Best Of PAX East 2022 For The Nintendo Switch

Although Nintendo Life couldn’t be at PAX East this year, we’ll still be keeping an eager eye on the goings-on in Boston from today (Thursday 21st April) to Sunday, April 24th, if only to see which games we should be excited about.

And now, with the help of this handy list, you can hop on board the bandwagon of excitement too — because here are some of the most interesting and intriguing games coming to Switch from PAX East 2022!

From Ysbryd Games, the publishers of VA-11 HALL-A and YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG, and developer panstasz comes World of Horror, a deliciously crunchy monochrome game about the apocalypse that draws inspiration from Junji Ito and H.P. Lovecraft. Prepare for a whole lot of body horror in this tactical roguelite with turn-based combat.

Release date: Unclear. Was originally scheduled for 2019, then 2020, then 2021…

Also published by Ysbryd Games, No Place for Bravery is a 2D top-down action-RPG with “Sekiro-esque” combat, fantastically detailed pixel art graphics, and a story based heavily on the developers’ personal life experiences. You play as Thorn, a retired warrior who is plagued by nightmares following the disappearance of his daughter, on a quest for redemption — which could possibly be a quest to find her after all this time.

Release Date: Q3 2022, according to the latest delay.

Heavily inspired by some of the all-time greats like Doom, Duke Nukem and Quake, with stunning cyberpunk visuals, Turbo Overkill is a savage first-person shooter. You play as half-metal, half-human, half-crazy Johnny Turbo, augmented with hidden arm rockets and a chainsaw that extends from your lower leg allowing you to kick-slice enemies wide open.

Release Date: 2022.

Elements is a beautiful 3rd-person open-world adventure RPG about two siblings fulfilling their destiny. Go in search of 8 Elemental Stones in a fantastical world to uncover magic and mystery and restore balance to the Elemental world and ours. Features the voice of Patricia Summersett, who played Zelda in the English version of Breath of the Wild.

Release Date: 2022.

Below the Stone is a hand-drawn pixel-art roguelike about dwarves on the quest for the deepest depths. A place where each and every descent will lead to new adventures — and where only the most determined players with many lost lives will be rewarded by the hidden world lying below the stone.

Release Date: “When the fat dwarf sings”, apparently.

A fast-paced action-adventure title set amongst the rugged mountains of a post-apocalyptic New Zealand. A native blossom is the last hope for humanity after a virus brought back from Mars triggered a zombie apocalypse.

Release Date: 2023.

Spiders with laser swords! Duel to the death against your friends or choose to team up and hold back swarms of savage enemies. Swing, stab and shoot with style, effortlessly performing movie-worthy parkour. SpiderHeck is a fast-paced couch co-op brawler where spiders dance to the death in the grip of chaotic battles using laser swords, grenades and even rocket launchers to defeat their foes.

Release Date: 2022.

Cursed to Golf offers a fresh take on the golfing and roguelike subgenres. Played like a golfinated turn-based 2D side scrolling puzzle platformer, attempt to survive each hole by reaching the flag within the PAR Count; a designated amount of swings you have to reach the end. If the PAR Count reaches zero you’ll get sucked through a purgatorial vortex back to the beginning of the course. While classic golf obstacles like the water hazards and bunkers will make an appearance, you’ll also come across high powered fans, spikes, vines, TNT boxes, teleporters and a whole load more variables that can be a help or a hindrance on your way to the hole. It’s all par for the course in this twisted take on the classic game!

Release Date: Summer 2022.

What does a Shoot’Em Up look like if you remove the shooting? It looks like Swordship: an intense dodging game where placement is everything. Sharpen your skills because this is the DODGE’EM UP you are looking for!

Release Date: September 2022.

In Paper Cut Mansion you play as Toby, a police detective who awakens on the road leading to the eponymous old mansion. You will put those detective skills to the test as you seek to unravel the story behind this bizarre place, with each run giving you the opportunity to collect another piece of evidence to be tacked on the Evidence Board. The intriguing cast of characters you will meet as you explore may help or hinder you: some will offer quests that can earn you helpful rewards, some will try to hide and some are out to get you.

Release Date: 2022. Maybe Halloween, because it’s spooky.

Togges is a collect-a-thon 3D Platformer about spreading and stacking adorable cubes around the cosmos! Explore unique worlds, solve mysteries and overcome challenges in this adventure to dominate the universe!

Release Date: 2022.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising combines a thrilling adventure through ancient ruins with the tale of one town’s rise from the ashes.

Drawn by lenses and other treasure in the nearby Runebarrows, our heroes learn that the town is struggling to rebuild after an earthquake and decide to help. Along the way, they’ll resolve disputes between eager adventurers and wary locals who don’t think the Barrows should be disturbed. And they’ll learn more about each other’s reasons for seeking treasure, deepening their bonds in the process.

Release Date: 10th May 2022.

Combining Roguelite, Action RPG, and Tower Defense gameplay into a crazy free-for-all, where it’s you and up to three friends versus hordes of enemies. Select your hero, survive the waves of foes, unlock new weapons and runes, and take on the bosses that await you!

Release Date: TBC.

Dive into a world that mixes Sci-Fi and ancient tradition. Slash through robots with a trusty katana, use hi-tech implants to navigate the surroundings, dodge enemy attacks, and land devastating finishers. Reclaim the past following the way of the Japanese samurai in the fantastic period of New Edo.

Release Date: Q2 2022.

Explore a diverse island, from dense jungles to snowy peaks. Harvest resources, craft gear to keep monsters at bay. Sneak into pirate camps to free captured creatures, who will become powerful allies. Create a home, tend to your farm and make the island your own. Ikonei is fully in your hands!

Release Date: TBC.

In a silent world where music has been prohibited, B0B0 will serenade her rebellion against the vicious authorities by banding together with the Jukebot drummer, Rocket, to shatter the strings of fate and sing the melody of freedom in this unforgiving rhythm turn-based JRPG.

Release Date: TBC.

The shoot-em-up sequel to Overdriven Reloaded, which we described as “a standard indie shmup at first glance, but it offers some interesting features that let it stand out from the crowd a little.”

Release Date: TBC.

Dice Legacy is a dice-based survival city builder set on a mysterious ringworld. Your ship has reached the shore of an uncharted continent. Roll and use your dice to gather resources, expand and defend your settlement, survive the winter and interact with the strange inhabitants of this eerie world.

Release Date: September 9th, 2021.

No surface is off limits…master gravity to run and battle along ceilings and walls, and tumble through the air like a space ninja! Play a single player campaign. Team up with friends in coop. Play vs friends in online or local multiplayer mayhem.

Release Date: 2022/2023.

Plunder Panic is a swashbuckling action arcade-game for up to 12-players where two rival crews battle for supremacy on the high seas. Featuring both local and online play work with your crew to plunder booty defeat the enemy captain or scuttle their ship.

Release Date: 2022.

Dwerve is a tower defense dungeon crawler RPG where you play as a young dwarf tinkerer who adventures into a ruined kingdom and unearths the lost technologies of the ancient warsmiths: turrets and traps. These are the only weapons that can protect the dwarves from Witch-Queen Vandra and her army of bloodthirsty trolls and monstrous creatures hellbent on conquering the surface.

Release Date: May 31st, 2022.


This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you’ve been to PAX East 2022 and saw some Switch games you think deserve to be here, let us know in the comments! Otherwise, make sure to check out the trailers and the descriptions for all of these games to see if any of them take your fancy.



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