Upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2018 (and beyond)

Firewatch is another of the excellent upcoming Switch games

It doesn't matter how many excellent games come out, the ridiculous thing about the list of upcoming Nintendo Switch games is that it just keeps getting longer, and, more importantly, better. From the allure of Pokemon on Switch, the thought of Bayonetta 3 or even Crash Bandicoot himself, there's plenty to be excited about in the near future. Heck, the Switch is even getting Dark Souls Remastered

It's almost a problem, 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.

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.

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.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Release date: May 18, 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.

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.

Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy 

Release date: July 10, 2018
Genre: Platformer

Why is it interesting? When the Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy arrived on PS4 last year, it basically took the world by storm, prodding nostalgia buttons and twitching old muscle memory back to life. The Crash Bandicoot remaster not only looked fantastic, but also arrived still feeling the same as it did 20 years ago. It was a glorious - if fiendishly difficult - thing to behold. And now it's coming to Switch, which means you can subject yourself to repeated death animations whenever, and wherever, you want. 

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Release date: July 13, 2018
Puzzle, platformer

Why is it so interesting? Originally released on the Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is thankfully now getting a Switch port. It's good news, because Treasure Tracker is one of the Wii U's gems, and seeing as very few people actually had a Wii U, you've probably not had a chance to play it yet. Each one of its 100 levels is like a little box of tricks that you can turn around and interact with, like a cutesie, Nintendo version of Monument Valley. Solving the puzzles always feels incredibly rewarding and the difficulty level means that there's an actual challenge there for big kids and little kids alike. 

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.

Framed Collection

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
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)

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
: 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. 

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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