If you thought the Summer Game Fest ran through a lot of announcements really quickly, then the Wholesome Direct must have looked like a blur in your rear-view mirror. With 75 "wholesome" games to run through in just an hour, we managed to get quite a few "coming to Switch" titles but very little time to get to know them before they were gone again.
(Also, if you missed the Wholesome Direct, you can watch it again here!)
But we've got you covered!
Here's a list of every game from the Wholesome Direct that's coming to the Nintendo Switch, with short descriptions from the developers and release windows or dates, if they exist:
Amber Isle is a shop management/social sim set in a quaint, friendly world of prehistoric animal villagers called Paleofolk! Tasked with opening the only shop in a small, sleepy village, you find yourself crafting and selling items to solve unique problems of the unusual clientele. A table big enough for a brontosaurus, a water-proof picnic set for a plesiosaur, or a special toothbrush for a sabre-toothed cat!
Build and run a Bed+Breakfast in the woods, but you’re a Bear. Tourists are flooding in, your decoration senses are tingling, and the woods are making a kooky noise.
Release Date: 2021
Embark on your adventure as an aspiring wildlife photographer in the hidden, magical jungles of Maravilla Island. Explore this mysterious island and solve puzzles to discover extraordinary creatures, interact with them in their natural habitat, and photograph the enchanting, unique behaviours you reveal!
Release Date: Out now!
Button City is a colourful low poly narrative adventure game about friendship and community. Enter a pastel diorama world inspired by 90’s nostalgia and filled with cute characters to befriend. Complete quirky quests around town, play arcade games, collect fun costumes, solve puzzles and more as you follow a story about growing up and saving the things that are important to you.
Release Date: Q3 2021
Dordogne is a narrative adventure game in which you play as Mimi, a 32-year-old woman visiting the house of her recently deceased grandmother. As a souvenir of the childhood summers Mimi spent with her in Dordogne, her grandmother left her letters and puzzles to solve, to remind her to make the most out of life.
Release Date: 2021
Dreamland Confectionery is a comforting narratively driven exploration game about baking desserts to transform your world. Journey throughout the land to reclaim a lost childhood dream with the help of a vibrant cast of old friends.
Inspired by Information Society's song of the same name, Fire Tonight is a light-hearted but thoughtful walk through the story of a relationship. A story about believing in each other when the whole world tries to keep them apart.
Release Date: 12th August, 2021
A dozen dozen dazzling donut dilemmas await you, that's 144 (and, perhaps more...) puzzles to please your particular puzzley passions. To excite and delight there are mechanics galore; from splitters to pushers, mergers and cloners, randomizers, teleporters, and more!
Release Date: 2021
Unify a broken community as the newly-appointed Guardian of The Grove. Traverse a vibrant island to combat invasive Rot, inspire its inhabitants, and rebuild your home. You won't have to do this alone: fruity friends await, ready to lend a hand!
Release Date: Summer 2021
In Here Comes Niko! the cozy 3D platformer for tired people, you’ll play as Niko traveling across scenic islands. Make new friends, catch fish, solve puzzles, snag bugs, and more! Oh, Did I mention your boss is a frog? With Here Comes Niko! you're in for the most laid back adventure of your life!
Hoa is a beautiful puzzle-platforming game that features breath-taking hand-painted art, lovely music, and a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.
Release date: 24th August, 2021
KeyWe is a cute, co-operative postal puzzler starring Jeff and Debra, two small kiwi birds working in a whimsical post office. They must jump, flap, peck and butt-slam their way across an interactive landscape of levers, bells and buttons to get those messages delivered on time!
Release date: 31st August, 2021
After crash-landing on a new planet unknown to all who previously passed by this sector of the galaxy, Kokopa and Pollimero soon realize their plight. With a ship that’s too damaged to resume flight (What else would you expect? They crashed from outer space!), Kokopa and Pollimero set out to see what adventures they can find. Join them and explore a world full of beautiful landscapes, quirky characters, and untold secrets.
In KreatureKind, the heroes – Riley, Yui and Mitra – have all found magic swords which enhance their inherent abilities. It just so happens that they are really good at hugging, listening, and sharing memes!
And in an effort to stop your browser overloading with all the videos (apologies iuli!), head to page 2 for the final 14 Switch games featured in the Wholesome Direct, starting with LEGO Builder's Journey...