It's about to get really, really busy in the Switch release calendar, because there are a tonne of upcoming Switch games on the horizon. Whether you're excited about Nintendo's own titles, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Pokemon Let's Go, or something a little more indie flavoured, such as Okami HD or Moonlighter.
It's almost a problem (a good problem mind you), as we're already struggling 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 getting seriously truffle hungry in Stardew Valley.
However, 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 ahead of the Christmas rush.
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.
Release date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Party / Strategy
Why is it so interesting? If you've played the original Overcooked, you'll know what kind of barmy, multiplayer action this series involves. Basically, this is more of the same but with upgraded graphics, more challenges, and a bigger world to explore. For the unintiated, Overcooked requires you to work together with other chefs to prepare, cook and serve meals for hunger customers against the clock, and usually against a plethora of challenges too, whether that's a kitchen with conveyor belts instead of floors or having to throw food from one side of a kitchen to another over a chasm. And all that without actually burning anything, or setting anything on fire. It's absolute mayhem, but in the very best, overly-panicky kind of way.
Release date: August 9, 2018
Genre: Action, adventure
Why is it so interesting? Finally, Okami HD is coming to Switch,bringing its joyous Japanese paint art style to the Switch's screen. Arriving on Switch certainly isn't the beautiful Okami's first outing, but it is the first getting some new controls especially created for touchscreen. In handheld mode you can use your own drawing skills to slash enemies in half, or bring life back to the land of Nippon, but you can also use the Joy-Con's gyroscope to draw your own sumi-e ink drawings for tablet or TV mode. It's basically the Wii version but much, much better.
Release date: September 29, 2018
Why is it so interesting? Well, it's FIFA. Do we need to even say more? Yes, the biggest football sim out there is back again this year on Switch. It's still a distilled version of the big PS4 / Xbox One editions, but like FIFA 18 you're not really losing out by playing FIFA 19 on Switch. You're getting the best features of the game, edited down so they play brilliantly on the small screen and when you get home to whack it in the dock. So get your studs ready, because football is coming to Switch.
Super Mario Party
Release date: October 5, 2016
Why is it so interesting? The Switch has been waiting for a bit of cheeky Super Mario Party action, and thankfully that piece of deliciousness is coming this October. The digital board game is back, offering more highly competitive minigames than ever before. Some have been built specifically for the Joy-Cons too, and you can connect two Switch consoles together for even more ways to play. Even the strategy elements have been improved for this iteration, including items like specific Dice Blocks for each character to add some extra tactics. This time around the Party can start anywhere and with anyone. We're donning our party hats already.
Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee
Release date: November 16
Why is it so interesting? It might not be the core RPG Pokemon Switch game you were waiting for, but Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let's Go Eevee are the two Pokemon games you're going to get to play this year (along with Pokemon Quest, which is already out on Switch for free). They're a bit of a mash-up between Pokemon Yellow and Pokemon Go, as you'll get a buddy (Eevee or Pikachu) and the Switch games will actually interact with Pokemon Go like some kind of magic. It's set in Kanto, has all the original 151 Pokemon in it, and although actual gameplay mechanics and a story hasn't been revealed, Team Rocket are definitely back to cause some havoc and I can't wait to play it.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Release date: December 7, 2018
Why is it so interesting? Prepare yourself for the biggest Super Smash Bros. game to date. As the title suggests Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to be almost like the, err, ultimate version of Smash Bros. featuring every single fighter that's ever featured, plus some new faces like the Splatoon 2 Inklings and even Ridley from Metroid. There are new stages too, new items and defenses that should just make this feel like the definitive version of Super Smash Bros. that you can play right now. Oh, and of course that also means you can play multiplayer instantly. Good old Switch.
Release date: Spring 2018
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.
Release date: Spring 2018
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?
Release date: Spring 2018 (timed exclusive)
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.
Release date: Spring 2018
Genre: Adventure game
Why is it so interesting? If you missed Firewatch when it came out on PS4, Xbox One and PC way back in 2016, you're doing yourself a disservice. Developed by Campo Santo and featuring artwork from the utterly brilliant Olly Moss, it tells the tale of a guy called Henry, who in 1989 goes to work in the Wyoming wilderness to keep a lookout for forest fires. There's no-one else to talk to but Delilah via walkie-talkie, but that's when things start to go a bit weird in this narrative adventure. Prepare to go on quite the emotional and psychological journey with Henry across the beautiful wilderness.
Dark Souls: Remastered
Release date: Summer, 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. Sadly, the game has been recently delayed from May 25 to a 'summer' release, but here's hoping it will be this side of August 31st, or whatever the latest day of summer might constitute.
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 Trilogy
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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