We're well into 2022 now and the rest of the year brings promise of new video games to one and all. 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 had a lot of great titles in 2021 with the likes of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Bravely Default II, Monster Hunter Rise, New Pokémon Snap, Famicom Detective Club, Game Builder Garage, Mario Golf: Super Rush, Tony Hawk's 1+2, Disgaea 6, Monster Hunter Stories 2, Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, WarioWare: Get It Together!, Metroid Dread, and Mario Party Superstars *breathe* — plus a new Pokémon remake and a huge number of amazing indie games. 2022 has its work cut out to match the sheer variety of titles that came to Switch the previous year, that's for sure.

So, let's take a look at our most anticipated Switch games...

Windjammers 2 (Switch eShop)

Windjammers 2 (Switch eShop)Windjammers 2 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Dotemu / Developer: Dotemu
Release Date: 20th Jan 2022 (USA) / 20th Jan 2022 (UK/EU)

First shown in 2019 and delayed from its planned launched at the end of 2020, Dotemu's sequel to the iconic original was reeled back in so the team can polish up various aspects, with a focus on super solid net code. The release slipped once more from 2021 into the first month of 2022 and it finally launched on 20th January. And we liked it, a lot.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch)

Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch)Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch)
Release Date: 28th Jan 2022 (USA) / 28th Jan 2022 (UK/EU)

Coming soon on 28th January, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set long long ago in the Sinoh region (Gen 4 for the non-Poké Fanatics) and sees you on an adventure to compile the region's very first Pokédex. We've recently revisited that region in the Switch remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but we'll get to go back in time in this spin-off that looks like it may shake up the tried-and-tested-and-a-little-bit-stale formula of the mainline games.

It promises a different flavour of Pokémon adventure and we're excited to see how this spin-off can take the Pokéverse in new directions.

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OlliOlli World (Switch eShop)

OlliOlli World (Switch eShop)OlliOlli World (Switch eShop)
Developer: Roll7
Release Date: 8th Feb 2022 (USA) / 8th Feb 2022 (UK/EU)

Announced over the summer, this is a very different look for the series after the success of the original two games. Once again you'll be skateboarding through tricky courses and performing all sorts of neat tricks, but this time it's in an extremely colourful world with an overhauled visual style. This'll offer some much-needed warm-weather vibes when it arrives on 8th February 2022.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)

Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 25th Mar 2022 (USA) / 25th Mar 2022 (UK/EU)

A new 3D Kirby action-adventure scheduled for release on 25th March, and it looks like the pink one will be saving kidnapped creatures from the Beast Pack in this intriguing-looking entry in the Kirby canon. You'll be blasting enemies, using new copy abilities and battling bosses in environments that look like they could have been ripped from any number of post-apocalyptic open worlds — a very colourful apocalypse, but an apocalypse all the same!

This game is looking pretty special if the trailers are anything to go by. We can't wait to catch up with Kirbs again on Switch.

Card Shark (Switch eShop)

Card Shark (Switch eShop)Card Shark (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Nerial
Release Date: 2021 (USA)

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 sometime in 2022.

Outer Wilds (Switch)

Outer Wilds (Switch)Outer Wilds (Switch)
Release Date: 2021 (USA)

A 22-minute timeloop game that we've had our eye on for quite some time on other consoles, Outer Wilds was finally announced as coming to Switch in late 2021... although it obviously missed that window.

Not to be confused with The Outer Worlds, which is already available on Switch, Outer Wilds was one of the games we hoped to see get a Switch port at the start of 2021 so we're thrilled we'll soon be able to play it on-the-go — hopefully in the first months of 2022.

Sports Story (Switch eShop)

Sports Story (Switch eShop)Sports Story (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Sidebar Games / Developer: Sidebar Games
Release Date: TBA

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.

Life is Strange Remastered Collection (Switch eShop)

Life is Strange Remastered Collection (Switch eShop)Life is Strange Remastered Collection (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Square Enix Europe / Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment
Release Date: 1st Feb 2022 (USA) / 1st Feb 2022 (UK/EU)

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.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Switch eShop)

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Switch eShop)Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Obsidian Entertainment / Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Release Date: 2020 (USA) / 2020 (UK/EU)

Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity picked up the torch put down by Baldur’s Gate many moons ago, and both of those games are available to play on your favourite Nintendo hybrid handheld. Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire is coming soon and is set five years after the events of the previous game. It's been available on PS4 and Xbox One since January 2020, although it had its own performance issues on these consoles. Hopefully the extra time taken with the Switch port will iron out any significant issues, assuming all is still well.

This was expected to arrive in Early 2021, although we're fast approaching Early 2022 and haven't seen or heard squat. We've got our fingers crossed that we'll see it soon.

Sol Cresta (Switch eShop)

Sol Cresta (Switch eShop)Sol Cresta (Switch eShop)
Publisher: HAMSTER / Developer: PlatinumGames
Release Date: 22nd Feb 2022 (USA) / 22nd Feb 2022 (UK/EU)

A brand new shmup from PlatinumGames coming to Switch and featuring music from the one-and-only Yuzo Koshiro? Yes, of course we're looking forward to this one. It was originally scheduled for a 9th December 2021 release until PlatinumGames announced a delay via a Very Sorry Stream. A revised launch date has now been announced: 22nd February, so watch this space for more on Sol Cresta.

TRIANGLE STRATEGY (Switch)

TRIANGLE STRATEGY (Switch)TRIANGLE STRATEGY (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 4th Mar 2022 (USA) / 4th Mar 2022 (UK/EU)

When it comes to names, Square Enix's marketing team don't produce the snappiest titles — perhaps they're just reluctant to give up the established SEO after they've announced a working title which has caught on — but this continuation of the Octopath Traveler 'HD/2D' style looks similarly gorgeous. True to its title, Triangle Strategy (formerly Project Triangle Strategy) is being published by Nintendo and will add a turn-based tactical slant to the stylings of the previous game.

We enjoyed the demo and can't wait to see this massaging our eyeballs from the screen of a Switch OLED when it releases on 4th March 2022.