Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games 2021 (And Beyond)

Here's a list of the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to play right now. Check out all the new releases along with trailers and gameplay!

The Nintendo Switch’s library is about as diverse as it gets, encompassing everything from first-party exclusives like Zelda: Breath of the Wild to indie hits like Stardew Valley.

This makes it one of the best platforms for playing party games with friends, challenging puzzle-platformers, and lengthy RPGs.

In this list, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games of 2021 that have been officially confirmed by Nintendo.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any games!

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It’s been a while since WarioWare Gold released for the 3DS, so it’s great to see Mario’s eccentric arch-rival getting a proper console release for the Switch.

Like its predecessors, WarioWare: Get It Together! is a collection of microgames that each focus on a hyper-specific game mechanic designed for bite-sized action.

Aside from over 200 new minigames included, Get It Together throws multiplayer into the mix with a 2-player co-op Story Mode and up to 4-player local multiplayer.

This will no doubt result in some interesting new minigame concepts we haven’t seen explored in previous WarioWare titles and frankly, we couldn’t be more excited.

Some players may remember the Cruis’n arcade series of games, which came under Nintendo ownership in 2009 after Midway shut down.

While nowhere near the caliber of Mario Kart, the Cruis’n games are remembered fondly for their over-the-top levels and fast-paced arcade racing gameplay.

Cruis’n Blast features nearly 30 of the best tracks the series has to offer along with 23 custom vehicles ranging from supercars to monster trucks and everything in between.

The best part is you won’t need any quarters to experience the arcade hit with friends, seeing as it now includes local multiplayer support for up to 4 players.

Eastward proves it’s possible to have nostalgia for a game you haven’t even played, evoking memories of Saturday morning cartoons and retro 16-bit video game soundtracks.

This is further complemented by a striking pixel art style that makes for charming characters and amusing environments. 

The game is described as an action-adventure RPG and closely follows an unlikely pair as they embark on an emotional journey to uncover the truth behind their pasts and the universe.

As you travel across the decaying cities of a post-apocalyptic world, you’ll encounter a colorful cast of strange creatures and humans with their own story to tell. 

Super Monkey Ball fans don’t have much to hold on nowadays seeing as its been a few years since there’s been any news about the classic arcade platformer.

Thankfully, that’s all set to change when Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania releases later this year for Nintendo Switch.

It comes packed with 300+ stages from the original SMB, SMB2, and SMB Deluxe, along with 12 mini-games and new customization options.

Up to 4-players can now work together to save Jungle Island via local co-op or dive deep into SMB’s lore with a new creative comic book-style story mode.

Initially conceived as a DS title in the mid-2000s, Metroid Dread was ultimately canceled due to technical limitations and quickly swept away under a rug.

However, during E3 2021, Nintendo revealed they were rebooting the project, with Metroid Producer Yoshio Sakamoto on board.

The story will follow bounty hunter Samus Aran as she explores the planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission.

Metroid Dread will retain the side-scrolling gameplay of previous entries alongside free aim and melee attacks introduced in Samus Returns and new stealth-based game mechanics.

Square Enix and Marvel have partnered for another game about a band of heroes, albeit one with a loose interpretation of the term “heroes.”

Guardians of the Galaxy reimagines the spacefaring gang of misfits as they travel to different planets hatching schemes that will no doubt land them in cosmic trouble.

You play as the Guardians’ leader, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, as he attempts to wrangle his teammates into shape and uncover mysteries surrounding his past.

There will be plenty of opportunities to collaborate with your fellow Guardians in and out of combat, from combining powers to settling petty debates among the crew.

Fatal Frame is another franchise that doesn’t get as much love as it should, so it’s great that Koei Tecmo is working on bringing one of the most beloved entries to Nintendo Switch.

Maiden of Black Water is the fifth mainline Fatal Frame game and originallyed released for Wii U back in 2014.

Similar to its predecessors, the game focuses on a series of supernatural phenomenon, namely spirits that the player must war off using a special camera dubbed the Camera Obscura.

The updated version is set to include improved visuals, new character costumes, and a new photo mode for capturing your spookiest gameplay moments.

