As part of the Summer Game Fest and IGN's Summer of Gaming, the Wholesome Direct took place on June 11th, 2022, with around around 100 game trailers and announcements, all themed around the "wholesome games" trend. We saw games about frogs, cats, bears, witches, and mail delivery — but which of them are coming to Switch, you ask?
(Also, if you missed the Wholesome Direct, you can watch it again here!)
Here's a list of every game from the Wholesome Direct that's coming to the Nintendo Switch, with short descriptions from the developers and release windows or dates, if they exist!
(Note: some of these games are just announced for "consoles", or "planned" for consoles, or simply "aiming" for consoles... but we've assumed that includes Switch, so be warned that they might not all be destined for Switch!)
Explore a lovingly crafted island full to the brim with areas to discover, friends to make and joy to be had. Each area of the island brings unique quests and characters to meet. Glide through the mountain tops and drop in on the Theatre Troupe kids, swing your stick sword through the forest with the Prep schoolers or find the ‘Cool Kids’ down in the Creaklands. With plenty more areas to discover, there's no knowing who you might run into!
Release date: 2022
It's Mail Time! As a newly trained Mail Scout, put on your pack, grab those letters, and deliver them across Grumblewood Grove! The forest animals eagerly await the sight of your mushroom hat in this cozy, cottagecore light-platformer adventure!
Release date: Q4 2022
Super Mini Mart is a cozy take on the management genre with a charming 3D aesthetic and an endearing cast of characters. Stock, supervise, and manage store activities in a laid-back environment, befriending locals and turning those one-off bargain hunters into life-long loyal customers!
Release date: TBA
Soar, swoop and glide across the vast Pacific Ocean as Toroa, the Northern Royal Albatross. Discover the hidden wonders of the sea and sky on your epic journey home with the help of Māori God of the winds, Tāwhirimātea.
Release date: TBA
In LumbearJack, players will don the bright yellow suspenders of Jack the bear as he takes up his trusty axe to take back the forest from the greedy EVIL Inc. who are polluting the forest without a single thought for its residents. Jack will chop through machines, buildings and litter (all in the name of recycling) as he works his way through the forest to take it back.
Release Date: June 11th 2022
Place conveyor belts to solve puzzles in the world's most adorable donut factory! A dozen dozen dazzling donut dilemmas await you in this sweet pastel world with twelve different donut shapes, from jelly-filled to maple bars, pumpkins, stars, and more.
Release Date: Out now
Mika and the Witch's Mountain follows apprentice witch Mika in a fantasy coming-of-age adventure. In order to complete her training, Mika must help out the townspeople living at the bottom of the mountain, bringing them packages on her magic broom.
Release Date: 2022
A Walk with Yiayia is a light adventure game/visual novel about taking your Greek grandmother on a walk after she's lost her confidence from having a scary fall. Connect through engaging conversations, explore a relaxing environment, and complete microquests in this thoughtful, bite-sized adventure.
Release Date: TBA
Play as an adorable chicken in this relaxing platformer. Jump, climb and solve puzzles to find the answer to the ULTIMATE question chicken can ask.
Release Date: Q4 2022
Join Clef on an adventure set on a magical sky island where her family once lived. Solve puzzles, discover secrets, and experience a story of sisterly love – and something more, if you are willing to dig deeper…
Release Date: Q2 2023
Head to page 2 for more games from the Wholesome Direct 2022! You're not even a quarter of the way to the end!