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Nintendo drops new games and updates coming to the Switch

Things are looking up for gamers as Nintendo shared new titles, content and updates to its services for the Nintendo Switch console. However, absent from this afternoon’s 40 minute presentation was a status on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and the upcoming Nintendo Switch OLED model.

New games announced include Bayonetta 3, Splatoon 3 and Kirby and the Forgotten Land, plus titles from Square Enix, classic remakes, all of this next to membership plan changes for Nintendo Switch Online.

Nintendo Switch Online

In late October 2021, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership tier becomes available which, for an additional fee, grants access to amazing Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games.

Nintendo 64 games available at launch:

  • Super Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Star Fox 64
  • Sin and Punishment
  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Mario Tennis 64
  • WinBack
  • Yoshi’s Story

Nintendo 64 games coming to the service later:

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Pokémon Snap
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Mario Golf
  • Paper Mario
  • F-Zero X

Sega Genesis games available at launch:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Strider

Complimenting this nostalgic release, Nintendo revealed wireless versions of the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers compatible with these titles.

Wireless Nintendo 64 controller
Wireless Sega Genesis controller
Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Launches in 2022
It’s up to the ever-hungry pink ball that is Kirby to explore a haunting world, left abandoned, to uncover what happened to its previous inhabitants.

Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta 3

Launches in Spring 2022
Bayonetta is back in a sequel that gives her control over demons in this anticipated action game.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Launches in Summer 2022
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is an add-on to the Monster Hunter Rise title for the Nintendo Switch that includes new stories, places to visit, and of course more monsters!

Splatoon 3

Launches in 2022
This paint-soaked battle game is back for a third installation with new weapons, more ink and… mammals?

Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars

Launches on October 28th, 2021
It’s all in the cards with this role-playing game packed with turn-based battles, where skills and luck can change the game quickly.

Chocobo GP

Launches in 2022
Hit the road with popular characters from the Final Fantasy franchise! Play locally or online, and even participate in a tournament with up to 64 other players. Kweh!


Launches on March 4th, 2022
This unique high definition 2D strategy game has undergone a lot of work from its developers before it releases on the Nintendo Switch.

Actraiser Renaissance

Launches on September 23rd, 2021
The original Super NES game Actraiser has been remastered for the Nintendo Switch to include an updated soundtrack, new levels and enemies.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human – Cloud Version

Launches on Februrary 4th, 2022
With a unique mix of parkour and combat, this open world is not for the faint of heart. Go it alone or grab three others in online co-operative play to explore during the day and pillage under the cover of night.


Launches on September 23rd, 2021
As an add-on to DELTARUNE Chapter 1, this expansion pack gives players everything but the kitchen to sink to dodge while launching creative attacks.

Mario Party Superstars

Launches on October 29th, 2021
It’s party time! Packed full with new and classic boards, there’s also Mt. Minigames which pits players against each other or together in two modes of play.

Disco Elysium – The Final Cut

Launches digitally on October 12th, 2021; physical in early 2022
Utilize some 24 inner skills to question people and locate clues as you progress through the story, but be mindful since responses can change the gameplay further on.

STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic

Launches on November 11th, 2021
Explore the galaxy as a Jedi or wander the path of the Dark Side in this classic STAR WARS role-playing adventure.

Castlevania Advance Collection

Launches on September 23rd, 2021
Castlevania Advance Collection is a compilation of four titles: Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Dracula X; complete with improved visuals and music, button mapping, quick save and other features.

Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition

Launches in Winter 2021
Join Mickey Mouse and a host of Disney characters to explore worlds, craft outfits and equipment familiar to Disney films.

Shadowrun Trilogy

Launches in 2022
Magic is in vogue and monsters roam a dystopian world where tactical combat is a must to overcome these creatures while learning skills and navigating an immersive story.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Launches on November 12th, 2021
This is the latest title in the Shin Megami Tensei series and set in an apopolyptic Tokyo.

Rune Factory 5

Launches on March 22nd, 2022
Settle down in a quaint village to grow crops, rear monsters, and work with locals to lead quests out into the world.

Arcade Archives PAC-MAN and Arcade Archives XEVIOUS

Launches on September 23rd, 2021
Enjoy classic PAC-MAN and XEVIOUS games on the Nintendo Switch!

Downloadable Content

Downloadable content is coming for a number of existing titles on the Nintendo Switch: free updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Golf: Super Rush, with paid expansions for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latter of which will be revealed in the final “Mr. Sakurai Presents” on October 5th, 2021.

Source: Nintendo

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