Nintendo’s first-party titles dropped from EDGE Magazine’s GOTY 2021 list
Popular game company EDGE has revealed the top 10 games of 2021 in the latest issue and while Sony and Microsoft fans will be delighted to see platform-exclusive features from both PS5 consoles. and Xbox are featured, with no Nintendo-developed or published-managed games shortlisted this year.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the Switch isn’t feature-free. Six of the top 10 games are available on Nintendo consoles in some form, with Capcom’s excellent game Monster Hunter Rise is a platform exclusive, no less (well, until January 12th when it’s scheduled to launch on PC) – but first-party Nintendo titles aren’t included in this year’s publication’s GOTY selection .
That might come as a bit of a surprise to Nintendo fans, but it has to be said that it’s been a great year for games across the board, so the competition is fierce. Arkane Studios ‘PS5 exclusive’ Deathloop came in first place, followed by indie darling Chicory: A colorful story (newly released on Switch) and PC strategy RPG Wildermyth in third place.
Other games that are playable on the Switch that make up the level include Dungeon Encounters (Wednesday), the previously mentioned Monster Hunter Rise (Friday), Hitman 3 (Saturday – Switch gets Cloud Edition) and Fire Peak (eighth).
According to EDGE, the top 10 games of 2021 are as follows:
2. Chicory: A Colorful Story
4. Meet in the Dungeon
5. Forza Horizon 5
6. Monster Hunter Rise
7. Hitman 3
8. Peak of Fire
ten. Psychonauts 2
In other places, Metroid Dread and New Pokémon Snap was named runner-up in the Nintendo-specific awards category (which Monster Hunter Rise won, of course).
As we noted above, the field has been incredibly strong this year, and while we’ve personally worked with Metroid Dread in it, it’s great to see that every non-exclusive game is listed. all are playable on the Nintendo Switch, even if it’s the cloud version in the case of Hitman 3. For Switch owners, that alone is worth celebrating after so many years (actually) since the Wii era) of cross-platform games bypassing the Nintendo console entirely.
So Nintendo company may have missed out on the EDGE Awards, but Switch players can sample a big chunk of that fine list. This is definitely a great time to play video games.