Upcoming Switch games for 2022 (and beyond)

Upcoming Switch games
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The upcoming Switch games on the horizon continue to grow thanks to recent showcases that have treated us to more announcements and reveals. The latest September 2022 Nintendo Direct gave us plenty to look forward to, with the likes of Pikmin 4, a remake of Kirby's Return to Dreamland, and Fire Emblem Engage. The showcase also gave us another look at the highly anticipated Breath of the Wild sequel, which we now know is officially titled The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

There's certainly no shortage of reasons to get excited about the future line-up of games coming to Nintendo's console, from big anticipated first-party games like Pokemon Scarlet and Violet fast approaching and third-party games that will bring some beloved series to the Switch such as Persona 5 and Persona 4 Golden. If you're ready to add to your wishlist, read on below to find our roundup of all of the biggest upcoming Switch games on the horizon in release date order. 

2022 Upcoming Switch Games

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

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Release date: October 20, 2022

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is the second in Ubisoft's brilliant crossover with Nintendo's IP. The original heroes are back - along with some new faces including the titular Sparks and Rabbid Rosalina -  but this time they're facing a galactic-level peril in the form of new villain Cursa. The game will move beyond the Mushroom Kingdom to include the wider Mario + Rabbids universe, and is opening up each of those worlds for free exploration. The same can be said of battle too, with the game removing the grid system to let you freely control each of the three heroes in play. There are still similar turn-based, tactical rules to follow, but should allow for more creativity taking on foes. 

New Tales from the Borderlands

New Tales from the Borderlands

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Release date: October 21, 2022

New Tales from the Borderlands is set to take us through an entirely new story that follows in the footsteps of the 2014 Telltale game. As a standalone, choice based experience developed by Gearbox Software, we'll be meeting three new playable characters, Octavio, Anu, and Fran, as they con their way through five chapters. First teased back in April of this year, we finally got an official look at the upcoming adventure during Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022

Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal

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Release date: October 21, 2022

Get ready because the Phantom Thieves are coming to steal your heart on Switch. At long last the world of Persona is arriving on Nintendo's console with the launch of Persona 5 Royal. As the enhanced re-release, the Royal Edition introduces new memorable characters, additional story content and all of the previously released DLC into one package. With it's slick music, satisfying combat, and engrossing story, we're looking forward to finding out how it runs on the Switch this October. 

Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta 3

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Release date: 28 October, 2022

Bayonetta is back, baby. Bayonetta 3 was announced back in 2017, and you'll finally get to play it on Switch five years later. Expect everything you'd want out of a Bayonetta title and then some: gun fights, dancing, witty one-liners, gigantic Kaiju you'll have to fight with your own Gozdilla-ish monster. The highly anticipated return of the Witch is sure to be worth the wait, with the famous protagonist said to be more powerful than ever. 

Harvestella  

Harvestella

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Release date: November 4, 2022

Harvestella is an upcoming life sim farming RPG from Square Enix. Set in the new fantasy world in the peaceful village of Lethe, you can farm, craft items, gather materials, fish, get to know the locals and form friendships as you go about your daily life. Seasons will change from Spring through to Winter, but it's said that they'll soon give way to a season known as Quietus, aka the season of death - that certainly doesn't sound like good news. It's up to you to try and overcome any threats and uncover the mystery of the death season. 

Sonic Frontiers  

Sonic Frontiers

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Release date: November 8, 2022

The blue hedgehogs latest adventure Sonic Frontiers is speeding its way on the Switch towards the end of 2022. With what Sega describes as "open-zone freedom", the new action experience takes place on Starfall Islands, which is said to be home to an ancient civilization. As you zip your way through the zones, you'll be able to make use of Sonics skills to spin and dash across the landscapes. 

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

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Release date: November 18, 2022

Pokemon's going truly open-world this year, with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet set to drop later this year. Yes, there's another Poke-venture arriving in 2022, building on the foundations laid by January's Pokemon Legends: Arceus. Arriving alongside the Gen 9 Pokedex, we'll be exploring a brand new locale inspired by Spain and the Mediterranean with seamless exploration. 