The Nintendo library wouldn’t be as impressive without an assortment of casual party games like Mario Kart and Mario Party.

Superstar plans to take things a step further by revisiting the series’ most iconic minigames and maps with 5 classic boards from Nintendo 64-era Mario Party.

This includes 100+ classic minigames from N64 and GameCube Mario Party games with updated graphics and controls.

Additionally, Mario Party Superstar will add online multiplayer for the first time in the series, allowing you to challenge other players from around the world.

Releasing exclusively for Nintendo Switch, Shin Megami Tensei V is the latest entry in the popular JRPG series by Atlus.

Set in modern-day Tokyo, it has you playing as a high-school student who gets transported to an alternate world overrun by demons.

In order to survive, he fuses with a superbeing named Aogami, granting him special powers capable of defeating threats throughout the world.

The game is designed as a hybrid between Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne and Shin Megami Tensei IV and includes familiar features such as raising and fusing demons to make them stronger.

Despite being one of the more revered Nintendo franchises, there hasn’t been a new Advance Wars game in over a decade.

Thankfully, that’s about to change when Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp releases on the Switch later this December.

Touted as a comprehensive remake of the first two games in the series: Advance Wars Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, it features updated graphics and refined gameplay.

In it, players will lead the Orange Star Army into battle while leveraging land, air, and naval units in order to capture towns and take down enemy squads.

Fans of the murder mystery series Danganronpa will have a chance to pick up the three main titles in the series when Danganronpa Decadence releases later this year.

The collection includes the Anniversary Editions of Trigger Happy Havoc, Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

Additionally, it comes bundled with a brand-new title, Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, a tabletop-inspired take on the series with new scenes and character interactions.

If you’re a fan of visual novel-style games or simply can’t get enough Danganronpa, this collection is sure to satisfy that detective game itch.

Remastered versions of the original Life is Strange and its prequel, Before the Storm, will be re-released this fall on Nintendo Switch.

Life is Strange Remastered Collection will feature “improved visuals and animations,” across both games, specifically character animations using full facial mocap performance.

Other upgrades include engine optimizations and retooled lighting effects that should help with performance and raise the overall visual presentation.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out this award-winning adventure series, this collection is the best way to experience the first two entries.

Neon White is an upcoming action-platformer from the same one-man developer who brought us Donut County.

Set in the outskirts of Heaven, it sees you controlling an assassin from Hell named Neon White who gets selected to compete against other demon slayers for a shot at life in Heaven.

Played from a first-person perspective, the game features a fast-paced combat system that revolves around collecting and using card-based attacks to defeat demons.

Soul Cards can be combined in different ways to create shortcuts or discarded in exchange for unique movement-based abilities.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was a unique blend of XCOM-style tactics gameplay and Nintendo’s iconic cast of characters with cameos from the ever zany Rabbids.

While the game ended up being a success, not many expected Nintendo and Ubisoft to return with a sequel; nevertheless, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope was revealed during E3 2021.

In it, Mario and his friends team up with the Rabbids yet again, this time to defeat a new galactic threat and save adorable Spark companions.

The game is set to feature a host of new bosses, special powers and skills, as well as refinements to combat that expand the number of strategic options available to the player.

Two Point Campus continues developer Two Point Studios’ unique vision for the management sim genre by putting you in charge of a college campus.

Players will create their own educational environment complete with student housing, teaching facilities, and a host of amenities to keep them entertained between classes.

The great thing about the Two Point games is how flexible they are when it comes to player involvement, allowing you to keep things simple or operate on a granular level.

In line with this philosophy, the game introduces new easy-to-use tools that streamline the process for laying down pathways and placing decorative items such as plants, fountains, sculptures, and more.

Bear and Breakfast is being touted as a laidback management game that tasks you with running a bed and breakfast for tourists.

However, the twist is you’re actually a bear…because why not? Your duties include furnishing rooms, providing entertainment, and keeping your guests’ bellies full.

Each guest has a unique personality that affects their wants and needs and meeting their demands will earn you cash as well as attract new customers.

