The best new Nintendo Switch games 2023

This year you can expect some great upcoming Switch games for the Nintendo console, whether you're a fan of RPGs, puzzle games, or anything in between

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Our list of the best new Switch games is here to cover the amazing games you can expect in 2023, so you can learn all about the biggest and best games coming to the Nintendo console over the coming months.

It’s not all blockbusters though, as Switch is the indie machine at the moment, and it’s only going to get better. While a few titles on the list are purely speculative, we’re sure an absolute truckload of cracking new Nintendo Switch games will reach the console in 2023. We’re also including a few games we expect to see later in the year, but we’re just excited to talk about them regardless!

So, let’s tuck into our picks for the biggest upcoming Switch games coming in 2023.

Here are the biggest new Switch games coming in 2023

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Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line – February 16

A sequel to the two titles on 3DS, Theatrhythm is a rhythm game that focuses on Final Fantasy and other Square Enix franchises, allowing you to take part in musical battles set to the tune of the many iconic scores that Square has created over the years.

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We loved the series back on 3DS, so we’re excited to see it continue with a fresh new look. Square Enix also announced that this new entry will feature music from some of the more recent titles, covering classics from Final Fantasy 1 through 15, while DLC is also set to be released focusing on titles such as Nier Automata, Octopath Traveler, and even The World Ends With You. We’ll be tapping away very soon when the game drops in February.

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Digimon World: Next Order – February 22

I love Digimon. I feel like I don’t need to say anymore, but I will in hopes of enticing you in. Digimon World: Next Order tasks you with looking after and training two adorable (or a lil ugly if that’s what you’re into) digital monsters after you get transported to a mysterious world. On your journey, you must invite the creatures you find back to the hub city to help the place return to its former glory, all while battling off evil and working out why exactly you got sucked into this digital plain.

Just trust me, it’s amazing. Take a look at our list of the best Digimon games for more digital monsters.

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Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key – February 24

The Atelier games had some sort of breakthrough when the original Atelier Ryza came out. I mean, there’s been two-dozen games in the series since it started in 1997, but it wasn’t until 2019 that it felt like it broke beyond its dedicated Japanese fanbase. The Gust Corporation wisely doubled down on this success, polishing up the Secret series with a sequel.

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Now they’re doubling down again (tripling down?), seemingly bringing Ryza’s story to a close with a “final summer adventure”. It’s not just a final chapter, though, as it offers one of the biggest maps and parties in the Atelier series, and the fidelity is a clear step up. Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key is out on February 24, 2023, so not too long to wait.

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Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe – February 24

I’ll follow Kirby just about anywhere he goes, and if a return to Dreamland is on the cards, the star surfer should save us both some effort and just pick me up on the way. After a successful outing in 2022 with the Forgotten Land, this port of 2011’s Wii classic is set to continue a strong run of form for the little pink ball of love, with plenty of graphical improvements to the original version.

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Octopath Traveler II – February 24, 2023

Team Asano has been busy, releasing both Triangle Strategy in 2022, but also the beautiful HD-2D remake of Live A Live just a few short months afterwards. Well, fans of classic JRPGs are in for a treat, as Octopath Traveler II is a sequel to the HD-2D title that started it all.

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Join eight different heroes as they explore an interesting new world, uncovering mysteries, engaging in political intrigue, and righting the many wrongs they find along the way. Each town is a dense new area to explore with many secrets tucked away, and the battle system has a unique break system that forces players to think before they take on tough enemies. If it manages to build on the lacklustre story of the original but with the same incredible battles and gorgeous visuals, this could be something really, really special.

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Rytmos – February 28

It takes a lot for a puzzle game to catch my eye these days, so Floppy Club’s decision to try and catch my ear with Rytmos makes a lot of sense. This zen puzzler takes music from all around the world and packages it alongside beautifully designed challenges for a truly unique experience, all the while teaching you a little something about the plethora of sounds we tend not to hear in radio-played pop music. Who knew learning could be fun, huh?

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Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse – March 9

Anyone that knows me is aware of just how much I love horror, so it should come as no surprise that one of my most anticipated Switch games for next year is Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse. It promises to be a terrifying experience that tests your tenacity and courage – are you brave enough to look through the camera?

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – May 12

How do you improve on a game like Breath of the Wild? From the brief glimpses we have, it seems like Nintendo is throwing every idea and the kitchen sink at this open-world adventure, giving players even more tools to explore – and probably break – this interactive toolbox.

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It’s also rare that the Zelda series does direct sequels, so it’ll be fascinating to see how these iterations of Zelda and Link develop, and how they tackle the new challenges coming their way. Either way, Hyrule itself seems to be getting a drastic makeover thanks to some floating islands, and Link has some brand new tools to explore, so even just existing in this playground will be a blast. If you’re diving back into BotW over the holidays to tide you over, be sure to check out our Breath Of The Wild amiibo guide to make the most out of your adventure.

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Hogwarts Legacy – February 10

Like many of you, I simply can’t wait to get my acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Heck, I’ve even taken to sleeping under the stairs to make sure it arrives. In Hogwarts Legacy, you’re in the unprecedented position of starting life at the famous establishment as a fifth-year student. While here, you can attend classes, explore the world, and unravel a sinister plot. For those wondering, yes I’m a Slytherin, and, of course, I intend to use the Dark Arts.

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To discover more about the game, check out our Hogwarts Legacy release date and Hogwarts Legacy characters guides.

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Fae Farm – Q1 2023

We’re all suckers for indie games and farming sims here at PT, and Fae Farm looks to be a truly cute one. With its adorable characters, cosy vibes, and adorable aesthetic, we can’t wait for a fae-themed, fun-filled getaway. Plus, it’s always great to have a true co-op adventure with your pals.

