Upcoming Switch games for 2018 (and beyond)

We might have just had Pokemon Let's Go and Moonlighter arrive along with a plethora of awesome indie and AAA titles like Civilization 6, but that doesn't mean the well of upcoming Switch games is running dry. There are some fantastic first party titles en route like Luigi's Mansion 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, but also some interesting indie adventures like Mineko's Night Market and 7 Billion Humans still to come too.

Even after a year of great releases for Nintendo's latest console, that hasn't stopped the list of upcoming Switch games growing forever longer. We still can't quite believe that we can now add Animal Crossing Switch to this list, but we can, along with some other fantastic first party titles like . Oh and there's also a small game called Civilization 6 dropping onto Switch later this year. 

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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Release date: December 7, 2018
Genre: Fighting

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. 

Katamari Damacy Reroll

Release date: Winter, 2018
Genre: Puzzle

Why is it so interesting? Katamari Damacy is getting a HD Remaster exclusively for Switch in the form of Katamari Damacy Reroll (which might just be the best name for a remaster ever). It's not just a HD revisiting from the King of All Cosmos either, there are some special Switch features coming too: HD rumble, gyro control and split-screen multiplayer support with the Joy-Con controllers are all en route. It should be incredible. Oh, and if you haven't heard of Katamari Damacy, it's a game where you roll around a magic, adhesive ball that sticks objects to it until it gets big enough that it becomes a star. True story.


Release date: TBC 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. 

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition

Release date: TBC 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.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Release date: TBC 2018
Genre: Platformer

Why is it so interesting? You probably already know that Shovel Knight is one of the best Nintendo Switch games, but you might not know that you’re about to get more Shovel Knight on Switch. That comes in the form of Shovel Knight: King of Cards, which is the final adventure in the Treasure Trove saga. You’ll play as King Knight as you fight your way across four never before seen worlds and 30 fresh courses with some new moves to boot, including a high flying spin. It all looks and sounds very regal indeed.


Release date: TBC 2018
Genre: Strategy

Why is it so interesting? Intelligent Systems is off cranking out Fire Emblem games for Nintendo, meaning that its Advance Wars series has been left to languish in obscurity over the past few years. That doesn't mean people have forgotten about it though, as Chucklefish games has taken the framework - cutesy sprites on big maps fighting in simple-but-deep turn-based battles - and applied it to their own fantasy world. With up to four player local and online multiplayer and over a dozen different campaigns, maybe we won't need Advance Wars after all.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

Release date: TBC 2018
Genre: Platformer

Why is it so interesting? So, thanks to the weirdness surrounding the license for cult classic Sega series Wonder Boy, there are three of these games in development now, all from different studios and with varying degrees of involvement from the original creator, Ryuichi Nishizawa. Originally Kickstarted as a totally different game by French studio Game Atelier, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom features the same colorful, cartoony designs and weighty, retro metroidvania feel of Wonder Boy 3, but with a modern, crisp, high-definition look.

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