Amidst the chaos of the next-gen console war, the Switch forges ahead its own path. Out of hundreds of titles, here are our picks for the Top 25 Upcoming Nintendo Switch games of 2021.
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The sequel to Gust and Koei Tecmo's RPG. Set in the Royal Capital, it follows the story of Reisalin Stout and her curious companion in their quest to uncover the mysteries of the world. It seems like a much more urban title compared to other fantasy-based JRPGS and it's releasing on January 26, 2021.
Tarsier Studios adds a new chapter to their horrific puzzle adventure. Six is certainly making a return, but this time, only as a guide to the true star, Mono. With Six slowly fading from the world, it's up to Mono to save her from her dark fate. There's less of the gruesome monsters of the Maw, but it seems no less eerie and disturbing than the last. It's coming on February 11th.
Confusingly the third entry to the popular JRPG series. With this installment, fans will be treated to a brand new storyline that features four protagonists, each guided by the crystals and powered with unique skills. REVO will also back the world with a fresh soundtrack once more. The devs have been remarkably responsive with feedback from the recent Demo and we’re looking forward to seeing it on February 26th.
It'll be hard to beat the groundbreaking success of Monster Hunter: World but we'll see CAPCOM make their attempt in this new entry to the series. In Rise, we'll see a more refined monster hunting experience. Along with its seamless exploration, we'll also have a whole lot more mobility to traverse it. All together with the return of 4 player co-op. It's set to release on March 26th.
It may not be a new game, but this game has long been renowned for its open world survival gameplay. Set in the deep oceans of an alien planet, there's a million things to discover in the world of Subnautica. Whether breathtaking or scary. And, to finally have that ported into the Switch's portable format would be a dream for old and new survivalists. The good news is coming out early next year.
We'll be met with two SMT titles next year and one of them is this modern revamp of a classic title. 17 years after it first released, Nocturne will look and feel a whole lot different with new voice-acted cutscenes and adjustments to its infamous difficulty. This will hopefully enable more players to enjoy the captivating story while earning all of their many endings. Coming out sometime in the first half of 2021.
Unlike our previous games, this is a relatively new name in the JRPG genre. It's a labor love by developer Matthias Linda. And, it packs plenty of the genre's tropes within its story of a group of heroes and their quest to end the war of Valandis' three kingdoms. You can look forward to 16 bit perfection and turn-based battles when it releases on the fourth quarter of 2021.
The reboot to a colorful space station management sim was supposed to come out this year. But following a recent delay, it looks like we'll have to wait a bit more to relive the cosmic economic hijinx. While it may only be an unofficial spiritual successor, recent demos have shown developer Kalypso's faithfulness to the original. It's set to release in Spring 2021.
For fans of Cyberpunk dystopia, there's more where that came from in this isometric RPG from Anshar Studios. It's based on a popular book, and it's teeming with adaptive RPG mechanics that are reminiscent of the recent indie success, Disco Elysium. Working side by side with the actual author of the source material, there's no doubt it'll be quite a narrative experience too. No release date yet but it's due in 2021.
10. Genshin Impact
One of the games that took everyone’s attention this year. This open world action RPG has earned acclaim for its scenic environments. So much so that it’s garnered comparisons to the latest Pokemon titles. While it does have some gacha mechanics, all the features it offers in a free to play model definitely outweighs it. We’ll have to see what form it’ll take when it releases on the Switch sometime in 2021.
11. Apex Legends
Another familiar free to play game. Respawn and EA's game is set to compete with Fortnite on the battle royale fps game on yet another platform. Praised for its gunplay and unique ping system, it's already earned a reputation for being one of the best in the genre. But, with this coming arrival on the Switch comes cross platform play across PCs and other consoles. Play along with friends sometime in 2021.
The most ambitious LEGO Star Wars title to date. From a New Hope to the most recent Rise of the Skywalker, all these films and more will get their own chapters in this blocky parody. Link up with over 500 different characters, go on up to 45 different missions, and traverse a range of fully explorable planets. Needing a bit of time in the oven, it's expected to hit stores sometime in 2021.
