Look, facing another year on earth is a crushing proposition at the best of times, but at least we have videogames. Each calendar year has a brand new slate of sparkly treats, ready to fly out from the minds of developers and fling themselves straight into your flipping Switch. 2021 was a fairly good year for Nintendo Switch, but due to delays from – you know why – 2022 looks particularly packed as Nintendo plays catch up.
The biggest new Switch games in 2022 include quite a few sequels to titles from the Switch’s launch year in 2017, as well as a few sequels we’ve been waiting even longer for… No, not Pikmin 4 just yet. Maybe 2023. But if all goes well, then 2022 could finally be the year we get ‘The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’, though I’m not going to place any bets.
It’s not all blockbusters though, as Switch is the indie machine at the moment, and it’s only going to get better. While a few titles on the list are purely speculative, we’re sure an absolute truckload of cracking indies will be lighting up our faces on Nintendo Switch in 2022.
So, let’s tuck into our picks for the biggest upcoming Switch games in 2022.
The biggest new Switch games coming in 2022
Fall Guys – June 21
We’ve BEAN waiting a long time for this one! After taking the world by storm in 2020, Fall Guys is finally heading to Nintendo Switch and Xbox platforms, but not only that, it is now completely free to play! Cross-play is supported between platforms so you can buddy up with your pals, and a level creator has also been promised to be released down the line. There’s never been a better time to jump in.
Sonic Origins – June 23
Coming from some of the development team behind the stellar Sonic Mania, Sonic Origins is not just a collection of old Sonic games. Well, it is and it isn’t. These games have been remade from the ground up for modern platforms, with widescreen support, as well as some amazing gameplay touches to bring the originals into the modern-day.
Throw in some amazing new content like original animated shorts, and this is one collection not to be sniffed at. It boasts the original Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, and Sonic CD, all ready and waiting to be rediscovered!
Elec Head – June 23
An adorable puzzle-platforming game that was almost entirely developed by one person, Elec Head is a charming title where your character (the titular Elec Head) can control electricity by sending their head flying. It’s a simple concept that seems to be stretched out into some inventive gameplay, and the whole game looks like an ode to classic Mega Man titles of old. We can’t wait to try this one out.
Capcom Fighting Collection – June 24
The summer of Capcom is here. the Capcom Fighting Collection bundles together ten classic titles from their arcade and console catalogue, including several Darkstalkers titles, and Puzzle Fighter, all with rollback netcode and a treasure trove of extras. It’s fantastic to see titles like this being preserved, especially when so much care and attention is put into the package. With ten fantastic titles, you’re really getting your money’s worth here!
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes – June 24
Alright, it might not be the Fire Emblem game we hoped to get, but the original Fire Emblem Warriors was a blast, so to see the series return with a twist in the iconic story of Fire Emblem: Three Houses is certainly a fun surprise. We don’t know enough about it just yet, but it looks to be another competent entry in the action series from the busy bees over at Koei Tecmo.
Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series – July 8
After countless fan campaigns and a lot of wishful thinking, Klonoa is back! Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series bundles the original two games in the classic platforming series into one exciting package and adds some amazing new visuals and fresh modern gameplay touches.
The original titles are beloved for a reason, with expert level design, crisp colourful visuals, and a soundtrack that will stick in your head for months. For many people this will be a brand new game as well, so why not give a platformer that isn’t Mario a chance?
LIVE A LIVE – July 22
Square Enix is really taking their patented HD-2D style and running with it aye? LIVE A LIVE was a Japan-exclusive game released for the SNES many years ago, and Square has not only resurrected it but giving it a full revamp with the beautiful HD-2D style of Octopath Traveller and Triangle Strategy.
The game takes place over many different time periods, as you help several different people through difficult times in their lives. It still has some amazing JRPG action, with unique twists in every setting. Plus you’ll unlock some extra goodies if you manage to complete it all, so it’s worth experiencing this one to the very end. Plus if we all buy and play this, maybe Square will remake Chrono Trigger in this style?
Bear and Breakfast – July 28
With a name like Bear and Breakfast, do we really need to say any more? It’s slated to be a laid-back, management adventure game where you step into the big, fuzzy paws of a well-meaning (though somewhat hapless) bear called Hank, as you and your friends attempt to convert an abandoned shack in the woods into a fancy B&B. With heaps of customisation, an enchantingly rich world, adorable characters, and visuals straight out of a storybook, I can bear-ly contain my excitement.
