Nintendo’s Switch has had no shortage of amazing games since its launch in 2017, with plenty of exclusives, indies, and third party experiences making the cut, and no signs of it slowing down. 2019 was an amazing year for the Switch, with instant classics like Luigi’s Mansion 3, Fire Emblem Three Houses and Pokémon Sword & Shield being particular highlights.
With 2019 now behind us it’s time to look to the future and see what 2020 has in store for the Switch. Here are the 14 most exciting.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
No release window has officially been announced for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, but the recent news that Monolith Studio, which helped Nintendo with the original, has posted up job listings for the sequel and the fact that it seems to share the same assets as the original, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this out in late 2020.
Animal crossing: New Horizons
With this one being delayed into 2020, fans of the series have had to wait patiently for the next entry in series. This is a fanbase used to disappointment though – especially after the awful Animal Crossing amibo Festival on Wii U.
But Animal Crossing: New Horizons looks like a return to form, with a bunch of new ideas, beautiful graphics, and an abundance of charm, this is sure to be the best entry yet, and one that will be perfect for both living room and handheld play.
The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds is already available on PS4 and Xbox One, and we know it’s a title of high quality. The Switch port was pushed back into 2020, which will hopefully give the developers enough time to pull off another miracle like the ports of Doom, Mortal Kombat 11, and the Witcher 3.
The Nintendo 64 was a different beast to its rivals back in the day, so many developers created entirely new experiences for the system instead of just releasing straight ports. Doom 64 is one such release. Instead of a simple re-release of the classics, the N64 got an original Doom experience that will soon arrive on Switch with improved controls and snazzy new visuals.
If Doom 64 is too old school for you but you still want some demon slaying action, you’re in luck. Doom Eternal, the sequel to the 2016 reboot, launches later this year. Pioneering the now lengthy list of impossible Switch ports, Doom impressed by maintaining its visual style and snappy gameplay on the smaller system, and we expect Doom Eternal to repeat that feat.
No More Heroes 3
No More Heroes 3 got its 2020 release window confirmed at The Game Awards 2019, which is great news for series fans who’ve been left waiting for further adventures of Travis since the Wii era. Hopefully the wait won’t be much longer, as the first two games were absolutely brilliant.
Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage is another classic series making its comeback in 2020, with the last entry appearing on Sega’s Mega Drive. Streets of Rage 4 looks to bring back all the best elements from the originals, with a beautiful visual update that looks modern yet keeps the trademark style intact. This is definitely one to look out for.
Bravely default 2
Bravely Default 2 is currently under development, and we can’t wait to see what it brings to the table. Both previous entries were much-loved and Octopath Traveler, the studio’s last release, launched to critical acclaim. This is definitely one to watch.
Adding a bit of a different formula to the usual Zelda-like gameplay, Darksiders Genesis goes for a style more akin to the Diablo series. It should work perfectly on Switch and with the game already coming out to good reviews on other consoles, let’s hope we get a brilliant port.
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch
One of Nintendo’s weird but brilliant ideas back on the DS, Brain Training helped bring casual gamers into the world of Nintendo. It also helped that brain training was surprisingly fun and had so many good ideas. So with the new Switch game we’re hoping it brings people to the platform and keeps our brains as young as possible.
Deadly Premonition 2
Labeled as one of the strangest and weirdest games ever made, Deadly Premonition launched back on the Xbox 360 and gained a cult following. Fast forward to 2019 and Nintendo has announced a sequel and re-release of a game so fabulously weird everyone should at least check it out.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Once a game that didn’t even warrant a release in America, it has now spawned a popular franchise and is about to get its second re-release. The first being a direct port to the 3DS from the Wii. Now we are getting the full treatment on this massive game and an upgrade it thoroughly deserves.
XIII is an underrated cult classic from the GameCube era. With a unique visual comic book style that still leaves the game looking good, this is a game we’re glad people will get a second chance to play and hopefully with some extra refinements thrown in.
Trials of Mana
Trials of Mana is a 3D remake of a game that was, up until recently with the collection, only ever released in Japan. This should be a perfect way to replay the game in a modern style or even experience the game for the first time.