It’s hard to believe Nintendo Switch will be turning four this March! So many stellar titles have been published on this console in a short amount of time, and the library is still growing, with a port of Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World coming later this month. But, we still want more! We’ve put together a quick wishlist for 2021. A couple of the games listed here have already been revealed. Others are yet unannounced but seem probable. Hey, we can dream, right? With that said, here are five games we hope to play on Switch in 2021.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Revealed at E3 2019, Nintendo delighted fans with a surprise announcement of a direct sequel to their 2017 masterpiece, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In hindsight, the decision to make a direct sequel makes sense. Breath of the Wild has sold over 20 million copies, making it the best-selling game in the series’ long history, and has garnered high critical acclaim. Yet, Nintendo has only released a single direct sequel in the history of its 3D titles, so we are excited to see how the game developers improve upon the impressive foundation of the first.
Judging by what little is shown in the game’s trailer, the sequel will take on a darker tone, but how will that manifest in the gameplay? Will we see a return to more traditional dungeons? Will we once again have to deal with constantly breaking weapons? (Please, no.) Will we get the iconic hookshot back? (Please, yes.) Only time will tell!
Super Mario Odyssey 2
If Breath of the Wild is seeing a direct sequel, a follow up to the near-perfect Super Mario Odyssey is a no-brainer. Given Nintendo’s history in handling our favorite plump plumber, it’s not unlikely – and a sequel could be what Super Mario Galaxy 2 was to Super Mario Galaxy. That is, an iterative sequel running on the same engine that smooths out the rough edges and introduces a forkton of new and exciting mechanics. We’d even be overjoyed to see some of the best captures from the first game return. We need more frogs in video games.
Sonic Mania 2 (& Knuckles)
Apparently, we want a lot of direct sequels of games released nearly four years ago. But, can you blame us? Sonic Mania is arguably the finest entry in a shaky series that, in 2017, really needed a joyful reminder of everything the Blue Blur could be. The title was that and more – a celebration of the series’ greatest moments, with callbacks that only the most ardent Sonic fans would appreciate, reiterating on classic zones as well as delivering all-new ones that managed to both fit in with, and stand out from, established fan favorites.
Sonic the Hedgehog turns 30 this year. What better way to celebrate than with the release of Sonic Mania 2? While the game would undoubtedly be cross-platform, a Switch copy would let us go fast anywhere.
We haven’t heard much about Bayonetta 3 since it was announced in 2017, but that’s OK with us – we like surprises! As long as we get more of the same campy, over-the-top action with a bonkers story about a witch slaying angels with her hair, we’ll be happy!
Metroid Prime 4
Metroid Prime 4 was announced four years ago, and still all we have is a (placeholder) logo. That isn’t much, and Nintendo has admitted they encountered development problems that explain the lack of information. All the same, Metroid fans are still hotly anticipating a sequel to 2007’s Metroid Prime 3. Let’s hope we see it this year!
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