The biggest games we know are coming to Nintendo Switch 2

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Long before Nintendo officially confirmed a Switch 2, reports were swirling about its games and possible launch titles. The announcement of a next-gen console certainly hasn’t slowed things down.

For fans, the Switch 2 was a long time coming. 2024 marks the ninth year since the Nintendo Switch’s initial announcement in March 2015. The Nintendo Switch has sold over 140 million units since then, only a few million behind the Nintendo DS. This sustained success was likely the biggest reason for the lack of urgency in releasing a successor. After all, the Switch’s predecessor, the Wii U, essentially forced Nintendo’s hand.

But now, the Switch’s lifespan is finally nearing its end. While the last few years have been rough with poor performance and low resolutions, this long layoff and the comparatively slow uptake of next-gen PlayStation and Xbox hardware may pay off for both Nintendo and its fans, though. According to reports, numerous major multi-platform games are set to be ported to the Nintendo Switch 2. This is a major change from the original Switch, which received little support outside Nintendo’s first-party releases.

As of this writing, no games are officially confirmed for the console. There are still many known to be in development that are likely bound for next-gen hardware. There are also already-released games that will reportedly receive ports.

Persona 3 Reload

Persona 3 Reload is among a number of titles from Sega and Atlus that will reportedly get ported to the Nintendo Switch 2.

The success of Persona 3 Reload has motivated Atlus to consider a port to the upcoming Switch 2. According to Sega leaker Midori, who has accurately revealed details on Persona games before official confirmation, Sega plans to release a slew of its remake on the Switch 2. Persona 3 Reload will likely be a part of that roster.

Sega’s games may play a huge role in the Switch 2’s first cycle of games. The publisher told shareholders it plans to take a broad multi-platform approach in the future.

According to Midori, this will retroactively apply to Persona 3 Reload. The game will be released in a “deluxe edition” bundle that includes its full DLC pass including The Answer epilogue chapter.

Jet Set Radio Reboot

Another Sega revival project that will reportedly launch for the Switch 2 is the Jet Set Radio reboot. Sega announced a multi-project revival of its old franchises, and Jet Set Radio garnered the most hype out of all the announcements. With its colorful style, unorthodox gameplay, and catchy soundtrack, fans are excited to Jet Set Radio on modern hardware.

Hi-Fi Rush, inspired by Jet Set Radio, showcased how such a stylish game could work with today’s technology. With Hi-Fi Rush studio Tango Gameworks’ unexpected closure in May 2024, fans hope Jet Set Radio can fill that void.

Metaphor: ReFantazio

It’s not just remakes and reboots making the jump to the Switch 2. Midori reports Metaphor: ReFantazio will also be ported to the upcoming Nintendo console.

The Atlus RPG will launch this fall, so a port of Metaphor likely won’t be until 2025. The game is not coming out on the original Switch, and Nintendo confirmed there will be no Switch 2 announcement in its June 2024 showcase.

Metaphor: ReFantazio is the first original game developed by Studio Zero, a studio specifically created by Atlus for non-Persona titles. Of course, not being related to Persona doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of similarities. With Persona director Katsura Hashino, character designer Shigenori Soejima, and composer Shoji Meguro on board, Metaphor could be the start of a new JRPG juggernaut.

Mario Kart 9

In 2022, industry analyst Serkan Toto of Kantan Games told that Mario Kart 9 is in active development at Nintendo. Although not much more is known than that, a Mario Kart launch title could prove lucrative for Nintendo. After all, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe garnered impressive numbers after its 2017 launch on the Nintendo Switch.

Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 initially debuted on the Wii U and was the highest-selling Wii U game at over eight million units sold. The 2017 Switch port sold over 61 million units as of 2023. Mario Kart 9 could go down as the top-selling Switch 2 game if it arrives early in the console’s lifespan.

According to reports, the Nintendo Switch 2 was planned for a late-2024 release but was pushed back to early 2025. The reasons for this were twofold; to amass a large inventory to meet initial demand and to build a strong lineup of launch titles. This likely means multiple major first-party releases. With The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario shipping games in 2023 and Metroid reportedly set for 2024, Mario Kart 9 could be the centerpiece of the Switch 2’s launch titles. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6

Long before Nintendo confirmed the Switch 2, the most concrete proof of its existence came from an unexpected place. During the FTC-Microsoft court battle in 2023, emails between studio heads discussed a “next-generation Nintendo Switch” and its specs. In the same trial, then-Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick stated he regrets not bringing Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch.

Surrounding the trial, Microsoft exec Phil Spencer confirmed that the company had signed an agreement with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles.

The highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is lined up to be the next game in the series, at the time of the Switch 2’s launch. If Black Ops 6 arrives on Switch 2, it will be the first game in the series on Nintendo hardware since 2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts for Wii U.

Kingdom Hearts 4

The iconic Disney crossover franchise will reportedly launch its next mainline title for the Switch 2.

Midori reports Kingdom Hearts 4 will launch on the Switch 2. This came after Square Enix told shareholders that it was dropping exclusivity and targeting multi-platform launches for its biggest games.

Kingdom Hearts 4 has been confirmed for a while, but Square Enix hasn’t said much since its initial reveal. Developed on Unreal Engine 5, Kingdom Hearts 4 will likely challenge any console it gets ported to. The lengthy development time may have something to do with the upcoming Switch 2, as Kingdom Hearts has never been a PlayStation-exclusive series.

Notably, most Kingdom Hearts games are available for the Nintendo Switch, but only through a cloud version. Many fans of the franchise expressed outrage at the ports, with many noting input lag and general distaste for not “owning” the Kingdom Hearts bundles despite paying for them. These past games will also reportedly receive proper ports for the Nintendo Switch 2.

Pokemon Legends Z-A

Leaker Riddler Khu, who has a history of releasing info on Pokemon  games, including details on the Scarlet and Violet DLC, claims Nintendo has greenlit three Pokemon projects for the Switch 2.

Speculation has centered on the idea that Pokemon Legends Z-A will be among those games. Riddler Khu has not confirmed this.

The idea is rooted in Pokemon Legends Z-A having an official release date of 2025. With neither having an exact date, it’s possible the Switch 2 could arrive before this new Pokemon game. The Pokemon Company isn’t above releasing games for past-gen hardware. This was seen when Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon arrived on Nintendo 3DS after the Switch’s launch. If Pokemon Legends Z-A launches on Nintendo Switch, the next in line are reportedly the generation-10 games

Everything on Nintendo Switch, thanks to Backwards compatibility

Multiple reports suggested Switch 2 will be backwards compatible with Switch 1 titles. The Switch 2 was reportedly demoed to developers at Gamesom 2023 with a tech demo version of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. These also line up with Nintendo’s President Shuntaro Furukawa’s promise of a “smooth transition” between console generations.

Reports, inferences, and speculation gave way to official confirmation with Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. A data mine of the game effectively confirmed backwards compatibility and other features for the next-gen console.

What’s more, this data includes strong evidence that Switch 1 games have the capacity to receive next-gen upgrade patches. This could open the door for improved performance for games like Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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