Every Nintendo game currently in development
nintendo has always been and continues to be one of the largest video game publishers in the world. Essentially popularizing the video game industry in the 1980s with the NES and SNES, Nintendo hasn’t stopped since. He may have stumbled a time or two along the way, but the company seems to be in better shape than ever. The Nintendo Switch is quickly becoming one of the best-selling consoles of all time, and first-party Nintendo games have had a good streak in recent years, being some of the best AAA experiences available today.
2022 has already seen the release of some truly excellent first-party Nintendo games, ranging from the surprisingly innovative game Pokemon Legends: Arceus with charming pleasure Kirby and the Forgotten Land. While 2022 may be halfway there, Nintendo still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve, with a long list of games still in development, some of which may still be coming this year.
Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp
Originally slated for release earlier this year, Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp was again delayed, this time with no official release date in sight. A remake of the first two Advanced Wars Games, Reboot Camp is developed only for the Nintendo Switch. Although the gameplay looks largely unchanged from the original games, this remake uses a new 3D art style, will feature a re-recorded soundtrack, and bring online features to the game. Hopefully the recent delay will ensure that Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp is a well-polished experience whenever it finally comes out.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
Release scheduled for June 24 Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes continues the story of the critically acclaimed film Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but replaces that game’s turn-based RPG combat with a hack and slash approach. Players will be able to control a variety of Three Houses heroes in action, ranging from Edelgard to Dimitri, Claude, and even a new character named Shez, who will act as a new player avatar.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Another first-party Nintendo title is heading to the Switch in just over a month, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 hits consoles on July 29. Much like the later entries in the series, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will be another action RPG, set in a huge open world environment. Players will control two main protagonists, Noah and Mio, outcasts from opposing warring factions. During the game, they will meet a variety of colorful characters, each of which can be recruited into the party. Whether Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is something like its Switch predecessor, so RPG fans will want to keep an eye out for it over the next month.
To complete Nintendo’s summer slate with vibrant style, Splaton 3 is heading to the Switch on September 9, 2022. Based on the trailers released so far, Splaton 3 seems to present itself very well, taking the basics laid by its predecessors and improving certain game mechanics to create an ever tighter and more competitive experience. Couple that with the game’s full campaign mode and the return of the Salmon Run horde mode, and Splaton 3 might just be one of the best games of the summer.
Pokemon scarlet and violet
Released towards the end of the year, November 18, Pokemon scarlet and violet move the Pokemon frankness forward in a fairly substantial way. Set in a whole new region, possibly inspired by Spain, Pokemon scarlet and violet will allow up to four players to take on the game’s brand new open world at once. Pokemon scarlet and violet looks like a definite step up for the franchise and is sure to bring in fans who’ve been falling for the past few years.
A game announced in 2017 during the Game Awards, Bayonet 3 is still slated for a 2022 release date, though only one gameplay trailer has been released so far. But, based on the footage fans have seen so far, Bayonet 3 looks to be another hit character action game, with all the over-the-top action fandom you’ve come to expect from the series.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
With a 2023 release window confirmed by Nintendo, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has officially reached new heights of hype. Although only one trailer has been released so far, that hasn’t stopped the onslaught of speculation and leaks, with each theorizing about returning characters, new mechanics, new gadgets, and various features that will could be heading to the game. From the footage released so far, it looks like Breath of the Wild 2 will offer players new time-based mechanics, which could hint at the direction of the sequel’s overall narrative.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
The sequel to the surprise hit of 2017 Mario Kingdom Battle + Rabbids, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope joins the forces of the Mushroom Kingdom again with the goofy Rabbids, but this time they’re in space. Players will jump from planet to planet to save the adorable Sparks, created by the fusion of Lumas and Rabbids. Whereas sparks of hope will still use a lot of the turn-based gameplay of its predecessor, combat will also take place outside of those turn-based battles, and some mechanics will be a bit different. One of the biggest changes to come sparks of hope is the removal of the grid movement system, which will apparently lead to a more dynamic and faster experience.
Detective Pikachu 2
According to an interview with one of Big N’s lead programmers in February, a sequel to the 2016 3DS game Detective Pikachu is in preparation at Nintendo. Although no gameplay details or even an official announcement have been heard from the development team, the project is apparently still in progress, although it may still be a long way off.
Metroid Prime 4
One of the most infamous Nintendo games of the last decade, Metroid Prime 4 is still in development. Suffering from some delays and having its development completely abandoned and restarted, Metroid Prime 4 is now in the capable hands of the series’ original developer, Retro Studios. With job vacancies for the game popping up as recently as 2020, it looks like Metroid Prime 4The release of is still some time away, but hopefully the delays are worth it.
Another infamous Nintendo project that feels like it’s been in development forever, Pikmin 4 has still not been officially announced, but Shigeru Miyamoto himself has confirmed several times that the game exists and is indeed in development. In 2017, Miyamoto relayed that the game was “progressing”, but he was not allowed to comment further on the matter. Since then, it’s been Nintendo’s radio silence, with only a Pikmin 3 Deluxe releasing remaster to satiate fans’ desire for a sequel.
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