Oh blimey, it's the end of the year already! Yep, 2021 has zipped by like a... like a zip. Ahh, go easy on us — it's been one of those super-long/super-short years!
Yes, as 2022 hones into view, we've taken the liberty of rounding up the upcoming Switch game highlights dropping in December and January. If you're into expanding your brain, or sullying it with delicious Danganronpa-themed filth, or heading back in time to catch past Pokémon, there's plenty to dig into over the next couple of months.
Beneath the physical launches below you'll also find a selection of other games releasing from December — usually physical versions of previously digital-only Switch eShop games — plus a selection of Switch accessories and related peripherals available in the coming months as we start looking to the New Year and beyond.
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Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain - 3rd December
Announced on a quiet Thursday in early September, the Big Brain Academy series — the slightly more relaxed sibling of Brain Age / Brain Training from back in the Nintendo DS era — is back with Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain on Switch.
Featuring 4-player brain-based bouts, you'll also be able to battle brainiacs from around the world via a new online where you challenge other people's ghost data in a brain vs. brain sorta scenario. It's out on 3rd December — yesterday! — and we enjoyed our time with it. Check out our review to see exactly how much.
Danganronpa Decadence - 3rd December
Four helpings of Danganronpa dropped on the same day, so there's plenty to get stuck into over the holidays if you're a fan of this darkly hilarious visual novel series. All the games are available separately on Switch eShop, including the 10th anniversary editions of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition, and the new Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp.
That's a whole lot of Spike Chunsoft's visual novel-ing for a single day, but dagnabit if we're not down for Danganronpa! Check out our individual reviews or the Danganronpa Decadence roundup review for our verdict(s) on this deliciously devious series.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus - 28th January
Confirmed for a 28th January 2022 launch, 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 in 2022.
More Awesome Nintendo Switch Games
Aside from the highlighted games above, there are lots more Switch retail games which might take your fancy in December and beyond.
Awesome Accessories For Your Switch
And finally here are a selection of the finest Switch accessories coming up in December and beyond, for your consideration.
So that's it for December and January — did we miss anything? Let us know with a comment and also tell us if you've pre-ordered any of these goodies!