Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch)

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch)Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch)
Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft
Release Date: 2022 (USA) / 2022 (UK/EU)

Revealed a few hours before Ubisoft's E3 2021 presentation after a snafu from Nintendo of America, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is the sequel to the original excellent XCOM-alike that featured the Mushroom Kingdom gang teaming up with Ubisoft's Rabbids. It's the same production team at the helm of this one, with Grant Kirkhope back as composer, so we've got high hopes for this sequel and its space-y themed turn-based battling.

It's currently scheduled for a 2022 launch.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (Switch)

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (Switch)The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (Switch)
Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment / Developer: Daedalic Entertainment
Release Date: 2022 (USA) / 2022 (UK/EU)

A story-driven action-adventure game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novels, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum looks to be channelling Andy Serkis' performance from the Lord of the Rings movies, and then some. Originally scheduled for January 2021, the game was delayed until 2022.

The cinematic trailer from The Game Awards certainly looked snazzy — we've got our fingers crossed that the gameplay can live up to the potential of both that trailer and the epic source material.

Metal Slug Tactics (Switch eShop)

Metal Slug Tactics (Switch eShop)Metal Slug Tactics (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Dotemu / Developer: Leikir
Release Date: 2022 (USA) / 2022 (UK/EU)

First unveiled at E3 2021 and confirmed for Switch in the August Indie World Showcase, Metal Slug Tactics is heading to Switch sometime in 2022 and bringing turn-based tactical gameplay to the run-and-gun franchise.

Dotemu is on publishing duties for this isometric turn-based take, with Leikir Studio developing. Sonic Mania composer Tee Lopes is also working on the soundtrack, so there's no shortage of talent involved. We've got a good feeling about this one.

Splatoon 3 (Switch)

Splatoon 3 (Switch)Splatoon 3 (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 2022 (USA) / 2022 (UK/EU)

First announced back in February 2021, Splatoon 3 has been a 2022 game from the beginning.

The game will take you to the city of Splatsville, Splatlands (we're being totally serious) and will introduce new weapons, new stages and new ways to squirt your mates in online Turf Wars. We're hungry for more details on how this is going to update the original Splatoon's online shooter gameplay after the excellent, but very similar sequel.

River City Girls 2 (Switch eShop)

River City Girls 2 (Switch eShop)River City Girls 2 (Switch eShop)
Release Date: 2022 (USA)

Wayforward is bringing this sequel to the excellent 2019 beat 'em up revival River City Girls to Switch in 2022. A neat TGS trailer for gave us a taste of what to expect in this retro-flavoured brawler and, having enjoyed the first game enormously, we can't wait to clean up the streets again in River City Girls 2.

Sonic Frontiers (Switch)

Sonic Frontiers (Switch)Sonic Frontiers (Switch)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Sonic Team
Release Date: 2022 (USA) / 2022 (UK/EU)

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. It's scheduled for a Holiday 2022 release on Switch and other platforms.

Hollow Knight: Silksong (Switch eShop)

Hollow Knight: Silksong (Switch eShop)Hollow Knight: Silksong (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Team Cherry / Developer: Team Cherry
Release Date: 2021 (USA)

File this one under 'speculative'. Hollow Knight: Silksong, a Switch console exclusive and Team Cherry's highly anticipated follow-up to the hugely successful 2D Metroidvania Hollow Knight, was first announced in February 2019. The developers have been relatively quiet ever since, although we've seen some teases.

Obviously, 2020 came and went, and 2021 came and went, so we're hoping this sequel might arrive in 2022. Probably. Maybe. Possibly.

Bayonetta 3 (Switch)

Bayonetta 3 (Switch)Bayonetta 3 (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: PlatinumGames
Release Date: TBA (USA) / TBA (UK/EU)

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 Platinum Games' excellent Astral Chain — one of the best Switch surprises of 2019 — but the lady with the magical hair was uncharacteristically quiet for too long; thankfully a Nintendo Direct finally showed this next entry off and confirmed a 2022 window. Phew.

Let's hope the wait was worth it.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Tentative Title) (Switch)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Tentative Title) (Switch)The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Tentative Title) (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 2022 (USA) / 2022 (UK/EU)

There were desperate hopes that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 might sneak out in 2021, but it wasn't to be. However, the E3 2021 trailer for the game confirmed a 2022 release window. Yes, we know that's a big ol' window, but at least we've got a year now!

Given the slippy nature of this particular series when it comes to making release dates, we wouldn't be at all surprised if it slipped to the following year — the last window of the 2022/23 fiscal calendar in March 2023 looks like a prime candidate, but we shall see. We'd dearly love to be diving into a new Zelda over the 2022 holidays, we just don't want to get our hopes up — we've been stung before!

And finally, let's finish up with the wildest of wild cards...

Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)

Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Retro Studios
Release Date: TBA (USA) / TBA (UK/EU)

Hmm, now we're deep in the realm of speculation. Having been scrapped and restarted at the beginning of 2019, with veteran Metroid Prime team Retro Studios now steering the ship, there's still a ways to go with this one — the fact that Retro was still looking for a Lead Producer as of August 2020 should clue you in that Metroid Prime 4 needs more time in the oven — a lot more time. We've seen the pitfalls and perils of rushing a tentpole game to launch before it's good and ready, and there's no way Nintendo will let Prime 4 out of its sight until it's juicy and tender.

Metroid fans got something tasty to chew on when Metroid Dread arrived in October, and it's extremely positive reception should hopefully spur on developers who have had their nose to the Prime grindstone for years.

Realistically, we're thinking Holiday 2022 is the earliest we'll see Prime 4, although with Zelda presumably targeting that same window, that might be wishful thinking. Who knows — maybe Zelda will hit in the summer... Now that is wishful thinking! With Switch 'Pro' rumours still lingering despite the arrival of the Switch OLED Model, the next year or so is shaping up to be very interesting indeed for Nintendo fans. We can't wait to see what surprises the company has up its sleeve.

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Hold up, that's 32! Yes, seeing as Metroid Prime 4 is fervent speculation, we added another couple for luck. You lucky people!

Is there something on your radar that you think we've missed? Let us know with a comment below and tell us which of the games above you're most looking forward to.