Game announcements for the Switch have been in full force in recent weeks; between the multiple Nindie presentations, it is clear we have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. This seems set to continue as we move into September, as Tokyo Game Show is on the horizon. Although the convention doesn’t often offer much noteworthy to Nintendo fans, various signs point to it being a different story this year. Firstly, Nintendo is in attendance for the first time ever, albeit only in the business section of the convention. Secondly, the Switch’s popularity, particularly in Japan, is enough to convince most publishers to support it in a major way. Finally, companies who are already some of the more major supporters of Switch (e.g., Square Enix) have a history of big announcements at TGS.
Due to all these factors, the prospect of TGS 2018 is a mouth-watering one for any Switch owner. Along those lines, there are various games that I would personally love to see announced for Nintendo’s hybrid system. However, for the sake of both my health and yours, I have limited the choices in this article to announcements that I believe could actually happen. Unfortunately, that means no Persona 5 port for the Switch, no Devil May Cry 5, and perhaps even more sadly–no playing Kingdom Hearts III on the go. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at some of the things that would be perfect announcements for the Switch.
Final Fantasy ports
One of the biggest successes of the Switch has been its ability to excel where its predecessor, the Wii U, failed dramatically: in its ability to quench the thirst of RPG fans. After all, Nintendo platforms have been home to some of the greatest RPGs of all time. However, beyond Xenoblade Chronicles X and Tokyo Mirage Sessions, the Wii U offered few additions to the genre.
Square Enix is one of the major players ushering in a new era of RPGs for Switch. This has culminated in the excellent exclusive Octopath Traveler, but we have yet to see a Final Fantasy hit the system. A betting man would put a lot of money on this changing at TGS 2018.
What form this will take is a harder one to guess. One obvious game that could make the Switch (pun very much intended) is Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition. Although Square has shown reluctance towards bringing the full game to Switch, the mobile equivalent has been posited as a good alternative; it would be silly for Square to leave the money on the table by not bringing this game to the system. Alternatively, Square’s last major support of a Nintendo home console prior to this generation came in the form of the Crystal Chronicles games. A collection of these games in one handy retail release would be a pleasant surprise too.
Xenosaga HD Collection
Monolith Soft has only gone from strength to strength since Nintendo’s acquisition of the studio in 2007. Monolith now has three studios across Tokyo and Kyoto and has developed arguably one of the best RPG series around in Xenoblade. Nevertheless, the studio was also responsible for some beloved games in their pre-Nintendo years. One example is the Xenosaga franchise, which offered one of the PS2’s most grandiose and cinematic adventures over the course of three games.
This collection has been mooted as a possibility in the past, though Bandai Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada has always said that if it were to happen, there would need to be much fan support. Well, that fan support seems to be growing, possibly partially due to lead character KOS-MOS’s presence as a Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. To add fuel to the fire of the possibility of a remaster, the copyright for the third game in the series was renewed as recently as this year. It may be nothing, but just maybe, that’s a great sign of things to come.
Furthermore, it has also been said before that if a set of remasters were to happen, then Bandai Namco would want Monolith Soft to head development. If this were the case, we may not only see a Xenosaga HD collection but one exclusive to the Switch. This doesn’t seem farfetched given that Monolith still does work for the publisher from time to time on the Project X Zone series.
Ridge Racer 8
Speaking of Bandai Namco, here’s another of their franchises that could possibly hit the Switch soon. This is following a rumor that circled around a few months back that the company was developing both Metroid Prime 4 in collaboration with Nintendo and Ridge Racer 8 exclusively for the Switch.
The series has never really had allegiances to any one platform holder, with exclusive entries on both Nintendo and Sony systems. As well as this, it would be a wise move on Bandai Namco’s part given the lack of realistic racing games available on the Switch. There is certainly a space in the market there, and it would be great to see Ridge Racer 8 fill it.
It wasn’t long back that the President of Falcom let loose that the newest entry in the Ys series was in full production. Though Kondo didn’t technically say it was Ys IX, he did say that it was an all-new entry, so one would assume that a new numbered title is what’s up next from Falcom.
Falcom and Nintendo have had a relationship in the past that has been distant, to say the least. Despite this, the Switch’s release of Ys VIII: The Lacrimosa of Dana has shown that the two are on the way to a closer relationship. With that game doing good numbers on the Switch, it seems inevitable that Adol’s newest adventure will see a release on the system.
Granted, this choice is a bit of a cheat. Technically, we know that Phoenix Wright is coming to the system in some form. However, that is all we know, and this TGS will likely mark the official reveal of just what form the game will take. My guess? We’ll likely see at least one collection of the games in the series, possibly two, and if we’re especially lucky, we may even see a totally new title announced.
Tokyo Game Show is sure to supply us with plenty of fantastic surprises, and hopefully, a few of the entries on this list will appear. What would you like to see announced at TGS? Let us know what you think down below!