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The best upcoming Nintendo Switch games

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles Nintendo has ever produced, with a wide variety of games to choose from and plenty of unique features. We’ve already gotten to play new entries across the Zelda, Super Mario, and Pokémon series on Nintendo Switch, but there are still plenty of great games on the way for the hybrid console. This includes exclusive games developed internally by Nintendo as well as third-party titles and ports also available on other platforms.

Since many of the games announced at the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct and the September Direct have launched already, the list of upcoming games is dwindling. Still, we know of a slew of games coming to the system in the future. And on top of that, there’s still a lot more time for more announcements to be made, so we may get even more games throughout 2022. However you slice it, it’s an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan.

With that in mind, there are still lots of games to look forward to on the platform. These are the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2022 and beyond.

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2022

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 — July 29, 2022

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 — July 29, 2022
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer Monolith Soft
Publisher Nintendo
Release July 29, 2022
Nintendo ended the February 2022 Direct with the bombshell announcement of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. This game will supposedly be the conclusion of the trilogy, featuring a new set of characters in the midst of a war. The game will supposedly incorporate “life” as one of its main themes, though it’s unclear what that will look like as part of the final product. Expect a huge open world to explore, plenty of characters to meet, and a deep narrative in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Temtem

Temtem
71 %
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure, Indie
Developer CremaGames
Publisher Humble Bundle
Release January 21, 2020
We’ve seen Pokémon clones over the years, and while most of them have been duds, Temtem is one that has actually caught on. It takes the familiar monster collecting mechanics from Pokémon but focuses on multiplayer. In fact, Temtem is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), giving you the ability to play with or against friends. Technically, Temtem is in early access but has received lots of support over the past year or so. Sure, you can play Pokémon games on Switch, but if you’re looking for something a little different, you can check out Temtem in September.

Splatoon 3 — September 9, 2022

Splatoon 3 — September 9, 2022
RP
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Shooter, Platform
Developer Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Release September 30, 2022
Although the release isn’t expected for quite some time, Nintendo gave us a sneak peek at Splatoon 3, set to launch at some point during 2022. During a February 2021 Nintendo Direct, we got the chance to see a new locale referred to as Splatlands, a desert populated by Inklings. Even though there wasn’t much unveiled with the Splatoon 3 preview, we know that it will still have 4v4 Turf War online battles and new equipment to unlock. All that aside, we have a bunch of unanswered questions. We’re burning to know the new features and whether the game will present a powerful single-player mode. Nintendo then reaffirmed the game’s 2022 release window, though a specific date was not revealed. 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet — November 18, 2022

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet — November 18, 2022
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Game Freak
Publisher Nintendo
Release November 18, 2022
The 9th generation of Pokémon will launch in the form of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, featuring lots more monsters for you to catch. This game is based on Spain and the Mediterranean, with a large open world for you to explore, similar to Legends: Arceus. The three new starters are Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, and they’re just as cute as you’d expect. The main selling point of Scarlet and Violet is the fact that the open-world features areas with seamless transitions, allowing you to traverse between the two with no load screens. There’s still a lot we don’t know about this upcoming RPG, but based on what we’ve seen so far, it seems exciting.

Sonic Frontiers — Holiday 2022

Sonic Frontiers — Holiday 2022
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Platform
Developer Sonic Team
Publisher Sega
Release December 31, 2022
Sonic Frontiers is an open-world spin on the beloved franchise, with tons of points of interest around the map, and lots to do. In the announcement trailer, you can see Sonic running (go figure) across the large map, as he’s being chased by enemies in ships. The trailer didn’t dive into gameplay, but at the very least, it gives us an idea of what to expect from Sonic’s next adventure. Sonic Frontiers still has a ways to go in terms of development, but SEGA is aiming for a holiday 2022 release window.

Marvel's Midnight Suns — Second half of 2022

Marvel's Midnight Suns — Second half of 2022
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Tactical
Developer Firaxis Games
Publisher 2K
Release December 31, 2022
Hailing from developer Firaxis, the team behind XCOM, Marvel’s Midnight Suns is a turn-based tactical RPG. It will feature similar gameplay as the XCOM series, but with a few twists and turns that keep it separate from them. In it, you play as a new hero called The Hunter, who can be customized to your liking. But you can still fight alongside your favorite Marvel heroes, including Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and Iron Man. Best of all, it’s coming to Nintendo Switch, meaning you’ll be able to play it on the big screen or on the go. Sadly, this game was delayed from March 2022 to the second half of the year, with no specific release date given.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp — 2022

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp — 2022
E10
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Real Time Strategy (RTS), Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS)
Developer WayForward
Publisher Nintendo
It’s hard to believe Advance Wars is back, even if its newest entries aren’t original games. As announced during the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp is headed to Switch later in 2022, serving as remakes of the first two games in the series. Advance Wars is a series of turn-based tactical games with a devoted fan base. In fact, fans have been asking for more Advance Wars games for years, and Nintendo will finally deliver. The last entry, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, launched for the Nintendo DS in 2008, but the series has been dormant since then. Nintendo is likely gauging interest in the Advance Wars series to possibly develop a new game. Sadly, this collection was delayed indefinitely due to the war in Ukraine. It’s unclear when this will launch, but the game is finished, so hopefully, we don’t have to wait too much longer.

