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Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games 2017

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Trusted Reviews has compiled all the games coming to Nintendo Switch, including all of the highly-anticipated first party exclusives.

We now have two absolute must-buy first-party titles in the form of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and still have some more amazing first-party games on the way like Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey and more.

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We also have plenty of third-party titles in the form of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, FIFA and NBA 2K18.

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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Super Mario Odyssey

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?
splatoon 2

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Splatoon 2

Release Date: July 21

Splatoon 2
capitalises on the success of the original with new modes, maps and the addition of local multiplayer on Nintendo Switch. Many of us were expecting a spruced up port of the Wii U version, but it turns out Nintendo has been developing a fully-fledged sequel for its bustling new IP.

The mischevious inklings have found themselves an assortment of new weapons, and have somehow learned how to duel wield – John Woo style. These newcomers to your arsenal are accompanied by new methods of movement such as rolling and paint-propelled jetpacks, perfect for gaining the advantage mid-match.

It is unclear whether Splatoon 2 will offer an enhanced solo experience over its predecessor, but we can tell the multiplayer is going to be as fun and frantic as before. Local multiplayer should be a blast, too, made a breeze thanks to the Switch's Joycon controllers.

xenoblade

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2

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 emeblem

4 / 9

Fire Emblem Warriors

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.
Skyrim
Release Date: Late 2017

After launching for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC way back in 2011, Nintendo is finally getting in on the Bethesda action. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to Nintendo Switch in its entirety, giving you a colossal fantasy world to explore whether you're at home, on the bus or climbing a mountain.

The prospect of having such a daunting game at our fingertips wherever we go sounds pretty exciting, so long as the console's battery life can hold out for more than a few hours. Bethesda is yet to confirm whether the Switch edition will include all previously released DLC and mod support, but it'd certainly be nice.

Now we just wait for the eventual port of Fallout 4. Come on, Bethesda.

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legends

6 / 9

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

Release Date: TBA 2017

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.
stardew valley

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Our Score:

9

Stardew Valley

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.
yooka-laylee 2
Developed by Playtonic Games, some of the original minds behind platforming classics such as Banjo-Kazooie and Conker's Bad Fur Day, Yooka-Laylee will be a nostalgic treat for fans of 3D platformers.

Taking place across a variety of diverse worlds, you must collect as many objects as possible while greeting charming new characters that feel like they're pulled straight from the 1990s. It may not be a sequel to Banjo-Kazooie, but it's the next best thing.
metroid prime 4

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Metroid Prime 4

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.

Noel Grundy

January 17, 2017, 10:23 am

So come March the 3rd we can play Zelda or a couple of mini games? WTF Nintendo are you trying to kill your brand?

jimmy

January 17, 2017, 3:25 pm

its a real shame as the concept is great. They've had a couple of years to get games sorted for the launch. Launching with so few games is what killed the Wii U, I hope it doesn't do the same for the Switch

Zeromass

January 23, 2017, 1:52 am

Couldn't agree more, I thought they even said that they would have a great lineup for their next console compared to Wii U? Meh I just don't see why anyone would be compelled to pay £340 for the console and Zelda +£65 for the pro controller. Hopefully the 3rd party support is better, competition is good for this industry and Nintendo really needs this to be great.

AHYL88

February 21, 2017, 12:18 am

Not true, the Wii U launched with far more games, something like 24 of them, but they did not market the damn console well, if at all. Some people still think the Wii U was a add-on to the original Wii because there was barely any adverts around for it; I didn't even see one on TV.

Launching with only Zelda as the big hitter, with small but interesting stuff like I Am Setsuna and Super Bomberman R, is a smart move; their tactic to have major games come out in a steady stream throughout the year and spread them out, with plenty third party stuff sprinkled in between, rather than blow their load early. Like a calm before the storm kind of a approach, a soft-launch if you will; at least this way, people can jump in when they see the right game they're interested in coming out.

Cos lets be honest, do we really want everything to come out at launch and have another drought of no games for long periods that the Wii U suffered from? And can even you afford to buy the games you want in one go? I wouldn't and I'd struggle to pick between Zelda, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem Warriors and so on if they came out at once; this in turn makes the games end up competing against themselves and steal each others' sales. And there's already at least ten games on the Switch I'm interested in that's coming out this year alone...

jimmy

February 21, 2017, 12:17 pm

I agree with some points, such as gamers buying titles over time due to cash flow. However the console needs a wider selection at launch to get people on board. Ultimately the success of the console, and getting 3rd party developers to commit to new games, will be judged on it's first few months sales. I for one won't buy it early just to get Zelda as I'm not a fan of Zelda games. The other titles in the launch line up are purely novelty games, not what I would class as full AAA titles worthy of £30-40 (except skylanders, but that's more for my kids).
Also, gamers are more likely to jump in if there are several decent titles available, as they know they can purchase titles over a 6 month period to build up their collection, and after a few months some titles will have dropped in price adding to the appeal. I never buy games at launch as the initial price is crazy. I always wait a few months to get a better deal, I therefore wouldn't jump in to get a Switch just because Mariokart has just been released.
I have my fingers crossed it succeeds as the format is great for me. I'm just not sure Nintendo have marketed it enough yet, or got sufficient games lined up to ensure ongoing 3rd party support.

AHYL88

February 21, 2017, 1:25 pm

Hmhm the launch line-up is very minimal I agree, but again, I get why they did it even if it does raise eyebrows; then again, the PS4 and Xbox One launch line-ups weren't exactly that great either really. Yes there were around 24 to 30 launch games but most of them were third party games/ports (something like 20 for the PS4 alone) you could get on the PS3 and Xbox 360 while the new stuff like Knack and Killzone Shadowfall were only ok at best. Looking back at past launch line-ups, they were never great.

Third party and indie stuff is something Nintendo seems to be aggressively going for this time, even if the conference was a bit...wishy washy in telling us; the dev kits for the Switch are very very cheap compared to the Wii U, 3DS, PS4 and Xbox One at around $450, at least five times less than the said consoles' dev kits while it required much less manpower and time to work on it compared to the 3DS and Wii U. This was during a session with Capcom who were working on a RE Engine. There's a lot of Square Enix games coming too which while they aren't major, could be a taste of bigger things to come.

Zelda isn't my kind of game usually either but I'm keen to give it go, just not immediately despite pre-ordering it; can't get the console at launch due to bills for the car and such I want to sort out first. The price of games I agree are really quite steep and I'm hoping they're just placeholders at the moment; waiting a few months doesn't always work out cos most of Nintendo's games hold their prices stubbornly well for some reason. Best to dig around the sites and shops you buy games at to shave off some of the costs; it was the main reason for pre-ordering Zelda for the Switch cos there was a code to push it down to £38.

Same, I'm hoping it succeeds too cos they may be onto something great here; I do love the idea of playing the big console games on the go, anywhere and any time we like, if only to make comutes like bus or train journeys, waiting in airports or flights more enjoyable. The marketing I feel they've nailed down a lot better than the Wii U, thanks to that Superbowl ad a few weeks ago and that they actually made several 30 second TV ads; saying that though, they must keep pushing it further like they did with the original Wii. Only time will tell though and we'll find out soon enough with just over a week to launch.

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May 2, 2017, 3:08 pm

We need a New Mario Party. We need a New Mario Sports We need a Pokemon Port for ALL the pokemon adventures!

Potent Amalgam

May 4, 2017, 12:58 pm

It blows my mind there is no Pokemon on this list. I'd buy it and I'm not even that big a fan.

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