There are a ton of incredible upcoming Nintendo Switch games. Today, I want to highlight some of those releases, big and small. From sandbox games to tactical RPGs, here are 19 upcoming Nintendo Switch games you don’t want to miss.
Saints Row: The Third
It’s surprising to me that the Nintendo Switch hasn’t received very many open-world sandbox games. However, titles like Assassin’s Creed 3 and now Saints Row: The Third are starting to change that. Saints Row: The Third found great critical success with garnering an 83% on Metacritic. Before going full-on wacky with Saints Row IV, The Third blended zany humor and over-the-top action splendidly. This raunchy sandbox game will surely diversify the Nintendo Switch library. If you love Grand Theft Auto, this is the game for you!
Release date: May 10
My Time at Portia (physical release)
“Start a new life in the enchanting town of Portia! Restore your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory by fulfilling commissions, growing crops, raising animals, and befriending the quirky inhabitants of this charming post-apocalyptic land!” …. Wait, did that really say charming post-apocalyptic land? Well, consider my interest piqued. My Time at Portia is currently already available digitally on Nintendo Switch, and so far it’s been received mostly positively. My Time at Portia might just scratch that Animal Crossing itch I know so many of you have. You can buy it physically for Nintendo Switch on May 13.
Release date: May 13
Sniper Elite V2 Remastered
Sniper Elite V2 Remastered will shoot its way onto Nintendo Switch on May 14. If you didn’t know, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is a third-person tactical shooter set during World War II. The sniper gameplay is where this series shines the brightest, and it delivers with top-notch authenticity. If you love seeing slow-mo bullets go through skulls, this is the shooter for you. Again, we haven’t gotten a ton of third-person shooters like this on Switch, so it’s great seeing new experiences like this in 2019 thus far.
Release date: May 14
Resident Evil Origins Collection
A few incredible Resident Evil games are making their way to Nintendo Switch on May 21. Sadly, these iconic horror titles are priced at a full retail price of $59.99. However, if you don’t mind the cost, these are two classics that shouldn’t go unplayed. Explore the creepy Spencer Mansion in Resident Evil, the GameCube remake of the original now in HD. Or uncover Umbrella secrets as Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen in Resident Evil Zero, the series’ famous prequel.
Release date: May 21
Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered
Assassin’s Creed 3 had a very mixed reception upon its initial release, and I’ll be honest — it’s not particularly my favorite. However, much to my surprise, the belated Nintendo Switch remaster offers some exclusive features that intrigue me. First, the game features a touchscreen interface when undocked. This enhances accessibility for in-game menus. The Switch version also includes motion aiming, which I loved in Breath of the Wild, so hopefully it works well here too. Then the Switch version provides HUD adaptation for different display modes and HD rumble, which is a nice addition. I might just have to give Assassin’s Creed 3 another shot.
Release date: May 21
This War of Mine (physical release)
This War of Mine is a survival side-scrolling title based on the 1992 Siege of Sarajevo. You take control of a group of civilians surviving through the horrors of war in a city in ruins. With its day and night cycle mechanics, there’s no safe moment. The light of day brings with it the deadly threat of snipers. The night brings the desperation of scavenging enough resources to survive and see another day. The despair and emotional life decisions plague every minute of This War of Mine. The Switch version of This War of Mine includes both DLCs, “The Little Ones” and “Father’s Promise.”
Release date: May 21
For the King
For the King is a turn-based RPG that throws in roguelike elements. This mix results in an almost tabletop-gameplay experience. The king has been slain, and to set the world back to peace from chaos, you need to venture and kill the Kingslayer. Maps, events, and quests are procedural in nature. For the King sports an intricate yet straightforward combat system. The tabletop world, animation, and aesthetics design all cohesively work together, making the world of For the King one worth exploring.
Release date: May 24
Little Friends: Dogs and Cats
The developer of this next game has no shame. The studio set out to create a Nintendogs clone, and it looks like they achieved their goal. Little Friends: Dogs and Cats is the Nintendogs game I know some of you have been yearning for on Switch. Choose from six breeds of puppies, play fetch with them using the Nintendo Switch touch screen, dress them up, take them on walks …yeah, pretty much everything you did with your pups in Nintendogs, plus more! Train your doggies exclusively on Nintendo Switch on May 28.
