TrustedReviews has compiled all the upcoming Nintendo Switch games for you to get excited about over the next several months.
We now have a handful of must-buy first-party titles in the form of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and ARMS. On the horizon we also have the likes of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Super Mario Odyssey and more.
We also have plenty of third-party titles in the form of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, FIFA and NBA 2K18 to come this year.
With Nintendo’s new console allowing players to enjoy the same game at home or on the go, and split the controller in half for immediate multiplayer, the likes of Mario Kart, Super Bomberman R and Ultra Street Fighter 2 are pretty high on our list.
Super Mario Odyssey
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Release Date: October 27, 2017
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?
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
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Release Date: August 29, 2017
The Nintendo-Ubisoft crossover title was rumoured for a while leading up to E3 2017, but nobody expected the game to turn into an XCOM-style strategy game.
Offering the depth of a tactical isometric combat sim wrapped in the cuteness of a Rabbids game, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle stole the show at E3 and Ubisoft’s press conference. One of the highlights of the entire show was watching the game’s director filled with emotion as he finally got to show off his game after months and months of development.
If even an ounce of this passion has made its way into the game, we could be in for an incredibly special and unique experience.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
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Release Date: Late 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: Winter 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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Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition
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Release Date: September 12
Ubisoft has announced it plans to bring one of the finest platformers in recent memory to Nintendo Switch. Rayman Legends is a genuinely fantastic treat with dozens of imaginative stages and characters to delve into.
Legends can be played with up to four players, making fiendishly difficult stages even harder as you and some friends jump atop one another to get ahead and bag as many teensies as humanly possible.
They’ll be swearing, punching and possibly a ruined friendship or two, but you’ll have an absolute blast in the process. Oh, and the Switch iteration will also come packed with some exclusive surprises in the form of new multiplayer modes and costumes.
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The immensely popular farming adventure was recently announced for Nintendo Switch, and it’s an absolutely perfect fit for the hybrid console.
Dropping you into the peaceful town of Stardew Valley, you are free to grow crops, befriend the townsfolk and go spelunking in the local mines.
Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch will also see the debut of multiplayer, meaning you can grow your farming empire with a friend by your side.
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.
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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.