We've already had some big announcements in the Switch space this year, and it's super exciting to know that the brand new Yoshi game - Yoshi's Crafted World - is now coming to us in March rather than the originally pencilled in May. 2018 was certainly a great year for Switch games, including the likes of Pokemon Let's Go and Moonlighter, but 2019 is looking incredibly strong. Great upcoming Switch games currently currently include some big titles like Animal Crossing Switch, the major Pokemon Switch RPG release, and some other unusual entries like Untitled Goose Game and and Mineko's Night Market.
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.
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Release date: February 2019
Why is it so interesting? If you haven't played a Trials game before, oh boy are you in for a treat. This side-scrolling motorcross game is hilarious fun, in that "I can definitely get the gold medal on the next run if I just get that bunny hop right" kind of way. You work your way through brilliantly designed levels, learning tricks, getting better bikes and realising that you don't quite have that controller dexterity you thought you did. Just watch the trailer above, and you'll see exactly why you need Trials Rising.
Yoshi's Crafted World
Release date: March 29, 2019
Why is it so interesting? Yoshi's Wooly World was as surprising as it was delightful, and Nintendo looks to keep the trend of cutesy side-scrolling platformers going with the upcoming Switch game, Yoshi's Crafted World. Players are thrust into a diorama made of cardboard cutouts, and you'll guide Yoshi through them by chucking eggs at foes and shifting the camera perspective to interact with objects in the foreground or background. It's the kind of thing you wish you could hug.
Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch
Release date: Spring 2019
Genre: Strategy RPG
Why is it so interesting? A recent Nintendo Direct revealed the existence of a proper FIre Emblem game hitting Switch in 2018, but that's basically all we know about it at this point. Even so, the series has gone through an (ahem) awakening of sorts since its appearance on the 3DS, and has since become one of Nintendo's most popular series. If we had to guess, this new Fire Emblem game (whatever it's called) will likely feature many of the same things that made Awakening and Fates so good - calculating, turn-based battles, permadeath, and a loveable cast who would want nothing more than to go out on dates with each other.
Mineko's Night Market
Release date: Early 2019
Genre: Adventure / Simulation
Why is it so interesting? If you are incapable of watching the above Mineko's Night Market trailer and suppressing squeaks at all the adorable kitties it contains, this isn't a game for you. It's basically a kind of game like Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley, where you explore, craft, oh and breed cats. The cute little balls of fluff will follow you around as you play as Mineko who's just moved to Mount Fugu Island, and is also accompanied by her giant cat-like friend Abe. Together, you'll gather resources and craft items to sell at your market stall, play loads of mini-games, and of course, befriend kittens. Lots and lots and lots of kitties. Sounds rather wonderful, doesn't it?
Untitled Goose Game
Release date: Q1 2019
You might think I'm joking when I say there's a Switch title coming out in 2019 called the Untitled Goose Game, but that's actually what it's called. Being untitled is the entire title, and it's just a hint at how brilliant this game is going to be. Brilliantly odd, and brilliantly tactical. You play as the titular goose, who happens to be an absolute meanie, who tries to steal things from the villagers and cause general havoc, without said villagers whacking you with a broom or otherwise escorting you from their property. You'll be tasked with things like 'doing the washing', aka dunking someone's entire basket of clean clothes in the pond, bra and all. It's mischievous, fun and utterly adorable, plus it requires you to be stealthy AF. What's not to love?
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
Release date: TBC 2019
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 2019
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 2019
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.
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