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The best upcoming Nintendo Switch games

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular 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 across the Zelda, Super Mario, and Pokémon series 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 titles and ports also available on other platforms.

At one point, the list of upcoming Switch games was bare, but following a Partner Showcase in June 2022 and a massive Nintendo Direct in September 2022, there are even more titles to look forward to. However you slice it, it’s an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan.

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 for 2023 and beyond. Since we’re nearing the end of 2022, the majority of this list is comprised of 2023 games.

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2022

Sports Story
Sports Story
E10
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Sport, Adventure, Indie
Developer Sidebar Games
Publisher Sidebar Games
Release December 01, 2022
Sports story is a sports RPG like no other. Featuring a mix of sports and sporting activities wrapped up in one big story. With a multitude of characters to meet, you will make plenty of friends and enemies along the way. Sports Story isn’t just about sports; it’s an all-out sporting adventure.
Sports Story - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch

2023

Fire Emblem Engage — January 20, 2023
Fire Emblem Engage — January 20, 2023
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Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Tactical, Adventure
Developer Intelligent Systems
Publisher Nintendo
Release January 20, 2023
Kicking off 2023 is Fire Emblem Engage, the latest mainline game in the series. This was announced during the September 2022 Nintendo Direct and was one of the showcase’s standout announcements. While we still don’t know much about this installment, Nintendo has confirmed that it will feature characters from previous Fire Emblem games, most notably Marth. Engage will tell the story of a war against the Fell Dragon, who has reawakened after a thousand-year slumber. This installment will feature the same beloved turn-based tactics gameplay from previous entries, but beyond that, Nintendo will need to show more ahead of its launch in January 2023.
Fire Emblem Engage - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Direct 9.13.2022
Blanc — February 2023
Blanc — February 2023
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Nintendo Switch
Genre Adventure, Indie
Publisher Gearbox Publishing
Release February 01, 2023
One of the standout games shown during the June 2022 Partner Showcase was Blanc, a co-op adventure about a fox and a deer. Its art style is captivating, with a black-and-white color palette that resembles a napkin doodle while never feeling crude. Beyond that, the presentation is absolutely adorable and will likely pull at your heartstrings with its story. Here’s hoping it doesn’t include anything devastating, but judging by its reveal trailer, we expect to cry a lot while playing Blanc.
Blanc | Announcement Trailer
Octopath Traveler II — February 24, 2023
Octopath Traveler II — February 24, 2023
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Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS)
Publisher Square Enix
Release February 24, 2023
Octopath Traveler was a hit, and since Square Enix loves making sequels, it makes sense that Octopath Traveler II is on the way. This entry will utilize the same HD-2D art style as the previous entry, giving it a distinct look and personality. Like the last game, you’ll have eight different characters to choose from, each with different origins and abilities. Octopath Traveler II takes place in a land called Solistia, and it’ll feature a day/night cycle. This entry will include the Break and Boost system from the previous game, but Square Enix also notes that new mechanics and features will be added, too.
OCTOPATH TRAVELER II - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe — February 24, 2023
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe — February 24, 2023
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform, Adventure
Publisher Nintendo
Release February 24, 2023
Serving as a remake of Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, which launched for the Wii in 2011, the Deluxe edition will come to Switch in early 2023. This cooperative sidescroller sends players to the planet Popstar to rescue a stranded alien. In it, you and up to three other friends can take on the roles of Kirby — King Dedede, Waddle Dee, and Meta Knight — who all have special abilities and playstyles. This entry will include not only enhanced visuals but also a new set of mini-games to keep things interesting. It’ll also give players a new Mecha Ability, so there will no doubt be plenty of reasons to replay this one, even if you finished the original in 2011.
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe - Nintendo Direct 9.13.22 - Nintendo Switch
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — May 12, 2023
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — May 12, 2023
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Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Publisher Nintendo
Release May 12, 2023
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been heralded as the best game of the generation and possibly the best Legend of Zelda game of all time. It comes as no surprise that Nintendo wanted to create a direct sequel, 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. At E3 2021, Nintendo showed off more of this game, still referring to it as “the sequel to Breath of the Wild.” The open-world design still remains, but players will now be able to venture to the skies above, similar to Skyward Sword. Finally, during the September 2022 Nintendo Direct, the sequel received a title, and it’s called Tears of the Kingdom. It’s gearing up for a May 2023 release after many years in development.
Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - First Look Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019
Persona 3 Portable — 2023
Persona 3 Portable — 2023
86 %
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Visual Novel
Developer Atlus
Publisher Ghostlight Ltd., Atlus, Atlus USA
Release November 01, 2009
Along with the news that Persona 5 Royal will come to Switch, Atlus also announced that Persona 3 Portable will come to the handheld hybrid platform in 2023 on an undisclosed date. This is the definitive version of Persona 3, which first came to PS2 before launching on PSP in 2010. This is arguably the game that put Persona on the map, redefining features from previous installments and paving the way for what would become one of the most beloved JRPGs of all time.
Atlus USA Trailer: Persona 3 Portable
Persona 4 Golden — 2023
Persona 4 Golden — 2023
96 %
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Adventure, Visual Novel
Developer Atlus
Publisher NIS America, Atlus, Atlus USA
Release June 15, 2012
The trifecta of Persona games will include the fourth installment, which will come to Switch sometime in 2023. Persona 4 Golden is an expanded version of the fourth game in the series, which first came to the PS2 before debuting on the PS Vita in 2012. This game is known for streamlining the series’ mechanics, as well as an approachable cast of characters, story, and gameplay loop. Although Persona 3 was a turning point for the series, Persona 4 Golden is often regarded as the most popular, at least at the time. Thankfully, players will get to experience this excellent JRPG on Nintendo Switch next year.
Persona 4 Golden: E3 Trailer
Minecraft: Legends — 2023
Minecraft: Legends — 2023
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Strategy, Arcade
Developer Mojang Studios, Blackbird Interactive
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release December 31, 2023
The next game in the Minecraft universe will launch in 2023, but this one might be a bit different than you’d expect. Minecraft Legends is a strategy game that aims to encapsulate similar RTS adventures such as StarCraft. It’s still unclear how it will play exactly, but we do know it’ll focus on story, with an emphasis on large-scale battles. Despite Mojang being owned by Microsoft, Minecraft Legends will come to all major platforms, including Nintendo Switch.
Minecraft Legends – Announce Trailer
Pikmin 4 — 2023
Pikmin 4 — 2023
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Strategy
Developer Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Release December 31, 2023
Nearly a decade after its predecessor, Nintendo finally revealed Pikmin 4. This real-time strategy puzzle series has always flown under the radar, but perhaps the fourth installment will get the recognition it deserves. Nintendo announced this game during its September 2022 Direct, and although it didn’t give us many details, the company did confirm you’ll have the ability to play from the Pikmins’ perspective — a first for the series. This game doesn’t have a solid launch date, but we know it’ll be out sometime in 2023.
Pikmin 4 - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Direct 9.13.2022

