Well, that's September down and we're heading into the scariest month of the year (although considering the past nine months of 2020, we've had more than enough of scary events thank-you-very-much — we're hoping for a nice sedate October).
September played host to some excellent Switch games, not least Super Mario 3D All-Stars, the Mario compilation we'd all been waiting for. In between collecting stars and shines, we've been shooting some hoops in NBA 2K21, fighting crabs in the appropriately-named Fight Crab, marvelling at another fine Switch port with Ori and the Will of the Wisps, as well as enjoying a glittering array of indie releases such as Hades, Super Punch Patrol and Hotshot Racing. We've also been scrapping with Kirby in Kirby Fighters 2, a total surprise that dropped on Switch eShop with very little fanfare.
If you're looking to calm your gaming nerves, we've got just the thing to help you avoid any surprises in the next couple of months, nasty or otherwise. Below you'll find a round up of the biggest games hitting Nintendo Switch over October and November.
Let's dive in!
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Super Mario Bros. 35 - 1st October
This (inexplicably) limited-time release is more-or-less what you get when you cross Super Mario Bros. with Tetris 99. It's releasing as part of the 35th anniversary celebrations of Super Mario's original NES game and is available only as part of a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
Subscribers to Nintendo's online service can relax, but if you want to enjoy Super Mario Bros. 35 before it disappears on 31st March 2021 and you don't have an NSO sub, you'll need one of these 3 or 12 month options...
FIFA 21 Legacy Edition - 9th October
If team roster and kit updates are vital to your being, FIFA 21 Legacy Edition provides just that... and very little more. Yes, once again Nintendo gamers are getting shafted with a 'new' game which offers only cosmetic updates over last year's edition, so it's entirely understandable if you'll be passing on this one this year.
As you can probably tell, we're not fans of EA's approach with the series on Switch. On the other hand, the base game is a strong one - if you've yet to play a FIFA on Switch, this will likely be much more attractive (and expensive, of course) than previous iterations. If you can't live without everything being up-to-date and accurate, you'll want to get your feet on this.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - 16th October
The latest entry in the Mario Kart series is an Augmented Reality game which has you driving real life RC cars around your house via your Switch. In single player you'll be racing against Koopalings, although you can also race up to three other friends (who will each need their own Switch and kart, of course).
Frankly, it looks amazing and we've got our fingers crossed that it'll live up to its potential. It's a pricey package, but this could well be a huge hit over the holidays, depending on your living arrangements.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe - 30th October
A surprise announcement from Nintendo at the start of August, this port of the Wii U original is finally coming to Switch on the spookiest night of the year. Pikmin 3 on Wii U was a rather good game that many people will have missed, and the Switch edition of this most approachable of Real Time Strategy games features all the DLC from the previous version, as well as some exclusive new side missions.
We're psyched to return to PNF-404 and look at all that lovely HD fruit at the end of October.
Bakugan: Champions Of Vestroia - 6th November
Teased by Nintendo and presented by WayForward during a Paper Mario Treehouse Presentation, this might not be what people were hoping for, but Bakugan: Champions Of Vestroia has the potential to blow expectations out of the water – the studio behind the Shantae series certainly has the pedigree and chops to deliver.
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. - 13th November
Sure its not a Switch game, but it's got us excited all the same. This little beauty will play Super Mario Bros. and The Lost Levels, and also comes with a host little Easter Eggs to enjoy. And an alarm that you'll never use, ever.
You'll need a little luck to get your hands on one of these if pre-orders are anything to go by, but if you can resist putting money down for a brand new Game & Watch in 2020, please pass on that information — our wallets are smarting!
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - 20th November
A surprise announcement much in the same vein as Paper Mario: The Origami King earlier in the year, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will take you back into the world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, only 100 years earlier to witness the Great Calamity that befell Hyrule.
We all know how that ends, but we'll be intrigued to see the story play out with the Warriors series' patented hack-and-slash gameplay once again given the Zelda treatment. We're gagging to visit Hyrule Castle Town in its heyday, and we don't have too long to wait.
More Awesome Nintendo Switch Games
Aside from the highlighted games above, there are lots more Switch retail games which might take your fancy in October and beyond.
Awesome Accessories For Your Switch
And finally here are a selection of the finest Switch accessories coming up in October and beyond, for your consideration.
So that's it for October and November - did we miss anything? Let us know with a comment and also tell us if you've pre-ordered any of these goodies!