Nintendo Switch is finally going to be released during 2017. The new device will try to be a mix of home console and handheld, allowing you to play both on the go, and in the comfort of your home. Of course, games are what makes or breaks a console, and Nintendo has always had great first party support. But what about third-party titles? In this article, we’re going to compile a list of the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games that are supposed to come out in 2017 and 2018.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Release date: March 3rd, 2017 Undoubtedly the heaviest hitter in the lineup, the latest installment of the popular series will take Link on a new adventure in Hyrule. It will be an open world affair, allowing players to explore at their own pace. While exploring the wilderness, you’ll find various items like weapons and clothes, some of which can be used for different things. For example, some of the footage we’ve seen shows you can use a shield as a snowboard. The game sports a wonderful, cel shaded look, and the world is going to be littered with Shrines of Trials. Expect more than 100 of them, each with their own puzzles and challenges.
Rumor – Beyond Good & Evil 2
Release date: TBA The sequel to Michel Ancel’s 2003 masterpiece is officially in the works! There’s very little info on it, but it’s definitely coming this time. Ubisoft hasn’t talked about platforms, but there’s a rumor that it will be exclusive to the Switch for a year, afterwards showing up on other platforms. If this is true, then Switch has got its first big third party exclusive. We can definitely see people buying a console for this game.
BGE2 codename is Odyssey. Exclusive to Switch for 12 months only, retail and digital versions. after 12 months digital on PS4 and XB1.
Release date: TBA Seasons of Heaven is an adventure game based on a French novel of the same name. The story follows a boy with Asperger syndrome and his French bulldog. It seems to be based around exploration, puzzle solving and maybe even some light combat. Or at least running away from it. There will also be paragliding, if the trailer is to be trusted. It’s being made by a French dev team called Any Arts Production.
The Sacred Hero
Release date: 2018 There’s not really much to tell about The Sacred Hero. It’s an RPG that’s going to “twist the conventions of the genre”. There’s a teaser with the camera slowly panning around a sword in a stone, but that’s it. Even the sword model is a placeholder, according to the video description, loaned from Nintendo. See for yourself.
Multiplatform games coming to Nintendo Switch
While the above will be mostly exclusive to Switch, or at least to Nintendo in general, there are also interesting multiplatform games that will be coming to the console at some point. Here’s a list of the best ones:
Dragon Quest XI – The latest installment of the popular JRPG franchise will be getting a Switch port as well. Development has been pretty secretive, but fans of the series will know what to expect.
Rime – A puzzle-platformer from the developers of Deadlight, Rime is another game to grace the Switch with its presence. It’s going to be released in May 2017.
Project Sonic 2017 (working title) – A new Sonic the Hedgehog game from the team responsible for Sonic Generations. It’s going to be made up of two games – one with classic Sonic, another with Modern Sonic. It should be coming during the holiday season.
Yooka-Laylee – An adventure game from the developers of Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee should be released during April.
Nintendo Switch Retro Games
Several indie dev studios have announced they’ll be porting their games to the Switch. They’re mostly games that appeal to an audience that might’ve grown up on some of Nintendo’s older consoles.
Stardew Valley – A farm management game in the vein of Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley has won the hearts of many old school gamers.
Shovel Knight – A tough-as-nails platformer, paying homage to olden Nintendo games, Shovel Knight should feel right at home on the Switch.