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Nintendo Switch’s 2020 Game Lineup Is Unbelievably Sucky

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:29 PM
William White
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:29 PM
  • Nintendo Switch gamers don’t have much to look forward to in 2020.
  • The gaming company is padding out the year with ports and a remaster.
  • Some of Nintendo’s biggest games may not launch until 2021.

Nintendo Switch owners are likely going to suffer a dry year of gaming in 2020 thanks to a stunning lack of major releases.

Currently, there are only five big titles coming to the Nintendo Switch this year. Worse is the fact that some of these aren’t even new games.

Starting 2020 with a Port Isn’t a Good Sign

Nintendo Switch Tokyo Mirage Sessions
The first big Switch release of 2020 is a port. | Source: Nintendo/Atlus 

The first big game landing on Switch is Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, which comes out on Jan. 17 . This is a port of a game that originally showed up on the Wii U.

After this, Nintendo Switch owners will have to wait until March 20 for Animal Crossing: New Horizons  to launch. While Animal Crossing is a fun game, it’s not a major time killer and works best in small doses.

That means gamers are going to want something extra to sink their teeth into. Unfortunately, this is the last major title of the year with a confirmed release date.

Multiple Nintendo Switch Games Don’t Have Release Dates Yet

Nintendo Switch Bravely Default 2
We don’t have a release date for Bravely Default 2 yet. | Source: Nintendo/Square Enix 

The other big Nintendo Switch games coming out this year are Bravely Default 2, No More Heroes 3, and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. That last one is a remaster of a game that originally came out on the Wii.

There’s also room for some surprise announcement this year, but gamers shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet.

According to recent rumors, Nintendo is planning to port over two more Wii U games to the Switch . It’s still unknown which games these are, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are older titles.

Nintendo Still Has a Chance to Surprise Switch Owners

Breath of the Wild 2
The Breath of the Wild Sequel might come out in 2020. | Source: Nintendo/YouTube 

It looks like Nintendo is trying to pad out 2020. We know that the company has several other games in development for the Switch, but they might not be ready in time for a 2020 release.

But it’s still possible that Nintendo Switch owners will get a surprise this year. We don’t know when Bayonetta 3 or the Breath of the Wild sequel are coming out, but 2020 releases are possible.

There’s another big Nintendo Switch title in the works with Metroid Prime 4, but there’s no way that hits shelves earlier than 2021. Another rumor claims that a Super Metroid remake is in the works, but take that with a grain of salt.

Nintendo Can Lay Off Pokemon Anytime Now

Pokemon Nintendo Switch
More Pokemon won’t help Nintendo. | Source: Nintendo/YouTube 

This week’s Pokemon Direct previewed some new DLC for Sword and Shield, but the announcement didn’t go over all that well for Nintendo.

All in all, it looks like 2020 is going to be a dry year for Nintendo Switch owners.