The Biggest Nintendo Switch Games To Look Forward To In 2021

It’s pretty fair to say that the Nintendo Switch is most people’s favourite (read: only) handheld console currently, and other than the distinct lack of competition, it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re looking to play a somewhat cut-back port of a triple-A classic, or a lengthy JRPG adventure that could have your thumbs falling off by the end, the Nintendo Switch is here to provide, and the next year’s worth of games is no different.

There are huge new titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and Monster Hunter Rise, in addition to older titles like World’s End Club and Super Mario 3D World landing on Nintendo Switch this year, and that’s without factoring in whatever games Nintendo is sure to be announcing in the next few months. If you’re looking for a few new games for your Switch this year, then make sure to bookmark this page and browse this list of essentials.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

  • Release Date: January 28
  • Platforms: Switch

The Disgaea franchise has found new fans on Nintendo Switch, but this is the first brand new entry into the franchise to launch on the system, bringing with it characters to stack, penguin doods, and tactical battles.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

  • Release Date: February 12
  • Platforms: Switch

Super Mario 3D World is back from its Wii U prison, and it’s bringing Bowser’s Fury with it. This remaster has been given dozens of tiny changes, and brings with it a bunch of brand new content that even former Wii U owners can’t say no to.

Harvest Moon: One World

  • Release Date: March 2
  • Platforms: PS4, Switch

Harvest Moon: One World takes all of the farming fun you know from the franchise and slams it all onto Nintendo Switch – worth keeping an eye out for if you can pull yourself away from Stardew Valley for long enough.

Monster Hunter Rise

  • Release Date: March 26
  • Platforms: Switch

Monster Hunter finally returns to a Nintendo handheld, and Monster Hunter Rise brings with it many of the quality of life features players adored from Monster Hunter World, while also introducing new monsters, new worlds, and adorable Palamutes.

Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne HD Remaster

  • Release Date: Spring 2021
  • Platforms: PS4, Switch

This huge HD Remaster of the critically acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei 3 is finally coming to Nintendo Switch this year, and players are hungry to fight with gods and demons.

NEO: The World Ends With You

  • Release Date: Summer 2021
  • Platforms: PS4, Switch

The World Ends With You is getting a proper sequel, and there are thousands of people out there who still refuse to believe it. While not much is known about this brand new entry in Tetsuya Nomura’s cult franchise, you best believe the fans want it right now.

Ys 9: Monstrum Nox

  • Release Date: Summer 2021
  • Platforms: PS4, Switch

The Ys series marches on, and Ys 9: Monstrum Nox gives players the opportunity to attack foes from all angles as you glide and fly through the world and attack foes in real-time. This blend of RPG and action is worth keeping an eye on for JRPG fans.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

  • Release Date: 2021
  • Platforms: Switch

While Breath of the Wild 2 probably won’t be the title of this game, you can rest assured that it will continue the adventures of Link and Zelda as they traverse and uncover the mysteries of their home of Hyrule. This will probably be the Game of the Year 2021, just saying.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

  • Release Date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC

If you want to experience the Star Wars saga all over again, then Traveller’s Tales are here to provide exactly what you need. In this game you can play through the story of each Star Wars movie in any order you want, with five levels representing each of the nine movies, adding up to a huge total of 45 levels to explore with friends and family. Combine that with the revamped combat system and sharper-than-ever visuals, and this is a perfect game to remind you why you love Star Wars.

Apex Legends

  • Release Date: 2021
  • Platforms: Switch

Apex Legends has finally got cross-play functionality and is available on a wide range of platforms, but the Nintendo Switch is a high-profile outlier. Respawn confirmed that Apex Legends would be launching on Nintendo Switch, but after a delay it’s not certain when it’ll be coming to our favourite handheld console. Hopefully we’ll see it soon so we can show off our no-scope skills absolutely anywhere.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

  • Release Date: 2021
  • Platforms: Switch

Monster Hunter Stories takes the characters and world you know from the huge monster slaying series, and paints it over with an adorable anime aesthetic and JRPG mechanics. This is definitely a game series which is more at home with younger players who wish to become acquainted with the Monster Hunter universe, but it’s so charming that it’s hard to resist for anyone.

No More Heroes 3

  • Release Date: 2021
  • Platforms: Switch

No More Heroes 3 is promising to finally bring a conclusion to the No More Heroes trilogy, which has been left mired in mystery and uncertainty ever since the 2010 release of the last game in the series. Now, a decade later, Travis Touchdown is returning to bring a proper climax to SUDA51’s fan favourite franchise.

Rune Factory 5

  • Release Date: 2021
  • Platforms: Switch

The Rune Factory franchise has been silent since 2012, mainly because of the closure of development studio Neverland in 2013. It’s been a good few years since then, but Marvelous are bringing back Rune Factory with the fifth entry in the series. Members of the original development team return and they’re setting out to combine the magic of the Story of Seasons games with RPG action.

Shin Megami Tensei 5

  • Release Date: 2021
  • Platforms: Switch

Shin Megami Tensei 5 is finally, officially, launching in 2021, and you really cannot blame fans for thinking that this has become vaporware after more than three years of complete silence. But we now know that Shin Megami Tensei 5 is coming to Nintendo Switch, and we don’t actually know much more than that. Please be good…

World’s End Club

  • Release Date: 2021
  • Platforms: Switch

Danganronpa writer Kazukata Kodaka has set out on his own to create a brand new narrative experience, and World’s End Club may already be available on Apple Arcade, but it’s coming very soon to Nintendo Switch. Much like Danganronpa, an entirely “normal” group of school children are taken and thrust into a fight for survival in a theme park based under the ocean. Horrifying, fascinating, and well worth playing.

Next: The 10 Biggest 2021 Switch Games To Look Forward To (In The First 3 Months)

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