All the Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games You’ll Want to Play in 2021
Let the anticipation build for Super Mario, Scott Pilgrim, skateboarding birds, and more.
Whereas we watch for Operation Warp Velocity to get slightly warp-speedier, why not hunker down at dwelling and play some new games? Escape into the candy-colored world of Nintendo, the place you may slay dragons, somersault by means of arcs of gold cash, or create your personal little utopia with the cartoon dwelling décor of your goals. With actuality feeling more and more like a dystopian hellscape, the choice is wanting fairly rattling good right about now.
Even earlier than the pandemic, the Nintendo Switch was completely killing the console recreation. Since its launch in 2017, it has surpassed lifetime gross sales of the Tremendous Nintendo and the NES, changing into Nintendo’s second best-selling dwelling console of all time (behind the Wii). Then, within the everlasting spring of 2020, even the most reluctant luddites amongst us discovered ourselves indulging in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a part of our self-care routines. We gamed and we gamed, and tried to overlook the world for some time. We found parts of ourselves—our internal hardcore players—that had by no means earlier than seen the light of day. Issues acquired bizarre (but enjoyable). And with these Nintendo Switch Games on the horizon, there’s little question that the Switch will proceed to be the go-to technicolor break from actuality that all of us want within the New Year.
From arcade-style ninja adventures to digital board Games and every little thing in between, there are over 80 new Games on the Nintendo Switch launch calendar for the upcoming months. Right here, we have narrowed that down to the 10 most anticipated titles to sit up for in 2021.
She Dreams Elsewhere
Release Date: Early 2021
If we were taking a vote for “game most likely to get inside your head,” indie She Dreams Elsewhere might just win. In the 2D top-down RPG, you play as Thalia—a woman suspended in a comatose state who must confront her nightmares in a surreal dreamworld in order to wake up.
Release Date: Early 2021
Subnautica is a survival game set in an alien underwater world. After crash-landing into this world, you must monitor your oxygen supply and explore the sea at your own risk—fighting to scavenge, to uncover mystery, and to make it out alive. Bonus: The sequel, Subnautica: Below Zero, will also be available on Switch in early 2021.
Release Date: 2021
We’ve been excited for this one for quite a long time. The developers delayed release to further finetune the game, but the wait has only made us more pumped. A skating game, but they’re birds! And these birds got sick, feather-flapping tricks. (Plus, bird puns abound—like flyers for Thrusher magazine pasted around the tiny digital skatepark.) What more could you want?
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition
Release Date: January 14, 2021
Everyone’s favorite softboy hero is back, and ready to battle Ramona Flowers’s seven evil exes! The rerelease of the 2010 arcade-style, side-scroller game will feature all the original DLC, plus the ability to play as Knives Chau and Wallace Wells.
Release Date: January 26, 2021
The latest from Yacht Club Games, Cyber Shadow is a retro cyborg-ninja platformer action game that’ll have you slashing synthetic lifeforms who have taken over the world.
Bravely Default II
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Originally slated for release in 2020, the JPRG is finally coming out next month. While its title may sound like a sequel, it’s actually more of a spiritual cousin to the original Square Enix game, with all new characters in a new world. Its hand-drawn art style creates a striking fantastical landscape for exploration and turn-based battles.
Release Date: March 26, 2021
Another Square Enix title, Balan Wonderworld is an action platformer game that takes place in twelve tales through multiple stages in Balan Theatre. Characters Emma and Leo follow the maestro through the stages, unlock powers through over 80 different costumes, collect secret statues to reach new stages, and battle evil bosses.
Monster Hunter Rise
Release Date: March 26, 2021
The next installment in the popular fantasy franchise, Monster Hunter Rise will feature all the familiar monster favorites like Tigrex, plus a host of new features like skippable cutscenes, brand-new monsters, the ability to ride Wyverns, a snowy area called the Frost Islands, and more.
Little Nightmares II
Release Date: February 11, 2021
This sequel to the third-person 3D suspense game seems only slightly terrifying. You play as Mono, a young boy trapped in a nightmarish world plagued by the mysterious transmission of a tower in the distance. As you navigate the world to reach the tower, you’ll travel through abandoned houses, deserted streets, and other scenes of horror.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Ahh, a new 3D Super Mario game—just what we need to soothe the soul. Nintendo is rolling out Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury as part of the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary celebration, and it’s got all the classic, nostalgic features: whimsically colorful stages, co-op play (local or online), plus Bowser’s Fury, which fans speculate will be a dark world where you must fight the vengeful Bowser after saving the Sprixie Kingdom.