I wanted to give myself a roadmap for game purchases the remainder of this year. While by no means accurate, this is looking like a fair estimation for how 2019 will go. For the sake of simplicity, I've left out a few unconfirmed 2019 releases, games I'm not sure about getting again like ARMS, the FF games, and a few digital titles I may pick up such as Okami - so these are pretty much new game releases and major existing games I want to get.
(Through late June 2019)
We have nearly four months' worth of time til Summer. Keeping that in mind, this list is very conservative. But it's also more reasonable.
With (fortunately) not many new releases slated for the early half of the year, it's a great time to pick up the remaining old releases I want for my collection.
Since I've been playing South Park: The Stick of Truth again lately (I originally was playing through it on Xbox One), it's made me much more excited to play The Fractured But Whole. I bugged Ubisoft to bring the South Park games to Switch, and I am glad that happened.
Xenoblade 2 is seeming more and more like a missing puzzle piece in my collection. I'm expecting the story to be typical generic RPG fare, but I think it'll be a fun game to play. Considering that a big DLC expansion was released for the game and also given a physical release, I'm sure there'll be a lot here to keep me busy, too.
Praised clear back in 2007 by other gamers who owned a DS, I was told by several people to get The World Ends With You at that time. I didn't listen, and I'm still not sure what I'd think of the game. But this release got my attention, and I'd really like to give it a try.
I'm not sure how interested I am in Octopath Traveler after messing around on the demo a bit, but it still seems like my kind of thing and under the right frame of mind I can see myself binging the game for a while. I liked the apothecary character I started playing as, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of what the game has to offer.
Rounding out the Spring list is Skyrim. I have come really close to playing the game so many times now, but it has so far only been false starts. Maybe the Switch is where all of that will finally change? In contrast to the other kinds of RPGs on the Switch The Elder Scrolls is fairly unique, and it would be impressive to play in handheld mode.
(Through late September 2019)
June sees the first major upcoming release on my list, Mario Maker 2. Its release window is good - plenty of months where the game goes without much in the way of competition, and lots of time for people to spend creating and perfecting interesting new maps on the Switch.
I still want to play the Wii-U NSMB games, and Summer may be the time to look into it with (technically the first major release of the year) NSMBU Deluxe. After getting Mario Maker, I'll likely want to seek inspiration for levels of my own, and will be in the mood to play through a Super Mario campaign alongside my level-creating journey and player-created content exploration.
Toward the tail end of July comes the next major release of 2019, Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I am really looking forward to the game, and though the Harry Potter-esque setting might not have captured me just yet, I'm sure the game will speak for itself with its release on my birth month.
Another buffer between new releases, I'm figuring time with Valkyria Chronicles 4 might be in order by August. Since I have the original game now, I figure maybe I'll have played it quite a bit by that time and be excited for more 1900's-style turn-based-strategy warfare.
It's expected that in late Summer Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will finally drop. The much-anticipated spiritual-successor of Castlevania is looking good, and with years of development time behind it I'm expecting a pretty well-polished Metroidvania outing.
(Through Years' End)
Obviously I'm playing this season very conservatively. When September rolls around the heavy-hitters of the year start to trickle out in time for the Holidays. There will likely be many great games released on the Switch at this time, but I want to focus in on the major ones I know of for now.
Dragon Quest 11 S is likely going to be an early Fall title. Being that I am a fan of the series and haven't played a DQ game in a while, I am really looking forward to this. I especially want to support the series in the West, since Square Enix often abandons plans for releases of its IPs outside of Japan.
Nobody knows for sure when the Link's Awakening remake will be out, or even if it will be a simple step-by-step remake of the original. It could come along sooner than I'm expecting, or it could be the last major release of the year. Whatever the case, I'll be there.
My most-anticipated release of the year, however, is Pokémon Sword and Shield. No, I am not buying both versions, but I am happy there are once again two to choose from. I think this could be the best Pokémon game since the originals for me, but either way it should still be a lot of fun.
2019 looks to be a great year for game purchases. I'm hoping for more sales on games, and I hope circumstances are good for me to have time to devote to a lot of them. On top of the games I have now, this is a lot to look forward to.
But I guess we've gotta see how things go. Life is unpredictable, and responsibilities and priorities rear their ugly head from time to time. Maybe a new lady will come along, even. At any rate, seems like a fair approximation of the year ahead. I guess we'll see how much things like Nintendo Directs, E3 and third-party announcements impact it. (Here's to hoping for some Persona 5/SMT news from Atlus!)