2021 is here, which means the Nintendo Switch has been a part of the gaming landscape for almost four years now. In that time, it has produced an endless list of fantastic exclusives, impressive ports and indie darlings that make it a joyous platform to own. The best part is, it keeps getting better as time goes on.
There’s so many reasons to own a Nintendo Switch right now, whether its The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Fire Emblem: Three Houses or even Animal Crossing: New Horizons, all of which are stellar exclusives which justify a console exclusive in their own right.
Of course, it’s not all about what sits in the past, as 2021 already promises an an array of excellent releases and potential surprises for the platform. So Trusted Reviews has compiled all of the upcoming switch games you need to know about in 2021 and beyond.
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Release date: TBA 2021
With the original duo of titles now available on Nintendo Switch in all of their glory, Nintendo has stepped in once again to help fund and publish a sequel in the spectacular character action series.
Revealed with an expectantly fabulous trailer, little is known about Bayonetta 3 thus far. However, it will once again star the cheeky, sexy and butt-kicking Umbra Witch, as she beats down countless denizens of angels and demons.
Hideki Kamiya, renown for Devil May Cry, Okami and Viewtiful Joe, will be donning his directing shoes for this entry, so you can expect something equally, if not more, extravagant to previous entries.
Metroid Prime 4
Release date: TBA 2021
After its very brief reveal trailer, Nintendo has kept very quiet about Metroid Prime 4 with the exception of a few subtle remarks. At the time of writing, we still know nothing about the game’s setting, story or even developer, for that matter.
We’re hoping the secrecy is warranted and Nintendo is hard at work on something truly special for Nintendo Switch. Samus Aran’s last Prime adventure was over ten years ago, so there’s plenty of new ground to cover for the intergalactic bounty hunter.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Release date: TBA
Breath of the Wild 2 is something nobody expected to happen. Well, except Nintendo, who took the gaming world by storm when this game was unveiled. Taking place directly after the first game, the trailer follows Link and Zelda (who has an adorable new haircut) as they investigate a source of darkness beneath Hyrule Castle.
They come across what appears to be the corpse of Ganondorf, cloaked in darkness. Link gets too close, seemingly awakening an ancient curse and injuring his hand in the process. Something has been awakened in the Land of Hyrule, and we’ll soon discover what that is. Now, time to cross our fingers for playable Zelda!
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Release Date: 2021
We’ve always had a soft spot in our hearts for LEGO games, and that love goes even further with Star Wars. Combine the two and you’ve got a match made in heaven, one which Traveller’s Tales has milked to death with countless games in recent years. So, you’d assume the well has long run dry. Well, it turns out we were wrong, since The Skywalker Saga aims to complete reinvent LEGO games – bringing them into the modern generation with new visuals, mechanics and more.
The Skywalker Saga will feature all eight films – including the upcoming Rise of the Skywalker. Players can experience the events of each epic story while exploring a sprawling open world filled with collectibles. These aren’t simple ports of existing games, either. Each film has been recreated in a new gameplay engine complete with new mechanics and characters to play as. From the hands-off demo we saw at E3 2019, it’s really something special.
New Pokemon Snap
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Fans have been waiting years for a true successor to Pokemon Snap, a Nintendo 64 classic which holds a special place in our nostalgia hearts. Now, it’s finally in the works for Nintendo Switch, and appears to be a faithful sequel to the original experience. You’ll be riding around in a stationery vehicle taking snaps of all manner of pocket monsters.
Having only been unveiled with a single trailer, we’re still waiting to learn specifics about New Pokemon Snap’s story and gameplay. We’d love a dedicated solo campaign with different quests to pursue and characters to interact with, since the universe definitely was so much potential to grow. The biggest question is – can we take selfies with Pokemon?
Monster Hunter Rise
Release Date: March 26, 2021
After the massive success of Monster Hunter World, Capcom is poised to build upon that formula with a new adventure made exclusively for Nintendo Switch. It will adopt many of the more accessible systems from World while also introducing a number of bold new ideas that will push the series forward like never before.
You can once again expect to contend with a bunch of deadly monsters either alone or with a group of friends. Like titles in the past, there will be an endless selection of weapons, armour and gameplay styles to choose from and perfect. Switch is a perfect platform for Monster Hunter, and we’re excited to see it receive a dedicated title beyond an enhanced port.
The Good Life
Release Date: Summer 2021
The Good Life follows a curious journalist from New York who moves to a small quaint English town known as Rainy Woods. While it looks like the ideal place to live, it’s actually drenched in all sorts of mysteries you’ll be set to uncover.
You’ll use your trusty camera to take pictures of strange happenings in the town, and can even transform into an animal to communicate with the local wildlife, and it seems they have a very unique perspective on things. Fans of surreal adventure games will find a lot to love here.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Release Date: Late 2021
After much rumours and speculation, Nintendo has finally confirmed the existence of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Both of them are coming exclusively to the Switch later this year.
This duo of games are faithful remakes of the DS classics, and will utilise a similar visual style and identical world and map layout. It perhaps isn’t the ambitious comeback of the Sinnoh region fans are hoping for, but it still looks adorable and dangerously addictive.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Release Date: 2022
Game Freak is embarking on a daring new chapter in the world of Pokemon with Legends: Arceus. Set years before the world of modern pocket monsters, players will venture to a bold new iteration of the Sinnoh region where people and pokemon are yet to fully co-exist.
Taking clear inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Arceus will rework the art of capturing Pokemon while also expanding upon exploration and battles in a way we’ve never seen before. The formula has remained the same for decades, so we can’t wait to play this.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Release Date: July 16, 2021
Skyward Sword is one of the only modern Zelda titles yet to receive a HD remaster, but this is soon set to change. Nintendo is bringing the polarising Wii exclusive to Nintendo Switch with revamped visuals and controls that should help it appeal to a whole new audience.
This entry remains a little divisive amongst fans due to its reliance on motion controls and excessive tutorials, but it seems Nintendo is taking steps to make the overall experience far easier to swallow than ever before. It’s also launching with a pair of beautiful limited edition joy-con.
Release Date: 2022
Splatoon is one of Nintendo’s biggest breakout hits of the past decade, taking its homeland of Japan by storm and also drawing in millions of players from around the world. A third installment was a matter of when, not if, and now we finally have confirmation it’s in the works.
This time around, Splatoon 3 is swapping the stylish streets of Inkopolis for the Splathands, a hardened wasteland populated with Inklings and Octolings who have seen one too many splat festivals in their time. It’s awash with chaos, and a stunning change of scenery for the series.
Project Triangle Strategy
Release Date: 2022
From the creators of Octopath Traveller, Project Triangle Strategy (working title) is a tactical strategy experience with the same gorgeous pixel aesthetic that defined the studio’s previous works. However, there is a lot of substance behind Triangle Strategy’s abundant style.
You will take control of multiple characters across a variety of luscious kingdoms, with the battle system taking inspiration from the likes of Advance Wars and Final Fantasy Tactics while also adding a number of its own distinct twists.
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