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Upcoming Switch games for 2019 (and beyond)

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Release date: TBC 2019
Genre: Platformer

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.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE Encore

Release date: January 17, 2020
Genre: JRPG

The worlds of Fire Emblem and Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei series collide in Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE Encore. For a long time, the original release on Wii U was one of the most coveted titles on the Nintendo's previous platform. The new version of the JRPG coming to Switch includes a new song that wasn't included in the original, as well as additional story content and Tiki from the Fire Emblem series. Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening is also returning as his darker "Mirage Lord" self. It is sure to find make a good home for itself on the Switch, and it's great news for anyone who missed out when it originally released back in 2016. 

Gods & Monsters

Release date: February 25, 2020
Genre: Adventure

The creators of Assassins Creed Odyssey are bringing us a new kind of story book adventure that's based on the stories of Greek Mythology. Complete with a charming painterly art style, Gods & Monsters sees you play as a hero who sets out to save the gods using the powers granted to them by the gods of Olympus. The gods have fallen victim to the most powerful mythological monster known as Typhon, and it's up to you to venture out into the world and stop this deadly creature. The cinematic trailer might not have shown off any gameplay, but we're already convinced this enchanting artistic world is definitely one we want to dive into. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

 Release date: March 20, 2020
Genre: Simulation

Get ready to take flight, because the Nook Inc. getaway package is going to take us to a deserted island next year, for what is sure to be the vacation of a lifetime. Yes, this time the Animal Crossing world is on a dreamy tropical island with more activities than ever before. With some inspiration no doubt taken from Pocket Camp, New Horizons will let us decorate the entire world, from our adorable campsite and tent, to the surrounding areas. We'll also be able to craft all manner of items and clothes using the new workbench, complete with fishing, cooking, digging, chopping down trees, gardening, and experiencing the changing seasons. Oh, and it'll let you play with up to eight friends on the same island. We can hardly wait! 

Cris Tales

Release date: TBC 2020
Genre: RPG

Described as a homage to classic JRPGs, Modus Games stylish 2D RPG is said to land on the Switch sometime in 2020. The gorgeous art work of Cris Tales is already enough to grab our attention, but it also looks set to tell a very interesting time-bending story. Set in an dark, expansive fairy-tale world, you work to uncover and unravel the Empress' complex plot to destroy the world by making choices in the past, present, and future. With a turn-based battle system, the studio sights the likes of Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI as sources of inspiration for what it's calling an 'indie love letter' to the genre. Sounds pretty intriguing, right? 


Release date: TBC 2020
Genre: RPG

When you think about the post-apocalyptic world, the word charming doesn’t normally come to mind, but when it comes to Eastward it most definitely applies. Set in a near-future society that’s on the brink of collapse, the human population is at an all-time low. You play a minor called John who meets a mysterious young girl named Sam in a secret underground facility. You set on a journey with the pair of them as they work to discover the true origins of Sam and uncover the where the vicious creatures who wreak havoc across the towns come from. Eastward’s gorgeous pixelated art brings the apocalyptic setting to life in its own distinctive style - a decaying world never looked so picturesque. The story has already piqued our interest, and it also looks perfectly suited to the Switch. 


Release date: TBC 2020
Genre: Adventure

Thunder Lotus Games describes Spiritfare as a cozy management sim, which already ticks all the right boxes. Couple that with a beautiful artstyle and interesting concept and you’ve got yourself one of the most interesting upcoming indie releases heading to the Switch. Currently set to release sometime in 2020, you play as a Spiritfarer called Stella - a Spiritfarer is a ferrymaster to the deceased. Already sounds intriguing doesn’t it? You build a boat to explore the world and care for and befriend spirits, before bidding them farewell and sending them into the great beyond. We’re pretty certain we’ll be in for an emotional ride. Saying goodbye is never easy, after all. 

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

Release date: TBC 2020
Genre: Action/ Adventure

Becoming something of a cult classic after it's original release in 2010, the first Deadly Premonition was a survival horror set in an open world full of mystery. Following the story of an FBI agent called York, you set out to solve a serial murder case in the small town of Greenvale. Fast forward to 2019, and not only is the original getting a re-release on Switch with Deadly Premonition: Origins, we're also getting a sequel in 2020 that will see agent York return to solve another mysterious case in the small town of Le Carré in New Orleans.


Release date: TBC
Genre: RPG

Baldo is a new action-adventure RPG from Naps Team that looks like a cross between Ni No Kuni and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Recently revealed to be making its way to the Switch with no set release date yet, it follows the story of Baldo, the 'pure child' of prophecy who journeys through the world of Rodia. So far, all we know is it'll be an open-world adventure filled with interesting characters, weird and wonderful creatures, puzzles, combat, and temples to uncover and explore. The art style is very appealing, and we're keen to learn more. 

Bayonetta 3

Release date: TBC
Genre: Action

That's right! The Witch is back and she's coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. It's currently in development over at PlatinumGames, but for now that's all anyone's willing to tell us. There's the teaser trailer that you can watch above, which features magic, bullets and Bayonetta herself, but until we get some more details that's all we're getting. 

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