Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Switch eShop)

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Switch eShop)Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Mediatonic
Release Date: Q3 2021 (USA)

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.

Sports Story (Switch eShop)

Sports Story (Switch eShop)Sports Story (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Sidebar Games / Developer: Sidebar Games
Release Date: TBA

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.

Card Shark (Switch eShop)

Card Shark (Switch eShop)Card Shark (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Nerial
Release Date: 2021 (USA)

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.

WarioWare: Get It Together! (Switch)

WarioWare: Get It Together! (Switch)WarioWare: Get It Together! (Switch)
Release Date: 10th Sep 2021 (USA) / 10th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

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.

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Life is Strange: True Colors (Switch eShop)

Life is Strange: True Colors (Switch eShop)Life is Strange: True Colors (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Square Enix Europe / Developer: Deck Nine Games
Release Date: 10th Sep 2021 (USA) / 10th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

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.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Switch)

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Switch)Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Switch)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Level-5
Release Date: 17th Sep 2021 (USA) / 17th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

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.

Diablo II: Resurrected (Switch)

Diablo II: Resurrected (Switch)Diablo II: Resurrected (Switch)
Publisher: Blizzard
Release Date: 23rd Sep 2021 (USA) / 23rd Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

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: The Guardian Owls (Switch eShop)

Baldo: The Guardian Owls (Switch eShop)Baldo: The Guardian Owls (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Naps Team / Developer: Naps Team
Release Date: Q3 2020 (USA)

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.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (Switch)

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (Switch)Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (Switch)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: SEGA
Release Date: 5th Oct 2021 (USA) / 5th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)

Bringing content and courses from the first three Super Monkey Ball games to Switch, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania got many a super simian enthusiast excited when it was officially announced at E3 2021. It's landing on Switch on 5th October, so there'll definitely be plenty to keep ball-rolling fans busy once the tenth month of the year rolls round...

Metroid Dread (Switch)

Metroid Dread (Switch)Metroid Dread (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 8th Oct 2021 (USA) / 8th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)

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.

Oh, and there's the Switch OLED Model launching that day, too.

Mario Party Superstars (Switch)

Mario Party Superstars (Switch)Mario Party Superstars (Switch)
Release Date: 29th Oct 2021 (USA) / 29th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)

Updating five boards and 100 minigames from the first three Mario Party games on Nintendo 64, Mario Party Superstars is the second entry in the series to grace Switch following Super Mario Party. While some might call that overkill, these are incredibly popular party games and the minigames and gentle competition they contain make it hard not to have fun when it's Mario Party time.

Come 29th October, you'll want to have your furniture in the garage — its gonna be a large one.

Windjammers 2 (Switch eShop)

Windjammers 2 (Switch eShop)Windjammers 2 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Dotemu
Release Date: 2021 (USA) / 2021 (UK/EU)

First shown in 2019 and delayed from its planned launched at the end of 2020, Dotemu's sequel to the iconic original has been reeled back in so the team can polish up various aspects, with a focus on super solid net code. There's no solid date beyond '2021', but we're eager to take to the court and see if we've still got what it takes a mind-bending twenty-seven years after Data East's arcade original.