The Big Question: Nintendo Switch's Launch Games

So we're only a couple of days away from the next big Nintendo Switch reveal, and only a couple of months away from the console's eventual release.

But what games do you want the console to actually launch with - and how many?

Nintendo hasn't provided official confirmation of what the Switch will actually launch with, and probably won't until Friday. Breath of the Wild seems fairly likely - it's been touted as a Switch title for a while - but over the last couple of months more and more third-party Switch games have come to the fore.

Eric Barone announced before New Year's that a Switch port of Stardew Valley was in the works. Yooka-Laylee is confirmed as coming to the Switch as well, and Ubisoft announced Just Dance was coming to the Switch at E3.

It's doubtful that Pokemon Stars - a supposed codename for Switch version of Pokemon Sun and Moon - would arrive at launch, and we've also heard nothing about the new Mario 3D title that was shown off in that initial Switch trailer. Nintendo like to lead with Mario whenever they launch a major new title, and a new Sonic is in the works too.

What games do you expect Nintendo to show off at their presentation on Friday - and what games do you think the console will launch with in March?


    I'd happily sacrifice a few goats or similar to get a Monster Hunter at launch, but I don't like my chances.

      Yes, yes. And a first born to increase our odds.

    I'm kind of concerned that the launch line up is going to be really sparse. Most of the big name games for the Switch aren't slated for release on other platforms until the following months and that doesn't indicate anything about whether the Switch version was developed in the same timeframe. Even Breath of the Wild is rumoured to be releasing several months after the release so, umm, maybe Just Dance or something will be a launch title?

      A downvote? I'm just speculating based on what I've seen and read. And Just Dance is actually slated to be a launch title unless things have changed.

        Didn't the N64 release with only 3 games in Australia? I'm thinking Pilotwings 64, Wave Race 64 and Mario 64. It didn't hurt the system too badly in the long run but these days people have a lot less patience.

          Damn, I was halfway through typing the same reply. O think the GameCube was 5 titles in Aus.

            Nah the Cube had a good 20 or so titles for launch. Maybe only five worth getting, but that's still pretty high for a launch lineup :P

              Wow, I was obviously buying from the wrong store. I had a choice of Wave Race, Luigis, Rogue, Sonic and something else (maybe Monkey Ball).

              Went for Wave Race and Rogue Squadron. No regrets.

                Luigi's Mansion, Rogue Squadron, Wave Race and Burnout for me and my sister. Top tier lineup.

                Also yeah, Monkey Ball was awesome. And had a stupid amount of fun with Simpsons Road Rage. I think Bloody Roar was a launch title too? Pretty solid fighter.

          Because the gaming industry hasnt changed at all since n64 and nintendo is still in the same market position as back then? Its going to take a strong first six months for the switch to establish itself after the wii u

            WiiU was the first Nintendo home console I never owned. Have had all their portables since the GBA. The WiiU was just too expensive and didn't have any games I was interested in (a few I was curious about, but not enough to pay a premium price for).

            I preordered my Switch and cannot wait. I believe it will do what the WiiU promised to do but was never capable of.

            I don't think this is do or die for Nintendo, however it is probably the last time they csn tey to ve innovative with a console. If this fails, they would need to go all-out on a straight up powerhouse machine to tackle the big two. However, I do think the Switch will be a massive success.

      Whenever Nintendo have talked about or shown the Switch Zelda: Breath Of The Wild has been there, so it doesn't make sense that it wouldn't be a launch title. But it's all speculation at this point.

      For the sake of the switch's success, I hope they dont do the exact opposite. If they blow their proverbial load on launch titles (releasing the staple games like smash, mario kart etc), they'll have a tough job keeping up worthwhile releases for years to come rather than their B-list IP's.

    Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    Super Mario Switch
    Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch
    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch
    Skyrim: Special Edition
    (and please) BoxBoy 3

    I am just hoping that the Switch is actually the combination of the 3DS and the Wii lines. That way we can be guaranteed games if both their hand-held and console developers are just working on one device.

      I've heard their console and handheld software teams have merged, so this is potentially true. I think the proof will be in the pudding in terms of the level of support 3DS receives over the next year.

    They're going to blow everyone away with a surprise Metroid announcement...


    Launch with Zelda and the switch will be off to a good start.

    I think there's going to be quite a lot. And once Nintendo reveal theirs, everyone else will reveal their own.

    I'm happy with Zelda for the moment, Stoked to hear Yooka-Laylee is coming to the Switch I can only see myself playing it on a Nintendo.

    hope to see a new Mario Kart and Pokemon within the next 12 months and would like to hear about a new Monster Hunter and Metroid. My god there better be a new Metroid on this console.

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    They've been so quiet on the Wii U front this year, they are bound to be cooking up some good stuff. The Splatoon game will keep me going for a long while itself, but Zelda is now looking like it WILL hit launch, so that too. I will probably pick up a 3rd game as well depending funds at launch.

    A Switch version of that Lady Layton game would be a nice surprise. My wife and I like playing them together, but it's a nightmare on our necks to have DS screen accessible to both of us at the same time.

    The only game I'm almost positive will come out at launch is The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.

    The games I'd like to see at launch are Mario 3D, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Pokemon.

    And then there's the wishful thinking ones, F-Zero, Diddy Kong Racing 2, and maybe a new Wave Race and 1080 Snowboarding.

    Very VERY wishful thinking

    but............ how about a 1 to 1 remaster of Golden Eye 007
    and WWE no mercy while we're at it

    4 player multiplayer on the go would be so sweet

    "In order to use Pokebank with Pokemon Sun and Moon, you will need to install the software on to your Nintendo Switch......."

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    Want me to buy one?

    Two words...Monster Hunter

    Till then, no dice nintendo

    They need Zelda and a Mario game at launch, if the Switch doesn't come out firing then it'll be another WiiU. Also hate to say it but Skyrim on Switch isn't a game changer, people were QQing when it was released on current gen consoles imagine the QQ if it was the best launch title ...

    Want to see an announcement of Tom Clancy's Wildlands on launch day. That would be a super cool move by Ubisoft dammit.

    Not likely that I'll be buying the Switch for its portability - it would be for good, fun, local multiplayer and a couple of the Nintendo IPs. DGAF about Skyrim - played it on the 360, and on PC and I'm not going to buy it again, just to run it on weaker hardware. I'd love to see a really pretty, semi-open world pokemon game, a great Zelda title, a cool casual party title like Wii Play/Sport/etc, a DK racer (or another kart style racer that's not Mario Kart) and Yooka-Laylee.
    And even with all those titles, it'd still be a coin flip, because I know that 3 years down the line they'll all still be full price.

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