This year was great, but what’s coming to Switch in 2018

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The Switch launched to great fanfare last March and since then has shipped big game after big game. It started with Zelda in March and then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Splatoon 2, and eventually getting to this winter’s big hitters Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Super Mario Odyssey. It’s been some first year for the console.

What comes next though?

Surely Nintendo can’t top a launch year that included both mainline entries into the Zelda and Mario franchise though? Well, we’re not sure they can top that but they may well give it a good go.

So, with 2018 right around the corner let’s speculate on what the Switch’s second year might look like …

Fire Emblem Switch

Announced a few days after the initial Switch reveal, Fire Emblem is set to return to home consoles for the first time since the ancient days of the Wii. We’ve got very little to go on other than a planned release of 2018, hopefully we’ll get more details on this game soon as it’s set to be one of the Switch’s biggest games of next year.

Fire Emblem Warriors was great but a true Fire Emblem sequel on console would be even better.

Huntdown

We first played Huntdown a few months ago and suffice to say it’s coming along nicely. This retro platformer is developed by Easy Trigger Games from Sweden and we think it’s going to be one of the surprises of next year judging by our hands-on with it. With the Switch becoming home to tons of well developed Indie games during its first year, we can only see this trend growing through 2018 and Huntdown looks like it’ll be one of the first to break through the noise when it launches early next year.

Kirby: Star Allies

Set to hit early next year, Kirby: Star Allies sees everyone’s favourite pink blob (apart from Jigglypuff) hit the Switch. This time around Kirby can recruit three characters while still copying abilities left, right and centre – something that Cappy obviously stole. Star Allies also allows you to play with up to four players if you can find four Kirby fans that is.

Super Smash Bros Switch

Surely, it has to be coming, doesn’t it?

We waited all year for confirmation that some type of Smash Bros game based off of the Wii U and 3DS version would be released for Switch, but so far we’ve had no confirmation. It looks like 2018 will be the year that Smash Bros returns though and the longer we’re made to wait, you have to wonder just how much might have changed from the last game. New characters? New modes? We won’t know until Nintendo make the call to tell us all.

Pikmin 4

In 2015, Miyamoto confirmed that the next Pikmin game was close to completion. At E3 2017, he said to Eurogamer: “I’ve been told not to share anything about this from PR,” Miyamoto laughed, “but I can tell you it is progressing.”

So, the next Pikmin exists. Surely this is the year for it to re-emerge?

Animal Crossing Switch

With the mobile game Animal Crossing Pocket Camp having just been released, the next full Animal Crossing game should be just around the corner. Animal Crossing New Leaf on the 3DS stole hundreds of hours from many of its players and we expect a Switch instalment of the popular chore simulator to be even more time-consuming. We just need to wait for Nintendo to make a formal announcement.

Metroid Prime 4

Ok, so we’re maybe stretching a bit here as we’ve got nothing to go on other than a teaser trailer that was revealed during E3. However, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a fully realised home console Metroid game, so is there a chance that Nintendo has been quietly working away on Prime 4 for a time? There’s a chance, albeit a small one. If Metroid Prime 4 does somehow make 2018, don’t expect it until the very end. For most of us anticipating the return of Samus though, we’ll be happy to see it arrive in 2019.

Pokemon Switch

Again, this is more hope rather than expectation but just like Metroid Prime 4, we received confirmation at last year’s E3 that a new Pokemon game was being developed for Switch. The Pokemon Company have in-part been busy bringing the updated Pokemon Sun and Moon to Nintendo 3DS this year but surely they’re already working away on their debut Switch title?

We’re not expecting Pokemon Switch to arrive in 2018 but, if there’s a chance that it does, it won’t be until the end of next year at the very earliest.

Another Zelda Game

Perhaps the biggest shock on the list, but perhaps not. While there may be lengthy gaps between big Zelda console experiences, the releases between smaller more bite-sized Zelda titles is relatively small in comparison. So, now that the Switch is essentially Nintendo’s only focus, there’s no reason why a small Zelda game in the style of 3DS’ A Link Between Worlds can’t be released for the Switch within the next 12 months.

A Link Between Worlds was fantastic and until Breath of the Wild was arguably the best Zelda game for almost a decade. A nice little sequel to that or a fresh approach for a smaller Zelda game would be more than welcome.

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