Best Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games 2022 (And Beyond)

Here's a list of the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to play right now. Check out all the new releases along with trailers and gameplay!

The Nintendo Switch’s library is about as diverse as it gets, encompassing everything from first-party exclusives like Zelda: Breath of the Wild to indie hits like Stardew Valley.

This makes it one of the best platforms for playing party games with friends, challenging puzzle-platformers, and lengthy RPGs.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games of 2022 that have been officially confirmed by Nintendo.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your favorite upcoming Switch exclusives!

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Following the release of Diamond and Pearl remakes on the Switch, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the next mainline entry in the RPG series.

In it, players are transported to a bygone era of the Sinnoh region’s history based on 19th century Japan, back when it was known as the Hisui region.

The story sees you embarking on an ambitious undertaking to create the very first Pokedex and eventually encountering the mythical Pokemon Arceus.

While the gameplay sticks fairly close to the core Pokemon format, Legends: Arceus introduces more active elements such as real-time battling and open-world exploration.

Remastered versions of the original Life is Strange and its prequel, Before the Storm, will be re-released this fall on Nintendo Switch.

Life is Strange Remastered Collection will feature “improved visuals and animations,” across both games, specifically character animations using full facial mocap performance.

Other upgrades include engine optimizations and retooled lighting effects that should help with performance and raise the overall visual presentation.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out this award-winning adventure series, this collection is the best way to experience the first two entries.

Skateboarding games aren’t all too common these days outside of remakes of classics like THPS or the upcoming Skate 4, so we take pride in highlighting new ones any chance we get.

The OlliOlli games are worth checking out for anyone who enjoys arcade-style skateboarding and British indie studio Roll7 is currently working on a new installment.

OlliOlli World drops players in an ambitious new setting teeming with ramps, gaps, and grind rails to tear up using even more tricks than ever before.

In it, you take on the role of a young skater tasked with conquering colorful skate spots scattered across the world of Radlandia as you take on missions and discover new paths.

The next entry in Square Enix’s “HD-2D” series is currently in production under the working title Project Triangle Strategy.

While the game has many similarities with Octopath Traveler, it’s currently being touted as a successor and not a direct sequel.

In it, three nations vie for control over scarce resources and find themselves thrust into tactical turn-based battles.

Combat draws influence from classic strategy RPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics, complete with positional advantages, follow-up attacks, and elemental chain reactions.

Rune Factory 5 is the first new installment in the long-running RPG series since 2012’s Rune Factory 4 and was originally released in Japan back in May 2021.

However, Nintendo fans worldwide will be able to get their hands on the game come March 2022 with the game’s global release.

In it, you take on the role of a hero who loses their memory and ends up joining a group of rangers defending the small town of Rigbarth from an army of monsters.

As with previous entries, RF5’s gameplay features the ability to farm and tame wild monsters in addition to real-time battling and forming social connections with the local townsfolk.

Part visual novel part RTS game, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim was first released for the PlayStation 4 in 2019 but will soon be ported to the Nintendo Switch in April 2022.

The story follows thirteen high-school students as they navigate 1980s Japan amidst a futuristic war between machines and kaiju monsters.

Throughout the game, players take control of the thirteen different characters, layering their interactions to build a larger narrative that spans time and space.

The gameplay is split into three sections: one focusing on exploration and dialogue, one focusing on real-time battles using mechs, and a third focusing on investigating scenes for clues.

Neon White is an upcoming action-platformer from the same one-man developer who brought us Donut County.

Set in the outskirts of Heaven, it sees you controlling an assassin from Hell named Neon White who gets selected to compete against other demon slayers for a shot at life in Heaven.

Played from a first-person perspective, the game features a fast-paced combat system that revolves around collecting and using card-based attacks to defeat demons.

Soul Cards can be combined in different ways to create shortcuts or discarded in exchange for unique movement-based abilities.

Team Cherry has been suspiciously quiet about their upcoming follow-up to the beloved Metroidvania Hollow Knight, leading us to believe they’re still hard at work on the sequel.

While we already know Hollow Knight: Silksong will retain many of the original’s core gameplay elements, it will be using them in slightly different ways.

For one, players will be controlling Hornet, a curious bug-like creature who uses a needle to fight, as she gets captured and taken to a new mysterious haunted kingdom.

