The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles Nintendo has ever produced, with a wide variety of games to choose from and plenty of unique features. We’ve already gotten to play new entries across the Zelda, Super Mario, and Pokémon series on Nintendo Switch, but there are still plenty of great games on the way for the hybrid console. This includes exclusive games developed internally by Nintendo, as well as third-party titles, as well as ports also available on other platforms.
Thanks to a recent Nintendo Direct, we now know of a slew of games coming to the system in 2021 and beyond. And on top of that, there’s still a lot more time for more announcements to be made, so we may get even more games during the fall and spring of this year. However you slice it, it’s an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan.
With that in mind, there are still lots of games to look forward to on the platform. These are the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2021 and beyond.
Persona 5 Strikers — February 23, 2021
The Nintendo Switch has yet to receive Persona 5 — and quite frankly, probably never will. But at least Persona 5 Strikers is on the way. This is a game in the vein of Dynasty Warriors, much like Hyrule Warriors or Fire Emblem Warriors before it. In essence, it features that famous hack ‘n slash gameplay, but with a Persona 5 twist. In fact, Strikers looks and feels just like Persona 5, only its gameplay is in line with the Musou games — instead of the familiar turn-based RPG you know and love.
Strikers has been out in Japan for over a year now and it’s uncanny how much it looks like Persona 5. In it, you play as the same cast of characters, but it will also feature a new part member named Sophia. Strikers takes place six months after the events of Persona 5, so if you’re a fan of the narrative, you’ll want to check this one out to see what happens next.
Bravely Default II — February 26, 2021
We understand the confusion surrounding Bravely Default II, as there was already a game called Bravely Second released on the 3DS. This isn’t the same game, but it is developed by the same excellent creators that brought you the original game and Octopath Traveler. The world is completely separate from the original game, making it a great entry point for newcomers and those who may have only played Octopath Traveler, and it should deliver all the classic JRPG adventure and action fans of the genre love. The adorable character designs help things, too. Just look at their heads!
Monster Hunter Rise — March 26, 2021
Ever since the release of Monster Hunter: World, fans have been starving for a dedicated entry for Nintendo Switch. That’s where Monster Hunter Rise comes in, a new game built from the ground up with Switch in mind. It will feature similar aesthetics as Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate, but with many of the quality of life improvements introduced in World, like the ability to move from area to area seamlessly, with no load screens.
Rise will include all of the beloved weapons from past entries, but will also add new features like the Wyvern Riding mechanic and new locales. It’s shaping up to be a robust entry in the series that mixes the classic formula with modern improvements.
New Pokémon Snap — April 30, 2021
It’s crazy to think that it’s been over 20 years since the release of the original Pokémon Snap. Some argue we should have gotten a sequel by now, though we think getting a follow-up at all is better late than never.
In New Pokémon Snap, players will explore unknown islands while filling out the Photodex by snapping pictures of wild Pokémon. This game continues to be a mystery to us, and the release date is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, we eagerly anticipate its debut because what little we have seen via screenshot teasers reveals astounding graphics that relate to an epic adventure.
Cris Tales — Spring 2021
Cris Tales is inspired by classic 2D JRPGs, but with an added twist. On screen at all times are three different time periods: Past, present, and future. Players can traverse to each timeline to impact one another — making for some of the smartest puzzles and combat we’ve seen in a while. It also features incredibly gorgeous art that is hard not to love. We got to preview this game at E3 2019 behind closed doors and it’s shaping up to be one of the Nintendo Switch’s sleeper hits.
Mario Golf: Super Rush — June 25, 2021
Mario Golf is back! Serving as the first home console entry in the series since 2003, Mario Golf: Super Rush will give us a large-scale experience with lots of beloved characters to play as. During its announcement, we got to see some of its large-scale courses, details about its Story Mode, and even a look at the motion controls — allowing you to swing your Joy-Con controller just like you would a real golf club. It’ll feature solo, local multiplayer, and online functionality, so this is not one to skip out on when it launches this year.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD — July 16, 2021
The Nintendo community was expecting to see this game again at some point, and while there was some disappointment about not getting other Zelda rereleases, it’s nice that Skyward Sword is getting another chance. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword first came to the Wii in 2011 and required the use of motion controls — a feature that was highly controversial when it was released. Now, with the HD rerelease on Switch, players will be able to use a more traditional control scheme to enjoy the game — along with the motion controls from the original.
No More Heroes III — August 27, 2021
No More Heroes III has been in the cooker for quite some time now, but it finally has a summer 2021 release date. In this sequel, players take on the role of Travis Touchdown once again, tasked with fending off an alien invasion. You should expect that beloved hack ‘n’ slash gameplay to make its return, along with some insane gameplay segments, just like the other games in the series. As you might expect, No More Heroes III will focus on stylized action, but will focus on its narrative, too.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin — Summer 2021
In addition to a mainline Monster Hunter game, we’re also getting Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. This will serve as a follow-up to the first Stories game, which launched for Nintendo 3DS in 2016. Unlike the main series, Stories is much more laid back, featuring turn-based RPG mechanics rather than real-time combat. It almost plays like a Pokémon game, wherein you befriend various monsters, hatch them and develop a relationship with the creatures.
