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.
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Daemon X Machina
Release Date: Sep 13, 2019
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.
The game sees you becoming a 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.
Release Date: Sep 19, 2019
Overland is a squad-based survival strategy game set in post-apocalyptic North America. It features procedurally generated levels, meaning players will have to prepare themselves for anything and carefully plan their every move.
Managing and scavenging for supplies is an absolute must for surviving this harsh new world. The game will force players to make some tough moral decisions and given it’s being developed by Finji, we’re expecting story and dialogue to take center stage.
Release Date: Sep 20, 2019
Link’s Awakening is a remake of the 1993 Game Boy title of the same name and sees series’ protagonist Link shipwrecked on Koholint Island, a mysterious and dreamy island. Shortly after washing ashore, Link learns that before he can leave Koholint, he’ll have to awaken the island’s guardian by retrieving eight magical instruments scattered across multiple dungeons.
While the remake retains the top-down perspective of the original, it features completely remade HD assets as well as a new plasticine visual style. The game is unique in that it is one of the few Zelda titles not set in Hyrule and doesn’t feature Princess Zelda or the Triforce.
Untitled Goose Game
Release Date: Sep 20, 2019
Untitled Goose Game is a continuation of developer House House’s love for quirky gameplay and minimalist, low-poly art. The upcoming stealth game has you controlling a maniacal goose who loves causing trouble at the expense of humans.
You’ll be exploring sandbox-style environments that are packed with plenty of hats and knick-knacks to steal as well as puzzles to solve. While controlling the goose, you’ll be given a checklist for objectives to complete in each area, with the main goal being to cause as much mayhem and distress for the humans as you can without getting caught.
Release Date: Oct 8, 2019
Indivisible is an RPG developed by indie studio Lab Zero Games, best known for the 2D arcade fighter Skullgirls. The game has you play as a young woman named Ajna who, upon discovering a hidden power within herself, sets off on a journey to find the ones responsible for destroying her village.
Inspired by classic RPGs like Valkyrie Profile, the game blends real-time action with ATB battling mechanics where characters are forced to recharge before attacking again. Indivisible includes 25 different party members, called “Incarnations”, whose powers can be combined for stronger attacks.
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
Release Date: Oct 8, 2019
Trine 3 marked a dramatic shift from 2.5D to fully-3D gameplay, a change that left a majority of fans unsatisfied. Thankfully, developer Frozenbyte has learned from their mistakes and is returning to 2.5D for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince. You’ll be able to join the three iconic heroes: Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief once again as they embark on a quest to rescue a young prince.
The action-platformer will feature new landscapes for players to explore as well as dynamic puzzles that can be solved solo or with friends in local and online multiplayer. Additionally, Trine 4’s combat system has been completely revamped to allow for more challenging and engaging boss fights.
Little Town Hero
Release Date: Oct 16, 2019
Little Town Hero is a new IP from Pokémon developer Game Freak and shares many similarities with the studio’s creature-collecting JRPG. Set in an isolated village, the game sees players controlling Axe, a curious young man with dreams of exploring the outside world.
Monsters soon begin invading the village, prompting Axe and the other townsfolk to come together and defeat them using an array of special abilities called Ideas. Little Town Hero plans to tell a compact story tailored for busy gamers while still offering challenging turn-based battles.
The Outer Worlds
Release Date: Oct 25, 2019
The Outer Worlds is an action RPG coming from Obsidian Entertainment, whose notable credits include Fallout: New Vegas. Set in a future where mega-corporations have begun colonizing and terraforming alien planets, the story sees the player traveling through space when something goes awry, leaving the player stranded at the edge of a space colony.
The game features first-person combat and the option to recruit NPC companions who can lend their strength in battle and sometimes offer unconventional solutions to problems encountered in the world. The Outer Worlds places an emphasis on player-choice and features multiple dialogue options as well as a variety of possible outcomes for completing quests.
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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