Pushed from 2020, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has since been delayed for a second time and it's currently without a release window. The game will give you the opportunity to play through all nine sci-fi stories in rejigged, reimagined, and decidedly blocky fashion with modern spit-polish. Expect more controllable minifigs than you'll know what to do with. Hopefully, we'll be calling dibs on General Grievous sometime in 2021.
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Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity picked up the torch put down by Baldur’s Gate many moons ago, and both of those games are available to play on your favourite Nintendo hybrid handheld. Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire is coming soon and is set five years after the events of the previous game. It's been available on PS4 and Xbox One since January 2020, although it had its own performance issues on these consoles. Hopefully the extra time taken with the Switch port will iron out any significant issues. This was expected to arrive in Early 2021, although it's missed that window. We've got our fingers crossed that we'll see it soon.
SWERY's The Good Life is described as a 'debt replayment daily life RPG' and 'Daily Life Simulator x SWERISM'. It's set in Britain and looks like what you get if you Twin Peaks was transplanted into the Galar region from Pokémon Sword and Shield. From famed the director behind D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die and Deadly Premonition, it's coming in Summer 2021.
Metroid Dread, the fifth installment in the 2D Metroid franchise is coming a whopping 19 years after Metroid Fusion on the Game Boy Advance, but from what we've seen so far it's going to be worth the wait and then some. With a Special Edition and two new amiibo launching alongside the new game — a joint development between Nintendo and Metroid: Samus Returns developer MercurySteam, 8th October is shaping up to be red letter day for fans of the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter.
Mediatonic's Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a battle royale affair which puts you in control of a colourful creature as you battle up to sixty other players in platforming challenges, races, mini-games and more. It launched on PC and PS4 back in August 2020 and its frantic multiplayer fun became something of a sensation, and players desperate for a silly social outlet in the most serious of years found just the thing in Fall Guys.
The Mediatonic team has since been snapped up into the Epic Games family, but this Switch port — as well as versions for Xbox consoles — was scheduled to fall in our laps in "Summer 2021", but it has since been delayed.
First announced in December 2019 for a mid-2020 release, this Switch-exclusive sequel to early indie hit Golf Story was delayed and we're hoping to see Sidebar Games' sporty RPG hybrid arrive sometime in 2021. If Sports Story is anything like as fun as the Mario Golf-inspired original, it'll be more than worth the wait.
Showcased in the Nintendo Indie World presentation in August 2020, you'll build up a reliable repertoire of sneaky card tricks to employ at the games tables as you cheat your way to the top of high society as an 18th century French card shark in the appropriately named Card Shark. It looks to be a stylish little adventure game from developer Nerial and publisher Devolver Digital, and it's coming sometime in 2021.
After featuring in December 2019's Indie World Showcase with a projected release date of 'late 2020', SkateBIRD's developer Glass Bottom Games announced a delay before finally confirming the game's release date: 12th August 2021. A Kickstarter success, it features a bunch of avian skateboarders pulling heelflips and grinding Tony Hawk-style around a host of skate park levels. What's not to love about that?
Mario's greedy nemesis Wario is finally bringing his brand of micro-game mayhem to Switch in the form of WarioWare: Get It Together!, the latest entry in the long-running series that now includes a simultaneous 2-player mode and the ability to play not only as the titular villain, but also his friends. We bagsy 9-Volt!
It's been too long since we indulged in some manic micro-games, so we can't wait to play this on 10th September.
The inexplicable absence of the episodic Life Is Strange series on Switch has finally been addressed — Square Enix Europe is bringing both Life Is Strange: True Colors and Life Is Strange Remastered Collection to Nintendo's console this year. True Colors arrives on 10th September, although the Remastered Collection currently has a hazier Q4 2021 date attached.
Whenever it arrives, it's about time.
This sequel originally came to PS4 back in 2018, and we've been hoping this might find its way to Switch ever since the port of Wrath of the White Witch. Set 100 years since the events of that game, it was announced for Switch in May in both physical and digital forms. It features a similar Ghibli-esque art style that caught everyone's attention back in 2011, and the Switch version — dubbed the Prince's Edition and out on 17th September — also contains The Tale of a Timeless Tome, The Lair of the Lost Lord and The Adventure Pack DLC.
Announced at Blizzard's all-digital BlizzCon event, Diablo II: Resurrected — a remaster of the classic action-RPG hack 'n' slash — is lined up for Nintendo Switch 23rd September.
You'll be able to toggle between the old visuals and their spruced-up replacements, as well as enjoy new audio, revamped UI, and cross-progression with the other platforms it's coming to. It also includes The Lord of Destruction expansion — you can't say fairer than that. If you enjoyed Diablo III on Switch, it's probably safe to say you'll enjoy its remastered predecessor. Lucky you.
Baldo was shown for Switch as part of the Nintendo Indie World Showcase in March 2020 and was originally scheduled for a Summer 2020 release until that was switched to 'TBD'. It's got a gorgeous Studio Ghibli-esque art style combined with action-RPG elements and Zelda-style adventure. Italian studio Naps Team is certainly ticking the right boxes, then, and hopefully that 'TBD' will turn into a solid 2021 release date soon.