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We’re well into 2022 now and the rest of the year brings promise of new video games to one and all. We saw some fantastic games on Switch in 2021, but it’s also true that several big names slipped — for understandable reasons. Add those to the Switch games previously scheduled to arrive in the coming months and this year is already shaping up very nicely!
Below we’ve rounded up 30 of the biggest Switch games we’re looking forward to. They run the gamut from AAA first-party offerings to promising-looking indies. Nintendo habit of not announcing games until a couple of months prior to release means there is always a sizeable gap on the calendar after the first few months, but you can be certain there’ll be more first-party surprises on store for 2022. Even without those, there’s already plenty to look forward to.
So, let’s take a look at our most anticipated Switch games…
Coming on 17th March 2022 as part of Persona’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax might not be the Persona 4 (or Persona 5) we were asking for, but this well-received fighter was co-developed with Arc System Works back in 2013/14 so we’re eager to see how this updated “Ver.2.50” will look and play on Switch — we’ve got high hopes for it.
Sure, Atlus might be adept at bringing the wrong Persona games to Switch, but when the wrong games are this and Persona 5 Strikers, it’s really not so bad.
Publisher: Marvelous (XSEED) / Developer: Marvelous (XSEED)
The latest game in the sword-filled life sim RPG series (the first release was literally subtitled ‘A Fantasy Harvest Moon’), we’ll soon be diving into some of that wholesome farming and fiend-flaying gameplay the series is known for.
Rune Factory 5 has been out in Japan since May 2021 and was originally scheduled for release in the West sometime in 2021 until the launch was postponed to 22nd March 2022. We’re jonesing to see how the localised game holds up. Because, as you can see, we’ve got loads of time and absolutely no other top-quality games to be playing in March. Hey, it’s a good problem to have!
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Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
A new 3D Kirby action-adventure scheduled for release on 25th March, and it looks like the pink one will be saving kidnapped creatures from the Beast Pack in this intriguing-looking entry in the Kirby canon. You’ll be blasting enemies, using new copy abilities and battling bosses in environments that look like they could have been ripped from any number of post-apocalyptic open worlds — a very colourful apocalypse, but an apocalypse all the same!
This game is looking pretty special if the trailers are anything to go by. We can’t wait to catch up with Kirbs again on Switch.
Publisher: Square Enix Europe / Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment
Originally scheduled for 2021, Life is Strange Remastered Collection was pushed back until 1st Feb 2022 before the Switch version was delayed again until “later this year”. We very much enjoyed the sequel, Life is Strange: True Colors, and we can’t wait to go back and revisit the previous games in the series on our favourite handheld hybrid system.
We’re talking about the Nintendo Switch, by the way. Geez. Kinda obvious, really.
Showcased in the Nintendo Indie World presentation in August 2020, you’ll build up a reliable repertoire of sneaky card tricks to employ at the games tables as you cheat your way to the top of high society as an 18th century French card shark in the appropriately named Card Shark.
It looks to be a stylish little adventure game from developer Nerial and publisher Devolver Digital, and although it was originally slated for a 2021 release, it’s now coming sometime in 2022.
First announced in December 2019 for a mid-2020 release, this Switch-exclusive sequel to early indie hit Golf Story was delayed and after looking out for it throughout 2021, we’re now hoping to see Sidebar Games’ sporty RPG hybrid arrive sometime in 2022. If Sports Story is anything like as fun as the Mario Golf-inspired original, it’ll be more than worth the wait.
A 22-minute timeloop game that we’ve had our eye on for quite some time on other consoles, Outer Wilds was finally announced as coming to Switch in late 2021… although it obviously missed that window.
Not to be confused with The Outer Worlds, which is already available on Switch, Outer Wilds was one of the games we hoped to see get a Switch port at the start of 2021 so we’re thrilled we’ll soon be able to play it on-the-go — hopefully in the first months of 2022.
Mediatonic’s Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a battle royale affair which puts you in control of a colourful creature as you battle up to sixty other players in platforming challenges, races, mini-games and more. It launched on PC and PS4 back in August 2020 and its frantic multiplayer fun became something of a sensation, and players desperate for a silly social outlet in the most serious of years found just the thing in Fall Guys.
The Mediatonic team has since been snapped up into the Epic Games family, but this Switch port was originally scheduled to fall in our laps in “Summer 2021”, but it was since been delayed, and delayed again. Looks like we’ll be seeing it in 2022.
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive / Developer: TT Games
Pushed from 2020, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has since been delayed for a second time and finally for a Spring 2022 release window during Opening Night Live of Gamescom 2021 — and we now have the final launch date: 5th April 2022.
The game will give you the opportunity to play through all nine sci-fi stories in rejigged, reimagined, and decidedly blocky fashion with modern spit-polish. Expect more controllable minifigs than you’ll know what to do with. We’ll be calling dibs on General Grievous next spring.
Released on PS4 in the West back in 2020, Atlus is bringing the acclaimed 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim to Switch on 12th April 2022. The narrative revolves around a conflict between Kaiju and mechas, with a bunch of high-schoolers — 13 to be precise — getting involved in RTS-style battles when they’re not wandering around a 2D side-scrolling world.
If all that hasn’t piqued your interest, we’re not sure what will. Big monsters? Big machines? Get in.
Bringing back the Wii Sports brand for a long overdue encore (or is that second encore? Third encore?), Nintendo Switch Sports adds some new activities into the mix along with online multiplayer and various other features. Want to play football by strapping a Joy-Con to your leg? Yep, that’s on the cards.
The only thing missing is the original Miis which have been replaced in this updated version of the waggle classic. We’ll see how they measure up and if we’ll survive another bout of ‘Wii elbow’ when it launches on 29th April 2022.
Coming on 27th May, Pac-Man Museum+ collects together over 40 years of Pac-Man games in one pill poppin’ collection. 14 games will be included, featuring classics like the original arcade game, Pac-Man Championship Edition, and the more recent mobile Pac-Man 256 (from the developer of Crossy Road, no less).
There’s no shortage of Pac-Man on Switch, but this collection includes some more obscure entries in the yellow one’s back catalogue, and the whole package looks like a fine way to sample some sweet gaming nostalgia on-the-go.