The Nintendo Switch is gearing up for release on Friday and we are just a little bit excited. There hasn’t been a new console release since this site existed, so in preparation we’re going to run down some of the big Switch titles you should be looking forward to this year.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Fucking duh. This one is extremely self explanatory and can’t be hyped up any more. Our hopes are sky high for the new first console in 6 years.
Dragon Quest X and XI
Two entries combined into one because why not. Dragon Quest games are always a good time, and re-releases of 10 and 11 will be a great way to fill out the Switch’s opening year. When it comes to JRPGs, you can’t do a whole lot better than Dragon Quest.
Fire Emblem Warriors
It’s pretty amazing how Fire Emblem has come back from the brink of death to now be a real bankable franchise in North America for Nintendo. Nintendo is continuing to bank on it and now we get Fire Emblem Warriors, a hack and slash crossover with Dynasty Warriors coming later this year. The game will be released on Switch and 3DS, so it should be a perfect on-the-go game for the Switch.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Goody goody, another re-release. To be fair, Mario Kart 8 is absolutely incredible and no Nintendo console is viable without a Mario Kart. Not factoring the adjustments and bonus content included with the game, the idea of portable Mario Kart on the Switch is mouth-watering. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe drops April 28th.
The fact that this game doesn’t have a title yet raises some doubts that it’ll be released this year, but with no official delay confirmed it still counts. We’re not the biggest Sonic fans here, but we can understand why the fanbase has stayed loyal through almost 20 years of mostly crap games. Hopefully the Switch is the platform that can give Sonic something fresh.
Show me someone who didn’t like Splatoon and I’ll show you a liar. Splatoon was one of the best new IP’s Nintendo has had in years and one of the only original games worth owning on the Wii U. If Splatoon 2 can capture half of what made the first so enjoyable, it’ll be a must-have game for Switch owners. Splatoon 2 is expected by the end of the summer.
Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo have said that Super Mario Odyssey is the third open world Mario, after Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. That statement alone is more than enough to get us hyped. Miyamoto calls Odyssey a “return to roots” for 3D Mario’s and let’s be honest, 3D Mario’s are still the gold standard of platformers. We can’t wait for Odyssey and thankfully it’ll be released sometime before Christmas.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles was great. Some would say it was excellent. We would call it one of the best JRPG’s of the last 10 years. Xenoblade is the closest thing we’ll ever get to a modern Chrono Trigger, so we are all very excited to see what the sequel will deliver. Look for it sometime this year.
Yea probably. That’s not every Switch game coming out this year, but these are the ones that really jump off the page for us. We are unbelievably pumped to disappear into all of these games, and neglect our loved ones for at least the next 12 months. What Switch titles are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!