Nintendo Direct: All Games and Updates Revealed (February 2022)

Here's your breakdown from the Nintendo Direct stream for February 2022.

Announced for 2022 (Image Source: Official Nintendo YouTube)

Nintendo streamed their Nintendo Direct livestream, detailing the games launching for the Switch “in the first half of 2022.” The stream, which lasted about 40 minutes, was filled with announcements and info that should satisfy Nintendo gamers.

Read below for all of the announcements.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (June 24)

First was Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes footage, the next game in the long-running Fire Emblem series. It is a strikers game like Dynasty Warriors where you take on hordes of enemies and large bosses.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (April 8)

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp was next, with a launch date of April 8. Each commanding officer is now voiced. More tactical objectives have been added, like taking out pipes. There are additional modes like the War Room and Design Room.

Mario Strikers Battle League (June 10)

Next was Mario Strikers Battle League, a 5v5 soccer game where you can use items and special abilities that drops June 10. Two strategy tips included the equipped gear and the Hyper Strike, activated by grabbing an orb and charging it, netting two goals rather than one should you score. It can hold up to eight players on one Switch system as well as online games. You can create online clubs. Pre-orders begin today (February 9).

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition (April 7)

Next was Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition, a remake of the PSOne classic, which includes Radical Dreamers, a text-based adventure. The compendium game drops April 7.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land (March 25)

Kirby was shown next in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, a full 3-D platforming adventure. It introduced Mouthful Mode, such as a car to zoom around or a cone to pierce objects, triggering new actions for Kirby depending on what he inhales. It drops March 25.

MLB The Show 22 (April 5)

Shohei Ohtani introduced MLB The Show 22’s first time on the Switch, with him as the cover athlete. They touted the ability to play with a single Joy Con, and it’s cross-platform. It drops April 5.

Also, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed releases April 20 and Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection February 17.

Game collections coming to Nintendo Switch

First was Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece for Cloud. All three versions included in the Masterpiece can also be purchased as individual cloud versions, which launches February 10.

Klonoa Fantasy Reverie series, the side-scrolling adventure, includes Klonoa 2 and launches July 8.

JRPG Live A Live makes its overseas debut July 22.

Nintendo Switch Sports (online play test February 18-20)

Nintendo Switch Sports was next, a new iteration of the Sports series. It includes tennis, bowling, chambara, soccer (with a huge ball) that can have a Joy Con attached to the leg, badminton, and volleyball. It includes local and online play. Gameplay footage was shown of volleyball. A free update in the summer will include golf. There will be an online play test 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 remastered select courses from the series that will be released as paid DLC through the Booster Course Pass, with eight courses over six waves for 48 total 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 membership.

Metroid Dread free updates (through April)

A free update for Metroid Dread drops with Dread Mode where only one hit kills you. It will also add Rookie Mode for beginners. Another free update launches in April featuring Boss Rush mode.

EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings (February 9)

EarthBound, the classic RPG for SNES was shown, then the first on NES, EarthBound Beginnings. Both were added to Switch Online February 9.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (September)

The last announcement was for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, which drops September 2022. It was hyped that this game will tie together the stories from the first two games.

Lastly, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course drops June 30.

Games with no official release date announced

No Man’s Sky, the procedurally-generated universe from Hello Games, drops this summer.

SD Gundam Battle Alliance releases this year.

Portal: Companion Collection includes Portal and Portal 2 and will launch this year.

Triangle Strategy, a tactical RPG, drops later this year with a demo through Chapter 3. The demo should be available soon, and save data will transfer.

Next was footage of Splatoon’s new co-op mode with a couple of different boss battles, Splatoon 3 Salmon Run Next Wave. Splatoon 3 launches summer 2022.

Front Mission 1st: Remake arrives. The tactical RPG uses mech warriors, fully upgradeable. Front Mission 2 will also launch in the future.

Disney Speedstorm was announced, a racer with characters from Disney and Pixar. Each character has unique traits and Ultimate Skills. The free-to-play game launches this summer and is cross-platform.

Triangle Strategy, a tactical RPG, drops later this year with a demo through Chapter 3. The demo should be available soon, and save data will transfer.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War, GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon, Demon Salyer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles, LEGO Brawls, and Two Point Campus were all shown to release later this year, mostly over the summer.

There’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Direct livestream from February 9, 2022. Which games pique your interest the most?

Bruce L

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