With the prospect of several peculiar months ahead of many people around the globe, the fact that there's a clutch of Nintendo Switch releases confirmed for the next month or two is heartening. Thanks to the global situation, the games below are more-or-less the final batch of titles that don't currently have a vague '2020' release date attached or an even more nebulous 'TBD'.
Fortunately, there's plenty of quality coming up soon, and with games like Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition and 2K's triple helping of port packages, Switch gamers will have lots to keep them occupied over the coming weeks months (if you can peel yourself away from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, that is).
Let's have a look at the biggest games coming to Switch in the next couple of months, shall we?
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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition - 29th May
Monolithsoft’s epic RPG Xenoblade Chronicles originally launched back in 2011 on the lil' old Wii. Now it's back to on Switch as Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. Series fans will no doubt have played the sequel on Switch already, so it's nice to have both of them available on Nintendo's latest console.
With improved visuals and a peppering of improvements over the original standard-definition release (and the New 3DS version), we'll only be missing a port of Wii U's Xenoblade Chronicles X and we'll have the full set on Switch. Wouldn't that be nice, hmm? In the meantime, we're itching to see how the original Xenoblade Chronicles holds up nearly a decade after its debut.
XCOM 2: Collection - 29th May
One of the surprise announcements from publisher 2K in the Nintendo Direct Mini broadcast, Switch has plenty of brilliant strategy games to its name already, but there is always room for a classic and XCOM is the series that birthed an entire sub-genre of strategy classics branded as XCOM-alike or XCOM-style.
XCOM 2 is Firaxis Games' 2016 sequel to the rebooted XCOM: Enemy Unknown from 2012. XCOM 2: Collection for Switch features four DLC packs (that'll be the Resistance Warrior Pack, Anarchy’s Children, Alien Hunters and Shen’s Last Gift) and the War of the Chosen expansion, too, so we have high hopes for this when it releases at the end of May.
Bioshock: The Collection - 29th May
There's always a lighthouse, there's always a man, there's always a... er, big gun? Yes, it's been a while since we played these classic, atmospheric first-person shooters and it's fantastic to have them Switch-bound in all their remastered glory. This collection brings BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition to Nintendo a Nintendo console for the first time ever (they're also available separately on the eShop), and we're looking forward to heading back to the soggy depths of Rapture.
However, one thing to note is that if you're buying the games physically, you'll need to make sure you have plenty of space to install them because this collection, the XCOM Collection above and the Borderlands Collection below will require a hefty amount of free space on your Switch's internal memory or Micro SD card. We do wish publishers would kindly put a stop to this sort of thing. Time to invest in a more substantial Micro SD card, we suppose.
Borderlands Legendary Collection - 29th May
The final in 2K's trinity of collections, Borderlands Legendary Collection includes Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, as well as a load of add-on content for each game. Again, if you're buying physically you'll need to make sure you've got space to download the content which doesn't come on the cart itself, but it's still a treat to be getting these games on Switch regardless.
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics - 5th June
Published by Nintendo, Clubhouse Games was an unassuming little DS title which amassed a huge following, so while it's hardly the huge summertime megaton Switch game you might have been hoping for in June, we've got high hopes for it! With a large assortment of classic board and tabletop games to choose from--including Poker, Slot Cars, Go and Chess--Switch's local multiplayer focus means this Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics collection could shine brighter than ever before. Deal us in.
Burnout Paradise Remastered - 19th June
It’s taken a while, but the remastered version of Burnout Paradise is finally power-sliding to Switch. Some people will tell you that this is still the best open world racer ever, and while there’s plenty of competition in that genre on other platforms, the lineup on Switch isn’t quite as packed. We’re excited to finally be getting behind the wheel of this classic on a Nintendo console.
It also includes a whole bunch of DLC packs from the original game, 60 FPS gameplay and some Switch-exclusive touch-based map control. Perhaps most importantly, you can now play it on the bus / train / toilet. There’s a good chance, then, that this could be the best ever version of the game. Look out for our review nearer the time.
The Wonderful 101: Remastered - 30th June
The glorious return of this previously Wii U exclusive comes following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign from developer PlatinumGames. Along the way it broke through some Stretch Goals meaning that The Wonderful 101: Remastered will feature additional content. This means that there will be something new for veteran fans of the original game, although we imagine most of them contributed to the Kickstarter already.
More Awesome Nintendo Switch Games
Aside from the highlighted games above, there are lots more Switch retail games which might take your fancy in May and beyond.
Awesome Accessories For Your Switch
And finally here are a selection of the finest Switch accessories coming up in May and beyond, for your consideration.
So that's it for May and June - did we miss anything? Let us know with a comment and also tell us if you've pre-ordered any of these goodies!