Every year has been a good year to be a Nintendo Switch owner, and 2022 will be no different. Nintendo and third-party developers have already revealed several major games that are coming to Switch next year, including the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Bayonetta 3 (finally!), and Triangle Strategy, and there are surely many more unannounced titles where that came from. So let’s pause for a minute and reflect on just how exciting this lineup is! Here are the biggest and most anticipated Nintendo Switch games of 2022 that we know about so far, plus a couple extras to keep watch for.
Biggest and most anticipated Switch games of 2022 (confirmed launches)
Pokémon Legends: Arceus – January 28, 2022
The question isn’t whether Game Freak’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus will sell extremely well — it’s only a question of how extremely well it will sell. Granted, the game isn’t quite the open-world take on the franchise we initially thought it was; it sounds more like a Pokémon take on Monster Hunter that still retains a version of turn-based combat. But regardless, Arceus is taking a well-worn franchise and presenting it in a completely new and adventurous way, which is exactly the type of thing that can excite existing fans and bring back lapsed fans.
Plus, the ancient Sinnoh (Hisui) prequel setting is a terrific excuse for imaginative and silly new designs, like whatever is going on with Hisuian Voltorb. Basically, anyone who loves the Pokémon themselves but is sick of cycling through eight-ish towns for eight-ish Gym Badges should probably be thrilled by the launch of Pokémon Legends: Arceus on January 28, 2022 — undoubtedly one of the biggest and most anticipated Nintendo Switch games of the year.
Triangle Strategy – March 4, 2022
Strategy RPG fans have been dying for Final Fantasy Tactics on Nintendo Switch, and while that might happen eventually, Square Enix has remained silent on the subject so far. However, it’s hard to complain when Square Enix and developer Artdink are releasing a brand new strategy RPG on Switch in March with Triangle Strategy. The game simply looks like a fantastic encapsulation of all that’s come before: the political intrigue and branching storylines of Tactics Ogre, the addicting gameplay of Final Fantasy Tactics, and the radiant HD-2D art style of Octopath Traveler (and, soon enough, Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake). The only question is whether Triangle Strategy can live up to the lofty heights of the games that so clearly inform it.
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp – spring 2022
Advance Wars on Game Boy Advance is an excellent game, and Advance Wars 2 might be one of the finest strategic experiences ever crafted. Despite that, developer Intelligent Systems let the franchise go dormant when it became clear Fire Emblem was a much more effective moneymaker. So it’s a dream come true that developer WayForward has stepped up to keep the franchise alive by remaking the two Game Boy Advance games on Switch.
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp was originally supposed to launch this month before suffering a delay to spring 2022, but that’s okay. Fans are willing to wait for quality. And beyond that, there is the hope that, if this game sells well, then maybe a brand new sequel will finally be green-lit. So what I’m saying is — please buy this game.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land – spring 2022
Kirby is back — but this time in three whole dimensions of exploration / adventure goodness, and the debut trailer for Kirby and the Forgotten Land radiates Mario vibes in the best way. While it remains to be seen if it’s structured more like Super Mario Odyssey or Super Mario 3D World, the truth is it doesn’t matter since either one would be awesome. This spring, Kirby will suck up enemies, absorb their powers, and go platforming through the ruins of a lost civilization — which includes a shopping mall. Mysterious!
Despite or maybe even because of all that we still don’t know, Kirby and the Forgotten Land definitely ranks among the biggest and most anticipated Nintendo Switch games of 2022.
Splatoon 3 – 2022
If you like Splatoon or Splatoon 2, you’ll almost definitely like Splatoon 3. That’s basically the whole story. It’s more of the online family-friendly third-person shooter action that fans want, but with the expected new variety of environments and weapons. This time, Inklings and Octolings are raging in the “sun-scorched desert” that is the Splatlands, and you will join Agent 3 “in a fight against the evil Octarian army” in the story mode called “Return of the Mammalians.” And of course, 4v4 Turf War will return. So, grab your Splat Bow and prepare for Mammalians in Splatoon 3 sometime in 2022.
Bayonetta 3 – 2022
Bayonetta 3 was announced in December 2017, but it wasn’t until nearly four years later in September 2021 that developer PlatinumGames finally dropped its debut trailer. The good news is that it was worth the wait, because the game looks awesome and there are lots of mysteries and theories forming around it already. This time, Bayonetta is headed to Tokyo to throw down, using a new Demon Masquerade ability to channel a demon linked to her weapon. She’ll be summoning ferocious demons like Gomorrah, Malphas, and Phantasmaraneae.
In a nutshell, there’s no reason not to be hyped for Bayonetta 3, and that’s why it’s among the biggest and most anticipated Nintendo Switch games of 2022.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel (BOTW2) – 2022
Breath of the Wild is critically hailed as one of the greatest games ever made, so nearly every Nintendo fan on Earth is mesmerized by the prospect of BOTW2. And even though the game revealed some cool new locations and game mechanics during its E3 2021 trailer, it’s obvious that Nintendo is still hiding major gameplay mechanics. After all, apparently the reason why Nintendo hasn’t announced the game’s name yet is because the name itself may be a spoiler for the gameplay.
We don’t know what secrets Nintendo is hiding, but we do know that BOTW2 is the most anticipated Switch game of 2022.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – 2022
Developer Tribute Games is hard at work right now developing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a sidescrolling brawler that channels the original arcade games in a phenomenally nostalgic way. But more importantly than just delivering nostalgia, the game looks like a lot of fun in general. The pixel art is gorgeous, the action looks frenetic, and all feels right in the world. This game will almost certainly end up landing on all platforms in 2022, but right now, it has only been formally announced for Switch and PC.
More big, anticipated Switch games that could release in 2022 or later
The House of the Dead: Remake
Forever Entertainment has a finger in a lot of pies, but it is especially getting involved in remakes, including with Panzer Dragoon, an unspecified Square Enix IP, and, yes, The House of the Dead. This game was announced back in April 2021, and we’ve heard little to nothing since. It doesn’t even have a concrete release window. But it exists, and for House of the Dead fans, that’s good enough.
Metroid Prime 4
Ha ha, okay, we know there is almost no chance whatsoever of this game releasing in 2022. But yeah, we ought to remind you it exists. So here it is. Metroid Prime 4 is a thing. It will launch eventually. Keep the faith alive.
So there you have it! Those are the biggest and most anticipated Nintendo Switch games that will (mostly) launch in 2022. Let us know what you’re hyped for and what else you’re excited to play in 2022. Then check out the biggest rumored games for Switch in 2022!