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Upcoming Nintendo Switch games: The biggest confirmed releases coming in 2022 and 2023

From Pokémon Scarlet and Violet to Tears of the Kingdom, these are the games we’re looking forward to

Jasper Pickering
Wednesday 14 September 2022 12:51 BST
Some of the hottest releases are coming sooner than you think
Some of the hottest releases are coming sooner than you think (iStock/The Independent)

The Nintendo Switch has seen a healthy library of first-and third-party games since its release in 2017, and even when it’s technically been outperformed by the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, its software is tough to beat.

Super Mario Odyssey, Metroid Dread and, of course, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have been genre-defining entries, and in 2022 there are even more titles to look forward to.

The recent follow-up releases of the Switch lite and the Switch OLED models have also meant there are more ways to enjoy Nintendo titles on the go, whether you’re looking for something more compact or a brighter display, respectively, for each system.

The immense popularity of the console has only been matched by the quality of these games. And as the Nintendo eShop is extremely active for game developers of all sizes, there’s a healthy choice of games at various prices.

In this list, we will keep you updated with all our anticipated games that are confirmed to launch on the Switch in 2022 and will add new entries as they’ve been announced.


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  • Release date: 4 November 2022
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Live Wire
  • Age rating: 12+

Announced at Nintendo Direct in June, Harvestella is a life-sim RPG where players farm, fight and forge friendships in a new fantasy world called Lethe. The seasons gently flow from spring, summer, autumn, and winter, however, they’ll eventually give way to the season of death, Quietus. The fate of the village depends on players stopping the Death Season from wreaking havoc.

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‘Sonic Frontiers'

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  • Release date: 8 November 2022
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Developer: Sonic Team
  • Age rating: 7+

Sonic Frontiers is the latest 3D Sonic the Hedgehog title that will see the titular blue blur race across vast open fields in a mysterious new setting. A story trailer released during Gamescom 2022 showed off new details about “Starfall Island”, a new open-zone setting where Sonic must rescue his friends from a mysterious ancient threat. Could this be Sega’s answer to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?

Read our hands-on preview of Sonic Frontiers to find out more

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‘Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet'

  • Release date: 18 November 2022
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Age rating: 7+

The two games will see players transported to a new region with two new professors, Sada and Turo. From the trailers already released, we know players will get to choose from three all-new starter Pokémon; Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly, which are grass, fire and water types.

Fans of the pocket monster-catching franchise will already be familiar with how these games are released. Starting with Red and Blue back in 1996, Pokémon games are always launched in pairs, with Scarlet and Violet set to continue that trend.

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'Dragon Quest Treasures’

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  • Release date: 9 December 2022
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Age rating: 12+

As a spin-off of Dragon Quest XI, returning characters Erik and sister Mia explore the vast world of Draconia in search of grand treasure.

Treasures is supposedly a prequel to Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and will focus on the siblings’ journey before the start of the game.

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‘Fire Emblem Engage'

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  • Release date: 20 January 2023
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Intelligent Systems
  • Age rating: 12+

Fire Emblem Engage is the next mainline game in the Fire Emblem series after Three Houses. The game takes place in Elyos, a continent consisting of four realms surrounding a holy land at its centre. A thousand years ago, a vicious war broke out between the people of Elyos and the Fell Dragon.

With a new protagonist that looks like a mascot for a leading brand of toothpaste, expect to see a return to tactical turn-based combat with some other familiar faces, such as Marth, returning to the series as well.

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‘Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe'

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  • Release date: 24 February 2023
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Hal Laboratory

Kirby returns for another sidescrolling adventure in Return to Dreamland Deluxe, a remake of the original 2011 release on the Nintendo Wii.

Up to four players can join the action as they help Magalor rebuild his broken spaceship, after it crash-lands on Planet Popstar. The deluxe version of the game will feature a new mecha copy ability for the first time.

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‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom'

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  • Release date: 12 May 2023
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Age rating: 12+

Tears of the Kingdom has been confirmed as the sequel to Breath of the Wild, and looks set to take hero Link to new heights in a fragmented open world.

Nintendo has kept a tight lid on many of the game’s details but from trailers we have already seen, it could be much darker in tone than its predecessor.

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