By John Davison
All the confirmed games we know about so far from the biggest blockbusters to the quirkiest indies
Since Nintendo first revealed the Switch and the relatively small initial batch of games on January 12, there has been a steady flow of announcements from game developers around the world. Alongside the high-profile console-exclusives like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (that surely every Switch owner will end up buying) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe there are actually a huge number of games from independent developers that will be finding their way from Steam to Nintendo’s new console later this year.
Because the Switch doesn’t have any regional lock-out features like its previous consoles, there’s absolutely no reason why you won’t be able to go find that copy of Derby Stallion from Japan and play it on your North American Switch if you’re so inclined.
We’ll be updating this list as more games are confirmed in the weeks ahead.
1-2-Switch is party game that makes use of the motion controls and haptic feedback features of the Joy-Cons in 28 different mini-games that have you mimicking the motions of milking cows, swinging swords, rocking babies, shaving, playing cowboy, and more.
2 Fast 4 Gnomz
You may already be familiar with this goofy platform runner, previously released as both a WiiWare and 3DS eShop game in 2012.
1001 Spikes is an incredibly challenging 2D platformer, originally released back in 2014 the Switch is actually the ninth platform that this critically acclaimed indie has been released for.
According to developer Hamster, the Nintendo Switch version of its Arcade Archives collection of emulated arcade games from the 1980s and 1990s will feature The King of Fighters ’98 as a launch title for the service, along with Waku Waku 7, Shock Troopers, World Heroes Perfect and Metal Slug 3. At the moment, only Neo Geo titles are announced, but more games will be rolled out for it weekly.
This Switch-exclusive fighting game from Nintendo lets you throw punches with a Joy-Con in each hand. It actually has a lot in common with the boxing mini-game in Wii Sports.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
This is the definitive version of Edmund McMillen’s critically acclaimed roguelike inspired by his childhood growing up in a religious family. The player controls a young boy named Isaac whose mother, convinced she is doing God’s work, strips him of all his clothes and possessions and locks him in his room. As his mother prepares to sacrifice him, Isaac escapes to the basement and crawls through randomized dungeons fighting off enemies with his tears.
Bit Boy!! Arcade Deluxe
Bplus haven’t revealed any specific details about Bit Boy!! Arcade Deluxe yet, but it seems safe to assume it’ll be a mildly souped-up version of its 3DS title Bit Boy!! Arcade released in the eShop in 2014 about a red cube attempting to rescue his friends from monsters in stylized, isometric levels.
Arc System Works
It’s not clear yet whether Arc System Works is working on a brand new BlazBlue game for Switch. The more likely scenario is that it will be porting its most recent 2D fighter, 2016’s BlazBlue: Central Fiction.
Originally a freeware 2D platformer released on PC in 2004, Cave Story has since been re-released on WiiWare and DSiWare in 2010, followed by an enhanced version for Steam in November 2011, and a Nintendo 3DS release in October 2012. The game focuses on an amnesiac hero who wakes up in a cave and somehow finds himself embroiled in a plot by a megalomaniac doctor aiming to conquer the world.
If Constructor looks familiar, that’s because it’s ancient. The construction and management simulation was originally released for PC in 1997. There’s been talk of an HD remaster of it for years, so presumably the Switch version will actually end up being a variant of that, rather than the same game that’s been regurgitated on just about every platform you can think of for the past 20 years.
Cube Life: Island Survival HD
If that screenshot makes you think “boy, that looks a lot like Minecraft,” that’s because it is. Originally released for the Wii U in 2015, Cube Life: Island Survival HD is just like Mojang’s game, only not as popular.
Derby Stallion (untitled)
There have been Derby Stallion horse racing games for Nintendo systems going back as far as 1991, when Derby Stallion: Best Race was released for the Famicom in Japan. The most recent, Derby Stallion Gold, was released for 3DS in 2014. It seems highly unlikely that there’ll be a localized version released outside of Japan.
