The Nintendo Switch has been available for over two years now, and since then has amassed a wonderfully varied library of exclusive titles, third-party blockbusters and independent gems.
There’s so many reasons to own a Nintendo Switch right now, whether its The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Fire Emblem: Three Houses or even The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, all of which are stellar exclusives.
Of course, it’s not all about what sits in the past, as 2019 already promises an an array of excellent releases and potential surprises for the platform. So Trusted Reviews has compiled all of the games you need to know about for Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Release date:March 20, 2020
After an agonizingly long wait, we finally know when Animal Crossing: New Horizons is coming to Nintendo Switch. The next entry in the beloved, and absurdly adorable series will be arriving in March 2020, bringing with it a bunch of exciting changes.
New Horizons takes us to a deserted island where we’ll form our own community with distinct townspeople, unique buildings and a signature fruit for each and every town. It’s going to suck away hours of our time, and we really can’t wait.
Release date: TBA 2019
With the original duo of titles now available on Nintendo Switch in all of their glory, Nintendo has stepped in once again to help fund and publish a sequel in the spectacular character action series.
Revealed with an expectantly fabulous trailer, little is known about Bayonetta 3 thus far. However, it will once again star the cheeky, sexy and butt-kicking Umbra Witch, as she beats down countless denizens of angels and demons.
Hideki Kamiya, renown for Devil May Cry, Okami and Viewtiful Joe, will be donning his directing shoes for this entry, so you can expect something equally, if not more, extravagant to previous entries.
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Metroid Prime 4
Release date: TBA 2019
After its very brief reveal trailer, Nintendo has kept very quiet about Metroid Prime 4 with the exception of a few subtle remarks. At the time of writing, we still know nothing about the game’s setting, story or even developer, for that matter.
We’re hoping the secrecy is warranted and Nintendo is hard at work on something truly special for Nintendo Switch. Samus Aran’s last Prime adventure was over ten years ago, so there’s plenty of new ground to cover for the intergalactic bounty hunter.
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Release date: March 2019
Yep, you read that right, id Software’s DOOM Eternal is coming to Nintendo Switch at launch. With the original having been ported months after release, it’s wonderful to see that Eternal is launching alongside other platforms right away. Partly because it looks fantastic.
From what I’ve played of DOOM Eternal, it takes everything you loved about the 2016 reboot and enhances it with new demons to kill, weapons to fire and places to explore. Throw in yet another stellar score by Mick Gordon and you really can’t go wrong.
The multiplayer mode is also making a return, this time developed internally by idSoftware with a focus on players and demons fighting against one another to survive.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Release date: TBA
Breath of the Wild 2 is something nobody expected to happen. Well, except Nintendo, who took the gaming world by storm when this game was unveiled. Taking place directly after the first game, the trailer follows Link and Zelda (who has an adorable new haircut) as they investigate a source of darkness beneath Hyrule Castle.
They come across what appears to be the corpse of Ganondorf, cloaked in darkness. Link gets too close, seemingly awakening an ancient curse and injuring his hand in the process. Something has been awakened in the Land of Hyrule, and we’ll soon discover what that is. Now, time to cross our fingers for playable Zelda!
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise
Release Date: 2020
This is a sequel nobody could have seen coming, especially as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. The original Deadly Premonition is a campy, buggy and objectively mediocre experience that runs like garbage on most platforms it’s released on, including the ‘Origins’ iteration on Nintendo Switch. All of these issues haven’t stopped it from become a cult classic beloved by gamers all over the world.
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise will continue the first game’s story and all its unusual happenings while also expanding upon it with new locations, characters and oddities to uncover. It even appears it will cross over with Hidetaka Suehiro’s other ill-fated project – D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die. It’s one of the Nintendo Switch’s weirdest titles yet, and might even stand a chance of being a hit.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE Encore
Release Date: January 17, 2020
Tokyo Mirage Sessions is easily one of the most underrated gems to have arrived on Wii U, criminally overlooked due to the console’s small audience. This was a massive shame, since Atlus created one of the generation’s finest RPGs by combining the worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem into a single, highly unusual, whole. Now, it’s being ported to Nintendo Switch with the all-new ‘Encore’ edition.
Mirage Sessions takes players to a modern vision of Tokyo featuring iconic locations such as Shibuya, Shinjuku and Akihabara. The story follows members of a talent agency (idols, singers and all that jazz) who need to both compete for a billboard chart position and against mysterious creatures known as Mirages who manage to infiltrate the real world. You’ll need to step into strange realms known as ‘Idolaspheres’ where you’ll explore, do battle and form closer bonds with your party members.
It’s an excellent JRPG, and we’re keen to see what additions come with the Nintendo Switch port – whether it’s in the form of improved graphics or brand-new enhancements to gameplay.
Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated
Release Date: TBA 2020
Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a classic platformer in the eyes of many, and now it’s being completely remade for a modern audience. From what we’ve played thus far, it’s incredibly faithful to the original while ensuring it looks, controls and comes across as something that wouldn’t go amiss as a new release in 2020.
You’ll travel across a number of iconic locations from the Spongebob universe while playing as Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward. Each character has their own distinct range of skills and moves, meaning it isn’t a vanilla platformer with the predictability you’d expect from a licensed game. Rehydrated will also feature an all-new multiplayer mode and removed content from the original game.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Release Date: 2020
We’ve always had a soft spot in our hearts for LEGO games, and that love goes even further with Star Wars. Combine the two and you’ve got a match made in heaven, one which Traveller’s Tales has milked to death with countless games in recent years. So, you’d assume the well has long run dry. Well, it turns out we were wrong, since The Skywalker Saga aims to complete reinvent LEGO games – bringing them into the modern generation with new visuals, mechanics and more.
The Skywalker Saga will feature all eight films – including the upcoming Rise of the Skywalker. Players can experience the events of each epic story while exploring a sprawling open world filled with collectibles. These aren’t simple ports of existing games, either. Each film has been recreated in a new gameplay engine complete with new mechanics and characters to play as. From the hands-off demo we saw at E3 2019, it’s really something special.
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