Best Nintendo Switch games coming in 2023

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — Link running with canisters
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It's crazy to think that Nintendo Switch is entering into its sixth year in 2023, but that hasn't slowed down the number of amazing games headed to the console. If anything, some of the most anticipated titles for the last few years are actually about to release. We're talking open-world action adventures, life sims, strategy games, and tons of other exciting genres. 

Here are all of the big Switch games to look forward to in 2023, listed in the order of their release dates.

Persona 3: Portable

Sega, Atlus, and Persona fans, rejoice! Several classic Persona games are headed to Switch in 2023 starting with Persona 3: Portable. The name is a bit odd until you realize that it's an enhanced version of the original game that released on the PlayStation Portable in the 2000s. Players make choices and each one of those choices has consequences. See where your paths lead you when the game releases January 19, 2023.

Persona 3: Portable | $20 at Nintendo

Persona 3: Portable | $20 at Nintendo

Choose whether you play as a male or female and then make decisions as they come your way. Your choices will lead to different paths providing the game with tons of replay value. 

Buy from: Nintendo

Fire Emblem Engage

Fire Emblem Engage releases on January 20, 2023, so gamers won't have to wait too long to play it. Unlike the popular Three Houses, which had a far more solemn color-scheme and realistic surroundings, Engage offers a far more exciting palette with a split-red-and-blue-haired protagonist to match. The main mechanic for this entry is the ability to summon and use the powers of classic Fire Emblem characters like Marth, Lucina, Ike, and more. 

You play as Alear, a young person who can be either male or female. They awaken to discover that they have been asleep for 1,000 years and that the powerful Fell Dragon from ancient times is trying to return. It will be up to players to journey around, find new team members, and save the land.

Fire Emblem Engage | $60 at Amazon

Fire Emblem Engage | $60 at Amazon

Alear has slept for over one thousand years, but now they must wake to take down the Fell Dragon. They'll find new companions and join powers with heroes of old. 

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Spongebob Squarepants Cosmic Shake

Spongebob and Patrick find themselves in possession of special Mermaid Tears that grant wishes, which leads to some silly undersea nonsense. Interact with various characters from the show as you make your way through various areas.

Developed by the same team that brought us the remastered Battle for Bikini Bottom, this game looks like it will provide the platforming action-adventure fun we've grown to expect. Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake releases on January 31, 2023.

Spongebob Squarepants Cosmic Shake | $40 at Amazon

Spongebob Squarepants Cosmic Shake | $40 at Amazon

Platform your way around various iconic places under the sea while playing as Spongebob. You'll encounter several characters and can work on unlock unique skills. 

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Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & The Secret Key

The Atelier Ryza series has done quite well for itself over the years frequently receiving good scores from critics and players alike. This latest story follows the protagonist Ryza and her alchemist friends as they live a charming life on Kurken Island. However, one day strange islands appear in the ocean nearby and the friends must investigate to save their way of life as they know it. 

It's an action-adventure RPG that uses a blend of turn-based combat mixed in with real-time attacks to keep things interesting. Travel around a fantasy world, collect items, meet characters, and work to save your island. It's set to come out February 23, 2023.

Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & The Secret Key | $60 at Amazon

Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & The Secret Key | $60 at Amazon

Ryza and her friends must investigate a strange occurrence near their island that could threaten their way of life. Travel around and fight enemies to uncover the mystery of newly appearing islands. 

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Kirby's Return To Dreamland Deluxe

This Deluxe version of Kirby's Return to Dreamland is actually a remake of a popular Wii game. Up to four people can play together from one Switch and take on enemies as they platform their way through levels. 

There are plenty of different Copy abilities for Kirby to use and the addition of new Mecha Copy Ability adds some excitement that we haven't seen before with this game. Kirby's Return to Dreamland Deluxe releases on February 24, 2023.

Kirby's Return To Dreamland Deluxe | $60 at Amazon

Kirby's Return To Dreamland Deluxe | $60 at Amazon

Experience this popular Wii game as it was remade for Nintendo Switch. Up to four players can play from one system as they make their way through platforming levels together.  

Buy from: Amazon | Best Buy | Walmart

Octopath Traveler 2

Octopath Traveler 2 follows closely in the original game's footsteps using the same gorgeous HD-2D art style as well as the highly praised Break and Boost combat system that the first title was known for. Additionally, players once more get to experience a fantasy world while playing as eight different characters from various places.

