As we feverishly wait for the next Nintendo Direct, there are still many questions in the air about the Nintendo 2020 lineup and what we should expect to play on our favourite little hybrid console. Despite the lack of information, here are the major games we know, for sure, are scheduled for a release this year.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
It’s easy to forget, but a new Pokemon game is just around the corner. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a remake of the 2005 game on Game Boy Advance and will be releasing on March 6th, 2020. This RPG is a top-down dungeon crawler, which has you recruit other Pokemon to your side. While you’re adventuring, you will experience a story focused on you talking to other pocket monsters! If you’re curious, there’s a demo available on the Nintendo eShop, and the progress made throughout your playtime will be carried to the full game.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
This game is also a given, but we know Animal Crossing: New Horizons will release on March 20th, 2020. That is less than a month from now, and is therefore unlikely to be delayed. Animal Crossing will carry Nintendo forward throughout the first quarter of 2020 with free updates (including the Easter update). We recently learned more about the game during it’s Direct. You can read about it here.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
We have no release date, but Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition will release on the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020. Eight years after its initial release, players will be “really feeling” the highly acclaimed JRPG from Monolift Soft. The visuals seem to have been remastered with higher quality models and environments. Other than the reveal trailer, we do not know of any other specific details. Multiple retailers, according to DualShockers, have pointed to a May 29th, 2020 date, but we’ll have to wait for an official confirmation.
Bravely Default II
Yet another JRPG is slated for the Nintendo Switch this year; a sequel to the much beloved 3DS title Bravely Default. Unlike Bravely Second, this will be set in a whole different world with new Heroes of Light to play as. You’ll be exploring the world, trying to find four crystals. The same studio who made the Bravely games, and recently Octopath Traveler, Team Asano, is developing the game with Nintendo publishing it. The game was announced at The Game Awards with a 2020 release date attached. Let’s hope that date doesn’t change!
And that’s it for Nintendo-published titles! As next-gen titles are around the corner for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, we hope we will hear more about what Nintendo has in store to keep the Switch hype train running. What are you most excited for so far in the Nintendo 2020 lineup? Let us know in the comments below!