The upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2017 (and beyond)

Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch

Release date: TBC 2018
Genre: Strategy RPG

Why is it so interesting? A recent Nintendo Direct revealed the existence of a proper FIre Emblem game hitting Switch in 2018, but that's basically all we know about it at this point. Even so, the series has gone through an (ahem) awakening of sorts since its appearance on the 3DS, and has since become one of Nintendo's most popular series. If we had to guess, this new Fire Emblem game (whatever it's called) will likely feature many of the same things that made Awakening and Fates so good - calculating, turn-based battles, permadeath, and a loveable cast who would want nothing more than to go out on dates with each other.

Yoshi

Release date: TBC 2018
Genre: Platformer

Why is it so interesting? Yoshi's Wooly World was as surprising as it was delightful, and Nintendo looks to keep the trend of cutesy side-scrolling platformers going with the Nintendo Switch in the simply (and likely tentatively) titled Yoshi. Players are thrust into a diorama made of cardboard cutouts, and you'll guide Yoshi through them by chucking eggs at foes and shifting the camera perspective to interact with objects in the foreground or background. It's the kind of thing you wish you could hug.

Kirby

Release date: TBC 2018
Genre: Platformer

Why is it so interesting? It's been six years since Kirby got a bona-fide adventure on consoles, and the upcoming, tentatively titled Kirby 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.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Release date: TBC 2018
Genre: Platformer

Why is it so interesting? You probably already know that Shovel Knight is one of the best Nintendo Switch games, but you might not know that you’re about to get more Shovel Knight on Switch. That comes in the form of Shovel Knight: King of Cards, which is the final adventure in the Treasure Trove saga. You’ll play as King Knight as you fight your way across four never before seen worlds and 30 fresh courses with some new moves to boot, including a high flying spin. It all looks and sounds very regal indeed.

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition

Release date: Q1 2018
Genre: Point-and-click adventure

Why is it so interesting? This originally episodically released game first hit PC in 2013, but will land on Nintendo Switch as a complete package in early 2018 with all five episodes. It tells a tale about a truck driver called Conway who’s travelling along a secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky and the people he meets. He’s trying to get to the fictional Route Zero to make his final delivery, but his journey is proving to be quite eventful.

Light Fingers

Release date: Q1 2018
Genre: Action/Board Games

Why is it so interesting? Light Fingers looks to be a brilliant blend of turn-based card game and real-time stealth action title. And with lovely art style to boot. You’re all trying to score more loot than your friends in multiplayer, but before you can have the glory and the bragging rights you’ve got to get it all. We love the fact the world develops like a board game unfolding and it has a sword and sorcery feel to every pixel. 

Mulaka

Release date: TBC 2018
Genre: Action/Adventure

Why is it so interesting? We’re loving the art style of this 3D action-adventure title but also its grounding in real-world culture. Like Never Alone, Mulaka is steeped in cultural heritage, but rather than Inuit culture, this one is set in Mexico and is based on the indigenous culture of the Tarahumara. You’ll be playing as a shaman called Sukurúame, who draws on the power of the demigods to fight the corrupting evil. 

Project Octopath Traveler

Release date: TBC
Genre: RPG

Why it's so interesting? Besides the weird name (which may be a mistranslation of the Eightfold Path and not, you know… octopi), not much is known about Project Octopath Traveler yet. What we do know is that it's made by the team behind the Bravely series on 3DS, and sports a very PS1-era look, blending 3D environments and watercolor-inspired sprite-based artwork.

Enter the Gungeon

Release date: TBC
Genre: Rogue-like action

Why is it so interesting? Enter the Gungeon combines a lot of mechanics from a variety of genres, taking twin-stick shooting and roguelike elements from Nuclear Throne and combining them with the bullet hell chaos of games like Ikaruga, all wrapped up in a charming pixel-art aesthetic. It's tough but never unfair, and the more you play, the more items gear you'll unlock to help you out on subsequent runs. With tons of secrets and multiple characters, each one with their own special stats and unique ending to earn, Enter the Gungeon easily offers hundreds of hours of gameplay - and soon, you'll be able to take it with you.

Shin Megami Tensei Brand New Title

Release date: TBC
Genre: JRPG

Why it's so interesting? The long-running apocalyptic JRPG series is coming to Nintendo Switch, following its previous two successful entries (Shin Megami Tensei 4 and SMT4: Apocalypse) on 3DS. Like a lot of games on this list, details are scarce - all we've gotten is a single reveal trailer featuring of some of the series’ more iconic demons hanging out in a derelict building. Heck, we don't even know if it's coming to North America yet. Hopefully we'll get some confirmation soon.

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