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.
- Where to buy a Nintendo Switch
- The best Nintendo Switch games
- The best multiplayer games on Nintendo Switch
Metamorphosis (August 12)
For players who may want something a little out of the box, be sure to check out Metamorphosis when it drops on the 12th. The game brings us into the bizarre and uncomfortable world of Franz Kafka as we wander an unfamiliar world through the eyes of an insect. You wake up one morning and find that you’ve been transformed into a tiny bug. What’s worse, your friend Joseph is being arrested for unknown reasons. It’s up to you to save him and figure out what is happening in this weird and twisted world. This puzzle platformer is sure to be both terrifying and fascinating.
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (August 21)
Samurai Jack was a Cartoon Network staple in the ’90s, and the series has been given a breath of new life in recent years. The Nintendo Switch is adding to this by releasing Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time. We get to play as Samurai Jack and work to defeat Aku’s evil reign across time and space. What’s better is that this game is by the creators of the original Samurai Jack series, and the characters are even voiced by the original voice actors. For those who miss this series or want to start getting back into it, this game is a great place to start.
Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars (August 28)
If you’re looking for a strategy game, look no further than the upcoming Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars. This game brings us into a world of gothic epos with challenging game experience. By combining turn-based combat with unique card-game elements, Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars is an engaging strategy game that will help save the vampire world from turmoil.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe (October 30)
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 3. Pikmin 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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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 be able to explore unknown islands while filling out the Photodex by snapping pictures of wild Pokémon. There’s a lot we don’t know about this game, but based on the screenshots released, it seems like it’s going to be an absolutely stunning adventure — whenever we get to play it.
The Last Campfire (summer 2020)
Hello Games has given us some beautiful titles, such as No Man’s Sky. Their next project, The Last Campfire, is sure to give us visually stunning works. It’s a game about finding purpose and learning about yourself. The game world is filled with strange creatures, mysterious ruins, and lost folks who need a way home. You journey through this beautiful world to light The Last Campfire, which will help you find your way home.
- The best single-player games (August 2020)
- The best Nintendo Switch exclusives (August 2020)
- Best single-player PC games
- The best indie games on Nintendo Switch (July 2020)
- The best Nintendo Switch games for kids