The Best New Nintendo Switch Games Of 2022

Here are the best new 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 Switch and includes titles like Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Windjammers 2, and OlliOlli World. In addition, it covers the best 2022 games of every genre, from the most popular action RPG's to the best racing games of 2022. What are your favorite new Nintendo Switch games of 2022?

Vote up the best new 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
    49 votes
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
    Photo: HAL Laboratory

    The seventeenth mainline installment and developed for the 30th anniversary of the Kirby series, Kirby and the Forgotten Land takes players on a journey through the titular Forgotten Land to rescue Waddle Dees kidnapped by the ferocious Beast Pack. The game brings a whole new perspective on the classic Kirby formula mixing ability-based combat, platforming, and secret 3D hunting and by doing so it maintains what most players love about classic Kirby games and evolves the series to a new format. 

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: HAL Laboratory
    • Genres (Video game): Platform
    38 votes
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
    Photo: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 / Nintendo

    The third installment in the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 continues the series' tradition of thrusting players into a large open world where they battle against a litany of enemies on a top-secret mission to save the world. With the ability to have up to 7 party members as opposed to the traditional 3, the game looks to not only expand, but be the most epic game in the series yet.

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: Monolith Soft
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing, Fantasy
    17 votes
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    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
    5 votes
  • Digimon Survive
    Photo: Digimon Survive / Bandai Namco Entertainment

    A visual novel taking place in the Digimon universe, players will live and attempt to survive in a story as they take control of a multitude of characters who experience bizarre and dangerous events on their camp site during spring break. Using their Digimon and their different digivolutions, it is up to the players to decide where the story is going to go.

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: Hyde
    • Genres (Video game): Survival, Tactical role-playing, Visual novel
    7 votes
  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
    Photo: Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes / Nintendo

    Continuing the story of Fire Emblem Warriors, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes will have players control their favorite characters from the Fire Emblem series in a massive hack-and-slash world where they will need to use their cunning and skills to survive, akin to the Dynasty Warrior franchise. With waves of enemies looking to destroy them, players will face nonstop, edge-of-your-seat action as they dive deep into three intertwining storylines that will reveal the mysteries of this world, as well as a new foe who is more dangerous than any of the world has seen before.

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: Omega Force, Team Ninja
    • Genres (Video game): Hack and slash, Role-playing
    18 votes