The list of upcoming Switch games just keeps getting better and better. A flurry of new releases, and release dates, were confirmed as part of the E3 2019 games announcements, turning this little pipeline into a dreamy wonderland of upcoming Switch games that vary from indie to AAA delights to pencil into your calendar.
Whether you're gearing up for Pokemon Sword and Shield later on this year, hyped for the potential Bayonetta 3, just here for more Zelda or something more unusual like Untitled Goose Game and Mineko's Night Market, basically it's going to be a good year for Switch gaming.
This ever-growing list is focused on the upcoming 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 if you don't own a Nintendo Switch, you might even want to consider which best Nintendo Switch bundle is perfect for you.
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Release date: July 26, 2019
Genre: Strategy RPG
A slight deviation from the series' classic tropes, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is basically a little bit Hogwarts. You play as a professor for one of the titular three houses - The Black Eagles, The Blue Lions and the Golden Deer - and you'll be training your students in a number of disaplines, but using the series' traditional grid-based battles. There's an overarching storyline that includes visions, life or death decisions, and a strange power. I'm intrigued, are you?
Release date: August 2019
Genre: Action / adventure
If you're, well, pining for something big and open-worldy after Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pine may be something to add to your wishlist. Arriving later this year, this action adventure game lets you take on the role of Hue, who belongs to one of the last remaining tribes of humans on the island of Albamare. You'll need to find your way through the world in which he lives, where all creatures have lives, goals, quests and paths of their own. You'll have to fight, and trade, finds ways to influence the ecology and more in search of a new home. There are puzzles to solve too, a vast combat system and more. This could be a big hit.
Release date: August 30, 2019
PlatinumGames new action game is a stylish beat-em-up set in a futuristic megacity where only a few survivors remain. You play a member of a special police task force who fight intergalactic invaders with the help of sentient weapons known as Legions. Controlling both the agent and the Legion on the battlefield, you can pull of lots of stylish chain combos. There's also a kind of detective element to the game where you question people, solve cases, and team up with fellow agents to find out what's going on and save the world. As with many past PlatinumGames, it's loaded with style, and we're sure pulling off some of the sleek moves seen in the E3 trailer will be pretty darn satisfying.
Release date: Summer 2019
The latest game from Double Fine Productions is a game called Rad. It's a third-person, top-down action game starring a young boy who battles his way through a procedurally-generated post-apocalypse by adopting mutant powers. Kinda like an adorable version of Fallout 76, but you get a snake head or goblin wings, a flaming arm or acid feet in Rad. It's being headed up by Lee Petty, who creator Stacking and Headlander, two other amazing Double Fine games, so you know this is going to be good.
Release date: Summer 2019
Okay, okay, so I'll admit, a game that describes itself as an emotional survival game struck me as a bit weird. Surely, every survival game is somewhat emotional and stressful in its very essence? Just me? Okay. Anyway, Neo Cab sees you playing as the last human cab driver in a city that's practically fully-automated, who's trying to reunite with her friend Savvy. But, unfortunately, she's wanted by Capra, which just happens to be an omnipresent mega-corporation. Fun! You'll be traversing a fictional LA in your car, and along the way you'll meet a diverse range of characters. The game is mostly driven through narration and the conversations you'll have with the people who drop into your back seat, but with a significant cyberpunk-slant. It looks to be quite the story, especially as you have to manage your driver rating and your emotions along the way. Oh, and avoid Capra.
Release date: Fall 2019
Surviving through a perilous road-trip across the post-apocalyptic United States is no easy feat, and that's exactly what you'll have to try and navigate your way through in Finij's Overland. As a turn-based survival game, you'll look after a group of travelers and decide what happens every step of the way. Made up of levels with different scenarios and randomly generated characters, every choice you make could very well mean life or death for your group, and you'll be faced with no end of troubles on the road. With an interesting concept that will push you to really think about what you're doing, and a distinctive art style, it already looks set to be one very repayable and interesting indie number.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Release date: September 20, 2019
The clue is pretty much in the title. It's a brand new remastering of the Game Boy classic title, originally released more than 25 years ago. But it's not just any remastering, it's being totally overhauled with a new, rather adorable, art style, and is coming to Switch exclusively this year. It's not going to be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all over again, but it is going to tug hard on the nostalgia heart strings in the best way.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Release date: September 20, 2019
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch originally came out back in 2011 on the PS3, and we were delighted to learn it's making a comeback this year during E3 2019. We'll get to return to the enchanting Ni No Kuni world with it's wonderful Studio Ghibli animated sequences, and experience the magical journey on the Switch. Level 5's much-loved RPG follows the story of Oliver, a young boy who ventures out into a strange world filled with familiars and enemies to try and bring his mother back from a parallel universe. It's sure to feel right at home on Nintendo's console, and introduce a new audience to one very enjoyable RPG experience.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
Release date: September 27, 2019
Nintendo recently announced Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age is making it's way to the Switch later this year, and since we'll be getting the definitive addition, it'll also include a lot of nice extra features. With new ridable monsters, a more expansive story-line, and the ability to choose to play in 3D, or go retro and change it back to 16-bit. Switching up styles on the Switch, eh? Who would have thought it? It also has English and Japanese voice over options, new side quests, character-specific quests, and the ability to speed up battles and travel to old Dragon Quest worlds. XI is a great entry in the series, and with all the new content included, it's a great way to experience the world of Erdrea.
Luigi's Mansion 3
Release date: October 31, 2019
Luigi's Mansion titles have always been incredibly well received thanks to their awesome Luigi-themed, ghost-sucking gameplay - it's basically Ninty Ghostbusters - and now we're getting a Switch version. Remember when Nintendo "killed" Luigi? Well, apparently it was the big tease for this! Does that make Luigi a ghost too now? Confusing. A new trailer shown off at E3 2019 showed off Luigi wielding his new upgraded Poltergust G00, and finally gave us our first proper glimpse of gameplay. The vacuum is rather handy in the haunted mansion, since it can blow away ghosts and knock down the apparitions defenses. Our green plumber also has his very own gooey doppelganger known as Gooigi, who can help him navigate areas he couldn't pass through by himself. Nothing like a bit of slimy teamwork. You go, Gooigi.
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Release date: November 15, 2019
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. A pair of Pokemon Sword and Shield games named Pokemon Shield and Pokemon Sword will arrive this November, and will introduce Gen 8 Pokemon, alongside a brand new region, Galar. During E3 2019, a lot of Sword and Shield goodness shed light on a new feature known as Dynamax, which essentially transforms your Pokemon into giants and makes their moves more powerful. The ability adds a new level of strategy to the battles, as it can only be used once per battle and lasts for just three turns.
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