Disgaea 5 Complete
Nippon Ichi Software
This port of the hugely popular tactical role playing game (previously released on PS4) will be a launch game for the Switch in Japan, with a release in North America and Europe due later in 2017.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Described as a “fighting role playing game,” Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is an ambitious adventure that features 68 different fighters from the Dragon Ball universe fighting it out in 3D battle arenas that will all be familiar to fans of the popular series.
Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2
A mix of the hack ‘n’ slash combat of Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors series of video games with the characters, monsters, universe, and lore from Square Enix’ Dragon Quest games. And there are two of them.
Dragon Quest X
An MMORPG first released for the Wii in 2012, Dragon Quest X was the first online-only game in the venerable RPG series. It was later ported to Wii U and Windows and there have also been cloud streamed versions for Android, iOS and Nintendo 3DS. Sadly, the game was never released officially outside of Japan and it seems extremely unlikely that Square Enix will release localized Switch versions in North America or Europe.
Dragon Quest XI
The next big entry in Square Enix’ much-loved role playing series that has yet to be given a confirmed release window outside of Japan. Keep your fingers crossed that this one sees a global release so we all get localized versions.
Dungeon of Zaar
Dungeon of Zaar is a gorgeous-looking, fast-paced fantasy turn-based tactical strategy game originally Kickstarted for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. The current language is that it’s “planned for Nintendo Switch” and any dates associated with it are currently no more specific than just “2017.”
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bethesda Game Studios
Sadly, it’s not a launch game. If you want to play Skyrim on the go, you’re going to have to wait until Q3 this year.
Breed livestock, grow crops and drive lots of gigantic, expensive farm machinery like giant tractors and combine harvesters. You know you want to.
Fast RMX is one of several futuristic racers coming to Nintendo Switch desperate to fill the gap left by Nintendo’s inexplicable reluctance to commit to making another F-Zero.
Although there isn’t a number in its title, Electronic Arts’ Peter Moore recently confirmed that the Switch version of FIFA will actually be based on the upcoming FIFA 18.
Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch
The next big release in the mainline fantasy turn-based tactical strategy game series won’t be released until 2018, so you have plenty of time to play through all those 3DS games, as well as the recently released Fire Emblem Heroes on mobile.
Fire Emblem Warriors
Omega Force, Team Ninja
The name pretty much says it all. Imagine the characters and settings of Fire Emblem mashed up with the frenetic hack ‘n’ slashery of Dynasty Warriors.
Art in Heart
Gonner is a stylish action-based roguelike that’s been described as being a bit like a shooter version of the popular Spelunky. It was originally released last year for PC and Mac, and though confirmed for Switch there’s no specific release date yet.
Graceful Explosion Machine
This colorful 2D shooter for Switch is confirmed for release this Spring.
Has Been Heroes
Frozenbyte’s upcoming action-strategy game combines turn-based and real-time elements with procedurally generated roguelike levels. Frozenbyte is the team that made the Trine games, so you know it has a good pedigree.
Hollow Knight is an insect-themed 2D action adventure presented in a beautiful hand-drawn style from the three-man Australian indie studio Team Cherry. Originally scheduled for PC, Mac, Linux and Wii U in late 2016 the game was delayed into 2017 just ahead of the confirmation that it would also be coming to Switch.
Human Resource Machine
Originally released for PC and Mac in 2015 and mobile in 2016, Human Resource Machine uses the idea of an office worker assigned to perform tasks that involve moving objects around and office as a metaphor for assembly programming concepts. Sounds grim and educational, but it’s surprisingly fun.
I Am Setsuna
A Nineties-style Japanese RPG, I Am Setsuna tells the cheery story of a girl named Setsuna who must offer herself as a sacrifice at a sacred shrine to appease hostile demons. For long-time JRPG fans, it uses an Active Time Battle system based on those used in early Final Fantasy games and Chrono Trigger.
