Console exclusives are one of the major reasons to own any particular console over another. With that said, what does the Nintendo Switch bring to the table in 2018?
I should probably start this off by saying that of course not all of these games are 100% confirmed for a 2018 release. Most of them are, and yet more have been teased or even outright said they will release in the calendar year while not begin given a firm date. However, as is common in the video game industry, titles are likely to slip past their initial release dates and potentially fall into the 2019 timeframe. These, however, are likely to release and are ones you should consider putting onto your playlist.
Something I should probably note is that just as the title says, these are console exclusives. Not necessarily platform exclusive. Which means one or more of these titles may release on PC or even mobile in the extreme case, but not for one of the other 2 systems. It will also include timed exclusives if those games have yet to be confirmed for a different platform.
Yesterday, we brought you the exclusive games lineup for Xbox One in 2018. Next up we have the lovely console/handheld hybrid that’s been selling like crazy, and has already managed to sell over 10 million units. The system has done surprisingly well and continues to show off great games. From Zelda to Mario, and upcoming ones like Pokemon, Metroid Prime 4 and so on. There is a lot to look forward to if you’re a Nintendo fan.
Now, the Switch is in a bit of a unique situation in the fact it’s new by comparison, and thus many games have no solid release date whatsoever. Several have been announced, but we have no information on them other than a name and a confirmation they are coming. Because of that, some may or may not be added due to that fact. Nintendo did, however, just have a rather exciting Nintendo Direct Mini where they announced several games. Not all of them were exclusive, but there were still some games for fans to look forward to.
With that, let’s jump in.
Bayonetta 2 + 1
Nintendo brings another WiiU exclusive to the Switch. This is one that was criminally undersold, although the system it released on sort of explains the low sales. As with the WiiU version, it will release with Bayonetta 1 as well. You can look forward to this February 16th.
This is an interesting looking indie title, it has a frantic and fast-paced style in something you’d see in a Metroid style game. Although it does have it’s own unique twist with the ability to stick to walls almost like Spiderman.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Another day another port. This time it’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and brings us new ways to play. A new character in Funky Kong, 2 player mode and more. Updated for the Nintendo Switch, you can get your hands on this one on May 4th.
Dragon Marked for Death
Dragon Marked for Death is a 2D side-scrolling action RPG game where up to 4 players can play together in either local or online multiplayer. The game featured 4 heroes each with their own unique abilities and strengths on the battlefield.
Fire Emblem (Tentative Title)
While virtually nothing is known about this game, we do know that it is a mainline title in the series and the first in over a decade on consoles. It is, however, confirmed for a 2018 release date.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Announced yesterday on the Nintendo Direct Mini, this version is both the WiiU and 3DS versions packed into one with all the previously released DLC and even has extra outfits for Link and Zelda. The game will release this spring.
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby makes his first official appearance on the Switch in this 4 player co-op side-scroller. If you don’t have friends, don’t worry, you can throw hearts at the AI and make them team up with you. Each enemy has a “copy” ability, and they can be used to your advantage on your playthrough. Kirby Star Allies releases March 16th.
Light Fingers is an upcoming 4 player competitive boardgame hybrid. Played on a magical clockworks game board, this turn-based multiplayer game has real-time action and devious opportunities for misdirection, all in the pursuit of securing more loot than your opponents.
Mario Tennis Aces
The first Mario Tennis on the Switch, and the first one to feature a story mode since the GBA days. Players can look forward to new game mechanics, new characters, new stages and challenges, and a whole lot more. The game will release this spring.
Metroid Prime 4
This one gets added to the list simply because I want to play it so bad and I hope Nintendo surprises us with a 2018 release. And if a recent rumor from Comicbook.com is to be believed, Nintendo Norway says it is on schedule for a 2018 release! This also isn’t the only game on the list we know nothing about, so it’s possible.
This is another game we know nothing about. We do know that it is a proper Pokemon game, this time on a home console (FINALLY!), and that there is a possibility it will release in 2018. Although, it’s highly unlikely we will see it in the first half of the year.
Project Octopath Traveler
This is a high profile turn-based RPG from Square-Enix and Acquire. It is an HD-2D game that combines everything we love about old school RPGs in today’s world. 2D sprites, HD textures, 3D environments, fast-paced combat with strategic thinking required, and a deep story. A demo is already available for those who have a Switch on hand.
Runner3 is a new game in the Rhythm runner series, and players control the hero, Commander Hero from the Bit.Trip series.
Seasons of Heaven
Yet another game we don’t know too much about. However, this game is based off a Fench book of the same name that follows a group of survivors, as they try to survive a post-apocalyptic, barren world where the bulk of humanity has died.
Shin Megami Tensi V
Take this one with a grain of salt. Just because the Switch is the only platform it’s currently announced for doesn’t mean it’s the only system it will come to. Considering Atlus’ strong relationship with Sony, a PS4 version isn’t out of the question, but for now, we’ll keep it on the Switch list. According to the official site, it will be coming soon.
Swap Fire: Season 2
This is a surprising one to see, considering the meager sales of the first game eventually causing it to become free. The game had a successful Kickstarter and thus is getting the sequel.
The World Ends With You -Final Remix-
This is a 10-year remake for the game on Nintendo Switch, it will be keeping the traditional touch controls for those who’d like to play the game the way it was intended, but also adding in JoyCon controls for a new style. It will also include an entirely new, and apparently sizeable scenario that gets “to the heart of the story”.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Suda 51 returns to this criminally underappreciated series. Travis returns to fight the father of an assassin he previously killed, Badman. This time the two get sucked into a possessed video game console and must fight through the various games. The game has the two fighting their way through several indie studios games you likely know.
Play as the famed Treasurenauts, as they try to collect enough treasure to pay for their escape from a perilous, uncharted island. Play alone or with up to four friends. The game will also be coming to the 3DS.
Yoshi makes his return console return on the Switch. The game doesn’t have a proper name yet, but we do know that it will be on a 2D plane and allow players to control the camera by swapping the view to see behind and inside objects. The game will also feature a 2 player mode, and is set to launch sometime in 2018.
If you missed our PlayStation 4 exclusives list, you can find it here.
The Xbox exclusives list can be found here.