Christmas is now but a distant memory and we have woken up not only to a new year, but a new decade!
What gaming delights await on the Nintendo Switch you ask? We've rounded up some of the best pre-orders for you for January 2020 and beyond...
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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore - 17th January
The worlds of the Fire Emblem series and Shin Megami Tensei have crossed paths again and the result is coming to the Nintendo Switch system. An interdimensional evil has invaded modern-day Tokyo, resulting in this fantastical barrage of music, style, and yes, danger. So, fight back! Battle through dungeons to pump up your strategy and creatively decimate your foes... before all hope fades to black. You won't want to miss out on this one.
Darksiders Genesis - 14th February
Just in time for Valentine's Day comes the not-at-all romantic Darksiders Genesis. The standard game will do for most people, but hardcore Darksiders fans will no doubt be delighted with the eye-wateringly priced Nephilim Edition which contains an impressively sized figurine of Strife, a premium box, steelbook, stickers and even a Darksiders boardgame.
Darksiders: Genesis gives players their first look at the world of Darksiders, before the events of the original game. Furthermore, it introduces the fourth and last horseman Strife, as well as Co-op gameplay for the first time in the history of the franchise.
More Awesome Nintendo Switch Games
Aside from the highlighted games above, there are lots more Switch retail games which might take your fancy in January and beyond.
Awesome Accessories For Your Switch
We saw a whole slew of interesting accessories released for the Switch in the past few months, but more are on the way, especially with the arrival of Switch Lite. So, here for your consideration, are some tantalising accessories coming up in January and beyond.
So that's it for January and February - did we miss anything? Let us know with a comment and also tell us if you've pre-ordered any of these goodies!
Is it finally time I give Tokyo Mirage Sessions another chance??
Hoping two point hospital is the theme hospital type game my wife has been on about for ages....
At the moment the only physical copies I plan to get over January/February are Brain Training, Atelier Dusk Trilogy, Maitetsu: Pure Station and Snack World. Relatively quiet start to the year but I already have a huge backlog to work through.
Considering how large my backlog currently is with all the eShop games I have bought during the Black Friday and Christmas sales, the only games I’m planning to pick up between now and March are Rune Factory 4 Special and Animal Crossing. Really looking forward to a Direct soon to see which other 1st party titles will be coming in the near future though!
I kinda forgot about Rune Factory! I'll probably just get that and Animal Crossing. It'll be worth the wait <3
Apart from Two Point Hospital and Mega Man Zero collection, nothing for me in the upcoming months from this list. (Nope, not even Animal Crossing since I like being able to play other games in my life and that one just makes that impossible)
But that’s fine since I have a huge backlog to plough through!
Anyone knows whether ‘buildings have feelings too’ is fun / what it’s about?
Really?? Again no THE OUTER WORLDS?? It comes on February.
Edit: Ok, we just know it´s coming within the Q1, probably my hopes made me think that meant February lol. Anyway, it should be on this list!
Did 'Gods & Monsters' got delayed? The game made by the creators of 'Assassins Creed Odyssey'. I thought that game did had a feb.2020 release date?
We need a Nintendo Direct!
No love for Dr. Kawashima and his new Brain Training game?
January and February will be backlog months for me. Gotta prepare for the upcoming mass of new games I'll be buying in March/April (Trials of Mana/Animal Crossing/Cyberpunk 2077/FF7 Remake).
Just Tokyo Mirage Sessions, early 2020 is at this point very much a 2019 backlog year for Switch though that may change if a Direct comes soon.
@fox_mattcloud The Amazon prices are in dollars so this is looking at US releases where the new Brain Training game hasn't been announced yet.
@fox_mattcloud : I love Dr. Kawashima. <3
Looking forward to picking him up this Friday. I have been embarrassingly forgetful of late, so I'm not expecting his initial assessment of my brain age to be at all flattering.
Needless to say that the timing of it has been perfect.
Did not know disaster report was a series. Cool.
