15 Big Nintendo Switch Games Coming in 2020 (and 4 Guesses)

2020 is already looking like a packed year, and Nintendo’s line-up is no exception. Here are the biggest games slated to come out in 2020 for the Switch (as well as a few we think could come in 2020 that don’t have any official release window yet.)

15 Big Nintendo Switch Games Coming in 2020 (and 4 Guesses)

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

Release Date: January 17 | Platform: Switch

This wild combination of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem originally came to Wii U back in 2016, but a suped-up edition will be making its way to Switch in early 2020. This new version will be mostly the same, but include a few new songs, characters, and story beats.

Darksiders Genesis

Release Date: February 14 | Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia

While already out on other platforms, Darksiders Genesis won’t be making its way to Switch until 2020. We gave it an 8.7 in our review, saying “Though it lacks polish, Darksiders Genesis is a rare spinoff that equals and sometimes surpasses its mainline brethren.”

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Release Date: March 20 | Platform(s): Switch

Animal Crossing’s triumphant return was initially delayed out of 2019, but we won’t have to wait too long in the new year to start digging up fossils and picking fruit. The latest iteration plops you onto your very own island, and will feature a larger degree of customizing terrain and decorating more than just your house than every before.

Doom 64

Release Date: March 20 | Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC

This is a weird one, but Doom 64 – the version of Doom made for the Nintendo 64 – is coming back in 2020. When Bethesda announced that it would be delaying Doom Eternal, it also revealed that Doom 64 would be releasing alongside its new date. And while Eternal still doesn’t have a date for Switch, 64 is set in brimstone alongside its release on other platforms.

Trials of Mana

Release Date: April 24 | Platform(s): Switch, PS4, PC

This is a 3D remake of the third installment of the Mana series from 1995, and Trials of Mana marks its first time coming to the west. This is following 2019’s Collection of Mana release so you could get caught up on the games before it, though obviously this being a remake means it will have some pretty extensive differences compared to the two-decade old original.

Minecraft Dungeons

Release Date: April 2020 | Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC

The best way to quickly describe Minecraft Dungeons could be “Minecraft mixed with Diablo.” This spin-off of the absurdly popular block builder is more of a dungeon crawler (as the name might imply) than the original, with drop-in, drop-out co-op that lets you take friends along for the ride.

Sports Story

Release Date: Mid-2020 | Platform(s): Switch

The sequel to Switch-exclusive Golf Story, Sports Story is looking to expand the scope of its RPG-sport hybrid structure far beyond just golf and frisbees. Its debut trailer featured tons of other sports, including soccer, volleyball, baseball, and… espionage? Here’s hoping it’s as well written as the original.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release Date: TBD 2020 | Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC

LEGO games have proven to be some of the best family-friendly action games around over the years, and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is trying to be one of the biggest yet. This new game will span all nine Star Wars movies, and let players jump in to whichever era they want to start.

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No More Heroes 3

Release Date: TBD 2020 | Platform(s): Switch

The original No More Heroes and its Wii motion controllers are iconic of that era, so it’s fitting that No More Heroes 3 is making its way back to a Nintendo console once again. While it got a spin-off game in No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again in early 2019, this will be the first proper sequel for the series since the second one in 2010.

Rune Factory 5

Release Date: TBD 2020 | Platform(s): Switch

Take Harvest Moon and add magic and monsters and you’ll have something close to Rune Factory. Announced at the same time as Rune Factory 4: Special, a reduxed version of the previous game, Rune Factory 5 represents the next actual step in the series. We don’t know a ton about it yet, just that we can expect it in 2020.

Digimon Survive

Release Date: TBD 2020 | Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC

In what’s probably an unexpected twist for the Digimon series, Digimon Survive is an upcoming survival strategy RPG being published by Bandai Namco. Originally set to release in 2019, it was pushed back to 2020 in July and will feature grid-based, turn-based combat.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Release Date: TBD 2020 | Platform(s): Switch

10 years later, Xenoblade Chronicles is making a return. After the huge success of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Switch, the original Wii game is getting a remaster that brings it up to par with the sequel in terms of graphical quality. It’s not totally clear yet exactly what else will be different.

Little Nightmares 2

Release Date: TBD 2020 | Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC

A sequel to 2017’s Little Nightmares, Little Nightmares 2 is another creepy, horror-themed puzzle platformer where enemies and environments are larger and more menacing than your tiny, cloaked protagonist. While not “horror” in the traditional sense, Little Nightmare leans into the unsettling and suspenseful, and its follow-up will seemingly be no different.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

Release Date: TBD 2020 | Platform(s): Switch

Deadly Premonition is a horror game from 2010 with a huge cult following. It’s available on many platforms, so it was surprising to hear that when a proper sequel was announced, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, it would be coming exclusively to Switch in 2020.

Bravely Default 2

Release Date: TBD 2020 | Platform(s): Switch

A sequel to the 2012 3DS RPG from Square Enix and Silicon Studio, Bravely Default 2 will be coming to Switch in 2020 partially with the help of Octopath Traveler dev Team Asano. Nintendo has said “”Expect a brand-new world, new Heroes of Light, and music from Revo in this successor to the original Bravely Default,” which means it will likely be a plot not directly connected to the first game.

Doom Eternal

Release Date: TBD (Probably 2020?) | Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC

Doom Eternal was originally set for the end of 2019 on all platforms, but was delayed late in the year to March 20, 2020. Unfortunately, that date is only for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with Switch owners left in a lurch. We don’t know when Eternal will hit Switch, but I’m willing to say it’s a safe bet it will still be sometime in 2020.

E3 2019 Screenshots – Doom Eternal

Release Date: TBD (Probably 2020?) | Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC

Super Meat Boy Forever is another game on this list that was supposed to arrive in 2019, initially in April before being delayed to later in the year. We don’t know when it will arrive now, and it could be it needs far more time than Team Meat expected, but given its initial window sometime in 2020 seems likely.

Hollow Knight: Silksong

Release Date: TBD (Maybe 2020?) | Platform(s): Switch, PC

The sequel to Hollow Knight that grew out of what was initially supposed to be DLC, it’s hard to guess when Silksong will arrive. I’m hoping 2020, which would set it at least three years after the original’s release, but that is purely speculation. Either way, it’s looking excellent.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Release Date: TBD (Maybe 2020?) | Platform(s): Switch

Full disclosure: this one is a big guess. 2021 or later could be just as likely for this massively anticipated and unexpected sequel, but a holiday 2020 window would place it three and a half years after the original and give Nintendo something to compete with the looming launches of new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, so it doesn’t seem impossible.

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Did we miss any games you are looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

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