The Most Popular Nintendo Switch Games Of 2022

Here are the most popular Nintendo Switch games of 2022, ranked by gamers everywhere! Featuring the latest releases and long-awaited sequels, this list covers every new 2022 game on the Switch, and includes titles like Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Ghostrunner, and The Artful Escape. In addition, this list covers the best 2022 games of every genre, from the most popular action RPG's to the best battle royale games. What are your favorite new Nintendo Switch games of 2022?

Vote up the best new Nintendo Switch games of 2022 and check back as we update this list with other upcoming games coming out in 2022. Be sure to check out the most anticipated games of 2022!

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  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus
    Photo: Game Freak

    The latest entry in the Pokémon series, Arceus is set before the 2006 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and features large playable areas where players can explore, complete missions, and catch Pokémon. The game is the first in the series that features starter pokemon from three different generations, and the first in the series to combine turn-based combat with real-time as wild Pokémon are able to attack players as they explore the area, making the game a challenging experience for both old and new players alike.

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: Game Freak
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    Photo: Nintendo

    Considered as one of the most ambitious and legendary game in entire fighting game genre, Super Smash Bros Ultimate features an extremely large roster of characters that can excite any player. Receiving universal acclaim from critics and players alike, Ultimate is a staple in the fighting game genre that garners over three millions streams on Twitch and Youtube, making it one of the most popular Nintendo Switch games of the year.

    • Released: 2018
    • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd.
    • Genres (Video game): Fighting
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    Photo: Animal Crossing: New Horizons/Nintendo EPD

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons have earned universal acclaim as the best Animal Crossing entry in the series, primarily due to the amount of customization offered as players decked out their island the way they see fit. In addition, the game continually releases new content and seasonal events that have players excited and continually live out their island life.

    • Released: 2020
    • Developer: Nintendo EPD
    • Genres (Video game): Social simulation, real-life simulation
  • 4
    14 votes

    Metroid Dread

    Metroid Dread
    Photo: MercurySteam

    The latest and most long awaited installment of the Metroid series, Metroid Dread, takes place after the events of Metroid Fusion (2002) and have players control bounty hunter Samus Aran as she faces a new robotic enemy on the planet ZDR. The game masterfully executed the Metroidvania formula and features game mechanics that is wonderful to play and establishes itself as a modern take on a classic childhood game. 

    • Released: 2021
    • Developer: MercurySteam
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure, Single player, Sci-fi, 2D
  • 5
    13 votes
    MADiSON
    Photo: MADiSON / Bloodious Games

    This first-person psychological horror game delivers an immersive and terrifying experience in large part due to the help of an instant camera, connecting the human world with the beyond. Players will need to take pictures and develop them by themselves to solve puzzles, explore surroundings try to stay alive through the night.

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: Bloodious Games
    • Genres (Video game): First-person, Psychological horror, Survival, Horror, Indie
  • 6
    10 votes
    Splatoon 3
    Photo: Splatoon 3 / Nintendo

    The third featured installment in the uber-popular Splatoon franchise, Splatoon 3 looks to continue to intense online multiplayer of its previous two installments while adding even more lore and background to the story mode. With new game modes like Turf War, new characters to play as and unlock, and endless amounts of fun to be had, Splatoon 3 is looking to perfect the already stellar Splatoon franchise.

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: Nintendo EPD
    • Genres (Video game): Third-person shooter, Multiplayer