This Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct (9) focused on what’s new coming to the Switch in the first half of 2022. Among the main announcements is DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the collection of sports games Nintendo Switch Sports. The presentation ended with a brand new trailer of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. And no, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild didn’t show up at the event, but it’s still expected in 2022.
Below, you can see all of the games that appeared during the Nintendo Direct presentation. Do you think we missed an important reveal? Share your opinion with us via social networks.
Fire Emblem Heroes: Three Hopes
fire emblem, the strategy franchise published by Nintendo, will win a game in the musou genre. Direct’s first announcement this Thursday (9) was Fire Emblem Warriors – Three Hopes, which will be released for Nintendo Switch on June 24 this year. Just like other games of the genre, like the latest Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, three hopes pit heroes and action battles against large groups of enemies in real time.
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Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp
The relaunch of the colorful strategy franchise has been enriched with a new trailer that details the news of the edition. Players will be able to enjoy additional modes, brand new campaign content and more. Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp will be released for Nintendo Switch on April 8. The pre-sale of the collection is now available on the eShop.
No Man’s Sky
The space exploration adventure from developer Hello Games, No Man’s Sky, will fly straight to the Nintendo Switch. The former PlayStation 4 exclusive, currently also available on Xbox and PC consoles, will get a Switch port in the first half of 2022. In the game, the adventurer must brave a universe of 18 quintillion planets randomly generated by a procedural formula. No Man’s Sky was originally released in August 2016 and has since received a number of updates with new features and improvements.
Mario Strikers: Battle League
A new Mario Strikers was revealed in the opening minutes of the Nintendo Direct. Featuring iconic characters from the mustachioed plumbers franchise, the game pits two teams of five players each against each other in an unconventional football match.
In addition to local matches (up to eight players on a single Nintendo Switch), battle league will feature an online multiplayer mode. In the game, the characters have special abilities that can change the course of the match and guarantee the goal. Mario Strikers: Battle League will arrive on Nintendo Switch on June 10 and will have a Portuguese localization. Pre-orders of the game are now available on the eShop.
Splatoon 3 – Salmon Run Next Wave
The already announced Splaton 3 received a trailer that highlights the Salmon Run: Next Wave mode, which debuted in the franchise in Splaton 2. The video shows off new bosses that will be arriving for the modality, which brings players together in a frenetic cooperative match. Participants must join forces to defeat enemies in each wave and collect eggs.
Splaton 3 will arrive exclusively on Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2022. The exact date has not yet been revealed.
Mission before 1st: Remake + Mission before 2
A brand new, completely remade version of the first game in the series mission before is on its way to Nintendo Switch in the first half of the year. Alongside the surprise, Square Enix also announced a sequel to the War Tactician. Mission before 2 did not have a date revealed during the presentation.
Disney Speed Storm
Basically this game is a Mario Kart with Disney and Pixar characters. The trailer released on Direct shows Mickey, Jack Sparrow, Mulan, Donald Duck and other beloved characters from the company. There will be a variety of vehicles to choose from, as well as support for an online mode.
Disney Speed Storm will come to Switch between June and September 2022.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
One of the most classic Star Wars adventures in video games, The Force Unleashed will arrive on Nintendo Switch on April 20. The version that lands on the company’s Mario hybrid is the same one released for Nintendo Wii in the past, with the right to motion controls.
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition
mission before It’s not the only Square Enix series getting a facelift. A long-awaited remaster of Chrono-Cross will arrive on the hybrid console on April 7. With pre-sales released during the Nintendo Direct this Wednesday (9), the remaster will have a few new features, including the ability to disable enemy encounters and a revamped soundtrack. The Radical Dreamers expansion will be part of the pack. Chrono Cross was originally released in 1999 for the first PlayStation
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby’s new adventure has already been announced and, as expected, featured prominently in this Nintendo Direct presentation. The gameplay trailer of Kirby and the Forgotten Land shows a new gameplay mechanic: in Mouthful mode, Kirby will be able to take the form of objects, depending on what he swallows. We see the pink acorn with the silhouette of a car and a ring, for example, which will give access to new actions for the protagonist. He will also be able to evolve his skills and make them more powerful.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land will arrive exclusively on Nintendo Switch on March 25.
