10 Most Awaited Game Sequels For The Switch In 2022 – Screen Rant

The exciting new releases headed for the Nintendo Switch this year will surely keep players busy and thoroughly distracted.
Recently-released games for the Nintendo Switch, such as Kirby And The Forgotten Land and Metroid Dread, prove that continuing a long-running franchise or releasing a sequel is always a good idea for game studios. The thing about game sequels is that instead of creating hype from the ground up, these titles can ride on the popularity of their predecessors and secure a dedicated fanbase before their release.
This year, there are a handful of much-awaited game sequels that will be released on the Nintendo Switch ⁠— from the thrilling platformer Hollow Knight: Silksong to the exciting turn-based strategy game Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes.
Team Cherry’s 2017 sidescroller Hollow Knight was a massive hit despite being notoriously hard. The game was able to capture the hearts of gamers everywhere due to its moving story and Souls-like gameplay. Five years after the release of Hollow Knight, Team Cherry plans on releasing a follow-up that focuses on a different beloved character from the game.
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From the gameplay video posted on Nintendo’s YouTube channel, Hollow Knight: Silksong places the player in the role of Hornet, a boss from the original game. Fans of Hollow Knight are undoubtedly excited to play the upcoming sequel, as it is set in a new world and new combat mechanics are supposedly in store for them.
For quite some time now, Switch users have been clamoring for a game that’s reminiscent of the beloved 2006 Wii game, Wii Sports. Thankfully, Nintendo has heard their cries and is finally releasing Nintendo Switch Sports this coming April 29.
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Using the Joy-Con controllers, players can reminisce and play beloved Wii Sports games such as tennis and bowling, or challenge their loved ones in new sports like badminton, soccer, and chambara. Aside from being able to enjoy an updated version of Wii Sports, Nintendo Switch Sports also allows for in-game avatar customization, which is a feature that has boosted the appeal of the previous titles on the Wii.
Sonic the Hedgehog is experiencing a well-deserved renaissance. Aside from the ongoing movie trilogy from Paramount Pictures, Sonic also has a new game on the way. Taking inspiration from other iconic game franchises like Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda, the Sonic game universe is about to have its first open-world game.
Called Sonic Frontiers, the game was first previewed during The Game Awards. It featured a brand new gameplay system where players can make the most out of Sonic’s abilities in a vast landscape. Not a lot has been revealed about the game besides its gameplay and visuals, so fans will need to be patient and wait until more information is unveiled by Sega.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses was able to amass a loyal fanbase thanks to its clever writing, breezy game mechanics, and rewarding character work. This 2022, another Fire Emblem title is set to hit the shelves. A spin-off of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is a hack-and-slash game that features characters from the bestselling 2019 title.
It is a known fact that Fire Emblem: Three Houses has a ton of replay value. This particular game aspect is carried over to Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes and fans of the game are more than excited to see and play with familiar characters like Shez, Byleth, and Edelgard again.
Nintendo Direct revealed earlier this year that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is finally seeing the light of day this year. The most recent installment in the cult classic franchise focuses on two warriors from opposing nations. Not a lot of details have been revealed about Xenoblade Chronicles 3, but it is presumed that it will serve as the final game in the current franchise.
Gamers who have enjoyed the first two titles in the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise are sure to be excited about Monolith Soft’s upcoming title, as it is presumed that it will create a clear bridge between the other Xenoblade games. The developer also seems confident with Xenoblade Chronicles 3, as its release date was moved to a much earlier date.
Splatoon 3 marks the return of the vibrant and colorful shooter game from Nintendo. Similar to previous titles in the franchise, Splatoon 3 is a shooter game where the goal isn’t to solely fire paint and incapacitate the opposing team. Fans of the franchise will have a fun time covering new and exciting maps in their team’s paint color.
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What makes Splatoon a top-selling competitive shooter is its lack of violence, making it playable by almost every age group. The enhanced co-op mechanics, all-new weapons, and thrilling stages make Splatoon 3 a game worth buying for Switch users this year.
Pokémon’s ninth generation is set to be officially released with the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The Pokémon Company’s recent broadcast gave a quick preview of what Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will look like. According to some eagle-eyed fans, the new Pokémon games are largely inspired by Iberian countries Spain and Portugal.
Of course, there are three new Pokémon starters to accompany the new games ⁠— Sprigatito, a grass-type cat Pokémon, Fuecoco, a fire-type crocodile Pokémon, and Quaxly, a water-type duck Pokémon. Apart from the new starters and world design, Pokémon fans are also thrilled with new mainline games as they’re supposedly taking from Pokémon Legends: Arceus playbook by featuring open-world gameplay.
Bayonetta 3 was first announced during 2017’s The Game Awards. Unfortunately, not a lot of details have surfaced to quench the fans and their thirst for campy, sexy, and electrifying adventure. However, Nintendo has confirmed that the Umbra Witch is set to return to the Switch and other platforms this year.
Game designer Hideki Kamiya noted in an interview that Bayonetta 3 will have new types of gameplay and won’t have any restrictions from Nintendo. This means that fans of the game on the Switch are in for some unadulterated, rip-roaring fun.
The turn-based strategy game Blood Bowl 3’s release date has been pushed back to this year by game developer Cyanide. While it is considered a niche title by many gamers, Blood Bowl 3 has been able to garner more fans by combining American football with Warhammer lore. In Blood Bowl 3, orcs, elves, and other creatures join forces to score a touchdown against an opposing team.
New mechanics such as a competitive PVP mode and customization option for races will also surely excite those who have enjoyed the previous titles in the Blood Bowl franchise.
The 2017 RPG Golf Story achieved a lot of success as an indie game. That’s why its developer has announced that it will release a sequel to the game titled Sports Story. The highly-anticipated indie game is said to expand the story and mechanics of its predecessor by including other sports and mechanics such as fishing, tennis, and even dungeon exploration.
But in 2020, fans of Golf Story were disappointed to hear that its sequel was pushed back to 2022. While there isn’t an official release window for Sports Story, gamers remain hopeful that they’ll finally get to play the charming and quaint RPG this year.
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Jom is a freelance writer for Screen Rant. His love of pop and geek culture stems from years of watching TV shows and exploring the internet from under the covers of his bed. He also enjoys engaging with vicious and casual pop culture fans on online forums. When he’s not busy writing, he can be found playing games on his Switch or listening to newly released records.

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