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Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2021 – Switch

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Holiday Buyers Guide

Welcome to the Hey Poor Player Holiday Gift Guide. From Monday, November 8th through Friday, November 19th, we’ll be bringing you a guide to all the games, accessories, systems, and other hot items players will be looking for this holiday season. With Black Friday and other Holiday sales set to start in the coming weeks, we thought now was the perfect time to help draw attention to just what you players should be looking for in the coming weeks. So whether you’re looking for a gift for someone else, or maybe something for yourself, we’ve got you covered. Please keep in mind that as we move into our individual game lists, we’ve limited each game to one list to help spread the word about more great titles released in 2021. So if a game you love shows up on a genre list but not on one for a system, it doesn’t mean we didn’t love it. It just means that let us showcase more great titles.

It’s been a strange year for Nintendo. The long-rumored new version of the Switch was finally revealed to be only a screen upgrade, though who can say if it was ever more. Meanwhile, a variety of games released that were interesting, but few must-plays demanded the attention of Switch owners. Still, these games are definitely worth checking out this holiday season.

 

Eastward

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Also On: PC (Our Review)

Price: $24.99

Eastward practically drips with 16-bit nostalgia. Despite this, however, it manages to have a feel all its own as well. Our own Heather Johnson Yu checked it out earlier this year and said:

Eastward pays homage to all things loved about SNES-era gaming, looking and feeling like the games of our childhood locked deep within our hearts. At times, I wondered if the experience would be enhanced playing Eastward sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of a giant CRT television, tethered way too close to the screen by a wired controller. For gamers of a certain age, Eastward feels an awful lot like home, and one I didn’t realize I missed so dearly.”

 

Gnosia

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Also On: None (Well, it’s on Vita in Japan, and coming to PC, but right now only Switch anywhere else) (Our Review)

Price: $24.99

Eat your heart out Among Us. This mystery deduction game leaves you with high stakes as you have to figure out which members of your crew are imposters. While you won’t be taking on other human players, Gnosia pits you against a variety of dangerous characters you’ll have to watch out for. Our own Heather Johnson Yu said earlier this year:

“I’ve barely scratched the surface on every last amazing detail in Gnosia, but the truth is, this is a game best experienced and explored by the individual. I would be doing a disservice to everyone by explaining any further; if you thought Among Us needed more storyline, mechanics, and a single-player mode and you enjoy beautiful graphics with a compelling story, you absolutely must pick up Gnosia. The fate of the universe rests on your sleuthing skills, lest you become doomed to repeat history again and again and again and again and again…”

 

Metroid Dread

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Also On: None (Our Review)

Price: $59.99

Metroid fans waited far too long for a new 2D installment in the series, but it’s finally arrived and was worth the wait. Samus has a whole new series of enemies and challenges to deal with, but powers old and new will help her along the way. Putting a modern spin on a familiar genre, Metroid Dread is everything fans were hoping for. Here’s what I said about it recently:

Metroid Dread is a must-own for any Metroidvania fan. Featuring some of the best 2D combat I’ve ever played and a world dying to be explored, I couldn’t put it down until I reached the thrilling conclusion. Its difficulty and atmosphere help it live up to its namesake but never chased me away. There are minor issues, but nothing that stops this from being one of 2021’s best.”

 

Overboard!

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Also On: PC, Mac, iOS (Our Switch Review)

Price: $14.99

Think of this one as an appetizer. There’s plenty to keep you busy in Overboard, but you can actually finish it in a relatively short amount of time. The fun is in figuring out how to get your doomed murderess to New York City as a free woman. Perhaps with a bit of pleasant company if you’re really lucky. Here’s what I had to say about it earlier this year:

“Even with multiple goals to accomplish, secrets to uncover, and potential endings to see, Overboard! isn’t going to last you months. This is a relatively short game. You might run through it thirty times, but many of those will take ten to fifteen minutes. Others might take thirty minutes to an hour on the long end, but this is an appetizer, the sort of game to be savored over a long weekend rather than obsessed over for months. That’s not a slight. That weekend will be filled with fascinating twists, especially considering you know from the very start what actually happened. Overboard! is a wonderful voyage, well worth your time. Just make sure you don’t go over the rail yourself.”

 

Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Also On: None (Our Switch Review)

Price: $39.99

Card games are in right now, and Shadowverse is riding high on their popularity. A game you can sink dozens of hours into, there’s a lot to like in this one. Here’s what our Josh Speer had to say about it:

“I had a tremendous time playing Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle. Not only is it a fun and complex card game, but it’s one you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy. The threshold to start playing is low, but actually mastering the game takes much more perseverance. Overall, this is a wonderful game with attractive artwork and tons of great features.”

 

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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