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If you thought 2018 was a bit slow in terms of big new Switch games published by Nintendo, there’s a good chance that 2019 will raise your spirits. We actually know about quite a few games that due out next year. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe kicks things off on January 11. Other confirmed titles include Yoshi’s Crafted World, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Daemon X Machina, Animal Crossing, and a new core Pokemon entry. Other possibilities include Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4. There have also been rumors about a Star Fox racing game from Retro Studios.

Nintendo should clarify its plans further in the months ahead – at least for the first half of 2019. No one knows if we’ll get another general Nintendo Direct before the year is over, but we could see a thing or two at The Game Awards, and January presentations have been a thing for the past few years.

While we wait, let’s play a little game. Try to predict the release windows of the games mentioned above. The likes of Yoshi’s Crafted World and Fire Emblem: Three Houses seem like games that could drop during the first half based on what Nintendo has said previously, but what about launch months? If you want to go further than that and take a random guess, you could even name a specific release date you believe would make sense. It might also be worth discussing if you believe Metroid Prime 4 and / or Bayonetta 3 will be 2019 titles. The goal here is to try and predict how Nintendo will structure its lineup for 2019.

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System: Switch
Release date: October 16, 2018
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft


The cosmos has always been fascinating. From our blue dot, Earth, being able to look up and see the stars shine, it’s natural to wonder what’s out there or what it’d be like to walk on other planets or visit other solar systems first hand. It’s because of this that I’ve always found sci-fi and space exploration intriguing regardless of the medium helping to bring those thoughts and galaxies to fruition with our imagination. Titles like Mass Effect, Elite Dangerous, Everspace, No Man’s Sky, and so much more have helped bring us as close as possible to experiencing the extraterrestrial within the comfort of our own homes (with significantly less danger) and laid the foundation as well as continue to push various ideas on what lies beyond the exosphere in a variety of different ways. Starlink: Battle for Atlas takes the best parts of space exploration, planetary farming, star battles, and more and brings them together in a way that’s immersive both in and out of the game with a toys-to-life approach that, surprisingly, doesn’t actually need any toys to be enjoyed to its fullest.

When I had my first random encounter with the original Dragon Quest Builders (DQB), I was ready to add it to the stack of other Minecraft clones that were all melting into one. I decided to fire up the demo anyway, and luckily I did because what the game boiled down to was liquid metal fun. Though my time with the game was great, some areas were a little under-leveled. Luckily for us, Square Enix has been on the grind to level up the DQB short comings. There is a lot to cover here, so find a House of Healing, save that game, and prepare for a stack of Dragon Quest Builders 2 facts that will have you ready to rocket into the next game.

Games developed by Chucklefish are no laughing matter and my excitement levels for their upcoming game Wargroove, are off the scale. However, the most I’d seen of Wargroove was a couple of ancient trailers and the odd tweet. Thus, I took it upon myself to fish out a little more info and I was delighted with what I found. Now that I’m ready to boogie on down to the tactical groove, it’s time to prepare you for battle, as the war is almost here.

System: Switch
Release date: October 16, 2018
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Koei Tecmo


The Warriors series spans decades across a multitude of eras, spinoffs, and properties, and has become a cornerstone in what it means to have feel-good hack-and-slash gameplay that’s as fun as it is memorable and unique. Warriors Orochi itself – a crossover between the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series – is over ten years old now, and with each new entry has come new mechanics, more playable characters, and a story that’s as wacky as it is over-the-top with its action prowess. Warriors Orochi 4 has its biggest roster yet, spanning 170 characters across both series each with their own era, specialty, class, weapon, and fighting style. The biggest difference between this and other entries, however, is the inclusion of magic, which really helps to change things up and introduce a fresh and exciting way to execute moves and combos out on the battlefield.

One of the bigger news topics in the Switch scene recently stemmed from a Wall Street Journal report. The publication reported that Nintendo is planning some sort of revision, which would arrive in the second half of 2019.

What exactly Nintendo is planning remains unclear. The Wall Street Journal said “Nintendo is still debating what new hardware and software features to include in the upgrade and weighing the cost of the features”. The company could choose to improve the display, but that probably wouldn’t be all.

Assuming this Switch revision exists, what would you like out of it? Would you want the design to change in any way? How about slightly beefier specs? Let us know in the comments below.

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I recently fell into Chasm, an action-adventure game that borrows heavily from the exploratory Castlevania games. Many retro games have left their mark here but all the glitters is not old, and procedural generation helps Chasm build a bridge to the future. Now grab that whip, back dash to your seat, don’t drink the holy water; we’re about to find out why Chasm is deep and meaningful.

Earlier in the week, a new month rolled right on in. Now that we’re in October, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Giving the newly-released Super Mario Party a try? Maybe you have your attention centered on Mega Man 11 or Dragon Ball FighterZ? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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It was nearly a year ago that Golf Story debuted on Switch. With that in mind, we recently caught up with Sidebar Games about the well-regarded title.

We chatted with the studio’s Andrew Newey about a number of topics, including Golf Story’s Wii U origins and plans when it was in development for the older console. Newey also discussed some scrapped ideas (including DLC that never materialized), and we also had to ask about Sidebar’s next game – though he was understandably quiet on that front.

System: Switch
Release date: September 28, 2018
Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Bandai Namco


Arc System Works has had a long history of developing and publishing refined fighters going all the way back to the late 90’s with the original Guilty Gear, so it’s undoubtedly a match made in heaven for the studio and Dragon Ball to partner up and deliver one of the best 2D fighters in quite some time, Dragon Ball FighterZ. Having initially been released in January, I’d like to think that Dragon Ball and fighting game fans alike were consumed by it completely. It was difficult to put down as it had an intriguing story, introduced new characters like Android 21, and played and performed like a dream. Fast-forward a few months later, and now Switch owners can experience the fight for themselves with a stellar port that brings with it all the beautiful animations and accessibility with little to no sacrifice other than a missing d-pad.