Well, we've made it through the quieter middle months of the year and we're now on the downhill slope speeding towards Holiday 2021 and the busiest time of the video gaming calendar. Switch owners have plenty to look forward to over the coming months — things are starting to heat up, with the return of a fan-favourite franchise and new hardware launching ON THE SAME DAY.
Below we've listed some of the upcoming highlights of big Switch games scheduled for September and October. Beneath these physical releases you'll also find a selection of other games releasing from September — usually physical versions of previously digital-only Switch eShop games — plus a selection of Switch accessories and related peripherals available in the coming months.
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Sonic Colors: Ultimate - 7th September
A remaster of the Wii-exclusive Sonic Colo(u)rs, SEGA's 30th anniversary tie-in Sonic Colo(u)rs: Ultimate brings what is arguably one of the finest 3D Sonic games ever to Switch. We spent some hands-on time with a version of the game, and you can check out our thoughts so far in Alex's video, but we're definitely excited to see one of the hedgehog's best games get a second chance on Switch.
WarioWare: Get It Together! - 10th September
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 long-awaited Switch entry in the 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.
NBA 2K22 - 10th September
We've been big fans of 2K's basketball output on Switch, and although it has been confirmed that NBA 2K22 on Switch will be lumped in with other previous gen consoles and won't have several features available in the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X releases, we're still interested to see the next iteration of this premier b-ball series.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom - 17th September
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.
Ni No Kuni II 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.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania - 5th October
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 soon, so there'll definitely be plenty to keep ball-rolling fans busy once the tenth month of the year rolls round...
Metroid Dread - 8th October
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.
Nintendo Switch OLED Model - 8th October
Oh, and there's the Switch OLED Model launching that day, too. Featuring a lovely (and larger) OLED screen compared to the other two Switch models, it also has double the internal memory, a wider and sturdier kickstand, 'improved' audio of some sort and a a fetching new dock (with a LAN slot) that will make the Switch OLED the premium model — especially for handheld players.
- Further reading: Where To Pre-Order Nintendo Switch OLED Model
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water - 28th October
Previously a Wii U exclusive in the Fatal Frame franchise (known as Project Zero in Europe), Koei Tecmo's Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water was one of the few titles that actually made use of Wii U's central asymmetrical gimmick. That coupled with a lukewarm critical reception made a Switch port seem unlikely — we gave it a 2/10 likelihood of a Switch port in our round-up of the Wii U games not yet on Switch.
The franchise has a devoted and loyal fan base, though, and Koei Tecmo has made the decision to rework the Gamepad elements and bring the game not only to Switch, but other platforms, too. A very welcome surprise!
Mario Party Superstars (Switch) - 29th October
And finally, just in time for Halloween, we've got Mario Party Superstars arriving at the very end of October.
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 mini-games and gentle competition they contain make it hard not to have fun when it's Mario Party time.
More Awesome Nintendo Switch Games
Aside from the highlighted games above, there are lots more Switch retail games which might take your fancy in September and beyond.
Awesome Accessories For Your Switch
And finally here are a selection of the finest Switch accessories coming up in September and beyond, for your consideration.
So that's it for September and October — did we miss anything? Let us know with a comment and also tell us if you've pre-ordered any of these goodies!