recent Direct, Nintendo revealed a trailer for a remake of Link’s Awakening, which originally released on the Game Boy in 1993 and was later rereleased with color graphics for the Game Boy Color in 1998. Link’s Awakening stands out as one of the few Zelda games to not take place in Hyrule, and does not feature Princess Zelda or the Triforce.

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The game’s story sees Link washed ashore Koholint Island after being shipwrecked. In order to leave the island, Link has to awaken its guardian, a giant whale-like creature named the Wind Fish, by retrieving eight magical instruments. While the remake will retain the top-down perspective of the original, visuals have been updated for the Switch version and now feature beautiful HD textures.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Working Title)

Release Date: TBA 2019

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While Nintendo still hasn’t confirmed a release date for Luigi’s Mansion 3, we’re still hopeful it’ll be out before the year is through. The game has Luigi going on a new spooky adventure, this time inside a much larger mansion that contains multiple floors to explore.  Parts of the game’s trailer suggest that Luigi will have to rescue more characters this time around, as framed portraits of Mario, Toad, Princess Peach, and Luigi himself, are shown with “X” marks over their faces.

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Gameplay seems like a return to the first Luigi’s Mansion formula, allowing you to explore the mansion freely instead of selecting specific missions. Luigi’s gadgets have been upgraded since Dark Moon, as we can see the green plumber wielding the new and improved Poltergust G-00. The powerful vacuum cleaner used to suck up ghosts comes with some new abilities like the Strobulb, which stuns enemy ghosts, and can fire toilet plungers at enemies.

Animal Crossing

Release Date: TBA 2019

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While we did get confirmation that a new Animal Crossing game is coming in 2019 during a Nintendo Direct, there hasn’t been any news since. However, the reveal teaser that was shown featured Tom Nook in all his raccoon glory looking as crisp as ever. We can no doubt expect the new Animal Crossing to look and feel as polished as ever, with updated graphics for the Switch.

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Many were hoping to see Isabelle become mayor in the next title but with her busy fighting in Smash Ultimate, we’ll most likely be taking on the mantle of mayor once again with a new character. We’re hoping the new Animal Crossing offers a bigger world with more areas to explore and travel to as well as more options for decorating our homes and a diverse cast of animals.

Pokémon

Release Date: TBA 2019

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With such little information known regarding the new core Pokémon RPG currently being developed for the Switch, we’re not sure if it’ll actually be released this year. However, Pokémon Company CEO Ishihara has repeatedly said the game will launch late 2019. We’re hoping that’s the case but for now all we can do is speculate with the information we have.

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We know that the new Pokémon game will be completely different from Pokémon Let’s Go and is being designed in the style of Pokémon X/Y and Pokémon Sun/Moon. Instead of simplifying mechanics like the most recent titles have done, the new game plans on offering an evolved Pokémon experience that longtime fans have been waiting for. This leads us to believe that Game Freak will introduce some fresh gameplay elements and of course include plenty of new Pokémon to encounter.

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