Fall is almost here and the Nintendo Switch is getting a slew of great games for the rest of 2019. Today, I wanted to highlight some of the biggest upcoming Switch titles you might want to keep your eye on.
Persona 5 received a lot of (well-deserved) recognition for its beautiful stylized art direction. However, I haven’t seen any chatter about Astral Chain’s graphics, which is crazy because it’s drop-dead gorgeous! There are so many things happening on screen and it’s pure eye-candy. Aside from looking absolutely stunning, the gameplay is stellar as well.
Platinum Games is known for its fast-pace combo-driven combat, and they don’t disappoint in that department with Astral Chain. The game also implements detective work and awesome special “Legion” abilities.
Aug. 30, 2019
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
The classic platform adventures of Spyro are back. Not only that, but they are back in a full remaster with the new added portability for Nintendo Switch. This collection contains a remaster of the first three games of the franchise: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. You can now relive all the excitement of the original Spyro games.
Sept. 2, 2019
Daemon X Machina
You may remember a demo for Daemon X Machina hitting the eShop earlier this year. I checked it out and thought it was pretty fun but definitely rough around the edges. Marvelous First Studio took in a bunch of feedback after that demo and has been hard at work on the game. The studio has enhanced the gameplay significantly since that demo, adding things like being able to lock onto enemies easier, health bars to bosses, and even indicators to show which direction enemy fire is coming from.
Sept. 13, 2019
Ni no Kuni: The Wrath of the White Witch
The masterpiece RPG designed by Level 5 in cooperation with Studio Ghibli is coming to Nintendo Switch! Ni no Kuni tells the story of Oliver as he embarks on the biggest adventure of his life after a tragic event occurs. Oliver meets a magical creature named Drippy, which takes Oliver to a new world. Oliver and Drippy will embark on a quest to help revert the tragic events that changed his life. This odyssey won’t be an easy task as foes are everywhere! Ni no Kuni is a gorgeously delivered game, with a memorable, timeless story that remains as relevant today as it did when it first released.
Sept. 20, 2019
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
The beloved Game Boy classic is getting a new fresh coat of paint. A really fresh coat of paint — it looks absolutely stunning! In The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Link washes ashore on the mysterious Koholint Island with tons of strange inhabitants, some of whom might look familiar to us. Link’s Awakening actually features foes from the Mushroom Kingdom! Famous enemies like Piranha Plant, Chain Chomps, and Goombas are here.
In terms of new content, we know there will be a new section of the game that allows you to create your own dungeons. While it doesn’t look extremely in-depth, I’m sure it’ll be fun to tinker with.
Sept. 20, 2019
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is a hack-and-slash action adventure game that has everything from fantastic combat to a deep story with great twists. As war between heaven and hell wages on, it brings Earth closer to impending doom. On the verge of end times, the second Horseman of the Apocalypse is awakened. It’s up to Death to stop Earth from falling into oblivion and redeem his brother in the process. This trip will be dangerous even for Death as he discovers an ancient grudge that might put in risk everything that lives.
Sept. 26, 2019
Ori and the Blind Forest
Yet another Xbox Game Studios title is making its way to Nintendo Switch. This time, it’s one of the highest-rated Xbox exclusives of all time. Ori and the Blind Forest was praised due to its beautiful art direction, tight and responsive platforming, and incredible storytelling.
I absolutely adore the timeline that we are currently living in where Microsoft and Nintendo are BFFs. Now, all we can hope for is sequel Ori and the Will of the Wisps makes its way to Nintendo Switch as well. If you have yet to play Ori and the Blind Forest, you don’t have any more excuses. This will be a must-play title for Switch.
Sept. 27, 2019
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
The fact that we received The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Nintendo Switch blew my mind. Now, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to Switch, and honestly I’m starting to think the Switch was made from black magic.
Surprisingly, The Witcher 3 actually looks and plays great on Switch. CD Projekt Red recently posted a meaty video preview showing off the game on Nintendo Switch and it’s quite impressive. The fact that we can play a game like this on a handheld makes me feel like we are living in 2027 or something.
Oct. 15, 2019
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi returns in the long-awaited third entry in the beloved Luigi’s Mansion franchise. This time around, players will utilize a new “Flubber” version of Luigi called Gooigi. (Give whoever thought of that name a raise ASAP.) Gooigi looks to be adding a whole new dynamic to the gameplay and puzzle-solving. Players will swap between both characters utilizing their unique abilities to make it through the creepy, ghost-filled hotel.
From what I’ve experienced, Luigi’s Mansion 3 looks like a ton of fun with a lot of hilarious characters and situations. We can watch Luigi lose his cool this Halloween.
Oct. 31, 2019
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Mario takes a break from rescuing Peach and Sonic a few days off from collecting rings to enjoy the Olympics! Mario and Sonic are back with their friends for another sporting spectacle. This time around, they are getting together for one of their biggest Olympic adventures at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
You can choose from your favorite characters from the Sonic franchise or the Mushroom Kingdom and participate in over 30 2D and 3D sports games. As well, new events will be included for Tokyo 2020. Take the competitiveness of the Olympics wherever you go with the Nintendo Switch version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020!
Nov. 15, 2019
Pokémon Sword and Shield
Pokémon Sword and Shield have been catching a lot of flak due to the graphics not being up to snuff with most games in 2019. On top of that, many are upset with the removal of the national Pokédex and other features. While I do think those gripes are justified, a new generation of Pokémon is still pretty exciting! I’m eager to explore the Galar region and see what type of insane Pokémon Game Freak has come up with.
The gimmick this time around is super-sizing your Pokémon during battle. This is called Dynamaxing. I’m interested to see how this new battle style will change up the Pokémon formula and if it’s a good replacement for Z-Moves and Mega Evolutions, which are sadly not in Sword and Shield.
At the end of the day, I’m sure Game Freak has seen all the criticisms online. While this new entry in the series might not be the leap forward we’ve been wanting, I have hope all of our criticisms will be rectified in the next mainline entry after Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Nov. 15, 2019
The Doom reboot that launched in 2016 took many by surprise. After an extremely long development cycle, it was hard to know what to expect. However, it went on to blow our socks off with its fast and frenetic first-person combat and intense heavy metal soundtrack. Doom Eternal looks to be building on top of the reboot in the best ways.
Doom Eternal puts more emphasis on the traversal, adding a fancy new hookshot device that lets you lunge toward enemies. On top of that, the gameplay we’ve seen shows a lot more swinging, jumping, and climbing, and it all looks extremely seamless.
Nov. 22, 2019
Game Freak is at it again. No, we are not talking about another Pokémon iteration here. Town (possibly renamed “Little Town Hero“) is an upcoming RPG from the mastermind studio that brought Pokémon to life. This RPG has a small village as the setting for its story. This village has enjoyed a lasting peace, as it is under the protection of a mighty castle. But nothing lasts forever, and this also applies to this small town. Mayhem reigns as monsters attack the town. All the story takes place in this village. You must rise against the imminent monster threat and defend your mysterious hometown.
Digimon Survive (honorable mention)
Digimon Survive is a survival strategy game based on the beloved Digimon franchise. The game is in development by Witchcraft and will be published by Bandai Namco. Venture once more into the Digimon world with Takuma Momozuka, the protagonist of this new story. Join him alongside epic Digimon from the franchise, such as Agumon, his companion Digimon. Your choices and actions matter in Digimon Survive, resulting in different paths and Digivolutions. There are even different endings! You will want to think twice before jumping into battle as your characters can suffer radical consequences by the choices you make.
TBA 2020 (delayed)
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