@Silly_G git guud lol you must remember all the information immediately MegaMan, but where are my dentures 🤣
for me there is nothing interesting until Animal Crossing in March, maybe The Outer Worlds can be released in March but that is wishful thinking
@Silly_G I've never played a Dr Kawashima game before but I was a massive fan of Big Brain Academy on Wii. I'd love a sequel to that.
@the_beaver where did you hear Outer Worlds coming in February?
The only physical I'm getting is megaman zero collection, and even that's a maybe. I'll grab dmc3 but I'm not complaining. I need a couple months of not buying games to finish up my backlog.
@the_beaver What? Last time I heard it doesn't have an exact date. Supposedly should be Q1 but unless we hear something concrete soon I doubt it'll make that window.
@menzo1986 Yep, it got delayed a while back, which is no surprise since we've seen next to nothing of the game yet.
@KBuckley27 My fault, we only know it´s coming within the Q1 lol
Come to me Tokyo Mirage. I wonder if it is in just Japanese or does it have English voice acting?
That is a Nope.
It was released in Japan in December 2015, and worldwide in June 2016. An enhanced port for the Nintendo Switch, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore, is set to release worldwide in January 2020. ... Its Western release retains the Japanese voice track with subtitles rather than an English dub.
After the train wreck that was Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ubisoft delayed all they’re upcoming games, including Gods and Monsters.
I’m calling BS on The Division 2, it was good, I’m saying Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s massive failure is the real culprit.
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I would argue all of the sale links on this page are affiliate links.
Can anyone prove that wrong?
I’ll be getting Darksiders Genesis on PS4, but other than that, I haven’t seen one game announced for the Switch this year that interests me. It seems it’ll be a barren year for me. Good thing I have a large backlog of Switch games.
The western version is actually better. . . Can you handle this fact?
I guess not. You're too busy B&^%$ing about a little more breast coverage while never have played the game to know the actual truth.
I beat the game on WiiU (western version)
Hopefully a new Direct will open up 2020 because right now it's looking really dry.
Megaman Zero collection
@Stecav67 As a man in your late 30s, I appreciate you don't need protecting, but by the same token, shouldn't you by unperturbed either way?
I'm getting Puzzle and Dragons Gold Mega Man Zero/ZX Advent Fairy Tail Ninjala Phantasy Star Portable New Digimon Story game. All for my Switch. This year is looking great for me.
@Stecav67 What are you going on about?
I'm actually relieved that there's not much here I'm interested in (maybe Monster Energy 3). 2018 and the first half of 2019, I kind of lost my mind buying way too many games for Switch and PS4. I'm finally making some progress actually playing through a lot of the games I bought (and gave up on a few others). I'll probably keep buying indies and casual stuff that's not very time consuming, but I need to avoid major titles that just eat up my time for a while yet.
I'm thankful there's not much I'm interested in until Animal Crossing! I've got a lot of games on my plate, and I still haven't picked up Luigi's Mansion. That one might wait a bit.
@the8thark I would assume that's the phrasing they had approved legally, and they can't change it without having it looked over by a lawyer or at least someone advised in legal matters.
@Stecav67 It just seems like you are babbling.
Brain Training pre-ordered.
Looking forward to TMS, hopefully a fun game.
Aside from TMS and RF4 I don't have much to look forward to, which will give me time to clear my backlog from months ago including even DQVII on 3ds and a bunch of ps vita titles
I hope TMS has a good opening week so Atlus will finally try things that aren't Persona. If you don't want to buy it, that's fine. But let the rest of us enjoy it.
I was going to mention - besides having not picked up Luigi's Mansion 3, I still have to pick up Fire Emblem Three Houses as well...yikes!
I'm looking forward to HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed! FPS - shooter. Why is it not included in this list?
TMS the only Nintendo AAA title until Animal Crossing?
then we get Trials of Mana and Gods & Monster and then hopefully Xenoblade DE and Zelda BOTW 2....
