Nintendo Direct: all games and updates revealed (February 2022)
Nintendo has aired its Nintendo Direct livestream, detailing the launch of games for the Switch.”in the first half of 2022.” The stream, which lasted about 40 minutes, was filled with announcements and information that should keep Nintendo gamers happy.
Read below for all announcements.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (June 24)
The first was Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes images, the next game in the long-running Fire Emblem series. It’s a game of attackers like Dynasty Warriors where you face hordes of enemies and big bosses.
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (April 8)
Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp was next, with an April 8 launch date. Each commander is now voiced. More tactical objectives have been added, such as getting out of pipes. There are additional modes like War Room and Design Room.
Mario Strikers Battle League (June 10)
Next was Mario Strikers Battle League, a 5v5 football game where you can use items and special abilities that drop on June 10. Two strategy tips included equipping gear and Hyper Strike, activated by grabbing an orb and charging it, scoring two goals instead of one if you score. It can accommodate up to eight players on a Switch system as well as online games. You can create clubs online. Pre-orders begin today (February 9).
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition (April 7)
Next was Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Editiona remake of the PSOne classic, which includes Radical dreamers, a text adventure. The compendium game will be released on April 7.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land (March 25)
Kirby was shown next in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, a full 3D platforming adventure. It introduced Mouthful Mode, like a car to zoom or a cone to punch through objects, triggering new actions for Kirby based on what he inhales. It falls on March 25.
MLB The Show 22 (April 5)
Introducing Shohei Ohtani MLB The Show 22’s first time on Switch, with him as the cover athlete. They touted the ability to play with just one Joy Con, and it’s cross-platform. It falls on April 5.
As well, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed released on April 20 and Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection February 17.
Game collections are coming to Nintendo Switch
The first was Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece for the Cloud. The three versions included in the masterpiece can also be purchased as individual cloud versions, which will launch on February 10.
Klonoa Fantasy Reverie series, the side-scrolling adventure, includes Klonoa 2 and will launch on July 8.
JRPG live alive makes its overseas debut on July 22.
Nintendo Switch Sports (online playtest Feb 18-20)
Nintendo Switch Sports was next, a new iteration of the Sports series. It includes tennis, bowling, chambara, football (with a huge ball) which can have a Joy Con attached to the leg, badminton and volleyball. It includes local and online play. Game footage was shown on the volleyball. A free summer update will include golf. There will be an online playtest from February 18-20 for anyone with an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass (March 18)
A Mario Kart update followed. They have remastered some courses from the series which will be released as paid DLC through the Rappel course pass, with eight courses over six waves for a total of 48 courses by the end of 2023. Courses included Choco Mountain and Tokyo Blur for the first wave. It drops March 18 for $24.99, but it comes with a Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass.
Free Metroid Dread Updates (Until April)
A free update for Metroid Dread drops with Dread Mode where a single hit kills you. It will also add Rookie mode for beginners. Another free update will launch in April with Boss Rush mode.
EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings (February 9)
Earthboundthe classic RPG for SNES was shown, then the first on NES, EarthBound Beginnings. Both were added to Switch Online on February 9.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (September)
The latest announcement was for Xenoblade Chronicles 3which will be released in September 2022. It was announced that this game will connect the stories of the first two games.
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Games with no official release date announced
No Man’s Skythe procedurally generated universe of Hello Games, will be released this summer.
SD Gundam Battle Alliance releases this year.
Portal: Companion Collection includes Portal and Portal 2 and will launch this year.
Triangle strategya tactical RPG, will be released later this year with a demo up to Chapter 3. The demo should be available soon and save data will be transferred.
Then there were images of Splatoon’s new co-op mode with a few different boss fights, Splatoon 3 Salmon Run Next Wave. Splatoon 3 will launch in the summer of 2022.
Mission before 1st: Remake come. The tactical RPG uses mech warriors, fully upgradeable. Mission before 2 will also be launched in the future.
Disney Speed Storm was announced, a runner with characters from Disney and Pixar. Each character has unique traits and ultimate skills. The free game will launch this summer and is cross-platform.
Triangle Strategya tactical RPG, will be released later this year with a demo up to Chapter 3. The demo should be available soon and save data will be transferred.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War, GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon, Demon Salyer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles, LEGO Brawls and Two Point Campus were all slated for release later this year, mostly over the summer.
There’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Direct live stream on February 9, 2022. Which games pique your interest the most?