As before, the main characters each inhabit one of the following classes: Warrior, Dancer, Merchant, Scholar, Thief, Cleric, Hunter, and Apothecary. They handle situations differently and offer different abilities to keep things interesting. Get it when it launches on February 24, 2023.

Octopath Traveler 2 | $60 at Amazon

Octopath Traveler 2 | $60 at Amazon

Take part in another set of stories following a wide cast of characters in a fantasy world. Each one has unique abilities and fighting styles.

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Cult of the Lamb

Cult of the Lamb technically released on Nintendo Switch already in digital form, but the physical copies are finally coming in 2023. You play as a cute little lamb who's out to build his cult and destroy the non-believers. It's like Animal Crossing but filled with sacrilege and demonic overtones for comedic effect.

When you're not swaying your followers and getting them to do things for you, you can venture out into the woods to battle enemies and bosses. If anyone dissents, it's up to you to dole out punishment or convince them to come back. Cult of the Lamb's physical edition releases on March 17, 2023.

Cult of the Lamb | $35 at Amazon

Cult of the Lamb | $35 at Amazon

Convert followers to your cult and develop it as much as you can. This game expertly combines cutesy artwork with devious or even sacrilegious gameplay for a truly demonic life sim. 

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Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon

This adventure goes back into Bayonetta's past and follows the young woman and her first demon. Her mother has gone missing and it's up to her and her possessed stuffed toy to figure out what happened. The art style is reminiscent of a children's story and is very different from previous Bayonetta games. It releases on St. Patrick's Day — March 17, 2023.

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon | $60 at Amazon

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon | $60 at Amazon

Bayonetta must go on a journey to discover what happened to her mother. She'll need to battle her way with the help of her very first demon who possesses her stuffed toy. 

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Curse of the Sea Rats

This is a Metroidvania with hand-drawn animation that follows four prisoners who have been turned into rats by a sea witch. The only way to become human again is to explore and fight through bosses until you can get your hands on the witch. 

Up to four players can enjoy this adventure from one Switch and each character has their own skills for your to master. Narrow in on the fighting style you like best or learn to master each of the character's actions. Curse of the Sea Rats releases sometime in 2023.

Curse of the Sea Rats | $40 at Amazon

Curse of the Sea Rats | $40 at Amazon

Take on enemies in this Metroidvania that boasts beautiful hand-drawn animation and challenging bosses. There are four playable characters each with its own playstyle to keep things interesting. 

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Few games are as highly anticipated as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which is the direct sequel to the popular Breath of Wild open-world adventure from 2017. Link and Zelda venture beneath Hyrule Castle and discover a powerful force lurking in the dark. It will be up to our heroes to save the land once again. 

Along the way, Link will travel between the ground and sky as he uncovers ruins left by the Zonai, an ancient culture. He'll also gain new powers with his ghostly arm. It's already shaping up to be one of the best Zelda games on Switch. Preorders are currently available and it's set to release on May 12, 2023.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom | $60 at Amazon

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom | $60 at Amazon

This direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sees Link returning to save the world once more. You'll explore new places, take on new enemies, and discover new powers. 

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Hogwarts Legacy

There's quite a bit of controversy surrounding Hogwarts Legacy due to recent remarks by J.K. Rowling on social media in regards to LGBTQ+ persons. However, the game is still coming and something that several fans are looking forward to. The Nintendo Switch version is releasing far after the Xbox and PlayStation versions, with a launch date of July 25, 2023.

Players take on the role of a Hogwarts student who attends the school during the 1800s. This effectively means that most of the Harry Potter characters people are familiar with won't be in the game. But that also opens up the story to several new possibilities. According to the official website, you'll need to use your magic and explore in order to take on an "ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart." 

Hogwarts Legacy | $60 at Amazon

Hogwarts Legacy | $60 at Amazon

Learn how to control your magic and become more powerful so you can explore this wizarding world and take on an ancient evil. 

Buy from: Amazon | Walmart | Best Buy 

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

Instead of playing as J.R.R. Tolkien's famous wizard, elves, dwarves, kings, or hobbits this adventure has players stepping into the bare feet of Gollum/Sméagol. His split personalities give him different skills depending on who is in control as he works to sneak and survive in a dark world.

