This year is almost over. While it certainly doesn’t make any sense to expect January 1st, 2021 to be significantly better than December 31st, 2020, it certainly gives some hope. So, in that spirit, here are some of the most anticipated games coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime in the new year.
But before jumping right into it, it’s important to keep in mind that many games over the last year have experienced delays and pushbacks for various reasons. Many of these games don’t even have official release dates yet, but just remember that these things are prone to change.
New Pokémon Snap
The long awaited remake of a Nintendo 64 classic is finally coming to the Switch, hopefully in 2021, though a release date has yet to be announced. Nintendo announced the game this past summer with a trailer that showed off updated graphics and a greatly expanded roster of snappable Pokémon.
2021 should actually shape up to be a very exciting year for the Pokémon franchise as it’s celebrating the 25th anniversary on February 27th. Much like how Nintendo celebrated Mario this year, a lot is expected of the Pokémon Company this year. Perhaps New Pokémon Snap could arrive at the end of February, with more Pokémon games to follow later in the year. Maybe even a mainline game such as Diamond & Pearl remakes? Either way, if you’re a Pokémon fan, it’s definitely time to start getting excited.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
While 2021 might be shifting the focus to Pokemon’s anniversary, that doesn’t mean Nintendo has forgotten about Mario and his 35th anniversary. Super Mario 3D World arrives on the Switch on February 12, along with the Bowser’s Fury expansion, which should feature some exciting new levels perhaps created by Bowser himself.
Super Mario 3D All Stars was a huge addition to the Switch this past summer, but not all 3D games made the cut. Come February, Super Mario Galaxy 2 will remain as the only 3D Mario game that hasn’t found its way onto the Switch. Unless, of course, you also count Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo DS. But maybe those two will show up eventually.