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Upcoming Switch games for 2021 (and beyond)

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There are still plenty of upcoming Switch games to enjoy in 2021, and 2022 is looking rather bright for even more. Whether you're playing on your Switch, Switch Lite, or Switch OLED, you've got a great selection of games to tuck into the coming months. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the hearty helping of upcoming Switch games, this list is to help. We've gathered together all of the most exciting future releases coming in 2021, 2022, and beyond in release date order, so you can stay on top of everything that's on the way. 

This list is a carefully curated collection of the upcoming Switch games that we're most excited about it, either because we've been lucky enough to play them already, they're coming from exciting studios and show off innovative ideas, or because they're making the move from other consoles where they've proved their worth. 

If you want to stay on top of upcoming releases headed to other platforms in 2021 and beyond, we've got you covered. 

Upcoming Switch games in 2021

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Knights of the Old Republic fan series

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Release date: November 11, 2021
Genre: RPG

Yes, there is a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake heading to PS5 and PC at some point in 2022 - but you could just play the original on Switch this year. Enjoy the classic BioWare Star Wars RPG how it was when it was first released on your Switch, and play as your own customizable Force-sensitive character to face Darth Malak, a terrifying Sith Lord.

Shin Megami Tensei 5

Shin Megami Tensei 5

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Release date: November 12, 2021
Genre: JRPG

There are plenty of similarities to be drawn between Shin Megami Tensei 5 and the recently re-released Nocture - especially when it comes to its apocalyptic vision of Tokyo, half-demon protagonist, tried-and-true battle system, and demon negotiations. But, this is a much prettier adventure, and should add in some new moves and strategic opportunities that will make this feel recognizable but unique.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Upcoming Switch games - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

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Release date: November 19, 2021
Genre: RPG

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are being remade for the new generation of trainers in the upcoming Switch games Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Taking place in the Sinnoh region, you'll be exploring the lands around Mount Coronet to discover the myths it holds within it, all the while - of course - striving to become the Pokemon League Champion. The new art style is equally taking inspiration from the Pokemon Let's Go duo of games, and the adorable Zelda: Link's Awakening remake for Switch with its chibi-esque character designs. Aside from the updated graphics, expect this to be a faithful remaster of the original adventure.  

Upcoming Switch games - TBC 2021

Mineko's Night Market

Upcoming Switch games - Mineko's Night Market

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Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Adventure / Simulation

If you are incapable of watching the above Mineko's Night Market trailer and suppressing squeaks at all the adorable kitties it contains, this isn't a game for you. It's basically a kind of game like Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley, where you explore, craft, oh and breed cats. The cute little balls of fluff will follow you around as you play as Mineko who's just moved to Mount Fugu Island, and is also accompanied by her giant cat-like friend Abe. Together, you'll gather resources and craft items to sell at your market stall, play loads of mini-games, and of course, befriend kittens. Lots and lots and lots of kitties. Sounds rather wonderful, doesn't it? 

Blue Fire

Upcoming Switch games - Blue Fire

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Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Action / Platformer

Set in the desolate kingdom known as Penumbra, you set out to discover all of the hidden secrets of the long-forgotten world. As a 3D platformer with a haunting visual style, you explore mystical dungeons, meet other survivors in the abandoned Kingdom and take on quests to find collectibles. With an array of different enemies to face and battles to conquer, you'll leap and jump your way through all of the desolate regions and make your way past perilous traps. Blue Fire's interesting style and challenging platforming action look set to keep us busy this summer.

Card Shark

Upcoming Switch games - Card Shark

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Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Adventure 

Set in Europe in the 18th century, Card Shark is a game about cheating at cards. With a roguelike progression system and several mini-games to try, you'll use "real card manipulation techniques" as the Comte de Saint Germain. With high stakes games, winnings to manage, and new locations to unlock, this adventure comes from publisher Devolver Digital and Reins developer Nerial.  

Upcoming Switch games for 2022

Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Release date: January 28, 2022
Genre: RPG, Open World

Taking trainers back before every series' entry to date, Pokemon Legends: Arceus will see players exploring the Sinnoh region on a missing to create and complete the area's first-ever Pokedex. Aiming to honor the series while also introduce new action and RPG elements, this will be the first game in the series to be truly open wold - taking a leaf from Zelda: Breath of the Wild's gameplay book. You'll be able to observe, study, and catch Pokemon out in their natural habitat simply by sneaking up to them, and battles will just be a case of holding the ball of your ally Pokemon near a wild one to seamlessly enter battle. There's a reason it's taken the community by storm; it's the Pokemon game we've been dreaming of for so long.

Dying Light 2: Stay Human

Dying Light 2

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Release date: February 4, 2022
Genre:
Survival Horror

Dying Light 2 is coming to Xbox Series X and PS5 in December, but a Switch version will drop early next year. The highly anticipated sequel to Dying Light will be available on-the-go in February 2022, so prepare yourself for some seriously tense situations and scary moments. Dying Light 2 is set 20 years after the original Dying Light, so you'll play as a new protagonist called Aiden Caldwell - who also does parkour.

Triangle Strategy

Triangle Strategy

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Release date: March 4, 2022
Genre: Strategy

The upcoming strategy-based adventure from Square Enix, formerly known as Project Triangle Strategy, is coming to Switch in early 2022. Feedback from the demo released in 2021 has resulted in a variety of improvements including adjusted difficulty options, more camera features, and an option to review previous dialogue. The story-based RPG will drop March 4, 2022.

