The nintendo switch turned five just a few weeks ago, and while previous console generations have often packed their bags around this time, the Switch doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Despite rumors earlier this year that a Switch successor was in the works, the latest Nintendo Directs seem to suggest otherwise, detailing a plethora of games set to hit the console over the next year.
While the Nintendo Switch has already had quite a busy year so far, with Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Triangle strategyand CU of chocobos being just a few of the console’s recent releases, the year is far from over and the Switch still has a lot to offer. Although plenty of indie and third-party titles are heading to the Switch this year, including sea of stars and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaNintendo’s own line-up is very promising.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land – March 25
One of the most anticipated games of the year, Kirby and the Forgotten Land drops on Switch in just a few days. From all the trailers and in-depth looks fans have gotten so far, it looks like Kirby and the Forgotten Land is going to be a big milestone for the franchise, taking the lovely mascot platformer and finally giving it the full 3D treatment. With more abilities than ever, co-op functionality, and a semi-open world structure, Kirby and the Forgotten Land looks like it will be a real treat for fans, and possibly one of the best family games on the console.
Nintendo Switch Sports – April 29
A game in high demand since the release of the Switch in 2017, Nintendo Switch Sports is a shameless Sports Wii successor. Bringing a total of six sports to the game, including classics like tennis and bowling, as well as new games like volleyball and badminton, there seems to be a decent supply in Change sports. With more sports seemingly coming in updates, Nintendo Switch Sports should keep fans of the series invested for quite some time. With a bit of luck Nintendo Switch Sports will offer a real variety of gameplay, as well as a touch of nostalgia.
Mario Strikers: Battle League – June 10
An apparent return to form for the mario sports series, Mario Strikers: Battle League pits five against five in a chaotic football match. In a slightly odd but welcome breath of fresh air for the family franchise, players are encouraged to play heavily attackingly, with brutal tackles and a variety of offensive items fully permitted. With up to eight players able to launch locally and 20 for online modes, Mario Strikers: Battle League may be one of the best multiplayer titles of the year.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes – June 24
It may not be new fire emblem RPG in the same vein as Three Housesbut Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes may be enough to keep fans waiting for the next main line entry. Using the hack-and-slash gameplay now synonymous with Warriors franchise, three hopes looks like a visually impressive and satisfying to play Switch title that feels like a solid improvement over its 2017 predecessor.
Splatoon 3 – Summer
Another of the most anticipated titles of the year, Splaton 3 is heading to the Switch at some point this summer. Taking the responsive gameplay of the last two entries and kicking it up a notch, Splaton 3 seems like a natural (but still impressive) next step for the franchise. A fully fleshed out story mode, the classic competitive multiplayer mode of its predecessors, and the Salmon Run co-op survival mode all come together to make Splaton 3 a game that is probably worth playing.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – September
The next entry in this action RPG franchise, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 continues the story of the first two main titles, set in a world heavily shaped by the events of those games. Although this is the third main entrance in the Chronicles series, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 marks the eighth Xeno overall game. JRPG fans should definitely keep an eye out for this one.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet – Late 2022
Marking the ninth generation of the series, Pokemon scarlet and violet are heading to Switch towards the end of the year. Whereas Pokemon Legends: Arceus marked a new beginning for the franchise, scarlet and purple seem to back off a bit. scarlet and purple will apparently be an open world, but it may not be on the same scale as Arceusand will likely retain the same gameplay that is standard in a mainline Pokemon hall. Despite this, the brief trailer released so far shows some vibrant Spanish-inspired locations and adorable new ones. Pokemon. Although it’s more or less the same, it’ll probably still be a solid Pokemon live.
Switch Games that could drop in 2022
Along with all the titles confirmed for this year, there are still a handful of highly anticipated Switch titles that have a high chance of dropping this year. While very little has been shown for these games, with just a trailer or two for each, these titles have been slated for 2022 for quite some time.
Originally slated to release in a few weeks on April 8, Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp just been delayed indefinitely by Nintendo. Citing “recent world events”, presumably meaning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Nintendo decided to push Advanced Wars 1+2 return at an indefinite date. While fans may be disappointed with the delay, it’s easy to see Nintendo’s logic; a game about invading cities using tanks, no matter how stylized, might seem tacky right now.
A sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been slated for release in 2022 for some time now, but with only one trailer released so far, and no indication of when fans will be able to see more, some are giving up hope of being able to play it this year. With the release recently Ring of Elden draw a lot of breath of the wild comparisons, it would be interesting to see how a direct sequel compares, but fans will just have to hold out hope for now.
A game announced five years ago, Bayonet 3 finally received a gameplay trailer in September 2021 and was given a 2022 release date. With a few years of development behind it, it seems likely that Bayonet 3 will be released this year, especially since it’s taken PlatinumGames this long to be ready to show anything tangible.
A sequel to the surprise crossover hit Mario Kingdom Battle + Rabbidsentitled Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, is also slated for release in 2022. The original’s turn-based combat was surprisingly complex and satisfying, so the announcement of a sequel has many Nintendo fans thrilled, although the game will seemingly moves away from entirely turn-based encounters. With gameplay and a cinematic trailer already shown at E3 last year, a 2022 release window seems likely for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.
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