The Nintendo Switch video game console is due for an upgrade and along with anticipating new hardware, that also means that many new games should be in development to release on the Switch 2 – or whatever Nintendo happens to name it. Nintendo has an incredible library of exclusive content to draw from, and there are some series that really didn’t get the love they deserved during this past console generation. The Switch was originally released in 2017 and because the average length of time that Nintendo consoles are out before a new one appears is historically around five to six years, the Nintendo Switch 2 could be just around the corner, and new games as well.
There have been a lot of rumors circulating about the Switch 2 but so far no real news has been announced. Regardless of how true the speculated dates for its launch may be, it is highly likely that Nintendo is at least working on its next console. That being the case, there are several games that fans would love to see as Switch 2 releases that could help drive sales for the new system and bring a lot of joy to the players out there. Some old franchises haven’t had a new game for a long time, and there are popular games that fans would love more of. Here are some of the games that would be great to release with the Switch 2.
It’s been nearly 20 years since a new F-Zero game was released, and despite regular rumors and supposed leaks for many years that one has been in development, no official announcements have been made regarding the series that have sounded positive. The history and popularity that this franchise holds would make it an excellent game to come to a new console like the Switch 2 and could show off new technology. The futuristic racing video game is strikingly different from the Mario Kart games with its hardcore edge and would do well in a market that has been excited for racing games recently such as Forza Horizon, and even LEGO 2K Drive.
9 Paper Mario
While Paper Mario: The Origami King was a good game, it left many fans disappointed that it was not more like the style that Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door had introduced. The Thousand-Year Door had a more traditional RPG feel, and although Origami King was an entertaining game, it took a different direction in its formula. The only real problem was that the Paper Mario series had already set a precedent for fans with The Thousand-Year Door and the series’ changes since haven’t sat well with everyone. The Switch 2 could be a great opportunity for Paper Mario to release a new game that hearkens back to the RPG feel.
8 Super Mario Sunshine Sequel
Super Mario Sunshine took some risks by introducing his talking water sprayer, FLUDD, and a whole population with the inhabitants of Isle Delfino. The game may not have been the most successful in the Mario franchise, yet it has a good foundation with its cheerful, bright characters, tropical world, and fun game mechanics. The way Mario has to operate FLUDD, and any new tricks for a sequel, could do well to showcase new gimmicks and advances in the Switch 2.
7 Open-World Donkey Kong
For quite a while now there have been many rumors swirling around the internet regarding a new open-world Donkey Kong game in development. This is another one of those speculations which have not been made official but would be great if it were. Particularly after the eponymous ape’s movie debut in The Super Mario Bros. movie, Donkey Kong games would do well right now and an open-world environment would provide a new angle to reignite some of the sparks that this over-sized gorilla needs for his popularity.
6 Luigi’s Mansion 4
Luigi’s Mansion 4 not only needs to be made but should be considered as a Switch 2 launch title. The series provides ample ways to showcase the new console’s technology, particularly if developers tweak the puzzles common to the games to use any of the Switch 2’s gimmicks. In addition to fun single-player campaigns, a new Luigi’s Mansion game could also offer multiplayer support thanks to Gooigi, which could be another checkmark for people looking for reasons to purchase the system.
5 Pokémon Legends
Pokémon: Legends of Arceus was a refreshing change from the standard Pokémon games and the Legends series is one that hopefully will continue to grow and explore more storylines. Any Pokémon game is sure to sell well and boost the sales of a console like a Switch 2 simply because of the loyal fans in the Pokémon community. Following the line of the Legends series rather than simply another mainline game would explore the history of Pokémon more and provide deeper lore and context to the casual player as well as the community as a whole.
4 Mario Kart 9
Interestingly, the Nintendo Switch never actually had a Mario Kart game developed just for it. The current Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is doing well with its Booster Course Pass DLCs, but Mario Kart 8 was originally published in 2014 for the Wii U console and re-released as its Deluxe version for the Switch. The game has been impressively successful and the continued support it receives with new content has kept it popular, but after nearly ten years, the franchise would do well to hit the brakes and make a new game to go on the Switch 2.
3 Super Mario Odyssey 2
Super Mario Odyssey was a breakout hit for the Nintendo Switch, and this is about the right time for an announcement of a sequel to Cappy’s adventures with Mario. At one point, Super Mario Odyssey was the best-selling title for the Switch until The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild flew past it in sales. A sequel to Super Mario Odyssey seems inevitable given how well it performed, and could possibly be another contender for being a launch title as it would certainly encourage sales of the Switch 2 by fans who loved the original.
2 Metroid Prime 4
Metroid Prime 4, is in development and hopefully is being created for the new console. Metroid would be an easy win for the Nintendo Switch 2 and could serve as another great option for a launch title for the system. Metroid Prime 4 does not have a release date yet and Metroid Prime Remastered was released in February 2023, suggesting that it will be several months at least between Metroid Prime Remastered‘s release and Metroid Prime 4. It is possible that no release date has been given so that it can coincide with a Switch 2 announcement, but this is purely speculation.
1 Animal Crossing
Although there hopefully will not be another worldwide pandemic like the one that Animal Crossing: New Horizons benefited from in the timing of its release, many people worldwide purchased a Nintendo Switch specifically for that game. Even people who were not gaming enthusiasts found themselves stuck inside during COVID-19 lockdowns and fell in love with the simulation game. Although Animal Crossing may never be as big again, many people would likely still be tempted by a new Animal Crossing game on the Switch 2 because of the love they had for New Horizons.
New consoles always include updated technological advancements, and often gimmicks to make them stand out. Several of the games mentioned in this list have different ways they could highlight the abilities of the Switch 2. While there is still no official announcement regarding a sequel to the Nintendo Switch, it will be coming eventually, and hopefully at least a few of these games will be created for it.