Nintendo Switch is arguably the biggest console in the world right now, cementing its position as an essential device with an absurdly strong selection of games in 2017. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 are just some of the exclusive gems to emerge on the hybrid console.
There’s been a number of surprises alongside these, too, including seemingly impossible ports of DOOM and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, proving that the system is capable of more than many might expect. Mario Tennis Aces and Octopath Traveler also pave the way for another solid year of exclusives for Switch in 2018.
Speaking of 2018, Trusted Reviews has compiled all of the games coming to Nintendo Switch that you need to know about. Whether its big exclusives, third-party bangers or indie darlings, we’ve got you covered.
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Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Arguably the most anticipated title to hit Nintendo Switch in 2018, Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the next entry in Nintendo’s beloved crossover fighter series.
Characters such as Solid Snake and Ice Climbers return alongside Ridley and Splatoon’s adorable Inklings. All characters from all entries are present and accounted for, resulting in the biggest roster yet.
During its E3 2018 presentation, Nintendo promised that over 10,000 changes are coming in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Previous iterations will be refined and expanded upon, with an unimaginable amount of creative tweaks to the tried-and-true formula.
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Smyths is offering the same £5 off deal for the Special Edition of Smash Bros Ultimate, making it the best available price for anyone hoping to pre-order the bundle.
Animal Crossing Switch
Release Date: TBA 2019
Announced during a recent Nintendo Direct Presentation, little is known about Animal Crossing 2019 beyond that its the next major entry in the beloved series. With Isabelle now waltzing off to play in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, the time is now for Nintendo to make some brave and exciting changes to the franchise. While things are currently cloudy, we cannot wait to see what the adorable Animal Crossing has in store.
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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Little is known about about Bayonetta's next outing but Base has beaten everyone to the punch by offering the best pre-order deal around, knocking £17.14 off the asking price. Mental.
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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Most retailers have Metroid Prime 4 listed for £59.99, which makes pre-ordering it through Base (and saving £17.15) an absolute no-brainer.
Developer: Good Feel
Release Date: TBA 2019
Who doesn’t love Yoshi? The adorable little dinosaur has become an iconic staple of Mario outings and has spawned a handful of his own adventures in the process. Yoshi’s Island and Woolly World could make even the darkest of hearts well up with happiness, and his new adventure could be doing the same.
Sporting a visual style where all of the environments are made out of adorably rendered cardboard, this platformer looks set to take advantage of the Switch’s unique features while being super-adorable in the process.
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Yet another banger from Base, knocking off a staggering £20.14 from the asking price and coming in at a smooth £39.85. Not too bad at all.
Team Sonic Racing
Developer: Sumo Digital
Release Date: May 21, 2018
Sonic and friends are making another return to the tarmac with Team Sonic Racing, bringing the hedgehog’s universe of eccentric characters together for a racer that seems like it could be quite a good time. While it lacks the crossover appeal of 2012’s All-Stars Racing Transformed, the addition of multiple abilities for each ride hopes to flesh things out.
Featuring the likes of Sonic, Knuckles and, of course, Biggs The Cat, the is plenty in Team Sonic Racing that purists of the blue blur will adore. The lack of any guest characters or crossover with other SEGA properties is a little worrisome, but after the brilliance of Sonic Mania, we’re hoping the streak of high-quality titles continues.
Gear.Club Unlimited 2
Developer: Eden Games
Release Date: December 2018
Gear Club Unlimited 2 by Eden Games is an attempt to bring a real-world racer to Nintendo Switch with a focus on realistic racing mechanics and major car licenses with dozens of real-life models depicted on the hybrid console.
It’s lacking the polish of some of the bigger budget racing releases, but none of those have deigned to appear on the Nintendo Switch, often being locked to specific consoles. Gear.Club 2 might not be the fastest, and it may not be the best looking, but there’s an open road ahead for this solid racer.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Release Date: January 11, 2019
Nintendo seems determined to bring every Wii U title in existence to Nintendo Switch, and who can blame them? Its previous console had a very small audience, and a much larger one is ready and waiting to experience all the classics they might’ve missed out on. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is one such game, offering an excellent 2D platforming experience.
The upcoming port has also been enhanced with updated visuals, stages and characters for you to play as early in 2019. It includes New Super Luigi Bros and a new crown power-up which transformed Toadette into a Princess when collected. It’s looks great, and we can’t wait to play it.
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