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Best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to look forward this year

Written by  Jun 09, 2018
The Nintendo Switch has proven to be a very capable competitor to the PS4 and Xbox One, while offering something else beside: portability.

Being able to take it on your travels yet play the exact same games as at home is compelling. And, considering how amazing the games have been in its first year or so, the Switch is even considered the best console out there by some.

If you're one of those, or yet to be converted to the cause, the coming year or so could be even more significant. There are some great-looking games on the horizon, and we've rounded them up for you here.

We've listed the best of the forthcoming releases in chronological order - soonest first - and have included trailers for each. Also, come back often as new releases will be added whenever a trailer is available. Enjoy.

Image of Nintendo Switch - Neon Red/Neon Blue

Nintendo Switch - Neon Red/Neon Blue

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Mario Tennis Aces

 
  • Release date: 22 June 2018
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Maro Tennis is back - this time for the Switch - and it features up to four-player local multiplayer matches. There is also online multiplayer and a story mode that includes big boss battles. What's more, you can even use the Switch's Joy-Con controllers as tennis rackets, adding Wii Sports Tennis-style motion controls for the first time. Cue plastic racket-shaped accessories.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

 
  • Release date: 29 June 2018
  • Switch exclusive: No, also on PS4, Xbox One and PC
  • Publisher: Bethesda

If Bethesda's excellent Doom conversion for Nintendo Switch is anything to go by, Wolfenstein II will look stunning. The madcap first-person shooter is gory and near the knuckle at times, but the chance to play it on the Tube is almost too good to be true. The Switch version isn't censored either, so you're getting the great single-player campaign in all its glory.

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy

 
  • Release date: 10 July
  • Switch exclusive: No, also on PS4 and Xbox One
  • Publisher: Activision

We love the fact that Activision remastered and repackaged the original PS1 Crash Bandicoot games for modern consoles and are even more thrilled to learn they are coming to Switch too. Unlike many platformers of recent times, the Crash games present real challenges - the 90s were big on difficult, pixel perfect games. Being able to play them while travelling is also a welcome bonus.

Octopath Traveler

 
  • Release date: 13 July 2018
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Square Enix

This original RPG from Square Enix will be a Switch exclusive and out this summer. It bears all the hallmarks of an old school JRPG but with a distinctive, almost pop-up book style graphic design. There will also be an Octopath Traveler: Traveler's Compendium Edition at launch, which will include an actual pop-up book and helpful map.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

 
  • Release date: 13 July 2018
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Originally released for the Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is coming to the Switch too in a remastered edition. It's a platform puzzle game that makes full use of the Switch's touchscreen as you can rotate the level to see other areas for Captain Toad to explore. We had great fun with the game when it first appeared and look forward to the new version keenly, especially as it will contain new courses based on Super Mario Odyssey.

Banner Saga 3

 
  • Release date: 24 July 2018
  • Switch exclusive: No
  • Publisher: Stoic

Along with the other formats - such as PC, PS4 and Xbox One, the third and last instalment of the Banner Saga trilogy is coming to Switch. And, with the other two games in the series now available we thoroughly recommend you download them. It's vital, in fact, as all the decisions you make in Banner Saga 1 and Banner Saga 2 will influence your game experience in Banner Saga 3.

Okami HD

 
  • Release date: 9 August 2018
  • Switch exclusive: No, also on PS4 and Xbox One
  • Publisher: Capcom

Japanese adventure Okami has been around for a while, but was remastered in HD for other consoles in 2017. Now it is heading to the Nintendo Switch too, but with touchscreen modes and motion controls if you want to use your Joy-Cons as such. It'll be a downloadable game through the Nintendo eShop.

Dark Souls: Remastered

 
  • Release date: Summer 2018
  • Switch exclusive: No, also on PS4, Xbox One and PC
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco

Not only is Dark Souls finally coming to Switch, it's coming in its remastered form. The Japanese horror role-player is, quite simply, one of the best action games of the last decade - dark, dangerous and delightful. Bosses are ridiculously challenging and the atmosphere is so superbly rendered. In this version you also get an upgrade to the graphics (over the PS3 original) and the Switch adds Amiibo support.

Image of Nintendo Switch - Neon Red/Neon Blue

Nintendo Switch - Neon Red/Neon Blue

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Switch

 
  • Release date: Autumn 2018
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Atari

Atari's decision to crowd fund a new version of RollerCoaster Tycoon for the Nintendo Switch has stoked the ire of many a fan online. However, the alpha build we saw at GDC looked reasonable enough and suited to a portable platform, even though it is rather trimmed down from the sort of early simulation games in the series some might remember. It isn't a port of the mobile game RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch - as some angrily suggest. While the graphics and simplicity are similar, there is more depth in the management aspects and there will be no in-game purchases we were told. The crowd funding video (above) is rather cringeworthy though, we'll give you that.

Super Smash Bros

 
  • Release date: 2018
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo

An all-new addition to the Super Smash Bros fighting game series is heading to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Not much else is known about it presently, but the trailer features the boy and girl Inklings from Splatoon, Mario and Link from the Zelda games so they'll be in it at the very least. We expect to hear more about it during E3 2018.

Undertale

 
  • Release date: 2018
  • Switch exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
  • Publisher: Toby Fox

One of the best indie games of recent times, Undertale is an RPG like no other. For one, it discourages death and rewards emotions. The old school graphics bely some of the most inventive storytelling and gameplay mechanics. It's not for everyone, but those who get it, really get it.

Metroid Prime 4

 
  • Release date: TBC
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Nintendo announced a new instalment of Metroid Prime, this time for Switch, during its E3 2017 Spotlight presentation but few other details have emerged as yet. We do know though that Bandai Namco is working on the game as its development studio.

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