The first Shin Megami Tensei game in quite a while. And, Atlus is making quite a big impression already. Known for its dark themes, V is set to go on a whole new level with a story that challenges you to reject all your gods. While Japan usually takes the first bite at SMT's titles, we'll all get to see it together with the promise of a simultaneous worldwide release. It's coming out in 2021.
14. Rune Factory 5
We've been waiting for this entry for a long time too. After reports of the series being dead, it's a sigh of relief to have an upcoming new installment. Rune Factory is known for putting combat side by side with the relaxing farm life and joys of romance. We'll see it in full bloom with a new story of a peacekeeping ranger in a gorgeous fantasy world. No release date yet but it's set to release in 2021.
The rise of comic book heroes has inspired legendary director Suda51 and we're gonna see his vision play it in this third entry. Expect massive action scenes in a global setting in a story about fighting an alien invasion. This will be the first main entry to the series in years. After Travis stint in the world of mini games, it'll be great to dive into Suda51's more substantial title. Coming in 2021.
Following people's disappointment with the Pokemon series, this sequel to the Monster Hunter spinoff might just be the answer. In Stories, players get to play as Riders instead of the series' usual hunters. And with Wings of Ruin, we witness a title that focuses more on delivering a richer and more emotional storyline. The trailers show it'll be just as gorgeous as the last and it's set to release in 2021.
Crema's adventure MMO is ready to compete directly with the long-running Pokemon series. It follows the blueprint that Pokemon created almost to the dot. The Temtem are just as cute and it hopes to introduce player vs player battles within a persistent world. It's definitely a welcome spin to the formula. These new features haven’t been implemented in its current iteration but we hope to see them when Temtem releases in 2021.
18. Pokemon Unite
Nintendo has created their own take on the MOBA using the ever-popular monsters of the Pokemon franchise. Instead of journeying from gym to gym, trainers will be grouped into teams of five, catching and evolving pokemon to earn points and win the battle. Putting a strategic, team-based spin on the series, we'll see how it plays out when it released in 2021.
In Ys' 9th entry, we explore a new chapter in Adol's adventures. We find the red swordsman in the prison city of Balduq. He and his crew are cursed to become Monstrums and gain an array of supernatural gifts which they use to defeat Grimwald. It's already released to much acclaim in Japan and we can expect the localization to arrive in 2021.
20. Blood Bowl III
Fantasy Football has never been more fantasy than this bloody death sport set in the Warhammer universe. Blood Bowl takes cues from American Football and gives it a chaotic and slightly gruesome fantasy twist. The third installment will come with 12 races that can be played through their campaign and multiplayer modes. Not much is known about the game yet but it's expected to come out in 2021.
21. Lost in Random
Creepy, Burton-esque visuals are back on the rise with this new adventure from the developers of 2018's Fe. This is a new EA original title and it explores the many possibilities that a roll of the dice represents. Play as Even and her sidekick dicey as they try their luck in the dark fantasy world of Random. A little like a friendlier, storybook version of Tarsier's Little Nightmares, it's coming out in 2021.
We've already witnessed the beauty of thatgamecompany's free to play adventure on the mobile. Come 2021, though, the mobile title is expanding its horizons. Boasting beautiful , minimalist art style, it's already exceeded expectations on the iOS. With this port though, it opens up the possibility of seeing the game on the big screen.
23. Doom Eternal
id Software's action FPS has already earned its marks on the PC and other current-gen consoles. Soon enough, we'll see how the high caliber title performs on Nintendo's hybrid console. Though it was reportedly very close to completion, no release date has yet been posted for the title. With rumors of a 2021 release, we're left crossing our fingers that they're right.
24. Disco Elysium
Another critically acclaimed title has left Switch players waiting with bated breath. It's one of THE games of 2019 for its inventive and immersive RPG gameplay. Choose a character to play in the dystopian universe and take your pick from their dizzying array of choices, skills, stats, and conversation branches. No release date yet.
If there's one game everyone's waiting for on the Switch, it's the sequel to their impressive launch title. First announced last year, we've heard very little about what's happening in development for the second Breath of the Wild game. This may be a pattern in Nintendo's groundbreaking titles. But while there's no release date yet, some leaks have speculated a 2021 window.