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The best upcoming Nintendo Switch games

The Nintendo Switch is one of the best game consoles Nintendo has ever produced, with a wide variety of games to choose from and plenty of unique features. We’ve already gotten to play new entries in series like Zelda, Mario, and Pokémon on Nintendo Switch, but there are still plenty of great games on the way for the hybrid console. This includes exclusive games developed internally by Nintendo, as well as third-party games, including ports of titles also available on other platforms. Currently, the Switch’s upcoming release schedule is a little dry, but Nintendo is known for announcing games at any time. There were a few surprise games last month, so it’s not impossible for other surprise announcements to come up as the month goes on.

With that in mind, there are still lots of games to look forward to on the platform. These are the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games.

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NBA 2K21 (September 4)

NBA 2K21 Switch
Nintendo

In the latest in the NBA 2K series, NBA 2K21 arrives with its best-in-class graphics and gameplay. You’ll be able to play with the competitive and community online features and dive deep into varied game modes. NBA 2K21 offers a complete immersion into all aspects of NBA basketball and culture. With a variety of editions for you to choose from, you’ll be able to play in the NBA any way you choose. If you can’t wait any longer, there is a free demo available to download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars (September 18)

Super Mario 3D All-Star
Nintendo

Don’t you wish all the 3D Super Mario games were in one place? Well, wish no more! Super Mario 3D All-Stars combines some of the best Super Mario games all into one place. You can jump into paintings (and nostalgia) with Super Mario 64, splash water and save Delfino Plaza in Super Mario Sunshine, and fly around to save the universe in Super Mario Galaxy on the Nintendo Switch as of September 18. Additionally, you’ll be able to use music player mode with this game. You’ll be able to listen so some of Mario’s greatest songs the series has to offer. It’s also important to keep in mind that both the physical edition and the digital edition will only be available until March 2021. Be sure to grab your 3D Mario adventure into nostalgia soon!

WWE 2K Battlegrounds (September 18)

WWE 2K Battlegrounds
Nintendo

Play as your favorite WWE Superstar and legend in the newest WWE game, WWE 2K Battlegrounds! You’ll fight in interactive environments around the world using special abilities and power-ups in famous matches, like Steel Cage, Royal Rumble, and more. The story mode is told through original comic strips that follow Paul Heyman and Stone Cold Steve Austin as they search for the next WWE Superstar. You’ll unlock unique characters and Battlegrounds as the story progresses. There are tons of customizable parts that help you create and edit your character and Battlegrounds. And with an Online Tournament option, you can show your friends and players around the world that you’re King of the Battleground.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe (October 30)

Pikmin
Nintendo

We’ve been waiting a long time for another Pikmin game, but to contain us for now, Nintendo announced a remastering of their Wii U game, Pikmin 3Pikmin 3 Deluxe will give us updated graphics and more in-game options to explore the world and solve puzzles. Captain Olimar’s planet is running out of food and, after accidentally finding a strange planet with strange creatures, the captain has a chance to save his world. You’re in control of five different squads of Pikmin, who will help you overcome enemies, find food, and solve puzzles. Pikmin 3 Deluxe also offers the added benefit of changing the duration of time you can explore a planet. No longer will you be forced to do everything within a timeframe! With this remastering, we’re encouraged to explore the world and see what all it has to offer.

Unscheduled

Axiom Verge 2

Snowy area in Axiom Verge 2

The sequel to one of the most celebrated Metroidvania games of all time, little is known about Axiom Verge 2 at the moment, and that mystery is oddly appropriate considering the game’s focus on exploration and discovery. Once again developed by Thomas Happ, the sequel — or possibly prequel — features a completely new story and powers, making it a good choice for those who have played the original as well as those who haven’t. You’ll be able to make use of hacking and drones during your adventure, and you’ll find a remarkable amount of variety in the terrain. We plan on going in as blind as possible.

Bravely Default II

Characters from Bravely Default 2

We understand the confusion surrounding Bravely Default II, as there was already a game called Bravely Second released on the 3DS. This isn’t the same game, but it is developed by the same excellent creators that brought you the original game and Octopath Traveler. The world is completely separate from the original game, making it a great entry point for newcomers and those who may have only played Octopath Traveler, and it should deliver all the classic JRPG adventure and action fans of the genre love. The adorable character designs help things, too. Just look at their heads!

Doom Eternal

Google Stadia DOOM Eternal

2016’s DOOM reboot was a surprise, not just for being able to reinvigorate the long-stagnant DOOM franchise, but for completely retooling it into a crazy murder-fest that played like butter and delivered just the right amount of variety in battles and enemy design. With DOOM Eternal, developer Id Software is kicking things up a notch, giving the Doomslayer even more weapons, including an integrated blade on his suit, and taking the action to Earth in homage to Doom 2. The game has already been released for Xbox One, PC, Stadia, and PS4, but we do not yet have a final replacement release date for Nintendo Switch.

