Sure, sure, everyone’s going to be talking about the major announcements from today’s direct: Skyward Sword, Splatoon 3, No More Heroes 3. But what about the little guys? Here’s a shoutout and a little log line for all of them.
Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital) – Summer 2021
Like Majora’s Mask, but in space. And with the sun instead of the moon.
Famicom Detective Club: the Missing Heir and the Girl Who Stands Behind – May 14
Beloved Japanese detective series gets translated into English for the first time, while also being remastered.
Samurai Warriors 5 (Koei Tecmo) – Summer 2021
Hyrule Warriors, but with samurai.
Remastered Legend of Mana (Square Enix) – June 24
Classic RPG remastered to look super pretty, with new arrangements of the score (which can be swapped out for the old score) and a new minigame.
Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom) – March 26
We already knew about this, but this new trailer was epic as hell.
Mario Golf: Super Rush (Nintendo) – June 25
Borders on a major announcement, features a new mode called “speed golf” where you race madly through the course.
Tales from the Borderlands (2K) – March 25
Episodic installation of beloved Borderlands series returns to storefronts for the first time in a long while.
Capcom Arcade Stadium – Literally Today!
Collection of classic Capcom arcade games that’s free to download, but also only comes with one free game (1943).
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (Aspyr) – March 16
Wacky Xbox game from 2005 ported for Switch and Playstation, huzzah!
Neon White (Annapurna) – winter 2021
Brand new release featuring something about fighting demons in heaven and maybe cultivating relationships with them – whatever just happened, I’m absolutely in.
DC Super Hero Girls Teen Power (Nintendo) – June 24
Nintendo-made game finally ponders the question: what was Wonder Woman like in high school?
Plants Vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition (EA) – March 19
It used to be that Switch owners were alone in being unable to shoot bizarre zombies with heroic fauna in a first-person fashion, and this has now been rectified.
Miitopia (Nintendo) – May 21
The trailer called it a “lighthearted romp,” and I feel there may not be many better phrases to describe this announcement, except maybe “can has horse.”
Star Wars Hunters (Lucasfilm Games) – 2021… sometime
Free-to-play competitive Star Wars game – sure, why not?
World’s End Club (Too Kyo Games) – May 28
Danganronpa-creators craft an alluring, mysterious world consisting of an underwater theme park and an abandoned Tokyo for you to navigate with ill-fated teens.
Hades (physical release) (Supergiant Games) – March 19
One of the best games for the Switch gets a physical release, complete with a download code for the score and a sweet character compendium booklet.
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (Koei Tecmo) – June 10
All three Ninja Gaiden games and all their DLCs in one very convenient package for lovers of ninja badassery.
SaGa Frontier Remastered (Square Enix) – Summer 2021
The mechanics looked so intriguing that I forgot to take notes – but that’s an endorsement.
Apex Legends – March 9
Another free-to-play first-person shooter makes its way over!