25 Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games for 2022

Whatoplay presents 25 of the biggest Nintendo Switch games coming out next year! All arranged by release date. To see the complete list, check out our page on all upcoming Nintendo Switch games.

1. Pokemon Legends: Arceus

The next Pokemon game is coming out next year. It’s not the usual we know from the series and it gives us more freedom than ever before in its new semi-open world set-up. It plays as a prequel to the Sinnoh region, exuding that classic East Asian atmosphere. Capture Pokemon in real-time and explore its big, albeit barebones, looking world. Coming this January 28.

2. Astroneer

The closest thing the Switch can get for a No Man’s Sky-like experience. Astroneer’s space-faring adventures offer a sandbox universe to explore and reshape. While it doesn’t share Hello Games’ tech for it’s procedurally-generated universe, it does make up for it with its co-op gameplay where you build a colony with up to four friends. Coming this January.

3. Life is Strange Remastered Collection

Max and Chloe’s bittersweet relationship gets remade for new audiences. This Remastered Collection reimagines their story in a new light, literally. With new lighting features, the game looks better than ever. This collection also includes Chloe’s four-part story in Before The Storm. It comes out this February 1.

4. Dying Light 2: Cloud Version

The sequel to Techland’s zombie slash parkour game gets a major release on the Nintendo Switch… as a Cloud Version. If you have a blazing fast internet, you can have this first-person title in the palm of your hands. Make tough decisions as the game leans into its role playing elements. It comes out this February 4.

5. Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires

Another Dynasty Warriors game comes to the Switch next year. Empires was already out in Japan last December, but this release will finally introduce this new entry to its fans in the West. Empires retains the musuo style combat we know from the series, alongside new gameplay features like castle storming. It comes out this February 15.

6. Triangle Strategy

Square Enix’s spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics. Triangle Strategy will feature the iconic 2.5D art style familiar to most Square Enix fans. It also introduces a morality system that is defined by player choice. This will affect the flow of the game, its endings and its character interactions. It comes out this March 4.

7. Rune Factory 5

A brand new Rune Factory experience for anyone looking for that Harvest Moon and Anime mix. Known for putting combat and adventure alongside love and farming, all of that is seemingly still alive in this new entry. As an amnesiac peacekeeping ranger, get down to business in their gorgeous fantasy world. After numerous delays it comes out this March 22.

8. Kirby and the Forgotten Land

A post-apocalyptic Kirby game? That’s new, even for Nintendo’s standards. In The Forgotten Land, we see our favorite pink-blobbed creature navigate around an abandoned world. For the first time in the series, it follows a 3D format similar to Super Mario’s platforming. As usual Kirby can copy enemy abilities after devouring them. Unfortunately, details are scarce right now. The only thing we know is that it's scheduled for release next year.

9. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

A reboot of the 2001 classic from Nintendo. Commandeer a battalion of loyal soldiers in strategic turn-based combat. This reimagining of the series introduces a modern art style fit for the era. It also includes a slew of brand new content in its all in one package. It was recently delayed to Spring next year.

10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Nintendo’s biggest game to come out next year, if everything goes according to their schedule. This sequel to the multi-award winning open-world adventure follows our favorite hero, Link, as he embarks on a perilous quest to understand Calamity Ganon. New locations and abilities will greet us, and from the trailer, it’s looking really good.

11. Bayonetta 3

Platinum Games’ queen bee gets her much awaited return to the Nintendo platform. This third installment will push the limits of the Switch console with its large-scale bosses and fast-paced character-action. It’s a miracle the Switch hardware manages to run this game judging from the trailer. Storywise, the game is still a mystery. We’ll find out more once the game comes out next year.

12. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

A fitting game for Switch users, especially for young kids. The Skywalker Saga is the ultimate LEGO Star Wars experience. All 9 major chapters can be played in their signature format. Build blocks out of nowhere, save the galaxy from LEGO Palpatine, and enjoy a selection of playable characters from the three Star Wars trilogies. Coming next year.

13. Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

The sequel to Ubisoft and Nintendo’s unlikely collaboration. Rayman’s ferocious yet tameable Rabbids and Nintendo’s very own Mario team up once again to defeat an enemy they’ve never encountered before. No longer limited to its tactical combat, join Mario and his friends, alongside their Rabbids-selves in a galactic adventure! Not voiced by Chris Pratt, fortunately. It comes out next year.

14. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

One of gaming’s iconic female characters debuts on the Nintendo Switch console. While it doesn’t share the same level of triple A quality of their trilogy, Crystal Dynamics’ The Temple Of Osiris takes the series in a new direction. It focuses more on co-op and plays in an isometric perspective with less puzzle sections and more action. It comes out next year.

15. Splatoon 3

There’s more inksplosions coming our way in this most anticipated chapter of Nintendo’s third-person multiplayer shooter. What we were given is just a glimpse of what's to come. Its post-apocalyptic setting is definitely interesting. That means we’ll be giving up those neon-street signs and high-tech garbs for more crude gear. It comes out next year.

16. Kingdom Hearts III Cloud Version

Alongside his recent addition to Super Smash Bros., Sora is coming to the Nintendo Switch. This third major installment takes the series’ to its most ambitious yet. Follow spiky-haired Sora and his gang of Keyblade-wielders as they put a stop to the big bad’s evil plans. Travel to various Disney and Pixar worlds and feel like a kid again! It comes out next year.

17. A Plague Tale: Requiem

The follow-up to Asobo Studios’ emotional stealth-adventure game. As a sequel, expect big budget set-pieces as its two characters escape from the nightmarish moments of Europe’s dark age. The siblings must make their way through terrible situations and escape from many forms of horror. It comes out next year.

18. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Coming out alongside Temple Of Osiris is another Lara Croft title. The Guardian Of Light is the first of Crystal Dynamics’ isometric Lara Croft adventure. It’s not like the explosion-fest that was their Triple A trilogy. Instead, it’s a co-op focused journey for casual gamers with mostly arcade-style gameplay. Coming next year.

19. Metal Slug Tactics

A major return from a series we’ve all known and loved. From the name ‘Tactics’, it’s no longer the familiar 2D shooter we’ve grown familiar with. This puts a more strategic element to the action-packed adventures of our favorite characters. Old fans may not be so fond of this newfound gameplay but it opens the series to more possibilities in the future. It comes out next year.

20. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Cloud Version

The first of the three major Kingdom Hearts titles that will come out on the Nintendo Switch. Oddly enough, it’s a Cloud Version despite its dated graphics that could run smoothly as a port. In this first chapter, follow Sora, Donald and Goofy and witness a nostalgia-driven adventure as they travel to various Disney worlds. Coming next year.

21. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Cloud Version

The second of the three major KH titles coming to the Switch. 2.8 follows the events after Kingdom Hearts 2 and follows Sora and Riku as they put their Keyblade Mastery to the test. It also features a prequel demo for Kingdom Hearts III that showcases their new engine, as well as a cinematic story for Kingdom Hearts’ now-defunct mobile game. It comes out next year.

22. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

It’s only a matter of time before we get a TMNT game for the Switch. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael return in a brawler-type game where you punch and slice through Shredder’s goons. It recreates the look and feel of the 1987 series with its charming pixel-art style. Coming next year.

23. Oxenfree II Lost Signals

The latest chapter of the eerie science-fiction slash teen drama game from Night School Studios. The supernatural kind of horror is more mysterious than ever, with the trailer showcasing a terrifying radio wave phenomenon. It’s already available for pre-order, although there's not much info about its gameplay and story yet. It comes out next year.

24. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

The massive expansion for CAPCOM’s Monster Hunter Rise. Sunbreak takes us to a whole new locale inspired by European myths and legends. The trailer showed us a teaser of its new flagship monster, Malzeno, in all his Transylvania-like glory. Not much is known about most of its content yet, but we’ll hear more about it before it comes out next year.

25. Marvel's Midnight Suns

An unlikely genre in the superhero formula. It’s a tactical RPG set in the dark and brooding side of the Marvel comics. For the first time in a long while, we finally get to step into the shoes of the edgier Marvel characters like Blade and Wolverine. Gameplay involves fighting using deck-building systems and turn-based combat.

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