Top 25 Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games of 2019-2020
Here's our pick for the most anticipated Switch titles coming soon to the Nintendo console. For a complete, updated list, visit our page for all upcoming Nintendo Switch games.
We just can't get enough of Mario games, and that rings true especially for the beloved Mario Maker series. Getting its second installment on the Nintendo Switch, return to the plumbers iconic adventures in stages made from your imaginations or the happy creators around the world. In this sequel, not only does it have more Mario levels to build, players also get to create fresh three dimensional stages along with the classic 2D. Pre-order the game, and you'll get a fancy new stylus to go along with it to level up the building excitement. Time to let your imagination run wild. It comes out on Jun 28th
iD Software’s ‘Nazi-killing’ first person shooter is also coming out to the Switch. Their latest title may not be the next in the main series after the recent New Colossus, but Youngblood holds a lot of promise. Featuring BJ Blazkowicz two twin daughters in the alternate 80s Paris, Youngblood brings co-op shooting back to the fore. It introduces two characters, Soph and Jes, each with their individual personalities and skills.
While the cosmetic microtransactions might be slightly worrying, sharing the co-op experience is made better with the Switch’s flexibility. It comes out this 26th of July.
Nintendo and Intelligent Systems is proud to unveil their first Fire Emblem title on the Switch. What with the console's technological feats and improvements, the 16th entry to the iconic series brings us a threefold narrative. In Three Houses we get to roam around the world of Fodlan along with the Black Eagles, Blue Lions, and The Golden Deer. Containing three times the stories, it might just be Fire Emblem's biggest title yet with special family Crests, Battalions to hire and lead soldiers, and brand new weapon types.
Playing as a professor, you'll get to share your expertise to your students, teach them the ways of battle, and maybe date them...eventually, when it's less creepy. There's a lot of hesitation and excitement for this latest game, and we'll find out for ourselves when it comes out on Jul 26, 2019
4. Astral Chain
Platinum Games takes you to a futuristic world overrun by dangerous alien creatures. Humanity’s last chance for survival are high-tech cops that can harness the power of the Legion. Take control of two characters at once in a stylish and seamless hack and slash action-adventure.
A team effort between Takahisa Taura, the designer of NieR: Automata; and Hideki Kamiya, the man behind Bayonetta and Devil May Cry, expect a solid entry to this brand new original work from PlatinumGames. This Nintendo Switch exclusive is coming out this 30th of August.
Already released on the PS4 and Xbox One last year, Spyro is also gunning to reignite his tale on the Switch. A classic title from the PlayStation's heyday, this version is a collection of remasters of the first three games of the entire series. Rated positively on both PS4 and Xbox One, that bodes well for their release on the hybrid console too.
Dive into a renewed platforming experience with the purple dragon and roam around his gorgeous and familiar hub world. Retaining the magic of the original Spyro hits, players will get treated to the game's meticulously designed soundtracks and environments. This PlayStation classic is making its way to the Switch on September 3rd
We might already a litany of Gundam title, the world could always use more mech games. This upcoming shooter from Marvelous might be your best bet on the Switch. The details of their dystopian future of mighty metal on metal may be stunning, the breadth of their customizations is ultimately what draws us in. Daemon X Machina not only lets you personalize mechs to your hearts content. From the style down to the weaponry, you can even get swap them out in real-time by obtaining parts from your fallen enemies. Their over the top story may not seem to make sense, and its animations may not be the smoothest, these hopefully iron themselves out when it releases on September 13th, 2019
Whether or not you played the original 1993 Gameboy title of the same name, Nintendo's making sure you get a brand new experience. Revamping a beloved Legend of Zelda classic, Link's Awakening sheds off its signature pixels in favor of 3D, almost toy-like makeover.
Its the 3/4 RPG perspective like you've never seen it before. Set out on your adventure as the young link and get to see the journey you took two decades ago in a brand new light. Link's Awakening might not be a new game, it might just help tide us through until the Breath of the Wild sequel. Bringing in new fans to the island adventure, it's set to release on Sep 20, 2019
Behaviour Interactive’s horror-multiplayer game is ready for more spooks and cheap thrills to the Nintendo Switch. To celebrate their 3rd Anniversary, Dead by Daylight introduces ICON from Halloween and a returning character, Ghost Face, to the roster.
The Switch release has no huge changes to the game. Gameplay still revolves around a terrifying cat and mouse chase between the killer and the survivors. Utilize the game’s environment and take advantage of the precarious position you put yourselves into. It’s killed or be killed. It comes out this 24th of September.
Another grand adventure awaits you in this definitive version of Square Enix’s genre-defining RPG series. XI S features the same content of the original but with newly added character-specific stories, new music, more side quests and the ability to alternate between HD and its retro-inspired 16-bit visuals.
