Nintendo Switch first launched alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was a critically beloved title and one of the best launch titles of all time. It was also only the beginning. Ever since then, the Switch has regularly gotten high-quality exclusive games, like Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Splatoon 2. This pattern isn’t slowing down either, with plenty of exclusives coming down the pipeline. Here are the best upcoming Switch exclusives we’re most looking forward to getting our hands on.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Release date: May 29, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles first came out for the Wii in 2010. It released towards the end of the console’s lifecycle following a fan campaign to get the game localized, and then it was re-released for New Nintendo 3DS. Needless to say, a lot of people missed out on it. Ten years later, Xenoblade Chronicles is being given a fresh coat of paint and some new content on the Nintendo Switch.

That’s a very good thing, too. It’s a unique RPG in that it injects MMO-style combat and a massive world in a single-player game, along with enjoyable character customization in a pseudo-sci-fi setting. Xenoblade Chronicles has some of the most memorable moments in modern gaming and is definitely not your usual RPG. Plus, Smash fans can see where Shulk made his debut.

Rune Factory 5

Release date: 2020

Rune Factory 5 has been a long time coming. Rune Factory 4 debuted on the 3DS back in 2012 and was a miracle itself, after developer Neverland declared bankruptcy and Marvelous stepped in. There’s no telling what happened behind the scenes since then. But the important thing is we know Rune Factory 5 is set for release on Switch after eight long years.

And that’s about all we know. Marvelous is playing its farm cards very close to the chest with this one. Still, we expect it’ll probably feature the usual Rune Factory combination of farm-life sim and dungeon crawling we’ve come to love.

Bravely Default II

Release date: 2020

The original Bravely Default and its follow-up were hits on the Nintendo 3DS, so it’s no surprise we’re getting a sequel. Unlike Bravely Second, Bravely Default II tells a brand new story in a brand new world. That’s why there’s a “II” in the title, even though it’s not the second Bravely game. Beyond that, it seems Bravely Default II is following a similar path as its predecessors, with a big focus on the classic job system.

A demo was released not long ago that lets you experience a gorgeously rendered town, tinker around with the job system a bit — and be utterly destroyed by foes if you aren’t prepared. The demo is seriously brutal. But it also has us pretty excited for what’s to come when Bravely Default II launches sometime later this year. Check it out for yourself.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

Release date: 2020

Of all the upcoming Switch-exclusive titles, a full-on Deadly Premonition sequel is the most surprising. The original game focuses on a supernaturally gifted FBI agent named York as he investigates a string of murders in a small town. Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise takes the Godfather Part II route instead, following two different concurrently running stories.

In the present day, you’ll follow a new FBI agent named Aaliyah Davis who meets an older York in the course of an investigation. Intertwined with Davis’ story are flashbacks to York investigating a related case in New Orleans several years previously. Early screenshots and gameplay videos indicate this one will be just as weird as its predecessor, which we’re pretty pleased about.

No More Heroes 3

Release date: 2020

When Suda51 announced Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, most people assumed that game was more or less No More Heroes 3. That wasn’t the case. A full-fledged No More Heroes 3 announcement came later though, and the game is set for a 2020 launch.

No More Heroes 3 will be an open-world action game, just like the original. Unlike the original, Suda has said the game will be huge — the biggest No More Heroes ever. Towards the end of last year, Suda also said in an interview that the game was around 40% complete. If development continues on the same track, we could reasonably expect to have it by the end of the year. Whether we’ll still have a motion-controlled beam katana, though, we just don’t know yet.

Sports Story

Release date: Mid-2020

Golf Story is one of the best indie games on the Switch. It’s an RPG set in a goofy facsimile of the real world, and it’s getting a sequel with Sports Story sometime this year. One of Golf Story‘s biggest appeals is how it mixes RPG mechanics with sports, something we haven’t seen much of since the Mario sports titles on Game Boy Color.

As the title suggests, Sports Story will follow several different kinds of sports, alongside golf, and confirmed activities include baseball, soccer, and tennis. Sidebar Games says there’s more, though. It’s “about sports, but not always,” which helps explain dungeon exploration and pink gorillas with golf clubs in the trailer.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Release date: TBA

Persona 5 may or may not be coming to the Switch, (It’s not.) but Nintendo still has Shin Megami Tensei. Shin Megami Tensei V, the latest in the series, is hopefully launching sometime this year, but we really don’t know. We’ve waited a long time for this one as well. SMTV is the only Switch game shown during the console reveal three years ago that hasn’t launched yet.

The Shin Megami Tensei RPGs are known for being tough — really tough. They’re harder and usually darker than Persona, and the mainline games are usually based on choosing between three paths: neutral, justice, and chaos. Like pretty much all SMT games, Shin Megami Tensei V will take place in a destroyed/post-apocalyptic Tokyo and focuses on modern insecurities and anxieties. We have absolutely no idea what that means, unfortunately, because Atlus is keeping so very quiet about the game.

Bayonetta 3

Release date: TBA

Everyone was surprised when Nintendo, of all companies, revived the Bayonetta franchise on Wii U. Now, Bayonetta is returning again, this time on the Switch with Bayonetta 3. The game was first announced alongside ports of the first two Bayonetta games during The Game Awards 2017.

None of Bayonetta 3 has been shown to the public, though director Hideki Kamiya said people haven’t seen everything hiding in that first reveal trailer. Whatever Bayonetta 3 ends up being, that Platinum polish and witchy charm guarantee it’s one of the best upcoming Switch exclusives.

Metroid Prime 4

Release date: TBA

Metroid Prime 4 has had a rocky development cycle, but since being restarted from scratch and handed to Retro Studios, the original developer of the series, things seem back on track. Legendary game producer and Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe was also confirmed to return. As such, fans were asked to understand that the game would take a lot longer to develop than originally planned. Retro has been hiring some talented team members to facilitate development.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Release date: TBA

Mainline Zelda games rarely get direct sequels, but when they do, they’re usually great. Both Majora’s Mask and A Link Between Worlds are follow-ups to existing main series titles, and both games are fantastic. Now that Nintendo has announced a sequel to Breath of the Wild, it’s time to get excited.

Nintendo announced the sequel, unofficially referred to as Breath of the Wild 2, at E3 2019. It’s reportedly inspired in part by Red Dead Redemption 2. Interestingly, this game came about during the development process for the Breath of the Wild DLC. The team found it had too many ideas for just downloadable content and wanted to expand. The word is still out on when Breath of the Wild 2 will release, but there are rumors about what the game will contain.

Those are some of the best upcoming Switch exclusives for 2020 and beyond. The Switch’s library is already remarkably strong and diverse. If even half of these titles are as good as we hope, it’s safe to say the Switch could be one of the best consoles period. Stay tuned to Nintendo Enthusiast for news on release dates for Bayonetta 3, Breath of the Wild 2, and other upcoming Switch exclusives.


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