We're now one entire month into 2021 and it's becoming clearer with each passing day that this year may turn out to be '2020: Part Deux'. The good gamers of the world are in need of diversion more than ever, and fortunately there are some rather fabulous-looking Switch games coming over the next month or two to lift your spirits (and lighten your wallets).
Below we've rounded up the biggest games and accessories making their way to retail in February and March 2021. Super Mario 3D World is Nintendo's first big release of the year and we cannot wait to dive furry head-first into the new Bowser's Fury content. At the tail end of the two-month period we've got Monster Hunter Rise bringing up the rear. Plenty of quality hours to be had from just those two, then, but there are more sizeable releases to choose from if cats and monsters aren't your bag.
So, grab yourself a warm cup of something and settle down with a comfy blanket. Let's take a look at the big retail releases coming to Switch over the next couple of months and beyond...
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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury - 12th February 2021
One of the Wii U ports we've all been waiting for, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury will offer a tweaked experience that expands on the original 2013 platformer with new content. There's a dual pack of Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo incoming on the same day, so expect an overflow of cuteness and a chance to appreciate this excellent title all over again when it finally arrives on Switch.
Persona 5 Strikers - 23rd February 2021
Japanese Switch owners got their hands on this hack-and-slash Dynasty Warriors crossover in the form of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers back in February 2020, and it's now finally scheduled for a western release with a minor name change.
While it might not be the Persona 5 game fans are waiting for, we've seen some excellent Warriors crossovers in the form of Fire Emblem Warriors and most recently Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. This has the potential to be an equally tasty mash up, so while we'll keep hoping for Atlus to bring P5 proper to Nintendo's console, we're intrigued to see what Omega Force has in store.
Bravely Default II - 26th February 2021
Bravely Default II slipped from its original release date into the beginning of 2021, but Square Enix's sequel is one to watch for fans of the 3DS originals, or anyone with a taste for traditional-style JRPG gameplay and turn-based combat.
If you're intrigued by what you see, there's a demo available on the Switch eShop that should give you an idea if Bravely Default is your cup of tea or not. Check it out.
Story Of Seasons: Pioneers Of Olive Town - 23rd March 2021
Marvelous' next instalment in the Story of Seasons life/farm sim series will put you to work cultivating a farm just next to the titular port of Olive Town. The game promises more customisation options and more freedom than ever before to aid you in living your best life, plus plenty more marriage candidates of course, and you'll have your work cut out for you clearing space in the forest for your new abode and cultivating all the bountiful natural wonders nearby.
Balan Wonderworld - 26th March 2021
A 3D action platforming game from Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, perhaps best known as the creators of one Sonic the Hedgehog, Balan Wonderworld brings back warm memories of 3D SEGA games like Nights Into Dreams on the Saturn and Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg on GameCube. It's a multiplatform release and we're looking forward to exploring its colourful environments on Switch.
Monster Hunter Rise - 26th March 2021
Described as "a brand new take on the Monster Hunter experience", up to four players can team up and save Kamura village from the impending 'Rampage', harnessing the new Wirebug hunting tool and enlisting the help of Palicoes, and Palamutes, along the way. The 'Rise' in the title is apparently a reference to this entry's verticality, with the ability to traverse and climb rock faces and other terrain which will make the hunt all the more interesting.
A free limited-time demo was available throughout January — check out our impressions in this Monster Hunter Rise demo video from the lovely Alex.
More Awesome Nintendo Switch Games
Aside from the highlighted games above, there are lots more Switch retail games which might take your fancy in February and beyond.
Awesome Accessories For Your Switch
And finally here are a selection of the finest Switch accessories coming up in February and beyond, for your consideration.
So that's it for February and March - did we miss anything? Let us know with a comment and also tell us if you've pre-ordered any of these goodies!