Upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2018 (and beyond)

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From Nintendo Labo to Pokemon Switch, it's going to be an exciting year for upcoming Nintendo Switch games. We've got remasters inbound like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition and Dark Souls: Remastered, to brand new titles like Mario Tennis Aces and Yoshi. 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.

Nintendo Labo

Release date: April 20, 2018 (April 27, 2018 in Europe)
Genre: Cardboard...

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. 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Release date: April 24, 2018
Genre: Action, RPG

Why is it interesting? The brilliant South Park: The Fractured But Whole is coming to Switch and bringing all its toilet humour, superhero pranking action with it. The outrageous superhero adventure is ridiculously good, combining briliant RPG action with the classic South Park humour. If you've missed out on the latest South Park game, treat yourself this time around.

Donkey Kong: Jungle Freeze

Release date: May 4, 2018
Genre:
Platformer

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
Genre:
Action

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
Genre: Tennis

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
Genre:
Action/Adventure

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.

Framed Collection

Release date: Spring 2018
Genre:
Puzzle

Why is it so interesting? The Framed Collection is actually a bundle that includes both Framed and Framed 2, two excellent puzzle games that are currently only available on Android and iOS. But now, the pair are both coming to Switch - the first time they've gone beyond mobile - so you'll be puzzling away with your Ninty console very soon. They take the form of a series of comic book panels that you have to slide around to guide characters through a scene, so it works perfectly on the Switch's touch screen. If you've missed them on mobile thus far, treat yourself to this little bundle.  

Pode

Release date: Spring 2018
Genre: Puzzle

Why is it so interesting? A bit of a different one for the collection of Switch games currently available, Pode is a co-op puzzler that's inspired by Norwegian art and culture. Who says that games can't be educational?

Light Fall

Release date: Spring 2018 (timed exclusive)
Genre:
Platformer

Why is it so interesting? Bright, colourful and utterly addictive is basically a quick summary of Light Fall. This fast-paced platforming adventure game lets you take control of a Shadow Core, which is a magical box that propels you through each of the game's stages in a hectic, hardcore platforming extravaganza. There's even a speedrun mode with a global leaderboard if you really want to push yourself.

Lumines Remastered

Release date: Summer 2018
Genre: Puzzle

Why is it interesting? Lumines has been around for a while, but now it's headed to switch with local multiplayer and an extensive single-player mode. It's still the classic, music-based puzzle game but it's now been remastered in glorious HD. 

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.

Banner Saga 3 on Switch

Release date: Summer 2018
Genre: Tactical RPG

Why is it so interesting? All three Banner Saga games are coming to Switch this summer, so you'll soon be able to play through the entirety of the mature and story-driven series wherever you fancy. They're fantastic games, with an art style that is absolutely to die for, and if you're looking for an RPG with a bit of a different, then this is a series for you. Plus, like the other versions of the series, all your player choices will carry throughout the three games, meaning it's an RPG that's literally tailored to you.

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