Little Town Hero
Release date: October 16, 2019
Originally revealed in 2018 with the working title of "Town", Little Town Hero is a new original IP from Pokemon series developer Game Freak. The entire adventure takes place in a small village that's guarded by giant castle. The rule accepted by the townsfolk is that you never leave town, but protagonist Axe has other ideas. When mysterious monsters suddenly start appearing in the small town, Axe is able to fight them using a strange red stone he found in the coalmine and sets out to discover the secret of the stones and the origins of the monster invaders. With an interesting combat system, a charming style, and the promise of delivering a "compact progression system" that will let you dip int and out of it the story with ease, Small Town Hero looks like one to watch.
Luigi's Mansion 3
Release date: October 31, 2019
Luigi's Mansion titles have always been incredibly well received thanks to their awesome Luigi-themed, ghost-sucking gameplay - it's basically Ninty Ghostbusters - and now we're getting a Switch version. Remember when Nintendo "killed" Luigi? Well, apparently it was the big tease for this! Does that make Luigi a ghost too now? Confusing. A new trailer shown off at E3 2019 showed off Luigi wielding his new upgraded Poltergust G00, and finally gave us our first proper glimpse of gameplay. The vacuum is rather handy in the haunted mansion, since it can blow away ghosts and knock down the apparitions defenses. Our green plumber also has his very own gooey doppelganger known as Gooigi, who can help him navigate areas he couldn't pass through by himself. Nothing like a bit of slimy teamwork. You go, Gooigi.
Return of the Obra Dinn
Release date: Fall 2019
Genre: Mystery/ Adventure
Set in 1807 on the merchant ship known as Obra Dinn, you set out to uncover what happened on this ship that was declared lost at sea when it failed to reach the Cape of Good Hope five years prior. As a first-person mystery, you'll have have to explore the Obra Dinn and use your deductive skills to piece everything together. As one of the most interesting releases of 2018, Return of the Obra Dinn's minimalistic colour style and story made it a standout indie title. The less you know about it going in, the better.
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Release date: November 15, 2019
While Pokefreaks will tide themselves over with Pokken Tournament DX on Switch, it's not the same as getting a full-blown Pokemon adventure to dig into. A pair of Pokemon Sword and Shield games named Pokemon Shield and Pokemon Sword will arrive this November, and will introduce Gen 8 Pokemon, alongside a brand new region, Galar. During E3 2019, a lot of Sword and Shield goodness shed light on a new feature known as Dynamax, which essentially transforms your Pokemon into giants and makes their moves more powerful. The ability adds a new level of strategy to the battles, as it can only be used once per battle and lasts for just three turns.
Assassins Creed: Rebel Collection
Release date: December 6, 2019
During the September 4 Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag and Assassins Creed Rogue are leaping on the Switch this December in one collection. The Rebel Collection brings both games and all additional DLC to the console with new features including motion aiming and touch controls. Black Flag puts you in the shoes of pirate Edward Kenway in the Caribbean, while Rogue sees you get stealthy as Shay the assassin hunter. Both are great entires in the franchise and will certainly be welcome additions to the Switch library.
Release date: Winter 2019
Taking inspiration from Scandinavian folklore, this adventure game is described as a dark contemporary fairytail. Featuring puzzles, exploration and a touching narrative, it’s also very notable for its mention of having non-violent game-play and accessible controls. The enchanting art style and fairy tale vibes from Polygon Treehouse make it stand out as one of the more interesting upcoming releases heading to the Switch. It’s due to release this winter, which certainly seems very apt for Röki since it promises to take us on a journey through the magical wintry wilderness.
Release date: TBC 2019
Okay, okay, so I'll admit, a game that describes itself as an emotional survival game struck me as a bit weird. Surely, every survival game is somewhat emotional and stressful in its very essence? Just me? Okay. Anyway, Neo Cab sees you playing as the last human cab driver in a city that's practically fully-automated, who's trying to reunite with her friend Savvy. But, unfortunately, she's wanted by Capra, which just happens to be an omnipresent mega-corporation. Fun! You'll be traversing a fictional LA in your car, and along the way you'll meet a diverse range of characters. The game is mostly driven through narration and the conversations you'll have with the people who drop into your back seat, but with a significant cyberpunk-slant. It looks to be quite the story, especially as you have to manage your driver rating and your emotions along the way. Oh, and avoid Capra.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
Release date: TBC 2019
One of the most surprising and unexpected announcements to come out of E3 2019 was undoubtedly the reveal of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics. A release date hasn't been confirmed beyond 2019, but we're willing to bet it'll probably come around the same time as the upcoming Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Netflix series that's set to start on August 30, 2019. The game will let you play through the events of the series in a grid based tactical format, and experience new characters, stories and environments in the world of the classic fantasy adventure.
Mineko's Night Market
Release date: TBC 2019
Genre: Adventure / Simulation
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?
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
Release date: TBC 2019
Genre: Point-and-click adventure
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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