Things to look forward to in 2021

New Year, new stuff: Things to look forward to in 2021

It’s nearly the New Year! It’s fair to say that 2020 has been anything but a normal year, and we know loads of people who are quite pleased to see the back of it.

We do need to take things with a pinch of salt though: all of 2020’s challenges unfortunately don’t dissolve away when the clock strikes midnight, but we are going to remain optimistic going forward. Below we’ve included a few things that we think will make 2021 superior to its predecessor. At the very least, we’re hoping that this list won’t age too poorly...

1) Super Nintendo World opens

If there’s one thing we need going into 2021, it’s a little bit of escapism, and it seems like our prayers have been answered. Due to open February 4th at Universal Studios Japan, Super Nintendo World looks set to delight not just Nintendo fans, but anyone who loves a good theme park.

At a recent digital event, beloved gaming grandmaster Shigeru Miyamoto gave viewers a sneak peak of some of the park's attractions, including a giant sleeping Piranha Plant, an attraction that looks like a classic Mario underground level and a highly-hyped-up Mario Kart ride. Of course, current conditions mean that flying to Japan is a pipe dream, but fingers crossed, and hopefully in the near future we too can ruin our friend’s Mario Kart experience by throwing banana peels at them. That’s the dream.

Mario Kart Super Nintendo GIF

2) Big time blockbusters

Hands up who misses going to the cinema? Who cares if the food is overpriced or if the floors are sticky? There’s nothing like the big screen experience and we’re looking forward to getting back to it.

Plus, if everything goes according to plan, what a year to look forward too! There’s a feast of fun popcorn flicks coming up, such as Black Widow (see trailer above, but maybe ignore that release date), the new 007 outing No Time to Die, a live action/CGI hybrid Tom & Jerry movie and the monster mashing Godzilla vs. Kong. You can bet that we’ll be front and centre on these release days (if it’s safe to be, of course), hopped up on sugary cinema snacks, tickets firmly in hand. You know, like how proper adults behave.

3) Sonic the Hedgehog's 30th Anniversary

Maybe this one’s just for us, but we think the Blue Blur's 30th Anniversary should get a place on this list: a bit of old school retro fun is just what’s in order after the year that’s behind us. First appearing on the Sega Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis if you prefer) in June 1991 and then on the Game Gear and Master System in December of the same year, we could rattle off all sorts of trivia about the Hedgehog with ‘tude, but we’ll save that for another time.

Instead, we’re going to speculate wildly on what Sega might do for this occasion, as currently details are sparse. All that we know is that 2021 will bring “new games, digital content, events, major announcements and a tailored licensing programme.”

We’re begging here Sega, that all sounds fine, but please just give us another Sonic Mania game. If you’re unfamiliar with Mania, be assured that it’s fantastic - we said as such in our first ever blog post, so you know we’re telling the truth.

4) New sports at the Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo 2020
Image Source: olympic.org

Thinking about lots of people from all over the world gathering in one place for a massive event...honestly it’s giving us the heebie-jeebies. However, we’re staying positive in the hopes that the Tokyo games can go ahead without a hitch, and if they do (fingers crossed) what a games it’ll be!

For the first time at the Olympics, we’ll be treated to surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate! Baseball and Softball are also making a return, both being absent since Beijing 2008. These new additions to the line-up plus the fact that, you know, nearly all major sporting events of this size were cancelled in 2020, the Tokyo Olympics are bound to have a special kind of energy to them. The real question however, is do we refer to the event as “Tokyo 2020” or “Tokyo 2021?” Same goes for you Euro 2020, what's the deal?

5) Christmas 2021!

Scratchvent Calendar

“We’ve just had Christmas!” we hear you cry. However, many of us had to reign it in a bit this year, and while there’s something to be said for having an intimate festive celebration with just the members of your household, we’ve got our fingers crossed that Christmas 2021 can be an all singing, all dancing, uber Christmas the likes of which have never been seen.

More tinsel, more Christmas movies, more lights, more silly hats and ugly sweaters, more carolling in the streets! Come one everyone, we’ve got a whole year’s run-up to make Christmas 2021 the most Christmassy Christmas ever!

Phew. Going to need a mince pie and a sit down after that.

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As we said up top, we're taking all this with a pinch of salt, but here's hoping that most of this list will play out just like we're imagining. Do any of these events feature on your 2021 calendar? Or did we miss some really obvious/important ones? Head over to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and let us know!

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