We're well into 2020 now and the buds of spring are starting to appear on the gaming calendar. After the onslaught of last holiday season, we've been through a leaner couple of months with fewer big name games launching during the winter. Hopefully your backlog is in good order, because that's all about to change with the launch of Nintendo's biggest (announced) game of the calendar year.
Yes, it seems like Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been a distant dot on the horizon for months now, but the vessel is cruising into view this month in all its glory. Cancel the rest of the year, fellas - we've got a Nook Getaway booked and we won't be back for a while.
But what if - shock! horror! - you're not an Animal Crossing aficionado? Worry not, for there are plenty of other Switch games incoming and vying for your attention in March, April and beyond. Let's have a look at the biggest games coming to Switch in the next couple of months, shall we?
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX - 6th March
A surprise announcement during the January Pokémon Direct, this remake of the GBA / DS game(s) will be with us very shortly and promises to give the classic dungeon-crawling spin-offs a lick of HD paint and a dusting of mod-cons. It certainly looks lovely from what we've seen so far and we're gagging to see how the games hold up in the harsh light of 2020.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 20th March
Ah, the big one. Only the Doomslayer himself has the courage to go up against the mighty Animal Crossing: New Horizons on launch day, and even he decided it was best to delay the Switch version so as to avoid any embarrassment. Oh Panic Button may talk about 'refinements' to DOOM Eternal, but we all know the real reason for the game's delay: Doom Guy scarpered after reaching the final boss to find Tom 'Blofeld' Nook rotate in his chair while stroking Rover purring on his lap.
You've probably got this one pre-ordered at multiple outlets already, but here are some of the options if you want to make doubly and triply sure to get started on your island getaway by catching yourself a Day One perch.
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected - 27th March
After rumour upon rumour, it was finally confirmed at the start of February that Saints Row IV would be returning. Including an eye-watering 25 DLC packs as standard, it's like a manic Grand Theft Auto with added stupid, and we're always game for a game that doesn't take itself too less seriously.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 - 27th March
For some people, Koei Tecmo's Musou games are at their best in the regular crossovers with other franchises, and the One Piece series feels particularly at home when paired with the trademark Dynasty Warriors brand of manic hack-and-slash. The upcoming instalment looks tasty and we were fans of the third game, so we've got high hopes One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4.
Trials of Mana - 24th April
Trials of Mana, a fantastic Japan-only Super Famicom RPG known as Seiken Densetsu 3, only recently received an official localisation and release in the west as part of the excellent Collection of Mana Switch release. As a sequel to Secret of Mana, it was always likely to be good, but such was the quality of the game and the localisation that we're gagging to play it again in its remade, reimagined form.
New Switch Hardware Options
If you are in the market for picking up a new Nintendo Switch console, we have the charming Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition in March with exclusive Animal Crossing themed Joy-Con and dock. April 3rd brings us the coral Nintendo Switch Lite, which is definitely coral and NOT pink!
More Awesome Nintendo Switch Games
Aside from the highlighted games above, there are lots more Switch retail games which might take your fancy in March and beyond.
Awesome Accessories For Your Switch
And finally here are a selection of the finest Switch accessories coming up in March and beyond, for your consideration.
So that's it for March and April - did we miss anything? Let us know with a comment and also tell us if you've pre-ordered any of these goodies!