As the Nintendo Switch is coming to the end of its second year on this Earth, you might be wondering whether or not Nintendo can keep the momentum they’ve built up so far with all their first party games. Well, next year could potentially be the best year yet for the hybrid console, with a whole host of unique games gracing its tiny screen within the next twelve months.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Suda51 is one of the most intriguing people in the industry. His games have a very distinct style to them and tend to veer towards more adult themes than you normally find in a Nintendo exclusive game. No More Heroes is a strange series that embodies his style perfectly, but has been missing since the days of the original Wii.
While Travis Strikes Again isn’t a full sequel, it is still a No More Heroes game, and one that is both co-op and also completely barmy. It is effectively a collection of mini-games filled with funny dialogue and no doubt a healthy spattering of smut. It’ll be dirtying our screens in just a matter of weeks!
Yoshi’s Crafted World
Release: Spring 2019
Yoshi is already one of the cutest characters in the Mario pantheon as it is, but when he gets to be the star of the show, Nintendo turn the cuteness up to 11 with different visual styles. Yoshi’s Crafted World’s gorgeous visuals aren’t the only new thing though, as the 2D platforming levels can now be flipped back around to play them from a different angle, getting to hidden areas and secrets as you do so.
The Yoshi games have always been a lot of good fun and no doubt this entry will be just as good. What could be even better is if Nintendo do anything to tie in this cardboard world with their own real-world cardboard content in the form of Labo, even if I can’t quite imagine how they’d do so.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Release: Spring 2019
Given the number of characters that feature in Smash Bros. lineup, you might think that Fire Emblem has always been one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises. In fact, the series’ future was on the line before a resurgence in popularity on the 3DS. These brilliant, deep, and incredibly challenging series of strategy RPG games that will test your resolve, and your willingness to save scum, to their fullest, and now it’s coming to Nintendo Switch.
The latest entry is set in Fódlan, where the Chuch of Seiros is the big bad tyrant. Your player character will meet three characters early on and the story will no doubt spiral out of control from there. This already looks better than the games ever have and seeing it being brought to life on Nintendo Switch will be brilliant
Too long have we been without crippling debt in our virtual lives, and Animal Crossing is finally coming back to recreate the stress of your real life in a cutesy anthropomorphic style. We don’t know much about the latest entry in this much beloved series, but no doubt it will include plenty of events, some fishing, and maybe some crossover events. No firm date for this one yet, but we simply cannot wait!
Luigi’s Mansion 3
I know what you’re thinking: there was a Luigi’s mansion 2? Well yes, actually, there was. It came out for 3DS a good few years ago, and then was followed up on the handheld with a rather spiffy port of the original just a few months ago! Anyway, now Nintendo are hard at work on a third.
This is the first outing for our terrified boy in green on the Switch and will no doubt have some deeply disturbing stuff in it hidden below its Nintendo exterior. We haven’t seen much of it so far, with just a teaser trailer from a Nintendo Direct in September, but we do know that it will once again be about hoovering up ghosts and trying to keep Luigi from cowering in the corners.
Game Freak might be best known as the developers behind a little-known series called Pokémon, but they’ve also released tons of other games that don’t feature pocket monsters. Town is another turn-based RPG that they’re making which has nothing to do with their main game series. It looks to be a fairly standard fantasy fair, but who knows what they final product will actually be like, and could hopefully inject some refreshing inventiveness that is often seen as lacking from the Pokémon series.
Untitled Pokémon Game
It’s gonna be a big year for Game Freak if we actually get Town as well as the next generation of Pokémon games – the Let’s Go game from this year was more of a spin off for Pokémon Go players. Presumably with it a host of new monsters to tame, train, and breed with Ditto, this could well be the best one in the series ever. It all depends on what lessons the dev has learned form Let’s Go, and how much they are going to mess around with the formula given that this is a full console game.
It would be great to see something truly new in the series, something that breaks the formula somewhat and really brings life back into the games. Either way Nintendo will almost certainly have another huge hit on their hands when the game releases in 2019, probably in the middle of November.
Shin Megami Tensei V
The Shin Megami Tensei games are easily some of the most obtuse and impenetrable RPGs around, but it is because of this that they’re huge cult hits. They have traditionally been confined to the handhelds, but are finally breaking onto (occasionally docked) home console with Shin Megami Tensei V. This is a dungeon crawling RPG that is hard—as-nails as well as playing host to the well-known monsters that the Persona universe is known for.
Little has been heard of the game since the game was first announced back in January 2017, but we know that the game will be localised for the West, and that it entered into full scale production in early 2018. We’re crossing our fingers for either a release or just some more news about this in 2019, and hopefully this new home will help bring the series the recognition it deserves.