The Nintendo Switch has proven to be a very capable competitor to the PS4 and Xbox One, while offering something else besides portability.

And, with the Nintendo Switch Lite around the corner, there will likely be a whole new generation of owners looking for the best games to buy.

That's why we've gathered a list of the upcoming Switch game highlights. You can find them in chronological order – soonest first – and with trailers for each.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

  • Release date: 20 September 2019
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • See official site

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening was originally released for the Nintendo Game Boy over 25 years ago. It's highly thought of and probably one the most well-loved games in the series.

Now it's being reimagined for Nintendo Switch in 2019. Now you'll be returning to the island of Koholint in order to guide Link on a perilous adventure. 


Northgard has been out on PC for over a year, but it's finally making its way to Switch later this year. This RTS game is based on Norse mythology and sees you controlling powerful Vikings fighting for control of a continent. You'll be busy building your settlement, gathering resources and struggling to survive through harsh winters, all the while battling your foes. 


FIFA is coming to Switch this year. FIFA 20 comes with VOLTA Football mechanics and the ability to build your players, pick and express your own personal style as you play. More of the same, plus some new experiences too.

Resident Evil 5 & Resident Evil 6

  • Release date: 29 October 2019
  • Switch exclusive: No, also on PS4, Xbox One, PC and more
  • Publisher: Capcom

The awesome horror third-person shooters are coming to Switch later this year. They might have been a long time coming, but fans of the series will no doubt be pleased to get the chance to play the classic survival horror games on their favourite portable gaming device. 

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

A new generation of Pokémon is coming to the Switch later this year. With Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield you'll be starting your adventure by choosing one of three new partner Pokémon: Grookey, Scorbunny or Sobble before catching, battling and trading.

Players of this new game will be able to control the camera and explore the Wild Area, whilst also being able to play with other Pokémon gamers locally or online in the new multiplayer co-op. 

Doom Eternal

  • Release date: 22 November 2019
  • Switch exclusive: No
  • Publisher: Bethesda

What do we need to say about Doom Eternal? If you know Doom, then you know what you're getting here. Gorey demon-slaying with insanely powerful weapons and brilliantly gory animations. Doom Eternal will also see you adventuring to never-before-seen worlds to kick demonic butt. Definitely not for young ones, but plenty of fun for grown-ups. 

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Play as Mario, Sonic, Yoshi, Amy Rose, Luigi, Dr. Eggman and many more of your favourite characters in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This new game will see the best gaming characters competing in various sporting events including everything from skateboarding, to karate, surfing and climbing, as well as a large selection of classic events. This game will also support both local and online play for up to 8 players, so you can get competing against your friends too. 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition

  • Release date: 2019
  • Switch exclusive: No
  • Publisher: Nintendo/CD Projekt Red

One of the most epic role-playing games of all time, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to Nintendo Switch this year with a complete edition. This edition features not only the standard game but both story expansions, Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine as well as 16 free DLCs. 

If nothing else, this game will be amazing value for money with over 150 hours of story-driven, open-world adventures to get your blade sunk into. 

Dead by Daylight

  • Release date: 2019
  • Switch exclusive: No
  • Publisher: Behaviour Interactive Inc. / Koch Media

Dead by Daylight has been out on PC for a while and is highly thought of, at least by those that enjoy a little horror anyway. It's a multiplayer game that lets you pick between playing an unstoppable Killer and one of four Survivors trying to evade a gruesome death. It's real edge-of-your-seat stuff and an utter thrill to play. 

Untitled Goose Game

  • Release date: 2019
  • Switch exclusive: No, also on PC
  • Publisher: Panic
  • See official site

Untitled Goose Game is a daft looking, amusing indie game set to come to both Switch and PC later this year. You'll be playing as a goose let loose, running amok and causing chaos in the village streets. Plenty of honkingly good shenanigans await. 

Grid Autosport

GRID Autosport has been about for a while, but is now zooming onto Switch. Now you'll be able to race any time of day, wherever you happen to be. Everything from touring to endurance racing, street racing and more. There are 100 cars to tear up the track with and 100 circuits too. 

