This Switch exclusive will feature a bunch of courses set in and around locales from the Final Fantasy series, with a story mode, 64-player knock-out tourneys, Time Attacks, and various other modes you'd expect to see in a kart racer. Sounds like just the ticket, at least while we wait for a 'Mario Kart 9' announcement. It's out on 10th March 2022.
A trilogy remaster of the original action-RPGs that first launched on PS4 back in 2017 (the remaster, not the original PS2 game), .hack//G.U. Last Recode adds a fourth Reconnection chapter that serves as an epilogue following on from Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption. This collection on Switch is a loose .hack series 20th anniversary tie-in launching on 11th March and it'll be the series' debut in Europe, too.
To say that we've wanted to see the return of the 'Wars' series for a while would be the understatement of the decade — fans of Advance Wars in particular have wanted to see the series back in the spotlight, but ever since Fire Emblem: Awakening really took off in the West, developer Intelligent Systems has had its hands full with swords, axes and lances.
Fortunately, WayForward has advanced to the front line with this remake combining the first two Game Boy entries. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp marches to Switch on 3rd December 2021... at least it did originally until getting delayed until 12th March 2022. Looks like somebody stopped the cavalry this Christmas.
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Coming on 17th March 2022 as part of Persona's 25th anniversary celebrations, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax might not be the Persona 4 (or Persona 5) we were asking for, but this well-received fighter was co-developed with Arc System Works back in 2013/14 so we're eager to see how this updated "Ver.2.50" will look and play on Switch — we've got high hopes for it.
Sure, Atlus might be adept at bringing the wrong Persona games to Switch, but when the wrong games are this and Persona 5 Strikers, it's really not so bad.
The latest game in the sword-filled life sim RPG series (the first release was literally subtitled 'A Fantasy Harvest Moon', Rune Factory 5 was originally scheduled for 2020, but as with so many games it has slipped into next year. The gameplay trailer broadcast as part of the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase in September showed off the wholesome farming and fiend-flaying gameplay the series is known for.
Rune Factory 5 is out now in Japan and although it was originally scheduled for release in the West sometime in 2021, the launch was postponed to 22nd March 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 in 2022.
Pushed from 2020, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has since been delayed for a second time and finally for a Spring 2022 release window during Opening Night Live of Gamescom 2021 — and we now have the final launch date: 5th April 2022.
The game will give you the opportunity to play through all nine sci-fi stories in rejigged, reimagined, and decidedly blocky fashion with modern spit-polish. Expect more controllable minifigs than you'll know what to do with. We'll be calling dibs on General Grievous next spring.
Coming in 'Early 2022', 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.
Released on PS4 in the West back in 2020, Atlus is bringing the acclaimed 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim to Switch on 12th April 2022. The narrative revolves around a conflict between Kaiju and mechas, with a bunch of high-schoolers — 13 to be precise — getting involved in RTS-style battles when they're not wandering around a 2D side-scrolling world.
If all that hasn't piqued your interest, we're not sure what will. Big monsters? Big machines? Get in.
Originally slated for 2021, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals will launch on Switch in 2022 and continue the haunting, narratively experimental gameplay of Night School's original indie darling from 2016 ('17 on Switch).
The developer has recently been acquired by Netflix — the company's first video game studio acquisition. From the first look we had of the in-development game, this sequel looks to be channelling the same coming-of-age tone and spirit of the original, so we're anxious to try it out.
Dotemu is back for another slice of the retro-inspired street-brawling pizza pie after its incredibly successful bout with Streets of Rage 4. With all four heroes in a hard shell back in a new game that channels the spirit of Konami's classic arcade beat 'em up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shedder's Revenge is shaping up to be a tasty slice of co-op action and it'll be available on Switch sometime in 2022.