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Let’s take a look see…
The Nintendo Switch has everyone abuzz about new games–first-party, third-party, and indie alike. Lots of games have been rumored to be in development for the new hybrid console, but only a handful of those games have actually been confirmed. Let’s take a look at the games we will 100% for realskies get to play on the Switch.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The highly anticipated new Zelda game was essentially the first game to be confirmed for the Switch. Though it has been reported it won’t be a launch title, we can still look forward to riding Epona across that gorgeous Hyrulean landscape. It was originally announced for the Wii U, but rumor has it development on that version might be cancelled.
Super Mario Switch
Shown off in the Switch trailer, the unnamed Super Mario game looks amazing. We’ve only seen a few seconds of gameplay, but it looks to be in the 3D World style with some awesome new levels. Many sources have said this new Super Mario will be one of the console’s launch titles.
Mario Kart Switch
Most likely an updated port of Mario Kart 8, we’ve seen gameplay of this game in the Switch’s reveal trailer. In it, we saw King Boo, who is not playable in the Wii U version. Also, racers are able to hold two items at once instead of the single item we’ve been limited to since the dawn of Mario Kart. Hopefully MK Switch will come with a couple more new characters and some dope new race tracks. *fingers crossed for GBA Bowser’s Castle*
Splatoon is also a likely port, and it was shown in the reveal trailer with new clothing for Inklings and a new map! A better, broader local multiplayer system is hoped for as well.
Dragon Quest X
The popular DQ MMO was confirmed for the Switch by producer Yosuke Saito, as reported by Famitsu and translated by IGN. It’s been out since 2012 on a variety of consoles in Japan but has never made it’s way Westward. Maybe the Switch version will change that?
Dragon Quest XI
DQ11: In Search of Departed Time was recently revealed for PS4, 3DS, and Switch. Both the PS4 and 3DS versions look great in their own ways, I can’t wait to see some Switch gameplay.
Just Dance 2017
The newest installment of the popular dance franchise was confirmed for the Switch at E3 2016, along with every other console known to man… Well, current gen and previous gen anyways.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2017
At its 2016 San Diego Comic-Con party, SEGA confirmed that a new Sonic game is coming to the Nintendo Switch, among other consoles, in holiday 2017. It’s been given no name and no details, but it’s in development by the same team behind Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations.
Developers Image & Form announced an untitled new SteamWorld for the Switch shortly after Nintendo revealed the new console. No details yet!
Lego City Undercover
WB Games announced Lego City Undercover ports for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and Steam in November.
Playtonic Games recently told the world their colorful platformer Yooka-Laylee is changing development from Wii U to Switch. Playtonic promised more information in early 2017.
Seasons of Heaven
From Californian indie developer Any Arts Productions, Seasons of Heaven is one of the first Switch-exclusive games to be revealed. The game is based on a French novel of the same name and follows a boy and his dog (both playable) through a beautiful post-apocalyptic world. No release date has been announced.
ConcernedApe recently announced that his popular farming simulation game is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. I can’t wait to manage my farm and dig into the mines on the go!
GameCube titles are finally getting Virtual Console support on the Switch! This much has been confirmed, and we’re preeetty darn sure we’ll see Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Animal Crossing in the lineup.
Plenty of other games have been rumored as Nintendo Switch titles, like Skyrim, a Pokémon Sun and Moon port, Dark Souls 3, and Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+. However, these games have not been officially announced, so we can’t report those as “confirmed” at this time.
Stay tuned for more updates on Switch games and specs!