Blimey, it's September already? We're well into the second half of the year and things are starting to ramp up after the normally quiet summer period for the games industry. With Switch Lite and a Zelda game on the horizon, Nintendo has plenty of goodies coming up for us to spend our cash on in the next couple of months, and there's no shortage of games to be playing as you catch the last summer rays on the beach before autumn arrives and things start getting spooky.
August saw the release of the marvellous Astral Chain, 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 September, October (and a bit beyond), and highlighted some of the big ones to look out for. So, give that bank balance a massage and prepare for new games and hardware...
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Spyro Reignited Trilogy - 3rd September
Yes, one-time PlayStation mascot platform hero Spyro is coming to Switch all scaled up in high definition. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy game collection rekindles the original PlayStation trilogy including Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2 Ripto's Rage! and Spyro Year of the Dragon, but now you can explore the expansive realms 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. We'll let you know if the plumber can put out the flames of this fiery contender as soon as we get our hands on it.
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
A new Zelda game! Well, sort of. In this 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, you must collect magical instruments across the land and awaken the Wind Fish. Koholint Island has been faithfully rebuilt in a brand-new art style that makes us grin from ear to ear every time we spy a screenshot.
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. You can also tap compatible amiibo figures to earn more Chambers.
Of course, the most dedicated Zelda fans, will want to pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening's Limited Edition, so get in there as these will likely sell out fast.
Luigi's Mansion 3 - 31st October
Back for another round of ghostbustin', Luigi once again straps on his Poltergust to vacuum spooks, spectres and ghosts in Luigi's Mansion 3, which arrives on the spookiest day of the year. The title is actually something of a misnomer - this time round the 'mansion' is actually a huge hotel, although it's not like one we've ever stayed in. Each floor has an entirely different theme and it's up to Luigi to negotiate the lot as he rescues his friends from King Boo once again.
This time around a second player can join in the fun in co-op mode, and there's online play for up to eight players, so there's no excuses for spending the scariest night of the year alone.
Nintendo Switch Lite - 20th September
Just in time for Zelda: Link's Awakening, we have some delicious new hardware. The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in three tempting colours, as well as a Pokémon themed edition which arrives at a later date. While it lacks the ability to transmit gameplay to a TV, it has a hardier, more portable form factor than the classic Nintendo Switch, and priced at $199 these are sure to be a big seller as dedicated 3DS owners eventually decide to upgrade to Nintendo's new shiny handheld-only system.
More Awesome Nintendo Switch Games
Aside from the highlighted games above, there are lots more Switch retail games which might take your fancy in September 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, especially with the arrival of Switch Lite. Here are some tantalising accessories coming up in September and beyond, which we found for your consideration.
So that's it for September and October - did we miss anything? Let us know with a comment and also tell us if you've pre-ordered any of these goodies!