It feels like only yesterday I was booting up the Wii Shop Channel and seeing five, maybe even six games released that week. It wasn’t though. That was all the way back in 2009, which is essentially a lifetime ago by game industry standards. That said, it was only last week that I picked up 2009’s Bit.Trip RUNNER on the Switch, a re-release that was wedged between 40-plus other games that were recently launched on the console. The shop is so crowded that it would take a regular modern-day, online Hercules to lift up all the worthwhile games released on the storefront this year for others to see. Playing them all alone would take thousands of hours, and that’s time most just don’t have.
With that in mind, here’s my attempt to lift at least some of that load. Presented for your approval is this unranked list of fun Switch games I got this year, none of which were given a formal review from Destructoid in that time frame. That means many of my favorites of 2020 like Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, Panzer Paladin, No More Heroes 1 & 2, Super Punch Patrol, Cat Girl Without Salad: Amuse Bouche, Treachery in Beatdown City, Moon, Carrion, and La-Mulana 1 & 2 won’t be found below, but I just told you about them now, so you should be good. Also missing are games that other writers on the site have highlighted, like Wide Ocean Big Jacket. Like I said, the Switch saw a lot of games released this year! I would be very surprised if you’d heard of all the games on this whopper of a collection.
Without further adieu, here’s the list, categorized for you under all-new genres that you’re sure to forget within seconds.
Source: Destructoid 55 ‘hidden gems’ released on the Switch eShop in 2020