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Nintendo’s 2019 line-up will make you want a Switch

It’s a good time to be a gamer, especially if you take your games to go, as Nintendo’s Switch demonstrates.

This writer isn’t a big a gamer anymore, but the lineup Nintendo has announced at E3 makes him wish he still played more than the odd game.

A console that takes what started with the GameBoy and finds a middle ground between portable and home console, the Nintendo Switch is making a dent on gamers, as well as developers, too.

While you might think of Nintendo is a company that tends to primarily publish games for kids and families, this year’s lineup shows the Nintendo Switch is pushing into more areas, as gamers grow and start to play with different games.

As such, this year appears to be a good year for variety, with a bunch of titles that look to grab the attention of all.

You won’t find a new Switch announcement, sadly, so there’s no smaller or less pricey version coming, at least not yet, but there are a bunch of titles, and they’re bringing what appear to be some solid graphics made for Nintendo’s most intriguing portable yet.

Here’s a sample of what’s coming for the Nintendo Switch in the near future.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

We’ll be honest and say we’re a little excited for this one. Animal Crossing is a cute and charming little world for players to explore and be what they want to be, creating a home in a charming digital world made for the Switch.

Expected March 20, 2020

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics

You may not realise it, but there’s a new “The Dark Crystal” series expected on Netflix, and with it, a game. This one will be a tactical strategy game, revealing new characters, stories, and environments from a show kickstarted by the classic Jim Henson movie of the same name.

Expected later this year (2019)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem returns in a turn-based tactile RPG that will see players take command of warriors and fighters engulfed in war. We’re told the title has new strategic twists, and will feature support of individual units on the field with battalions.

Released July 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Yes, there’s another Zelda game coming, as Link arrives on a mysterious island to awaken the Wind Fish. You’ll find enemies from Super Mario in this one with a bunch of other hidden secrets to find and explore.

Released September 20, 2019

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Video games based on the Olympic Games have always been a little hit and miss, but this franchise kicked into gear almost 12 years ago for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. And it’s back for Tokyo in 2020, with rivals Mario and Sonic competing in sports, plus the new events coming to Tokyo in 2020, including karate, surfing, sport-climbing, and skateboarding.

Expected in November 2019

No More Heroes 3

Another title we’re a little too excited for, No More Heroes 3 will bring the samurai assassin series back to life, returning Travis Touchdown for more fights of his life.

Expected in 2020

Panzer Dragoon: Remake

And while we’re on the subject of titles we’re excited for, there’s a remake coming of a game that first made an appearance on the Sega Saturn all those years ago. Panzer Dragoon will see you fly a dragon armed with a gun and stop one from reaching the tower.

Expected later this year (2019)

Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield

The next Pokémon games, expect more of an open sandbox world for finding your Pokémon to become a trainer. What’s more, there’s a gigantic Pokémon or two for you to face off against, which are kind of like the Godzilla of Pokémon.

Released November 15, 2019

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6

Not everyone wants Pokémon. Some people want zombies, and lots of them, which these two titles aim to deliver.

Resident Evil 5 and 6 bring more from the Umbrella Corporation, with action and survival horror coming together on the portable console with online and couch-based cooperative play.

Expected later this year (2019)

Trials of Mana

A remake of the third “Mana” RPG, Trials of Mana aims to give the series new live with 3D graphics, developed in Full HD. Think of it as a Mana game you may already love, but rebuilt to look even better.

Expected in early 2020

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition

A fantastically big game that has seen its ways to other gaming systems in the past, The Witcher 3 has one over 250 Game of the Year awards, and is an open-world adventure set in a world where you play a monster slayer. Coming for the Switch, this “Complete Edition” will include both downloadable content additions, “Hearts of Stone” and “Blood and Wine”, and made to be taken to go on the Nintendo Switch.

Expected later this year (2019)

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Set in an alternate world where Germany won World War II, the twin daughters of the original guy in Wolfenstein, B.J. Blazkowicz, head to Paris to help the French Resistance and look for their missing father. There’ll be a cooperative mode, as well, so you can play with a friend.

Released July 26

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