The Jackbox Party Pack 3
This “Party Pack” is five party games with the signature Jackbox snarky humor in one package. Quiplash has players trying to finish sentences in the funniest way possible, Guesspionage has players guessing what percentage of people have a certain quality or do a certain activity, and Tee K.O. is a drawing game that has players battling hastily scrawled t-shirt designs. Trivia Murder Party is a horror-themed multiple choice trivia game, and, finally, Faker is a game in which all players except one are given specific instructions, the odd person out having to fake knowing what to do and then everyone votes on who they think the faker actually is.
Just Dance 2017
Ubisoft’s hugely popular dance game will be available at launch for Nintendo Switch.
Raw Fury Games
This indie kingdom-building simulation with gorgeous 2D pixel art was originally released on PC and Mac in 2015.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
We’re all buying this one on launch day, right?
Lego City Undercover
The same cute, open-world sandbox Lego game that riffs on Grand Theft Auto that was released on the Wii U back in 2013.
Lego Worlds is a sandbox game that allows players to build constructions in a 3D procedurally-generated world. It’s been in beta on PC since 2015, and if you’ve ever wondered what the next generation of Minecraft-style games might be, this is it.
Tomorrow Corporation’s unique experimental sandbox puzzler – originally released in 2012 on Wii U and PC and then a year later on mobile – has players setting fire to different objects with distinctive properties in a fireplace to trigger combos and earn cash so more objects can be ordered from a mail order catalog.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
It’s the same great kart racing game that was released on Wii U in 2014, but with all the extra downloadable characters and tracks included and the graphics pumped up to 1080p when you play it on your TV. It supports up to four players splitscreen on TV, up to eight through the Switch local wireless functionality (where the devices just connect to each other) and up to 12 players in online multiplayer.
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
Telltale’s eight-part episodic comedy adventure game set in the Minecraft universe, centered around a new character named Jesse (who can be a boy or a girl) rather than the usual Minecraft hero Steve. The story sees Jesse trying to save the world by defeating the Wither Storm. The male version of Jesse is voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt, while the female avatar is voiced by Catherine Taber, who voiced Padme in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show. Other notable voice talent includes Paul Reubens, Corey Feldman, Samurai Jack voice Phil LaMarr and Futurama‘s Billy West.
Minecraft: Switch Edition
The critically acclaimed sandbox game is coming to Switch at some point in 2017. Expect a full version of the global phenomenon that has now sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is spiritual successor to the old Wonder Boy 2D platform adventures from the Eighties and Nineties that started out in the arcades and became popular on the Sega Master System and Genesis. Primarily influenced by the 1989 game Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon’s Trap, the game is an open-world side-scrolling adventure in which players battle enemies and solve puzzles while transforming into six different kinds of animal, each with different abilities.
2K Sports’ all-dominating basketball sim will be coming to Nintendo Switch this year. Expect to see it alongside the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, and mobile versions this September.
New FrontierDays Founding Pioneers
Arc System Works
A follow-up to the western-themed 3DS farm/town-building simulation, Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers that was released in the Japanese eShop in 2015.
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence
The next version of the venerable historical strategy game series comes to the Switch with a novel twist – it lets you create new officers by pointing the Joy-Con IR camera at stuff. Like, say…your friends. Or your dog. Or action figures. The game interprets shapes and textures from the camera and then generates warlords accordingly.
No More Heroes (untitled)
When Grasshopper Manufacture’s Suda 51 took to the stage at Nintendo’s reveal event on January 12, what he actually said was that there was a new game coming to Switch starring No More Heroes‘ star Travis Touchdown. While that’s not necessarily confirmation of a new game in the gory open-world hack ‘n’ slash series, it seems safe to assume that’s probably what he was actually referring to.
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
Cornfox & Bros.
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is a hugely successful mobile Zelda-alike that drives all Zelda fans absolutely crazy because it’s so obviously inspired by Wind Waker and A Link to the Past. It was ported to PC in 2015 and then PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last year. Now it’s making its way to the Switch, where it will no doubt continue to make hardcore Nintendo fans grumble.
