The upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2017 (and beyond)

Doom just got a release date, we're mere days away from playing Super Mario Odyssey, and the Switch just keeps getting better and better. Not only can you already play the brilliant The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2 , but there are a ton of brilliant games on the horizon too. 

Our list of upcoming Nintendo Switch games grows ever longer, with fantastic additions like  Wolfenstein 2 from Bethesda, but also indie gems like Hollow Knight and Rime.

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. 

And don't forget to check out our best Nintendo Switch games round-up for everything you should be playing right now.

Super Mario Odyssey 

Release date: October 27, 2017
Genre: Platformer

Why it's so interesting? Taking in the sights and sounds of a fresh Mario platformer is always exciting, but Super Mario Odyssey looks truly out there (in the best way possible). The sprawling stages look like colorful playgrounds with no boundaries in sight, and the additional mobility options provided by Mario's cap - like throwing and jumping on it as a makeshift platform - should expand your exploration capabilities even further. Plus, you've got Bowser dressed up like a magician cavorting around a NYC-esque metropolis called New Donk City. I mean, come on.

Sonic Forces

Release date: November 7, 2017
Genre: Platformer

Why it's so interesting? We don't know much about this new Sonic game beyond the cinematic trailer you see above, but what's there checks out: the blue hedgehog is running and spin-dashing past incoming debris at breakneck speeds. It also brings back the dynamic duo of double Sonic we got in Generations, where classic Sonic teams up with his modern Adventures counterpart.  Sonic Team's track record guarantees that this won't be a Sonic Boom-level disaster, so there's already far less chance of getting burned by excitement for Sonic Forces.


Release date: November 10, 2017
Genre: FPS

Why is it interesting? The 2016 Doom reboot is an absolutely brutally awesome game, that sees you mowing down aliens with ridiculous weapons. And now it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch in all its gory glory. The Switch version of Doom will contain the full single-player campaign, and you’ll also be able to download the multiplayer component. The game’s SnapMap feature, which allows you to create and share your own multiplayer maps, won’t be included. But nevertheless this is a great addition to the Switch roster and is a sure sign Bethesda is fully behind the Switch. 

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

(Image: © Warner Bros Entertainment)

Release date: November 14, 2017
Genre: Adventure

Why is it so interesting? The original Lego Marvel Super Heroes was a massive hit because it managed to combine two childhood passions into one. It smashed together the vastness that is the Marvel universe with the love that kids, big and small, have for Lego. And it did all that with the brilliant TT Games' humour, which pokes fun and twists stereotypes on a level that appeal to the whole family. 

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is doing all that again, but on a much bigger scale and with a brand new story. From what we've seen so far, it's going to be quite the adventure. 

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim 

Release date: November 17, 2017
Genre: Action RPG

Why it's so interesting? With its massive world, abundant gameplay styles, and myriad side quests, Skyrim is the kind of game you could play for years and still not be bored. That's why the prospect of starting all over again on Switch is more exciting than terrifying (what with Skyrim's ability to devour our free time), and the ability to take your Dragonborn should make long plane rides absolutely fly by. 


Release date: November 17, 2017
Genre: Adventure

Why it's so interesting? Once thought to be lost to the game development aether, Rime reappeared after a two-year hiatus, and looks like it'll blend elements from some pretty exceptional games. Besides the world's reminiscence of Zelda, it could also incorporate the wistful exploration of Ico, the animal companionship of The Last Guardian (thanks to a mystical fox buddy), and the vibrantly colored serenity (and cryptic nature) of the island from The Witness. It's likely that the less you know going in, the better - but Rime is already looking like it could make for a pretty darn magical journey.  

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Release date: December 1, 2017
Genre: JRPG

Why it's so interesting? If there's one thing Xenoblade does right, it's that massive sense of scale, and the end of the reveal trailer shows an enormous dragon flying near an even larger tree off i n  the distance. Getting to play a game of this size and scope on the go without sacrificing visual fidelity is going to be one of the highlights of the Switch.

Runner 3

Release date: Fall 2017
Genre: Endless(ish) runner

Why is it so interesting? The Runner series is distilled simplicity. Your little 8-bit-looking dude runs forward automatically, and you tap buttons to leap over pits, slide under obstacles, and more. While endless runners are nothing new, the Runner series fills its gameplay with tons of interesting challenges and loads of secrets to find. Runner 3 looks to take things even further, introducing branching paths, items to buy, vehicles, and much more.

Earth Atlantis

Release date: Fall 2017
Genre: Action

Why is it so interesting? You’ve got to love the look of this side-scrolling shooter, because Earth Atlantis has a fantastic old-timey charm. The game will see you hunting down sea monsters in your dinky submarine as you explore this post-apocalyptic underwater world. You can unlock different ships and abilities to better prepare you, but there are going to be big monsters lurking in the depths.

Rocket League

Release date: Holiday 2017
Genre: Car soccer

Why is it so interesting? It's car soccer. I mean, come on, what's not interesting about that? Speed around a variety of futuristic arenas, boost into the air, and smack a gigantic rubber ball into a goal. Like many instant classics, it's easy to understand, tough to master, and a ton of fun to play. And the Switch version (which arrives at 60fps and brings exclusive Nintendo-themed customization goodies) will allow you to play online against anyone on PC or Xbox One, meaning you and your friends can enjoy an explosive round of car soccer anywhere you like.

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