We’ve updated the list below with some new announcements and removed the 2021 Switch games that have come and gone already. Loads to look forward to!
2020 is but a dim and distant memory (at least, we wish it was!) and it’s time to look to the future. We saw some fantastic games come to Switch last year — several of them released within a matter of weeks of their surprise announcement — but we also saw some big names slip into 2021, for understandable reasons.
E3 2021 is over, too, and we’ve seen some big reveals for what Nintendo has in store for Switch in the second half of the year. Below we’ve rounded up thirty(ish) of the biggest Switch games we’re looking forward to in 2021. In no particular order — although vaguely chronological — they run the gamut from AAA first-party offerings to promising looking indies, plus a few big names that have been waiting in the wings for a while and stand a chance of breaking free this year (fingers crossed!).
Introduced in the February 2021 Nintendo Direct, this is the long-awaited return to the fairways for the Mushroom Kingdom’s finest. Mario Golf: Super Rush is set to feature RPG elements along the lines of the celebrated Mario Golf on the Game Boy Color, plus an entirely new spin on the game in the titular Super Rush mode, which has multiple players racing around the course in Nintendo’s take on ‘speed golf’. It looks manic and hilarious if the trailer is anything to go by, and we can’t wait to get into the swing of things.
We love a good walk spoiled, so we’ll be grabbing a 3-wood and hitting the fairways on 25th June.
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This game launched on other consoles last year, and was confirmed for Switch back in February. Scheduled to hit on 25th June 2021, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 will take you back twenty years to a time when your knees were in better shape and you still had dreams of pulling a 720°. That is unless you’re a young whippersnapper, in which case you’ll have the chance to catch up on the first two installments of one of the most influential sports series ever.
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is a Switch exclusive in the West (in Japan it’ll be getting a PS4 release, too) and will be the first entry in the offbeat turn-based strategy series to use 3D models. It certainly won’t be losing any of its personality, with its trademark irreverent humour, lovably madcap characters and levelling and damage numbers that go up to eleventy-stupid.
All in all, it’s shaping up to be a classic dose of Disgaea goodness from developer Nippon Ichi Software, and it’ll be available on your Switch in 29th June 2021.
Publisher: thatgamecompany / Developer: thatgamecompany
Coming from Thatgamecompany, the critical darlings responsible for the sublime Journey, this new adventure game has been available on mobile devices for some time and was scheduled for Switch back in Summer 2020. It’s coming a full year later than planned, but Sky: Children of the Light will finally see the light of day on Nintendo’s console 29th June 2021.
Monster Hunter Rise isn’t the only new entry in Capcom’s series coming to Switch in 2021. Nope, portable spin-off Monster Hunter Stories is getting a Switch-based sequel named Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin, too.
Adopting the same art style seen in the 3DS original, Monster Hunter Stories 2 will feature a strong narrative focus, and will presumably retain the simple RPG mechanics the sub-series is known for. The protagonist, Monster Rider, befriends monsters from the series rather than slaying them to make a tail feather cap, so it’ll offer a different flavour of Monster Hunter-y goodness alongside the more traditional entries on Switch when it launches in 9th July 2021.
Publisher: NIS America / Developer: Nihon Falcom
The latest entry in Nihon Falcom’s action-RPG series was announced for Switch in the West back in June 2020. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox got its English-language debut on PS4 in February, but it’ll be coming to Switch on 6th July 2021 in North America and 9th July in Europe.
Announced as part of the February 2021 Nintendo Direct, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD brings the bespoke Wii entry in the series back with a high definition lick of paint, plus newly integrated stick-based swordplay as an optional alternative to the original gyro controls.
While this game’s slow start, compartmentalised world and requisite motion controls weren’t everyone’s cup of tea (not to mention Fi’s constant barrage of tips and advice), we have very warm memories of our time with the ten-year-old game and we can’t wait to see how this Switch version compares. It launches on 16th July.
Publisher: Modus Games / Developer: Dreams Uncorporated
Delayed from 17th November 2020 to ‘Early 2021’ — and now with a 20th July release date — Cris Tales is an indie RPG from Dreams Uncorporated that looks to pay homage to traditional JRPGs of old. The game’s been in development since 2014, so a little longer in the oven isn’t going to make much difference.
“A delayed game is eventually good, but a bad game is always a rotter, unless it’s patched up the wazoo.” Some famous developer said that, we’re sure.
This upcoming sequel to DS classic The World Ends With You was a real surprised when it was first revealed by Square Enix last November, but a very welcome one. We got a Switch version of the original in the form of The World Ends With You: Final Remix, although it always felt like the game worked better on DS — it’ll be great to see how this new game works on a system it’s designed for. NEO: The World Ends With You launches on Switch on 27th July 2021.
Originally ‘TBC 2020’, the reveal of No More Heroes 3 was exactly what fans of Travis Touchdown’s original Wii games wanted to hear, and this sequel looks set to deliver the full porcelain-throned, laser-sworded Touchdown experience. Suda51’s Wii originals are already available on Switch, so there’s time to catch up before the trilogy is formed on 27th August.
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