After a launch year which has well and truly blown fans away, expectations are understandably high for the Nintendo Switch going into 2018. This year saw the arrival of two game of the year candidates, but it remains to be seen whether anything Nintendo can ready for next year can rival The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. What we know of 2018 for the Switch is looking decidedly threadbare.
Still, it’s worth bearing in mind that in January of this year, the only Switch game we knew about for sure was Breath of the Wild. Everything shown in that January Nintendo Direct Switch reveal has been launched, so it’s looking likely another blockbuster Direct is right around the corner.
As for the 2018 Switch games we do know about, here are the best of the bunch:
Kirby Star Allies
Originally revealed as Kirby, and now known as Kirby Star Allies, this is a four-player co-op platformer that’s classically Kirby. Swallow up enemies whole to copy their abilities, while the addition of co-op play opens up potential for some inventive combinations. Don’t worry if you’re planning to play on your own though, your mates can be be replaced by AI partners for solo play.
Project Octopath Traveler (Working Title)
There’s a lot of heritage to Project Octopath Traveler, and old-school JRPG from the folks at Square Enix. While at first glance this looks like your typical quest to save the world, Project Octopath features eight playable characters, each with their own unique quests and goals. That absolutely gorgeous art style isn't doing it any harm either.
Yoshi (Working Title)
While poor old Wario sits on the sidelines, Nintendo’s shown an appetite for developing games devoted to its weird green dinosaur thing, Yoshi. The Yoshi Switch game doesn’t have an official title just yet, although the premise revolves around a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer taking place on little dioramas, each of which can be flipped 180 degrees for a hidden path.
Fire Emblem (Working Title)
You’re probably beginning to notice a pattern here with the ‘Working Titles’. Hint: we know next to nothing about these games yet. Still, Fire Emblem’s built up quite the following after being an underground series for a while. Expectations are understandably high for the series’ 16th outing. Barring any major upsets this should be a top-notch tactical strategy RPG.
Pokemon RPG (Working Title)
Pokemon is the largest entertainment media brand on the entire planet. Make no mistake, it’s arrival on the Switch is going to be beyond huge. Up until now, Game Freak has been hamstrung by fairly limited specs on handhelds. However, the Switch is an altogether different beast. It opens up the potential for a console-quality 3D Pokemon RPG, with rumours persisting that Nintendo is planning a Breath of the Wild-style reinvention for its most successful series. Nail it and Switches are going to absolutely fly off store shelves.