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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.

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Nintendo Switch exclusives: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

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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.


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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Whether you're playing for the first time or returning with friends, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is sure to be a hit.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Capcom Arcade Stadium

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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.

Arcade classics

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Capcom Arcade Stadium

Experience arcade classics in a new way. Buy packs of favorite games and recreate an arcade experience.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Bravely Default II

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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.

Braver than ever before

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Bravely Default II

Build your team and set out on a life-changing adventure on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

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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.

Get a life!

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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

The part life, part farm simulator comes to the Switch in this exciting new entry.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Monster Hunter Rise

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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.

Conquer massive beasts

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Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise is a brand new entry in the monster-hunting series, complete with new allies and new monsters.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: New Pokémon Snap

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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.


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New Pokémon Snap

New Pokémon Snap brings the classic gameplay of the 64 title up to modern standards.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & The Girl Who Stands Behind

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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.

A Nintendo deepcut

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Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & The Girl Who Stands Behind

Famicom Detective Club brings a Japanese-only exclusive to western shores for the first time.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Miitopia

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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.

Make your Mii and save the world

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Build a party crafted by you and save the world from a great evil.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: World's End Club

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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.

Feels like the end of the world

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World's End Club

A charming and vivid story of friendship and mystery.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power

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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.

High school is hard enough!

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DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power

DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power brings the fun of crime-stopping and high school drama to life. Fans of the show will find a lot to enjoy.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Game Builder Garage

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Wonder what it would be like to make your own games? Well, that's exactly what you do in Game Builder Garage. Learn the ins and outs of basic programming and design from the minds at Nintendo and craft your very own games to share online and play with friends.

DIY game

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Game Builder Garage

Learn how to make games in this simple and fun game design toolbox.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Mario Golf: Super Rush

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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.


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Mario Golf: Super Rush

Take a swing at a game of golf and play however you'd like.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

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The popular SRPG is coming to the Nintendo Switch in a big way. Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny comes to the west, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch and includes a shift from 2D to 3D visuals, ridiculously high-level caps, and lots of free bonus content. Fans of strategy RPGs will find a lot to love here when the game releases on June 29th.

A new destiny

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Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

The popular SRPG comes to the west courtesy of the Switch.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

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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.

Re-experience Zelda's origins

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is an updated version of the 2011 game with new visuals and a new control scheme. Experience the Master Sword's origins again or for the first time when it launches on July 16th.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

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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 as a Nintendo Switch console exclusive.

An epic adventure

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Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

The second installment of the Monster Hunter Stories series finds a home on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Pokémon UNITE

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Pokémon UNITE a unique multiplayer strategy game in the same vein as League of Legends. Build your team of Pokémon and compete in 5-on-5 team battles to best your opponents.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: No More Heroes III

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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.

Moe, moe, moe!

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No More Heroes III

No More Heroes III brings the world-famous assassin, Travis Touchdown, back for an intergalactic showdown. Things are sure to get crazy.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: WarioWare: Get It Together!

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Play as Wario and his crew in over 200 twisted, wacky microgames. Play against your friends in local multiplayer, or help one another in a new two-player coop mode. Mix and match characters and microgames and maximize your fun!

Microgames are back on the menu

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WarioWare: Get It Together!

WarioWare: Get It Together! is a sequel to the much-beloved WarioWare series, complete with the game's absurdist humor and simple gameplay.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Metroid Dread

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19 long years have passed since we got a new 2D Metroid, so what better way to celebrate the occasion than with Metroid Dread, the long-rumored, long canceled sequel to Metroid Fusion. With a new suit and new threats, we can't wait to dive into another Metroid adventure when it arrives on Oct. 8th.

Samus is back

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Metroid Dread

Samus returns in the long-awaited sequel to Metroid Fusion, which finds Samus facing a new threat, the DNA extracting robot named E.M.M.I.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Mario Party Superstars

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Mario Party Superstars brings 5 classic boards from the N64 era back and 100 minigames from the series history into one package, complete with online play.

Classic party favors

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Mario Party Superstars

Mario Party Superstars brings the best boards and best games from the series history to a brand new party.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl

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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 on November 19, 2021.

Let's go to Sinnoh!

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are being recreated for the Nintendo Switch as Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

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Tactics fans rejoice! Advance Wars 1 and 2 are being remade for the Nintendo Switch by Shantae developer Wayforward. Takedown enemy squads and capture towns and bases to secure victory and keep the peace with land, air, and naval units. If you missed it when it launched on the GameBoy Advance, you'll get another chance to try these classics when Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp releases on Dec. 3rd.

Keep the peace

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Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is a remake of two GameBoy Advance tactics classics, coming to Switch later this year.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Danganronpa Decadence

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Danganronpa Decadence is a collection of four Danganronpa games packaged together on the Switch to celebrate the series 10th anniversary. Experience the games in one place, or buy them individually on the eShop. Survive a killer's game and correctly identify the killer during the class trial.

A killer deal

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Danganronpa Decadence

Experience Danganronpa again or for the first time in this exclusive Switch release.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Cruis'n Blast

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The Cruis'n series is back on consoles with Cruis'n Blast. Fans of old-school arcade racers should keep this one on their radar when it releases this fall.

Lets go cruis'n!

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Cruis'n Blast

Cruis'n Blast brings the arcade experience to the Nintendo Switch in this console exclusive.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Neon White

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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.

Heavenly combat

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Neon White

Neon White is a game about killing demons in Heaven. It's a bizarre, stylish adventure coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Star Wars Hunters

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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.

Star Wars battles on the Switch

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Star Wars Hunters

Star Wars Hunters is an upcoming free-to-play team-based multiplayer game.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: Shin Megami Tensei V

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Announced all the way back at the Nintendo Switch's reveal, the upcoming installment in the long-running RPG series finally made an appearance at E3 2021, complete with a new trailer and a release date of Nov. 12th. Knowing the series history, we can expect a dark and twisted RPG adventure when it releases later this year.

Take your place as God

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Shin Megami Tensei V

Shin Megami Tensei V is the newest installment of the demon-slaying series, heading exclusively to Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch exclusives: There's even more to come

These are all of the Nintendo Switch exclusive releases for 2021. After E3 2021 we got a good look at the rest of Nintendo's 2021, and it looks great. It is still early in the year — who knows what Nintendo still has up their sleeve? While big releases like Metroid Prime 4, Breath of the Wild 2, or Bayonetta 3 are still on the horizon, but one things for sure — We'll have plenty to play. We'll be sure to update this list as we learn more about these and other 2021 Nintendo Switch exclusives.

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