Top 10 Most Anticipated Upcoming Video Games For Nintendo Switch


Let’s be honest, as good as the Wii U was, it was a bit of a failure. It brought some nice ideas to the table, but the mixture of a poor marketing campaign and a lack of big game releases never gave it the boost that it needed to really make a lasting impression.

10. 1-2 Switch

Nintendo generally always release a collection of mini-games with a brand new console, and the launch of the Switch is no different. Whilst it might be a bit of a tech demo, 1-2 Switch does look like an awful lot of fun.

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The whole premise of the game seems a little odd at first, a game that encourages you to look away from the screen and at the other player. Actual human interaction might seem a little wild, but this really could be the perfect ice breaker at parties or other social gatherings.

It’s a collection of little games that make use of a single Joy Con controller. The trailer reveals gun-slinging, spell-flinging, sword fighting and more. The game also seems set to make use of the new HD Rumble feature. Exactly how isn’t entirely clear, but it’s pretty easy to take a few guesses based on each of the mini-games included.

9. Super Bomberman R

Bomberman is an absolute classic. Forget about that weird, futuristic instalment on the Xbox 360, Super Bomberman R is going to be vintage Bomberman at its finest.

There’s of course going to be the standard multiplayer mode, running around the playing field collecting power-ups and setting traps for you opponents, all whilst dodging enemy fire.

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Each of the characters have their own distinct animations and personalities, and you’re seemingly going to be able to customise each of them with unlockable cosmetic items. There’s even going to be a story mode, if you can believe it, with narrated cutscenes, and you can play it alone or with a friend. It’s not necessarily the main reason to play Bomberman in the first place, but it’s certainly another reason to be excited for it.

8. Shin Megami Tensei

If you’re looking for a game that’s value for money, this is going to be the one. A cinema trip could easily cost you £20, so why pay that when you could get a significantly longer experience, with a story which will undoubtedly be just as enthralling?

Shin Megami Tensei games are known for their rich cast of characters and lovably hate-able rogues’ gallery of demons and creatures to fend off. There’s not too much known about this game yet, but that’s one of the reasons it’s so exciting.

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The title is still fairly early on in development, but we do know that it will be powered by Unreal Engine 4, so we can expect some pretty stellar visuals, only further enhancing Atlus’ unique brand of art design. This looks to be the next big title after Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5, set for release in a couple of months.

Whilst SMT for Switch won’t be releasing quite as soon, it’s a safe bet to say that we’ll hear much more about it at the Tokyo Game Show later this year.

7. ARMS

Whilst it’s probably not the future of fighting games, ARMS seems like a fun distraction from our every day, monotonous lives of not having giant colourful spring arms with which to do battle for sport and glory.

Players will take a hold of each the left and right Joy Con controllers and punch their way to victory. You can assume control over a number of different characters, each who have their own unique abilities and ways of attacking.

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You’ll have to run, dodge, twist and jump your way around the arena to hit your opponent in fast paced, boxing style combat. It might just seem like a bit of silly fun at first, but we can only imagine that there’s a fair bit of depth here, and some players will be coming up with all sorts of new moves and techniques for some time to come.

6. Fire Emblem Warriors

It’s an exciting time to be a Fire Emblem fan. We’ve gone from a complete drought a few years ago to several major instalments in the franchise, crossovers and spin offs. This particular title is the latter of the bunch, a spin off, handled by Koei Tecmo, the delightful team behind Hyrule Warriors and the long running Dynasty Warriors series.

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Dynasty Warriors has often been a little scary to newcomers, with the multitude of playable characters and intense strategic combat scenarios, but pairing up the classic gameplay with a familiar, fan favourite franchise such as Fire Emblem could certainly help bridge the gap, and it’s safe to imagine that Fire Emblem players aren’t averse to a little bit of strategy.

The prospect of taking direct control of series staples such as Marth and Chrom is already pretty cool, but when you throw a boatload of other characters in the mix, it results in a game we just can’t wait to get our hands on.

5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart is centered around fast, solid, multiplayer action. Mario Kart 8 for Wii U was pretty fantastic, but felt as if it was missing a thing or two. The Deluxe edition is coming to Switch in April, and whether you’re a long time player or completely new, you’ll surely want to pick this version up.

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It adds new gameplay modes, characters and courses, including the ever popular Splatoon, and all of the past DLC. Nintendo games never really drop in price, so it’s not as if you could get the older, Wii U version a lot cheaper either.

The great thing about having this on Switch however, is the ability to take the game with you wherever you go. Imagine being able to challenge your mates to a race no matter where you are. Mario Kart fans have dreamed of such a thing since the original launched back in 1992, and we’re finally going to get it.

4. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Another very lengthy JRPG lands a spot on the list. The first Xenoblade Chronicles game on the Wii became a bit of a cult classic.

Unfortunately, not many copies were ever made, and whilst demand was high, supply was low, and prices skyrocketed on the game. It was eventually re-released for the 3DS, so many more people were finally able to enjoy it. On the Wii U, a spin off to the first game was released.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X didn’t have a whole lot to do with the main characters of the original, but featured a good amount of references to past titles in the Xeno series. This one however seems to be a continuation of the story from the first, being a numbered sequel.

The trailer shows some absolutely gorgeous visuals and art direction, and if that’s not enough to get you excited, just keep in mind how great the past games were, and how this will build on them, and you can probably start to imagine what we’re in for.

3. Splatoon 2

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Splatoon 2 doesn’t look like it will change any of the core elements that made the first Splatoon great, but that’s no necessarily a bad thing.

The first game was so popular for a reason, and I see no reason to say no to an overhauled version of the first, with new maps, weapons, character customisation options, and a brand new single player mode.

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There was a single player mode in the first game, but it looks as if the devs have been hard at work to implement a much better story based experience this time around. And again, the core ability that the Switch has to be taken and played with anywhere is a huge selling point for this particular title.

Splatoon LAN parties anyone? I can see this one being used to settle a lot of arguments.

2. Super Mario Odyssey

Mario pretty much always delivers. Sure, some of his past titles have been a little disappointing, but Super Mario Odyssey doesn’t look as if it will be anything of the sort.

We don’t know much about the game, but there’s a few things we can work out from the trailer. It looks like the game will take place in a hub city, akin to that of New York. It’s not in the Mushroom Kingdom though, as it’s full of regular looking people.

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You’re going to be able to hop, skip and jump your way around the city to access different areas. There’s going to be separate levels set in different locales around the world too, and the art direction on these looks fab. He’s also going to have a talking hat. What a time to be alive.

Let’s hope that the game is more Around the World in 80 Days and less Sonic 2006.

1. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Try and name a decisively awful Zelda game. It’s pretty tricky. Even the less popular instalments such as Spirit Tracks have their fair share of fans.

Continuing the high calibre of the franchise, Breath Of The Wild will feature a vast open world world to explore, with quests and activities that can be completed as you see fit. Apparently, if you know what to do, you can even go straight to the final boss from the very beginning – though it’ll be nigh-on impossible to defeat them.

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Exploration and survival mechanics feature, with Link needing to hunt and craft to stand any chance of living to fight another day. There are also a bunch of really cool new abilities you can use to solve puzzles and fight enemies. I won’t spoil them, as finding them as you go is part of the fun, but I can safely say you won’t be disappointed.

We’ve been waiting years for Breath of the Wild to release, and it certainly looks like it will have been worth it.

Source – Whatculture

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