Dragon Quest Treasures 

Dragon Quest Treasures

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Release: December 9, 2022

As a Dragon Quest series spin-off, Dragon Quest Treasures follows two siblings Erik and Mia who find themselves in the magical realm of Draconia. With treasure-hunting aspirations, the pair set out to get their hands on treasure with their creature companions Purrsula and Porcus at their side. As you try to hunt down riches, you can also team up with monsters in the realm. The spin-off is said to be a prequel of sorts that takes place before the events of Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age. 

TBC 2022

Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals

Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals

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Release date: TBC 2022

Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals is the sequel to the critically acclaimed indie hit that was Oxenfree. However, don't fret if you've not played the original, because this is an entirely new story. Yes, the same heroine remains and she's returning to her home town, but this is an story that's unconnected to the events of the original game. Instead, Riley is investigating a new mystery in Camena, and finds something rather unexpected - and more importantly, supernatural. 

2023 upcoming Switch games

Fire Emblem Engage 

Fire Emblem Engage

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Release date: January 20, 2023

Fire Emblem Engage is the latest instalment in the game that will see us set out to save the continent of Elyos as the Divine Dragon. As well as introducing us to a new cast of characters, Fire Emblem Engage will also allow us to summon heroes from past games, with the trailer featuring the likes of Marth from the original Fire Emblem game and Celica from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. We don't yet know much about the story of the new adventure, but we'll once again be engaging in tactical, turn-based combat. 

 Octopath Traveler 2  

Octopath Traveler 2

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Release date: February 24, 2023 

The pixelated strategy RPG is returning for a sequel that will introduce us to eight new travelers in the land of Solistia. We got to see some of the characters we'll be meeting briefly in the Nintendo Direct September 2022 showcase, which debuted a reveal trailer that gave us our first look at the game. The sequel is also set to bring a day and night cycle to the adventure. 

Kirby's Return to Dreamland Deluxe

Kirby's Return to Dreamland Deluxe

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Release date: February 24, 2023 

A remake of Kirby's return to Dreamland which landed on the Wii is officially coming to the Switch with a Deluxe version. In Return to Dreamland, the loveable pink puffball sets off on a quest to help Magalor after a spaceship crashes onto Planet Popstar. Excitingly, the adventure will see the debut of a new copy ability known as Mecha. With multiplayer support for up to four players locally, the game also features a host of minigames. The remake comes as part of the celebrations for the little pink hero, with 2022 marking Kirby's 30th anniversary. 

Blanc

Blanc

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Release date: February 2023 

Blanc immediately caught our eye with it's beautiful black and white hand-drawn art style and adorable protagonists. Set to take us on an "emotional journey", Blanc follows the story of of a wolf cub and a fawn in a snowy world who must work to together to make it home through the frigid terrain. With online and local co-op support, the puzzle element comes into play as you try to use the unique skills of the wolf cub and the fawn to progress. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

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Release date: Spring 2023

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is officially titled The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The expansive landscapes of Hyrule are set to open up even further in Tears of the Kingdom, with an expanded world setting that will take us to the skies above as well as the vast landscapes below. The latest look at the upcoming adventure came in the September 2022 Nintendo Direct, with Link diving from great heights and landing on a new glider contraption, and also move platforms through the air. There looks set to be lots of means of traversal as we explore all the Hyrule has to offer. 

Disney Dreamlight Valley

Disney Dreamlight Valley

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Release date: Full launch TBC 2023

Developer Gameloft new life simulation adventure is already proving to be pretty magical. Released in early access in September, Disney Dreamlight Valley takes place in a land where a host of beloved Pixar and Disney characters live. Once an idyllic place, everything changes when a force known as the Forgetting comes into the picture, detaching the memories tied to the land. Now, it's up to you to bring the magic back by helping the residents. With quests to complete, areas to unlock, and stories to discover, Disney Dreamlight Valley is set to launch in full sometime in 2023. You can check out our early impressions so far in our Disney Dreamlight Valley review

Pikmin 4

Pikmin 4

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Release date: TBC 2023

Pikmin 4 is officially coming, with confirmation during the September 2022 Nintendo presentation from Miyamoto. While no gameplay was shown, we got to see the first image of the game that shows how we'll be playing from the Pikmins perspective. Miyamoto also revealed that the Nintendo Switch makes controlling the game "simpler", which means you can concentrate on the "core essence of Pikmin gameplay". 