Monster Hunter Stories 2 will take place in a new world, but will feature the same mechanics from the first game. Interestingly, it will also have some sort of compatibility with Monster Hunter Rise, though it’s unclear how that will unfold.
Axiom Verge 2 — 2021
The sequel to one of the most celebrated Metroidvania games of all time, little is known about Axiom Verge 2 at the moment, and that mystery is oddly appropriate considering the game’s focus on exploration and discovery. Once again developed by Thomas Happ, the sequel — or possibly prequel — features a completely new story and powers, making it a good choice for those who have played the original as well as those who haven’t. You’ll be able to make use of hacking and drones during your adventure, and you’ll find a remarkable amount of variety in the terrain. We plan on going in as blind as possible.
Sports Story — TBA
Golf Story was far more than a golf game on Nintendo Switch — it was a full-scale role-playing game filled with charming characters, all wrapped up in a golf shell that could still be enjoyed by those who don’t care about sports in the slightest. Developer Sidebar Games is taking this concept even further in Sports Story, which blends sports with role-playing mechanics again and adds plenty of new sports. These include tennis and you’ll study at a tennis academy, just like in the Game Boy Color classic Mario Tennis. You will even get the chance to compete in a “Decasportathon” to show just how up to the challenge you truly are. Although this game was slated for mid-2020, a Nintendo Direct indicated that it had been delayed.
Bayonetta 3 — TBA
Bayonetta 2 likely only released because Nintendo stepped in and agreed to publish the game as a Wii U exclusive, and PlatinumGames’ Bayonetta 3 will also release as a Nintendo exclusive. The game is coming to Switch … eventually, but PlatinumGames and Nintendo have offered little information over the last few years regarding its release date, story, or content. We do know the titular hero will return, as we saw in a teaser trailer, and we can expect plenty of high-octane action and goofy fan service along the way. Given how incredible the first two games are, we’re willing to let PlatinumGames take as long as it needs.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel — TBA
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been heralded as the best game of the generation and possibly the best video game of all time. It comes as no surprise that Nintendo wanted to create a direct sequel to it, though just what form that will take remains unclear. A teaser trailer released at E3 2019 suggests that Zelda could be playable along with Link, and the world seems to be suffering from another calamity despite the destruction of Ganon. We don’t expect the game to release for a few years, but we are very excited to get our hands on it when it finally does.
Hollow Knight: Silksong — TBA
One of 2017’s absolute best games is getting a sequel in Hollow Knight: Silksong, and it’s headed to Nintendo Switch sometime in the future. It will take the stunning visuals, Metroidvania gameplay, and atmosphere of the original Hollow Knight and put you in the shoes (do these creatures wear shoes?) of Hornet, a princess who is tasked with protecting Hallownest. Silksong was announced last year, and we haven’t gotten much of an update on its development, but hopefully, we won’t have to wait much longer. If it’s half as good as the original, we’re all in for a treat.
Metroid Prime 4 — TBA
Speaking of games we know nothing about, Metroid Prime 4 was announced several years ago at an E3 Nintendo Direct presentation, and since then, Nintendo’s lips have been sealed. The game was reportedly in development at Bandai Namco, but the game was not progressing as Nintendo has planned, and it was thus scrapped and restarted with Metroid Prime trilogy creator Retro Studios taking over. We aren’t sure if the game will release within the next few years, but if there is one thing Metroid fans are good at, it’s waiting — otherwise, they might end up with another game like Other M and no one wants that.
Project Triangle Strategy — 2022
Project Triangle Strategy (working title) is a new tactics game from Square Enix, serving as a follow-up of sorts to Octopath Traveler. Unorthodox naming conventions aside, the community seems pumped for this game, as it’s the first tactics game Square Enix has worked on in a long time. In it, you’ll find the gorgeous art style you know and love, but instead of turn-based combat, you’ll get a grid-based tactics battle system with an emphasis on storytelling. What’s great is that you can check out a free demo on the eShop for it right now. The bad part is that we’ll have to wait until 2022 to play the full release.
Splatoon 3 — 2022
Despite being a ways off, Nintendo gave us an early look at Splatoon 3, which is set to launch sometime in 2022. During the recent Nintendo Direct, we got to see a new locale referred to as Splatlands, a desert inhabited by Inklings. While not much was revealed about what to expect from Splatoon 3, we do know it’ll still include 4v4 Turf War online battles, as well as new gear to unlock. But aside from that, there are a lot of questions we have, like what kind of new features to expect and whether it will double down on a robust single-player mode.