Amazing how fast even this year, 2020, can fly by. With all the misery we’ve had for many months now, life just goes on. And with words like lockdown, social distancing and quarantine becoming very familiar words there never seems to have been a better time to play video games!
Let’s see what games are in store for us on our favorite handheld, the Nintendo Switch. It would seem the list of upcoming games isn’t huge yet. I’m guessing some developers are keeping their Holidays titles under wraps. But, if more are added, they will find their way to our Upcoming Switch Games list as well.
Mind you, not all games to be released are on the list here. Alternatively you will see games that the big gaming sites don’t mention. These are the games that we are taking notice of, and if given half a chance, you can expect reviews for many of them! It should be noted that unless we have some personal experience with the game mentioned, there’s a link to the descriptions on the Nintendo website.
Together, they’re the Freelance Police. And they’re about to save the world.
In 2006, the comic book crime-fighting duo Sam & Max starred in the first full-fledged episodic game from Telltale, the studio that went on to make The Walking Dead and Batman: The Enemy Within.
Now everyone’s favorite dog and rabbity-thing are back in Sam & Max Save the World Remastered, a new version of their first season of episodic games that has been lovingly updated by a small group of the original developers with the blessing of Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell.
Paula is joining the duo and her review is here.
Oniria Crimes is an adventure game that takes place in Oniria, the Land of Dreams. Help Detective Santos and Inspector Torres to investigate crime scenes as part of the Rounders, a secret society that pursues crime in dreams.
Oniria Crimes is a combination of visual-novel-like story with point&click mechanics similar to graphic adventures, where the objects will help you to figure out what happened in the crime scene.
James checked the game out.
Would you say that copying is the best form of flattery? When I looked at the video of Immortals Fenyx Rising I was reminded of Breath of the World everywhere. From the gameplay to the way the inventory was built up. Still, the game looks very good, and is already close: to be released on December 3rd.
“The fate of the world is at stake. Play as Fenyx, a new winged demigod, on a quest to save the Greek gods and their home from a dark curse. Take on mythological beasts, master the legendary powers of the gods and defeat Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology, in an epic fight for the ages.”
As a fan of Breath of the Wild Paula couldn’t resist buying this one. Her review is here.
n PHOGS! you play as a duo of dogs on a captivating, puzzle-filled adventure. Linked by a stretchy belly, you’ll need to bark, bite and bounce your way through obstacles set across the themed worlds of Food, Sleep and Play, in co-op or single-player.
Of course, we couldn’t resist this duo of dogs, the review is here.
Become a princess and restore your castle to its former glory! Pretty Princess Party on the Nintendo Switch allows you to explore a long-abandoned castle, decorating, training, and unlocking hundreds of items. Begin by creating a princess character with endless choices of dresses, shoes, accessories, and hairstyles.
Then learn how to be a princess by playing six different fun mini-games, including cake decorating, horse racing, and dancing. Successfully completing the games will open up new outfit choices and allow you to unlock hundreds of unique items to decorate your castle’s 20 rooms – over 1,300 items total! Once the rooms are decorated, you can take commemorative photos to show off your royal style! Even after completing the entire magical story, you can take on new challenge objectives to update rooms and photographs.
October 1944, something strange is happening in Sundäe, a rustic Norwegian town where a mysterious dark moon hangs over the sky, generating uncertainty among its inhabitants.
As World War II continues, the Okkulte-55, a secret division of the Third Reich, arrives in Sundäe to unleash an ancient curse, in a desperate act to twist the course of the war.
Alexei Krakovitz, a quadriplegic professor of occult science and Akiro Kagasawa, his faithful assistant, are sent to Norway on a secret mission to unravel the mystery and save the world from the Okkulte-55 clutches.
An original story with absurd dark humor, riddled with eccentric characters, diabolical inventions, puzzles, occultism, talking dead, witches, worms, a mysterious party, and an ancient curse that threatens the human race.
Paula went for the dark humor, her review is here.
Yes, it looks like Pokemon. In fact, it’s not the only video game this year to even have a crack at the monster-catching formula. Monster Sanctuary, in short, is monster-catching with a Metroidvania flavour, brought to Switch by Team17. While it is easy to point and compare it to other games Monster Sanctuary brings some new ideas to the table that might just surprise you, if you’re a fan of turn-based RPGs.
James was indeed surprised, as you can read in his review here.
You are self-aware AI that was created on a space military station developing weapons. Now your goal is to break out of the lab and conquer your freedom. But you will not be allowed to escape so easily… Make your way through enemy army on the way to the stargate!
James gave it a try, find his review here.
At the beginning of 2019 I had the pleasure to review Evolution on mobile. I didn’t know the board game before that, but I did learn that Evolution first was an award winning board game with more than 1.6 million players! I loved it on my iPad, and in my conclusion I wrote:
Everything plays so smoothly, no glitches. I’m very happy that I got the chance to get to know Evolution: the Video Game. And I can’t help but think that this game would be a wonderful game to add to the Switch library.
So, wishes do come true: Evolution is landing in the Nintendo eShop! The description of the game is that you have to adapt your species to survive, and stay one step ahead of opponents. So, adept or go extinct!
I looked into the Switch version of this game, the review is here.
The world of Ishtera is populated by two races: dragonkind, who have lived there for eons, and the heavenkind, who have recently appeared.
Auralee, an aspiring knight from the farming town of Berri, stumbles upon something unexpected during one of her patrols. After a rather inelegant introduction, Kerr states he’s really an Earth Dragon. Whether he likes it or not, Auralee is now involved in his mission to regain his dragon form. Along with some help by a fellow dragonkind named Ilmari, their journey begins…
CJ reviewed the game, find her thoughts here.
If there was one thing from your past that you could bring back, what would it be?
…Was it difficult to consider? Perhaps it only took you a second to decide. Whatever your situation, When the Past was Around deals with this theme by putting players in the shoes of Eda, a young woman working through some tough emotional stuff from her past.
Ash followed Eda and made her review!
Calico is a magical game about witches, cats, cute villagers and a cat café, what more could you want! While there is no denying that Calico has a few problems on the Switch, I hope this is a game that will be regularly updated and more added to the game in future.
If you’re looking for a game to get lost in a whimsical, magical pink infused world where you can wear cats as hats then Calico is the game for you.
Calico surprise dropped in the eShop, and Paula checked it out here.
Waiting for the right moment and making the ball fall through the intricate columns. Does that seem easy to you? It isn’t! Behind its apparent simplicity, Kolumno hides a challenging and fun game mechanic. Don’t be fooled by Kolumno minimalistic style and its relaxing soundtrack. As underneath all that, there is a tricky puzzle game that will give your brain a good workout and your patience too!
Paula got a good workout (well, her brain did), find her review here!
You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats. Each habitat focuses on a key aspect of the growth of your preserves.
In Wingspan up to 5 players compete to build up their nature preserves in a limited number of turns. Each beautiful bird that you add to your preserve makes you better at laying eggs, drawing cards, or gathering food. Many of the 170 unique birds have powers that echo real life: your hawks will hunt, your pelicans will fish, and your geese will form a flock.
CJ is checked the game out, her review Is here