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We're deep into 2022 now and the rest of the year is filled with the promise of new video games to enjoy. 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.
We've already had some cracking releases with the likes of the excellent Pokémon Legends: Arceus, OlliOlli World, Triangle Strategy and Kirby and the Forgotten Land impressing us immensely. The February 2022 Nintendo Direct delivered more announcements — and there's sure to be a springtime Nintendo Direct before too long — so even though Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 slipped into next year, there's still plenty to get excited about.
So, let's take a look at our most anticipated Switch games...
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 a thing now.
The only thing missing is the original Miis which have been replaced in this updated version of the waggle classic, although you can add a classic Mii face if you like. It launched on 29th April, so you can check out our Nintendo Switch Sports review for our final verdict.
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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.
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 on 2nd June 2022.
Mario and pals hit the pitch once again in Mario Strikers: Battle League, another fixture in the plumber's line of soccer+ games that play fast and loose with the real rules of the beautiful game.
Expect flaming kicks and multiplayer mayhem in this 5-a-side knockaround when it slide-tackles onto Switch on 10th June 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 on 21st June 2022 in its new free-to-play guise.
These are some of the most ported games in history, true, but this collection — which brings Sonic 3 back into the mix on console for the first time in years — is shaping up to be a tasty package.
The Fire Emblem universe already has a fine Warriors/Musou spin-off title in the form of Fire Emblem Warriors, but Fire Emblem: Three Houses is getting its own entry which goes by the name of Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
It arrives on 24th June 2022, and you can expect a whole lot more hacking and slashing in the Three Houses universe, with a nice layer of strategy on top, too.
Detective adventure AI: The Somnium Files released on Switch back in September 2019 and put you to work in a near-future Tokyo chasing a serial killer as a detective using mind-delving technology that enables him to explore the psyches of potential suspects, unlock memories, and solve puzzles — and ultimately the crime. The upcoming sequel, AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative is shaping up to be another fine (and grisly) mystery from writer Kotaro Uchikoshi and director Akira Okada. We'll find out if it measures up to the first game on 24th June.
A return of a pair of cult classic PlayStation platformers, KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series brings together both KLONOA: Door to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil in one colourful Switch package coming to Nintendo's console on 8th July.
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.
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.