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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. Despite E3 being canceled, many publishers are taking this time to announce their upcoming games, so we could very well get a huge info dump for the Nintendo Switch soon.

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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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 (July 10)

In 2018, developer/publisher Inti Creates put out a little 2D action game called Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon in the vein of 8-bit Castlevania. It was meant to be a supplementary game that held players over while they waited for the larger, full-fledged Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a game that was inspired by Symphony of the Night. What’s fascinating is that players seemed to enjoy Curse of the Moon just as much, if not more than Ritual of the Night — so much so, that we’re getting a followup to it later this month. Curse of the Moon 2 will feature new characters, local co-op, and replayable stages to overcome. Arguably most importantly, it’ll also come with that beautiful 8-bit art that calls back to the simpler NES days.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise (July 10)

Deadly Premonition 2 gameplay screenshot

The auteur game director Hidetaka Suehiro, better known as Swery65, isn’t generally one to make sequels. We thought the chances of him making a sequel to the extremely divisive David Lynch-like horror game Deadly Premonition were even lower, but then the man went and announced a full sequel for Nintendo Switch. Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is sure to be just as eccentric — and probably as divisive — as the original, but that charm and jankiness is a large part of why Suehiro has such a loyal fanbase. They don’t want a huge amount of polish if it means taking away the heart of his work. Currently, this game is slated for July 10 but, with our current social standing, it may be pushed back.

Paper Mario: The Origami King (July 17)

It wasn’t enough to simply develop a new Paper Mario game. Nintendo surprised everyone by announcing Paper Mario: The Origami King just two months ahead of its release. The fact that it’s coming out at all is exciting on its own, but the thought of the company following a similar release schedule for future games is even more exciting. The Origami King will focus much more on action elements and will send Mario on a quest to defeat King Olly — who wants to turn the world to origami. The Paper Mario games are always full of personality so it’ll be exciting to enjoy yet another entry on the Switch later this month.

Crysis Remastered (July 23)

But can it run Crysis? Yes, the Nintendo Switch will run Crysis Remastered when it releases toward the end of this month. As the name suggests, it will feature an enhanced version of the FPS classic, improving its visuals for modern hardware. Even with its age, the original Crysis still looks great, and the remaster will serve as the definitive version. The best part is that you’ll be able to take it on the go when it comes to Switch. Crytek might be testing the waters to gauge interest in the Crysis series, and judging by the reception to the remaster’s announcement, we very well could see a follow-up in the future.

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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.

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 Snapplayers 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.

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