Instead of following the events of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogy, this game explores a part of Gollum's life we haven't really seen before — "from his time as a slave below the Dark Tower to his stay with the Elves of Mirkwood." No official release date has been revealed as of yet, but the game is expected to launch sometime in 2023.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum | $60 at Amazon

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum | $60 at Amazon

Take on the role of this hobbit-like creature who has been morphed and poisoned by the One Ring. You'll sneak past opponents and use your cunning to survive.

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Master Detective Archives: Rain Code

You play as an intelligent detective named Yuma living in a big city haunted by unsolved crimes. In order to get to the bottom of these mysteries, you'll employ the help of Shinigami to gather evidence and get information from witnesses. This story comes from the minds behind the dark Danganronpa series, so anything could happen. It's set to release sometime in 2023.

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code | $60 at Amazon

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code | $60 at Amazon

Anyone who likes dark stories like those in the Danganronpa series should check this out. It's a single-player action game with haunting characters and scenarios. 

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Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life

Story of Seasons has become one of the coziest action-adventure life sim series out there over the last few years. In this latest adventure, you play as a young person who decides to take up farming to fulfill the wish of your grandfather and his friend. You'll be able to raise crops, tend animals, find a life partner, and even raise a child. 

Plenty of different aspects will keep you coming back everyday to make sure your farm develops the way you want it to. There's no exact release date at the moment, but the plan is for the game to launch sometime in 2023.

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life | $60 at Amazon

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life | $60 at Amazon

Get lost in the comforting world that the latest Story of Seasons life sim game brings. You can raise crops, tend to your animals, and much more. 

Buy from: Amazon | Best Buy 

Hades 2

Supergiant Game's extremely popular roguelike adventure is getting a sequel! Instead of following Zagreus again, through, this story follow his sister Melinoë who is on a quest to take down Kronos, the Titan of Time. She'll need to use every trick at her disposal along with assistance from fellow gods in order to get to him. This exciting new adventure releases sometime in 2023.  


Hades 2 | Coming Soon

Step into the shoes of Melinoë, Princess of the Underworld, as she strives to take down the Titan of Time. It's a roguelike adventure that follows in the steps of the original game. 

Sea of Stars

With it's retro 16-bit art style and RPG gameplay, Sea of Stars emulates the magic of retro games. It follows a boy and girl who possess powers of the sun and moon and can combine together to person "Eclipse Magic". They must use their powers to stop an evil alchemist. 

Fight in turn-based battles, explore a rich fantasy world, and level up your characters on your way to restoring peace to the land. Sea of Stars has no exact release date, but it is scheduled to release sometime in 2023.


Sea of Stars | Coming Soon

When combining their powers together these two Children of the Solstice perform special magic, which they must use to stop an evil alchemist. Explore this fantasy world and get swept up in the story. 

Fae Farm

Cozy life sims have been around for a long time now, but it seems like they've gotten far more attention ever since the overpowering success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The upcoming Fae Farm, which releases sometime in "Spring 2023," focuses on the multiplayer experience by allowing up to four players to grow a community together. 

Craft, decorate, farm, and use magic to make your shared home even better. You can also go exploring in this fantasy world and take on enemies in battle. There's something for every kind of player to enjoy. 


Fae Farm | Coming Soon

Build a community with other players in this life sim. Develop your home, farm, decorate, and use magic to improve your shared world. 

Pikmin 4

Very little has come to light about Pikmin 4 as of yet. The only real news we got was a quick teaser that released during the September 2022 Nintendo Direct. It's very likely that the series will continue to make use of the different Pikmin we've seen before to help the player complete tasks. It wouldn't be strange to see brand-new Pikmin types, either. As of right now, it's slated to release sometime in 2023.


Pikmin 4 | Coming Soon

Command little half-plant, half-animal creatures to do your bidding as you explore a world. Each type of Pikmin has different abilities for you to use. 

Disney Illusion Island

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy are on a silly platforming adventure to retrieve the book of knowledge and save the world. Up to four players can explore this game together from one system in couch co-op

Very little else has been revealed so far. While we don't know an exact release date yet, the plan is for the game to launch sometime in 2023.


