Depending on where your preferences lie, you may be focused on the new consoles coming from Microsoft and Sony near the tail end of the year. While there’s plenty of excitement there, don’t let that forget about your trusty Nintendo Switch, as it looks like 2020 is set to be a great year for the console.
For this list, I’m focusing on games that are exclusive to the Switch. There are plenty of other great games coming too, like Persona 5 Scramble: Phantom Strikers and even Doom Eternal, but they’ll be available for other platforms as well.
1. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
One of just a few games on this list with a concrete release date, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is slated to release on March 6. While this is a remake, it’s not your standard Pokémon fare, as this is a strategy game with more in common with the Fire Emblem series or even Advance Wars than a standard Pokémon game. Despite being a remake, it looks beautiful, which should be enough to help convince both Pokémon and strategy fans to give it a shot.
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing is one of those series where you probably already know if you’re into it or not. If you’re a fan, you’ve probably been waiting anxiously for the series to come to the switch. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to arrive on March 20, at which point Tom Nook will own your soul, or at least your time, for the foreseeable future.
3. Bravely Default 2
Bravely Default 2 is absolutely the game with the most confusing title on this list, because it isn’t the second in the series. While Japan got more entries in the series than North America, even gamers in the U.S. got a follow-up to Bravely Default in Bravely Second: End Layer . Especially after 2019, the Switch isn’t wanting for RPGs, but if you’ve been waiting for this type of throwback RPG, Bravely Default 2 looks set to deliver.
4. Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise
Perhaps the biggest surprise to come from Nintendo in 2019 was the announcement of Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise. The original game, released in 2010, was rough around the edges to say the least, but became a cult hit. Like the first game, this is the handiwork of Hidetaka “Swery65” Suehiro, and if it’s anywhere near as strange, fans are going to love it.
5. No More Heroes 3
No More Heroes 3 is the latest in a franchise helmed by another Japanese game designer known for inspiring rabid devotion in fans, Goichi Suda aka. Suda51. Following the release of the spin-off Travis Strikes Again: No More Hereos, this is a proper sequel, which fans unhappy with the previous game will be hoping is a return to form.
6. Bayonetta 3
Some people loved the last outing from PlatinumGames on the Switch, Astral Chain. Others couldn’t help but see the things that game wasn’t, namely Nier Automata or a sequel to Bayonetta 2. Fortunately, we know that Bayonetta 3 is coming. Unfortunately, we don’t know when, or really much at all other than that it’s another entry in the high-octane action franchise.
7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
First teased via a short trailer at E3 2019, a sequel to 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works. That’s really all we know so far, though. Even the name is just a guess, and given the number of Zelda games with numbers in the titles, this probably won’t have one either. There’s no info on a date, though since it will likely be built on top of the engine from Breath of the Wild
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