The upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2017 (and beyond)

Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2

Release date: TBC
Genre: Hack-n-slash

Why is it so interesting? Dynasty Warriors, with its endless procession of idiot enemy fodder whose only goal is to give your attack button a workout, is certainly divisive. But whatever your stance on the series is, there's no denying that Koei Tecmo's spin-offs, which include the Zelda-inspired Hyrule Warriors, show that the series' button-mashing formula still has room for experimentation. Dragon Quest Heroes heroes was a surprisingly delightful take on the musou genre, taking the series' classic RPG framework and dressing it around real-time action combat and monster collection. This combo will include the entire first game along with its sequel, meaning you'll get to spend hundreds of hours slicing through slimes at home or on the go.

No More Heroes 3

Release date: TBC
Genre: ?????

Why is it so interesting? Suda51 is never boring, and this has never been more apparent than his appearance at Nintendo Switch's unveiling, where he arrived screaming and caused the livestream's English translator to completely shut down. There aren't a whole lot of details about the project that Suda51 unveiled on the stream, partially due to the translator's own confusion but mostly due to the fact that this game is just now entering development. What we do know is that Travis Touchdown - the anime-obsessed protagonist of the cult classic No More Heroes series - will be returning in a new game. Someday. And it'll have wrestling in it. Because of course it will. Whatever this game turns out to be, the point is Suda51 is taking his first hands-on directorial role since the first No More Heroes, and I will be there on day one.

Dragon Quest 10/11

Release date: TBC
Genre: MMORPG/JRPG

Why it's so interesting? Dragon Quest 10 is a bit of a weird anomaly for the series, as it's an MMORPG originally designed for the Wii, eventually ported to the Wii U, 3DS, and now to the Switch. Dragon Quest 11, however, is the real deal - a sprawling new quest across a colorful open world. No word on whether either one will be coming to the West just yet, but considering the positive response the last few remakes and spin-offs have gotten, I'd imagine we'll see at least one of these on our shores within a year or two.

Metroid Prime 4

Release date: TBC
Genre: If it's like the others, it'll be FPS/Adventure

Why is it so interesting? What a time to be alive. Not only is the 3DS getting a remake of Metroid 2 this year, Switch owners got confirmation that Metroid Prime will be making its grand return sometime in the near future. Very little is known about the game other than the fact that it's happening, and it's not being made by Retro (who made the first three games in the series), but rather by a completely different studio. But for right now, sweet confirmation is all we need to get excited.

New Pokemon for Switch

Release date: TBC
Genre: RPG

Why is it so interesting? While Pokefreaks will tide themselves over with Pokken Tournament DX on Switch, it's not the same as getting a full-blown Pokemon adventure to dig into. Thing is, The Pokemon Company has had very weird internal rules about keeping mainline entries on portable systems and spin-offs on consoles. It looks like the Nintendo Switch's portability bends those rules a bit, as Nintendo revealed that it's currently working on a brand new Pokemon game specifically for the hybrid console. No word on when it'll arrive or what the move to Switch will entail, but it's exciting news nonetheless. 

Layers of Fear: Legacy

Release date: TBC
Genre: First-person horror

Why is it so interesting? If you’ve missed out on Layers of Fear so far, this new Switch edition is ready for you. It just happens to be one of GamesRadar’s own Leon Hurley’s favourite horror games. It tells the tale of a mentally ill painter who happens to live in a mansion that keeps changing. Interestingly the Switch edition has a slightly different title, adding a Legacy to indicate that this is a console specific version. According to developer Blooper Team, it’s a “redesigned masterpiece of fear” but it didn’t go into specifics as to what’s different with the Switch version, or when it’ll arrive for that matter. But we’d put our money on it coming bundled with the game’s Inheritance DLC.