Another month slips by in this strange year we're calling 2020, and the video games continue to roll out across platforms. On Switch we saw the release of excellent Paper Mario: The Origami King in July along with the decidedly odd Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise and the return of cult classic Catherine in Full Body mode.
Looking at the lineup for August on Switch, it's certainly slim pickings at the start of the month. That's no problem for us (it gives us time to whittle down our bulging backlog), but the standard summer video gaming drought seems to be in full effect in 2020. We're sure Nintendo will have a juicy little announcement at some point in the coming weeks to quench our thirst--and there are several games with tentative 'Q3' release dates pencilled in--but as things stand it's looking a little dry.
Things are looking up towards the end of the month and into September, though - especially for sports fans. Let's take a look at some of the biggest games coming to Switch in August and September, shall we?
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PGA Tour 2K21 - 21st August
Switch is blessed with a host of golf games (or golf-like games), but we're hoping that PGA Tour 2K21 will give us a more authentic spin on the ball sport. It's been a while since the Tour has come to a Nintendo console, and the absence of Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom crew on the Switch fairway means there's a chance for this officially-licensed game to pick up a trophy. We're hoping for good things and it'll be a pleasure to take to the tee in our loudest trousers.
The digital version is out on 21st August, the boxed retail version is due 25th September.
No Straight Roads - 25th August
Sneaking in at the end of August is Sold Out and Metronomik's No Straight Roads, a musical action-adventure romp that sees players fighting their way through a vibrant world using rhythm-infused combat.
It's directed by Wan Hazmer and Daim Dziauddin, lead designer on Final Fantasy XV and concept artist on Street Fighter V respectively. With exclusive touchscreen support, an Assist Mode and 3-player local co-op, the Switch version of this multiplatform title is shaping up to be a fine one. Considering the directing talent, it's definitely worth keeping an eye (and ear) out for this one.
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition - 27th August
The remastered return of the multiplayer GameCube hit Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, the original release marked a return to Nintendo consoles for the venerated RPG series back in 2004. This spin-off brought dungeon crawling and action-RPG elements to the table and was played a team of four--each with their own Game Boy Advance connected to the 'Cube.
It was a neat idea, although much like Nintendo's Four Swords Adventure, it required a lot of kit to work optimally, which made it impractical for the average gaming household. It was fine if you had three GBA-owning, Final Fantasy-loving pals, but not everyone did. This remaster adds online multiplayer and cross-play with the PS4 version, hopefully making it a little easier to get a party of heroes together this time.
The western release of the game is eShop only it seems, but you can grab this in a lovely box from our chums at Play Asia.
NBA 2K21 - 4th September
This year's model of 2K's basketball series, we're expecting great things from NBA 2K21. Load times and intrusive microtransactions aside, last year's entry was a winner and we're excited to see if 2K has upped its game this season.
The 'Legend Edition' of this year's entry has been replaced by the 'Mamba Forever' edition in honour of Kobe Bryant, who passed away earlier this year. This more expensive option comes with special MyTeam and MyPlayers bonuses and other extras including the Damian Lillard Digital Collection and Kobe Bryant Digital Collection.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds - 18th September
Okay, we'll put this here for the sake of argument, but it has to be said that WWE 2K Battlegrounds isn't looking brilliant. Featuring over 70 WWE superstars past and present, all in cartoon-y big-head form, this is an over-the-top comedic take of the famously dour, down-to-earth sport of professional wrestling.
Who knows? It could end up being a GOTY contender. We'll be approaching it with an open mind when it releases mid-September - who wouldn't want to see John Cena throwing a Dragon Punch? Still, probably best to wait for the review on this one, unless you're an absolute die-hard fan.
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
And finally here are a selection of the finest Switch accessories coming up in August and beyond, 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!
PGA 21 does look fun but no way I'm paying $60 for it. I'll pick it up when it drops to $30 or less.
Nexomon if it gets a great average score otherwise there’s nothing that piques my interest.
I wouldn't buy them from Amazon though, certainly not in the UK, can get games much cheaper elsewhere!
Nothing for me until the next Direct XD
Nothing that interests me this month, which is honestly great as I’m still playing paper Mario and want to dive back into animal crossing
@Andgiles21 can you recommend any retailers? I typically use amazon or game
@Andgiles21 @ozwally Base.com and Shopto.net are two solid places. Gotten a lot of decent deals for Switch games at Base.
