Almost seven years since its release, the fact that Nintendo is still pumping out great games for the Switch is a testament to the bestselling console and the Japanese firm behind it.
A mix of Nintendo originals, eye-catching indies and the usual crop of remasters will arrive in the coming months. They’ll see the Switch through its twilight days as Nintendo gears up to release its successor - and a crop of exciting new launch titles to go with it.
Below, we’ve listed the top games you can look forward to playing this year, followed by a monthly breakdown of the new releases with more details on each title.
Notable Nintendo Switch games to be released in 2024
Eastward: Octopia (Jan 31)
Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered (Feb 14)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Feb 16)
Splatoon 3: Side Order (Feb 22)
Star Wars: Dark Forces Remastered (Feb 28)
Unicorn Overlord (Mar 8)
Princess Peach: Showtime! (Mar 22)
South Park: Snow Day (Mar 26)
Tales of Kenzera: Zau (Apr 23)
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Apr 23)
Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD (Summer)
Fantasy Life I: The Girl Who Steals Time (Summer)
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2024)
Metroid Prime 4 (TBA)
January has already given us Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown and Another Code: Recollection, but another exciting title is waiting in the wings. Well, technically it’s a DLC: Eastward Octopia will add farming to the throwback adventure game when it lands on January 31.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong is the big hitter in February. Players will guide the plucky plumber around 130 puzzling levels, which can be tackled solo or with a friend in co-op. At the end of each of the game’s eight worlds, the destructive gorilla will be awaiting a scrap.
But, Mario isn’t the only classic video game icon making an appearance in February. Intrepid explorer Lara Croft, who was every pimply boy’s childhood crush in the nineties, returns on Valentine’s Day. Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered bundles the first three iconic games together in one polished package.
Then, on February 22, the Splatoon 3 Side Order DLC will serve up some single-player action in a monochrome world. Finally, there’s Star Wars: Dark Forces Remastered, a Doom-style shooter that was released way back in 1995, during the heyday of LucasArts.
With Mario taking over February, March is Peach’s time to shine. No longer the hapless maiden, everyone’s fave princess finally gets her own game on the Switch. In Princess Peach: Showtime!, the pink-obsessed monarch flips through roles like outfits. One moment she’s kicking butt as a ninja, the next she’s hunting for clues as a detective, and she somehow even finds time to whip up treats as a pastry chef. If palace life ever gets boring, Peach can probably moonlight as Charlie’s newest angel.
Elsewhere, tactical RPG specialist Vanillaware unveils its latest epic, Unicorn Overlord. Oh, and Cartman and the gang are back for some co-op fun in South Park: Snow Day on March 25.
Fans of the latest Prince of Persia game will like what they see in EA’s upcoming Tales of Kenzera: Zau. Inspired by the African Bentu mythos, the stylish action platformer leaps onto Nintendo’s console on April 23. That also happens to be the same day that Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a crowdfunded RPG that fans have been awaiting for several years, makes its Switch debut.
A beloved Nintendo handheld serves as the inspiration for two games getting released in the summer. Firstly, Mario’s brother will play ghostbuster again in a remastered spin on the 2013 Nintendo 3DS game, Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD. This time round, you’ll even get to hoover up poltergeists with three other players in new online modes.
Summer will also see the release of a new cozy game for the Switch called Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time. Get ready to start a tranquil life in a village that isn’t a far cry from the lush habitat in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In this sequel to the 3DS game Fantasy Life, there are new careers to choose from, improved character customisation, and fierce dragons to vanquish.
Another gem from Nintendo’s stacked back catalogue, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is slated to release this year. The Game Cube title is getting a glow-up for its Switch debut, complete with remastered visuals. Mario will be joined by his old pal Yoshi and new ally Goombella the Goomba in this side-scrolling adventure.
Seven years and a development reboot later, speculation is rife that Metroid Prime 4 will be release on the Switch and Switch 2 when the latter launches. A major new installment in a classic series would be a great way to kick off a new console era. Metroid’s galactic action and labyrinthine levels could also help show off the Switch 2’s computing chops.
The new device is expected to land between Spring and September, according to experts and industry insiders. Like Zelda: Breath of the Wild before it, there's a good chance the next Metroid could work with both the next-gen and current Nintendo console.