Games with no release window

Marvel's Midnight Suns — TBD
Marvel's Midnight Suns — TBD
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Tactical
Developer Firaxis Games
Publisher 2K
Release December 31, 2022
Hailing from developer Firaxis, the team behind XCOM, Marvel’s Midnight Suns is a turn-based tactical RPG. It will feature similar gameplay as the XCOM series, but with a few twists and turns that keep it separate from them. In it, you play as a new hero called The Hunter, who can be customized to your liking. But you can still fight alongside your favorite Marvel heroes, including Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and Iron Man. Best of all, it’s coming to Nintendo Switch, meaning you’ll be able to play it on the big screen or on the go. Sadly, this game was delayed from March 2022 to the second half of the year, and while the console version will come out on December 2, the Switch edition still doesn’t have a release date.
Marvel's Midnight Suns - 'The Awakening' | Official Announcement Trailer
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp — 2022
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp — 2022
E10
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Real Time Strategy (RTS), Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS)
Developer WayForward
Publisher Nintendo
It’s hard to believe Advance Wars is back, even if its newest entries aren’t original games. As announced during the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp is headed to Switch later in 2022, serving as remakes of the first two games in the series. Advance Wars is a series of turn-based tactical games with a devoted fan base. In fact, fans have been asking for more Advance Wars games for years, and Nintendo will finally deliver. The last entry, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, launched for the Nintendo DS in 2008, but the series has been dormant since then. Nintendo is likely gauging interest in the Advance Wars series to possibly develop a new game. Sadly, this collection was delayed indefinitely due to the war in Ukraine. It’s unclear when this will launch, but the game is finished, so hopefully, we don’t have to wait too much longer.
Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp Trailer | Nintendo E3 2021
Sports Story — TBA
Sports Story — TBA
RP
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Sport, Adventure, Indie
Developer Sidebar Games
Publisher Sidebar Games
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 Nintendo Direct indicated that it had been delayed.
Sports Story - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Hollow Knight: Silksong — TBA
Hollow Knight: Silksong — TBA
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Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform, Adventure, Indie
Developer Team Cherry
Publisher Team Cherry
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.
Hollow Knight: Silksong Reveal Trailer
Metroid Prime 4 — TBA
Metroid Prime 4 — TBA
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Shooter
Developer Retro Studios, Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Since we’re on the topic of games we know nothing about, word of Metroid Prime 4 got out several years ago at an E3 Nintendo Direct presentation, but we haven’t heard anything from Nintendo since. Supposedly, the game was still in the developing process at Bandai Namco. Still, the game was not advancing as quickly as Nintendo expected, and it was thus scrapped and restarted with Metroid Prime trilogy creator Retro Studios taking the wheel. We don’t know if the game will launch in the next few years, but we do know one thing: Metroid fans are great at waiting. Otherwise, they may get stuck with another game like Other M, and no one wants that.
Metroid Prime 4 - First Look - Nintendo E3 2017

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