Nintendo's Holiday 2022 season is looking real quiet. Too quiet, if you ask us.
Even though we're about nine months out, it seems a little odd that we don't know what Nintendo's big holiday release might be — Splatoon 3 is scheduled for the Summer, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is due in September, and of course, the previous Big Release candidate, Breath of the Wild 2, has just been pushed back to 2023.
Sooooo... Now what? I don't want to be all Entitled Gamer about it, but it would be a little odd to go without a big Nintendo game towards the end of 2022. Besides, there are plenty of games that could fill that gap. Last year, Holiday 2021 brought us the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise update, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes, Shin Megami Tensei V, and depending on your definition of "Holiday", Mario Party Superstars and Metroid Dread. A relatively quiet year, but understandable following COVID-related delays.
But Holiday 2022 is currently pretty bare, which is perhaps not too surprising given that we're only in March. This wasn't a particularly big deal until Breath of the Wild 2 got pushed back — and now there's a gaping hole in Nintendo's release schedule, with particularly big shoes to fill. Can a hole have shoes? Shut up, this is my mixed metaphor.
There are a couple of games that seem like likely candidates, just because we already know about them: Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope could be a late arrival, and Pokémon Scarlet/Violet is officially scheduled for that 'Late 2022' window. It's not totally impossible that Metroid Prime 4 could magically appear this year, either. Just highly improbable.
But — and I hope I don't sound like a party pooper here — I don't know if any of those games could fill the void that Zelda left behind. Also, Metroid got all the attention last year, and Pokémon dominated early 2022, so it would be nice to mix it up.
Personally, and I know it's a very long shot, I would love to see a smaller Zelda, like we used to when Nintendo's consoles were split into handheld and home. In the 6-year gap between Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild, we got A Link Between Worlds, a 3DS title that managed to hold its own between two titans. But now we don't have a handheld console any more, because the Switch pulls double duty... so perhaps we could get a remake instead?
It's not like a Wind Waker and/or Twilight Princess remake hasn't been on everyone's Switch Release Bingo Cards for years now. Both games already have HD remakes, but they were both on Wii U, so... well, you know. I played Wind Waker HD on Wii U and had a great time, but I think everyone agrees that it would be a missed opportunity not to have them on Switch too, where people can actually play them. And just imagine a Super Mario 3D All-Stars with Zelda titles, on Nintendo Switch. Twilight Princess, Wind Waker, and... Ocarina of Time? What an unbelievable release that would be. I might end up disappointing myself even more than the BOTW 2 delay did at this rate.
something that would slot nicely into the Holiday release window is a Mario game — not just because it's been five years since Super Mario Odyssey, but also because the Super Mario Bros. movie releases in late December
But something that would slot nicely into the Holiday release window is a Mario game — not just because it's been five years since Super Mario Odyssey, but also because the Super Mario Bros. movie (the one with Chris Pratt as Mario) releases in late December. It would be... weird not to release a Mario game around then, right? We're not suggesting a direct tie-in game version of the film (although imagine that!), and it's not hard to imagine Mario + Rabbids taking up that slot, but as a Ubisoft-helmed spin-off, it doesn't quite match up to the blockbuster movie hype, even if we do consider it a triumphant and unexpected use of the Mario canon.
It's not entirely unlikely that we'll see a Mario in late 2022 — the studio that made Odyssey, Nintendo EPD Tokyo, is presumably working on something. They also worked on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, so there's plenty of Mario in their blood by now... but they also made Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for the GameCube.
Could they be returning to their DK roots instead? That's what the rumours are saying. Apparently, the Odyssey team have been working on a new 3D Donkey Kong game since around 2017 or 2018, according to some insiders. Perhaps DK and the gang will be receiving the Kirby treatment, with a new 3D platformer, which would be welcome news for Donkey Kong fans who've been waiting since 2014's Wii U game, Tropical Freeze — significantly longer than the wait since Super Mario Odyssey. Perhaps it's Donkey Kong's time to shine after an almost decade-long hiatus!
So... do we think there's going to be a surprise release? Or will it be something we already know about? Vote in these polls! It's poll time!
I hope it's a Mario + Donkey Kong 3D game with both playable characters...
Honestly, I think the holiday title for this year will be the new pokemon games.
Pretty sure the new Pokemon games are going to carry the holiday season.
Silksong is all we really need! But I'd also be happy with:
Metroid Prime 4
2D Mario with hand drawn art style
3D Donkey Kong
Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
Kid Icarus Uprising remaster
Pikmin 1+2 remake
A new Starfox that doesn't suck
Mario Odyssey 2
F-Zero GX remaster
...and maybe a couple new IPs.
What can I say... I'm an easy guy to please. 😏
No, but really, just Silksong would be fine with me.
The holiday should belong to Pit.
It belongs to Pokemon.
The "big" holiday title is Pokemon Scarlet/Violet. Just as Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl was last year's "big" holiday title.
Yes, there will be other holiday titles, but Pokemon is the "big" one. I'm not sure why this is so difficult for people to understand.
Donkey Kong is looooooong overdue for a new game.
I want to play an HD A Link between Worlds on Switch...
A remake of an old 2D Zelda, in the way of Links awakening would be great too.
I would have thought the next big Mario would be saved for Nintendo’s next system, I’m assuming that we have another year and a half of the current switch. Nintendo will need some big hitters for the next system or a more powerful switch
Just give me Twilight Princess and Windwaker
Also wouldn't mind Metroid Prime and finally a new 2D/3D Mario game
Super Mario Galaxy 2 would suffice.
Yes, 95% of people are asking for Odyssey 2, but Donkey Kong really needs a 3D revival.
A Mario and Donkey Kong collab would be cool
My somewhat realistic hope for the 2nd half of the year is something like:
....won't Holiday 2022 be Pokemon? I know it's probably going to be November rather than December but, being Pokemon, they could absolutely ride that high into the new year and potentially even the start of Spring which, once Pokemon hype dies down, will be BOTW 2's time to shine. I'm not saying I don't want it (Odyssey 2 please and thank you) nor that it's impossible that it could happen but, with how big Pokemon is, I have doubts.
It’s already Pokémon Scarlet/Violet, but it’s not impossible for them to have another huge title thrown in there if it’s ready. Plus Mario+Rabbids and Bayonetta 3 might release around the holiday time as well. We’ll just have to wait and see.
I think the game that is the most populist and is ready should be the game they put out for Christmas.
You can demand Mario all you like to open for Christmas Day, but if it hasn’t been in development for four years and ready, it isn’t happening.
WW & TP HD would be great for most Switch owners. I have both on Wii U, however, so I would not rush to buy them.
I'm sure Pokemon Scarlet and Violet would like to have a word or two
Pikmin 4! It may not be 'Legend of Zelda' big but it would make me happy. And with the success the Switch seems to be having with the latest iterations of it's IPs, it may just give those cute critters the attention they deserve.
Pikmin 4 starring mario
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is the only one.
Love the first game!
I don't care I'll still be playing Xenoblade Chronicles 3. But I'd love a new 3D Donkey Kong to be honest
I am hoping for some nice ports this holiday season
I'd like to see Metroid Prime 4 but it probably won't come out till next year.
I need a new Donkey Kong game in my life. I would have voted MP4 but that’s not coming out until 2023 at the earliest.
You said it yourself but if the second half of the year has Pokemon, Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 3, Xenoblade 3, Mario v Rabbids and Advance Wars (along with third party stuff like Sonic, Hogwarts, Portal and No Mans Sky) there isn’t going to be much else getting parachuted in there. Maybe a Zelda remake but as much as I’d like a new 3D Mario or DK game I wouldn’t get your hopes up.
A Mario game to tie in with the movie would make a lot of sense, but I have a feeling it'll just be Pokémon Scarlet and Violet as the big holiday titles.
@Zuljaras You joke, but fans want Yoshi’s Woolly World ported (not that it would carry the holidays).
This will be the year of Kirby, Splatoon 3, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and Pokemon. If by some miracle we got a new Donkey Kong, F-Zero, and Golden Sun, that'll be freaking sweet too although the Zelda situation may hit investors a bit, some more old Zelda ports for Switch will remedy that situation.
It'll just be pokemon this holiday probably, maybe something Zelda if we're lucky
@Tandy255 I do not joke. I would really love some games to be ported to the Switch.
I do not mind one tiny bit that a major next installment will not be released yearly
I am curious when they will drop Bayonetta 3 with Xenoblade Chronicles 3 coming out in September and Pokemon coming out in November. If it was the summer/spring you would think it would have announced so that has be thinking Dec or Oct. Personally I am thinking Dec seems likely.
I wouldn't be surprised if the real reason they delayed BOTW 2 is because they already plan to release another HD Zelda game in holiday 2022 and just haven't announced it yet. Don't want one Zelda game taking away from another Zelda game releasing in the same timeframe.
The Minish Cap and Four Swords are next in the timeline after Skyward Sword, but those are DS games and likely hard to port without a total revamp. Ocarina of Time and Link to the Past are next, but they're already included in NSO. We already have a remake of Link's Awakening.
Skipping all the other retro games in the timeline, I'd say Twilight Princess is next to get HD treatment.
Or not - it wouldn't be the first time we've had a weak holiday season lineup with Nintendo.
Bayonetta deserves her spot in the limelight. Samus is nowhere near ready for deployment and quite frankly, Nintendo needs to give Mario a rest.
I’d imagine there must be time to re-skin an old game and throw it out there!
F-Zero GX would be perfect for that or maybe even Muscle March
@Realness I was wanting a new Mario, but Kirby helps scratch that platforming itch.
Holiday 2022 obviously belongs to Pokemon (again)
Switch already has enough overpriced ports. A new 2D Zelda would be nice (it's been almost 10 years now, the longest time between 2D Zelda games!) or a new Mario game, but Pokemon is about as E ticket as it gets. That will be the big holiday game, just as it was in 2019.
Pokémon is the big one for the holiday season. But as for things I would like to see a 3D DK game would be cool to see. Switch ports of the Zelda 3D remakes of OoT and Majoras Mask would be nice.
There's also E3 coming up and future Nintendo directs so plenty of time for more info.
@Tandy255 Fair enough. I’ve been playing Mario games since the beginning and I’m kinda over him. I really can’t expect anyone to feel the same.
My money's on Metroid Prime 5. Delay Prime 4 to 2024. Release Prime 5 Christmas 2022.
Would love a Zelda 3D All Stars with Ocarina or a "Wind Waker/Twilight Princess" collection and a "Ocarina/Majora's" collection.
@IceClimbers not everyone likes pokemon so you should have something else big for those who are not into pokemon
Would Pikmin 4 be too much to ask for? Though realistically that wouldn't carry the holidays. Most likely just Pokemon as the big release.
METROID PRIME 4 PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They kinda blew there chance for an easy 'Super Zelda 3D All-Stars' when they released Skyward Sword HD as an independent game. Because now if they do that with an OoT remake, people will complain it's not Majora's Mask, and vice-versa. So unless it'd be a four game collection, it wouldn't happen.
can something other than boring ass pokemon please be the big November holiday gane for once, every year its pokemon this pokemon that and I'm sick of it
I like Pokemon and the new generation game(s) look really good actually, but we've had a lot of Pokemon on Switch.
A new Mario game for the holidays alongside the movie seems logical enough, but Nintendo rarely do the logical thing!
I would love to see a new Punch Out! I would love to see Nintendo roll out new games in franchises they haven’t touched in ages this year!
-A new Wave Race
-Revive Star Tropics as a spiritual successor to Wind Waker’s setting and gameplay mechanics!
-A new Mario Paint
-a remake of SNES’s Sim City (a collaboration with Will Wright)
There won't be anything big. They can't just make games magically appear. Last year the plan was Arceus, it got delayed, we got nothing, this year it was clearly meant to BOTW 2, it got delayed, we'll get nothing.
I want a new donkey Kong. But Nintendo seems to hate the poor old ape, so I am predicting a Mario movie tie in.
My fear is that it will be similar to last Christmas with not much to get hyped about if you're like me and you moved on from Pokemon.
This could be an opportunity for one of Nintendo's 2nd tiers to shine.
It’s mega man’s 35th anniversary in december, so all i really want is a new mega man game, preferably mega man legends 3
The big holiday title is Pokemon Scarlet/Violet.
If there was a new mainline Mario or Donkey Kong game coming later this year, I'm fairly certain it would have already been announced by now.
I think Donkey Kong is due a new game. Perhaps levels similar to Kirby’s latest would serve the tropical jungle setting really well.
I know Metroid Dread was an October release, but that was still a big deal for the Holidays. It wasn’t just Pokémon. You also had the new Mario Party, Big Brain Academy, WarioWare (Sept), etc. Last fall was very packed with releases. People here are being too dismissive.
Edit: The article highlights others such as AC DLC and SMT5. Along with the promised Mario Golf DLC. I would not say, as they did, that it was a relatively quiet year.
My uncles brothers son who works for nintendo in Swindon says its definitely going to be Portal 3, Mario kart 9, Goldeneye remastered and Elite.
Holiday 22 already has Pokemon and Xenoblade 3. I don't think it needs anything else
The lack of anything from the 3D Mario team (even Bowser's Fury relied on a different Nintendo developer to help them AFAIK) since Odyssey, makes me think the rumor that they're working on both Mario and Donkey Kong right now makes way more sense than them taking 5 years to just make another Mario game. DK first, there hasn't been a single new DK game of any sort since Tropical Freeze 8 years ago. It's time.
Maybe it will be the rumored metroid prime trilogy .
I’d honestly take the Prime trilogy over Prime 4 at this point. I want that game to have as much time in the oven as possible, and I’ve not played the originals for years.
Nintendo Switch Holiday 2022 game is going to be Pokemon Scarlett & Pokemon Violet. Last year was Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl for Holiday 2021.
Every year has a Pokémon game for the holiday release, so of course we’ll get something else…you know like we do every year.
Hopefully either a phantom hourglass/Minish Cap port or a new Mario RPG (unlikely given what happened to the inside story remake)
Mario Sports Mix DX
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Donkey Kong Country 3
LoZ Windwaker HD Switch
2022 is perfect time for ARMS 2.
2022 is also year of Tiger.
(Eyes of Tiger) 🥊🥊
Just give us Twilight Princess HD already. I don't have a Wii U and can't find my Wii.
I can’t wait for a new Donkey Kong adventure
I love Mario Odyssey and really want a sequel but DK hasn't had a new game since the Wii U era.
I love if they make a wind waker or twilight princess on switch or a new f zero or star fox game
They gotta throw a Zelda remaster out there at least. Other than that, a new mainline Mario that's not just a spin- off, port or remaster would be nice after such a long time. A big- budget Donkey Kong could be neat, too. Not sure what they've been working on all this time, but hopefully it's a real heavy- hitter ...as I couldn't care less about Xenoblade (very sorry, just my opinion).
I'm also starting to get sick of Pokémon doing all this carrying for Nintendo. Gen 9 deserves a delay to spring at least for ANY form of polish, but ...yeah, not in a million years that'll ever happen.
If not, I'd be perfectly happy with just Wind Waker HD.
I only want to be surprised, that's all.
As an entitled gamer myself, I think another Donkey Kong Country would be pretty cool. Ninty could give us a Wind Waker or a Twilight to satisfy the Zelda itch. Who knows with Nintendo. They’re still peddling ancient games and 64 bit graphics And people are giving them money annually for it. So whatever they throw out there it’s going to do well.
Pokémon Scarlet e Pokémon Violet is the big holiday game for Switch this year
@nitrolink after the mistake that was Donkey Kong 64, Nintendo will no insist on a 3D Donkey Kong again, Donkey Kong belong only to 2D.
all the rumors state Nintendo EPD 8 is developing a 2D Donkey Kong game, Nintendo will never make a 3D Donkey Kong again, after the mistake that was Donkey Kong 64.
@Zequio remake of Oracle of Age/Season on Switch?
With Odyssey we finally got what I would consider a true Super Mario 128... but yeah I really want Donkey Kong 128.
I'm hopeful. DK64 was over 20 years ago. A 3D game has more sales potential/appeal.
Question: Should Holiday 2022 Belong To Mario?
Also, every year should belong to Mario 😀
It will belong to Pokemon by default unless anything else big gets released, but honestly the new games look promising, and I really hope it's a brand new experience that feels as high quality as older eras. I would be legitimately excited if that were the case. Legends: Arceus doesn't have to be followed to a T, but I hope the effort they put into the game is the kind of effort we get going forward. If that is the case, I will be all in on Pokemon.
@KBuckley27 Not everyone is into Mario, or Zelda, or Animal Crossing, or Smash, or any E ticket series that they release. It’s still going to sell tons of copies regardless.
I don't think there'll be any new Zelda releases before BotW2 arrives, because they would eclipse BotW2 somewhat, gotta keep the spotlight on a game Nintendo has been hyping (not very much, but still) for almost three years - and on a more personal note, I find it somewhat disquieting that people are willing to buy a game they may already own just because BotW2 is arriving... what... three months later than expected? Yeah, it's going to miss the holiday season, but asking for a remake/remaster/repackaging/whatever just because you feel like something must be released reeks of desperation. (Then again, I admit that if Wind Waker HD and/or Twilight Princess HD appeared, I'd probably buy it/them.)
Regarding Mario, Odyssey has sold over 23 million copies - that pretty much guarantees an Odyssey 2 to me, but not for this year. The movie arrives in December, but I don't think a new Mario game will be released just to accompany it, the film can promote the Mario brand for some months before a new game is announced. (And frankly, it would be horrifying if Nintendo lowered itself to churn out a Mario game just to tie in with the film. Stuff like Hotel Mario or the Sonic Boom games comes to mind.)
As for DK, hm... I don't know, but Jungle Beat wasn't very well received by part of the fanbase back in the day, so perhaps we should be careful what we wish for, yes? I'm not saying it would be a bad game, just that perhaps it wouldn't be what some DK fans may expect...
Oh, and Metroid Prime 4 won't be released this year, I'm pretty sure of that.
DK64 was no mistake - it had its flaws, but it wasn't bad; and Nintendo didn't make it, it was made by Rare (in collaboration with Nintendo, but still).
Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages were co-developed with Flagship, a defunct studio related to Capcom, so I don't know if that could complicate the development of possible remakes...
I know these are dead horses, but what about Star Fox, Wario Land… F-Zero…? I think we’ve got plenty of Zelda and Mario as it is. If nothing else I’d go for another DK game.
Now that Nintendo has started going further back in the Zelda catalog (Link's Awakening), I'd love to see them apply a similar art style to the original Legend of Zelda. While I'm dreaming, an HD version of Zelda II with some QOL improvements. A Link to the Past is still gorgeous as is, perhaps just a widescreen remaster there. Again, whilst dreaming
A new DK: Open world, free-roaming 3D or restricted 3D (I prefer open world or free-roaming), different Kongs, animal buddies, return of King Rool and Kremlins...I would love to see that!
Or finally Metroid Prime 4, or Bayonetta 3 (if that's any good).
Or just a new 3D Mario that is as good as Odyssey.