Digimon Survive – JULY 29, 2022
Bandai Namco initially teased Digimon Survive back in 2018, and since then, fans have been patiently waiting for the survival strategy RPG to release. Well, 2022 is finally the year. Digimon Survive sees a fresh set of characters being transported to a dark, strange new world, where they must fight their way home in some classic strategy RPG battles.
Survive is very different to most Digimon titles, offering a much darker storyline. Your choices made throughout the game will impact how your partner Digimon digivolves, how the story progresses, and also lead to multiple endings, some of which will result in surprising deaths. Survive is a must-have title for fans who grew up with Digimon and are looking for a more mature experience.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – JULY 29
Truly, the Nintendo Switch will go down as one of the best JRPG consoles in history, and helping it to achieve that crown comes the final game in the Xenoblade Chronicles trilogy, the highly-requested and much anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Looking to meet somewhere in the middle of the two previous entries, 3 looks like a return to more open environments and a slightly mature art style, while not losing some of the style and action that 2 brought to the table.
It all seems like they are literally merging the worlds of the two previous entries, so who knows what this means for the mythos of this already convoluted series. Either way, we can’t wait to run around on gigantic alien creatures doubling as continents and to level up our cast of lovable JRPG characters. There had better be a Noppon on our team again.
Ooblets – SUmmer
You can’t get enough wholesome games, and Ooblets seems to be leading the pack this year. An adorable game where you curate and care for a garden of miniature little creatures that are half vegetable and half sentient life. Ooblets is a game all about chilling out and making your garden exactly how you want it, as well as exploring the town you call home. It’s been a big hit on Steam so far, so we think it’s going to be a perfect fit for Nintendo Switch.
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (TABS) – Summer
Have you ever wondered if 100 wizards could defeat 50 archers with a trebuchet? I know I have, and now my question can be answered. Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a playground where you place units on a battlefield, in the hopes of wiping out the other army.
But the potential for your army and the possible combinations are limitless, except for the meter stopping you from just placing 1m soldiers. But you know what I mean. It looks like brilliant fun, so we hope it runs alright on Switch, and we would especially love to see some multiplayer aspects brought over to our favourite console.
Mineko’s Night Market – TBC
Detailed story? Check. Celebration of Japanese culture? Check. Beautiful, illustrative art style? Check. Heaps of adorable cats? Check! Mineko’s Night Market is an upcoming, narrative-driven, social simulation adventure following Mineko, a curious girl who has just arrived at her new home on a struggling Japanese-inspired island.
Uncover the secrets of Mount Fugu, as you help to rebuild the town to its former glory. Of course, there’s also the Night Market, a bunch of fun mini-games (excuse me, cat racing? Yes please), puzzles, crafting, and heaps more. It honestly looks so adorable, I can’t wait to sink my claws in.
Splatoon 3 – September 9
The never-ending question, are you a kid? Or a squid? Are you some sort of hybrid kid/squid monstrosity? Well, hopefully, we finally get answers when Splatoon 3 releases next year. At the very least, we expect a brand new splattering of 4v4 multiplayer action. There will be ink. From a niche series to a flagship franchise in two entires, Splatoon fever has taken over with the second entry amassing over ten million sales. And it’s all for good reason. While it looks colourful and simple, Splatoon is a deviously difficult game to master, but one that rewards players of all abilities, and goes to great lengths to ensure every player has fun.
The first trailer for Splatoon 3 gives us a glimpse at a desert-themed post-apocalypse, probably informed by the chaos players voted for from the prequel’s final Splatfest. We also see an Inkling team up with a Salmonid as they explore the wasteland, so hopefully Salmon Run returns with some new tricks up its sleeve. Please just let us play whenever we want! We’re still light on information, but keep your eyes peeled on our Splatoon 3 release date guide to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Bayonetta 3 – TBC
2021 was the first time we actually got a glimpse at Bayonetta 3, and thankfully the first trailer showed that we had nothing to worry about. The Umbra Witch seems to be back in all her glory, and the action looks as slick as ever. Considering it’s a Bayonetta game, I’m not expecting the story to make a heap of sense, but it’s interesting to note Bayonetta sports a hairstyle reminiscent of her younger years, and it looks like some gameplay takes place in a version of Tokyo.