The Pokémon Company
All we know about this one is that The Pokémon Company boss Tsunekazu Ishihara confirmed last September that the company is making games for the Switch. Rumors swirled in January that the new game might be called Pokémon Stars as a compliment to Sun and Moon, although this has yet to be confirmed.
Project Octopath Traveler
One of several RPGs shown for the Switch at the big reveal event in January, Square Enix’ Project Octopath Traveler (that’s a working title by the way, expect it to change) “boasts a unique graphic style and sense of scale,” according to the studio. No other details apart from its existence have been shared, although producer Tomoya Asano is providing brief updates on the game’s Facebook page.
Project Sonic 2017
Like 2011’s Sonic Generations, this brand new game from Sonic Team will see both “Classic Sonic” and “Modern Sonic” teaming up. And running really fast. And collecting rings. And jumping on robots.
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Sonic Team’s puzzler is a mash-up of two classics: Puyo Puyo‘s blob matching and Tetris‘ block-dropping, line-making mechanics. Previously released on multiple platforms in Japan, the Switch version will be released in North America and Europe in late April.
Create elaborate pixel art by by dropping your colored paint blocks into the correct place across the levels following simple on-screen patterns and turn them into levels for different game modes like a simple runner or basic platform game. Previously available as an eShop title for 3DS, it was also released for PC on Steam last April.
Lucky Mountain Games
This old-school 3D racing game takes its inspiration from the first generation of 3D polygonal racing games from the late Eighties and early Nineties. If you’re getting a Virtua Racing or Daytona vibe from the screenshot, that’s absolutely intentional. Originally conceived as a PC game and greenlit on Steam, there’s also a Wii U version in development.
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition
All we know about the Switch version of Michel Ancel’s gorgeous 2D platform game is that it’s a tweaked version of 2013’s Rayman Legends with “new exclusive content.” No word on what that is yet. It’s due this year, but no date has been set yet.
Another game intended to fill the F-Zero-shaped hole in our hearts. It’s currently available for PC on Steam, and there are PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions coming later this year, too.
Originally greenlit by Microsoft as Echoes of Siren, the game was later dropped and picked up by Sony who funded it as a PlayStation 4 exclusive way back in 2013. Three years later, the studio re-acquired the rights to their Ico-like cell-shaded adventure and will now be bringing it to Switch (along with PC, PS4 and Xbox One) this May.
Rise: Race the Future
Yet another futuristic racing game for Switch, although this one features vehicles designed by famous supercar designer Anthony Jannarelly – the man behind the completely nutty Lykan Hypersport from W Motors. If you’re not familiar, it’s the car that Vin Diesel drove out of the top of a building in Furious 7. Already confirmed on just about every platform known to man, it was originally scheduled for 2016. It’s now coming to PC sometime this year, with the Switch version likely in 2018.
Riverside is a hand drawn indie exploration game that was originally conceived as an Oculus VR title that ZockLabs also announced as also being in development for Nintendo’s new system last June. This game is actually partly responsible for a lot of those early rumors of the Switch having some kind of VR support. Things have been very quiet since.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII
Another venerable historical Japanese strategy game for Switch. This was first released in Japan last January for PC and PlayStation 4 and was localized and released in both North America and Europe in July.
The Sacred Hero
Coming in 2018, The Sacred Hero is an indie adventure game that developer Simplistic claims “aims to twist the conventions of the RPG genre.” Very few details have been released so far outside of a brief trailer with more than a whiff of Twilight Princess about it.
Seasons of Heaven
Any Arts Production
Seasons of Heaven‘s story is based on a little-known French novel of the same name, which centers on a group of survivors in a post-civilization world. The game focuses on Yann, a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome, and Ani his French bulldog.