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Master Detective Archives: Rain Code – Q2 2023

Danganronpa meets Persona? Yes, please! Master Detective Archive: Rain Code is an upcoming detective adventure game from Spike Chunsoft. Blending crime and the supernatural into a highly stylised and mysterious anime-style adventure, you take the role of Yuma, an amnesiac detective-in-training, who sets out to tackle a range of unsolved mysteries in a city under a perpetual stormy sky.

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Of course, you’re also accompanied by Shinigami, a strange and zany spirit that emits real Junko Enishima vibes and is voiced by the same VA that provides the EN dub for Genshin Impact’s Dori. Here’s hoping she’s not shilling scams this time…

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Bomb Rush Cyber Funk – Q2 2023

Continuing the new tradition of pseudo-sequels, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is the answer to the prayers of all of us who have been holding out hope for a follow-up to Sega’s iconic Jet Set Radio. With rails to grind, paint to spray, and some of the titular funky jams to accompany your urban pursuit, this title is one to look out for if you need something a little more out of your skating games.

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Witchbrook – TBC

An upcoming indie pixel RPG from Chucklefish, Witchbrook describes itself as a ‘spellbinding social RPG’. With its stunning, isometric pixel art world full of mystery and charm, Witchbrook sees you move into the seaside town of Mossport as its newest resident witch. Enrol into Witchbrook College and discover the peaks and pitfalls of school life, as you master spells, make friends, and maybe even find love, in this magical game that blends Stardew Valley with Kiki’s Delivery Service and Harry Potter.

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Hollow Knight: Silksong – coming soon

It’s a real game we promise! It feels like a joke at this point, but we do know that Hollow Knight: Silksong exists. 2022 saw a little bit more footage as an Xbox showcase over the summer gave us another slither of information with about 30 seconds of footage, It also seemed to reaffirm the fact that Hollow Knight: Silksong is actually coming out soon.

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An early 2023 release feels pretty spot-on to us now. Maybe even a reveal in one of the early Nintendo Directs of the year? Who knows, but we can’t wait to finally explore the story of Hollow Knight’s Hornet for ourselves when the Hollow Knight Silksong: release date is eventually unveiled.

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Pikmin 4 – 2023

After years of teases, and Miyamoto cryptically mentioning that Pikmin 4 was “close to completion” all the way back in 2016, we actually now have tangible proof of Pikmin 4 for Switch. We’ve seen it, that’s a screenshot right there, it’s actually happening folks.

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Currently listed as a vague 2023 release, information is pretty slim but we can see a new camera angle that seems to bring the player closer to the ground alongside Olimar and chums. It also looks like the world is much less alien, with park benches strewn around, suggesting that not only is this a human planet, but the world hasn’t ended here. Are we going back in time, or are we on Olimar’s home planet but he’s shrunk somehow? I have so many questions, but at least now I know the answers are coming.

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Mineko’s Midnight Market – TBC

Mineko’s Night Market is a beautifully stylised narrative-driven, social simulation adventure that sets out to celebrate Japanese culture, while also encouraging you to craft, eat, and spend plenty of time with adorable cats. With its story emitting Spirited Away vibes, it puts you in the shoes of Mineko, a curious girl who has just arrived at her new home on an isolated island at the base of Mount Fugu.

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Discover the secrets of the town and restore the village to its former glory, while also managing your daily activities, completing a variety of jobs, and venturing out on whimsical quests. This one’s been on Tilly’s must-play list since its initial announcement many-a moon ago, and she’s still patiently waiting for it to become a reality – hopefully it lives up to the heartwarming and wonderful experience it seems to be.

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Haunted Chocolatier – TBC

I haven’t been as excited for a game as I am for Haunted Chocolatier in a long time. Currently, in production from the visionary creator of Stardew Valley, this title is set to see you hang up the old hoe and pickaxe and take up the sweet business of confectionary creation. We still don’t know all too much about this one, or really what to expect, but if there’s any developer who deserves our trust, it’s ConcernedApe.

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Metroid – TBC

Sometimes, you just have to believe. Look, I’ve given up on waiting for my dad to come back from getting cigarettes, but I still hold out hope that the Metroid franchise is alive and well, and we’re eventually going to see Metroid Prime Trilogy/Remake and/or Metroid Prime 4 on the Switch. Metroid Dread brought the space-based series to the Switch in spectacular fashion, and hopefully, it was laying the groundwork for what’s to come.

It would make sense to reintroduce gamers to the 3D titles with a Prime remake first, and I think like many people, I hope that Metroid Prime 4 now appears on more powerful Switch hardware honestly. The idea of finally playing Metroid Prime 4 on the elusive Switch Pro, or dare I say a Switch 2 (Switch Advance, Super Switch, who knows?!) might sound like a pipe dream, but the title is still coming, and Nintendo will never stop making hardware. A Metroid fan can dream, and I hope 2023 is truly the year that Samus returns.

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Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp – TBC

There was a while there when Fire Emblem got so popular fans might have thought Advance Wars was gone for good. Well, luckily the talented team at WayForward are behind this gorgeous remaster of the two GameBoy Advance entries, bringing the series up to date with some modern conveniences and an adorable tabletop art style. Anyone who hasn’t already played these has two fantastic games to enjoy. Sadly, due to recent world events, this title has been indefinitely delayed at the time of writing.

There you have it, our list of the biggest new games Switch games coming in 2023. We know there are many, many, more great titles on the way as well as a few surprises, but that’s our picks for the biggest and best. If you’ve picked up a Switch over the holidays and are looking for even more amazing games to play, be sure to check out our guide to the best Switch games to make the most out of your handy hybrid device.