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 devloped/Nintendo published/Switch exclusive titles are coming this year, with only 3 games having a confirmed release date at this time, Nintendo do 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:
(Regretably, there are none at this Time)
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.
Upcoming 2020 Titles without a Release Date:
No More Heroes 3
Release Date: 2020 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!
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 without a Release Date:
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.
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.
Upcoming DLC, Add-on Content and Free Updates for 2020:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Free Updates)
Notes: Free updates released regularly throughout 2020
Current Update: Version 1.4.0 – Summer Update #2 – July 30, 2020 (Available now)
Next Update: Version ??? – Autumn 2020
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, 2020
DLC Pack #3 (Additional Story Content – Symphony of the Mask): September 2020
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)
We hope you find this guide helpful!
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