We’ve updated the list below with new announcements and removed 2021 Switch games that have already come and gone. Loads to look forward to!
2020 is just a 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 came out weeks after their surprise announcement – but we’ve also seen some big names slide in 2021, for understandable reasons.
E3 2021 is also over and we’ve seen some big reveal about 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 look forward to in 2021. In no particular order – though loosely chronologically – they run the gamut from AAA first-party offerings to up-and-coming indies, plus one some big names that have been waiting backstage for a while and have a chance to break free this year (fingers crossed!).
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Introduced in Nintendo Direct from February 2021, this is the long-awaited return to the fairways for the best of the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario Golf: Super Rush is expected to feature RPG elements modeled on the famous Mario Golf on Game Boy Color, as well as an all-new version of the game in the titular Super Rush mode, which allows multiple players to travel the course in Nintendo battle. speed golf. It looks manic and hilarious if the trailer is anything, and we can’t wait to get into the thick of it.
We love a good spoiled walk so we’ll grab a 3 wood and hit the fairways out June 25.
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This game launched on other consoles last year and was confirmed for Switch in February. Intended to strike June 25, 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 dreamed of shooting a 720 Â°. That is unless you are a young whippersnapper, in which case you will have the chance to catch up with the first two episodes of one of the most influential sports series of all time.
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Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is a Switch exclusive in the West (in Japan it will also be released on PS4) and will be the first entry in the staggered turn-based strategy series to use 3D models. He certainly won’t lose any of his personality, with his signature irreverent humor, adorably insane characters, and level and damage counts of up to eleven stupid.
Overall, 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 June 29, 2021.
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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 slated for Switch in the summer of 2020. It’s coming a year later than expected, but Sky : Children of the Light will finally see the light of day on the Nintendo console June 29, 2021.
Monster Hunter Rise isn’t the only new entry in Capcom’s series coming to Switch in 2021. No, the portable spin-off Monster Hunter Stories is also getting a Switch-based sequel called Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin.
Adopting the same art style as the original 3DS, Monster Hunter Stories 2 will be heavily narrative-driven and will likely retain the straightforward RPG mechanics the sub-series is known for. The protagonist, Monster Rider, befriends monsters from the series rather than killing them to make a tail feather cap, so it will deliver a different flavor of Monster Hunter-y goodness alongside the more traditional entrees. on Switch when it launched in July 9, 2021.
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The latest entry in Nihon Falcom’s action-RPG series was announced for Switch in the West in June 2020. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox debuted in English on PS4 in February, but will arrive on Switch on July 6, 2021 in North America and July 9th in Europe.
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Announced as part of the Nintendo Direct in February 2021, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD brings back the bespoke Wii entry to the series with a high-definition lick of paint, as well as a new stick-based sword game. Integrated as an optional alternative to the original gyroscope controls.
While this game’s slow start, compartmentalized world, and required motion controls weren’t everyone’s cup of tea (not to mention Fi’s constant barrage of tips and advice), we have some very fond memories. warm to our ten-year-old time with the game and we can’t wait to see how this version of Switch stacks up. It starts on July 16.
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Delayed from November 17, 2020 to “early 2021” – and now with a July 20 release date – Cris Tales is an indie RPG from Dreams Uncorporated that seeks to pay homage to the traditional JRPGs of yore. The game has been in development since 2014, so a little longer in the oven won’t make much of a difference.
“A delayed match is ultimately good, but a bad match is always rotten, unless it fixes the wazoo.” A famous developer said that, we’re sure of it.
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This upcoming sequel to the DS classic The World Ends With You came as a real surprise when it was first revealed by Square Enix last November, but very welcome. We have a Switch version of the original in the form of The World Ends With You: Final Remix, although it always felt like the game performed better on DS – it will be great to see how this new game performs. on a designed system. for. NEO: The World Ends With You launches on Switch on July 27, 2021.
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Originally “to be confirmed in 2020,” the No More Heroes 3 reveal was exactly what fans of Travis Touchdown’s original Wii games wanted to hear, and this sequel looks set to deliver the full Touchdown experience with a throne of porcelain and a laser sword. Suda51’s Wii originals are already available on Switch, so it’s time to catch up before the trilogy forms on August 27.