Marvel's Midnight Suns

Marvel's Midnight Suns

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Release date: March 2022
Genre: Strategy

Marvel's Midnight Suns is the upcoming title from XCOM developer, Firaxis, and is bringing a touch of the superhero magic to the strategy genre. Aimed with a roster of 12 superheroes, you'll be tasked with taking down Lillith, the Mother of Demons. You are The Hunter, a completely customizable Marvel hero - quite the historic event - and you are Earth's last defense against the underworld. 

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

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Release date: Spring 2022
Genre: Platformer

One of the biggest surprises during the September Nintendo Direct was the announcement of Kirby and the Forgotten Land. It looks like Kirby will be on an adventure through a post-apocalyptic world, as the trailer shows him washing up on a shore before setting off through a world of abandoned buildings and adorable enemies. Kirby and the Forgotten Land will be a 3D platformer, so expect some of the classic Kirby platforming with a more free-moving twist. 

Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta 3

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Release date: TBC 2022
Genre: Hack-and-slash

Bayonetta is back, baby. Bayonetta 3 was announced back in 2017, and you'll finally get to play it on Switch five years later. Expect everything you'd want out of a Bayonetta title and then some: gun fights, dancing, witty one-liners, gigantic Kaiju you'll have to fight with your own Gozdilla-ish monster. Bayonetta 3 will sure to deliver on all the hair outfits, gun-toting, and then some when it drops sometime next year. 

Bear and Breakfast

Upcoming Switch games - Bear and Breakfast

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Release date: TBC 2022
Genre: Simulation / Adventure 

Ever wanted to run your very own Bed and Breakfast in the woods? Well, now you can… as a bear. Yes, Bear and Breakfast sees you play as Hank, a bear who sets about turning an abandoned shack into a lucrative Bed and Breakfast for tourists in the area. With an array of customization options, you can build up your new holiday hot spot with guest rooms, bathrooms, parlours and entertainment areas that can all be individually decorated. With some strategy to it, you'll have to keep tabs on your guests to make sure they have a happy stay and increase your reputation. Complete with side quests, plenty of characters to meet, and "rich lore" to uncover, Bear and Breakfast looks set to take you on quite the adventure. 

Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3 Nintendo Switch

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Release date: TBC 2022
Genre: Action

Splatoon 3 will see you leaving Inkopolis behind and venturing out into a new region known as the Splatlands. Here you'll find a new city that battle-savvy Inklings and Octolings call home - Splatsville, aka the 'City of Chaos'. The new game will introduce new features to your usual splat-tastic multiplayer action, including a bow, fresh customisation options, and enhanced movement abilities when it arrives sometime in 2022. 

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

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Release date: TBC 2022
Genre: RTS / Action

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is the second in Ubisoft's brilliant crossover with Nintendo's IP. The original heroes are back - along with some new faces including the titular Sparks and Rabbid Rosalina -  but this time they're facing a galactic-level peril in the form of new villain Cursa. The game will move beyond the Mushroom Kingdom to include the wider Mario + Rabbids universe, and is opening up each of those worlds for free exploration. The same can be said of battle too, with the game removing the grid system to let you freely control each of the three heroes in play. There are still similar turn-based, tactical rules to follow, but should allow for more creativity taking on foes. 

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel

Breath of the Wild sequel

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Release date: TBC 2022
Genre: RPG

We now have a better idea of what the Breath of the Wild sequel will be, with the Nintendo E3 2021 Direct revealing that the game will arrive sometime in 2022 and extend the original game's map to the skies above it. Still no information on a potentially playable Zelda, but Link's definitely had a few upgrades since our last jaunt around Hyrule, with various new abilities like the option to teleport through structures or wield fire. 

TBC

Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2 

Dragon Quest Heroes 2

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Release date: TBC
Genre: Hack-n-slash

Dynasty Warriors, with its endless procession of idiot enemy fodder whose only goal is to give your attack button a workout, is certainly divisive. But whatever your stance on the series is, there's no denying that Koei Tecmo's spin-offs, which include the Zelda-inspired Hyrule Warriors, show that the series' button-mashing formula still has room for experimentation. Dragon Quest Heroes heroes was a surprisingly delightful take on the musou genre, taking the series' classic RPG framework and dressing it around real-time action combat and monster collection. This combo will include the entire first game along with its sequel, meaning you'll get to spend hundreds of hours slicing through slimes at home or on the go.

Yokai Watch 4

Release date: TBC
Genre: JRPG

If you're a Pokemon fan, you probably already know about the Yo-Kai Watch series. It follows a similar format in that you collect critters that also function as your companions as a young kid. That's, of course, reducing it somewhat, but I for one am ridiculously excited about Yo-Kai Watch 4. It's already looking incredible, and actually might make Pokemon Let's Go look a bit 3DS era. In terms of new gameplay features, it'll introduce a brand new item, called the Yokai Ark, which will let players travel between three worlds that are all set in different time periods, and feature their own protagonist. It should be quite the beast, and a good distraction before the real Pokemon Switch RPG arrives. 

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Sam Loveridge

Sam Loveridge is the Global Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar, and joined the team in August 2017. Sam came to GamesRadar after working at TrustedReviews, Digital Spy, and Fandom, following the completion of an MA in Journalism. In her time, she's also had appearances on The Guardian, BBC, and more. Her experience has seen her cover console and PC games, along with gaming hardware, for over seven years, and for GamesRadar, she is in charge of reviews, best lists, and the overall running of the site and its staff. Her gaming passions lie with weird simulation games, big open-world RPGs, and beautifully crafted indies. Basically, she loves all games that aren't sports or fighting titles!