Players will have to escape the kingdom by making their way upwards instead of downwards like in the first game, encountering over 150 new creatures along the way.

Oxenfree is a phenomenal 2D indie horror game that revels in its story-driven gameplay, so naturally, fans were hoping Night School would eventually release a follow-up.

In Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, players follow Riley as she returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate yet another source of mysterious radio signals.

Anyone who’s played the original can safely predict she’ll end up finding more than she bargained for and have to investigate Camena for clues to explain what’s going on.

The sequel will leverage dialogue-driven choices that shape the story and Riley’s connections with other characters, this time via a walkie-talkie chat system.

Announced in a Nintendo Direct on September 2021, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the first truly 3D entry in the long-running Nintendo platformer.

It sees the titular pink puffball hero waking up on the beach of a strange new world where civilization and nature have become one.

This land is dominated by a group of beast-like foes who aren’t too keen on Kirby or his friends and begin kidnapping Waddle Dees, leaving it up to Kirby to save them.

To do so, he’ll have to travel through a host of unique biomes while harnessing his ability to copy enemies’ powers and use them for good.

All signs point towards Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga being a pivotal entry in the long-running Lego game franchise.

The upcoming title plans on adapting all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga for modern consoles and high-resolution displays.

So far, we know it will feature fully-voiced dialogue and allow players to complete any of the episodes in whichever order they choose.

Given the success of the original games and the rise in quality of more recent entries, we’re confident The Skywalker Saga will be a great time.

Despite being one of the more revered Nintendo franchises, there hasn’t been a new Advance Wars game in over a decade.

Thankfully, that’s about to change when Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp releases on the Switch in Spring 2022.

Touted as a comprehensive remake of the first two games in the series: Advance Wars and AW2: Black Hole Rising, it features updated graphics and refined gameplay.

In it, players will lead the Orange Star Army into battle while leveraging land, air, and naval units in order to capture towns and take down enemy squads.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is the next tactical turn-based game from Firaxis Games and looks to differentiate itself from the studio’s previous titles, namely XCOM.

The most notable difference in Midnight Suns is the addition of a card-based combat system that restricts heroes’ abilities to those included within randomized decks.

You take on the role of a customizable hero called The Hunter as they team up with various Marvel characters to stop the demonic queen Lillith from awakening a Cthulhu-like dark lord.

The game features a hub area where you can interact with party members to develop relationships that affect combat, such as unlocking unique team combo attacks to use during battle.

Classic arcade brawlers are becoming increasingly rare in today’s gaming landscape, more so ones based on licensed properties as iconic as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

With that in mind, we can’t help but grin at Shredder’s Revenge‘s unabashed love for retro beat ’em ups and the 1987 TMNT animated series.

In it, players control Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and April O’Neil as they battle classic foes such as the Foot Clan, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady, and Shredder across New York City.

The game is set to include local and online multiplayer, allowing you to team up with your pizza-loving buddies and fight the forces of evil.

Developed by WayForward Studios and published by Arc System Works, River City Girls 2 is another upcoming brawler and a direct sequel to River City Girls.

It sees characters Misako, Kyoko, Kunio, and Riki from the original joined by newcomers Marian and Provie as they hit the streets to beat up more thugs and punks.

The sequel introduces a host of new abilities, enemies, pixel art environments, and other goodies while supporting both local and online co-op.

Over time, players can level up to earn new moves, buy items and accessories, and even recruit defeated enemies to join their side.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was a unique blend of XCOM-style tactics gameplay and Nintendo’s iconic cast of characters with cameos from the ever zany Rabbids.

While the game ended up being a success, not many expected Nintendo and Ubisoft to return with a sequel; nevertheless, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope was revealed during E3 2021.

In it, Mario and his friends team up with the Rabbids yet again, this time to defeat a new galactic threat and save adorable Spark companions.

The game is set to feature a host of new bosses, special powers and skills, as well as refinements to combat that expand the number of strategic options available to the player.

Two Point Campus continues developer Two Point Studios’ unique vision for the management sim genre by putting you in charge of a college campus.

Players will create their own educational environment complete with student housing, teaching facilities, and a host of amenities to keep them entertained between classes.

