Animal Crossing - Late 2019
One of the most notable absentees from the last Nintendo Direct was Animal Crossing, which is one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year. Next to nothing has been revealed about the next Animal Crossing game, except for the fact that it will be on the Nintendo Switch. The release of a console Animal Crossing game with gorgeous HD graphics and compatibility with Pocket Camp is going to be a huge draw for the system. In terms of what has been revealed about the Nintendo Switch's 2019 line-up: Animal Crossing is tied with the new Pokémon games with regards to general hype, which is no small feat.
Daemon X Machina - 2019
Daemon X Machina was first announced at E3 2018, where it looked like a rail shooter with giant robots and seemed like a more stylized version of Star Fox. A demo of Daemon X Machina is now available and there is far more to the game than we originally realized, as it's a lot more similar to the Armored Core series than Star Fox. Daemon X Machina has full freedom of movement, allowing your mech suit to fly around huge open areas and fight off hordes of enemies. The UI is a little cluttered, especially when lots of enemies appear on screen, but the game has some amazing action set pieces and will satisfy anyone with a love for giant robots.
Luigi's Mansion 3 - 2019
Luigi is returning to the starring role once more in the third entry of his own spooky series, with Luigi's Mansion 3 coming to the Nintendo Switch this year. Fans suspected that a new Luigi's Mansion game was in development when Luigi showed up in Simon Belmont's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal trailer with a new ghost-hunting weapon. Luigi's Mansion 3 takes place in a massive hotel, which suggests that the game will be returning to one huge setting, instead of the segmented levels that appeared in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.
Pokémon Gen 8 - 2019
The most hotly anticipated games for the Nintendo Switch in 2019 are either Animal Crossing or the next generation of Pokémon games. As far as we know, the next generation of Pokémon games are still due to be released in 2019, where they will be the first mainline entries in the series to appear on a home console. The success of the Pokémon: Let's Go games proved that there is still a huge audience for the Pokémon games, many of whom have waited decades to see the series finally move to a home console. The lack of any information on the next generation of Pokémon games is worrying, but they will almost certainly be some of the biggest games of 2019 if they ship on time.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - 2019
The big closing announcement of the last Nintendo Direct was the reveal of a modern remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening still uses the same top-down view of the original version of the game, but the graphics have been overhauled and the world looks like a cartoon, which has given the game a gorgeous new visual style. It's good to see another Legend of Zelda game on the Switch, but it's a shame that it's a remake of a game that is over 20 years old.