Between hit games like Metroid Dread and the introduction of the Nintendo Switch OLED, 2021 was an exciting year for the Nintendo Switch. However, 2022 has the potential to be even better for Nintendo’s hybrid handheld. That’s because we’ll finally get our hands on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. We don’t know exactly when it will come out, but we do know that it will be sometime between January and December, and ‘I’ll be looking forward to it until then.
Still, even if you put Breath of the Wild 2 aside (which you shouldn’t do), 2022 still looks like a promising year for the Switch. We’re getting long-awaited entries in the Bayonetta and Splatoon series, as well as an unexpected Mario sequel and a Pokémon spinoff that could take the series in interesting new directions. Read on to learn more about our most anticipated Switch games for 2022.
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus (28 de enero de 2022)
Pokémon Legends: Arceus seems like a new twist on an old, well-worn franchise. Rather than a top-down, turn-based RPG, Legends: Arceus presents you as a Pokémon trainer in a 3D world with real-time combat. Instead of separate battle screens, Legends: Arceus lets you take on wild Pokémon wherever you find them, and some of them may even want to attack you, rather than your Pokémon proxies. Legends: Arceus also turns back time, with different appearances and types for some well-established Pokémon, as well as steampunk-style Pokéballs and other technologies.
If you played Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl and thought the remakes played it a bit too safe, Legends: Arceus seems like the kind of game that could reinvigorate your interest in the series.
Bayonetta 3 (2022)
Nintendo announced Bayonetta 3 with a short sneak peek in 2017, then went mostly silent until a Nintendo Direct earlier this year. We finally saw some gameplay from the long-awaited sequel, and it looks like what Bayonetta fans have been waiting for. At Bayonetta 3 Game Trailer, the titular witch shoots and punches demons, all while posing and dancing provocatively. She fights giant monsters with her hair; she throws cheeky phrases; she slows down time with her supernatural powers. While we don’t know exactly when Bayonetta 3 is due out, developer Platinum Games has set 2022 as a tentative release date, so we’ll have to wait and see. We’re also excited to see which classic song will be updated into a pop ballad battle theme this time around.
La leyenda de Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (2022)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 isn’t just our most anticipated Switch game for 2022; It’s arguably our most anticipated game for 2022, period. The original Breath of the Wild was a triumph, recapturing the spirit of the original Legend of Zelda on the NES with a huge open world, many secrets to discover, and very little hand-hold. Breath of the Wild 2 looks like a direct sequel, with Link himself and Zelda continuing the story they started in 2017. This time around, it looks like Link will also explore temples in the sky, which could further cement the tantalizing connections. between Breath of the Wild and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The game is due out in 2022 and we will be ready by the time it does.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope (2022)
I’ve been urging people to play Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle since it debuted in 2017, and I imagine I’ll keep urging them until the Switch finally gives way to the Nintendo Switch Pro, or whatever comes next. This delightful turn-based strategy game stars Mario and his friends, as well as the Raving Rabbids, who team up to stop an interdimensional invasion of the Mushroom Kingdom.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope looks like it will continue that journey, except this time, in space. We haven’t seen much gameplay yet, but we do know that Sparks of Hope will allow you to recruit nine playable characters, solve environmental puzzles, and engage in tactical battles across the galaxy. It will be out in 2022, although we don’t know exactly when.
Splatoon 3 (2022)
The first two Splatoon games demonstrated that Nintendo could make a splash (literally and figuratively) in the competitive multiplayer scene, without the need for violence. Rather than a violent shooter, Splatoon is more like a fantastic sports game. You play as an Inkling – a squid / kid hybrid, who can swim through rivers of paint. The goal is to cover a battlefield with your team’s paint color.
We don’t know much about Splatoon 3 yet, but we do know that it will have a competitive online multiplayer mode, as well as a central city called Splatsville for its single-player campaign. Players will be able to equip new weapons, such as the Ink Bow. The game is due out sometime in 2022, and we imagine we’ll get another more comprehensive trailer before that happens.