The great thing about the Two Point games is how flexible they are when it comes to player involvement, allowing you to keep things simple or operate on a granular level.

In line with this philosophy, the game introduces new easy-to-use tools that streamline the process for laying down pathways and placing decorative items such as plants, fountains, sculptures, and more.

Bear and Breakfast is being touted as a laidback management game that tasks you with running a bed and breakfast for tourists.

However, the twist is you’re actually a bear…because why not? Your duties include furnishing rooms, providing entertainment, and keeping your guests’ bellies full.

Each guest has a unique personality that affects their wants and needs and meeting their demands will earn you cash as well as attract new customers.

When you’re not tending to the business, you’re free to explore the Wilderness and its many mysteries.

Card Shark is an upcoming indie game that blends action-adventure storytelling with card mechanics.

In it, you play as a hustler looking to cheat their way to the top of French society during the 18th century.

You’ll start out in local card parlors where you’ll get a crash course in fleecing opponents using different card techniques until eventually moving on to more high-stakes games among royalty.

As things progress, you’ll have to be careful not to get caught cheating or risk losing your life.

Sporting a similar retro-inspired art style to that of Undertale, She Dreams Elsewhere is a surreal RPG about dreams and their connection to reality.

In it, you play as Thalia, a comatose woman suffering from anxiety as she sets out to confront her demons and awaken once and for all.

Despite being a narrative-driven experience, the game also features a turn-based battling system that pits you against a host of nightmarish monsters.

Thalia can recruit characters to join her party and strengthen her bond with each using a “Connection” system.

Sidebar Games’ Golf Story was one of the best indie sleeper hits of 2017, telling an uplifting story of a down-on-his-luck golfer who manages to turn his life around by going back to his childhood love of golf.

The studio is back with a sequel, this time expanding its efforts to include a wider variety of sports-based activities and mini-games.

Scheduled to release later this year, Sports Story maintains the 2D presentation of its predecessor while introducing new characters and locations.

This includes a renowned tennis academy where your character will train and a prestigious castle where you’ll get to meet the queen.

Mineko’s Night Market is an adorable adventure game inspired by Animal Crossing that features vibrant environments and more cats than one could ever dream of.

You play as a curious girl getting used to her new home on a Japanese-inspired island at the base of Mount Fugu.

With an emphasis on the story and exploration, the game sees you trying to unravel the island’s many mysteries, including a mythological Sun Cat God named “Abe.”

Gameplay revolves around completing daily tasks such as crafting items, breeding cats, and maintaining a shop.

It’s been a while since we got any news about the third entry in PlatinumGames’ stylish hack n’ slash series Bayonetta.

The game was announced at The Game Awards 2017, where a brief teaser set the tone for fans to get excited. Since then, we haven’t heard much.

While Nintendo and Platinum have both confirmed the game is coming along just fine, it’d be nice to see some gameplay footage or even a cinematic trailer to build up some hype.

Considering it’s one of the most highly-anticipated Switch exclusives, we’re hoping 2022 is the year we finally get to play Bayonetta 3

Despite being one of the most anticipated Switch releases, there haven’t heard much news concerning Metroid Prime 4 since it was announced at E3 2017.

However, in a surprising move, the company decided to pull back the curtains to let fans know the game is being delayed as production was shifted to Retro Studios.

Additionally, veteran Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe is leading the project.

The Prime subseries is known for taking the classic Metroid formula in new directions by shifting to a first-person POV and exploring new forms of gameplay. 

Every day brings us one step closer to playing Nintendo’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

While the recent E3 2021 teaser left us with even more questions than answers, it also revealed a lot of new information about what players can expect.

Among them are various abilities and tools that provide Link with new traversal and combat options, including teleportation and new object stasis manipulation.

The game’s darker undertones have only become more pronounced since it was first revealed, suggesting Ganondorf is more powerful than ever.

Splatoon 3 will see Inklings and Octolings alike venturing to the Splatlands for the third entry in the quirky third-person shooter.

The new sun-scorched setting will be accompanied by new maps, modes, weapons, and abilities while expanding the series’ lore.

The reveal trailer highlights a new bow-shaped weapon that shoots ink in addition to dynamic new dodge maneuvers that allow the user to cover more ground.

While its “2022” release window is still a ways off, we’re eager to see the improvements over Splatoon 2.

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