Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games – July 2018

June was a bit of a hectic month, no doubt thanks to two big Nintendo first party releases as well as E3, taking up a good week of the world’s eyes plus a back heavy third-party barrage. Now June is over it’s time to settle down to a more chilled affair with what July has to offer. There are some absolutely juicy looking games coming and I wanted to share with you the 5 you should pay attention to the most. Without further ado, in release date order.

Pocket Rumble

The Nintendo Switch is building up a steady stream of fighting games for itself. There are a tonne of Neo Geo fighters, a nice Street Fighter collection, BlazBlue and the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ and Smash Ultimate to think about in the future. One game that’s peeked many a gamers interest is Pocket Rumble, a stylish retro inspired 1 v 1 fighter inspired by the Neo Geo Pocket Colour of all things. Following the rules of the system this game uses just two buttons to pull off all of its special moves and combos and it looks excellent.

It may seem basic but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of depth under the hood what with online play being promised as flawless. This cool looking game is finally ready to be released on the 6th July!

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Shining Resonance Refrain

Shining Resonance Refrain may be a port of a 4 year old PlayStation 3 game, but there’s definitely enough for westerners to get excited about. For a start it was never released in English prior to this Nintendo Switch port plus the fact there’s a whole new story episode, all 150 pieces of DLC are included and there are more party members. This action RPG, is an entry in the well loved but often un-westernised Shining series, well, these days at least. Fans of games such the Tales series will probably find a lot of similarities with this one. Hopefully this will be resonating with a western audience when it lands on July 10th.

Shining Resonance Refrain
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Octopath Traveler

Now, I’ve got to admit I’m super excited about this release, Square Enix are seemingly turning back the time to the JRPG’s of the golden era. While they tried and only somewhat scratched that itch with I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear, Octopath Traveller looks to be well on the money. I haven’t kept up with the demos as I want to keep fresh but Brian has been documenting his experiences thus far. It’s safe to say he’s a bit excited. Promising up to a 100 hours of interwoven gameplay and story, we’ll find out if Octopath Traveler has what it takes to be a classic when it releases on the 13th July.

Octopath Traveler First Impressions
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

With Nintendo not to be outdone with a release, you know you’re never too far away from a Wii U port. This month’s offering is Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. This dioramic 3D puzzle platformer charmed the socks off many a Wii U gamer as the plucky little hero starred in his first game. Perfectly sculptured, bite-sized puzzles and a more budget price means that gamers new to the game would be well advised to give it a shot. There’s even a nice little demo on the eShop for you to try out. We’ll be finding out if Captain Toad should still be discovered when it lands on July 13th.

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Taiko no Tatsujin for Nintendo Switch

Okay, so this is a Japanese release, but I am so ultra excited for this one that I really don’t care. Taiko no Tatsujin is one of my favourite niche franchise and one that I want to share more with the world. I live in China and even in my small, local arcade, there are a couple of Taiko no Tatsujin machines busily taking peoples cash and dishing out fun.

Basically, it’s a whacky drum-based rhythm game, filled to the brim with weird and wonderful music that you can drum along to with buttons, touch screen or the Joy-Cons as drumsticks. Either way, four people can gather together to have a drum beating good time and I, for one, can not wait a moment longer.

Upon release there will be no English, but apparently a patch will be following later to include it, making the eyes of every importer light up. I know I certainly will be drumming away when Taiko no Tatsujin for Nintendo Switch slams down on the 19th July.

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Obviously there will always be some surprise releases, the thought of which excites us very much. Indeed we still don’t know when Dark Souls or Okami will be here, so who knows! Maybe it will be July! Fingers crossed! As always, we can’t fit every interesting game in our line up so to finish us out, here are some honourable mentions:

Candle: The Power of the Flame

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Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded

Hello Neighbour

Code of Princess EX

Bomb Chicken

Mega Man X Collection

Titan Quest