The Nintendo Switch has been a part of the gaming landscape for over three years now, and since then has seen multiple console iterations alongside an endless list of fantastic exclusives. Whether you’re after giant blockbusters or indie darlings, the hybrid system really has something for everyone.
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 Animal Crossing: New Horizons, all of which are stellar exclusives.
Of course, it’s not all about what sits in the past, as 2020 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 2020 and beyond.
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Release date: TBA 2020
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.
Metroid Prime 4
Release date: TBA 2020
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.
Release date: TBA
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!
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Release Date: 2021
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.
Bravely Default 2
Release Date: TBA 2020
After creating the excellent Bravely Second and Octopath Traveller, Team Asano returns with another JRPG epic in the form of Bravely Default 2. Despite being a numbered sequel, it will include a brand-new cast of characters and an unrelated story which will introduce the Heroes of Light. A playable demo is currently available on the Nintendo eShop, although it features a story which will be unrelated to the full experience.
Players can expect a grand adventure set across a vast world filled with all manner of locations and characters. Once again, the battle system will be a traditional turn-based affair as you enhance your characters with new skills and abilities. Fans of classic titles such as Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and the studio’s recent works will love what’s on offer here.
New Pokemon Snap
Release Date: TBA
Fans have been waiting years for a true successor to Pokemon Snap, a Nintendo 64 classic which holds a special place in our nostalgia hearts. Now, it’s finally in the works for Nintendo Switch, and appears to be a faithful sequel to the original experience. You’ll be riding around in a stationery vehicle taking snaps of all manner of pocket monsters.
Having only been unveiled with a single trailer, we’re still waiting to learn specifics about New Pokemon Snap’s story and gameplay. We’d love a dedicated solo campaign with different quests to pursue and characters to interact with, since the universe definitely was so much potential to grow. The biggest question is – can we take selfies with Pokemon?
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Release Date: October 30, 2020
There’s only a handful of treasured Nintendo Wii U exclusives yet to have made their way over to Switch, with Pikmin 3 Deluxe being one of the last to make such a jump. Now, the delightful strategy adventure is heading over to the hybrid console with improved controls, sharper visuals and a new series of missions featuring iconic protagonist Olimar.
Acting as a fairly late title for the underwhelming console, Deluxe will likely be the first time millions of gamers will have experienced Pikmin 3, or even the franchise as a whole. Here’s a snippet from our recent preview: “After playing through the opening hours of this new and improved classic, I’m already smitten with its clever mixture of strategy and resource management.”
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Acting as a canon prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Age of Calamity will explore the events that led Hyrule to being plunged into darkness before the Hero of Time awakens the save the day. Developed by Koei Tecmo, fans of the original Hyrule Warriors can expect to take control of several iconic characters while dispatching endless waves of foes.
However, unlike the first game, the narrative will play a much larger role in Age of Calamity. You will witness all of the events that led to the Champions of Hyrule meeting their untimely fate, which is bound to bring a number of hardcore fans to tears. It looks both narratively ambitious and mechanically inviting, and the best part is that it’s only a month away from release.
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