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The Plucky Squire (Switch)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: All Possible Futures
Former Pokémon art director James Turner surprised us all with a new studio and a new game in The Plucky Squire, which is a particularly enticing piece of eye candy that looks like it’s going to dominate video game discussion when it comes out some time in 2024. It’s got this really wonderful 2D-3D hybrid thing going on, with a storybook art style that we know we’re going to love.
Sociable Soccer 24 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Tower Studios / Developer: Tower Studios
After years of waiting, Sociable Soccer 24 is finally kicking off on Switch. First seen in 2017 and eagerly anticipated by those who grew up playing Sensible Soccer, Switch owners will have to wait until sometime in 2024 before kicking off on the pitch.
Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time (Switch)
Publisher: Level-5 / Developer: Level-5
One of Level-5’s surprise reveals on February 2023, Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time brings back returning characters and new faces on an all-new island. You’ll be able to travel to the past as well as take on whatever jobs you want in this one, although you’ll have to wait until Summer 2024 now following a delay.
Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD (Switch)
Another handheld title — this time the 3DS — coming to Switch, Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD brings Dark Moon back in HD glory. Restored the shattered moon with your superpowered vacuum, the Poltergust 5000, and suck up ghosts to once again save Mario from the clutches of King Boo. We’ll be able to get spooky in Summer 2024 when Luigi’s Mansion 2 lands on Switch.
Well, if Level-5’s return wasn’t surprising enough, then a brand-new IP from the developer that looks absolutely fantastic certainly was. Decapolice is an open-world detective RPG that has bundles of style. The game got some extremely positive reception at Tokyo Game Show 2023, and it’s due out sometime in 2024.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Oh boy, it’s finally happening. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is getting the HD remake fans have been begging for for years, and it looks absolutely stunning. This turn-based RPG has some of the best characters and funniest dialogue in the genre, making it a cut above the rest. Mario RPG fans will be eating over the next twelve months. However, we’ll have to wait a while for an exact date for this paper-crafted adventure, as it’s coming sometime in 2024.
Inkulinati (Switch eShop)
Developer: Yaza Games
With strategy games making a splash in recent years, Inkulinati‘s medieval manuscript art style really stands out from the crowd. Instead of commanding an army, you’re drawing it, creating your own weird and wonderful creatures in the process. It was announced back in 2020, and is available to try in Early Access on Steam right now. But the full release is coming to Switch sometime in 2024.
Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Retro Studios
Metroid Prime 4 is on a slate somewhere with ‘TBA’ forever etched beside it, but no one outside Nintendo and Retro Studios knows when it’ll finally materialise thanks to a lot of development-related issues.
Having been scrapped and restarted at the beginning of 2019, with veteran Metroid Prime team Retro now steering the ship, there’s still a way to go with this one. As recently as July 2023, Retro Studios was hiring for multiple new roles potentially related to this long-awaited follow-up should clue you in that Metroid Prime 4 needs more time in the oven — perhaps a lot more time. Still, we’re four years on from that course correction, and an announcement has to come at some point.
2024 is looking possible. Who knows, it may even be a cross-gen title for ‘Switch 2’. At least we got Metroid Prime Remastered to keep us going in the meantime…
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Professor Layton and the New World of Steam (Switch)
Publisher: Level-5 / Developer: Level-5
Level-5 cemented its grand return in the February 2023 Nintendo Direct with multiple new titles, including a brand new Professor Layton game. Hershel Layton and his assistant Luke Triton are back and their adventures take them to the United States, where Luke now lives. Now it’s Layton who’s a fish out of water. While teased during that 2023 Direct, a later Level-5 Showcase revealed we’d need to wait until 2025 to reunite with our favourite detective duo.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Mario Odyssey 2 confirmed?
Not yet. Although the development team behind Super Mario Odyssey is rumoured to be working on a new game — possibly a Donkey Kong game, and very likely for Nintendo’s next console — there has been no official confirmation that Super Mario Odyssey 2 exists or is in development.
Are games still being made for Switch?
Er, yes! You see all the games above and the ones on the preceding two pages? Those ones.
And a load more that we’re not looking forward to quite as much, but might be very good. Plus all the unannounced Switch games. So yes, they are still making games for the Switch.
Rumours persist concerning Nintendo’s next console, the fabled ‘Switch 2’, but right now Switch is Nintendo’s only hardware platform. With over 130 million of Switch systems sold since March 2017, publishers will be releasing new Switch games for a long time to come.
What is the new Mario party game in 2024?
There hasn’t been any announcement regarding another Mario Party game at the time of writing. There are already two Mario Party games on Nintendo Switch, mind — Super Mario Party and Mario Party Superstars.
Is it possible there’ll be a third Mario Party on Switch? Sure, although at this point we’d hope Nintendo will save it for ‘Switch 2’ or whatever its next console will be called.
Any more slightly off-the-wall questions?…
Last one. Can you play Sims on Nintendo Switch?
Unfortunately, no — you can’t play The Sims on Switch.
Electronic Arts, the publisher of The Sims, was slow to support Nintendo Switch with software following the relative commercial disappointment of Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U. Consequently, several of EA’s flagship series haven’t come to Switch, The Sims being one of them.
We’ll be updating this list throughout 2024 as we get more announcements. Is there something on your radar that you think we’ve missed? Let us know with a comment below and tell us which of the games above you’re most looking forward to.