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.
Odd name choice aside, Triangle Strategy looks to be another fantastic turn-based tactics game created by Square Enix. This game serves as a follow-up of sorts to Octopath Traveler, though their stories aren’t necessarily connected. The Square Enix community and its fans seem ecstatic about this game, as it’s the first tactics game the company has developed in a long time. Once you’re inside, you’ll quickly notice the beautiful art style you know and love. Rather than turn-based combat, you’ll witness a grid-based tactics battle system, including riveting storytelling. The best part is that you can get the free demo on the eShop today if you want. The bad news is we all have to wait until 2022 to play the real deal. We’re crying too. At least Nintendo and Square Enix announced its official release date during the September 2021 Direct. It’s coming soon!
Nintendo likely won’t release Mario Kart 9 any time soon, but at least Square Enix has something else for us to play in the meantime. Chocobo GP is a wacky cart racer featuring — you guessed it — Chocobos. It’ll send players to beloved Final Fantasy stages, along with various race types, and even supports up to 8-player multiplayer modes. It’s certainly a cute-looking adventure to enjoy towards the beginning of 2022. It’s slated to launch on March 10, 2022, but preorders aren’t live just yet.
The premise of exploring a 3D post-apocalyptic world as Kirby is wild and strange, but appealing. That’s exactly what we’re getting in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, a game announced during the September 2021 Nintendo Direct. This is the newest mainline Kirby game since 2018’s Star Allies, and it looks to be a huge step up in terms of scope and gameplay. While it certainly features a post-apocalyptic world, it’s still a Kirby game, meaning it’ll be far less drab than something you’d get in The Last of Us. Of course, Kirby will still be able to copy his enemies’ attacks and use them to overcome the odds. Kirby and the Forgotten Land seems to be in the same vein as Super Mario Odyssey, in terms of its large open areas.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has been in the works for several years, but after suffering from at least one delay, it seems it will finally be ready to launch in spring 2022. The notable thing about this package is that it will incorporate all nine Star Wars films in the Skywalker saga, featuring voice acting and numerous stages from the entire series. Aside from its visual improvements, this collection will feature refined combat for both lightsaber and blaster sections of the game. Finally, this one has a firm release date.
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 turn-based tactical game with a devoted fan base. In fact, fans have been asking for more Advance Wars 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 from December 2021 to Spring 2022. This game will launch very soon.
Shockingly, Nintendo is developing a follow-up to Wii Sports. It’s aptly called Nintendo Switch Sports, and it’ll launch for the handheld hybrid system this spring. Much like its predecessor, it focuses on popular sports like tennis, bowling, and chambara, along with new ones such as volleyball, soccer, and badminton, with a golf update set for release later in the year. It’ll make use of a leg strap, like Ring Fit Adventure, and will feature local and online multiplayer modes.
While it’s unlikely Nintendo will see the same return with this game as it did with the original Wii Sports — which was a Wii pack-in — Nintendo Switch Sports could be successful, especially given the massive install-base of the Nintendo Switch (103.54 million units).