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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Rondina

New Year, New Big Nintendo Direct Announcements

Nintendo showed off dozens of Switch games from 1st party publishers and more in the virtual event, here are all the announcements.

In its latest Direct video presentation, Nintendo detailed a wide variety of games coming to their system in the first half of 2022. The immediate future is looking fantastic with many big reveals that have me extremely excited. The major highlights really had something for everyone from blockbuster debuts, returning classics and more! Let's breakdown all the announcenments from today's event.

Fire Emblems Warriors: Three Hopes

Release Date: June 24th, 2022

Prepare for a new tale set in the Fire Emblem universe with Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, coming this summer to the Nintendo Switch!

Advanced Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

Release Date: April 8th, 2022

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp has returned with more news from the front. There's a lot more included in the two complete campaigns with the addition of voiced Commanding Officers, additional modes, and beautifully animated characters here are all the latest deails:

No Man’s Sky

Release Date: Summer 2022

No Man's Sky will be landing on the Nintendo Switch this summer, and you'll be able to explore the galaxy as you journey for resources, build tools, and battle to survive in an ever-expanding universe.

SD Gundam Battle Alliance

Release Date: TBD 2022

Join a Battle Alliance to Correct a False World in SD Gundam Battle Alliance. The third-person mech game looks to create an intense third-person battle experience on the Nintendo Switch when it launches later this year.

Mario Strikers Battle League

Release Date: June 10th, 2022

Lace up your cleats and prepare to unleash your fury in Mario Strikers: Battle League.

Unleash fierce special attacks, random items, and explosive tackles that allow you to break the rules and dominate the field! Run wild on the pitch with up to 8 players, both locally and online, along with the option of creating your own club.

Splatoon 3 – Salmon Run Next Wave

Release Date: Summer 2022

The sequel to the smash hit Splatoon 2 is on its way, and it's looking to be packed with co-op content! A mysterious new, giant Salmonid is now in the picture it might be a tougher challenge than swimming upstream.

Disney Speedstorm

Release Date: TBD 2022

The hero-based battle-racing game, fuses together Disney & Pixar worlds, is releasing this year on PC & console.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Release Date: April 20th, 2022

Are you prepared to use The Force and your own lightsaber to battle foes like never before on the Switch? The Nintendo Wii version of STAR WARS: The Force Unleashed is coming to Nintendo Switch this spring adapted to make use of the new hardware. May the Force be with you!

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series

Release Date: July 8th, 2022

Klonoa: Door to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil are coming to Nintendo Switch. The dreamy, side-scrolling adventures are in a single package in Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series arrives this summer.

Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection

Release Date: February 17th, 2022

Live the complete saga of a legendary Italian Assassin on the go! Whether you are on the bus, relaxing at the beach or climbing roof tops, Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection is at your fingertips.

All single-player campaigns and solo DLC from Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed Revelations are included. Also included are two short movies, game lineages and embers. Take on the role of Ezio Auditore, the most celebrated and legendary Master Assassin in the franchise, as you explore Italy during the Renaissance era. More details in the official reveal trailer:

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition

Release Date: April 7th, 2022

In this epic adventure, two eras meet and crossover in an HD remaster of the renowned RPG Chrono Cross. CHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION dashes and slashes its way onto Nintendo Switch this April.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land "Mouthful Mode" Revealed

Release Date: March 25th, 2022

In a new adventure, Kirby is eager to rescue the kidnapped Waddle Dees!

The newest mode for Kirby, Mouthful Mode, allows him to swallow real-world objects and utilize skills that are different from his copy abilities. You can even make a pit stop at Waddle Dee's Weapons Shop, where players can enhance their abilities. Transforming his copy abilities will broaden his attack range, alter his form, and enhance his power. Get ready for a new Kirby adventure floating on the Nintendo Switch this March!

MLB The Show 22 hits a homerun on the Nintendo Switch

Release Date: April 5th, 2022

MLB The Show 22 is coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time ever this spring. In The Show 22, you can play the game just like cover athlete and one-in-a-million talent, Shohei Ohtani.

Kingdom Hearts Masterpiece: Cloud Version

Release Date: February 10th, 2022

Just in time for the 20th anniversary - Kingdom Hearts is finally unlocked for Nintendo Switch! Check out all the details on this cloud-based experience below:

Portal: Companion Edition

Release Date: TBD 2022

Welcome to the Aperture Science computer-aided Enrichment Center.

Break the laws of physics, solve perplexing puzzles, and take on an all-powerful artificial intelligence in Portal and Portal 2. Both games teleport onto Nintendo Switch in 2022 with Portal: Companion Collection!

Nintendo Switch Sports

Release Date: April 29th, 2022

A new iteration of the Wii Sports series is swinging onto the Switch with Nintendo Switch Sports.

The new game adds seven new sports in Soccer, Badminton, and Volleyball. Fan favourites like Bowling, Tennis, and Chambara will make their return too. Online play will be available across all the different sports at launch.

Earthbound & Earthbound Beginnings Come to NSO

Release Date: Available Now for NSO subscribers

EarthBound / EarthBound Beginnings: Join Ness, Paula, Jeff and Poo in their quest to fulfill an age-old prophecy to stop the wicked Giygas in the fan-favorite Super NES classic EarthBound. In addition, travel back to 198X for EarthBound Beginnings, a localized version of the original Famicom Mother game.


Release Date: July 22nd, 2022

The unique RPG LIVE A LIVE comes to North America for the first time on Nintendo Switch. Play seven stories featuring a variety of protagonists, time periods, and gameplay styles in any order you choose, now with newly remastered HD-2D graphics.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival

Release Date: TBD 2022

Become a Taiko master with all your favorite Japanese drum songs including a few Nintendo inspired rhythms when the latest Taiko no Tatsujin game releases later this year.

Triangle Strategy

Release Date: March 4th, 2022

Command a group of warriors as Serenoa and decide the fate of your allies when the tactical RPG, TRIANGLE STRATEGY, arrives in March.

Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course

Release Date: June 30th, 2022

In Cuphead - The Delicious Last Course, you'll get another helping of classic Cuphead action! Ms. Chalice, the clever, daring lady of Inkwell Isle, joins Cuphead and Mugman for a rollicking journey across an uncharted isle! Players will take on a new cast of larger-than-life bosses in Cuphead's last challenging quest with the help of new weapons, magical charms, and Ms. Chalice' s unique skills!

Metroid Dread - Free Update

Release Date: Available Now with "Boss Rush Mode" Coming April 2022

A free update is now live for Metroid Dread on the Nintendo Switch.

This adds in the brutal Dread Mode difficulty, with one hit permadeath. Are you up to the task? On the opposite end of the spectrum players new to the series can now jump into Rookie Mode, which allows for quicker recovery and less damage from bosses.

Finally, keep an eye out for a second free update in April, which will include Boss Rush mode, where you can face off with bosses one at a time until you are defeated.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Release Date: September 2022

With a new narrative that connects the outcomes of both Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will come to Nintendo Switch this September!

There you have it, all the games announced in Nintendo's latest Direct. What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!


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