Pokemon Sword and Shield lead a huge month of game releases.

The year is rapidly coming to a close, and as usual, the lead-in to (and beginning of) the holiday shopping season is full of big-name games, with titles available for players of all ages. As examples, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will allow kids and adults alike to discover new pocket monsters on Switch, while Death Stranding is a highly-anticipated game for adults only.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield
Rated E
Appropriate for: Kids who are comfortable with console controllers

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are the next major installments in the long-running series of Pokemon role-playing games. They’ll take trainers to a new area of the Pokemon universe — the Galar region — where they’ll be joined on their adventure by one of three new starting Pokemon (you get to choose): Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. Players will travel throughout the Galar region, collecting additional Pokemon, participating in Pokemon battles, and more as they work through the game’s storyline. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will introduce players to many new features that haven’t been seen in previous games, such as the Dynamax and Gigantamax phenomenons. For more information, check out our previous coverage of the game.

Great if your kids love: The Pokemon franchise, Digimon, collecting one of everything


Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Rated T
Appropriate for: Teens who enjoy single-player games

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person action-adventure game that lets players become a Jedi who is being hunted by the Empire, which wishes to wipe out any remaining Jedi forces. As players explore various environments, they can use Force powers and their lightsaber to interact with the environment or take out enemies. They’ll also be joined by a friendly robot named BD-1, who can help them on their journey. As reported by PC Gamer, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a completely single-player experience, with no multiplayer mode or microtransactions to purchase.

Great if your kids love: Star Wars Battlefront 2, Final Fantasy XV


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Rated E10+
Appropriate for: Older kids who enjoy sports and mini-games

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The 2020 Summer Olympics will begin in Tokyo next July. To celebrate the Games, players can join Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and their friends in a new experience on Switch, which will let them play more than 30 sports games based on Olympic events. Plenty of sports are represented, including some new events for the 2020 Summer Olympics: skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, and karate. While many events have 3D graphics, there are 10 2D events as well, which give a retro look to the competition. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will allow you to compete on your own, play with others in the same room, and even compete with other players online, if you have a Nintendo Switch Online membership.

Great if your kids love: Previous Mario and Sonic Olympics games, Super Mario Party


Death Stranding
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

Death Stranding is the latest video game from Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima. According to the PlayStation website, it challenges players to help Sam (played by actor Norman Reedus) “journey across the ravaged wasteland and save mankind from impending annihilation.” Death Stranding has received an M rating from the ESRB, meaning it’s been deemed inappropriate for players under 17 years old. The game has Content Descriptors for “Blood,” “Intense Violence,” “Partial Nudity,” and “Strong Language.”

Try This Game Instead: Horizon Zero Dawn


Full List

Notable kid- and teen-friendly titles are in bold.

Release dates can change at any time.

Friday November 1, 2019

Race with Ryan, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Spirit Roots, Switch

Windmill Kings, Switch

Perseverance, Switch

Delta Squad, Switch

Citadel: Forged with Fire, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

The Forbidden Arts, PlayStation 4

Qubit’s Quest, PlayStation 4

Spirit of the North, PlayStation 4

Voyage of the Dead, PlayStation 4

TwinCop, PlayStation 4

Jalopy, Xbox One

Tuesday November 5, 2019

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game, Switch

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Switch

Garfield Kart Furious Racing, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

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Ships, Switch

Just Dance 2020, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

GRIP: Combat Racing AirBlades vs Rollers Ultimate Edition, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Blacksad: Under the Skin, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Valfaris, PlayStation 4

Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve Stars, PlayStation 4, PC

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

The Elder Scrolls Online: Dragonhold [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Planet Zoo, PC

Red Dead Redemption 2, PC

Wednesday November 6, 2019

Construction Simulator 2 US – Console Edition, Switch

Fire Pro Wrestling World: Entrance Craft [DLC], PlayStation 4

Wizards of Brandel, Xbox One

Thursday November 7, 2019

Incredible Mandy, Switch

Ritual: Crown of Horns, Switch, PC

Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom Story, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Headsnatchers, Switch

puzzlement, Switch

Juicy Realm, Switch

ANIMUS: Harbinger, Switch

MEANDERS, Switch

Strange Telephone, Switch

Super Street: Racer, Switch

Friday November 8, 2019

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival, Switch

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition, Switch

New Super Lucky’s Tale, Switch

STURMWIND EX, Switch, Xbox One

One Person Story, Switch

Blindy, Switch

REKT!, Switch

Jumanji: The Video Game, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Golem, PlayStation VR

Death Stranding, PlayStation 4

Need for Speed Heat, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Tanky Tanks, Xbox One

Monday November 11, 2019

Romancing SaGa 3, Switch, PlayStation 4, Vita, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android

The Mims Beginning, Switch

Tuesday November 12, 2019

Bee Simulator, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Yaga, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Thief of Thieves: Season One, Switch

Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time, PlayStation VR, PC

VR Ping Pong Pro, PlayStation VR, PC

Wednesday November 13, 2019

Last Labyrinth, PlayStation VR, PC

Spider Solitaire F, Xbox One

Thursday November 14, 2019

Sparklite, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Rocket Wars, Switch

Squidgies Takeover, Switch

Galactic Defence Squadron, Switch

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Gear.Club Unlimited 2 Porsche Edition, Switch

The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets, PlayStation VR, PC

RAGE 2: TerrorMania [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Bee Simulator, PC

Deadliest Catch: The Game, PC

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, PC

Friday November 15, 2019

Pokemon Sword, Switch

Pokemon Shield, Switch

Pokemon Sword & Shield Double Pack, Switch

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Tokyo Ghoul: re Call to Exist, PlayStation 4, PC

ASTRONEER, PlayStation 4

Tokyo Warfare Turbo, Xbox One

Valfaris, Xbox One

Terminator: Resistance, PC

Tuesday November 19, 2019

Munchkin: Quacked Quest, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Zumba Burn it Up!, Switch

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Shenmue III, PlayStation 4, PC

Age of Wonders: Planetfall Revelations [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Football Manager 2020, PC

Football Manager 2020 Touch, PC

Wednesday November 20, 2019

Children of Morta, Switch

Still There, Switch, PC

Thursday November 21, 2019

Black Future ‘88, Switch, PC

Strike Force – War on Terror, Switch

Asterix & Obelix XXL 3: The Crystal Menhir, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

The Touryst, Switch

Titeuf: Mega Party, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

DEEMO -Reborn-, PlayStation VR

Farmer’s Dynasty, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Friday November 22, 2019

LASTFIGHT, Switch

G.R.E.E.N. The Life Algorithm, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Expansion Bundle [DLC], Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Lost Ember, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Wednesday November 27, 2019

Widget Satchel, Switch

Friday November 29, 2019

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, Switch



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