Switch users will be delighted to see and explore a massive and gorgeous world. It’s bonus character stories takes you back to the past as you travel to the past Dragon Quest worlds from 1 to 10. It’s coming out this 27th of September.
This one's a bit of toughie. As much as we love that there's a brand new Pokemon game on the Switch, there's a lot of hitches to this latest installment. The least of which being its graphics and animations. Set in a world with living and breathing pokemon, some of them seem to be less alive than others. And, yes, we do mean those weird Wingull's sharp flight patterns. The removal of the national pokedex also seems to be a sore spot for fans. This means that us rising trainers won't exactly be able to complete our pokedex.
Looking like their cutting a lot of corners, it's not the most perfect beginning for the Pokemon series on Nintendo's groundbreaking hybrid console. But, for lifelong fans, a new pokemon game is still a new pokemon game and we're all hoping these problems get ironed out in time. It's currently set to release on November 15, 2019
Your two favorite videogame superstars are back with their whole entourage in this latest installment of the iconic crossover party game. While their noticeable absence in last year's Olympics were a little worrying, it gave the competing duo and their friends enough time to prepare for the intense competition. Held in their native Japan, it was even more important for them to prepare for this massive home court return.
Featuring four new events, Tokyo 2020 is your opportunity to raise your skills in the cool fields of Karate, Sport Climbing, Surfing, and Skateboarding. All that plus up to twenty more sports events makes up for a flurry of activity that will definitely get your heart pumping. Go online and show off your mastery against other players around the globe. Releasing exclusively for the Switch, it's set to release sometime this November.
Time to get your head out of the VR clouds and get your hands working for the Switch arrival of Microsoft's lucky fox. Coming out first on the Oculus Rift and then as an Xbox One X launch title, this NEW Super Lucky's Tale expands on the 3D platforming of its predecessors.
Described as a complete reimagining of the game, you can look forward to new cutscenes and of course a new camera control system. While it's not exactly the most well-received Microsoft exclusive, this entrance to the Switch might win it a few more hearts, especially with its more controller friendly format. Step into the shoes of Lucky and help him and his sister protect the Book of Ages from Jinx's evil antics. It's coming out this Fall.
Another unexpected port to the Switch is CAPCOM’s beloved zombie series. Chris Redfield and the gang ready themselves to stop Bioterrorism with a rocket launcher and a boulder. Resident Evil 5 and 6 introduces Switch owners to the Zombie game that changed it all.
Both games are packed with huge content and huge replay value. Team up with a friend and use the Switch’s handy Joy-Cons to go on a tag-team undead killing spree. It’s coming out sometime this Fall.
14. Gods & Monsters
From the same creators that brought us the majestic Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Ubisoft Quebec expands on the mythologies of the antiquity with this new adventure game. Less of the brash complexity of the Assassin's Creed, Gods & Monsters puts on a cartoon aesthetic, making it seem like a more casual, kid-friendly experience.
We know some myths are a little less than friendly though, so it will be interesting to see their take on those. As it is, Gods and Monsters feels like a mix between the AC saga and Nintendo's Breath of the Wild. In other words, it's a perfect addition to the roster. It's set to release on February 25th, 2020
We've been waiting for the Animal Crossing series to finally make their jump to the Nintendo Switch and it looks like it's finally happening. With a confirmed New Horizons subtitle, Animal Crossing welcomes a host of changes to the quaint neighborhood simulation game. For one, it won't be as quaint anymore. The new titles premise revolves around charting a new life from scratch on a faraway Desert Island--an ultra exclusive getaway thanks to Nook Inc.
Taking cues from their previous game, Pocket Camp, New Horizons basically feels like a weirdly happy-looking Castaway, with other neighbors and a phone signal to boot. Craft your very own island experience by setting up camp, collecting scraps from the environment, and colonising the land for Tom Nook's future clients. Also paths. That's important. Hit by a delay though, we'll have to wait a few more months until its release on March 20th, 2020.
Phoenix Labs’ own take on the action-adventure genre is somewhat reminiscent of the good ol’ Monster Hunter game from CAPCOM. Gather your friends and take own ferocious beasts in the Shattered Isles.
Select from its multitude of unique weapons that all depend on your playstyle. Much like Monster Hunter and even Warframe, it’s grind-y. Expect yourself to be killing the same monster again and again until you get that precious monster part. Dauntless’ promising feature is that it’s FREE and it’s still on the process of major improvements. It’s slated for a 2019 release.
Just after celebrating Banjo Kazooie's entrance into the Super Smash Bros arena, they got their own celebration going for one of their newer icons. Giving us back the wonderful and charming platforming activities with the release of Yooka Laylee, the adorable pair comes back for a different kind of fun in this upcoming spinoff title.
