2019 has been a good year for Nintendo Switch games so far, but there are still loads more to come before everything is done.
Players have already seen quite a number of high-quality games for the Switch since the console's release, with heavy hitters such as Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Maker 2, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate endearing themselves to fans and game critics alike.
However, the year is still far from over, and there are still many more titles ready to hit the shelves from today until the end of December. Below are just five video games set to make their way to the Nintendo Switch this September.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (Sept. 3)
Fans of Square Enix's seminal role-playing game Final Fantasy have been asking for a remaster of Final Fantasy VIII for years. The clamor for the game became even louder after other titles in the series, such as Final Fantasy X and its sequel Final Fantasy X-2, got their own HD remaster recently.
Rumors circulating in internet forums suggested that the reason there hadn't been a remaster of FFVIII is because Square Enix allegedly lost the original source code for the PlayStation 1 game. This meant that for developers to release a rework of the game, they would have to build it entirely from the ground up again.
All online chatter can now come to rest after Square Enix finally announced that it will release Final Fantasy VIII Remastered across platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. In a tweet posted early this month, the developers said the game will feature updated graphics and new options for customized gameplay.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will come out during the first week of September.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy (Sept. 3)
Joining Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on an early September release is Spyro Reignited Trilogy. The game is a revamped of the original PS classic, which already saw a release for the PS4 and Xbox One almost a year ago.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy features a remastering of the first three games in the series, Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. The graphics, sound, and controls of the game has been updated to match modern standards. It also has better camera angles, which had been a major issue with the original game.
Spyro was a standard bearer for 3D platform games on the PlayStation, along with Crash Bandicoot. It was developed partly as a response to the popularity of Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64. The first three games helped launch its developers, Insomniac Games, to video game super stardom.
The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Sept. 20)
In the entire life span of the Nintendo Game Boy, few games made their mark quite like The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. The title brought the popular RPG elements of the NES and SNES Zelda games to the handheld.
The upcoming Nintendo Switch is reportedly more than just a recolored port of the original Game Boy title. It will have an updated art style and several new features to help boost its overall gameplay.
The sequel to the smash hit Breath of the Wild might take a while to come out, but at least Link's Awakening can help make the long wait a lot more bearable.
Contra Rogue Corps (Sept. 24)
Switch fans who might be looking for a more high-octane title to take a crack at can look to the September release of Contra: Rogue Corps. Based on the game's early trailer, it features gameplay that is vastly different from the classic platforming shoot-'em-up. For one, the camera is now top down instead of the side-scrolling view of the NES game.
The playable character roster still has the stereotypical Rambo-like action hero, but it now also includes quirkier folks such as a female human-alien hybrid, a pint-sized anthropomorphic bug, and a machine gun-toting cyborg panda. It doesn't get any crazier than this.
Ori And The Blind Forest (Sept. 27)
Ori and the Blind Forest is a critically acclaimed platform-adventure game developed by Moon Studios. During its original release for the PC and Xbox One, the title was met with high praise from players and game journalists alike who loved its gameplay, story, and characterizations.
While Ori and the Blind Forest borrows some elements from typical adventure stories, such as the hero going on an epic quest to save loved ones, its widespread appeal rests in how the developers were able to flesh out the backstories for the game's main characters.
There is also the rich, colorful artwork that was meticulously hand-painted and animated by the designers. It helps give the game an otherworldly feel yet somehow endearing to play in.