Aw, yeah. We’re falling into fall. And you need to know what Nintendo Switch games to look out for this September.
I’ll never not think of you as back-to-school time, even though I haven’t been in school for years. Anyway, here’s some of the best games coming out in September for you to check out at recess.
September 1: ANNO: Mutationem
I first covered this cyberpunk action-adventure game back in its Steam Demo days, and we were so impressed that CapsuleJay played it on his Twitch channel! There’s a lot to love in this title, first and foremost it’s an amazing digital-forward graphical style that blends 2D assets into 3D environments in a way that few other titles make feel as natural. Pair that up with an indulgently technobabble-filled script and tight beat-’em-up action, and you’re looking at a great night in a neon-drenched town.
September 1: Here Comes Niko!
Summer’s coming to a close, but that’s no reason to abandon bright pastel colors and island-adventure stylings. Here Comes Niko is overwhelmingly laid-back, almost to a fault. Whether you want to call it “accessible” or “unchallenging,” it can still be a nice switch to play a game designed to completely avoid pressure and frustration. If you’re just looking for a charming little game to while away a few hours in? Niko‘s got your back.
September 1: Restless Soul
I’ve had my eye on this cute, dreary indie RPG with bullet-hell boss battles for a while. There’s a lot going on for such a small package, but it looks like it’s got the right sense of humor to pull it off!
September 1: Onsen Master
I didn’t know I wanted a game that asked “what if Overcooked, but Spirited Away“, but I’m kind of into it!
September 2: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R
I first played this game back in 2013 after it was first released, and was dumbfounded by its off-the-wall roster. Now that it’s jumping to the Switch, and I’m up-to-date on the JoJo manga? I’m absolutely ecstatic about its jam-packed off-the-wall roster. Where else will a dog and his sand-golem familiar go toe-to-toe with a vampire or a living colony of plankton?
September 3: Please, Touch the Artwork
I downloaded the demo for this game on a whim before a flight, and ended up falling in love with its twisty puzzles. Not only that – I caught my next-seat neighbor leaning over in interest, too! A truly great puzzle has an inversion of the classic phrase, where it’s difficult to understand, but when you do, everything slides neatly into place. And, sure enough, Please Touch the Artwork throws you for just enough of a loop to make the “a-ha!” moments really sing. Boasting its own gallery of awards already, this one’s a must-see for me.
September 6: Circus Electrique
The mechanics of Darkest Dungeon always looked cool, but the aesthetic didn’t click with me. This game looks like it transplants those ideas into a steampunk, dark victorian circus setting, and I’m here for it!
September 7: Kaichu – The Kaiju Dating Sim
I’ve covered kaiju movies, along with strategy and action games. But a kaiju dating/smooching sim??
Sign me up!
September 9: Splatoon 3
A first-party Nintendo release always gets our attention, and Splatoon 3 definitely has us riled up after last weekend’s demo event. Even if shooters aren’t normally your thing, this series has proven to both be friendly to the gunplay-averse and to thrive on its sheer sense of style. Mark your calendars, Squid Kids!
September 13: Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden
This one comes hot off the presses, only announced this morning! Voice of Cards flies a bit under the radar, but I’m enamored with its way of marrying tabletop-game stylings with JRPG mechanics. Plus, it’s a great way to see director Yoko Taro do something a bit more reigned-in story-wise while still relishing in a gorgeous presentation.
September 15: Wayward Strand
I’ve been following this game for a bit – its grounded-yet-cheery look combined with an investigative focus are a winning formula for getting players invested in a setting and its characters. And that “narrative adventure” isn’t code for a point-and-click puzzle game; Wayward Strand really is first and foremost about getting to know the residents of its flying hospital. Be it nudging them in specific directions or just sitting and empathizing over a cup of tea, I’m unironically enthusiastic for this game about talking to folks.
September 19: Return to Monkey Island
Reboots and remasters may seem passé by now, but it can still make us happy to see old favorites get new life. Whether you love the art style or not so much, it’s undeniably great to see the original Monkey Island‘s lead creator, writer, and composer all back in the saddle and bringing us a new adventure on their own terms.
September 22: The DioField Chronicle
The Diofield Chronicle doesn’t look to have quite the level of polish of a Fire Emblem title, but there’s more than enough room for more tactical RPGs out there. This one has potential to be an unexpected hit, and Square-Enix seems confident with their marketing thus far.
September 22: Serial Cleaners
This a sequel to Serial Cleaner, which is sort of like a stealth version of Hotline Miami. Instead of running through a building murdering everyone, you are called in after the fact to clean up crime scenes while avoiding cops.
September 22: Potion Permit
Potion Permit is another title we’ve covered before, which only speaks to how it caught our eye so early in its development! While we’re flush with great town-life games nowadays, Potion Permit manages to stand out both through its immaculate pixel-art visuals and
September 27: The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero
Trails from Zero, the once-overlooked middle entry in Falcom’s Trails saga, is finally coming out in the West! This game kicks off the Crossbell arc that bridges the gap between Trails in the Sky and Trails of Cold Steel. Something unique about this release is that it represents a rare collaboration between a major publisher and a fan translation group. Geofront’s unofficial – but very high quality – localization patch caught the attention of NIS America, leading to the group being brought on board for the official English release! While Trails of Zero is mainly targeted at existing fans of the series, it also has the potential to bring in newcomers with its fresh cast of characters and separate settings from the other Trails games.
September 29: Post Void
After a brief delay, it looks like this super frenetic boomer shooter is finally dropping, to send pixel shards flying at your eyeballs!
What are your most-wanted games for September? Let us know in the comments!