Nintendo has what else though? i dont care for anything i can play on PS4 or PC.
cannot WAIT for our next Direct
I'm chuffed to bits Langrisser 1 and 2 is coming to switch ^^.
In all fairness TMS#FE needs the space. A lot of money, time, and effort was put into it only for it to fail hard on the Wii U (releasing months before the Switch was revealed also didn't help) despite the beautiful songs, gameplay, and characters. Localization changes aside, it's a sweet little game that deserves a chance so making it the first Nintendo release of the year is a smart move. As a person that beat the original game, it's really underrated and gets more hate than it deserves. Hopefully the Switch's base of almost 45 million compared to the Wii U's laughable 13 million gives the game a boost. Then maybe Atlus will finally realize that there's a demand for things besides Persona for a change. Then AC New Horizons releases in late March. That game will have no problems at all.
...Remember when Rune Factory 4 was supposed to come out in spring of last year? T.T
They kept silently delaying it, wtf? Would've been nice if XSeed actually said something instead of constantly teasing us the entire time with preorders...
Nothing for me except maybe Mega Man. Plenty to play though, and I’m looking forward to announcements! The Nintendo news has been super slow the last few months.
Well looks like I shall be broke again this year. There is a lot more coming down the pipe than I realized. I won’t get everything I want at once but double dipping on rune factory and triple dipping on #FE day one. Had those preordered for a while.
Triple?! What? How many copies of TMS have you bought?? XD
@JR150 Japanese collector’s edition when it came out as I was too excited to wait. English version for domestic sales support (it’s still in shrink wrap actually since I’d beaten the JPN version by then. I should try it though if the Switch version is Japanese voice only. ) and I have the english version on preorder for the Switch. I enjoyed it very much and I am looking forward to the added content. I may buy it a fourth time if I don’t like the translation job though. I try to support games domestically but sometimes it’s easier to play it in Japanese.
Respect. I have the Wii U Special Edition myself. Probably gonna be super rare since it didn't sell well and the Switch version has no special edition.
Anyway, here's hoping the game sells much better so this mini-series can continue!
@JR150 I do hope it sells better this time around and I hope that those longing for a persona type game (it’s not exactly persona but it’s closer to that than SMT) and the larger consumerbase will add to the sales. My only hope is the “censorship” brigade doesn’t make so much noise that it puts folks on the fence off. I will never understand wanting a game to fail just because it isn’t your cup of tea.
Honestly the changes are relatively minor, first off. Yeah it sucks that the JP version is changed too but it's likely because they lost the source code for that version after it sold so poorly.
Second, the internet is always the minority. No matter what controversies happen, games still sell. Whether it be Call of Duty, FIFA, Blizzard, and most recently Pokemon Sword/Shield. Of course TMS alone is nowhere as big as those properites, but Atlus' name is ever since, well, Persona 3-5 and all it's repeated extra games and spin-offs. Since this will be the only Atlus RPG on the Switch until SMT V, people are gonna flock to it in droves. Combine that with the Switch's much healthier install base of nearly 50 million compared to the Wii U's 13 million, then yeah it seems fairly logical to sell well. Let's not also forget that the original version released on the Wii U months before the Switch's announcement so that's the main reason why it kinda flopped.
That and I'm really tired of Atlus shoving Persona in everyone's faces and would like to see them try something new instead for a change. Hopefully this accomplishes that and makes them wake up.
Now im really excited for a Nintendo direct to see what's up for Q1.
@OorWullie : I had no idea that Big Brain Academy was a Nintendo IP back in the day. I just assumed that it was a Brain Training knock-off as we had seen a lot of pale imitations of Nintendo's properties particularly during the DS/Wii era, and given that I was still in high school and had very little money, I was quite selective about my DS purchases.
I would certainly give it a look if Big Brain made a return on Switch.
@Stecav67 Please calm down and don't spam. I have read every comment here and at least on this article (I haven't checked every single article obviously) no one is attacking you.
Give the guy a break will you
Quite a lot of Japanese style games coming up shortly. JRPGs and VNs galore.
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