2019 has been an amazing year for video games but the dreaded summer slump is almost upon us. However, you don’t have to worry because we’ve got five Switch games that should keep you occupied this summer season.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
The sequel to the criminally underrated Dragon Quest Builders is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the west this summer. For those of you who haven’t heard of Dragon Quest Builders, think Minecraft meets RPG. The new installment in the series introduces an all-new campaign, world, and new gameplay features. If this hasn’t sold you already, then maybe the fact that you can play with up to four of your friends will.
This sandbox RPG will release July 12 for the Switch and PS4
The newest title from Bethesda and Machine Games is slated for release this summer, however, this isn’t the typical Wolfenstein sequel you’d expect. Youngblood is designed to be a co-op experience so grab your closest friend and prepare to kill Nazis. Not as B.J. Blazkowicz this time around, but as his twin daughters, Jess and Soph.
The game’s story will take place 19 years after The New Colossus and will be set in the city of love, Paris. A new location for the series.
This all sounds amazing, however, I wouldn’t go into this game expecting a full Wolfenstein experience as this is releasing surprisingly close to Wolfenstein 2 and is being described as a prelude to Wolfenstein 3. So perhaps it’ll be an experience similar to Wolfenstein The Old Blood.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is scheduled to release July 26 on all major platforms.
Super Mario Maker 2
If an Infinite Mario game sounds like music to your ears, it means this is definitely the game for you. Super Mario Maker was a side scroller/ game creator that released back in 2015 on the Wii U. Sadly, nobody played it because who on Earth actually had a Wii U?
Adding to the list of games that are being revived on the Switch, Super Mario Maker 2 takes all the amazing core mechanics of the first game and adds new creation tools, A Super Mario 3D world theme, and a new story. The game should give you hundreds of hours of fun as you can let your creativity thrive and create various new Mario levels or simply chose one from the plethora of user-made levels available.
Super Mario Maker 2 launches on June 28 exclusively on the Nintendo switch.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
If JRPG’s are more up your alley, the new Fire Emblem game is here to fulfill your needs.
Following Awakening and Fates, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the first Fire Emblem game to launch on the Nintendo Switch and it’s looking to be an amazing and unique experience. The game features the same classic strategic gameplay that the series is known for and a new and original story set on the continent of Fódlan. The game also features a Hogwarts like house system that gives you the option to join any of the three houses. Namely, The Adrestian Empire, Faerghus Kingdom, and Leicester Alliance. (Anime Harry Potter? Yes please).
Fire Emblem: Three Houses will be released on July 26.
The newest project from Platinum Games, Astral Chain is an action game directed by Takahisa Taura who previously worked on other critically acclaimed titles in collaboration with the developer. These include Nier: Automata and the Bayonetta series.
In the game, you get the choice to play as either a male or female protagonist who is part of the futuristic city The Ark’s special task force. Depending on your choice, your male or female twin will join you throughout the game as you protect the city from strange alien invaders. The two of you will also be paired with a living weapon known as Legion who will help you in investigations and combat.
Although little is known about the game, the gameplay seems to be similar to Platinum Games’ style of combat. Fans of their previous works will feel right at home here.
Astral Chain will release on August 30 exclusively on the Nintendo switch.