It’s no secret that the Nintendo Switch has been getting a bit of negative publicity as of late. Once heralded as the new coming of Nintendo, it once again appears that the company forgot those aspects that did not work in the past. Yet, gamers can always count on one thing from Nintendo and that is epic first-party titles! However, while a lot of titles haven’t been announced for the Nintendo Switch, there are some games which only inspire hope for the hybrid console.
Before we get started, we would like to explain that there are some guidelines to this list. None of these games can be on PS4, Xbox One, or PC. They have to be full-blown releases and not just downloadable titles. Finally, they can’t be remastered games, so this means no Skyrim or such. Keeping this in mind, here are our top 5 most anticipated games for the Nintendo Switch.
5. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Now, before you all lynch me and start asking why this is so low on the list, it’s because it was originally a Wii U title. Breath of the Wild was delayed several times in order to be released simultaneously for the Nintendo Switch. But, despite these shortcomings the new Legend of Zelda still looks amazing. Everything about it screams exploration and it’s truly a callback to the original exploration elements of the original Zelda. Back then, everything felt so fresh and new it’s truly a title deserving on the name and, as such, we can’t wait to try it out. Focusing on story-telling through the environment, and featuring an unusually large map, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild seeks to bring a breath of fresh air to an already established series.
4. Super Mario Odyssey
Reminiscent of Sonic Adventure and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Super Mario Odyssey takes 4th place on the list due to the fact that we expected to see a new Mario title on a Nintendo console. But despite the Wii U’s distinct lack of full 3D Mario titles, the Switch seeks to bring a brand new experience for the mustachioed plumber. For the first time in what appears to an eternity, Mario is returning to the city and it looks amazing. Mario is going to be exploring different worlds with their own form of currency using a hat with eyes which can function as a platform. This is while fighting a gang of hamsters and Bowser, who is once again trying to marry Peach. Certainly worthy of its title, Nintendo appears to have nailed down a naming thematic with both Zelda and Mario.
3. Splatoon 2
While most shooters on the market seem to take the reskin and add weapon approach sets to the previous iteration, Splatoon 2 decided to take a slightly different road. The original specials have been replaced with all new ones in the hopes of stirring up the competitive scene. Weapons have received major balancing nerfs and powerups, and finally the most exciting aspect of the game is how now the perks system has been revamped. In the original Splatoon, the perks were attached directly to the clothing you wore, but in Splatoon 2, they are completely separate and, as such, customization of your character can be directly related to each player. The way things are headed, Splatoon 2 looks to be an amazing game and we can’t wait to play it. But we do think Nintendo missed a great by not naming it Spla2n.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Cat girls, giant robots, and the adorable Nopon! Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the spiritual sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii. While the settings and characters will change, it’s more faithful to the concept of Xenoblade Chronicles than to Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U. One aspect we’re certainly looking forward to is the incredible amounts of hours that can be put into the series. Fans can certainly look forward to more relationship building moments, hunting for rare items to complete their collections, and fighting rare monsters who can own your team in a heartbeat. It’s also exciting to see what appears to be the successor of the Monado Blade and we can’t wait to see what powers this new sword can instill into Rex the protagonist of the game. The quest to Elysium begins with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the Nintendo Switch.
1. Fire Emblem Warriors
There is no denying that Hyrule Warriors was a great experience. Solid gameplay, enjoyable story, fun and varied characters, Hyrule Warriors had it all. Fire Emblem also shares some of these elements, with the latest iterations being the most successful games to this date. Now, for the first time in Nintendo history, Fire Emblem and the Warriors series are going to meet in what could possibly be coolest mix-up in the console. Just imagine Lyn fighting side by side with Ike, the lady-samurai with the hero of Crimea, beauty and brawn versus villains such as The Black Knight and Nergal! Hector and Eliwood joining up with their children as back to back baddasses in a battle against hordes of mooks while showing off the power of Durandal and Armads in their advanced classes. Owain and Saren bickering over their own styles, one is a warrior with a flair for the dramatic, the other a brooding tactician and all the while ensuring neither of them becomes hurt! The possibilities are endless in this title! The lack of details are what have us in such state of anticipation and we can’t wait to find out more details about a game that’s certain to be a hit!
While some of these titles were expected, we believe it’s because as mentioned, Nintendo has always had solid games on their library. People don’t buy Nintendo to play games they can find on other consoles, they get them so they can play those classic and soon-to-be classics in their history. Let us know if you were surprised by the games in this list or if you expected to know which ones they were all along.
P.S. Check out the trailer to Super Mario Odyssey right here: