What are the best upcoming Switch games you ask? Well in a year as stacked as 2022, we’ve got plenty to show you and sadly plenty of great games to make another dent on your wallet. Breath of the Wild 2 may have been delayed, but there’s plenty to play in the coming weeks so you’ll never be bored for long.
While we love the big releases, this guide mostly focuses on games on the immediate horizon, including some smaller titles that many upcoming games lists might overlook. We love to see indies and undiscovered gems on the Nintendo Switch, so we’ll always give you the best tips for getting a great game on your Nintendo Switch. So, what are the best upcoming Switch games?
The next few weeks have a healthy mixture of big tentpole releases, remasters and ports, and a few lovely-looking indie titles slotted between. Whether you need to chill out or shoot some things, there’s a new game here for you on this list. So, let’s dive into our picks for the best upcoming Switch games. Though if you want a full list of the games coming out this year, check out our guide to the best new Switch games.
Let’s dive into our picks for the best upcoming Switch games.
Upcoming Switch games
Splatoon 3 – September 9
You’ve got to be squidding me? Nintendo’s foray into the shooter genre has managed to reach its third entry, and the formula is as sharp and satisfying as ever. Some fantastic new mechanics include the tri-colour Splatfests, an expanded story mode, and even a new card collecting and battling mechanic. We can’t wait to jump into some turf wars online with friends, and if you want to learn more you can read our full Splatoon 3 review now.
Return to Monkey Island – September 19
It’s a pirate’s life for me, and after years of speculation we are finally returning to Monkey Island in a new entry to the classic point-and-click series. With a gorgeous new art style and plenty of new mysteries to solve, this promising sequel looks set to continue the legacy of this revered series.
The Diofield Chronicle – September 20
Not content with just releasing Triangle Strategy, Live A Live, and plenty of other titles this year, Square Enix is launching another new franchise with the Diofield Chronicle. This title mixes a strategy RPG with some interesting real-time mechanics. We haven’t got long to wait, so hopefully, this promising new entry continues Square’s hot streak.
Dorfromantik – September 29
A relaxing and very chill puzzle game with some nice geographical touches, fans have been clamouring to sit back and relax with Dorfromantik on Switch ever since the title’s smash launch on Steam.
Nier: Automata – The End of YoRHa Edition – October 6
Another highly requested port is finally here, with Yoko Taro’s masterpiece Nier: Automata finally making its way to Switch in the expanded End of YoRHa Edition. Performance looks great so far, and squeezing this epic odyssey onto the Switch is a miracle in its own right, but if it’s the game that fans know and love, then new players are in for a real action RPG treat.
No Man’s Sky – October 7
That’s right, we’re going to space! Hello Games intergalactic adventure has somehow been ported to the Nintendo Switch, with an ever-evolving and expanding procedurally generated universe now at your fingertips. No Man’s Sky has continued to add new content since its launch in 2016, drastically reshaping how players interact with this world, and luckily for us, all content released up to date will be included. We’ll have to wait and see just how successful this conversion is.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope – October 20
We might not have known we wanted a Mario + Rabbids game, but Ubisoft delivered an entertaining and engaging RTS game that somehow blended together two worlds fairly seamlessly. The sequel Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope seems to expand on the mechanics of the first entry, and takes the heroes into space with several nice nods to Super Mario Odyssey. We can’t wait to see what the team has achieved this time.
Persona 5 Royal – October 21
Yet another highly requested port of a classic RPG, Joker from Super Smash Bros Ultimate finally appears on the Switch in the way god intended. Persona 5 Royal is a stylish and frantic RPG set in a fictional high-school where a group of teenagers get mysterious powers known as Personas. If you’ve got a spare 100 hours to kill, this could be a fantastic way to spend them.
Bayonetta 3 – October 28
Originally announced back in 2017, Bayonetta 3 is unquestionably a real thing, and it looks fantastic. The wicked witch with the world’s best weave is back for more magical action, using her powers to create giant attacks, and take on a new threat in the form of the homunculus. The previous two entries are action perfection, so hopefully, PlatinumGames can make it a home run with the bookend to this trilogy.
Harvestella – November 4
One for fans of Rune Factory, or who just want a balance of farming and an action RPG, Harvestella looks absolutely amazing on Switch and could be a fantastic way to relax over the winter break. Explore a fantastical world at your own pace, and balance your agricultural responsibilities while exploring every corner of this game. We can’t wait to see if this title lives up to its promise.
Sonic Frontiers – November 8
Look, we’ve been burnt before. Sonic has had some fantastic 3D entries, but the titles from Sonic Team recently have left us a little…underwhelmed. Put Sonic Forces out of your mind though, because Sonic Frontiers, if nothing else, looks like an exciting shake-up to the blue blur’s formula that mixes classic old-school platforming with a chance to explore an exciting open-world. Come on Sonic, you can do it.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn – November 11
Strategy fans keep winning this year, as the classic title returns in the form of Tactics Ogre: Reborn. With some nice quality of life additions to gameplay and an updated art style, this highly rated title looks like a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch and a great way for younger players to experience a golden entry in the genre.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet – November 18
Do we have to say anything? It’s a new Pokemon generation, and Game Freak has been making some huge promises. Described as the first fully -open-world entries, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet may finally fulfil the promises of our childhood imaginations, taking the groundwork laid by Sword and Shield while refining the gameplay to perfection. there are already a lot of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet new Pokemon to love, and with an intriguing focus on the past and the future between the two titles, it seems that each individual offering has something fun and new to discover.
Dragon Quest Treasures – December 9
While we wait for Dragon Quest XII to blow us away, return to the world of Dragon Quest XI and see the adventures of a young Erik in Dragon Quest Treasures. This RPG looks like a mixture of a loot-collecting game and the monster-catching mechanics of Dragon Quest Jokers, all with a beautiful art style that’s too adorable to resist. Hopefully, this stands up to the stellar reputation of DQXI and still delivers a reason to return to this beautiful world.
That’s all the games we currently have on our radar but be sure to check back as we’ll update this list with anything exciting that gets announced soon. If you need something to play while you wait, check out our bumper guide to the very best Switch games and have a browse for your next gaming obsession.