When you’re not tending to the business, you’re free to explore the Wilderness and its many mysteries.

Card Shark is an upcoming indie game that blends action-adventure storytelling with card mechanics.

In it, you play as a hustler looking to cheat their way to the top of French society during the 18th century.

You’ll start out in local card parlors where you’ll get a crash course in fleecing opponents using different card techniques until eventually moving on to more high-stakes games among royalty.

As things progress, you’ll have to be careful not to get caught cheating or risk losing your life.

Sporting a similar retro-inspired art style to that of Undertale, She Dreams Elsewhere is a surreal RPG about dreams and their connection to reality.

In it, you play as Thalia, a comatose woman suffering from anxiety as she sets out to confront her demons and awaken once and for all.

Despite being a narrative-driven experience, the game also features a turn-based battling system that pits you against a host of nightmarish monsters.

Thalia can recruit characters to join her party and strengthen her bond with each using a “Connection” system.

Sidebar Games’ Golf Story was one of the best indie sleeper hits of 2017, telling an uplifting story of a down-on-his-luck golfer who manages to turn his life around by going back to his childhood love of golf after 20 years.

The studio is back with a sequel, this time expanding its efforts to include a wider variety of sports-based activities and mini-games.

Scheduled to release later this year, Sports Story maintains the 2D presentation of its predecessor while introducing new characters and locations, including a renowned tennis academy where your character will train, and a prestigious castle where you’ll get to meet the queen.

Mineko’s Night Market is an adorable adventure game inspired by Animal Crossing that features vibrant environments and more cats than one could ever dream of.

You play as a curious girl getting used to her new home on a Japanese-inspired island at the base of Mount Fugu.

With an emphasis on the story and exploration, the game sees you trying to unravel the island’s many mysteries, including a mythological Sun Cat God named “Abe.”

Gameplay revolves around completing daily tasks such as crafting items, breeding cats, and maintaining a shop.

It’s been a while since we got any news about the third entry in PlatinumGames’ stylish hack n’ slash series Bayonetta.

The game was announced at The Game Awards 2017, where a brief teaser set the tone for fans to get excited. Since then, we haven’t heard much.

While Nintendo and Platinum have both confirmed the game is coming along just fine, it’d be nice to see some gameplay footage or even a cinematic trailer to build up some hype.

Considering it’s one of the most highly-anticipated Switch exclusives, we’re hoping 2021 is the year we finally get to play Bayonetta 3

The next entry in Square Enix’s “HD-2D” series is currently in production under the working title Project Triangle Strategy.

While the game has many similarities with Octopath Traveler, it’s currently being touted as a successor and not a direct sequel.

In it, three nations vie for control over scarce resources and find themselves thrust into tactical turn-based battles.

Combat draws influence from classic strategy RPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics, complete with positional advantages, follow-up attacks, and elemental chain reactions.

Despite being one of the most anticipated Switch releases, there haven’t heard much news concerning Metroid Prime 4 since it was announced at E3 2017.

However, in a surprising move, the company decided to pull back the curtains to let fans know the game is being delayed as production was shifted to Retro Studios.

Additionally, veteran Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe is leading the project.

The Prime subseries is known for taking the classic Metroid formula in new directions by shifting to a first-person POV and exploring new forms of gameplay. 

Every day brings us one step closer to playing Nintendo’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

While the recent E3 2021 teaser left us with even more questions than answers, it also revealed a lot of new information about what players can expect.

Among them are various abilities and tools that provide Link with new traversal and combat options, including teleportation and new object stasis manipulation.

The game’s darker undertones have only become more pronounced since it was first revealed, suggesting Ganondorf is more powerful than ever.

Splatoon 3 will see Inklings and Octolings alike venturing to the Splatlands for the third entry in the quirky third-person shooter.

The new sun-scorched setting will be accompanied by new maps, modes, weapons, and abilities while expanding the series’ lore.

The reveal trailer highlights a new bow-shaped weapon that shoots ink in addition to dynamic new dodge maneuvers that allow the user to cover more ground.

While its “2022” release window is still a ways off, we’re eager to see the improvements over Splatoon 2.

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