14 Best Nintendo Switch Games Coming in 2017

The launch of a new video game console always brings with it a flurry of activity. Everyone is always worried about what features the console will and won’t have. They’re trying to make sure that it’ll fit within their budget too. This exciting journey always starts with games though. Before anyone even considers buying a Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch games line-up needs to speak to them.

At least, at launch, that’s not the case for everyone. The Nintendo Switch games available right now are designed to show off its unique features and capabilities. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild showcases its graphical prowess. 1-2 Switch is a collection of small titles that use the JoyCons for single-player and multiplayer motion gaming. By all estimates, it’s aimed at the same users that might enjoy Just Dance 2017 or the Wii’s Wii Sports.

There are a lot of new Nintendo Switch games on their way this year.

When docked, the Nintendo Switch acts as a normal video game console. You pair it with a wireless controller. It outputs a video and audio signal to your television set. It’s up to you to change things up. You can attach the JoyCon controllers to the sides of the device and remove it from its dock. This allows you to take Breath of the Wild on the go. All the Nintendo Switch games, including 1-2 Switch, are just as at home on a television set as they are on the console’s 720p display.

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Nintendo needs an army of Nintendo Switch games, and there isn’t a moment to waste. Breath of the Wild, though off to a good start, will not keep gamers interested in the console forever. If they, for some reason, should decide to move on to other pastures, Nintendo will have managed to recreate the same problem that its Wii and Wii U systems had. There weren’t enough third-party games to keep the console selling during the months when there weren’t any exclusive releases. Gamers stopped buying the console. Developers stopped making new titles, ensuring that gamers would continue not to buy.

Early signs point to Nintendo having finally solved this problem. Popular sports franchises, FIFA and NBA 2K are planned for the system. Ubisoft has already launched one of its Nintendo Switch games. It recently revealed that its Steep sports game is up next. Independent developers are tripping over each other to confirm that their titles will be available on the system. Developer Mojang says Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition is in development, though we are not entirely sure when the company plans to release it.

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Here are all the confirmed Nintendo Switch games. Some of these titles will make their debut in 2017. Others don’t have a potential release date all, but we know they’re on their way. These games will likely help fill in the gaps between other Nintendo Switch games that are exclusive to the platform, just like Breath of the Wild.

Confirmed Nintendo Switch Games

  • Sonic Forces
  • Dragon Quest X: The Five Awakening Races Online
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Splatoon 2
  • Yooka-LayLee
  • Stardrew Valley
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Arms
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
  • FIFA
  • NBA 2K18
  • Steep
  • Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition

Sonic Forces

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Sonic Forces

Featuring three protagonists from very different eras of Sonic, Sonic Forces will offer platforming and an all-new story when it arrives on video game consoles – including the Nintendo Switch – sometime soon.

Sega has only confirmed that the game will launch worldwide sometime in Q4 2017. As such, an exact release date remains a complete mystery. Other details, like how it’ll support Amiibo, and the different play modes of the Nintendo Switch, are unclear too. Sonic Forces is one of two recently revealed Sonic games coming to Nintendo Switch. The other is Sonic Mania.

We don't yet know who that third protagonist will be.

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