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.
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.
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.
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.
First announced back in February, Splatoon 3 has been a 2022 game from the beginning, but now we've added a section for those... so here it is!
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.
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.
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 has since been postponed to 2022.
The Umbra Witch was a conspicuous absentee over the last couple 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 showed this one off and confirmed a 2022 window. Phew.
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 late last year 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 the game is juicy and tender.
Metroid fans got something tasty to chew on when Metroid Dread arrived in October; realistically, we're thinking Holiday 2022 is the earliest we'll see Prime 4. The following game is more likely to fill that slot, if it doesn't slip to March 2023, that is...
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In a similar vein to Metroid Prime 4, work is continuing on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, and while there were desperate hopes that it might sneak out in 2021, it wasn't to be. The E3 2021 trailer for the game confirmed a projected 2022 release window. Yes, we know that's a big ol' window, but at least we've got a year now! It's just not this year.
And given the slippy nature of this particular series when it comes to making release dates, it may not even be next year — we wouldn't be surprised to see Nintendo put this out in the last window of the 2022/23 fiscal year the following March. We shall see!
So there you are — our most anticipated Switch games! 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 in the final weeks of 2021 and into next year.