Shin Megami Tensei (untitled)
The next Shin Megami Tensei game was unveiled at Nintendo’s event with a splashy teaser trailer, but other than the fact that it’s being made, there’s very little information. It doesn’t even have a name yet according to Atlus. We do know that it’s being built with Unreal Engine 4, so it should look pretty.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
Yacht Club Games
Specter of Torment is the newest game in Yacht Club’s series of retro-styled 2D platform adventures. The studio says that it’s a huge game that’s bigger than anything it has built before. Expect to see it on Switch in March. If not on launch day, then soon after.
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Yacht Club Games
If you’re familiar with the Shovel Knight series of 2D platform games, Treasure Trove is the new name for what Yacht Club games was previously simply referring to as Shovel Knight. It’s the umbrella under which the game’s separate campaigns – Shovel of Hope (the original), Plague of Shadows and the upcoming Specter of Torment (along with other chapters in future) will sit.
Toys for Bob/Vicarious Visions
Skylanders: Imaginators is the latest in the long-line of toys-to-life games from Activision’s Toys for Bob. The big hook for this one being that you can create your own character for the first time, which is something you’ve not been able to do before because of the series’ reliance on the associated action figures. Already released on every other major platform, Imaginators will be a launch game for Switch.
Sumo Digital’s delightful physics-based platform game has you controlling a surprisingly charming snake as he navigates levels by wrapping himself around platforms and objects to collect colored gems. Snake Pass will support TV, tabletop and handheld modes on the Switch, running at 30 frames per second at 720p when undocked and 30 frames per second at 1080p when docked.
Snipperclips – Cut It Out Together
Nintendo’s quirky co-op puzzle game for up to four players. Players control characters named Snip and Clip, who each have flat, shaped bodies that can be rotated in place. When the two characters overlap each other, one player can clip the overlapped portion out of the other, altering its shape so it can be applied to different puzzles.
Old-school 2D Genesis-style Sonic, only with all-new and remixed levels. That’s what we’ve all really been waiting for, right? Like a lot of games on this list, it’s coming out for just about everything, but the Switch version should be out by the summer.
A follow-up to the infamous 1983 adventure platformer Spelunker, this Switch port of Square Enix’ PlayStation 4 game (which is free to play) is set for release in Japan this April. It’s not clear yet if there will be a localized version for North America or Europe.
The sequel to the much-loved Wii U team-based competitive third-person shooter from 2015 is playable by up to eight players in online four-versus-four matches. Sadly, it’s not a launch game but will be out this summer.
The super mellow indie farm-simulation that borrows heavily from the beloved Harvest Moon games will be coming to Switch before the end of the year.
State of Mind
A futuristic sci-fi thriller that tackles transhumanism and other lightweight topics, State of Mind is another indie game headed to Switch at some point later this year. The PC version is due this spring.
SteamWorld (Project 2017)
Image & Form
Swedish game studio Image & Form has confirmed that it is working on a new game in its steam-powered robots series for Switch, but hasn’t revealed any specific details yet.
Ubisoft’s open-world extreme sports sim Steep is set for release on Switch later this year. Its vast mountain environment is an impressive feat on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will be even moreso when squeezed onto the Switch’s tiny screen.
Story of Seasons
If there’s one thing the Switch won’t be lacking for, it’s farming simulators that are a bit like Harvest Moon. This is another one.
Sunu Ikkibu: Din Nahu
Alecqua X Twilight Studios
Sunu Ikkibu: Din Nahu is an indie survival-horror from Argentinian studio Alecqua X Twilight Studios. It’s still super, super early in development so very little is known about it.
Super Bomberman R
There is no panicked hysteria like Bomberman panicked hysteria, and when the Switch launches in March, you’ll be able to jump online and play a super faithful version of the original 16-bit series. No, none of those weird circular polygonal explosions of Bomberman 64, and thankfully none of the rain-slicked adolescent angst of Bomberman: Act Zero. This is proper Bomberman, and it’s a launch game.
