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Nintendo Comes Out Swinging In 2022 – Fire Emblem, Mario Strikers, Klonoa, Mario Kart DLC, Xenoblade 3 And More

2022 is looking to be a bumper year for Nintendo fans!

It’s time to (hopefully) get hype because this morning is the first Nintendo Direct for 2022, which is already looking stacked. Fingers crossed for a few new reveals and more release dates for previously revealed games. Here is our recap:

First out of the gate is….

  • Fire Emblem! A new Warriors game connected to Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is releasing on June 24. It’s unclear where this sits in the timeline but it looks cool!
  • We get to see a new trailer for Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp which is releasing on April 8.
  • No Mans Sky is coming to Switch?! Not sure how this will perform on the console but it will release in Winter 2022.
  • Mario Strikers is making a comeback!! 5 by 5 football action with local and online play is coming to Switch! Mario Strikers Battle League Football is releasing June 10.
  • Salmon Run is back in Splatoon 3! There are some new boss salmonids: The Fishstick and Flipper-Flopper. You can also throw eggs this time! This will really change up strategies. There is also a new mystery giant salmonid. Splatoon 3 Salmon Run Next Wave is the name of this upgraded mode and will launch with the game in Winter 2022.
  • A full remake of Front Mission 1st is coming to Switch. Front Mission 1st: Remake is launching Winter 2022. The sequel, Front Mission 2, is also coming in the future.
  • Disney Speedstorm is a Disney-Pixar racing game. Not sure about this one but it might prove to be fun. Releasing Winter 2022.
  • Another classic Star Wars game is coming to Switch. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (the Wii version) releases on April 20 on Nintendo Switch
  • Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection is making its way to Switch on February 17!
  • SD Gundam Battle Alliance is coming in 2022 and includes online multiplayer.
  • An RPG classic returns! Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition has been remastered for Nintendo Switch. The remaster reminds me of the Rune Factory 4 Special remaster. Radical Dreamers – Le Trésor Interdit, a text-based adventure is also included so you can learn the whole story of Chrono Cross. Releases on April 7.
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land has a new trailer. Kirby gets hilarious new kinds of skills thanks to Mouthful Mode, where he can partially inhale a car, vending machine and more. As you rescue Waddle Dee’s their village will grow and you can also upgrade copy abilities there which is a great inclusion. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is releasing on March 25.
  • Calling all baseball fans! The Show 2022 is coming to Switch with online play on April 5.
  • Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece for Cloud is available shortly after this Direct. Sadly no announcement of a physical version for these games.
  • The trademark rumour came true!! KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series is coming to Switch. Klonoa Door to Phantomile and Klonoa 2 are both coming to Nintendo Switch! The collection releases on July 8.
  • It’s time for science! Portal: Companion Collection with Portal 1 and 2 is releasing this year.
  • Never released outside of Japan, Live A Live is finally coming to the west in remastered HD-2D. Releasing July 22.
  • Sports is back baby! Nintendo Switch Sports is finally a thing. Several sports are returning: tennis, bowling and chambara. There are also new sports: football, badminton and volleyball, and a free update in Spring that adds golf. There will be an online playtest for the game between February 19 and 20.
  • Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm Festival is coming to Switch for all your drumming needs, launching in 2022. There will be a paid subscription service at launch for 500 songs.
  • Triangle Strategy is almost here! A new demo will be available later today, is playable up to chapter 3 plus your save game can be transferred to the full game!
  • Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course will be dished up on Switch on June 30
  • Metroid Dread is getting a free update. A new one-hit death mode, Dread Mode, and a mode for newbies, Rookie Mode, are releasing after the Direct. A second free update in April will release a Boss Rush Mode.
  • Time for the montage headlines: Zombie Army 4: Dead War (April 26), GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon (After the Direct), Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (June 10), LEGO Brawls (June 2022) and Two Point Campus (May 17).
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is getting paid DLC! BUT IT’S FREE WITH NINTENDO SWITCH ONLINE EXPANSION PASS!! 48 new courses over six waves by the end of 2023! The courses are remastered classics and Mario Kart Tour. Coconut Mall, Choco Mountain and Tour Tokyo Blur will be included in the first wave. The first wave launches on March 18.
  • To wrap things up it’s a new Xenoblade Chronicles!! It looks beautiful! Xenoblade Chronicles 3 releases this September!

Wholly heck, that was an amazing Direct. Which was your favourite announcement? Let us know in the comments below or on our social media pages!

Written By Eleanore Blereau

When Eleanore isn’t trying to figure out how the Earth works she’s trying to pay off her loan in Animal Crossing, complete her Pokedex or finishing one more RPG or platformer. She is a lover of great characters, cute or creative art styles and awesome game soundtracks.


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