Bayonetta 3 — 2022

Bayonetta 3 — 2022
RP
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Hack and slash/Beat 'em up
Developer Platinum Games
Publisher Nintendo
Release December 31, 2022
One of the biggest surprises of the September 2021 Nintendo Direct was the reemergence of Bayonetta 3, a game that has been in the works since at least 2017. The new trailer showed off some of the game’s characters as well as gameplay, and it’s just as wacky as you’d expect. In it, we got to see Bayonetta utilizing her witch powers to control a gigantic creature — using it to battle it out against her foes. The gameplay seems like it’s on par with the rest of the series, focusing on fast-paced action, combos, and light exploration. And of course, the titular Bayonetta is just as sassy and stylish as ever, sporting a new haircut! Best of all is the game’s 2022 release window. It’s almost here!

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope — 2022

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope — 2022
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Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Tactical, Adventure
Developer Ubisoft
Publisher Ubisoft
Release December 31, 2022
One of the most exciting upcoming Switch games is Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. This will be the sequel to Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, a game that surprised many of us when it launched in 2017. It will still feature the beloved tactical strategy gameplay but will send players to new planets, hopefully introducing even more variation in enemy types. With more open-ended exploration and the migration to space, Sparks of Hope seems like it’ll be a worthy successor to one of the most beloved Switch games.

2023

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 — 2023

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 — 2023
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Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Publisher Nintendo
Release March 31, 2023
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been heralded as the best game of the generation and possibly the best Legend of Zelda game of all time. It comes as no surprise that Nintendo wanted to create a direct sequel to it in BotW 2, though just what form that will take remains unclear. A teaser trailer released at E3 2019 suggests that Zelda could be playable along with Link, and the world seems to be suffering from another calamity despite the destruction of Ganon. At E3 2021, Nintendo showed off more of this game, still referring to it as “the sequel to Breath of the Wild.” The open-world design still remains, but players will now be able to venture to the skies above, similar to Skyward Sword. It’s gearing up for a 2023 release window after being delayed.

Games with no release window

Sports Story — TBA

Sports Story — TBA
RP
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Sport, Adventure, Indie
Developer Sidebar Games
Publisher Sidebar Games
Golf Story was far more than a golf game on Nintendo Switch — it was a full-scale role-playing game filled with charming characters, all wrapped up in a golf shell that could still be enjoyed by those who don’t care about sports in the slightest. Developer Sidebar Games is taking this concept even further in Sports Story, which blends sports with role-playing mechanics again and adds plenty of new sports. These include tennis and you’ll study at a tennis academy, just like in the Game Boy Color classic Mario Tennis. You will even get the chance to compete in a “Decasportathon” to show just how up to the challenge you truly are. Although this game was slated for mid-2020, a Nintendo Direct indicated that it had been delayed.

Hollow Knight: Silksong — TBA

Hollow Knight: Silksong — TBA
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Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform, Adventure, Indie
Developer Team Cherry
Publisher Team Cherry
One of 2017’s absolute best games is getting a sequel in Hollow Knight: Silksong, and it’s headed to Nintendo Switch sometime in the future. It will take the stunning visuals, Metroidvania gameplay, and atmosphere of the original Hollow Knight and put you in the shoes (do these creatures wear shoes?) of Hornet, a princess who is tasked with protecting Hallownest. Silksong was announced last year, and we haven’t gotten much of an update on its development, but hopefully, we won’t have to wait much longer. If it’s half as good as the original, we’re all in for a treat.

Metroid Prime 4 — TBA

Metroid Prime 4 — TBA
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Shooter
Developer Retro Studios, Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Since we’re on the topic of games we know nothing about, word of Metroid Prime 4 got out several years ago at an E3 Nintendo Direct presentation, but we haven’t heard anything from Nintendo since. Supposedly, the game was still in the developing process at Bandai Namco. Still, the game was not advancing as quickly as Nintendo expected, and it was thus scrapped and restarted with Metroid Prime trilogy creator Retro Studios taking the wheel. We don’t know if the game will launch in the next few years, but we do know one thing: Metroid fans are great at waiting. Otherwise, they may get stuck with another game like Other M, and no one wants that.

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