It’s been officially confirmed for a 2022 release, so now we actually know when the witch is back. And if Astral Chain is anything to go by, Bayonetta 3 could end up being a graphical showcase for the Nintendo Switch system, and one of the best action games money can buy.
Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp – DELAYED
There was a while there where Fire Emblem got so popular fans might have thought Advance Wars was gone for good. Well, luckily the talented team at WayForward are behind this gorgeous remaster of the two GameBoy Advance entries, bringing the series up to date with some modern conveniences and an adorable tabletop art style. Anyone who hasn’t already played these has two fantastic games to enjoy. Sadly, due to recent world events, this title has been indefinitely delayed at the time of writing, but we are still hoping for a 2022 release.
Pokemon Scarlet & Pokemon Violet – Holiday 2022
Colour us surprised, after the wonderful Pokemon Legends: Arceus was released in January, we weren’t expecting to see a whole new generation announced mere weeks after. But, it turns out The Pokemon Company is spoiling us, as that’s exactly what we got with the announcement of Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet.
Set in a region that resembles Spain, this sunlit entry looks to be taking a few cues from the exemplary Legends: Arceus as it promises a seamless open world, and we are already struggling to decide which starter to choose (hint – it’s Fuecoco). We can’t wait to explore this new region later this year.
The DioField Chronicle – 2022
Square Enix, what is in the water over in your offices? Never content with just a couple of games a year, the Diofield Chroncile heads to Switch later in 2022 and features some fantastic-looking tactical combat while also boasting some interesting real-time elements. After the incredible Triangle Strategy it will be interesting to see what this title does to differentiate itself, but at the very least, it looks absolutely gorgeous. We don’t have a lot to go on, so we look forward to finding out more later this year.
Sonic Frontiers – 2022
HEAR ME OUT. I’m a big Sonic fan, and I’m not going to say I’m a ‘Sonic Adventure apologist’ because both entries are unironically good games, some people just don’t know what fun is. So I am incredibly excited to see what Sonic Team have been cooking up, and Sonic Frontiers looks to be the most ambitious game they’ve ever made.
Sonic explores a vast open-world that has clearly been taking cues from Breath of the Wild, but he seems to have kept his speed and the combat looks great with these huge hulking behemoths wandering this world. It’s a little early to be judging it, so we hope to see more later this year and get a better impression of what this title has in store for us.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion – Winter 2022
Square Enix… Seriously… Do you sleep? Do you need help? Announced just recently to the surprise of many, is a remake of the original Final Fantasy spin-off for PSP in the form of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion. Explore Midgar seven years before the events of the original, find out more about the evil Shinra company, and spend time with a young Sephiroth.
A little more light-hearted that Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core holds a dear place in the hearts of many fans for being a cheesy and ultimately very fun game. This seems to be billed as more of a remaster than a remake, but hell, we’ll take any chance to play through this title again.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 – Spring 2023
Well, it got delayed. The Sequel to The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is now releasing in Spring 2023, but we’re still excited about it so why not talk about it. How do you improve on a game like Breath of the Wild though? From the brief glimpses we have, it seems like Nintendo are throwing every idea and the kitchen sink at this open-world adventure, giving players even more tools to explore – and probably break – this interactive toolbox.
It’s also rare that the Zelda series does direct sequels, so it’ll be fascinating to see how those iterations of Zelda and Link develop, and how they tackle the new challenges coming their way. Either way, Hyrule itself seems to be getting a drastic makeover thanks to some floating islands, and Link has some brand new tools to explore, so even just existing in this playground will be a blast. If you’re diving back into BotW over the holidays to tide you over, be sure to check out our Breath Of The Wild amiibo guide to make the most out of your adventure.
Genshin Impact – TBC
Genshin Impact was released to mobile, PC, and PS4 in 2020 and quickly become one of our games of the year. This free-to-play, open-world RPG has some gorgeous graphics, intense combat, and unintrusive gacha elements making it appeal to a huge audience.
Developer Mihoyo revealed Genshin Impact will make its way to Switch sometime in 2022, but it’s still unclear exactly when it will drop.
There you have it, our list of the biggest new games Switch games in 2022. We know there are many, many, more great titles on the way as well as a few surprises, but that’s our picks for the biggest and best. If you’ve picked up a Switch over the holidays and are looking for even more amazing games to play, be sure to check out our guide to the best Switch games to make the most out of your handy hybrid device.