Release date: May 28
Among the Sleep
There’s nothing more helpless than a toddler alone in a nightmarish home. This creepy thought is precisely the premise of Among the Sleep. In this first-person horror adventure, you will explore a ghoulish house and several other unsettling places through the eyes of a two-year-old looking for his mother. Get through the darkness, navigate the terrifying scenery, and figure out what happened to your mom. With just a teddy bear to serve as company, the pitch-black night awaits with even darker secrets to be unveiled. The Switch version of Among the Sleep features additional dialogues and improved visuals.
Release date: May 29
Hollow Knight (physical release)
Hollow Knight is a game I know many of you have already played to death. However, this critically praised Metroidvania title is finally getting a physical release. And yes, I’m definitely double-dipping. If you didn’t know, Hollow Knight brings challenging 2D action. Explore caverns, defeat creatures, and try to solve an ancient long-hidden mystery. Hollow Knight is a Switch title that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially by fans of the Metroidvania genre.
Release date: May 31
Trine series 1-3 | Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
If you have held off on playing the Trine series, then I have some great news for you. First, Trine 1-3 are coming as a package. That’s three awesome games (eh, Trine 3 not so much) for $39.99. Trine is known for its fantastic mixture of puzzles, action, adventure, and beautiful 2.5D art. However, the Trine news doesn’t end there. The highly anticipated Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is also coming to Nintendo Switch this September. That’s the entire series on Nintendo Switch; we really are spoiled.
Release date: June 16 / September 2019
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Crash Bandicoot is making his second big appearance on the Nintendo Switch with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. Relive this PlayStation 1 classic that has been beautifully reimagined in glorious HD. All of the original game modes, characters, tracks, power-ups, and controls are intact in this party kart racer. With Crash receiving two major titles on Switch, I’d say it’s about time for his Smash Bros. debut! (Maybe..? Please?)
Release date: June 21
Guacamelee! One-Two Punch Collection (physical release)
Guacamelee 1 and 2 are getting a physical release! If you didn’t know, the Guacamelee! titles are a masterclass of game design. They offer rock-solid platforming, funny dialogue, and addicting-as-ever Metroidvania mechanics. If you’re looking for a challenging, rewarding, and comedic action game, look no further. I recommend Guacamelee! One-Two Punch Collection as a must-play for anyone who likes platformers, co-op titles, and of course, Metroidvania games.
Release date: June 25
Enter the Gungeon (physical release)
There’s a lot to like about Enter the Gungeon. The bullet hell roguelite has players assume the role of one of several troubled characters. They then collect different abilities and firearms while trying to reach the end of the titular Gungeon, where there supposedly lies a gun strong enough to kill the past. Shooting and dodging is as fluid here as in any other game. Standing behind a tough-as-nails adventure full of quirky enemies, lots of free add-on content, and tough twin-stick shooting, Enter the Gungeon is a fantastic roguelite that will pull you in again and again for “just one more run.”
Release date: June 25
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden comes from a team that includes Payday and Hitman designers. This tactical RPG mixes real-time stealth exploration with a turn-based combat system. The game sets its story in a world where there are no more humans. A post-apocalyptic wasteland overrun by nature and inhabited by mutants. You will control a group of mutants scavenging and trying to survive in the ruthless world that was left behind. This new world takes everything it can, making stealth a priority. You will need to hide, ambush, or die trying.
Release date: June 25
It still blows my mind that the renowned porting house Panic Button managed to get Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus running on the Nintendo Switch. Not only looking good, but playing smoothly as well. Luckily for Switch players, the Wolfenstein support is not ending there. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is launching on Nintendo Switch day and date with other platforms on July 26 this year. It follows Billy Blazkowicz’s daughters as they kill every Nazi that gets in their way to find their father.
Release date: July 26
Pillars Of Eternity 2: Deadfire
Rogue gods, a beautiful archipelago setting, and your own ship: Those are the promises of this point-and-click RPG. Pillars Of Eternity 2: Deadfire features an open world ready for exploration. In addition, the gameplay mechanics offer deep character customization and real decision-making that affect your environment. Heavily inspired by classic D&D, with vibrant visuals and intricate storylines, Pillars Of Eternity aims to be an old-school RPG at its best. Build your party of up to seven companions, navigate, navigate your ship, and unravel the mysteries that lie within the Deadfire archipelago area!
Release date: 2019
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is finally getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch. If you haven’t played Shovel Knight yet, you are seriously in for a treat. Shovel Knight and its add-ons are heavily inspired by NES platformers like Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man, and it’s a blast. From its charming retro-inspired graphics to its challenging, yet addicting platforming, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a package you don’t want to miss on Nintendo Switch.
Release date: TBA
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written by Brett Medlock & Cristian Aguilar