It’s hard to believe, but the Nintendo Switch just celebrated its second birthday. Despite its youth, the Switch already has one of the best gaming libraries, with stellar titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But Nintendo is nowhere near done cranking out the ground-breaking titles. With the E3 gaming convention coming up in June and a Mario Maker Direct announcement coming later today, we’re on a collision course with a wealth of news about games that have us all on the hype train. From Pokémon to Metroid, everyone has something new to get excited for. Here are all the upcoming Nintendo Switch video games we can’t wait to play in 2019.
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Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
One of the few “kart” racers to ever rattle Mario Kart’s throne returns with a bang with Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. Featuring not only high-intensity, zany kart racing, but also character and kart customization, along with an Adventure mode, this game is going to be jam-packed for both single-player and multiplayer. While it’s coming to Xbox One and PS4 as well, Switch gives you the added bonus of taking CTR on the go.
Super Mario Maker 2
The sequel to one of the few sorely missed games from the Wii U, Super Mario Maker 2 is a vibrant, colorful, and fairly sophisticated sandbox stage builder with something for everyone. A huge number of modes were available in the last entry, and with the success of the Switch, we’re sure there will only be more to sink your teeth into this time. With a rumored multiplayer mode, more amiibo for costumes, and some new styles, Super Mario Maker 2 is sure to be a hit—even before we get those 15 minutes of pure Mario Maker goodness in a Nintendo Direct later today.
My Friend Pedro
A platforming shooter with slow-mo mechanics and some zany branding, My Friend Pedro is brought to us by the indie studio DeadToast and looks remarkably promising. DeadToast states, “My Friend Pedro is a violent ballet about friendship, imagination, and one man’s struggle to obliterate anyone in his path at the behest of a sentient banana.” And if that isn’t everything you needed to hear to jump in, then I don’t know what else you could possibly want. Indie games are known to bring new mechanics and wonderful imagination to the gaming universe, and My Friend Pedro is the same. Interesting split aiming, slow motion, and ballet-based acrobatics make for what appears to be incredibly smooth and satisfying gameplay. It pirouettes onto the Switch and PC sometime this June.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
Marvel charged full force into a second coming within the gaming sphere with Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4, but the party didn’t stop there. With a Square Enix Avengers project that likely won’t be on Switch, Nintendo fans were wondering how they could get in on the Avengers craze. Well, Marvel’s hit co-op hack-and-slash Marvel Ultimate Alliance is making its way exclusively to the Switch this July. With a prominent cartoon-y style and the promise of bundles of heroes, this return to the 10-year-old series will be a game all Nintendo and superhero fans should keep their eyes on.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Ever wonder where half of Smash’s roster comes from? Fire Emblem, the phenomenal battle tactic RPG game, is coming to Switch this July. This series blew up among a much larger audience with 2013’s Fire Emblem: Awakening and the subsequent 3DS releases. Three Houses has you playing as a professor at the Officer’s Academy, where you train one of, you guessed it, three houses. These games always have interesting plots, fantastically well thought-out gameplay, and permadeath, which makes you stare your mistakes right in the face. That is, until you just reset the game without saving and fuck up six more times before you finally get almost everyone out alive. Regardless, this should definitely be on all Switch owners’ wish lists.
Cadence of Hyrule
Cadence of Hyrule is a follow-up to the groovin’ and movin’ indie title Crypt of the NecroDancer. For those who don’t know the series, it is a dungeon crawler where everything is driven by a beat. Boppin’ music keeps you engaged as you walk, fight, and loot. The more on-beat you are, the more effective the actions. Now, Princess Zelda and Link are joining the fun, and bringing the stellar Zelda music library with them. The arrangements and art style prove this game is something rhythm fans, Zelda fans, and, hell, anybody else are going to want to try. There’s no set-in-stone release date yet—Nintendo’s site states “spring 2019″—but fans speculate we could get our hands on it by the end of the month.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
The absolutely amazing Dragon Quest XI is a gorgeous RPG with a beautiful cast of characters set in a world you should be dying to explore. While the title may be a mouthful, this new edition of the game will have a lot of extras for fans to sink their teeth into. I played the original on the PS4 and it was a blast, but it screamed opportunity for portability. If you’re an RPG fan or want to try an RPG, this upcoming Switch game is the place to start. No firm release date has been revealed, but it is expected to arrive sometime this fall.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
The Legend of Zelda is continuing its name on the Switch after the astounding Breath of the Wild—which we named our best game on the Switch of all time—with an out-of-left-field remake of Link’s Awakening. This remake has gorgeous and adorable semi top-down, 3D graphics. The game looks fun, light-hearted, and aimed more toward a younger generation—a great move after Breath of the Wild’s more difficult, somewhat adult approach. Regardless, Zelda fans of all ages will be giddy to get their hands on it, coming sometime this year.
Animal Crossing Switch
A game about paying debt and becoming a philanthropist for your local museum, Animal Crossing is arguably the most relaxing title ever made. That Nintendo created a game about debt and chores so enjoyable is shocking. The new Switch game reveal came after Isabelle was announced for Smash, and people, including myself, absolutely lost their shit. Animal Crossing has a lot to live up to after the remarkable New Leaf for 3DS (that I personal clocked hundreds of hours into). Very little information is out about the new title, but fans are drooling for anything. It seems likely we’ll learn more at E3 this year.
Pokemon Sword and Shield
The long-rumored, true-to-form Pokémon RPG for Switch is finally coming. While no release date or year has been announced, the assumption is we’ll see this in 2019 or early 2020. The still-fantastic Pokémon Let’s Go is enough to tide fans over, but nothing compares to the fully fledged Pokémon. Not a lot is known outside of previews from a short Pokémon Direct a few months ago, but there’s enough to see how promising this game is; the Galar Region looks gorgeous in full 3D. Here’s hoping we’ll get a release date and more information during the E3 Direct and Treehouse Live this year.
Metroid Prime 4
Although the news that this long-awaited title would be delayed disappointed some fans, few times have we seen a delay announcement handled with such grace. Metroid Prime 4 is now being developed by the much-loved Retro Studios. While it’s unlikely we’ll see this title at E3 this year, or even get much information on it in the coming months, it had to make an appearance on this list purely due to the vast amount of hype and fan support it has. It’s going to be great, and Nintendo clearly wants to make sure it lives up to its legacy. In the meantime, let’s just hope that the Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch rumor is real.
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