Upcoming Switch games for 2018 (and beyond)

Well, after a totally jam-packed Nintendo Direct, we've got plenty more games to add to our ever-growing list of upcoming Switch games. We can't quite believe we get to add Animal Crossing Switch to this list, but it's finally a reality, along with other great titles like Luigi's Mansion 3, and even Civilization 6.

Whether you're preparing yourself to kick all the butts in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, pick a buddy in Pokemon Let's Go or even just kick back with a little bit of dungeoning in Moonlighter, there's plenty to be excited about on the horizon of upcoming Switch games. 

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.

Light Fingers

Release date: September 20, 2018
Genre: Action/Board Games

Why is it so interesting? Light Fingers looks to be a brilliant blend of turn-based card game and real-time stealth action title. And with lovely art style to boot. You’re all trying to score more loot than your friends in multiplayer, but before you can have the glory and the bragging rights you’ve got to get it all. We love the fact the world develops like a board game unfolding and it has a sword and sorcery feel to every pixel. 


Release date: September 29, 2018
Genre: Sports

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
Genre: Party

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. 

Dark Souls: Remastered

Release date: October 19, 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.

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee

Release date: November 16, 2018

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.

Civilization 6

 Release date: November 16, 2018
Genre: Action RPG

Why is it so interesting? Oh goodness me, wave goodbye to all my free time because some madman is releasing Civilization 6 on Switch. Arguably the world's biggest simulation game is now going to be in your pocket whenever you want to dive in to a dash of strategy. Research technology, build armies, trade goods, visit new lands, meet interesting people, go to war, and all of that from wherever the heck you fancy doing it. Dangerous.


Release date: November 2018
Genre: Action RPG

Why is it so interesting? If you love games like Stardew Valley, with that kind of "just one more day" gameplay loop, then you're going to love Moonlighter. By day, you're a shopkeeper called Moonlighter, setting prices for goods, expanding your wares and setting the perfect prices between ripping your customers off and selling at a loss. It might sound tedious but in reality it's that kind of wonderful, brain-soothing mediocrity that Stardew Valley has in droves with all that watering and crop gathering. But then, at night, you’re diving into roguelike dungeons to gather the stuff you’ll be selling in your shop the next day and that you'll need to upgrade your weapons or brew health potions and enchantments. It's going to be your new Stardew, trust me.

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.

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