Note. As we're approaching the end of the year, the number of 2022 games still left is obviously decreasing. As such, you'll notice that we've started to flesh out the back half of this upcoming games list with some 2023 releases.
We're now into the final stretch of 2022 and while we've already seen plenty of fantastic games on Switch this year, there are still more to come!
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's habit of not announcing games until a couple of months prior to release means there may be even more surprises to come before the year closes out — we've already added to (and subtracted from) this list several times throughout the year.
We've had some cracking games in the last nine months, including the excellent Pokémon Legends: Arceus, OlliOlli World, Triangle Strategy, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Mario Strikers: Battle League, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The September Nintendo Direct delivered a load more announcements, so even though the likes of Metal Slug Tactics and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom slipped into next year, there's still an awful lot to get excited about as the Holiday season appears on the horizon.
So, let's take a look at our most anticipated Switch games...
Long-rumoured to be coming to Switch, Remedy confirmed that the remaster of the 360-era cult classic was Switch-bound in an anniversary update back in May. Pleasingly, this is a native Switch port, too, and not a cloud version.
The remaster released on other platforms last year, and out of the blue Alan Wake Remastered dropped on Switch eShop on 20th October. Yes, it's out now. See how Switch handles the strange goings-on in Bright Falls in our review;
They only went and did it! Atlus finally went and announced possibly the most obvious and requested Switch port ever — Persona 5 is coming to Nintendo's console (in Royal form, no less), as announced in the June Nintendo Direct Mini.
Protagonist Joker made his Switch debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, of course, but Persona fans have been clamouring for this entry on Switch since..., well, since the console launched back in March 2017. Lest we forget, Persona 5 launched on the PS3 (yes, three), so any arguments that Switch wouldn't be able to handle it were obviously poppy-cock.
The game is out now. Yes, you will finally be able to play a full-fat Persona game on Switch (with P3P and P4G lined up for January 2023). Took you long enough, Atlus, but you came through in the end. Nice one.
And we're pleased to report that the port is a good 'un. Check out our glowing reveal for more:
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The Umbra Witch was a conspicuous absentee over the last few of years, despite repeated reassurances that her third series entry is coming along just fine. To be fair, we did get PlatinumGames' excellent Astral Chain — one of the best Switch surprises of 2019 — but the lady with the magical hair was uncharacteristically quiet for too long...
But thankfully a Nintendo Direct finally showed off this next entry and confirmed a 2022 window, before an announcement in July revealed the 28th October launch date alongside a new trailer. Phew.
Let's hope the wait was worth it.
We enjoyed the first Doraemon: Story of Seasons game, and not just for its incredible art style that fused Doraemon's manga lines with a painterly, tranquil aesthetic that made you want to play the moment you saw a screenshot. The sequel is looking just as luscious, too.
Marvelous' original game itself was pleasant enough — we awarded it a respectable 7/10 in our review — although there's certainly room for improvement. Hopefully, Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom will improve things in the gameplay department to make it a match for those gorgeous visuals when it launches on 2nd November.
While some of us on the team probably wouldn't have given this the GOTY gong at The Game Awards 2021, the fact that Hazelight's co-op game is finally coming to Switch — with Turn Me on port duties — is cause for celebration. Switch owners will get to overcome life's obstacles and experience strained relationships in this critical indie darling from 4th November.
We like ourselves a good farming game, and Square Enix's Harvestella looks set to deliver a striking example into a crowded genre. Announced during the June Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, it's an ambitious-looking life-sim RPG which combines big swords and combat with fields to sow, crops to harvest, and an in-depth story of the variety you'd expect from the developer.
We're intrigued to see how much this feels like Rune Factory, and how much it doesn't, when it launches on 4th November.
One of various reveals from the September Nintendo Direct Showcase, Sifu debuted on PlayStations and PC earlier this year and sees you taking on hoards of opponents as you attempt to avenge your father in a kinetic, hardcore martial arts brawler. Our friends over at Push Square awarded it 8/10 and called it "brutal but brilliant". Yep, we'll have us some of that when it drops on 8th November.
Officially announced at The Game Awards 2021, Sonic Frontiers looks to be giving Sega's mascot the open-world treatment. Opinion is split whether it's more Sonic of the Wild or Sonic of the Colossus, but the general direction has a lot of promise — we've got our fingers, toes, legs and eyes crossed that Sonic Team can pull it off.
In a pleasing move for fans, Frontiers will reportedly feature the return of the "entire voice cast", too. Reaction to its gameplay reveal trailers hasn't been particularly warm, but there's still lots we don't know. It's scheduled for a 8th November release on Switch and other platforms.
A surprise announcement and a classic in the tactical RPG genre, Tactics Ogre: Reborn reworks the original 1995 Super Famicom game with updated art, a streamlined HD user interface, and other improvements to the battle system and audio. While we're not fans of the pixel 'smoothing' solution that Square Enix seems to have opted for here, it's tough to not be excited for a remake of a game this good, regardless of how nervous some fans are about the advertised alterations.
We'll find out if this version can live up to the legend of the original on 11th November.
It seems Switch is getting a bumper helping of Pokémon love with Gen 9 debuting on the console on 18th November. With the surprise announcement of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet coming hot on the heels of the release of the excellent Pokémon Legends: Arceus, this upcoming adventure will be going full open-world and taking the franchise to new places with a whole new roster of Pokémon to catch — and Gen 9 presumably taking the total number of monsters past the 1000 mark. Blimey!