When the Nintendo Switch first launched, it didn't bring that many games along for the ride. That's all changed in the last year. Thanks to extensive third-party support, an infusion of unorthodox indie games and a slew of Wii U re-releases from Nintendo, the Switch has dozens of quality titles to enjoy, with even more on the way.
Read on to find out what's on the horizon for Nintendo's hybrid handheld system, from remastered favorites, to indie darlings, to ambitious new entries in classic series.
Dark Souls has taken players through the crumbling castles of Lordran, the eerie forests of Drangleic, and the desolate parapets of Lothric. But Dark Souls: Remastered on the Switch will let them go to even more unconventional places: the bus, the train and even the airplane. Whether you've already mastered Dark Souls as every single class, or you're just preparing to die for the first time, the Nintendo Switch port will let you take the whole game with you, wherever you go. It's like the Dark Souls of creepy, challenging action/RPGs.
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Lumines is a positively entrancing puzzle game that never really developed the kind of audience it deserved when it debuted on Sony's PSP. Lumines Remastered will give the series a new lease on life, with releases for the PC and every major console, including the Nintendo Switch.
The premise is deceptively simple: Drop blocks on top of one another to make patterns, all while listening to trance-inducing techno music that plays faster and faster in time with the frequency of the blocks. The Switch version also lets you hook up additional Joy-Cons to vibrate under your knees for extra immersion.
The Switch has already gotten its first big Mario adventure in Super Mario Odyssey. Now, it's time for the Mario Brothers and their friends (and enemies) to unwind and play some team sports. In Mario Tennis Aces, you'll be able to trade volleys with familiar characters like Mario, Luigi, Peach and Donkey Kong. More interestingly, though, you'll be able to advance through a whole story campaign, complete with boss battles and special arenas. Being able to take the Switch with you means you'll be able to engage in multiplayer matches just about anywhere.
Yet another Nintendo original that didn't get its due on the Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle/adventure game that stars everyone's favorite Mushroom Kingdom adviser. Toad (later joined by Toadette) works his way through a series of challenging levels, collecting valuable trinkets while he manipulates the environment to get from the entrance to the exit. There's a little light combat, but the real joy of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is exercising your brain to traverse the creative terrain.
Square Enix and Nintendo have been collaborating ever since the very first Final Fantasy game, so it's only natural that the Japanese RPG giant has something special in mind for the Switch. Octopath Traveler features eight different adventurers, each of whom has a special ability that can help move the adventure along. They take on foes in turn-based battles, where they have to carefully manage attack, defense and unique skills. The game channels some of Square Enix's 16-bit classics, with SNES-style graphics (albeit at decidedly higher resolutions), making Octopath Traveler a retro-inspired adventure with a modern design philosophy.
Do you love the thoughtful tactics that real-time strategy games demand, but hate the unforgiving, lightning-quick pace? Bad North presents a simpler — but not easier — take on the beloved genre. Playing as a group of Celts forced off their native islands by a Viking invasion, you must fend off wave after wave of Nordic invaders with swordsmen, pikemen, archers and other small groups of warriors. You don't get to produce new units during battle, so Bad North is all about positioning. The game slows to a crawl when you issue orders to help you out.
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The Banner Saga is part RPG, part survival sim, and all tribute to classic animation. Playing as two groups of Viking warriors — one making a last stand against the clockwork soldiers of the Dredge, one investigating an eldritch power at the edge of the world — as they fight for humanity's survival, one last time. If you've played the first two games, all of your choices will carry over. This is an especially helpful feature, since the first two Banner Saga games will make their way to the Nintendo Switch as well, giving you dozens of hours of apocalyptic adventures.
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