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Five Nintendo Switch Exclusive Games to Look Forward To

Five Nintendo Switch Exclusive Games to Look Forward To

The Nintendo Switch is a big hit by all accounts, but besides The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it lacks any real killer apps right now. However, there are some breathtaking games planned for release that you’ll only be able to get on the Nintendo Switch. Below are five of our most hotly anticipated titles coming to the Switch in the next year or so.

Super Mario Odyssey


Super Mario Odyssey returns the Mario series to the 3D movement and exploration that originated in Super Mario 64. While we’re not sure exactly what the premise behind the game is, we do know that it will feature much more varied and open environments than the Wii U Super Mario titles did. For the first time in the series, it also seems like Mario’s hat will be an integral character in the story. In videos, and in the games logo, his classic red cap has eyes and seems to be sentient.

After seeing the open, wondrous world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, we can’t wait to see what Nintendo does with the Mario franchise. Super Mario Odyssey is not only one of the most anticipated Nintendo Switch titles, but it’s also one of the most anticipated games period, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it when it releases in Q4 2017.

Splatoon 2


Splatoon 2 brings back the great ink-splattering gameplay from the first title with not much difference. That’s not a bad thing though since Nintendo got things so right the first time. The first Splatoon was popular despite the weak sales of the Wii U, and Nintendo has recently tapped into that popularity through Splatoon eSports tournaments. Splatoon 2 looks poised to continue Nintendo’s promotion of the series as an eSport, and it’ll be exciting to see what innovations Nintendo brings to competitive gaming.

Splatoon 2 won’t be out until Summer 2017, but you can get a sneak peek of it soon. From March 24 to the 26 Nintendo is hosting six one-hour play sessions in a Splatoon 2 Global Testfire. These play sessions will test the global servers which will allow players from around the world to challenge each other in Splatoon 2.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2


Xenoblade Chronicles was a massive RPG that took players through a world built upon two dead gods. Unfortunately, in its original format, on the Wii, Xenoblade Chronicles was available only in limited quantities and exclusive to GameStop. However, it soon became a cult hit, and the New Nintendo 3DS remaster, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, introduced many more fans to the title.

While Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U was a spiritual successor to Xenoblade Chronicles, with little connection to the original, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a full-blown sequel to the first game. Little is known yet about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 other than it’s an open-world jRPG like the other two games in the series, and the story will center around the main character searching the world for something called “Elysium.” Xenoblade Chronicles 3D showed that you could take a full jRPG on the go successfully and the Nintendo Switch will give us the best of both worlds allowing for TV play and portability when the game releases sometime in 2017.



Nintendo is embracing new franchises with the Nintendo Switch, with Snipperclips and Splatoon 2 being key titles in the early days of the Switch. Another new franchise from Nintendo EPD making its debut on the Switch is Arms. In Arms, you use the Joy-Con controllers as if you were fighting and you take control of characters with springy, extendable arms. The gameplay takes place in a boxing ring-like environment and uses the Joy-Con’s capabilities to dodge, punch, and use special moves in a way we’ve never seen before. If you want to see everything the Joy-Con controllers can do you can get your hands, and arms, in Arms when it releases on May 2, 2017.

Untitled Fire Emblem Game


While the Nintendo Switch Fire Emblem game hasn’t even gotten an official title yet (or any images), we’re pumped for this turn-based strategy title. There hasn’t been a Fire Emblem on console since 2008’s Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn on the Wii, and we’re eager to see the improved fidelity the Nintendo Switch will bring to the series. The Fire Emblem title for Switch won’t be out until 2018 unfortunately, but we’ll be on pins and needles until it releases.

Those are some of our top picks for upcoming Nintendo Switch games. Luckily they’re spaced far enough apart that when we finish one, another one will be right around the corner. For now (and the foreseeable future), we’ll be trying to accomplish a 100% completion of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

What upcoming Nintendo Switch titles have you excited? Tell us in comments.

Image Credits: Nintendo

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