Blimey, it's August already? We're well into the second half of the year and while Summertime might be a quiet period for the games industry, Nintendo still has lots of goodies coming up for us to spend our cash on in the next couple of months, so there's no shortage of games to be playing on the beach this summer.
July saw the release of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Wolfenstein: Youngblood and of course the delightful Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which will no doubt keep us busy for a good few weeks yet ... but what's next for Switch? We've compiled a list of all the good stuff coming out at retail in August, September (and a bit beyond), and highlighted a few of the big'uns. So, feast your eyes and collect those pennies together – there's plenty to spend them on!
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Astral Chain - 30th August
The end of August brings us a brand new action game from PlatinumGames in the shape of Astral Chain. As part of a police special task force, it’s up to you to fight against mysterious, alien-like creatures who have invaded the world.
In the Ark, a near-future multi-cultural city, disaster strikes when gates to another dimension suddenly appear! Dangerous creatures begin to emerge, attacking the people and polluting the land, and normal police forces are unable to compete with them. To stand up against these threats, a brand new, special police unit known as Neuron is formed. We were very impressed during our preview of the game and we've got a feeling you won't want to miss this one.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy - 3rd September
The original roast master is back! Same sick burns, same smouldering attitude, now all scaled up in high definition. Spyro is bringing the heat in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy game collection. Rekindle the fire with remastered versions of the original PlayStation trilogy including Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2 Ripto's Rage! and Spyro Year of the Dragon. Explore the expansive realms, re-encounter the fiery personalities and relive the adventure in fully remastered glory. We've been waiting for this one on Switch for a while now, and we're gagging to see how it holds up on the platform that hosts the undisputed King of Platformers.
Daemon X Machina - 13th September
Defend Earth and defeat corrupted A.I.-controlled robots on an array of missions using your Arsenal, a customisable mechanised battle suit. Choose and equip your Arsenal with a multitude of weapons, obtain more from downed enemy Arsenals, and swap them on the fly to suit your strategy in the face of ever-changing threats that may bring the end of the world.
As you can see, lucky Gunners fans are in for an absolute treat; Spurs supporters might want to sit this one out.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - 20th September
You've already got this one on pre-order, no? In the remake of Link's classic Game Boy outing, he's once again washed ashore on a mysterious island with strange and colourful inhabitants. To escape, Link must collect magical instruments across the land and awaken the Wind Fish. Explore a reimagined Koholint Island that’s been faithfully rebuilt in a brand-new art style that will entice fans and newcomers alike. Battle enemies as you conquer numerous dungeons and uncover the hidden secrets of the island.
Along the way you'll encounter Super Mario enemies like Goombas, Piranha Plants, and more, and interact with unique locals who help Link on his adventure. As you clear dungeons throughout the main story, earn dungeon rooms (Chambers), then arrange them into custom layouts in the all-new Chamber Dungeon. Place your dungeon entrance, Nightmare room, and everything in between as you try to fulfill objectives and play through a new dungeon. Tap compatible amiibo figures to earn more Chambers and additional Chambers throughout the game in updated mini-games.
Of course, the most dedicated Zelda fans, will want to pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening's Limited Edition, so act quick as these will likely sell out fast.
More Awesome Nintendo Switch Games
Aside from the highlighted games above, there are lots more Switch retail games which might take your fancy in August and beyond.
Awesome Accessories For Your Switch
We saw a whole slew of interesting accessories released for the Switch in the past few months, but more are on the way. Here are some tantalising accessories coming up in August and beyond, which we found for your consideration.
So that's it for August and September - did we miss anything? Let us know with a comment and also tell us if you've pre-ordered any of these goodies!