The Nintendo Switch persists to be proof that specs aren't always king in the world of video games. While we wish that the Switch was more powerful, Nintendo continues to give us reassurance that in spite of hardware limitations, developers can produce amazing games that can only be found on the Nintendo Switch. That is why we think that Nintendo will remain competitive, especially with these ten new and upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive games that will keep the Nintendo Switch afloat in this console generation.

Top 10 New and Upcoming Switch Exclusive Games (as of November 30, 2023):

10. Metroid Prime 4

Release Date: TBA
Developed By: Retro Studios
Published By: Nintendo

Okay, let's start this list with one of the most highly-anticipated Nintendo sequels of all time, one that we've been waiting for five years now. Metroid Prime 4 was first revealed back in E3 2017, and we're still waiting. Latest reports say that Metroid Prime 4 is still in development this year, but there are also rumors that say a release date announce date is also imminent. We don't see it coming out this year anymore at this rate, but hopefully, we finally get to continue Samus' story in 2023.

9. Fitness Boxing feat. Hatsune Miku: Isshoni Exercise

Release Date: March 7, 2024
Developed By: Imagineer
Published By: Imagineer

A brand-new Fitness Boxing game that will surely get your blood pumping and your mood lightened up – featuring the one-and-only Hatsune Miku! Punch to the beat of Hatsune's greatest songs, with 24 different tracks to choose from throughout the entire game, including Melt and Kamitishina! Exercise has never been this fun, and with the upbeat personality of Miku, you'll get fit in no time!

Currently, Fitness Boxing feat. Hatsune Miku: Isshoni Exercise is only slated for a Japanese release, but the game should be playable on any Nintendo Switch console.

8. Princess Peach Showtime!

Release Date: March 22, 2024
Developed By: Nintendo
Published By: Nintendo

A new game featuring Princess Peach comes to life almost eighteen years after her last self-leading title on the Nintendo DS. This new game will have Princess Peach take on different roles to reclaim the Sparkle Theater from the marauding group of Grape and the Sour Bunch. With the help of the theater's guardian, Stella, Princess Peach will be using her own knowledge and skills in acting and theater to kick the bullies out of the theater and restore peace in the kingdom. While this new game doesn't feature Super Princess Peach's Perry the Parasol, the game will still depict Princess Peach as someone with access to different abilities to solve her problems.

7. Metal Slug Tactics

Release Date: TBA
Developed By: Leikir Studio
Published By: DotEmu

A tactical RPG with roguelike elements using the Metal Slug brand and world, Metal Slug Tactics is one game that is surprisingly way under too many people's radars. The game uses a graphical style similar to the aesthetics of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Advance Wars, so the game having a turn-based tactics gameplay does not feel out of place, even if its gameplay is so far away from what Metal Slug fans usually play. But here it is, Metal Slug Tactics, which we think will be a sleeper hit this year.

6. Another Code: Recollection

Release Date: January 19, 2024
Developed By: Cing
Published By: Nintendo

Ashley Robbins returns through a new console. This DS puzzle masterpiece of storytelling and beautiful artwork, Another Code: Recollection brings both Another Code games from the DS and the Wii to the Switch in one package: Another Code: Two Memories and Another Code: R – A Journey into Lost Memories. Those who have never tried Another Code before – called Trace Memory in Western markets are welcome to check the series out for the first time, for a short, thrilling mystery story.

5. Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince

Release Date: December 1, 2023
Developed By: Square Enix
Published By: Square Enix

Players take on the role of the Dark Prince Psaro, accompanied by Rose, a kind-hearted elf who searches for ever stronger monsters, as he travels the world to try to undo the curse that prevents him from harming anything with monster blood. Now, he's forced to cooperate with monsters as a monster wrangler, taking out monsters as if they're Pokemon to battle against other monsters. Synthesize monsters together to create even stronger monsters, bringing Psaro closer to becoming the master of monsterkind.

4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Sweep the Board!

Release Date: April 25, 2024 (Japan Only)
Developed By: Aniplex
Published By: Sega

A Demon Slayer-flavored Mario Party-like game for our anime readers. Playable with up to four players, Demon Slayer fans can now get together and play a more relaxed multiplayer game, as opposed to the previous Demon Slayer game that came out that was full of intensity. The game is unique in that it will feature a day and night cycle with players participating in various events and mini-games during the day and then having to fight and defeat demons during the night.

Currently, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Sweep the Board! is only slated for a Japanese release, but the game should be playable on any Nintendo Switch console.

3. Mario vs. Donkey Kong Remake

Release Date: February 16, 2024
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo

The old rivalry is rekindled in the upcoming remake of the 2004 GBA classic! Twenty years later, the gameplay of Mario vs. Donkey Kong still holds water. So, the only thing to do from there is to update its graphics and add more features, and that's exactly what Nintendo is doing! With how notoriously hard it is to access Nintendo's old game library, it's always a welcome sight to see great games like this get adapted for modern consoles. Mario vs. Donkey Kong will also be getting a multiplayer mode, with Toad pitching in on Mario's side as the second player!

2. Luigi's Mansion 2 HD

Release Date: Summer 2024
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo

Known as Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon from its days as a 3DS title, Luigi's Mansion 2 HD is a remaster of the 3DS game. While not yet on classic status, Dark Moon was definitely one of the 3DS best titles, and it's great to see the game being remastered for the much more popular Nintendo Switch, which means even more gamers will get to play this game when it comes out. Armed with the Poltergust 5000, Luigi will have to overcome his fears and solve puzzles in the eerie and spooky haunted mansion!

1. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Release Date: Sometime 2024
Developed By: Intelligent Systems
Published By: Nintendo

Coming almost twenty years since its first release, a remake of the GameCube classic Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door will be coming to the Nintendo Switch with better graphics, improved gameplay, and remastered sounds and music. As a role-playing game, it's one of the most approachable game titles for both completely new players and those new to the RPG genre. It also features a very stylized art style that is not seen in many games, of which Paper Mario has always been praised for.

And that's our list of our Top 10 Nintendo Switch exclusive games that we're looking forward to – games that aren't coming to consoles. Which ones are your most anticipated? Looking for the same lists for Xbox Series X, PC, and the PS5? Then check them out below:

Top 10 upcoming Xbox Series X games not coming to PS5 and Switch
Top 10 upcoming PC games exclusives not coming to consoles
Top 10 upcoming PS5 games not coming to the Xbox Series X and Switch

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