Luigi's Mansion 3

  • Release date: 2019
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo

We don't know much about the game at present - even the name might change - but are we excited it is in development? You betcha.

Daemon X Machina

  • Release date: 2019
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Developed by Marvelous Inc, Daemon X Machina is a mech battle game that kicked off Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation in some style. It also made an appearance during Gamescom with a new trailer. We'll hopefully find out more soon. Daemon X Machina is set to have local and co-op multiplayer modes to get stuck into too. 

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition

  • Release date: 2019
  • Switch exclusive: No, also on PS4
  • Publisher: Square Enix

A remastered version of action RPG FF Crystal Chronicles will be coming to Switch next year. Originally released for the Nintendo GameCube the 14-year-old game is being resurrected, with new graphics and multiplayer online mode for the very first time. As if that wasn't enough, there'll also be new areas inside dungeons to explore and a co-op mode as well.

Close to the Sun

  • Release date: 2019
  • Switch exclusive: No, also on PC
  • Publisher: Wired Productions

Close to the Sun, one of our favourite PC games, is coming to Switch later this year.  This is an interesting and atmospheric action horror game with a steampunk vibe. It's set in a fictional universe where Nikola Tesla is battling with Thomas Edison for technological dominance around the world. 

You play a journalist whose sister is aboard the vessel controlled by the mad scientist and it's your job to find and rescue her from the weird happenings going on onboard. With most of the crew apparently deceased and experiments going awry all over the place, there's plenty of tension and intrigue with this one. 

Animal Crossing:  New Horizons

  • Release date: 20 March 2020
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • See official site

Hurrah and huzzah, a full, brand new Animal Crossing is coming to Switch and we couldn't be more excited. The new Animal Crossing includes everything you'd expect from the series. 

You'll be collecting resources, crafting and building to set up a new homestead. Prepare to make new friends, enjoy the changing seasons and get stuck into a number of different relaxing activities like gardening, fishing, decorating and more.  

Minecraft Dungeons

  • Release date: 2020
  • Switch exclusive: No, also PC and Xbox
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • See the official site

A new Minecraft gaming adventure is coming to the Switch sometime in 2020. This is set to be a new action-adventure game inspired by classic dungeon crawlers. Bound to be a hoot for Minecraft fans, but even more fun with friends. Up to four players can fight together through amazing treasure-stuffed levels, all in a quest to save the villagers and take down the nefarious Arch-Illager!

No More Heroes III

No More Heroes III is a brand new addition to the action-adventure hack and slash franchise that's set to be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.

It takes place ten years after the original No More Heroes, as Travis Touchdown returns to his former home of Santa Destroy. A larger floating metropolis has appeared in the ocean as well as weird flying object high above the city. Travis is set once again to face off against a mass of assassins. 

Empire of Sin

Empire of Sin is a new strategy game that puts you at the heart of the ruthless criminal underworld of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago. It's set to be a character-driven, noir-inspired game that throws you into the heart of the roaring 20s, where your mission will be to hustle your way to the top of the ladder of organised crime in the city.

Metroid Prime 4

  • Release date: TBC
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Nintendo announced a new instalment of Metroid Prime, this time for Switch, during its E3 2017 Spotlight presentation but few other details have emerged in more than a year. We do know though that Bandai Namco is working on the game as its development studio.


Blasphemous is a punishing 2D action-platformer which started out life on Kickstarter before being picked up by Team17. It's set to be a fast-paced hack-n-slash game with a deep narrative core and a huge universe of non-linear levels to explore.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Although we don't yet know the official name, we're happy to see that the sequel to one of the most popular games on Switch is getting a sequel. That's right The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is getting another outing. We don't know when it is coming, but it's been teased at E3 2019 as being in development, so that's fairly exciting. 

Untitled Pokémon RPG

  • Release date: TBC
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo

The big announcement from Nintendo Direct at E3 2018 was a new Pokemon RPG would be coming. But that's as much as we know. Heck, there's not even a video to show of this one, that's how little is known at this stage. Still, it's Pokemon, which is enough to get anyone extra excited.