The Nintendo Switch has been available for almost 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, Stardew Valley or even FIFA 19, which features everything you’d expect from the annual football sim.
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.
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Release Date: Late 2019
Developer: Game Freak
Nintendo has finally spilled the beans on the eighth generation of Pokemon, and it’s taking a lot of inspiration from the United Kingdom. Taking place on the continent of Galar, you play as a young trainer who will once again embark on a journey to become Pokemon Champion.
Featuring enhanced graphics, bigger environments and an entire new continent to explore, we can’t wait to jump into Pokemon on Nintendo Switch. Oh, and there’s also three adorable new start creatures to choose from!
Super Mario Maker 2
Release Date: June 2019
The perky plumber’s special blend of DIY is making a return on Nintendo Switch. Super Mario Maker 2 will expand the original’s formula with more objects and characters to use throughout your devious creations.
Much like before, you’ll be free to share your levels with friends and the wider world. Whether you’re dishing out a horrendous challenge or a fun quirky idea, Mario Maker 2 will accomodate all types of players.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Release Date: 2019
Nintendo has grown accustomed to remastering the Hero of Time’s past efforts on new consoles, but this takes things a step further with a complete remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
It looks positively wonderful, translating the original setting, characters and enemies to modern hardware with ease. We’ve only seen a few glimpses of it thus far, but it looks like it’ll be perfect for Switch, too!
Release Date: August 30, 2019
The latest project from PlatinumGames, Astral Chain is a futuristic action-adventure that brings together the talents behind Bayonetta and NieR: Automata for a thrilling Nintendo Switch exclusive. Seemingly taking inspiration from the likes of Ghost in a Shell, Psycho Pass and plenty of other Japanese fiction, the reveal trailer has up foaming at the mouth to see what Astral Chain is about.
You play as a member of a special forces police unit in a sprawling futuristic city. You work together with a living weapon known as The Legion, which seems to be able to transform into a variety of tools, weapons and animals to help you with combat and exploration.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Release Date: Q2 2019
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the next entry in the beloved tactical role-playing series, acting as the first console entry (outside of Fire Emblem Warriors) to grace the series in several years. It’s been a long time coming, and after several stellar adventures on 3DS, we can’t wait to dive into this RPG once again.
Beyond the initial reveal and a few narrative details, we’ve seen very little of Fire Emblem: Three Houses thus far, and that includes a release date that is still planned for 2019. We do know that it will focus on four main protagonists – Byleth, Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude. Battles will also take place on a three-dimensional battlefield after you dish out orders.
We’d also love to see the relationship systems of past games return as your own character befriends and perhaps even falls in love with a fellow soldier. It was a cute dynamic that added so much depth to proceedings in Awakening and Fates, providing an incentive to explore everything before you.
Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 2019
That’s right, one of 2018’s finest JRPGs is coming to Nintendo Switch with all of the features that graced it across PS4 and PC. Details remain light on the release outside of Japan, so here’s a snippet from our 8/10 review:
‘It doesn’t advance the formula in many meaningful ways, but refines things we’ve come to love while enhancing them with fun and unexpected additions. The localisation is bound to be a polarising aspect for many, but after a small teething period, I found it to be a charming alternative to the original vision.’
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.
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.
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.
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