*Last Updated: September 26, 2020
While 2020 might not be as “Nintendo Packed” as far as the previous years have been with regards to the Nintendo Switch, it doesn’t mean 2020 has absolutely nothing to offer.
After all, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was an absolute hit, Luigi’s Mansion 3 has had some killer DLC and we were even surprised by the likes of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, which does have a demo you can download from the Nintendo Switch eShop.
What’s more, whilst only 5 games Nintendo developed/Nintendo published/Switch exclusive titles are coming this year, with only 3 games having a confirmed release date at this time, Nintendo does have other titles in the work, 5 of which are known to us and we’re sharing details on all of these games, in this very guide!
Upcoming 2020 Titles with a Release Date:
Super Mario Bros. 35
Release Availability: October 01, 2020 (Worldwide) – March 31, 2021 (Worldwide)
Players: 1 player
Game File Size: 4N/A
Super Mario Bros. with a 35-player twist – Race against time, defeat enemies, and sabotage your opponents in an online* battle to be the last Mario standing!
Classic Super Mario Bros. gameplay gets an adrenaline boost! – Each player is given the same timed stage, but you must defeat enemies to earn extra time and attack your opponents. Don’t forget to pick up some coins on your way—they can be used to get in-game items like power-ups. With speed, skill, and strategy, you could be the last Mario standing.
Only on Nintendo Switch Online! – Super Mario Bros. 35 is a free-to-download software that’s exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Release Date: October16, 2020 (Worldwide)
Players: up to 4 players
Genre: Racing, Multiplayer, Other
Game File Size: N/A
Race a real-world Mario Kart™ through your home! Use the Nintendo Switch™ system to control your kart and watch as it reacts to what’s happening in the game as you boost and drift to victory. Your in-home course comes to life on-screen with a view from right behind the driver’s seat.
Place gates and customize courses* in the real world, then see them come alive with different in-game environments like jungles and snowscapes and obstacles like Piranha Plants. Use objects from around the house to customize your courses and add challenge, then watch the game transform your home into the Mario Kart world.
Bring along some friends** to race around your custom course in Custom Race or Grand Prix! Just make sure each player has their own Nintendo Switch system, the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit game and a Mario kart or Luigi kart.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Release Date: October 30, 2020 (Worldwide)
Players: up to 2 players
Genre: Action, Adventure, Strategy, Multiplayer
Game File Size: 6.5 GB
Command a capable crop of 5 different types of Pikmin™ to strategically overcome obstacles, defeat creatures, and find food for your famished home planet! You can even bring a second player along to divvy up tasks as you explore a world that seems larger than life from a pint-sized perspective.
Pikmin at your pace – Return to your ship before time runs out, or you (and your Pikmin) could be in big trouble. If you prefer a more casual approach, a variety of difficulty settings, lock-on targeting and optional hints have been newly added. With less pressure, you have more time to strategically command your Pikmin and take in the lush scenery.
Play side-story missions, head-to-head matches and more! – This deluxe version of the Pikmin 3 game includes new side-story missions featuring Olimar and Louie, the ability to play Story mode with a friend and all DLC stages from the original release. Feeling competitive? Enjoy fierce head-to-head Bingo Battles and online leaderboards for Mission mode.
Three brave explorers land on planet PNF-404 on a mission to find food for their starving home planet. After a crash landing, these explorers must work with Pikmin to reunite and complete their mission.
Direct, toss and grow Pikmin with different abilities and strengths—winged Pikmin can fly, while blue Pikmin can breathe underwater. By strategically choosing the right Pikmin for the job at hand and changing between the three captains (or coordinating with a second player), you can work efficiently to collect fruit and grow your Pikmin squad.
When you aren’t busy collecting fruit and saving your planet, try out Mission mode to accomplish set requirements like defeating enemies or collecting items. Looking for some friendly competition? In Bingo Battle you must use Pikmin to retrieve items on your bingo card before your opponent does.
With more options for cooperative play, settings that make it easy for newcomers to start their Pikmin journey, new side stories and more, these tiny Pikmin are in for their biggest adventure yet.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Release Date: November 20, 2020 (Worldwide)
Players: up to 2 players
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fighting
Game File Size: 15.6 GB
Join the struggle that brought Hyrule to its knees. Learn more about Zelda, the four Champions, the King of Hyrule and more through dramatic cutscenes as they try to save the kingdom from Calamity. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity game is the only way to firsthand see what happened 100 years ago.
– Battle hordes of Hyrule’s most formidable foes –
From barbaric Bokoblins to towering Lynels, Ganon’s troops have emerged in droves. Playable heroes like Link, Zelda and more must use their distinct abilities to carve through hundreds of enemies to save Hyrule from the impending Calamity.
Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise
Release Date: December 04, 2020
Players: up to 2 players
Genre: Music, Other, Sports, Training
Game File Size: 3.9 GB
Jab, uppercut, dodge, and more to catchy pop tunes in this rhythmic boxing game! Pass a Joy-Con™ controller to an exercise buddy and box to the beat together.