Gods & Monsters

Facing off with Medusa creature in Gods & Monsters

Ubisoft is bringing one of its newest role-playing franchises, Gods & Monsters, to Nintendo Switch, and it’s designed by the same excellent staff behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. You’re tasked with saving the Greek gods rather than slaying them, so Kratos may want to stay home for this one. The world is filled with puzzles and dungeons, and it’s clear that Ubisoft took some inspiration from Nintendo and Breath of the Wild in the game’s creation. That’s hardly a bad thing, however, and being able to use the powers gifted by the gods and fight mythological enemies will give it a different spin on the established formula.

Sports Story

Playing Tennis in Sports Story

Golf Story was far more than a golf game on Nintendo Switch — it was a full-scale role-playing game filled with charming characters, all wrapped up in a golf shell that could still be enjoyed by those who don’t care about sports in the slightest. Developer Sidebar Games is taking this concept even further in Sports Story, which blends sports with role-playing mechanics again and adds plenty of new sports. These include tennis and you’ll study at a tennis academy, just like in the Game Boy Color classic Mario Tennis. You will even get the chance to compete in a “Decasportathon” to show just how up to the challenge you truly are. Although this game was slated for mid-2020, a recent Nindie Direct indicated that there is a delay for this games release.

Bayonetta 3

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Image from Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 likely only released because Nintendo stepped in and agreed to publish the game as a Wii U exclusive, and PlatinumGames’ Bayonetta 3 will also release as a Nintendo exclusive. The game is coming to Switch … eventually, but PlatinumGames and Nintendo have offered little information over the last few years regarding its release date, story, or content. We do know the titular hero will return, as we saw in a teaser trailer, and we can expect plenty of high-octane action and goofy fan service along the way. Given how incredible the first two games are, we’re willing to let PlatinumGames take as long as it needs.

Metroid Prime 4

Speaking of games we know nothing about, Metroid Prime 4 was announced several years ago at an E3 Nintendo Direct presentation, and since then, Nintendo’s lips have been sealed. The game was reportedly in development at Bandai Namco, but the game was not progressing as Nintendo has planned, and it was thus scrapped and restarted with Metroid Prime trilogy creator Retro Studios taking over. We aren’t sure if the game will release within the next few years, but if there is one thing Metroid fans are good at, it’s waiting — otherwise, they might end up with another game like Other M and no one wants that.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel

Nintendo E3 2019 Legend of Zelda sequel Animal Crossing Banjo Kazooie Dragon Quest No More Heroes 3

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been heralded as the best game of the generation and possibly the best video game of all time. It comes as no surprise that Nintendo wanted to create a direct sequel to it, though just what form that will take remains unclear. A teaser trailer released at E3 2019 suggests that Zelda could be playable along with Link, and the world seems to be suffering from another calamity despite the destruction of Ganon. We don’t expect the game to release for a few years, but we are very excited to get our hands on it when it finally does.

Hollow Knight: Silksong

One of 2017’s absolute best games is getting a sequel in Hollow Knight: Silksong, and it’s headed to Nintendo Switch sometime in the future. It will take the stunning visuals, Metroidvania gameplay, and atmosphere of the original Hollow Knight and put you in the shoes (do these creatures wear shoes?) of Hornet, a princess who is tasked with protecting Hallownest. Silksong was announced last year, and we haven’t gotten much of an update on its development, but hopefully, we won’t have to wait much longer. If it’s half as good as the original, we’re all in for a treat.

New Pokémon Snap

It’s crazy to think that it’s been over 20 years since the release of the original Pokémon Snap. Some argue we should have gotten a sequel by now, though we think getting a follow-up at all is better late than never. 

In New Pokémon Snap, players will explore unknown islands while filling out the Photodex by snapping pictures of wild Pokémon. This game continues to be a mystery to us, and the release date is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, we eagerly anticipate its debut because what little we have seen via screenshot teasers reveals astounding graphics that relate to an epic adventure.

The Last Campfire (summer 2020)

The Last Campfire
Nintendo

Hello Games, makers of the game No Man’s Sky, are famous for creating visually stunning scenery in which players happily immerse themselves. They uphold their reputation with their latest creation, The Last Campfire. Rather than exploring space, The Last Campfire is all about exploring (and finding) yourself.

The world of The Last Campfire is full of mysteries, from perplexing creatures to ancient ruins. There are even lost journeyers who need help finding their way home. And finally, in the end, you light your own last campfire and find out where you belong.

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