2021 is more than halfway over. Here’s what I have been playing (new releases) and what I’m looking forward to releasing for Nintendo Switch this year. They’re not in any particular order. The first one is my favorite, the next 20 are in reverse chronological order (newer games or unreleased games first) – After that, who knows lol. There’s of course many more great games that I just couldn’t cover all of them here. Nintendo Switch is truly the best console for gamer girls.
1.) Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 4th Heart
Without a doubt, The game I’m most looking forward to is Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 4th Heart. It won’t be in English sadly – but you can always hold your phone up to your screen and use Google Translate – that’s what I plan on doing. I already have a Japanese Nintendo Switch account and already play a few Japanese games this way. The translation isn’t perfect since it’s machine translated but if it’s the only way to play Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 4th Heart, then I’ll do what I have to do. It’s inconvenient of course to hold the phone and work 2 devices, but small price to play for my hands down favorite gaming series.
2.) Pokemon Brillant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Overhauled with new graphics and available as a 2pack digital or physical game. I will probably only purchase one of the games myself. Pokemon Diamond was one of the best Pokemon games. So I’m looking forward to this remake.
3.) WitchSpring 3 [Re:Fine]
I have never played the other 2 games – or even heard of this series until now. However, it looks very fun. You choose if you want to be good or evil and it has cute anime graphics.
4.) Mario Party Superstars
Mario Party is one of my favorite Nintendo franchises, so I’m excited to see a compilation of some of the older Mario Party games now releasing for the Switch.
5.) Shin Megami Tensei V
Shin Megami Tensei is the series from which Persona became an “off-shoot”. This child has exceeded the parent now and become far more popular, but I still love Shin Megami Tensei. I don’t think I have ever played this one. I don’t know if it’s new, or possibly a remaster. Either way, I am excited for this game as well.
6.) Kitaria Fables
Farming and crafting with cute furry bipedal kitties.
7.) Sonic Colors Ultimate
Another remastered Sonic Game – kinda meh – but it’s sonic. I rather see a new game similar to the dreamcast Sonic Adventure series. It’s the best. But I’ll take some more Sonic in my life anyways.
8.) Olympia Soiree
A new otome game by Aksys
9.) Life Is Strange: True Colors
A new Life is Strange game. I love that series. There’s also a remastered version of the original one.
10.) Astria Ascending
A new handdrawn RPG with a heavy focus on battles and classes and customization.
11.) Fall Guys
I have not played the Switch version. I have it on Playstation and while it’s not my typical type of game, it’s so fun and funny. It’s like a Japanese gameshow like wipeout. It’s an elimination style obstacle course with a few minigames. The playstation one does not have local co-op. If the Switch version had local co-op I’d pick it up again. Super fun and fast easy to get started, difficult to master, type of game.
12.) Danganronpa – Remastered Games
All of the Danganronpa games are landing on the Nintendo Switch on December 3rd, 2021.
13.) Finding Paradise
I have this on the PC and it’s an excellent game – from the creators of another excellent game called To The Moon. The writing is fantastic and the stories in their games are very emotional.
15.) She Dreams Elsewhere
The graphics look like a hot mess, but the concept of the game seems very fun. It claims to be very emotional and have a lot of interaction and choice and consequence.
16.) The Good Life
Photography game, huh? Similar to Pokemon Snap or Beasts of Maravilla?
17.) Garden Story
The Nintendo Page has almost no information, but the Steam store page has a lot of videos and info – and this looks cute. I can’t wait.
18.) Mineko’s Night Market
Craft, Eat, and Enjoy all the cats – sign me up. – Crafting, Eating, and Cats are 3 of my favorite things lol.
19.) Bear and Breakfast
Build and run a bed and breakfast… but you’re a bear.
20.) Rune Factory 5
Rune Factory 5 is not until 2022 – but hopefully it’ll be early 2022 :).
It’s Japanese only – but since it’s by Idea Factory – there is a chance we might see an English version eventually.
23.) Dream House Days DX
This company’s mobile games are always fun and cute. Lately they’ve been porting their mobile games over to Nintendo Switch. This is one of my favorites by this company. All of their games play similar so if you like this one, check out the other Kairosoft games too.
24.) Sweet Clown – A Funny Clown At 3:00AM
OK I do NOT like Clowns – Nightmare Juice…. But I DO like anime Otome Visual Novel games… Another one that’s Japanese only sadly.
25.) Alba: A Wildlife Adventure
Another sorta Pokemon Snap-esque game
26.) Beasts of Maravilla Island
Another Pokemon Snap Styled Game – Lots of these this year – probably thanks to the New Pokemon Snap game.
