As we edge closer to the Nintendo Switch's first birthday, it feels like there's never been a more exciting time to own one. There's a fantastic library of content that already exists, and with this huge list of upcoming Nintendo Switch games, there are plenty of fantastic games that you need to wishlist right now.
Thanks to all the announcements made in the latest Nintendo Direct and the surprise reveal of the Nintendo Labo, we now have even 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.
However, this ever-growing list is focused on 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.
Looking for games to play right now? Don't miss our list of the best Nintendo Switch games that are in stores or available online today.
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.
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.
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