- Persona 3: Portable
- Fire Emblem Engage
- Spongebob Squarepants Cosmic Shake
- Atelier Ryza 3
- Kirby's Return To Dreamland Deluxe
- Octopath Traveler 2
- Cult of the Lamb
- Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon
- Curse of the Sea Rats
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
- Hogwarts Legacy
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- Master Detective Archives: Rain Code
- Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life
- Hades 2
- Sea of Stars
- Fae Farm
- Pikmin 4
- Disney Illusion Island
- Hollow Knight: Silksong
- Rune Factory 3 Special
- Persona 4 Golden
- Minecraft Legends
- My Time at Sandrock
- Super Bomberman R 2
- Another Crab's Treasure
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Persona 4 Golden
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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