From their super liberating jaunts in the third dimension, Impossible Lair returns us to the traditional two dimensional sidescrolling platformer. In the game, the impossible lair is an actual place and everyone is welcome to try it out from the very beginning. Without the bees that will help around in the impossible journey though, it might be tough. So jump around in their many stages, solve puzzles in the 3D overworld, and enjoy their charming blend of Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario World gameplay. It's set to release sometime this year.
Coming off as a huge surprise during their presentation, CDPR manages to team-up with Nintendo to port one of the greatest games known to man into the Nintendo Switch. Dubbed as the “Switcher”, this is the complete edition of the Witcher 3 title with all the two massive DLC’s.
To adapt to the Switch’s hardware limitations, the game will run at 540p in handheld mode while 720p Dynamic Resolution when docked. This was a huge step for Nintendo, despite its downgrades. Nonetheless, it’s a first step for Switch users to experience the masterpiece that is The Witcher. It comes out sometime this 2019.
It’s about time the second Mario Brother gets some love. This is the third installment to the spooky and critically acclaimed series of Luigi’s misadventures. Powered with the Switch’s improved hardware and functionality, expect a seamless and gorgeous puzzle-solving journey in co-op or alone.
Luigi’s new partner, Gooigi, will help players slip through bars easily. In addition, the latest gameplay trailer introduces new mechanics such as Slam, Suction Shot and Burst. Not to mention our boy finally has a brand new Vacuum that can fire plungers and has a built-in jet propulsion system. It comes out later this year.
20. Empire of Sin
There's smoke, there's bullets, and then there's music--and not necessarily in that order. The latest game from Paradox Interactive and Romero Games takes us back in time and into the Prohibition era Chicago of the 1920s. More than just another Mafia shooter, Empire of Sin is a strategy RPG. Choose from their 14 different characters and play the role of an up and coming Empresario in their world of crime.
Not only does it look stunning, the gameplay also seems promising. With a combat system ala XCOM, a free-roam map for interacting with people, and world-scale map that details the varying competition, each player will get to decide exactly how they want to run their business. Whether its through charm or sheer strength, whichever you pick, it'll all be within Empire of Sin's living and breathing Chicago. The Mafia management game you've been waiting for, it's coming out Spring 2020.
21. No More Heroes 3
After numerous rumors about delays and cancellations, Grasshopper Manufacture’s cult classic marks the return of the iconic Travis Touchdown. Its initial trailer dropped during Nintendo’s E3 Direct and it showcased a handful of new and weird energy from the previous titles.
Now with his power armor on, Travis continues to aspire to become the best assassin in the world. Gameplay wasn’t shown, but from the looks of it, expect robotic mannequins as enemies. It’s coming to the Switch this 2020.
22. Trials Of Mana
Aside from Final Fantasy VII Remake, one of the major surprises of Square Enix’s presentation was the return of the fan-favorite JRPG. A fresh new look to the third entry of the Mana series, this remake is made for the old and new players.
Players will be delighted to know that they will be returning to the magical land filled with darkness, light and a huge mystical tree. The changes are obvious and players can experience a different kind of Trials of Mana, but with the same story. It comes out sometime this 2020.
Spiritfarer might've been a fish out of water in the other console showcases, it definitely feels at home on the Switch's healthy lineup of retro games and third party indies. A title from Thunder Lotus Games, the studio awe and impresses with the simplicity of their 2D artstyle. The whole world is oozing with charm.
Sail around in the fable-like fantasy world, build, explore, and gather resources for your journey. What's most striking about it though is its seeming exploration of loss. Claiming to teach players how to say goodbye, we're ready for the waterworks that are coming once it releases sometime in 2020.
The sequel to the award-winning action-adventure metroidvania game from Team Cherry is taking you once again into a magical quest in a whole new kingdom ruled by Silk and Song.
For the first time in the series, play as Hornet, the princess-protector of Hallownest and a major character from the original game. Battle new and familiar foes as you utilize her unique and lethal acrobatic abilities. Craft powerful tools to outsmart challenging boss fights and enemies. No release date yet, but it’s coming out to the Switch soon!
E3’s Nintendo Direct had one last surprise and it was something we never knew coming. Link and Zelda’s adventure to a post-apocalyptic Hyrule gets darker than ever with its eerie trailer. The dynamic duo enters a strange catacomb in search of what looks to be Ganon’s sealed corpse.
Not much details were unveiled during this game so far, but it’s currently in development. Fans are quick to speculate some of the mysteries and easter eggs surrounding the trailer, even putting it on reverse to check some audio and video changes. No release date yet.