When looking back at the exclusive Nintendo Switch games released in 2020, there was only a handful. Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched near the end of March, as the world began shutting down due to COVID-19. The timing of Animal Crossing’s launch brought in both old and new players as we searched for ways to connect with family and friends during the quarantine. Throughout the rest of the year, though, we would prominently see single-player games released from Nintendo, such as Paper Mario: The Origami King and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
While we recently covered the best games to look out for in 2021, there are currently only a few Nintendo titles with firm release dates. We are aware of plenty of titles currently being developed for the Switch, but most have “2021” as their release window. Games like Monster Hunter: Rise, Super Mario 3D World, and Bravely Default II are almost guaranteed to release before April, but what about the rest of the year? We decided to jump over to Nintendo’s game store page and pick out the Nintendo Switch games we hope to see in 2021.
6. Axiom Verge 2
Originally set for release in the Fall of 2020, Axiom Verge 2 was pushed back to the first half of this year due to complications with its development and issues caused by the ongoing pandemic. This sequel to the extremely popular Metroidvania intends to provide players with a new adventure that will expand on the original’s lore with new gameplay, enemies, and abilities. While the original game is currently available on most platforms (including the Wii U and PS Vita), the newer title is currently only confirmed for Nintendo Switch.
In an industry that releases a large quantity of Metroidvania influenced titles, Axiom Verge has proven to be one of the best. We are confident that the sequel will only impress us even more.
5. Shin Megami Tensei V
It has been almost a decade since the last official entry in the mainline Shin Megami Tensei series. If you played Atlus’ amazing Persona 5, or its follow-up Persona 5 Royal, don’t let this title slip past you. While Shin Megami Tensei doesn’t typically dabble in the social simulation elements that the Persona series is known for, there are still many similarities between the titles, including dungeon-crawling and the ability to capture and fuse demons.
This entry will be the first title in the series available for home consoles since 2003. We don’t have a lot of information on the game now, but we remain hopeful that this lengthy JRPG drops sometime in 2021.
4. Detective Pikachu 2
With 2021 being the 25th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise, The Pokémon Company will want to celebrate with releases such as Detective Pikachu 2. We recently learned more information about New Pokémon Snap, and we are almost guaranteed to see more titles and oddities from the Pokémon universe as the year continues.
The original game, released on the 3DS in 2018, was a bold spin-off in the long-running franchise that partners up a coffee-drinking, wise-cracking Pikachu with a human who can both talk to and understand what this Pocket Monster has to say. While the game was met with mixed reviews, the major Hollywood film starring Ryan Reynolds as the electric mouse helped launch this character into a household name. It will be exciting to see how Detective Pikachu 2 plays out, as the ending of the game was quite different than the ending of the movie.
3. Monster Hunter Stories 2
It seems like it is going to be a great year for fans of the Monster Hunter franchise. Monster Hunter: Rise will be launching soon for fans of the original titles in the series, but if those don’t appeal to you, then don’t sweat! If you prefer turn-based combat over the mainline series’ open-world action, then Monster Hunter Stories is here for you.
Instead of taking on the traditional role of a hunter, you play as a rider. Rider’s tend to focus more on befriending monsters instead of fighting them, which offers a different perspective not usually seen in this series. With an art style that looks heavily influenced by Breath of the Wild, Monster Hunter Stories 2 should be a wild ride when it hopefully releases in 2021.
2. No More Heroes III
The above trailer is about five minutes of animated bliss until the big reveal that legendary game director Suda 51 is back, alongside the foul-mouthed assassin, Travis Touchdown. While Suda 51 did direct 2019’s Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, No More Heroes III will mark his return to directing a big-budget game since 2008’s Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse.
Travis Touchdown has already climbed the ranks to become the number one assassin in the world twice now, but it looks like this time around, he will be aiming for the galactic title. In a series known for its bloody violence, over the top humor, and out-of-nowhere twists, No More Heroes III is one of the most highly anticipated sequels. With Suda 51 behind the wheel, the game is sure to be a blood-soaked and memorable action title.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
This highly anticipated sequel to the ground-breaking Switch launch title is the game we all want to play, but we still know nothing about. During Nintendo’s 2019 E3 conference, the company capped its presentation with a teaser trailer for Breath of the Wild 2 and have remained quiet on the title ever since. The most common speculation around the trailer revolves around the idea that Zelda will be a playable character, possibly within a co-op mode.
Nintendo is known for celebrating the anniversaries of their franchises and characters. Mario celebrated his 35th-anniversary last year, and in honor of the mustached hero, we received everything from a Super Mario Bros. battle royale to ports of classic games. With 2021 being the 35th-anniversary of the Legend of Zelda franchise, the release of Breath of the Wild 2 feels almost inevitable.
What do you think about these 6 Nintendo Switch games? Do you think they will come out in 2021 or be delayed until next year? Let us know in the comments below.