I've been looking forward to Crystal Chronicles remastered for a long time now. I had a copy on the Gamecube back in the day, and even all the GBA cables for it too, but nobody really seemed interested in playing it with me for long. I'm looking forward to finally being able to play through it. The no local multiplayer thing is disappointing, but doesn't mess me up at all since locally my personal multiplayer situation hasn't changed. That's really about it for this month.
@XenoShaun thanks I’ll be sure to check those out for the next purchase
@JHDK exactly my thoughts
I'll be honest, this outlook is kinda depressing at the moment.
Road redemption and finally a physical for pode!
probably pick up a physical copy of Untitled Goose Game
I think I have talked myself into finally picking up Dragon Quest 11
PSA: Import either the Japanese or Asian retail releases of Mr Driller as you will get a cartridge (and it includes English support).
I'm keen on PGA, but I don't trust Take Two to release an honest physical edition, so I will wait and see whether the game is (mostly) bug-free and has the full game on cartridge. At times like these, I wish EA still had the licence, even though I bloody hate them too, but they did little wrong with their PGA games.
Golf and maybe WWE.
So far August and September are not looking great and nothing from Nintendo...
This list is just..meh.
Lower down in the games release list you have SMTIII remastered as releasing in October (?). That is literally the only thing I am really interested in in that list of games.
Dems slim pickings. Need a Direct!
Yikes! Not much here.
It's a barren freakin desert out there for Nintendo. 2020 has felt like the Wii U days again (obviously because of the pandemic but still). Hope they can get their crap together for the fall and winter with ANYTHING interesting. They'll need it with the launch of PS5 and XBox's dumb thing.
I generally shop around Base.com, 365games.co.uk or thegamecollection.net, whichever’s cheapest, all are reliable stores!
Might get Crystal Chronicles Remastered some day down the line.
Edit: and only on a Nintendo site can people look at a long list of games coming to their system and say "nothing is coming!" and really mean that. You people do realize Sony and MS don't release first-party games at the rate Nintendo does, right? Don't complain about the lack of third-party support and when you get it, complain about the lack of first-party support.
@LEGEND_MARIOID : I believe SMT3 won't be releasing in the West until 2021. The Japanese release will not support English.
It is highly misleading for NL to be posting that affiliate link without fact-checking, but apparently facts are a thing of the past.
Best selling system in the world.
60+ million units sold.
And..... Practically zero major games releasing on it.
Clive N Wrench is the only retail game launching for the rest of the year that I am excited for.
Which is honestly fine by me, but it is interesting
Big Bobby Car: The Big Race is a day one for me. The rest... not so much.
Maybe the Samurai Shodown Collection when it goes on sale. I have all of the Arcade Archives already, so I am in no hurry.
Has there been any word on N64 games? There was a rumor way back that the Switch would get N64 in September, but September is almost here and nothing has been said about it. Tbh it sucks that there are no legit ways of getting N64 games since Nintendo never released an N64 mini.
Some good things there, especially for rpg fans. But nothing, not one single title, that is a system seller. Nintendo needs to turn the heat on now. Next year is going to be challenging with the new shinies on the market with the PS5 and XBX.
Absolutely nothing as it stands, certainly nothing from the current list of games..
I will continue to play through my backlog..
Just so much to offer from Nintendo.
@durr The PS2 is.
Sheeesh... that’s drier than a camel’s arse in a sandstorm!
I preordered PGA2K21 digitally a few weeks ago. I am very much looking forward to it.
Other than that not much on the list. Maybe I get NBA2K21 or Fifa21. But non of them have any urgency for obvious reasons.
I hope PGA Tour is actually good and not a $60 demo that requires you to buy another $100 worth of DLC to get a complete game.
@Mountain_Man I got the digital deluxe edition. It comes with some exclusive ugly clothing and a cheesy golden golf club for your character.
Let's hope the DLC stuff is only cosmetic things like this. (Which I would probably buy anyway because I am a sucker for ingame swag)
"Wait, it's all third-party?"
"Always has been."
“More awesome switch games”
... sees “my baby”
@Nejsayer thanks for the recommendations, I’ll check them out for the next game I pick up
I’ll going preorder Wave Race, F -Zero, Pikmin, Pilotwings, 1080 and Excite Truck as soon as they announce them in the future.
That’s a pretty depressing lot for two full months. I don’t see anything I’m interested in.
If I were to buy one game on this list, what game should it be?
"Dour sport of professional wrestling" What are you on about? If anything It's the opposite of Dour
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