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: November 15, 2019
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!
Read our full Pokemon Sword and Shield preview
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Release date: September 20, 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 exploratio
Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition
Release date: September 27, 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: 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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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
Release date: 2019
Yep, you read that right. CD Projekt Red is bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to Nintendo Switch alongside both of its epic expansions. This sounds like a massive effort from the studio, and some obvious compromises are being made to ensure Geralt’s swansong is playable on Nintendo’s hardware.
It will run at a lower resolution with visual adjustments made across the board to ensure smooth performance. But judging by recently released screenshots, it will still capture the charm and scope of a world we fell in love with earlier in this generation. Geralt on the go, of The Switcher 3, if you will. Either way, we’re very curious to see how this port turns out.
Release Date: August 22, 2019
Tokyo RPG Factory returns with Oninaki, yet another traditional adventure inspired by the golden era of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. However, this outing is far more ambitious than the likes of Lost Sphear and I am Setsuna.
Gone is the turn-based battle system, swapped out for a dynamic action experience where you work alongside ghosts known as ‘Daemons,’ each of which have their own unique skills and appearance. It’s really fun, and any repetition is carried forward by an incredible world.
You play as a warrior who can travel between the realms of life and death, granting peace to those who are struggling to pass into the afterlife. This leads to some harrowing events that I can’t wait to see expand in the full game.
Release Date: November 22, 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.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Release date: 2019
Luigi doesn’t get enough time in the spotlight. That honour belongs to his significantly less charming sibling, but that changes with the upcoming arrival of Luigi’s Mansion 3. Taking place in a haunted hotel (which goes against the title), you’ll work your way through multiple different floors each with their own ghastly themes and ethereal enemies to deal with.
This is much more than a traditional sequel though, it shakes things up with some cool new mechanics. The highlight is Gooigi, a jelly-esque version of Luigi that separates from its host to solve puzzles or even distract certain enemies. It’s super fun, and combined with a plentiful array of other tricks, makes Luigi’s Mansion 3 a joy to play.
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!
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