Many were very skeptical about the Nintendo Switch when it was first announced last Fall, but Nintendo managed to follow that up with a great presentation in January and has been carrying that momentum ever since. The Nintendo Switch has come on top of the monthly NPDs in the majority of the months since its release, and that trend may continue to follow with a solid state of games that we have collected in our top 10 list of games that are left to release in 2017 for the Nintendo Switch.
FIFA 18 – September 29th
FIFA is one of the biggest games in the world, yet the series skipped the Wii U entirely, instead only releasing on Wii and then no Nintendo platforms at all for the last few years. When it was announced that FIFA 18 would be coming to Switch, this was massive news, especially with its portable nature and easy of setup to play with friends on the go. The game may not have the single player story mode that other platforms have, but it has everything else and should be a great addition to the multiplayer library on Switch.
Fire Emblem Warriors – October 20th
Nintendo found success in their partnership with Koei Tecmo and Omega Force through Hyrule Warriors and the later 3DS port Hyrule Warriors Legends, so it was a foregone conclusion we’d see more of this partnership in the future. Rather than make a sequel to that game, they have instead moved onto the Fire Emblem franchise with Fire Emblem Warriors. Fire Emblem has been growing in popularity in the West ever since the debut of Marty and Roy in Super Smash Bros. Melee on the GameCube and Fire Emblem Warriors is a bringing together of the entire series with Warriors style gameplay. The game is going to also be releasing for the New Nintendo 3DS, but there’s no question the best version will be coming to Switch.
Super Mario Odyssey – October 27th
Many people thought the Game of the Year competition might have already peaked with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in March, but it’s seriously looking like Nintendo might have another competitor next month with Super Mario Odyssey. It’s been a long time since we last had a full exploration style 3D Mario game, with the last really being Super Mario Sunshine, so people are incredibly excited. Everything we’ve seen from the game looks absolutely astounding and it is almost guaranteed to help keep Nintendo Switches sold out throughout most of the holidays.
Sonic Forces – November 7th
Sonic has had a good year so far with a return to form in Sonic Mania after many years of bad Sonic games. Hearing 3D Sonic might worry you already, but Sonic Forces is the closest thing to a sequel to Sonic Generations that we’ve had, so we have our hopes up. This game will also be coming to other platforms, but it is big to see a major third party Sonic title also come to Switch, not to mention the portable factor.
L.A. Noire – November 14th
One of the most recently announced of the group, L.A. Noire is getting second life across multiple platforms. However, what makes this special on Switch is that it is the first Rockstar game to come to a Nintendo platform in a number of years. In addition, the Switch version will come with optional motion controls, haptic feedback, and even touch controls as well. While it may not look quite as nice as the PS4 or Xbox One versions, these extra features definitely make it a big release for the Switch this Fall.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – November 17th
We were honestly shocked during the initial reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch last Fall when we saw a glimpse of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim running on the system. The game has released on pretty much every platform you can think of by now, but getting Bethesda on Switch was a huge early get, which had to have helped with a later title on our list. On top of that, Skyrim is such a massive game that being able to take it portably for long commutes or even just when others are using the TV is a huge selling point here.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – December 1st
Yet another game that really surprised us when it was revealed during the January Nintendo Switch presentation, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 got a set release date in the most recent Nintendo Direct. Many figured this game would be pushed back to 2018, but Nintendo getting this out in their first year is a big win for Switch owners. The original Xenoblade Chronicles and even Xenoblade Chronicles X were stellar games and to get another game in the main series from Monolith Soft in year one is outstanding.
Rocket League – Holiday 2017
Rocket League burst onto the scene a couple years and quickly gained a following for its fast paced multiplayer. If there ever was a game that seems like a natural fit on the readily portable and multiplayer friendly Nintendo Switch, Rocket League was it. Coming in at a cheaper price, this is the type of game you could easily pull out to play with friends or just as easily be sitting at home playing the game online. The game doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s sad to be coming sometime before the year is over.
Doom – Holiday 2017
The two biggest surprises of the most recent Nintendo Direct were easily Doom and Wolfenstein II: The Colossus. The latter isn’t coming until 2018 though, so Doom takes the spot on this list. Like we said with Skyrim above, gaining nice connections with Bethesda is a big deal and Doom is yet another example of that. Seeing how this game manages to run will definitely be the real test, but for now it is easily one of the biggest Nintendo Switch games coming this Fall.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass DLC #2 – The Champions’ Ballad – Holiday 2017
Our last one here is cheating a little bit, as it’s not a full game, but this is definitely one of the most important releases of the remainder of 2017. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was incredibly well received when it released alongside the launch of the Switch back in March and has already received the first part of the expansion pass DLC. However, DLC #2 is going to introduce new story DLC for the first time in the series, including a new dungeon. We’re hoping this DLC delivers and is like a new game in of itself on a small scale, so we thought we’d include it on this list in the final spot.