For a long time last year, my Nintendo Switch sat lonely, sad, forgotten. A system made specifically for traveling, I purchased my Switch initially for long trips, boring days, and to get outside while still playing video games.
With the lockdown, my Switch really didn’t have a purpose. Besides Animal Crossing, of course, but there is only so much fishing one can do.
But 2021 is looking up for gaming! With new announcements coming out one after another, my poor, forgotten Switch is going to get a serious workout.
Here are all the Nintendo Switch games we’re really, really excited about.
Kingdoms of Amalur
Great news! No, seriously – it’s great news! THQ Nordic has (literally) just announced that their remaster of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be out on the Switch on March 16.
Originally produced in 2012, KoA:R was the only game ever made by 38 Studios before they went bankrupt. But the game itself was solid, and got mostly good reviews, which is why it was remastered recently. If you haven’t had a chance to play the remastered version yet, I highly recommend it.
It’s about time more RPGs of this style came to the Switch, and I think the graphics and gameplay will lend themselves really well to on-the-go gaming.
Monster Hunter Rise
You guys, I’ve talked about Monster Hunter Rise a lot, but that’s because it’s going to be amazing.
Coming out on March 26 of this year, the game follows much of the same format as the older games – you’re a hunter, you create your character, choose your weapon, and hunt down monsters. It’s got a high skill level and a big learning curve, but if you enjoy this kind of game, it’s great.
The new mechanics have me very excited. I’ve got several hours into the demo already (I played two hours with my husband last night before bed, don’t judge me) which dropped earlier this month, and I’m very excited about how the wirebug movements and attacks work. Mounting and riding monsters… look, it’s fine. I could take it or leave it, but hopefully it will grow on me, especially with more monsters to choose from.
I foresee several weeks of my life deeply, intimately wrapped up into Monster Hunter Rise this spring, and I can’t wait for it.
I didn’t have a ton of video games as a kid, and I certainly didn’t have the original Pokemon Snap… but my neighbor did, and I can’t tell you how many hours I put into his game.
When I heard there was a new game in production, I lost my mind. Everyone has that one game they remember so fondly from their childhood? Yeah, Snap is mine.
Pokemon Snap originally came out in 1999, and you sat on a fixed cart going through various levels while you moved the camera and tried to capture Pokemon in pictures, not with Pokeballs. As you progressed through the levels, you got more tools, like lures and treats, that let you find different Pokemon in previous levels.
As a kid, I thought this was just the coolest thing ever and marveled at the genius of developers.
The new Pokemon Snap is set to release April 30 for the Nintendo Switch.
Super Mario 3D World: Bowser’s Fury
Okay, not going to lie – I was not super hyped for this game until I saw Super Saiyan Mario in a Cat Suit, which was featured in the latest trailer.
This is a remake of a game that was original released on the Wii U (so no one played it, because no one owned that console), plus a never-before-seen additional game tacked on.
I have high hopes for this game, and all the trailers so far look great. It’s set to drop on February 12 worldwide.
Disgea 6: Defiance of Destiny
Do you like doing millions of damage? Do you like having thousands of hitpoints? Do you love sardines, dood? If you answered yes to any of these questions, get excited, because the latest Disgea game is coming to the Switch sometime this summer, though Japan will get it at the end of the month.
The game follows the story of a zombie named Zed, and his sister, a girl named Bieko. The two are traveling across the Netherworlds in order to face, and defeat, the God of Destruction.
Sound a little out there? All of these games are, but in the best way possible. They’re a lot of fun, and super over the top.
There isn’t yet a ton of information known about this game, but after it comes out in Japan on the 28th we should have more details.
Bravely Default II
Despite the name, this is actually the third installment of the series, after Bravely Default and Bravely Second. However, this is actually following a completely unique storyline and a different set of characters. If you never played the earlier ones, you won’t be missing too much (except some great games).
We don’t know a ton about the story yet, but it does follow four characters as they travel Excillant, a landmass that is divided by five separate kingdoms.
There was a demo, once in March and a final demo last month, but… uhm… it wasn’t a great showing for the game. Developers admitted that the demo was too hard and not a great introduction to the game, but they say it was a good thing – because of the feedback, they changed a lot. The second demo is still available if you’re interested, but be aware that changes are still being made!
Bravely Default II comes out on February 26th.
Despite this game coming out on basically every console, I think this is going to be a Switch buy for me – doesn’t the trailer just scream ‘Switch Game’ to you?!
It’s being directed by the duo that brought us the Sonic the Hedgehog series, as well as Night Into Dreams, and is the first game the studio, Balan Company, has produced since being formed as a subsidiary of Square Enix (of Final Fantasy fame).
The game follows two main characters as they follow Maestro Balan through a Wonderland setting, mixing elements of dreams and reality together. The game’s structure is a series of 12 stories.
Again, not a ton is known about Balan Wonderland yet, but the trailer looks great and it’s got some serious talent behind it. It releases for Windows, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on March 26 of this year.