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Nintendo Shares Their 2021 Game Line-Up – Fans Are Worried

Nintendo has revealed their full games line-up for 2021, and it’s looking a little slimmer than many fans had hoped.

We are living in extraordinary times because of a certain world-changing event that made its mark on the planet in 2020. But many people hoped 2021 would be a return to normality.

Instead, 2021 seems like it’s more of a year for recovery. At least, this seems to be the thing defining the gaming industry’s 2021.

While there’s light at the end of the tunnel, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S stock is still low – and is likely to be until summer. But now it seems Nintendo too, is taking a slower and cautious approach to the year.

The Japanese gaming behemoth hasn’t launched a new console in the past 12 months, but it seems the pandemic has still taken its toll. But only now are the effects becoming clear.

While the Nintendo Switch dominated console sales in 2020, offering a perfect antidote to lockdown blues; its 2021 line-up is pretty bare.

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Here’s what we have to look forward to in 2021:

Nintendo Switch 2021 Game Line-Up

The US/Europe (as of February 2021)

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury - 12th of February 2021

Bravely Default II - 26th of February 2021

Monster Hunter Rise – 26th of March

Pokemon Snap - 30th of April 2021

Bayonetta 3 - TBA

Metroid Prime 4 - TBA

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel – TBA

Japan/Asia

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury - 12th February 2021

Monster Hunter Rise – 26th of March

Pokémon Snap - 30th April 2021

Famicom Tentei Club: Kieta Koukeisha and Ushiro ni Tatsu Shoujo - 2021

Bayonetta 3 - TBA

Metroid Prime 4 - TBA

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel – TBA

We also expect the Pokemon 2021 (Possibly Diamond and Pearl remakes) to be announced. So we’re fairly confident this line-up isn’t 100% finished and that they’ll be some surprises throughout 2021.

Pokemon Diamond Pearl Remake

Reasons to Be Cheerful About Nintendo’s 2021 Line-Up

Don’t get us wrong; there’s plenty above to be excited about. But it’s clear that the events of 2020 have stifled Nintendo’s production efforts.

It’s to be expected if we’re being honest. But the line-up is worryingly comparable to the small lists Nintendo released during the end of the Wii U’s lifespan.

Therefore, we can understand why some fans are worried. The good news is the Switch is not the Wii U.

While the line-up for 2021 is disappointing, we expect the console to bounce back in time. The Nintendo Switch has now outperformed both of its predecessors, the Wii U and the mighty 3DS. In fact, the Switch lite alone has now outsold the Wii U.

Thanks to its portable/console hybrid status, the Switch has thrived despite its competitors diving into the world of 4K and 120fps gaming without it.

The console was expected to fail because ‘portable gaming belongs to the smartphone now.’ – How wrong they were.

A steady stream of first-party support and portable remasters of classic games have kept the Switch not just alive, but kicking too.

Those who missed out on Borderlands, Dragon’s Dogma, etc. first time around can now work through their gaming backlog. And do so while on the move.

Our point is – don’t worry. The Nintendo Switch may have a smaller year than we hoped, but it’s certainly not going anywhere.

However, despite Nintendo playing coy, we strongly suspect the Switch Pro is real – and coming this year.

Of course, we may be wrong, but industry experts agree. And if you break down the evidence, it makes a lot of sense.

In other news Nintendo is teaming up with Burger King this month, so it's not all bad!

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