Customize your workout with the help of a virtual instructor.
Choose from nine virtual instructors, select a challenge level from light to heavy and have a workout prepared for you by your trainer, or create one all by yourself from scratch in Free Training. Check out detailed examples, practice specific moves, and receive helpful feedback from your instructor to get the most out of your workout!
- Warm up with the original Fitness Boxing game and then transfer your profile to the Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise game.
- Keep your progress from the original Fitness Boxing game and transfer your profile to the Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise game.
- Get your daily workout on and box (and bop) to the beat. Pass a Joy-Con controller (or two) to a workout partner to enjoy a 2-player boxing session lead by your in-game instructor. These virtual trainers have different personalities and styles, so try them out and find the one that suits you best! Complete achievements to receive tickets you can redeem for outfits to deck out your trainer in fitness fashion.
- Whatever difficulty you play on, you can revisit specific exercises for practice or watch detailed examples to observe perfect form.
- Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise is a way to get in a guided workout, track your activity, and listen to some popular, upbeat jams.
Upcoming 2020 Titles without a Release Date:
Bravely Default II
Release Date: 2020 TBA
Players: To be determined
A new world, a new story, and all-new Heroes of Light await in an original RPG experience arriving on the Nintendo Switch system in 2020! This successor to the original Bravely Default game comes from the team that brought you the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler, and features music from Revo (Sound Horizon/Linked Horizon), acclaimed composer of the Bravely Default soundtrack.
- Brand-new entry in Square Enix’s Bravely Series
- Travel the world in search of the four Crystals with the latest incarnation of the brave band known as the Heroes of Light
- Latest creation from Team Asano, creators of the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler
- New world filled with new characters, but with the atmosphere and excitement the Bravely series is known for
New Pokémon Snap
Release Date: TBD
Players: To be determined
Seek out and take in-game pictures of Pokémon in their native environments in the New Pokémon™ Snap game, only for the Nintendo Switch™ system! You’ll even discover behaviors and expressions you’ve never seen before when you encounter and research lively wild Pokémon.
Explore environments, take in-game pictures and fill your Pokémon Photodex
Travel to unknown islands with beautiful scenery like lush jungles and sandy beaches. The Pokémon pictures you take there will be used to build your very own Pokémon Photodex!
This brand-new game brings the gameplay of the 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64™ system to life on the Nintendo Switch system with unknown islands to discover and different Pokémon to see!
Photograph lively wild Pokémon in their natural habitats as you research and explore unknown islands. Journey through a variety of environments such as beaches and jungles to capture previously-unseen Pokémon behaviors. The photos you take can also be used to fill out your very own Pokémon Photodex!
- See a different side of Pokémon in a new photo-snapping adventure, only on Nintendo Switch
- Research various Pokémon in their natural habitats and capture Pokémon behaviors that you’ve never seen before
- Explore unknown islands with scenery like lush jungles and tropical beaches throughout your journey
- Take in-game photos to make your very own Pokémon Photodex
Upcoming 2021 Titles with a Release Date:
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Release Date: February 12, 2021 (Worldwide)
Players: up to 4 players
Genre: Platformer, Action
Game File Size: 5.0 GB
Pounce and climb through dozens of colorful stages! Mario (and his friends) can use power-ups like the Super Bell, which grants catlike abilities, like climbing and scratching. Work together locally* or online** with up to three other players to reach the goal…and to see who can get a high score.
The Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury game features the same great co-op gameplay, creative levels and power-ups as the original game, but also so much more. Additional details about what fun things this game has to offer will be revealed soon!
Upcoming 2021 Titles without a Release Date: (+ Games by Atlus & Capcom)
Shin Megami Tensei V
Release Date: 2021
First Announced: January 11, 2017
Notes: The next numbered entry in ATLUS’ beloved Shin Megami Tensei series is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch. In this epic role-playing game, order itself has crumbled and chaos reigns over all. Shin Megami Tensei V will have a simultaneous global launch on Nintendo Switch in 2021.
MONSTER HUNTER RISE
Release Date: March 26, 2021
Players: up to 2 players
Game File Size: 8.8 GB
The critically acclaimed action-RPG series returns to the Nintendo Switch™!
Set in the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village, explore lush ecosystems and battle fearsome monsters to become the ultimate hunter. It’s been half a century since the last calamity struck, but a terrifying new monster has reared its head and threatens to plunge the land into chaos once again.
Hunt solo or in a party with friends to earn rewards that you can use to craft a huge variety of weapons and armor. Brand new gameplay systems such as the high-flying ‘Wire Action’ and your canine companion ‘Palamute’ will add exciting new layers to the already robust combat that Monster Hunter is known for.
Whether it’s at home, on the go, online or offline – you’ll always be ready for your next hunt on the Nintendo Switch™!
Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster
Release Date: Spring 2021
First Announced: July 20, 2020
Notes: It’s been 17 years since the original release of Shin Megami Tensei III, known in the U.S. as Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. Now, the apocalyptic legend returns in a full high-definition remake of the classic game, coming to Nintendo Switch in spring 2021.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Release Date: Summer 2021
Players: to be determined
Game File Size: N/A
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin offers both RPG and Monster Hunter fans a unique new experience with a rich storyline featuring charming characters, challenging quests and friendly encounters with familiar monsters from the Monster Hunter series. Assuming the role of a young Monster Rider who can use a Kinship Stone to form strong bonds with monsters, players can gain experience and improve their skills to form deeper connections with these wonderful creatures. When ready, players can embark on memorable adventures filled with dramatic events and heartwarming friendships as the epic tale unfolds.
No More Heroes 3
Release Date: 2021 TBA
Players: 1 player
After a ten-year hiatus, everyone’s favorite “assassin action game” is back with the latest entry in the official numbered series.
The all-American #1 ranked assassin Travis Touchdown returns to the Garden of Insanity once again.
- The first official numbered release in the insane “assassin action game” series in ten years!
- Travis Touchdown, the otaku assassin, must face off against some super hardcore dudes… from SPACE?!
- Travis’ beloved Beam Katana and wrestling moves are back and better than ever!
Upcoming DLC, Add-on Content and Free Updates for 2020:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Free Updates)
Notes: Free updates released regularly throughout 2020 & 2021
Current Update: Version 1.4.0 – Summer Update #2 – July 30, 2020 (Available now)
Upcoming Update: Version ??? – September 30, 2020
Next Update: November 2020
March 2021: Super Mario themed furniture is to be added
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass (Paid DLC)
The Isle of Armor: June 17, 2020 (Available now)
The Crown Tundra: Coming Autumn 2020
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 (Paid DLC)
Notes: Min-Min was revealed as the first DLC fighter of the new pack on June 22, 2020
DLC Fighter #1: Release Date: June 29, 2020 (Min Min)
Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (Paid DLC)
Notes: Individual DLC Packs and Season Pass announced on July 20, 2020
Get access to three DLC packs as they release with the Cadence of Hyrule Season Pass! First, fight to the rhythm with five additional characters like Impa and Frederick, the shopkeeper, with the Character Pack DLC. This pack also includes two returning modes: All Character Mode and Mystery Mode.
-Re-orchestrate your adventure through Hyrule with new remixes-
Listen to even more remixed versions of classic Legend of Zelda™ series tunes as you move to the beat with the Melody Pack DLC. A total of 39 additional tunes from 3 different artists are included!
-Tune in to a chorus of chaos with a new story-
Play through a new story and map where Skull Kid takes center stage in the Symphony of the Mask DLC. This tale of the mischief maker includes a new map and songs.
Play as Impa, Shadow Link and Shadow Zelda from the Legend of Zelda™ series in addition to Frederick (the shopkeeper) and Aria (Cadence’s grandmother) from Crypt of the NecroDancer. Each character has their own set of skills—Impa can teleport behind enemies and Frederick comes back to life as a ghost!
Take on All Character Mode’s 21-floor dungeon and defeat Ganon with each character. Or, challenge yourself in Mystery Mode where all items and enemies are displayed with question marks. Both modes are included in the Character Pack.
With the Melody Pack you can designate which character and area will feature certain songs from both the original soundtrack and new remixes. Play through this rhythmic adventure to the beat of your own drum!
As a bonus for purchasing the Season Pass, you will be able to play as red and blue variations of Link and Zelda. You’ll be able to access these symphonic styles right away.
Season Pass: July 20, 2020 (Available now)
DLC Pack #1 (Character Pack): July 20, 2020 (Available now)
DLC Pack #2 (Melody Pack): August 27, 2020 (Available now)
DLC Pack #3 (Additional Story Content – Symphony of the Mask): September 23, 2020 (Available now)
Confirmed Games in Development:
First Announced: September 7, 2015
Metroid Prime 4
First Announced: June 13, 2017
First Announced: December 7, 2017
Detective Pikachu 2
First Announced: May 28, 2019
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
First Announced: June 11, 2019
First Announced: June 24, 2020 for Nintendo Switch and smartphone devices
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch
Released: January 03, 2020 (EU)
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
Released: January 17, 2020 (Worldwide)
Pokémon HOME (Application)
Released: February 11, 2020 (Worldwide)
SNACK WORLD: THE DUNGEON CRAWL — GOLD
Released: February 14, 2020 (EU & NA)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
Released: March 6, 2020 (Worldwide)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Released: March 20, 2020 (Worldwide)
Released: March 26, 2020 (Worldwide)
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Released: May 29, 2020 (Worldwide)
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics / 51 Worldwide Games
Released: June 05, 2020 (Worldwide)
Jump Rope Challenge
Released: June 16, 2020 (Worldwide)
Pokémon Café Mix
Released: June 23, 2020 (NA) / June 24, 2020 (EU & JP)
Paper Mario: The Origami King
Released: July 17, 2020 (Worldwide)
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Released: September 18, 2020 (Worldwide)
Kirby Fighters 2
Released: September 23, 2020 (NA) / September 24, 2020 (EU & JP)
We hope you find this guide helpful!
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