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30 upcoming Nintendo Switch games to look forward to

Nintendo Life The most anticipated Switch games
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We’re now approaching the end of 2021 and we’ve seen some fantastic games on Switch this year. It’s also true that some big names have slipped into 2022 – for understandable reasons – but there are still some heavyweights to come before the bell rings on December 31st.

Below we’ve updated our list and compiled thirty of the biggest Switch games we’re looking forward to – both the rest we’ll be waiting for in the final month of 2021, as well as any big ones coming up in 2022 from AAA first-party deals to promising looking indies. There are a few big names still registered for this year, so let’s hope for some surprise drops when we head into the holidays (cross your fingers!).

We had much of great titles this year like Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Bravely Default II, Monster Hunter Rise, New Pokémon Snap, Famicom Detective Club, Game Builder Garage, Mario Golf: Super Rush, Tony Hawk’s 1 + 2, Disgaea 6, Monster Hunter Stories 2, Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, WarioWare: Get It Together! and Metroid Dread *take a deep breath* – plus a huge number of great indie titles. In just a few weeks, however, you can look forward to much more before the year is out.

So let’s take a look at our most anticipated Switch games …

Big Brain Academy: Brain versus Brain (Switch)Big Brain Academy: Brain versus Brain (Switch)

Editor: Nintendo

Release date: December 3, 2021 (United States of America) / December 3, 2021 (UK / EU)

On a quiet Thursday in early September, the Big Brain Academy series was announced – the more laid-back sister of Brain Age / Brain training from the Nintendo DS era – is back in December with Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain on Switch.

With 4 player brain-based battles you can battle insane people from around the world via a new online game in which you challenge other people’s ghost data in a brain-versus-brain scenario. It’s going on 3rd of December and looks like decent family meal for the holidays.

Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition (Switch)Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition (Switch)

Editor: Bandai Namco

Release date: December 3, 2021 (United States of America) / December 3, 2021 (UK / EU)

This is a wholesome and gloriously colorful adventure inspired by Disney’s theme parks and a wide variety of characters and franchises. This one has areas inspired by films like Frozen and The Little Mermaid, and brings refreshed graphics and all of the DLC from the 3DS original; it is due on 3rd of December.

Life is Strange: True Colors (Switch eShop)Life is Strange: True Colors (Switch eShop)

Editor: Square Enix Europe / Developer: Games on deck nine

Release date: December 7, 2021 (United States of America) / December 7, 2021 (UK / EU)

The inexplicable lack of the episodic Life Is Strange series on Switch has finally been fixed – Square Enix Europe is bringing both Life Is Strange: True Colors and Life Is Strange Remastered Collection to Nintendo’s console this year.

True Colors should arrive on September 10th before any delays – it appears to be December 7th now. The Remastered Collection was pushed back 2022.

Loop Hero (change eShop)Loop Hero (change eShop)

Editor: Devolver Digital / Developer: Four quarters

Release date: December 9, 2021 (United States of America) / December 9, 2021 (UK / EU)

Announced as part of Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase in August 2021, Loop Hero is a timeloop strategy role-playing game for Switch in which you fight monsters in a procedurally generated look and consume your energy and resources.

Sounds grim, but it was released on PC platforms in March 2021 and its card game and old-school aesthetic are highly regarded. We find out what all the fuss is about 9th of December.

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon (Switch eShop)Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon (Switch eShop)

Editor: Yacht club games

Release date: 13 Dec 2021 (United States of America) / 13 Dec 2021 (UK / EU)

Shovel Knight was a game that rightly earned rave reviews and a large fan base, with plenty of updates that make it a fierce action platformer. After almost countless cameos in other games, we are now getting a new game – Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon – with a slightly different interpretation of the main character and an expanded cast.

It will bring puzzle and “bump” combat mechanics into the mix 13th December.

OlliOlli World (change eShop)OlliOlli World (change eShop)

Developer: Role 7

Release date: 4th quarter 2021 (United States of America)

Announced later this summer, this is an entirely different look for the series following the success of the two original games. Again you skate through tricky routes and perform all kinds of nice tricks, but this time in an extremely colorful world with a revised visual style. This will provide some much-needed warm weather vibes when it arrives this winter.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Switch eShop)Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Switch eShop)

Editor: Obsidian entertainment / Developer: Obsidian entertainment

Release date: 2020 (United States of America) / 2020 (UK / EU)

Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity picked up on the torch that Baldur’s Gate laid down many moons ago, and both games can be played on your favorite Nintendo hybrid handheld. Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire is coming soon, set five years after the events of the previous game. It’s been available on PS4 and Xbox One since January 2020, though it had its own performance issues on those consoles. Hopefully the extra time it takes on the switch port will iron out any significant issues.

This should happen in early 2021, although this window was missed. We keep our fingers crossed that we’ll see it before the end of the year.

Sports history (Switch eShop)Sports history (Switch eShop)

Editor: Sidebar games / Developer: Sidebar games

Release date: TBA

This Switch-exclusive sequel to the early indie hit Golf Story, which was first announced for release in mid-2020 in December 2019, has been postponed and we hope that Sidebar Games’ sporty RPG hybrid hits the market sometime in 2021. If Sports Story is anywhere near as fun as the Mario Golf-inspired original, it will be more than worth the wait.


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