If the Switch already has a new Mario, a new Zelda, a new Smash, and the next new Metroid isn’t for several years….will 2019 be a dry year for Switch fans? Not on your life, Nintendo revealed today in their latest Direct. Several bombshells were dropped this afternoon that made us psyched for the console/handheld’s immediate future.
As we’ve done in the past, we’ve listed all the announced games in order of their release dates (or vague release windows, depending on what applies).
Final Fantasy IX — Today!
Tetris 99 — Today
This latter one was mentioned as free, which probably means “freemium.” It’s unknown at the moment how often it bugs you for cash. A “special offer for Nintendo Switch Online members” was teased.
Deltarune Chapter 1 — February 28
The followup to Undertale, but just the first chapter. It’s free, but the subsequent chapters will cost money.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker update — March 14
If you pre-purchase this DLC today, you will get one course from it immediately. Two player co-op is also being added for no charge.
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! — March 20
Unravel Two — March 22
Final Fantasy VII — March 26
Yoshi’s Crafted World — March 29
Demo available today
Mortal Kombat 11 — April 23
Box Boy + Box Girl — April 26
270 new puzzle rooms are promised.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas update — April 2019
More missions with Fox McCloud and crew.
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered — May 21
Super Mario Maker 2 — June 2019
You can officially pack your Wii U into the closet, unless you’re a Xenoblade Chronicles X fanatic. This sequel will have everything from the original and more, including the much-demanded sloped surfaces (believe me, they were demanded).
Dragon Quest Builders 2 — July 12
Fire Emblem: Three Houses — July 26
One of the centerpieces of the Direct, the Switch’s first proper Fire Emblem will be offered in a “Seasons of Warfare Edition” with an artbook, soundtrack CD and calendar.
Astral Chain — August 30
It’s not Bayonetta 3 (yet), but it’s by the same team and it looks just as amazing.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night — Summer 2019
Not the 8-bit version, but the real thing that was promised in that Kickstarter all those years ago. Let’s hope it’s good.
Oninaki — Summer 2019
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order — Summer 2019
GRID Autosport — Summer 2019
Daemon X Machina — Summer 2019
Demo playable today
Dragon Quest XI S — Fall 2019
The game was already announced for Switch in Japan, and we figured a Western announcement was inevitable, but we’re pleased to hear it all the same.
Dead By Daylight — Fall 2019
Disney Tsum Tsum Festival — 2019
Rune Factory 4 Special — 2019
A Rune Factory 5 was also announced for later.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening — 2019
Link’s Awakening is this journalist’s personal favorite Zelda of all time, so you have no idea how overjoyed I was to see the Direct end with this one. It’s an overhead-view full-3D remake in the style of Link Between Worlds, and it hits within the year.