Nintendo Direct February 2022 has just ended at the time of writing. As usual, there is a lot of news to sniff through – an avalanche as far as the undersigned is concerned. For the sake of simplicity, we therefore take them in the order they were shown.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Houses
The Warriors series continues, and now has the honor of continuing the story in the latest Fire Emblem game, namely Three Houses from 2019. Just like Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity do for Breath of the Wild, it seems. We mostly got to see a trailer that ended with the release date: June 26 this year. The Warriors games are not known for long development periods, and this does not seem to be an exception.
Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp
The remake with the best name then Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning. Here we got a more nutritious trailer that goes through both new and old – among other things that the game will have voices. We also got the nailed date, which after a delay is now set for April 8. Digital pre-bookings opened in connection with the announcement.
No Man’s Sky
The game that managed to turn from flop to top in a rarely seen story of greatness, fall and restoration. No Man’s Sky when the Nintendo Switch this summer, with all the content that helped the title to its creation in other formats.
Or just Mario Strikers: Battle League if you live in the United States. Anyway, the third part in a much-appreciated series of Mario sports games. The presentation showed aggressive gameplay and confirmed that eight (8!) People can play on the same Switch console. It sounds like the best gaming night of 2022. And we only have to wait until June 10th! Digital pre-bookings are up now.
Splatoon 3: Salmon Run Next Wave
Splatoon Unsurprisingly, it gets a third part in the series, and it is based on the popular Salmon Run mode from previous games. The announcement video gave some insight into weapons and mechanics, but unfortunately no closer date than to the summer of this year. I guess the PR department wants to avoid feeding the summer with too many games at once.
Front Mission Remakes
Front Mission 1 and Front Mission 2 will get remasters for the Nintendo Switch. Precisely these two parts have not been seen at our latitudes before; the latest was the DS port of one that steamed down in North America in 2007. It’s, if you ask the undersigned, on time! However, even these titles do not have a fixed date; one comes for the summer and the second (not the same as Front Mission: Gun Hazard) arrives “in the future”.
“Well, waiting for Mario Kart 9 which will never come like that…” I said and thought that a fight racing game that is free to start with may not be the worst possible. Disney Speedstorm will have level systems with experience points, support for playing against other platforms and certainly a lot of microtransactions. But it looks fun, and arrives sometime this summer.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
The switch gets quite a lot of love from Disney, not least via the release of classic Star Wars games. The Force Unleashed is the latest to appear on the machine, and it’s a remaster / port of the version that came to PS2 / Wii, rather than PS3 / 360. The duel mode, which was previously exclusive to the Wii game, is making a comeback – as is the characteristic waving of the controls. 2008 suddenly does not feel so far away, and it is getting closer. April 20, to be exact.
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection
This trilogy needs no further presentation. It’s coming in a week, on February 17th.
SD Gundam Battle Alliance
Real-time fights with several of Gundamseries’ dearest mechs. This comes just in time for the series’ mother studio, Sunrisechanges name to (the soulless) Bandai Namco Filmworks. Bandai Namco has owned the studio since 1993 and thus has a more exclusive access to its works for game creation. It has given titles like Robot Wars 30and is SD Gundam Battle as good as it is, it should be on the otaku radar.
Chrono Cross + Radical Dreamers
The aforementioned remaster of Chrono Cross happens – and it brings with it the mythical Radical Dreamers. The latter is extremely unpredictable with the background that the creator himself disapproves Radical Dreamers (“in its ordinary condition”), But the fans loud lament and wishes seem to have reached all the way forward. This long-awaited duet comes to us on April 7 with the name Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition.
Kirby and The Forgotten Land
We already know that Kirby’s next adventure will come already on March 25, but now we have seen a little more (and got a digital pre-booking possible). It’s not so reminiscent Super Mario 3D World An observation that speaks well of its potential quality. The trailer above shows the new mouthful mode.
MLB The Show 2022
If you missed the baseball RPG on the Nintendo Switch, this game is for you. The whole game is playable with only JoyCon and up to 4 players on the same console. It will be available on April 5, and is pre-bookable for SEK 639.
As we wrote about earlier, so get Kingdom Heartsfans the opportunity to play a large part of the series on their Switch, but in cloud versions that require a stable boarding connection. These can be purchased individually or in packages (read more here).
Klonoa: Phantasy Reverie Series
Klonoa is a duo of charming platform games that were first released on PlayStation 1 and 2 respectively. A remake of one came later on the Wii in 2009. This is the one that is now released again on Switch, and is joined by the sequel Clone 2: Lunatea’s Veil. The release date will be July 8.
Portal: Companion Collection
Portal 1 and Portal 2 comes to the Nintendo Switch as a simple package later this year. The second will support collaboration on a split screen.
Live A Live
Another untipped post from Square Enixwho remade a JRPG from the Super Nintendo era in the same stucco as Octopath Traveler. This 2DHD game is called Live A Live and seems to have received the whole treatment with new voices (fully English localized ones!). The release date is July 22nd.
Nintendo Switch Sports
Another bestseller for the Nintendo Wii is making a comeback: Wii Sports. Now it is called Nintendo Switch Sports and includes both new and old branches. It will also support the leg strap you got with the ride Ring Fit Adventure. Because you have well Ring Fit Adventure? (It’s a good game!). Otherwise, you still have the chance to get a leg strap in the game’s physical edition (and surely it came with one of the Fitness Boxing games as well?). What followed this part of the presentation was a slightly grimace-inducing display of the new volleyball mode, orchestrated by Takahashi and Koizumi (yes, that Koizumi). They at least got the point out that the game will get free updates continuously, and quite large ones. The actual basic game comes on April 29. Between 19 and 20 February, a game test will be held for Switch Online subscribers who are curious and want to participate and evaluate the online functions.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival
The next part in the rhythm game series that focuses entirely on Japanese drums! In addition to a charming happy story, the game will have 76 songs in the base game, with over 400 more available at release if you pay a subscription fee. More detailed information about this and which songs it is about will appear closer to release later this year.
This year’s skimmiest name for a game now has a new demo for the curious right now. It covers the first three chapters of the game, and the savings data from it will be transferable to the full game, which will be released on March 4.
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course (DLC)
This long-awaited download package will be released on June 30 and includes new bosses and a new playable character, Ms. Chalice. Double jumps and swinging shots are on the menu!
Metroid Dread gets a free update
Dread Mode, where you die on a hit, and Rookie Mode, where the energy capsules give more of your health back, are the two new game modes called Metroid Dread get now. A later update that adds a Boss Rush mode will come in April.
Earthbound is coming to NSO
Nintendo Switch Online gets Earthbound and Earthbound Beginnings to the SNES and NES libraries respectively – already now! And now maybe the fans are quiet and happy for a while before it starts to shout after Mother 3 again (it WILL happen one fine day, okay!).
Zombie Army 4: Dead Warwill be released on April 26
GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moonout now
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicleswill be released on June 10
LEGO Brawls released in June
Two Point Campuswill be released on May 17
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gets DLC
In what is the most unexpected nintendo (adjective) feature in the entire presentation, Nintendo announces new downloadable tracks for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – a five year old game. And I’m not complaining. 48 (forty-eight!) New courses will be added in six waves of two cups (eight courses) each, until the end of 2023. The first will arrive on March 18 and will be free for NSO subscribers. Non-subscribers must pay a sum corresponding to SEK 250 for all 48 courses in a so-called Booster Course Pass.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Another popular game series gets its third part, with an accompanying trailer and a release date for the autumn: September.