Here are all the Nintendo Switch exclusive games coming in 2022

After their lackluster display in 2021, which consisted mostly of remakes and ports, this year Nintendo is making its debut. The Switch is celebrating its fifth anniversary, a new Super Mario Bros movie is coming out, and we’ve got tons of games to look forward to. The handheld gaming segment has seen a surge in popularity with even Steam building its own device, expected to ship in February, due to a delay. Hopefully Nintendo won’t suffer the same fate and manage to ship these exclusive titles on time.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

The sequel to the 2017 Game of the Year winner has been shrouded in mystery since its initial announcement. Nintendo still hasn’t decided on an official title yet, but thanks to the E3 2019 trailer, we know it picks up right after the prequel and follows a darker theme. The music is eerie and played backwards, as we see a mummified corpse emanating from black magic that seems identical to the contagious plague, Malice.

 The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (Screenshot)

Link is also getting new powers this time around, allowing him to pass through walls and a time rewind ability, as evidenced by the 2021 trailer, where we see him stop a rolling spike bullet halfway through and the send back to damage enemies. Rumors suggest Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 set for release in November 2022.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

We all know what to expect from a Pokémon game – roam the map and catch monsters, battle other trainers in turn-based battles, and advance your character and Pokémon through badges and evolution. Set in the bygone era of the Sinnoh region, Arceus offers a truly immersive environment, where players can explore the lands and capture monsters immediately in the real world.

 Pokémon Legends: Arceus features immersive real-world battles. (Screenshot)

This means the game won’t take you to a separate battle screen, and sometimes the shy ones can get scared and run away into the wild, forcing you to follow them using your senses. The plot follows the creation of Sinnoh’s first Pokédex and aims to shed light on the history of major events in the franchise. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is slated for release on February 28, 2022.

Mario + Rabbids sparks of hope

In a return collaboration between Nintendo and Ubisoft, Mario, Luigi, and others embark on an intergalactic journey to save the Spark companions from an energy-absorbing entity named Cursa. Players must team up with their Rabbids counterparts and use their respective special powers to battle enemies, solve puzzles and level up.

 Mario uses laser guns to take down enemies in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. (Screenshot)

You get nine familiar characters to choose from your roster as you explore new locations and fight bosses. The game also features a damage counter that appears when attacking an enemy, highlighting critical hits and the like. But, it doesn’t have any health bar, which makes the item redundant. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is slated for release in 2022.

Bayonet 3

Originally revealed in 2019, the third iteration of the Bayonetta series takes place in devastated Tokyo and brings back its iconic hack and slash gameplay. The new teaser doesn’t feature much other than a fight sequence between the titular witch and a kaiju monster, where she uses a new purple-colored spell that emulates space magic, allowing you to create sort of portals.

 Bayonetta 3. (Screen capture)

The final shot provided a glimpse of a mysterious character, believed by some to be Virgil from the Devil May Cry franchise. It’s also worth noting that Bayonetta is putting on braids this time around, like when she was a child. As to whether this game is a prequel, only time will tell.

Kirby and the Forgotten Country

 Kirby and the Forgotten Land puts the iconic pink puffball in a 3D environment for the first time. (Screenshot)

The new Kirby game appears to take heavy inspiration from Super Mario Odyssey, throwing the iconic pink puffball into a desolate town overrun with wine and vivid monsters. Much of the gameplay is based on exploration with coins and stars to be collected in abundance. As usual, her powers allow her to suck up enemies or copy their abilities to use them against them or solve puzzles. The open world also feels rich, full of interactive items and cute allies who follow you everywhere. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is slated for release in Spring 2022.

Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3 transports us to Spatsville, a gray, deserted metropolis where players engage in 4v4 turf wars, painting the city in ink with color. Unlike previous games, where you had to ink your opponents, this time the objective is to see who colors the city the most. Players can customize their characters down to eye color and use unique equipment such as an umbrella to protect the ink and rollers to cover large areas of their colors.

 Splatoon 3. (Screenshot)

Playing as Octoling, which is a new addition, allows you to use their tentacles as a grappling hook and cover long distances. The game also features a story mode, where you face off against the Octavian army. Splatoon 3 is coming in 2022.

Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp

Classic Advance Wars games are back with a reimagined new style for the Switch. With the help of Andy, Max, Sami, and other commanders, players must defend their lands in a military-style turn-based combat system. Think of it like “Totally Accurate Battle Simulator,” where you line up your troops and assign them actions to perform, while the whole ordeal unfolds in a cutscene.

 Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp is slated for release on April 8, 2022. (Screenshot)

Each of the characters has different abilities ranging from repairing to capacity building. Besides the campaign, it also features a Versus mode, where you can play against four friends in dozens of maps. Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp was originally slated for release early last month, but was later postponed until April 8, 2022.

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