Nintendo's been a busy little game maker this year - and it's only January. With the surprise Nintendo Direct and the reveal of the ingenious Nintendo Labo, we now have a lot more upcoming Nintendo Switch games to be excited about from remasters like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition and Dark Souls: Remastered, to brand new titles like EA's Fe and Mario Tennis Aces. It's already been a great year for Switch, and we struggled to whittle down the current selection of titles to just 25 best Nintendo Switch games, especially after losing months to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, going mad with collecting Power Moons in Super Mario Odyssey, dabbling with DOOM and got seriously truffle hungry in Stardew Valley.
But the Switch adventures don't stop there. Far from it in fact. From AAA titles like Wolfenstein 2 to indie darlings like Hollow Knight, there plenty still to come to Nintendo Switch.
In this ever-growing list are the upcoming Nintendo Switch games we'd really recommend, either because we've played them or they already exist on other platforms and are getting a Switch port.
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Night in the Woods
Release date: February 1, 2018
Why is it so interesting? Night in the Woods is a 2D adventure game that follows the life of a cat called May. But the fact that she’s a cat doesn’t really matter because it’s much more about her life post-college, exploring some of the darkness in her past and discovering the quirks of human relationships. The dialogue is brilliant, there are some mad mini-games, and although the platforming may occasionally be frustrating, it’s a genuinely brilliant game.
Release date: January 23, 2018
Why is it so interesting? I Am Setsuna wasn't… great, but it showed a lot of potential for the fledgling studio, and I'm not writing The Lost Sphear off just yet. Trading the bleak, snow-capped environments of Setsuna for a far more colorful and inventive-looking world seemingly inspired by Victorian sci-fi, Lost Sphear aims to recapture the feel of classic JRPGs while forging a new path towards the future. Hopefully it spends less time trying to copy those old games and instead seeks out its own identity.
Release date: January 25, 2018
Why is it so interesting? If you've ever played TowerFall, you know its controls just feel good. Walking, jumping, attacking - everything feels so precisely tuned to just work without much thought. Now, take that expert platforming action and chunky pixel art and turn it into a tightly-crafted single-player challenge. Explore caves, buildings, and other mysterious rooms as you climb a mountain in Celeste, double-jumping from wall to wall, avoiding spikes, and solving puzzles along the way.
Dragon Quest Builders
Release date: February 9, 2018
Genre: Action Adventure
Why is it so interesting? Square Enix has hit on some serious magic with Dragon Quest Builders. Unlike games in the main Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest Builders is basically what would happen if you crossed Legend of Zelda with Minecraft. Build your base, look after your villagers and also figure out ways to fight the Big Bad in each world by undertaking tasks and errands that allow you to build, fight and create even more things. Take it from someone who's played it for hundreds of hours on PS4, this is a game that will fit perfectly on Switch, wherever you play it.
The Longest Five Minutes
Release date: February 13, 2018
Amnesia is a time-worn JRPG trope; a way to give a protagonist with a haunted past a chance to experience the world with fresh eyes. It's typically something that happens at the beginning of the adventure, not the end - but that's what happens in The Longest Five Minutes. You've finally made it to the big bad boss battle, and you only have five minutes to defeat them, but you've forgotten literally everything: where you're from, all of your special moves, hell, even why you're fighting the boss in the first place. The choices you make during this ultimate battle will send you barrelling into your subconscious, relearning your past through flashbacks, and ultimately reclaiming the power you need to defeat evil once and for all.
Release date: February 16, 2018
Why is it so interesting? There has to be a way to stall time until Bayonetta 3 eventually arrives on Switch... Oh wait. Just get yourself Bayonetta 2 on Switch in February. The witch with the (literally) killer hair is back, but this time on Switch, giving everyone who's missed her previous adventures a chance to see what all the fuss is about. From the jaw-dropping battles to the stunning visuals, there's plenty to appreciate in this game - even if you've played it through already. And what's more, if you get Bayonetta 2 in the new year, you'll also get a free copy of the original Bayonetta to download from the eShop too. Bargain Bayonetta Bundle alert!
Release date: February 16, 2017
Why is it so interesting? You play as a strange little sprite who wanders through a forest and sings to bring it back to life. You'll need to master a diverse array of cries and songs to speak to the various animals and plants along your journey in order to use their distinct attributes and abilities to reach new areas. You'll have to solve the mystery of the Silent Ones along the way too. Oh and have we mentioned how gorgeous it looks?
Release date: February 23, 2018
Why is it so interesting? One of the last minute surprise announcements for the Switch was that Payday 2 is coming to Ninty's latest console. Starbreeze's action-packed co-op shooter lets you team up with three of your mates to rob banks and get paid for it - in-game only, I'm afraid. Your aim? To rise to the top of the criminal underworld - or should that be bottom? - and get the best paydays possible.
Kirby Star Allies
Release date: March 16, 2018
Why is it so interesting? It's been six years since Kirby got a bona-fide adventure on consoles, and the upcoming,Kirby Star Allies aims to take the enemy-sucking and power-stealing gameplay the series is known for and finally giving it an HD makeover. You'll also be able to join forces with up to three additional AI or player-controlled characters to help you solve puzzles and collect hidden goodies. Kirby's been holding down the fort on 3DS for the past few years, so it's great to see him back on consoles in proper form.
Release date: April 20, 2018 (April 27, 2018 in Europe)
Why is it so interesting? Nintendo's reinventing gaming again, and this time it's doing it with cardboard. The Nintendo Labo kits - known as Toy-Cons, get it? - let you build your own cardboard peripherals for the Switch and then play games with them. Toy-Con kits range from motorbikes and RC cars, to actually playable pianos and robot monsters. It's utterly bonkers just how awesome these little kits are, and what's more the software lets you look at a cross-section of how it all works and fits together on your Switch - as well as playing the actual games of course.
Donkey Kong: Jungle Freeze
Release date: May 4, 2018
Why is it so interesting? Widely regarded as one of the best games on the Wii U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is now getting a Switch release. That means Donkey Kong and co will soon be taking over your Switch, and they're bringing a new friend with them. Funky Kong as he's known, is a Switch exclusive character who's equipped with a surfboard that gives him some rather rad moves. And what's more, it's all playing in co-op now with the new Switch exclusive two-player mode. You'll be monkeying around in no time.
Dark Souls: Remastered
Release date: May 25, 2018
Why is it interesting? Another huge AAA to launch on Switch is Dark Souls, and with this Dark Souls: Remastered package, you're getting one of the toughest games of all time looking the best it ever has. It's Dark Souls, on Switch, on the bus, on the plane, absolutely anywhere. Just prepare to die everywhere too.
Mario Tennis Aces
Release date: Spring 2018
Why is it so interesting? Mario Tennis is finally making its Switch debut, and hopefully bringing some snazzy motion controls with it. Switch Sports all the way! Apparently it's the most difficult Mario Tennis game ever, but it also brings the first story mode to a Mario Tennis game since the GBA title Mario Tennis: Power Tour. Mario Tennis Aces will throw tennis flavoured boss battles at you, alongside a variety of missions. It also looks fantastic. Mario in those little tennis shorts looks a strange mixture of professional and adorable.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Release date: Spring 2018
Why is it so interesting? Originally released on the Wii U, and later on 3DS with a slightly different title, Hyrule Warriors is a Dynasty Warriors-style battler featuring a tonne of your favourite Nintendo characters, and now even Link and Zelda from Breath of the Wild. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is better looking than before, features all the existing DLC too and can even be played with a pal thanks to the new two-player co-op feature. Shotgun Link.
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