The Nintendo Switch has had an amazing first year, with brilliant games arriving almost every month since its March launch. Trusted Reviews has compiled a list of the most noteworthy games coming to the console in the near future.
There are loads of great games already on the console, many of which exclusive to the machine. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, ARMS and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle are all available now. On the horizon, we also have the likes of Super Mario Odyssey, too.
We also have plenty of third-party titles in the form of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, NBA 2K18 and WWE 2K18, to0. It seems that, following the rapid success of the Switch, many developers are eager to jump on-board for their very own slice of the pie.
Thanks to the Nintendo eShop, indie titles have also enjoyed great success. The likes of Stardew Valley have recently launched, a game we adore here at Trusted, along with Axiom Verge.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
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Release Date: 2018
Bethesda and MachineGames are bringing Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus to Nintendo Switch, marking one of the very first mature shooters to debut on the platform.
Once again starring the legendary B.J. Blazkowicz, The New Colossus takes the rebooted series to the United States, where the Nazis have taken over and begun to occupy the once prosperous land of freedom. Expect to murder Nazis across various locales while also taking in a surprisingly compelling narrative.
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Developer: Team Cherry
Release Date: 2018
This darkly charming metroidvania outing looks to be a perfect fit for Nintendo Switch with its adorable graphics and addictive gameplay. Much like games such as Metroid 2 and Axiom Verge, Hollow Knight will have you exploring sprawling worlds, defeating enemies and unlocking new abilities.
Hollow Knight compliments this with a dark yet adorable and a narrative the player is trusted to discover for themselves. Having already made an impact on PC, we’re excited to get our hands on the console release.
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Developer: D-Pad Studios
Release Date: TBA
Owlboy is a platforming-adventure experience that has already garnered critical and commercial success across PS4 and PC with its innovative gameplay and gorgeous visuals.
Set in the land of the sky, our world below has been decimated by an unknown yet catastrophic event. You play as Otus, an owl-human hybrid who seeks out to rescue his friends and family after his village is attacked by evil pirates.
Super Mario Odyssey
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Release Date: October 27, 2017
Super Mario Odyssey is a fully-fledged 3D Mario experience, echoing the open world design found in Nintendo Gamecube’s Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario 64. Nintendo is making a bold statement with Odyssey, and it looks brilliant.
The reveal trailer showcased a mixture of realistic and fantastical environments alongside a slew of innovative new gameplay mechanics centred around Mario’s hat.
Mario can now hurl his signature red hat at enemies while also using it as a handy platform for reaching precarious new areas. Bowser is up to his usual tricks, who has once again kidnapped Princess Peach and plans to marry her. Just another day in the Mushroom Kingdom, then?
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
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Release Date: December 1, 2017
Monolith Soft arguably stole the show with this surprise announcement, blowing us away with a trailer featuring some truly gorgeous environments and a goosebump-inducing orchestral score.
Acting as a direct sequel to the Nintendo Wii original, Xenoblade 2 will likely provide us with a vast open world to explore filled with monsters, quests and characters to encounter.
The last game in the franchise, Xenoblade Chronicles X, was a masterful swansong for Wii U, and this could usher in a new age for JRPGs on the Switch.
Fire Emblem Warriors
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Release Date: October 20, 2017
Hyrule Warriors was Nintendo’s first foray into what could very well become a series of franchise spinoffs. Teaming up with the developers of Dynasty Warriors, Omega Force are recreating iconic game worlds through the perspective of a fast, frantic style of gameplay.
Now it’s turning its attention to Fire Emblem, a fantastic SRPG series that often depicts its epic battles through mediated turn-based feats and lovely cutscenes. This changes with Warriors, as the player takes direct control of our heroes as they charge into the battlefield.
We expect hundred upon hundreds of enemies on screen as Chrom and friends tear through them with a series of weapons and special moves. The addition of an original story and new playable characters should make this a Fire Emblem experience worth checking out.
Yoshi (working title)
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Release Date: TBC
Yoshi’s yarn-spinning adventures have charmed many over the years, and the series’ debut on Switch looks to continue to do the same.
Don’t believe us? Take a look at the adorable trailer for yourself:
While people initially were critical of the Switch’s lack of power compared to the PS4 and Xbox One, it’s undeniable that this is a gorgeous looking game. And if it delivers the enjoyable, slow-paced gameplay that suits players young and old that the series is known for, count us in!
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Metroid Prime 4
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After almost a decade since the last instalment, we’d almost given up hope of Metroid Prime 4 seeing the light of day. But now, Nintendo has finally unveiled that Samus Aran’s next adventure is finally in development.
Announced at E3 2017 with a brief video and a single image, it’s coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch. However, it isn’t developed by series veteran Retro Studios, which could put off passionate fans of the original trilogy. We know very little about it thus far, but we cannot wait for Metroid Prime 4.
Battle Chasers Nightwar
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Battle Chasers Nightwar is a turn-based RPG which features all the dungeon crawling and story-exploring fans of the genre will love.
Each dungeon is randomly generated, meaning you’ll have to plan accordingly and prepare for all the traps, puzzles and secrets which lie in store.
Also, the town you explore is called Harm’s Way, if that isn’t a sign of an ominous journey awaiting Switch players, we don’t know what is.
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Tequila Works’ emotional adventure launched for PS4, Xbox One and PC earlier this year, and now it’s venturing onto Nintendo Switch. Playing as a young boy having washed upon a mysterious island, you’ll find yourself slowly piecing together a tragic yet beautiful narrative.
Taking clear influence from the likes of Journey, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, RiME owes much to its legendary influences. Despite this, it easily stands on its own as one of the best experiences of 2017. Here’s hoping to Switch version holds up.