It’s always great to have a new wave of games coming to a system, even if you’ve already played them. If you’re the kind of person who always ends up selling your old consoles and immediately regrets it, then we’ve got that in common. Still, these games are so great that you won’t regret buying them again.
Resident Evil Series
Resident Evil (Remake), Resident Evil 4, and Resident Evil Zero all launch on the same day on May 20th. Originally all released as Gamecube exclusives, this marks the first time all three have been available together on a Nintendo console in over 10 years. While Remake and 4 are often considered pinnacles of the series, Zero has remained a black sheep due to its partner swapping mechanic, and less than creative enemy designs.
No info has been released on potential updates, including gyro controls for Resident Evil 4, or the Wesker mode from Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster. The games are also releasing at $30 each on the NA eShop, $10 higher than the versions already existing on other consoles. Still if you haven’t already, this is the perfect chance to pick up what are often considered two of the best survival horror games of all time, and also Resident Evil Zero.
Headlining the March Nindies event, Cuphead is coming to Switch with full cooperation from Microsoft. Paying homage to a long gone era of animation, Cuphead is one of the most visually stunning 2D games ever made. Cuphead is also deviously hard, and will keep serious players entranced for hours as they struggle against the myriad of bosses.
Studio MDHR is also bringing bug fixes, new animations, and a single player character select so you can play as the real star, Mugman. There’s also an announced Cuphead DLC coming sometime this year, although it isn’t confirmed for Switch yet. If you don’t have an Xbox One or a reliable Windows PC, but you do have a Switch, then you’ll finally be able to pick up Cuphead on April 18th for $20.
Final Fantasy Series
Last year during the September Nintendo Direct, Final Fantasy 7, 9, 10, 10-2, 12, Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! were all announced for the Nintendo Switch. At the time of writing only 7, 9, and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon have released. The Final Fantasy games have reputations that proceed them, but if you’ve never played the legendary JRPG series, you owe it to yourself to at least try. 7 and 9 both contain the cheats from the PC version, including infinite health and turning off random battles, but don’t expect that to be the case in the rest.
If you’re a stickler for graphics, and pre-rendered backgrounds just don’t do it for you, then you still have Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (April 16th), and Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age (April 30th) to look forward to. FF12 in particular will be carrying over the massive quality of life adjustments from the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions, such as speed adjustments and game balance. As someone who never finished the PS2 version, this is exactly what the game needs, and I can personally recommend every game releasing for the Switch.
The co-op dungeon crawler Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered still doesn’t have a release date, but there’s more than enough Final Fantasy content coming to Switch, that you’ll have your hands full until then. Unfortunately there is no news about the SNES Final Fantasy games or even Final Fantasy 8, the original black sheep of the series, but there’s always room for hope.
Dragon Quest XI S
Fun fact, Dragon Quest XI originally released for the 3DS and PS4 in Japan back in 2017. It’s a little strange that we never got a Switch version before now, but at least it is happening. Dragon Quest is a much more tongue in cheek fantasy setting than the Final Fantasy series, and is a lot more popular in Japan as well. With character and monster designs by Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest has always been an incredibly fun game just to look at.
The Switch version will include a fully orchestrated soundtrack, something that has severely hampered the enjoyment of the PS4 version for many. Dragon Quest XI S will also include new story content and a kind of strange 2D overhead mode mimicking the SNES versions of the series. There’s no confirmation that these updates will be coming to the PS4 version any time soon, so there might be some good in waiting for the Switch version this fall.
Rune Factory 4 Special
Like many, it was easy for me to just assume Rune Factory was dead. The last game to come out on the 3DS was in 2013, and until January not a word had been spoken since. Well, not only are we getting an improved port of Rune Factory 4, but Rune Factory 5 has also been announced for the Switch. The farming-action-adventure-dating-sim-RPG is back and even includes additional social content, difficulty modes, and new cutscenes.
Honestly it’s not the most polished looking 3DS port, but I know there’s some hardcore fans out there who are losing their minds over this. Made by members of the original Harvest Moon team, it’s a quirky life sim with a heavy dose of dungeon crawling. It’s the kind of game that you can easily sink a few hundred hours into, even after the “end”. With Stardew Valley and My Time at Portia both being available on Switch, it makes me wonder if there’s room for another 300 hour farming simulator, but seeing as how both games pay homage to the series that started it all, I think Rune Factory can find a great home on the console. Rune Factory 4 Special is coming out in North America sometime in 2019.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Capcom’s quest driven, monster slaying, fantasy action RPG that isn’t Monster Hunter, is releasing April 23rd. Including the Dark Arisen expansion, the 2012 game is finally releasing on Nintendo hardware. Personally I’ve never really gotten the chance to try the game other than an Xbox 360 demo where I got to hang off the neck of a chimera three times my size, and stab it repeatedly. The game features the ability to grab your friends’ custom characters and use them as NPC fighters, then lead them into perilous monster dens, fighting classics like hydras, griffons, and of course, dragons.
Despite the lack of modern entries like Street Fighter 5, Monster Hunter World, and Resident Evil 2, Capcom’s lineup on the Switch is kind of excellent. Some of the best Capcom games ever made have been, or will be, released on Switch, and that’s something to be appreciative about. Dragon’s Dogma is one that I missed out on, but am definitely looking forward to visiting.
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R
Both the word salad above, and the original Guilty Gear are slated for a spring release. Maybe. No official launch date has been specified, and well, spring only has about two months left. Still GGXXAC+R is one of my all time favorite fighting games, one that I think just edges out the most recent release, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2. The metal inspired world of Guilty Gear is a strange one indeed, but the wacky character designs and high octane fighting fit it so, so well. While the original Guilty Gear was also announced as a separate physical download… eh, maybe just grab XX, the original doesn’t stand the test of time. Maybe it never did.
That’s all the big name ports coming out this year. 2019 is packed full of quality from the new to the old. If you’ve gotta collect them all, then 2019 will not be good for your wallet, but you’ll definitely never be bored.