As 2021 winds down, there’s still several new Nintendo Switch games left, with some major releases like Pokémon and Zelda coming in 2022.
Nintendo Switch owners have certainly eaten well the last couple of months. Metroid Dread, the new WarioWare, and, most recently, Mario Party Superstars have all been met positively and that’s not even getting into recent DLC additions like Kingdom Hearts’ Sora for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Despite there only being a couple months left in the year, there are still some important Nintendo Switch releases to come from Nintendo and other third party publishers, with 2022 in particular poised to be an important year for the company.
So, here’s a quick run down of all the major Nintendo Switch releases coming in 2021 and beyond, that you may want to mark down on your calendar.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise
Not an entirely new game, but this is a substantial DLC expansion so it’s worth mentioning. The expansion is slated for November 5 and will cost £22.49, or it’s free if you have a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition
Although this updated collection is releasing on multiple platforms, this one’s notable since it marks the first time any of the three games have appeared on a Nintendo platform. It consists of Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and releases on November 11.
Shin Megami Tensei 5
Persona 5 may still be missing from the Nintendo Switch library, but role-playing game fans can experience the next best thing on November 12. Assemble a party of demons and explore the ruins of an alternate, post-apocalyptic Tokyo.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
The first of two major Pokémon projects on the horizon. These remakes of the original Nintendo DS games from 2007 are being developed by ILCA instead of Game Freak and release on November 19.
Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain
The third entry in one of Nintendo’s lesser known series, Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain is a different kind of party game, that aims to improve your grey matter. It releases on December 3.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
The first major exclusive of 2022, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is what Game Freak is working on instead of the Diamond & Pearl remakes. It releases on January 28 and looks to be quite the departure for the series, with a fully open world approach.
Advance Wars 1+ 2 Reboot Camp
This was supposed to release in December but was tragically delayed into next year. A remake of two of the best strategy games ever made, it lacks an exact release date but is expected to launch in spring 2022.
Kirby And The Forgotten Land
The second Kirby game for Switch and the first to go full 3D, this is also the second game on this list to feature post-apocalyptic ruins. It has a release window of spring 2022.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope
The sequel to the surprise strategy hit from 2017, Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope sees Mario and his friends team up with their Rabbid counterparts once more to explore outer space and fight a new threat. It launches in 2022, possibly in late summer since the first game released in August.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2
Despite years of silence, fans still have no idea when the sequel to The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild will be out. Nintendo has at least confirmed it’ll be next year, but there’s no clue as to when exactly.
Announced back in February, fans got a few new glimpses at Splatoon 3 last month, including the game’s single-player campaign. It’s scheduled for 2022 but since the last two games launched in May and July, respectively, maybe expect a summer release.
Much like the Breath Of The Wild sequel, there was zero information about Bayonetta 3 for years. It was absent from Nintendo’s E3 presentation, but we finally got a first glimpse at it during the September Nintendo Direct. There are still plenty of questions surrounding it though, such as whether it stars the same Bayonetta from the first two games and when exactly in 2022 it will be out.
Metroid Prime 4
Metroid Prime 4 remains a complete mystery. After development was restarted from scratch at the beginning of 2019, Nintendo only briefly acknowledged it during E3 2021 – to say that it’s still in progress. While not impossible, it’s unlikely that it will release in 2022.
This still remains a rumour, but multiple sources have claimed that Nintendo originally had big plans for Donkey Kong’s (and by association Mario’s) 40th anniversary, including a new game from the Super Mario Odyssey team. Said anniversary came and went without so much as a peep from Nintendo, but if that was the fault of the pandemic there’s still a chance the game could be out next year.
Everything else from third parties
Ubisoft can’t go a year without releasing a new Just Dance, so you can look forward to Just Dance 2022 on November 4. It will also be available for Xbox and PlayStation consoles, as well as Stadia.
While PlayStation 5 owners have a brand spanking new remake to look forward to, Nintendo Switch owners will get to play the original Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic on November 12.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout was finally meant to jump to Nintendo Switch (as well as Xbox) in the summer, but it wound up being delayed. Mediatonic has still yet to provide a new release date, although Nintendo’s website lists it for 2021. However, don’t be surprised if it gets pushed back again into 2022.
The Life Is Strange series’ Nintendo Switch debut was delayed as well, but you won’t have to wait much longer to experience the latest entry. Life Is Strange: True Colors is expected to launch on Switch in early December. The remastered collection of the first Life Is Strange and its prequel will also launch on Switch, as well as other platforms, on February 1 2022.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human will launch for Nintendo Switch on the same day as the other platforms: February 4. However, it’s important to note that it will only be available as a cloud version, similar to Square Enix’s Guardians Of The Galaxy game.
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