Super Mario Odyssey
Since Nintendo showed the trailer for Super Mario Odyssey back in January, people have been joking that the new open-world games looks like Grand Theft Mario, particularly as he jumps around the New York-inspired New Donk City. Frankly, we can’t wait. We just wish it was coming sooner than the end of the year.
Microids’ popular vaguely-steampunky point-and-click adventure series finally gets its third game after years of waiting. Expect to see the PC version this April, with the Switch version following later this year.
Taiko Drum Master
The next game Bandai Namco’s super-colorful rhythm game series has been announced for Nintendo Switch but doesn’t yet have a name or release date.
Tales Of… (untitled)
Bandai Namco has announced that it will be bringing a game from the popular Tales series of role-playing games to Switch, but hasn’t said if it will be a new game or something already released on other platforms. Given the pattern we’re seeing from the vast majority of other publishers on this list, our bet is on a port of the recently released Tales of Beseria, the 16th game in the series.
Tank It! is a military action game with a message, glibly expressed as #WarKills. You control a tank drone tasked with taking out terrorists while trying to avoid civilian causalities. The game is due to be released on Steam very soon, with the Switch version coming later this year.
The massively successful 2D sandbox game finds its way to yet another platform. Though not yet officially confirmed, the existence of the game slipped out when the Season of Heaven development studio tweeted out a screenshot of the Switch Indie eShop that feature Terraria as one of the store icons.
Tumbleseed is a collaboration between designer Greg Wohlwend – the artist behind Threes!, Ridiculous Fishing, Hundreds, Gasketball, Puzzlejuice, and Solipskier – and developer Benedict Fritz. It’s based on the mechanical arcade game Ice Cold Beer and built through the Cards Against Humanity game incubation program. The aim of the game is to balance a rolling seed on an ascending, horizontally slanted vine past procedurally generated obstacles to reach the top of a mountain. Expect to see it before the end of March.
Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers
An updated version of 1994’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Ultra features two different graphical styles –classic pixel art and updated high-definition art. The game has a roster of 19 characters, all 17 from Super Turbo, plus Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. Evil Ryu first appeared in 1996’s Street Fighter Alpha 2 while Violent Ken makes his official debut in a Street Fighter game, having previously only appeared in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.
The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup
The first new game from ex-Rare staffers Chris Seavor and Shawn Pile, The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup is a platform puzzler that looks like a cross between the 16-bit classic Lemmings and the more recent Mario vs. Donkey Kong games. Players don’t control Rusty directly, but instead guide him through its gorgeous levels by placing lights for him to follow.
Wonderboy: The Dragon’s Trap
A remake of the 1989 game Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon’s Trap, originally developed for the Sega Master System. But wait a minute, isn’t Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom – also coming to the Switch – also based on that game? Why yes. Yes it is. Was Wonder Boy 3 so amazingly awesome that it warrants two remakes on the same system?
No. No it wasn’t.
World of Goo
There sure are a lot games that first came out years and years ago coming to the Switch. Physics puzzler World of Goo still stands up as a wonderfully inventive game, but it’s a lot older than you think. It was first released in 2008. Expect the Switch version on launch day.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The massive open-world Japanese RPG prompted a flutter of excitement when it was announced at Nintendo’s event in January. Very few specifics have been revealed about the game, save for the fact that series creator Tetsuya Takahashi will return as executive director and character designs are by Masatsugu Saito, who is giving characters a more cartoon-like anime art style than previous Xenoblade games.
Developed by Playtonic Games, a group of former key personnel from Rare during the Nintendo 64 era, Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor to the popular Banjo-Kazooie 3D platformers. Although there’s no release date yet, we do know that Yooka-Laylee will not be getting a physical release, so expect it to be download only on Switch.
Zombie Vikings is a hilarious, stylish, zombie-themed four-playing scrolling beat ’em-up from the same team that made the quietly awesome Stick It To The Man. It’s been out on Steam since December 2015 if you want to check it out.
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by John Davison