But knowing Nintendo they probably just bank on Pokemon. Besides, I think Switch is on the way out. A new 3D Mario or other big titles might be preserved for Switch2.
Phew, dunno. You’d hope Nintendo had an unannounced big title up their sleeve to back up their decision to delay Zelda. But what would be a worthy replacement? 3D Mario of course, but seriously: If no “Odyssey 2” was supposed to release on Switch, let alone this year, how on earth should it be ready to stand in for Zelda?
And those ideas that are popping up now - “ok give us a Zelda remake / a collection instead” - don’t make any sense either. First, these things take time too, I doubt they’d finish even a Wind Waker HD port in time if they only started now. Second, that would mean stealing the thunder from BOTW2 which is supposed to release shortly after.
Nintendo won’t magically finish any other high profile game early. Whatever we’re getting holiday 2022 was always planned for holiday 2022 or earlier.
Nintendo doesn’t have to try this generation. They have the only hand held. They can put zero effort into a port and charge full price. They can’t rely on WiiU ports next time, so they are saving things for next system.
My ideal would be F-Zero or Kid Icarus.
F-Zero introduces some crazy concept no one would have guessed that devs claim was the reason the series had been sidelined. They'd been waiting for some way to make the game better or improve the formula and this gimmick is it! (Wild unrealistic guess: Procedurally generated tracks based on real-world microphone data, or google maps integration where you download your local city map and it generates tracks through locations you're familiar with, as a sort of pseudo-online feature that leverages online while not needing a connection while playing due to Switch network speeds.)
Kid Icarus: Returns with the difficulty sliders, but puts that on steroids. Includes MMO-style trinity combat multiplayer in a boss-rush mode, where bosses have random sets of attack patterns and your group bets on how many attempts it will take to clear for increased risk/rewards.
If there was a new mainline Mario or Donkey Kong game coming later this year, I'm fairly certain it would have already been announced by now.
@westman98 Do you really think so? I'm not quite sure, myself. Odyssey was announced that far in advance in part, I believe, to decisively turn the page on the Wii U and promote the Switch.
A "flagship" Mario game announced in June, or perhaps even Spring, would have sufficient lead time in terms of buzz. A Donkey Kong game announced in June for a Fall release would serve the same functions as Metroid Dread (pleasing core fans, while taking a crack at reinvigorating Nintendo's 2nd-tier franchises), and follows the same strategy of "short buzz window" that NCL seems to follow. Of course, if there's something I'm missing here, I would welcome your response.
Nintendo Holiday 2022 Random Gaming Surprise Wishlist:
… Wun can only hope.
As long as it's something other than pokemon, for those that don't like pokemon.
@NintendoWife The WW HD and TP HD Switch ports have been done for a long time now. Nintendo was just holding them hostage for the perfect timing, which is clearly this year. You will see.
Even if you ignore Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario 3D World was first confirmed to exist in January 2013, with the official name, trailer, and release window being shown off at E3 2013 in June. It was then released in November 2013.
Nintendo is definitely no stranger to revealing games just a few months prior to their release (i.e. Metroid Dread, Mario Party, WarioWare, etc), but I don't think 3D Mario or even Donkey Kong (if it is a big new Nintendo EPD project as rumors have suggested) will be among those games.
@River3636 you act as if 64 bit processors are not impressive. The Switch has a 64 bit chip, as do the PS5 and Xbox series whatever. Until gamers need more than 16 exabytes of RAM you’ll have 64 bit SOCs.
@MetalMan Possible! All I’m saying is that whatever Nintendo releases for the holidays has been in the making for a long time (because this article and others suggest that Nintendo could react to the Zelda delay by quickly making something else).
Nintendo has lots of franchises. Why is it always the question Mario or Zelda?
@DavidMac I just own most of these games for the WiiU that’s all. So they don’t really matter to me. Nintendo did this before only it was virtual console and before this the Wii. The expansion pack is so lame to me that I just can’t.
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