Top Upcoming Nintendo Switch Exclusives of 2019

Note: This article was updated in February of 2019.

If you own the Nintendo Switch then you’re in luck as there are already a number of games announced for the console that we may see launch in 2019. Within this list we’ll showcase some of the most anticipated video games launching on Nintendo’s console hybrid this coming year. Likewise, you’ll find descriptions, notable details, trailers and galleries.


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Shin Megami Tensei V

  • Developer: Atlus
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: TBA

The Shin Megami Tensei series will see its fifth installment soon on the Nintendo Switch. There are not too many details released for the game so far and it may not even launch within the 2019 release cycle. However, the franchise has a strong following and developers Atlus are hard at work in delivering a game that will be appealing to play on the home console setup along with the portability of the Nintendo Switch.

While Atlus are currently in development for the game, Kazuyuki Yamai, the producer behind Shin Megami Tensei V has previously stated that there will be more attention to developing demons this time around. We’re hoping that the game will make an appearance in the near future.

 


Bayonetta 3

  • Developer: Platinum Games
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: TBA

The Bayonetta series will receive a third installment. Development studio Platinum Games has previously spoken of an interest in going back to the series depending on if the sequel, Bayonetta 2, was deemed a success.

Bayonetta 3 has since been announced, though there have been no details as to what gamers can expect from the title. Instead, we will likely see the Umbra Witch, Bayonetta, come back fighting more massive demons and angels. Likewise, there have been statements from the developers suggesting that gamers can expect an even tighter action title when Bayonetta 3 finally hits store shelves.


Metroid Prime 4 DELAYED

  • Developer: TBA
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: TBA

The Metroid Prime series was fantastic when it launched on the GameCube and later the Nintendo Wii. This was a first-person Metroid video game where players gunned down alien creatures while maneuvering through planets, though it’s been several years since we’ve seen a new installment to the Prime series.

Thankfully, E3 2017 didn’t disappoint as the Nintendo Direct unveiled the title screen of Metroid Prime 4. Unfortunately, that’s all we got but with this year’s E3 expo coming soon, we’re hoping Nintendo unleashes the goods by delivering us not only what we can expect with this fourth installment to the Prime series but if we’ll be able to get our hands on a copy this coming year.


Fire Emblem: Three Houses

  • Developer: Intelligent Systems
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

During Nintendo’s E3 2018 Nintendo Direct video upload we received the announcement of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Unfortunately, Nintendo didn’t got into any details regarding the game outside of a small trailer which showcases a brutal war. Players will follow Byleth, Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude in a new tactical RPG journey but for now, we’ll have to wait until more details are announced for the game.


Daemon X Machina

  • Developer: Marvelous
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

A brand new mech game was unveiled for the Nintendo Switch during the Nintendo Direct of E3 2018 called Daemon X Machina. The trailer showcased a cel-shaded style title in which players will be able to customize their mechs before jumping into intense battles.

This was another title that only received a small trailer during Nintendo’s E3 Direct video uploaded so we’re left with a few questions regarding what to expect when the title eventually hits store shelves in 2019. However, the bright colorful visuals is definitely something to take note of.


Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

  • Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
  • Publisher: Marvelous
  • Platforms: Switch
  • Release: January 18, 2019

Taking part of the No More Heroes franchise, Grasshopper Manufacture is releasing Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. With that said, you can expect an over-the-top hack-and-slash experience.

Players will find that Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will take place seven years after the events of No More Heroes 2 where Badman seeks to take down Travis for murdering his daughter, Bad Girl. During the scuffle, the duo finds themselves trapped in a canceled video game console crated by Dr. Juvenile called the Death Drive MK-II.

Stuck in the console, players will have to race through six different video games on the console collecting a Death Ball in order to grant a wish.


Luigi’s Mansion 3

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

The Luigi’s Mansion series doesn’t have very many installments attached. Outside of its main debut on the Nintendo GameCube, the series only has one other console installment for the Nintendo 3DS called Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. With the franchise, players are put into the role of Luigi who must bust a variety of ghosts and while we knew that the original installment was soon finding a release again in the market for the Nintendo 3DS, it came as a surprise that a third installment was in the works.

During a September 2018 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed that Luigi’s Mansion 3 is being developed for the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any details as to what this third installment will entail quite yet, but it’s supposedly coming into the market in 2019.

We’re likely going to see some type of Joy-Con motion controller gameplay featured within the game but again, at this point, we’re simply speculating as to what we can expect from the upcoming installment.


New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

During the September Nintendo Direct, the video game industry giant unveiled that New Super Mario Bros. would see a new release on the Nintendo Switch. The original New Super Mario Bros video game titles were a hit when they released on the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii. Since the Nintendo Switch is bringing in plenty of new adopters regularly, Nintendo is dusting off their catalog of video game titles available and giving it a new coat of paint along with some additional features.

