Jan 18th, 2017

Now that Nintendo has finally revealed the Nintendo Switch, there’s a lot to be excited about for those who love Nintendo consoles. This new console will serve as Nintendo’s dedicated console and handheld in the future, once the Nintendo 3DS has started to be phased out. With that in mind, here are the top five games we’re most looking forward to seeing on the Nintendo Switch.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

It feels like we’ve been waiting for a new Zelda game forever, because technically we have. What eventually became Breath of the Wild was first announced back in 2013 alongside the Wii U. We knew Nintendo would eventually milk the game due to how unpopular the Wii U itself is, but there are several differences that make Breath of the Wild worth playing on the hardware of the Switch over Nintendo’s previous console.

For starters, the Switch version renders at 900p while the Wii U version only renders at 720p. You’ll also notice some audio differences with the Switch version, as it’s likely that development on the title was refocused to Nintendo Switch once Nintendo realized the Wii U wasn’t going to replace the Wii’s success. This is the number one title we’re excited about.

HD Monster Hunter

This was perhaps the biggest disappointment of the show for me, since Monster Hunter is a bread and butter Nintendo 3DS title. I’ve enjoyed the past two games on Nintendo’s latest handheld, so being able to see what’s coming next from Capcom would have been amazing.

I have no doubts that the company is working on an HD successor to the 3DS versions of Monster Hunter we enjoyed for a handful of years, but it can’t come soon enough. If they can get the graphics anything close to that Chinese-only online version of Monster Hunter, then it will truly be a game that’s worth owning the Switch. Come on, Capcom. Show us what you’ve been working on.

Splatoon 2

Splatoon was the best exclusive the Wii U had in its short lifespan, so its nice to see Nintendo focusing on the concept again. The game now features 4v4 and while the presentation during the Nintendo Switch conference wasn’t much to write home about, we’re eager to see what new weapons the Squid Labs team cooks up for this sequel.

Pokemon Eclipse

Pokemon Eclipse is just a rumor at this point, but a proper Pokemon RPG on the Nintendo Switch would go a long way to convincing the population they need Nintendo’s newest portable. That’s especially true when you consider the resurgance of interest that the Pokemon series has had thanks to new people getting into Pokemon Go and wanting to see what the actual Pokemon games are like.

With Pokemon Sun and Moon available on Nintendo 3DS, there have been some rumors that a Diamond-esque version called Pokemon Eclipse could be in production for the Nintendo Switch. We’d love to see a proper Pokemon game on a Nintendo home console, so we’re hoping this rumor turns out to be true.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade Chronicles was a sleeper hit for Wii U JRPG fans with a huge open world to explore and plenty of combat and mechs to fight. The game was interesting enough that it warranted a sequel and what Nintendo has showcased so far looks gorgeous. We’re glad Nintendo is investing in this series because we really like the aesthetic and hope that the company will take the feedback fans gave from the first game and implement that in the second.