Klonoa: Reverie Phantasy Series
Classics of the 2.5D platform genre, the two Klonoa mascot games will be released for Nintendo Switch on July 8 in the collection Klonoa: Reverie Phantasy Series. Klonoa: Gate to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil have been confirmed in the hybrid during the Nintendo Direct this Wednesday and represent the arrival of a mascot created by Namco to compete with Mario, on the plumber’s games console.
Portal Companion Collection
One of the big surprises of Nintendo Direct was the announcement of a collection of Portal, by Valve, for Nintendo Switch. Both games from the popular puzzle franchise will be coming to Nintendo’s console sometime in 2022, but the full date hasn’t been revealed.
Experience a live remake (HD-2D)
In 2022, RPG fans will be able to rediscover a Super Nintendo classic. A remake of tactics Live for living will be released on Switch on July 22 this year. Originally released in 1994, the game pits teams of seven warriors against each other in turn-based combat.
Nintendo Switch Sports
Better late than never! Nintendo Switch will finally get a full-fledged sports game collection, with the return of tennis, bowling and chambara. Additions remain for soccer, badminton, and volleyball, while golf will be added after launch.
Nintendo Switch Sports will offer the ability to play locally with other players, as well as an online mode with shared leaderboards. Players will use Joy-con controls to replicate in-game movements. The title will arrive on April 29 with a Brazilian Portuguese localization and is already on presale for R$199.
Between February 18 and 20, Nintendo Switch Online members can test out the new sports game’s online features.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival
the rhythm Taiko no Tatsujin will come to Nintendo Switch with rhythm party. The title will feature songs from the franchise The Legend of Zelda and a mode for up to four players to test reflexes. The game is expected to land on the console later this year, along with a premium subscription mode that will give you access to over 500 songs.
Metroid Dread – Free Update
One of the big Nintendo Switch releases of 2021, Metroid Dread won, by surprise, an update during the Nintendo Direct this Wednesday (9). Samus will have two new challenges in the first update ever released for the console. In Dread Mode, the protagonist will be challenged to a new level of difficulty. While Rookie mode will arrive as easier challenges for the player. A second update for Metroid Dread with a series of boss fights has been announced, but it still doesn’t have a release date.
EarthBound on Nintendo Switch Online
Two games from the classic Nintendo franchise will be made available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers later this Wednesday. EarthBound: the beginningsof Nintendo (NES) and Earthbound (SNES) arrive this Wednesday at the service’s Retro Library for fan enjoyment.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass (DLC)
The best-selling game in Switch history, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will receive 48 new tracks in an additional content pack (DLC) announced by Nintendo. Rappel course pass will bring remasters of classic franchise game tracks with reworked visuals to Nintendo Switch. The tracks will arrive in six waves, which will be available throughout 2022.
The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe expansion can be purchased separately or as a benefit for Nintendo Switch Online + Extra Pack subscribers, the service’s most expensive plan.
Among the tracks that can be played, including in local or online multiplayer matches, are the classic Coconut Mall from Mario Kart Wii and Will Choco Mountain from Mario Kart 64.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
The Nintendo Direct ended with a stunning trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, spotlighting new characters and the story of the newest entry in the RPG franchise. The game will be released for Nintendo Switch in September 2022.
Other games that appeared in Direct
Minutes before the presentation ended, Nintendo quickly highlighted other games coming to Switch soon. Are they:
- Triangle Strategy (demo) – available today
- GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon – available today
- Kingdom Hearts (cloud versions) – February 10
- Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection – February 17
- MLB The Show April 22-5
- Zombie Army 4: Dead War – April 26
- Two Point Campus – May 17
- Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles – June 10
- Cuphead: The Delicious Final Dish – June 30
- LEGO Brawls – June 2022
- SD Gundam Battle Alliance – 2022
Text written by Bruna Penilhas and Lucas Arraz