Moving Out 2

Moving Out 2

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Release date: TBC 2023

Co-op game Moving Out that was released back in 2020 is getting a sequel in Moving Out 2. Set to bring back the frantic process of, well, moving out, we'll be returning to Packmore for more furniture lifting shenanigans with a cast of quirky playable characters to choose from. This time around, Moving Out 2 will also support Online multiplayer cross-platform support, so you can play with pals no matter where they are or what they play on. 

Persona 4 Golden 

Best Persona Games

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Release date: TBC 2023 

As the enhanced version of Persona 4 which originally released on the PS2, Persona 4 Golden takes you to town of Inaba as a highschool student and his friends who gets caught up in a strange series of murders. Experiencing school life by day, you'll get to know fellow students, form bonds, take part in social gatherings, or spend time at home with the family. By night, though, you'll venture into dungeons to face the darker side of the people you've come to know. As a memorable coming of age story with plenty of mystery, it's sure to find a happy home on Switch. 

Persona 3 Portable  

Best Persona Games

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Release date: TBC 2023 

Happily, alongside 4 Golden and 4 Royal, Persona 3 Portable is also coming to Switch. Originally released on the PSP as an enhanced version of the PS2 version with alternative protagonist routes, Persona 3 Portable sees you play as a teenage student who sets out to investigate the Dark Hour, a period of time that occurs every night that most aren't aware of. During this time, people turn into coffins and monsters known as Shadows roam. When you're looking into this strange occurrence alongside your friends, you go about your day-to-day at school, forming bonds and building skills. With Japanese and English voice acting, the Switch version also comes with full HD graphics.

Minecraft Legends 

Minecraft Legends

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Release date: TBC 2023 

Minecraft Legends is a new action strategy game that takes place in the blocky universe. Set in a new - albeit familiar - world, you're free to explore its lands, which are full of different biomes, resources, and wildlife. You'll have to fight against the Piglin invasion in the overworld by gathering resources to build up defenses and engage in strategic battles. You can also form alliances and friendships with others in the world as you help them protect their homes. It looks set to be an interesting new direction for the Minecraft universe. 

Marvel's Midnight Suns

Marvel's Midnight Suns

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Release date: TBC 2023

Marvel's Midnight Suns is the upcoming title from XCOM developer, Firaxis, and is bringing a touch of the superhero magic to the strategy genre. Aimed with a roster of 12 superheroes, you'll be tasked with taking down Lillith, the Mother of Demons. You are The Hunter, a completely customizable Marvel hero - quite the historic event - and you are Earth's last defense against the underworld. 

TBC

Mineko's Night Market

Upcoming Switch games - Mineko's Night Market

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Release date: TBC 2023

If you are incapable of watching the Mineko's Night Market trailer and suppressing squeaks at all the adorable kitties it contains, this isn't a game for you. It's basically a kind of game like Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley, where you explore, craft, oh and breed cats. The cute little balls of fluff will follow you around as you play as Mineko who's just moved to Mount Fugu Island, and is also accompanied by her giant cat-like friend Abe. Together, you'll gather resources and craft items to sell at your market stall, play loads of mini-games, and of course, befriend kittens. Lots and lots and lots of kitties. Sounds rather wonderful, doesn't it? 

Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2 

Dragon Quest Heroes 2

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Release date: TBC

Dynasty Warriors, with its endless procession of idiot enemy fodder whose only goal is to give your attack button a workout, is certainly divisive. But whatever your stance on the series is, there's no denying that Koei Tecmo's spin-offs, which include the Zelda-inspired Hyrule Warriors, show that the series' button-mashing formula still has room for experimentation. Dragon Quest Heroes heroes was a surprisingly delightful take on the musou genre, taking the series' classic RPG framework and dressing it around real-time action combat and monster collection. This combo will include the entire first game along with its sequel, meaning you'll get to spend hundreds of hours slicing through slimes at home or on the go.

Yokai Watch 4

Release date: TBC

If you're a Pokemon fan, you probably already know about the Yo-Kai Watch series. It follows a similar format in that you collect critters that also function as your companions as a young kid. That's, of course, reducing it somewhat, but I for one am ridiculously excited about Yo-Kai Watch 4. It's already looking incredible, and actually might make Pokemon Let's Go look a bit 3DS era. In terms of new gameplay features, it'll introduce a brand new item, called the Yokai Ark, which will let players travel between three worlds that are all set in different time periods, and feature their own protagonist. It should be quite the beast, and a good distraction before the real Pokemon Switch RPG arrives. 

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