2020 might have sucked, but we have a lot to look forward to in 2021, especially if you're a Nintendo Switch owner. Nintendo has already generated a treasure trove of the best Nintendo Switch games, but Nintendo doesn't seem like they'll let us go without a new Switch exclusive for too long. While they haven't shown us everything they have planned for 2021, what they have shown us is enough to get us excited. Here's every Nintendo Switch exclusive releasing in 2021.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
The Wii U isn't one of Nintendo's most fondly remembered systems, but its games are. The Switch has received many excellent Wii U ports since its release and that trend continues with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.
The re-release of one of the best Wii U titles kicks off Nintendo's year in a big way. Featuring online multiplayer and a brand new mode called Bowser's Fury, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury looks like the best way to play this Mario adventure.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Capcom Arcade Stadium
Relive classic Capcom arcade games on your Nintendo Switch. Recreate the arcade atmosphere to relive those classic experiences while making use of new features like gameplay rewind, speed adjustment, and the ability to save and load your game at any time. Download now to grab 1943 - The Battle of Midway for free.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Ghost 'n Goblins Resurrection
Ghost 'n Goblins Resurrection is a reboot of the original "get so mad you throw your controller against the wall screaming" franchise. Sporting a new art style this time around, Ghost 'n Goblins Resurrection promises a nostalgic and fresh adventure that remains true to the 35-year-old original.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Bravely Default II
Four heroes set out on a grand adventure in Bravely Default II, the gorgeous new installment in the fan-favorite 3DS series. Make use of the risk-and-reward battle system and customize your party to your liking using the game's in-depth Job system. Bravely Default is sure to entertain fans of turn-based RPGs and old-school JRPGs when it releases on February 26th. Be sure to try out the demo while you wait for the full release.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
The true spirit of the "Harvest Moon" games continues in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town. Join the peaceful community of Olive Town and start a new life for yourself. Cultivate your farm and the town as you clear the land, grow crops, and make friends with the locals. Who knows what secrets you might find? Look out for this one when it releases on the Switch on March 23rd.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Rise is the newest installment in the monster-slaying series, and it looks to be one of the best looking games on the Nintendo Switch. With new allies and new monsters to hunt, hunters won't have to wait long for this one when it releases on Nintendo Switch on March 26th. Luckily for them, there's a demo available for fans who want to try the game out early.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: New Pokémon Snap
A sequel to the beloved N64 game, New Pokémon Snap puts you in the shoes of a new photographer as you set out across new regions to photograph all-new Pokémon. Its simple, relaxing gameplay is sure to be a hit. Don't forget to say "pika" when the game releases on April 30th.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & The Girl Who Stands Behind
Two deep cuts from Nintendo's backlog are being released in the U.S. for the first time. Interrogate suspects and hunt for clues as you try to solve these two mysteries that have rocked a small town in Japan. While the graphics, music, and sound effects have been recreated, players can also choose the original 8-bit soundtrack for a haunting sense of Nostalgia. These two games can be purchased separately or together for a discount when they release on May 14th.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Miitopia
Imagine going on an adventure with your best friends. Like, your real best friends. In Miitopia, you can do just that. Create a Mii and build friendships with other hand-picked Miis and watch as their relationships grow, friendships are formed, and an evil villain emerges. All of this and more when Miitopia releases on May 21st.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: World's End Club
Originally released on the Apple Arcade, World's End Club comes to the Nintendo Switch. You play as a member of the Go-Getters club, a group of misfit students from all over Japan, find themselves trapped in a strange theme park during a class trip. Written by renowned game writers Kotaro Uchikoshi and Kazutaka Kodaka, who wrote Zero Escape and Dragonropa, respectively, World's End Club is a charming story about friendship tested by mysterious situations. Join the club on May 28th.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power
Join the fight as Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman and save Metropolis, all while keeping your identity a secret. Balance school life and superhero life in this new game based on the DC Super Hero Girls TV show. Check it out when it releases on June 4th.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Mario Golf: Super Rush
Mario Golf is back on a home console for the first time in over 18 years. Mario and his friends tee off on the golf course in Mario Golf: Super Rush. Compete against your friends in a golf game or compete in one of many different mini-game modes. There's also a brand new story mode. Hit the green with Mario and his friends when Mario Golf: Super Rush arrives on Nintendo Switch on June 25th.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
The 2011 Wii classic finds a new home on the Nintendo Switch as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. This remaster will feature updated visuals and reworked controls.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is a unique Monster Hunter experience for both fans of RPGs and Monster Hunter games. Use the Kinship Stone to form bonds with monsters to earn experience, improve their skills, and uncover an epic tale. Sporting a unique visual style and a focus on story, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wing of Ruin is sure to be a treat when it launches on July 9, 2021.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: No More Heroes III
No More Heroes III is the exciting next entry in the No More Heroes series, which follows the exploits of assassin Travis Touchdown. The game was originally slated to release in 2020 but was pushed out because of issues outside of the developer's control. We expect lots of insanity, ridiculous action, and a whole lot of blood in this new installment of the cult series when it releases on August 17th.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl
After 15 years, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are getting the remake treatment. With bright and colorful chibi-visuals, the games are being faithfully recreated for the Nintendo Switch as Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. Revisit the Sinnoh region again or for the first time when the game launches late 2021.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Neon White
Neon White is a unique first-person shooter from the creator of Donut County. You play as Neon White, an assassin plucked from Hell to compete with other demon slayers for a shot at redemption. Collect Soul Cards to attack demons and compete for the best time. Earn a place in Heaven, by any means necessary in this console-exclusive.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Rune Factory 5
Rune Factory 5 is a new, grand adventure in a fantasy world. Part dungeon crawler, part life sim, you'll find your time split between raising crops, fighting monsters, finding friendship — and maybe even love? The Rune Factory series has a bit of a cult following, but that might change with this upcoming release, which brings the game into the third dimension.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Star Wars Hunters
Star Wars Hunters is a free-to-play action title coming to the Nintendo Switch. Join squads of Bounty Hunters, heroes of the Rebellion, and Imperial Storm Troopers in epic battles pulled straight from the movies.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: Shin Megami Tensei V
Announced all the way back at the Nintendo Switch's reveal, the upcoming installment in the long-running RPG series made an appearance during a Partner Direct in June 2020. Not much is known about the game so far, but knowing the series, we can expect a dark and twisted RPG adventure when it releases later this year.
Nintendo Switch exclusives: There's even more to come
These are all of the Nintendo Switch exclusive releases for 2021. Keep in mind; it is still early in the year — who knows what Nintendo still has up their sleeve? Perhaps this will be the year we finally see Metroid Prime 4, Breath of the Wild 2, or Bayonetta 3? We'll be sure to update this list as we learn more about these and other 2021 Nintendo Switch exclusives.
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