27.) Fatal Twelve
Beautiful looking visual novel with an intriguing story.
28.) Maiden Gorgeous
Interesting looking visual novel – again only in Japanese at this time.
29.) Pokemon Unite
A free Pokemon Game for Nintendo Switch
30.) Crayon Shin-Chan Summer Vacation
Sadly, only in Japanese – It looks SOOOO cuuuute!!! I want!
31.) Lotus Reverie
A visual novel focused on time management.
32.) Professor Layton’s Mystery Journey Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy DX+
Level5 Announced a new PLUS version of Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy. I don’t have a link for it. It’s out in Japan already, and headed over here soon I think. Below is a link to the non PLUS version from about 3 years ago.
33.) A Plague Tale: Innocence
A dark story about a war’s impact on 2 children
34.) KiraKira Stars (various versions)
Nintendo has a few versions of this game, each a different story focusing on a different main character. I have not played yet. I believe it to be just a straightforward visual novel or kinetic novel. I do not think it is an idol simulation game sadly. Missed the mark for me there. I rather have Idol M@ster in English :(. I might check these out eventually though. They’re cheap at just $10 each and look cute graphic-wise.
35.) Summer Pockets
This version is Japanese only, but there is an English version on Steam. It is by Key makers of Clannad and Little Busters. Since there already exists an English version, and since Clannad and Little Busters are in English on Switch, I assume we will eventually see Summer Pockets on the Nintendo Switch as well.
36.) Sky Children Of Light
I played the mobile version a year or two ago – It’s a free adventure game featuring flying. It’s fun. check it out since it’s free.
Air is my FAVORITE visual novel by KEY – makers of games such as Clannad and Summer Pockets (I didn’t like Little Busters and Rewrite very much honestly). But Air – man I cry like a baby. I love it. I wish to god it was in English – I played a fan translated version way back in the day – plus loved the anime adaptations. But Air is arriving on Nintendo Switch in Japan next month. I might buy it and Tsukihime and work my Google Translate phone live scanning as I play it – which is what I plan to do for some of the other games on my list. Not the best – but until someone translates them, what can I do?
39.) Sugar Style
Sugar Style is coming to Switch later this year. Although this version is Japanese only, you can already play Sugar Style in English on the PC via Steam.
40.) Caligula Effect 2
This one surprisingly is being released in English. I remember covering news of its announcement at the last Nintendo Live event – However, I commented that it was only shown in the Japanese Nintendo Live and not the American one. Well, despite not being featured in the Nintendo Live Direct Event, here we have Caligula 2 releasing in English this October. The first game is very fun and often gets compared to Persona – It’s not nearly as good as Persona – but still good – and maybe 2 will be even better. I’ll be picking it up for sure.
41.) Worth Life
Only in Japanese at the moment. It lets you play as a landlord and customize lots. Looks like fishing and farming are key. By the makers of Rune Factory.
42.) Ken Ga Kimi
It looks very similar to Hakouki series of Otome Game Visual Novels. Sadly not in English. It’s also on Steam – but not in English there either.
43.) Izu In Love
It says it’s in English on the Japanese store page but I could not find it in the American Nintendo Eshop. I downloaded it because it’s 30% off right now. I’ll let you know if it’s any good.
44.) Bear’s Restaurant
Adventure Game of Tears & Hope
45.) Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi
Again looking similar to Hakouki. And it’s in English – always a plus LOL.
46.) Chroma Quaternion
Looking Good and Cute. Retro-Inspired colorful JRPG.
47.) Stray Cat Doors 2
Cute puzzle game.
48.) Paradigm Paradox
It is coming in English. Aksys just announced the English release 5 days ago. I am ready!
I played it on Steam and enjoyed it.
It’s basically like PuyoPuyo or Tetris with cute anime girls
Angelique is a very popular Otome series – but sadly – 25 years have gone by, and never a single Angelique game has ever been released in English. Again not to worry, you can use your phone and google translate to get a rough idea of the story.
56.) Clannad Side Stories
More stories from Key’s popular visual novel, Clannad
57.) Jack Jeanne
This game is looking quite popular, but still no official English release date has been announced. For now it remains Japanese only.
58.) Story Of Seasons
There were a few Story Of Seasons games recently. Friends of Mineral Town and Pioneers Of Olive Town.
One of my all-time favorite anime, is now a game on Nintendo Switch.
60.) Lily White Lily Maidens S
Looks cute – too bad only in Japanese.
61.) Romance Of The Three Kingdoms
Romance Of The Three Kingdoms has been one of my favorite strategy games ever since SNES Super Nintendo back in the 90s. I’m glad to see we’re starting to get some of the newer games in English again.