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Most Anticipated Nintendo Switch Games of 2018

We take a look at some of the most anticipated Nintendo Switch games we can't wait to get our hands on in 2018.


The Nintendo Switch is ridiculously popular, enjoying the kind of success some companies can only dream of. There's no stopping the Switch train, with a cavalcade of ports, new IPs, and new entries in familiar series coming down the pipeline faster than you can complete the games you already have in your collection. What are some of the hottest, though, that you should add to your must-have list? We now present our choices for some of the Nintendo Switch games we're looking forward to playing in 2018. 

Super Smash Bros. 

The biggest surprise announcement of the latest Nintendo DirectSuper Smash Bros. is heading to Nintendo Switch this year. Unfortunately, there aren't any real details about what to expect from the game just yet other than the fact that we can definitely see the Inklings from Splatoon 2 in it as playable characters. It's not clear at this point if the game is a remake with additional characters for Switch or a brand new title from the ground up. The "working title" appended to the game certainly makes it seem as though it's a brand new game, so that's hopefully what we'll get when the game releases at some point this year. 

Octopath Traveler

Square Enix's upcoming Octopath Traveler is a gorgeous role-playing game that looks to scratch that nostalgic itch many of us still have. Combining the familiar concept of job classes with the freedom to choose and mix various professions, it's got the power to turn the genre upside down. It's touching down to provide us with hours of classic RPG goodness with plenty of twists and turns the July 13. It's even getting a special edition that comes with a special pop-up book and other goodies. If you're not so sure you want to invest just yet, you can try out the free demo available now on the Nintendo eShop. 

Bayonetta 3

A Switch-exclusive Bayonetta was just about all we needed to set our hearts aflutter since the original game and Bayonetta 2 came to the system. Bayonetta 3's announcement came as a surprise back when we first heard about it, and now we can't get it out of our heads. Another witchy adventure featuring the powerful and equally beautiful Cereza is definitely something the Switch needs, and Bayonetta is here to stay on the system. Unfortunately, there's not a release date in sight for the third game in the trilogy. The sooner the better, we hope. 

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo Labo is just another example of the way Nintendo effortlessly revitalizes simple concepts to squeeze even more out of them. The Nintendo Labo kits include software and, yes, cardboard so you can create everything from piano keys to RC cars or even giant robots that you can control. The possibilities are virtually endless, and though the Labo launch will only come with a few different projects, there are several ideas that have yet to be touched on. A great idea for adults and kids alike, it'll be dropping on April 20. 

Dark Souls: Remastered

You may have thought it would never happen, but Bandai Namco is proving us wrong with the launch of Dark Souls: Remastered on Switch. You'll be able to experience the crushing difficulty, the atmospheric fights, and the magnificence that is Dark Souls on the go, with a glorious new remaster. What's more, there's even a matching amiibo to go along with the game's release: Solaire of Astora is getting a figure made in the form of his iconic "Praise the Sun" pose, an unlockable emote. Dark Souls: Remastered lands on May 25. 

Mario Tennis Aces

It's been a while since we got a new full-fledged Mario Tennis game, and Mario Tennis Aces is going to fill that void rather nicely. It's the first Mario sports endeavor for the Switch, and it'll feature a colorful, challenging set of new rules that have the potential to change everything. Your tennis rackets can now be broken, for instance, which is pretty crazy. That, and there's an awesome new story mode on the way, too. You'll be able to hit the court and take on your favorite Mario characters in the snazzy new tennis outing this spring. 

Hollow Knight

Team Cherry's Hollow Knight is already a darling on PC, but it's going to make a fantastic home for itself on the Switch. Its Dark Souls-like meets Metroidvania gameplay crossed with sprightly, dark Disney artwork make it a curiosity. Its complex gameplay systems make it a game worth coming back to, and it's absolutely perfect for taking with you on the go. The side-scrolling platform is more than just that, as you'll see when it makes its Switch debut later this year. There isn't a release date just yet, but hopefully it's coming. 

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Ever wanted to cleave through a ton of enemies seen in The Legend of Zelda like a hot knife through butter? You can definitely do that in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, a Switch port of the title that originally made its debut on the Wii U and later 3DS. Including all of the characters previously featured in both versions of the game as well as all paid DLC, it'll be a chance to experience nearly everything the game has to offer with crisp new graphics and plenty of new content to discover. The new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild costumes for Link and Zelda are certainly a boon. Get ready to own the battlefield this spring. 

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Fueled by horror, rainbow-sugar-pixel-rushes, and video games, Brittany is a Senior Editor at Shacknews who thrives on surrealism and ultraviolence. Follow her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake and check out her portfolio for more. Like a fabulous shooter once said, get psyched!

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