New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is bringing back the Wii title release for the Nintendo Switch while also adding in two new characters. The new characters are Nabbit who will not take any damage against enemies and Toadette who can transform into Peachette with special abilities such as a double jump or slowly falls.


Town (Working Title)

  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

Development studio Game Freak may be best known for their work on the Pokemon franchise but over the years the development studio has delivered other RPG focused games into the market. During the September Nintendo Direct, we got the unveiling of their next big IP release in the development, Town. This is only a working title at the moment and very few details have been released.

What we do know so far is that this game will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive in which players are put into an old village that previously lived harmoniously. That suddenly changed when the village started to spawn monsters for players to defeat. As players go through this turn-based combat RPG title they’ll learn of the reason behind the sudden appearance of monsters in the town.


The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

In a surprise announcement from Nintendo during the February Nintendo Direct upload, gamers were unveiled that The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will make a return. After years of waiting Nintendo is currently remaking the title for the Nintendo Switch and it already has a few brief gameplay footage tidbits in the announcement trailer. We see that Nintendo is keeping with the top-down view with a more cartoonish visual aesthetic. Likewise, there are liked some new gameplay mechanics and adjustments to suit the Nintendo Switch power when compared to the original Game Boy release. Regardless, the title didn’t get too many details in regards to what gamers can expect but we do know that Nintendo is hoping to bring the game out sometime this year.


Yoshi’s Crafted World

  • Developer: Good-Feel
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

Yoshi’s Crafted World was teased for a short while now and it appears that we’re going to see this game release into the market for the Nintendo Switch within the Spring season of 2019. For those unfamiliar with the game, this is a brand new Yoshi title that still contains the side-scrolling platforming gameplay that the franchise is known for. Similar to the Paper Mario series, Yoshi’s Crafted World will see our favorite dinosaur fighting off Shy Guys and other hostilities in a construction paper style world.

Within this game, players will still have to swallow enemies and turn them to eggs in order to destroy them but there’s one slight unique twist into this installment. This game will have players go through levels twice where Yoshi can flip the level world around revealing a whole different side full of other puzzles and collectibles that were previously unavailable or only capable of being solved by viewing the level from a particular viewpoint.


Astral chain

  • Developer: Platinum Games
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: August 30, 2019

If you enjoyed the works development team Platinum Games has been delivering over the past few years then you’ll want to keep tabs on Astral Chain. During February’s Nintendo Direct we were shown off this new video game title which definitely has the same vibe and action-packed gameplay that is found in the Bayonetta series. We don’t know what exactly the story will be about yet, from the announcement trailer we see two police officers teaming up and taking down some large beasts through means of various chains and weaponry. Unfortunately, that’s all we really got from Nintendo at the current moment, but we do know that this title will be coming out on August 30, 2019, so more information will likely come out during this year’s E3 expo event.


Animal Crossing 2019

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

During the September 2018 Nintendo Direct the video game industry giant unveiled a few 3DS and Nintendo Switch video games that were in the works for 2019. However, like other Nintendo Directs, the company unveiled one final game in a short tease leaving us wondering as to what we can expect for another presentation at a later date.

The final tease during the Nintendo Direct was the unveiling of a new Animal Crossing video game which will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Unfortunately, as mentioned, Nintendo didn’t unveil any new information other than that the development studio is actively working on a brand new Animal Crossing installment for the Nintendo Switch.


Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

It’s been a number of years now since we have received a new installment to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance video game franchise but during The Game Awards 2018 we were surprised by the third installment announcement. Though what may be most surprising is that this upcoming video game will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. Regardless, the upcoming title will take place after the events of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 with the main antagonist duo being Galactus and Thanos. We’re still relatively left in the dark as to what all we can expect from the game, but we do know that Marvel’s heroes along with The Masters of Evil are in a grand battle against Galactus in order to save earth.


Super Mario Maker 2

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: June 2019

After previously getting its start on the last generation Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, Nintendo was proud to announce a much-desired sequel to Super Mario Maker. The announcement came during February’s Nintendo Direct where we got a look at the new setup and tools that players will have access to when creating custom Super Mario levels. This trailer didn’t get into the fine details as to what all has changed but Nintendo did confirm that there will be a few new features along with elements for the title when it’s set to release in June of this year.  For those of you who may not be aware of what Super Mario Maker was we’ll give a quick recap. Super Mario Maker is a video game in which players are given the tools to create their own custom Super Mario levels.

Outside of being able to customize how the level plays out with various enemies and obstacles, players could tweak the assets and visuals from the variety of Super Mario video game titles. Now with a sequel underway and a popular handheld console hybrid, we imagine that there will be a very active community of players who will deliver unique Mario levels online for others to enjoy.


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