The Nintendo Switch has had an incredible three years since it launched. Not only are the console’s first-party titles excellent, but it has some of the best third-party support. For the first time in a while, it feels like a Nintendo console has a full library of games not just made by Nintendo, and it doesn’t look like that trend is slowing down any time soon. The coming years are full of new Switch games to look forward to, even when we’re not talking about all the awesome Switch exclusives. To help keep track of them, we’ve put together this list of the best upcoming Switch games for 2020 and beyond.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens
Release Date: May 28, 2020
WayForward knows all about making excellent sidescrolling platformers, complete with its beautiful, signature character animation. The studio’s latest is Shantae and the Seven Sirens, another installment in WayForward’s classic Shantae series.
Seven Sirens was originally released as an iOS game. However, the visuals were designed for 4K devices, and the game will be ported to consoles sometime this year. Like other Shantae games, this one is a platformer/Metroidvania hybrid, and it adds all new characters, dungeons, and transformation abilities to keep things fresh.
XCOM 2 Collection
Release Date: May 29, 2020
The XCOM games are a must-play for any strategy fan. They haven’t been on Nintendo consoles — but that’s about to change. XCOM 2 Collection is coming to Nintendo Switch soon, bringing the base XCOM 2 game and four DLC packs. XCOM 2 is a unique mix of squad-based tactics like Mario + Rabbids set in a futuristic world of alien invasions.
You must command the XCOM resistance forces from afar in order to take back the planet, but there’s more strategy involved outside battle too. It’s about micromanaging the XCOM base, your small army, and your stock of weaponry as best you can. Players only have so much money to use every month, so each decision counts.
The Outer Worlds
Release Date: June 5, 2020
The Outer Worlds was one of last year’s best games, and it’s coming to Switch soon. It’s set in a far-off space colony governed by several evil corporations known as Halcyon Holdings, and they set the rules in this galaxy where no anti-trust laws exist. Players are dropped into this world and then pretty much told to make their own way.
Will you solve all your problems with gunfire? Maybe you’ll play as a hacker who commands an army of robots. Or perhaps you’re going to just speech check your way through everything. There are dozens of hours’ worth of story and side mission content in The Outer Worlds, and all of it is worth doing, especially as it relates to the people you meet on the way. Best of all, there’s actually a game card in the box and not just a download code.
Burnout Paradise Remastered
Release Date: probably June 2020
Burnout Paradise was the last full game in the burnt-out Burnout racing game series. While it’s a shame there likely won’t be more, we’re happy Switch is getting Burnout Paradise Remastered, the game some say is the best open-world racer ever. It’s set in a city devoid of people and is less concerned with realism and more with just having fun.
Players are encouraged to drive around as fast as possible. The game wants you to be reckless, to jump off ramps and break things as you try to complete over 100 different quests. Of all the upcoming Switch games, Burnout Paradise is technically the oldest. Don’t let that fool you, though. It still offers some top-tier racing goodness and deserves a place on any best upcoming Nintendo Switch games list.
Release Date: 2020
Critics and consumers alike have been raving (in a mostly good way) about Doom Eternal since its release on other platforms. The game is a sequel to Doom, one of 2016’s best shooters. And like its predecessor, Doom Eternal is an ultra-violent, fast-paced sci-fi FPS games with a plethora of guns — so many guns. You’re up against an army of demons from Hell who have invaded Earth. Your job is to kill as many of them as possible, but you’ll end up traveling to other places outside Earth as well for the first time.
The Switch version of Doom Eternal will be handled by Panic Button, who handled the port for Doom 2016. If their work on Doom and Wolfenstein: The New Order is any indication, this port should be rock solid.
Axiom Verge 2
Release Date: Fall 2020
With no 2D Metroid in sight for the Switch as yet, several indie games have tried taking up the mantle. Axiom Verge is one of the most successful, and it’s getting a sequel this fall in Axiom Verge 2.
The first game was set on an alien planet, with levels inspired by Contra and Metroid. Much like those titles, you’ll need to use a variety of sci-fi weapons and powers to kill aliens and access secret areas. It seems as if the sequel has different visual ambitions too, with most of Axiom Verge 2 seemingly taking place in open, outdoor areas (and there’s a good reason for that). The game was only revealed toward the end of 2019 during Nintendo’s IndieWorld event, but it’s set to release later this year. Nintendo Enthusiast interviewed developer Tom Happ about the title not long after its announcement.
Super Meat Boy Forever
Release Date: 2020
To some people, Super Meat Boy is one of the best indie games. It was even featured in the documentary Indie Game: The Movie. Now, it’s finally getting a full sequel with Super Meat Boy Forever. The two-man team who developed the original Super Meat Boy is no more, but SMB Forever still looks like it has all the irreverent charm and platforming challenges as the original.
Super Meat Boy Forever started as a mobile game, but plans since changed. The new, expanded development team called Team Meat restarted the title as a proper follow-up to the original. Forever’s unique hook is that it places an even greater focus on the player’s skill level than the original Super Meat Boy did. Notably, it will generate its levels out of developer-created sections based on how well you play it.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!
Release Date: 2020
Couch multiplayer may seem a lost art in these days of online multiplayer and massive-budget games. Not many developers are willing to commit to split-screen, partly due to the amount of resources it usually requires. But that’s where indie projects like Cook, Serve Delicious! 3?! come in.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! is set in a mobile food truck, as you try and serve up wonderful food to a war-torn country. You can play the fast-paced campaign mode or take things easy with the all new Chill Mode. All this can be done solo, but Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! and its fast-and-fun gameplay is always better with friends.
Gods & Monsters
Release Date: 2020
For a while, the ultra-violent God of War series was close to the only video game version of Greek mythology. Now, we have Gods & Monsters on the way. It might seem a bit early to say this is one of the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games, but what we know about it is promising. For one, it’s an open-world game from Ubisoft, maker of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Gods & Monsters is much less violent than God of War too, which makes it accessible for a broader audience.
The game’s official site promises “tricky puzzles and mysterious dungeons,” which sounds a lot like Zelda to us — especially combined with the game’s Breath of the Wild-style art. Breath of the Wild, God of War, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey are all excellent games, so Gods & Monsters is bound to be interesting as well.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Release Date: TBA
Axiom Verge 2 isn’t the only visually distinct Metroidvania on this list. Hollow Knight: Silksong is another highly anticipated Switch game coming out… well, eventually. But it should be worth the wait. The first Hollow Knight was a difficult platformer that demanded patience from the player but was so well-balanced that failure never seems unfair.
With Hollow Knight: Silksong, the action moves away from the original (gorgeous) setting of Hallownest. Instead, players will explore a world called Pharloon, which is themed around fabrics and silk. If Hollow Knight: Silksong plays anything like the last game, it should be a dream to control.
Those are just some of the many great games set to hit your Nintendo Switch in the coming year and beyond. It’s safe to say that the console’s future is looking bright. As always, the team at Nintendo Enthusiast will be here to update you on any of these games, or any other upcoming Switch games for 2020, so stick around for more information as it develops.