7 Most Exciting Nintendo Switch Games Coming in 2017
Well, Nintendo did it. Against all odds, the company that a year ago seemed caught in an inescapable slump has managed to pull out one of the most successful new game console launches of all time. But what's next for Switch gamers? After all, at the moment, the device only has one big blockbuster game, in the form of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the near horizon, and the games on this list, there are plenty of things for new Switch owners to get excited about. Super Mario Odyssey
Perhaps the biggest, most hotly anticipated game that Nintendo has announced for the Switch thus far is the console's open-world Mario title, which feels like an extension of what has made Breath of the Wild such a success. Not much is known about this game just yet, but it's been promised that Super Mario Odyssey will feature large, sandbox-style levels that players can explore to find hidden secrets and a take on a variety of challenges.
Super Mario Odyssey
For those who miss the older 3D Mario games, like Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunshine, this new game is intended to feel like a return to form for the series, as players get the opportunity to explore and play on their own terms in a series of expansive levels.
Release Date: 2017
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Did we mention that Nintendo is really pushing the idea of open-world gameplay with the Switch? Because it's one of the main selling points of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a sequel to the original game that has gained a cult following despite being released on the poor-selling Wii U.
A science-fiction fantasy JRPG, Xenoblade Chronicles has captured the imagination of players around the world thanks to its sprawling game world, its unique art style, and its classic gameplay. With the larger player base for the Switch, we're betting that the game's sequel will garner even more fans.
Release Date: 2017
Coming mid-July, Splatoon 2 is the sequel to one of the Wii U's biggest successes. Fans were excited when Nintendo announced the brand new IP, a game about kids (who are also squids) battling it out with paint guns in multiplayer matches, and when the game arrived for the Wii U, it grabbed a lot of attention. Players appreciated the unique twist on the classic multiplayer shooter formula, as winning comes not from killing opponents, but from covering more of the game map in your team's ink color.
With a new game in the series boasting additional levels and character abilities, plus the coveted local co-op mode that the Switch's JoyCons are designed around, it looks like Splatoon 2 is going to be one of the big defining experiences on Nintendo's new console.
Release Date: July 21st, 2017
The Nintendo Switch has a lot of bells and whistles which, in all honesty, probably aren't going to get used very much. While 1-2 Switch shows off the console's Wii-like motion controls, as well as the JoyCons' 3D rumble feature, it's hard to think of many circumstances in which these will be useful for the majority of games.
Enter Arms, a new game title from Nintendo which feels a lot like Punch Out for the Wii, or the boxing game from Wii Sports. Taking a JoyCon in each hand, players box in matches that involve giant, stretchy mechanical fists. While on the surface this appears to be little more than a twist on a standard boxing game, the Switch's motion controls, alongside colorful character designs that are already earning a strong following from fans online, mean that this game will likely be a hit when it arrives in mid June.
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog doesn't have the world's best reputation at the moment. In fact, it's been pretty bad for years. In the decades since his 2D platforming heyday, Sega's mascot has fallen far from grace, having never really found a three-dimensional gameplay style that suits his speedy talents.
The closest that Sega has ever come to getting this right was with Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, and it's to these games that the company is returning with Sonic Forces, in which two different versions of Sonic (one from the distant 2D "classic" past, and one labelled "modern" Sonic) run, jump and spin their way through levels, alongside a mysterious third character who'll provide another playstyle.
The game is significant for one key reason: Sonic Forces will land on the Switch at the same time as its debut on PS4 and Xbox One. This move shows not only Sega's faith in Nintendo's new console, but is also the biggest indication that we've had thus far that third party developers are going to be treating the Switch like a legitimate alternative to the two beefier home consoles.
Release Date: 2017
For those who are at the end of their play-through of Breath of the Wild and looking for something similar to enjoy, Rime is a pretty appealing option. Originally a PS4 exclusive, the indie puzzle platformer is debuting on XBox One and Switch as well.
Rime has a distinctive cel-shaded artstyle that's just beautiful to behold. It's bright, colorful, and warm, helping to communicate a fun, atmospheric game world that players are eager to explore. For those who've seen Breath of the Wild's Hyrule and who want more of the same, this game doesn't offer quite such a large experience, but it's certainly worth checking out as an extension of that Zelda vibe.
Release Date: May 26, 2017
Right from the start, Nintendo were very eager to brag about how they'd got Bethesda's Skyrim running on a teeny tiny handheld screen. While the game is hardly a new release, its enduring legacy as one of last generation's most enjoyable open world games has led to a recent HD remastering for PS4 and XBox One.
While the Switch version will lack some of the polish that the remaster got, and won't have many of the fantastic, ridiculous mods that have been released for the title, it will be a quick and easy way to take Skyrim on the go. That portability is central to the philosophy of the Switch, and for fans of the Elder Scrolls series, there's a genuine excitement around the idea of taking the land of Skyrim everywhere for convenient play on buses and long airplane flights.
Release Date: Fall 2017
These are only a few of the massive list of titles that have been announced for the Nintendo Switch—a list which includes plenty of exciting indie titles and quirky games that fit the portable design of the device well. For those who've already purchased a Switch, and for those who are planning to do so in the near future, there are plenty of great games coming in the next year—stay tuned!