Top 10 Nintendo Exclusive Games of 2020
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Top 10 Nintendo Exclusive Games of 2020

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2020 is looking really promising for Nintendo exclusives! Today we're looking at the top 10 Nintendo exclusive video games coming out in 2020. New Legend of Zelda? You'll have to watch the video to find out! Did we miss any Nintendo releases? Let us know in the comments!
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Top 10 Nintendo Exclusives For 2020
If you haven’t gotten a Switch yet, you may want to look into it. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Nintendo Exclusives For 2020.

For this list, we’re looking at the most promising games that are, as of right now, exclusively coming to the Nintendo Switch this year. We’ll only be looking at games that have a confirmed 2020 launch window. So sadly, no “Breath of the Wild 2” “Bayonetta 3” or “Metroid Prime 4” as none of those titles have a set release window unfortunately.

#10: “Ninjala” (2020)

Its art style begs comparisons to “Splatoon,” but the gameplay is the reason to pay attention to this one. “Ninjala” is a multiplayer brawler with up to 8 players controlling cute, bubble gum-chewing ninjas. Players will make a variety of melee weapons out of gum. But, as silly as this sounds, it’s the bubble gum itself that makes the combat special. You’ll scale buildings with intense parkour, trap your enemies in chewing gum, and get the drop on them. The game already went through one delay. But hopefully it will bring manic multiplayer fun when it launches in Spring of 2020. This balance of unique gameplay and a bizarre, cartoon-like world feels right at home with Nintendo. Did we mention there’s a single-player mode too?

#9: “Rune Factory 5” (2020)


You’d be forgiven for not knowing what “Rune Factory” is, but it’s been quietly amassing a strong fanbase over the years. As it’s a spin-off of “Harvest Moon,” it lets players own a farm and grow crops. But unlike “Harvest Moon,” it’s also an action-RPG where you explore dungeons, battling and taming monsters to help with your chores. The franchise has been quiet since 2013’s “Rune Factory 4” on the 3DS, which became the best-selling game in the series. Not much is known yet about this title. But with its strong following, and with the Switch’s success, the fifth entry is sure to suck players into a charming world when it launches sometime this year.

#8: “Axiom Verge 2” (2020)


We know what you’re thinking. The original “Axiom Verge” launched on multiple platforms. But as of right now, its follow-up is only listed to launch on Switch late this year, so we’re counting it. The first game set itself apart in the crowded “Metroidvania” genre by featuring more than 60 different items and power-ups, all of which were unique and fun to use. It looked, felt, and sounded like an old school game rather than just paying homage. And it’s even more impressive since it was created by a single person. “Axiom Verge 2” will bring a new world to explore, new enemies to conquer, and a whole host of new power-ups. If there were a confirmed launch date, we’d be counting down the days.

#7: “Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise” (2020)

An obscure pick for sure, but nonetheless exciting. The original survival horror game was released a decade ago and wasn’t on a Nintendo platform until last year. But it’s bizarre plot and over-the-top voice acting has earned it a strong cult following. And it wouldn’t be the first time Nintendo breathed life into a franchise that didn’t begin on its own platform. Right Bayonetta? The sequel will follow two stories that interconnect. In one time period, players will control FBI agent Aaliyah Davis as she investigates an old serial killer case. 14 years prior, Francis York Morgan, the protagonist from the first game, will investigate his own case. With Hidetaka Suehiro returning to write and direct, we expect this sequel to be just as strange and entrancing as the first.

#6: “Sports Story” (2020)

If there’s one negative about the 2017 RPG “Golf Story,” it’s that if you grow tired of the golfing gameplay, there’s nothing that can change that. Its sequel, however, looks to include a lot more variety. Players will begin building their skills at a respected academy for tennis players. But the game will soon open up to include mash-ups with other sports like baseball, soccer, and, of course, golf. Or you can get completely sidetracked by exploring dungeons, fishing, playing mini games, or “battling” a rival. The amount of content Sidebar Games looks to be packing into this small world is remarkable. And it means there should be something for everyone when the game launches in mid-2020.

#5: “Bravely Default II” (2020)


The 3DS became a home for many strong RPG franchises, several of which are making the jump to Switch. Square Enix’s “Bravely Default” will make the transition in 2020. The 2014 original was praised for how it implemented new mechanics into decades-old turn-based gameplay. Though its stellar art style and score also helped it earn a sequel in 2016 “Bravely Second”. Not much is known about the upcoming third installment since we only have a trailer shown at the 2019 Game Awards to go off of. But it will focus on a completely new world and set of characters. And that just means it will be perfect for both new and old players to dive into.

#4: “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX” (2020)

The Switch is proving to include a variety of Pokémon experiences with a remake of the original adventure, as well as a new entry. And on March 6th, we’ll get something a bit different. A remake of the first two “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon” games, ok maybe not so different. “Rescue Team DX” follows a human who wakes up as a Pokémon. From there, you dungeon-crawl your way through procedurally generated areas while battling and recruiting other Pokémon to your rescue team. This series gives the pocket monsters a bit more personality than the main games. And the remake will bring in mega evolutions. Add in the flourish of watercolor-inspired graphics, and you’ve got what’s sure to be another strong Pokémon inclusion for the Switch.

#3: “No More Heroes III” (2020)


Nintendo is widely known as a family friendly company. Which is why the blood-soaked, profanity-laden, sex-infused “No More Heroes” was such a surprise when it launched for the Wii in 2008. But its dark humor and insanely fun gameplay made it a pleasant one. Even if European & Australian players had to deal with a censored version. It follows hitman Travis Touchdown as he attempts to become the world’s #1 assassin. The series is known for over-the-top boss battles, so much so that having Travis face off against galactic superheroes this time actually seems like the next logical step. Other entries are lessons in absurd ultraviolence. Still we can’t wait to get back to what Travis does best: dismembering folks with his trusty light sab – I mean, beam katana.

#2: “Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition” (2020)


While it is another remake, we think this definitive edition is more than worthy of its high placement. Monolith Soft’s Wii original was a masterclass JRPG when it came to worldbuilding, non-linear design, and combat. But for North American players; it was released as an exclusive to Gamestop for a limited print. A New 3DS re-release, 2 sequels, and 1 “Super Smash Bros.” roster spot later, and “Xenoblade” has become one of Nintendo’s most interesting franchises. But we’re willing to bet there’s some Switch players who never tried the first. The plot of unending war should bring in players looking for deep character arcs. And the improved graphics should enhance the already engaging open world, which is set on the corpses of two gigantic gods. It’s unclear what else will be improved upon, but there’s not much else that needs it.

#1: “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” (2020)

Never underestimate the passion that comes from living in a town full of adorable, anthropomorphic animals. Nintendo’s life simulation series may not switch things up too much when it comes to gameplay. But its therapeutic simplicity can be just as engaging as any other game. And the first main entry since 2013’s “New Leaf” will still bring plenty of new. Players will begin with a deserted island, building up their new home as they see fit. As you explore, craft, and plant, your island will grow as new neighbors arrive. There’s also the enticing aspect of multiplayer. 4 players can play locally, improving the island together. But up to 8 can play online, visiting each other’s deserted island getaways. March 20th can’t come soon enough.


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