Disney Illusion Island | Coming Soon

Up to four people can play together from one Switch console while making their way through this platforming adventure. It looks like it will be a fun and silly experience. 

Hollow Knight: Silksong

Hollow Knight fans have been waiting patiently for Silksong for years now after the first platformer reached a special cult status. Players will take on the role of Hornet, a powerful hunter who must take on several enemies and explore the world in order to unravel mysteries. There's no release date as of yet, but it's likely to release in 2023.


Hollow Knight: Silksong | Coming Soon

Play as the powerful hunter, Hornet, as you platform around this challenging adventure and take on hosts of foes. 

Rune Factory 3 Special

There are several games in the Rune Factory series, but the third entry has a special place in many people's hearts. This remastered classic has you taking on the role of a young person who must keep a big secret as they work to develop a struggling farm and get to know the other locals living nearby. 

While we don't know the exact release date as of yet, we do know that the game is expected to launch in Spring 2023.


Rune Factory 3 Special | Coming Soon

This remastered game is part action RPG and part life sim.  Work on taking care of your farm while getting to know the local characters and trying to keep a very big secret about yourself. 

Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 Golden art

(Image credit: Sega)

Persona 4 originally released on the PlayStation Vita, which means this is yet another of the classic Persona games remastered from an older handheld. There's no official Switch release date as of the time of writing, but it's planned to come out sometime in 2023.

As with most Persona games, this one centers around a youth in a coming of age story that takes place in a rural city within Japan. Work to balance life with your school friends and fight off enemies while trying to solve a string of serial murders. 


Persona 4 Golden | Coming Soon

You and your friends get pulled into a strange series of events as you work to solve a case of serial murders. It's a coming-of-age story all about learning to trust your friends.

Minecraft Legends

After the success of Minecraft spin-off, Minecraft Dungeons, it's not surprising that Mojang Studios and Xbox Game Studios are working on another title. Legends is an action, strategy game that will require players to think tactically in order to get ahead in battles. What's more, it offers both co-op and competitive multiplayer to satisfy any kind of gaming preference. 

Piglins are invading and spreading the Nether's corruption everywhere. It will be up to you and your friends to fight them off and restore the world to peace. The game will release sometime in 2023.


Minecraft Legends | Coming Soon

Think strategically in order to take down piglins and prevent them from corrupting the world. You can play cooperatively with friends or competitively against them.

My Time at Sandrock

In this RPG adventure game, you arrive at Sandrock as an inexperienced builder and must work to gather resources and create the ideal workshop to save a small town. Anyone familiar with My Time at Portia will find gameplay similar, though improved and refined from the previous game. It's expected to release on Switch in 2023 and has already become available on other platforms.


My Time at Sandrock | Coming Soon

Gather resources, build a workplace, and do all you can to uplift the town of Sandrock. You can also go exploring in this dusty, western-themed world and see what there is to discover.

Super Bomberman R 2

Super Bomberman R was one of the very first Nintendo Switch games to release and provided a fun experience filled with multiplayer battle modes. The sequel aims to follow in its footsteps by introducing new multiplayers modes and a story mode to keep player engaged whether playing solo or with others. It's set to release sometime in 2023.


Super Bomberman R 2 | Coming Soon

Defend your castle from invading forces and fight off attackers in a number of different modes. You can also enjoy a fun story mode. 

Another Crab's Treasure

Life isn't easy living as a small hermit crab in a big ocean. You're going to find yourself going up against a number of enemies and the kind of items you use as  a shell will either help or hurt you. Gunk is spreading throughout the ocean and it's up to you to fight it back. 

The game is slated to release sometime in 2023. and comes from the esteemed publisher Aggro Crab. We can't wait to check it out when it finally arrives. 


Another Crab's Treasure | Coming Soon

You play as Kril, a small hermit crab who must brave the wide ocean in order to fight off the harmful Gunk that has appeared. 

So much excitement on the horizon

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The Nintendo Switch has been around for quite a while now, but that hasn't stopped several big games and sequels from continuing to release on the platform. There's a wide range of genres to look forward to from open-world adventures to multiplayer platformers. Not to mention, there are dozens of cozy life sims. Regardless of your playing preferences, there's bound to be plenty of fun new titles to experience in 2023.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.