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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During a recent Pokémon presentation, the company announced that a remake of Pokémon Snap is currently in development at Bandai Namco Studios. 

Aptly named New Pokémon Snap, the remake will see players donning their cameras once again and visit new islands where Pokémon roam freely.

You’ll be able to photograph Pokémon in their natural habitats and see them interact with one another in real-time.

Unlike the original, which only focused on the first generation of Pokémon, it seems New Pokémon Snap will feature cameos of creatures from every mainline game, including Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Miitopia was a hilarious and lighthearted RPG for the 3DS that used your own personal Mii characters to create a band of heroes tasked with defeating a face-stealing Dark Lord.

Considering the lack of Mii representation on the Switch, fans were pleasantly surprised to learn that Nintendo would be bringing Miitopia back with some improvements.

The Switch version of Miitopia will feature additional customization options to help characters stand out.

This includes new wigs and makeup as well as special roles and personality traits that can lead to Mii relationships and even spicy drama.

Joining the likes of Mario Tennis Aces and Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, Mario Golf: Super Rush is set to grace the Switch platform later this June.

The game will stay true to the spirit of previous Mario Golf games with familiar characters from the Mushroom Kingdom while introducing new mechanics and mode.

This includes an RPG-inspired story mode that sees players building up their own golfer by investing in different performance stats and taking on various challenges.

Mario Golf: Super Rush will support both traditional controller inputs along with motion controls via the Nintendo Joy-Con.

In addition to Rise, Switch owners will have a chance to pick up the sequel to Monster Hunter Stories, a cel-shaded RPG originally released for the 3DS in 2017.

The spin-off differs from mainline MH games in that you don’t do any actual hunting.

Instead, Monster Hunter Stories 2 casts you as an inexperienced Monster Rider with dreams of taming and bonding with creatures throughout the world.

While the game still doesn’t have a release date, there’s a good chance it’ll come out during the same window as Rise.

Nintendo’s February 2021 Direct revealed that Skyward Sword HD, an updated version of the Wii game from 2011, will be coming to the Switch later this summer.

The game’s original controls utilized the Wii MotionPlus and Nunchuk to perform sword attacks, raise Link’s shield, shoot arrows, and navigate the world.

In the Switch version, players will be able to use the Joy Con’s motion control functionality to do the same or take advantage of a new control layout that uses standard controller inputs.

Skyward Sword is the first game in the Zelda timeline and sees Link on a quest to save the princess after she’s kidnapped.

Goichi “Suda51” Suda took to the stage during Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct to announce No More Heroes III, the next mainline entry in the hack n’ slash franchise in over ten years.

NMH3 takes place nine years after NMH2 and two years after the events of Travis Strikes Again. It sees series’ protagonist Travis Touchdown returning to his hometown of Santa Destroy to defend the world from alien invaders led by an interplanetary terrorist.

The hack n’ slash game plans on fully utilizing the Switch’s Joy-Con motion control technology both inside and outside of combat.

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.

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 parlours 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.

Indie developer Picogram has partnered with Rose City Games to publish Garden Story, a hybrid social sim/adventure RPG with farming sim mechanics. 

The game sees you controlling an adorable-looking grape named Concord who’s just been crowned village guardian.

Embracing his new title, Concord sets out to restore Grove Island to its former glory by identifying the source behind a mysterious Rot destroying the land. 

With help from his friends and neighbors, Concord will travel to new regions, solve puzzles, and care for the environment.

Baldo is an upcoming action-adventure RPG with a visually-striking cel-shaded art style.

It tells a charming story about a young boy meeting a diverse cast of weird and funny characters while traveling throughout magical lands. 

The game features an explorable open-world where you can discover new towns, enemies, hidden temples, weapons, and tools.

Although Baldo doesn’t have a release date yet, its Zelda-meets-Ni-No-Kuni presentation already has us hooked.

Cris Tales is a love letter to classic JRPGs that’s managed to pique our interest due to its gorgeous 2D visuals and clever implementation of time travel mechanics.

The story revolves around an orphan named Crisbell, who becomes a time mage tasked with saving the world from calamity. 

While playing, you’ll be able to access past, present, and future versions of Crisbell’s world simultaneously while making decisions that affect each version of her world.

Still no word on a release date but in the meantime, there’s a Cris Tales demo you can check out to get a feel. 

The first Axiom Verge proved to be a fantastic take on the classic Metroidvania formula and is regarded as one of the best 2D platformers on the Switch.

It also stands out for having been created by one man, indie developer Thomas Happ, who has been hard at work designing a sequel.

Axiom Verge 2 will build upon the existing lore of the game’s universe while introducing new characters, powers, and gameplay mechanics.

In the announcement trailer, we can make out a few new gadgets such as a boomerang, a spider drone, and one that turns matter into bursts of energy.

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.

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. 

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. 

Arguably one of the biggest surprises to come out of E3 2019 is Nintendo’s announcement that work on a sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild has already begun.

Judging by the reveal trailer, the next entry will maintain BOTW‘s art style while sporting a much darker tone.

At one point, we’re able to see Ganondorf’s reanimated corpse before the camera switches to an exterior shot where Hyrule Castle is seen rising into the air.

Fans have already begun comparing the sequel to Majora’s Mask, another heavy hitter in the Zelda series known for its darker themes and mature undertones.

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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