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 now available, 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. 

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.

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training

  • Release date: 03 January 2020
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • See official site

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training is getting a makeover for Nintendo Switch with classic and new exercises from previous Brain Training games. Test your skills, solve puzzles and measure your brain age too.  

Gods & Monsters

  • Release date: 25 February 2020
  • Switch exclusive: Yes
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • See official site

Gods & Monsters is an all-new game that's being crafted by the people behind Assassin's Creed Odyssey. From what we've seen so far it's set to feature some stunning aesthetics and a familiar vibe (can't help but make comparisons to The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild). An epic journey, treacherous dungeons and tricky trials await. 

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.

Doom Eternal

  • Release date: 20 March 2020
  • 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. 

Spiritfarer

  • Release date: 2020
  • Switch exclusive: No
  • Publisher: Thunder Lotus Games/Thunder Lotus
  • See the official site

Spiritfare is described as "a cosy management sim" with a beautiful art style and an intriguing premise. You'll play Stella - a ferry master to the deceased. You'll be building a boat to explore while you go about caring for the spirits and helping them into the great beyond. As you might have gathered, Spiritfare is set to have an emotional story and plenty to intrigue you as you play. 

Minecraft Dungeons

  • Release date: April 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. 

Hollow Knight: Silksong

Hollow Knight: Silksong is an upcoming Metroidvania action-adventure video game that's the sequel to 2017's award-winning Hollow Knight. You'll be journeying to all new lands with special powers to battle the bug hordes. 

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.

Rogue Company

Rogue Company is a new multiplayer shooter coming sometime soon. The story centres around a top-secret syndicate of mercenaries who are key to solving the world's deadliest and most challenging missions. Gamers will be using their weapon of choice and visiting all manner of iconic locations to compete online in various player vs player game modes. This game is also set to feature crossplay between all the devices it's launch on too. 

The Outer Worlds

  • Release date: 2020
  • Switch exclusive: No
  • Publisher: Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division
  • See the official site

We thought very highly of The Outer Worlds when we played it and said it's "a cult classic in the making, which will delight fans of Fallout and vintage sci-fi". The news that the game is also coming to Switch will no doubt please many. 

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.

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. 

Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta 3 was announced way back in 2017. There's still no news on when it's going to be released, but fans of the series are no doubt waiting with bated breath. 

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

  • Release date: TBC
  • Switch exclusive: No
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic

The classic 3D platformer SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is getting remade by Purple Lamp Studios and is coming to Nintendo Switch in the (hopefully) near future. 

A promise of co-op mode, a new horde mode multiplayer and the ability to play as your favourite characters should certainly be a pull. 

Buildings have feelings too!

  • Release date: TBC
  • Switch exclusive: No
  • Publisher: Merge Games

If you love city building sims but are bored of the same old same, then this game might be for you. It features gameplay where the buildings "can walk and talk to one another" have their own hopes and fears and feelings too.

Players will not only have to build a city but also ensure the buildings don't die as well.