Nintendo Direct February 2022: All Announcements From The Event
As Nintendo continues to spread its announcements across Nintendo Direct presentations, fans will undoubtedly save their excitement regarding the next big event. As the last one hasn’t occurred since last September (not including Indie World presentations), Big N is severely overdue and hopes to make up for it with an all-new Direct for February 2022. Confirming “roughly 40 minutes” of details about upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, the latest Nintendo Direct has now officially arrived. Here was everything that was revealed during the event.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
First revealed during the Nintendo Direct was Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, a new entry to the Dynasty Warriors-inspired ‘Warriors’ spin-off series, which sees protagonists of the Fire Emblem franchise engage in waves of high energy “1 vs. 100” battles. Set in the same universe as Three Houses, this latest Musou-style hack-and-slasher also acts as a follow-up to 2017’s Fire Emblem Warriors, with Omega Force and Team Ninja aiming to release Three Hopes for Nintendo Switch on June 24th.
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
Since being delayed late last year, the upcoming strategy remake Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp has been left with only a Spring 2022 release date for longtime fans to expect. However, The new Direct has now brought an awaited new launch date to the frontlines with Nintendo Switch players able to begin rallying their troops starting on April 8th. Developer Intelligent Systems also revealed a new trailer for the colorful remake, highlighting the title’s dual campaigns in the video above.
No Man’s Sky
Remaining one of the most prominent comeback stories in gaming history, Hello Games’ much-overhyped and problem-filled launch of No Man’s Sky is now one of the most expansive and regularly-updated space exploration experiences out there these days. Following the title’s 5th anniversary since launch, No Man’s Sky is now officially bringing the interstellar fun to Nintendo Switch, with the port confirmed for a release sometime in Summer 2022.
Mario Strikers: Battle League
The Nintendo Switch has been home to several Mario sports titles, but the series hasn’t given the proper due to soccer since the Wii in 2007. Well, it looks like the hiatus is over with the reveal of Mario Strikers: Battle League, an electrically-charged 5v5 iteration of the sport where tackles, special moves, and performance-enhancing powerups are all fair game. Customization also looks to be a big feature of this entry, with athlete gear and stats able to be periodically upgraded.
Mario Strikers: Battle League releases for Nintendo Switch on June 10th.
Splatoon 3 was revealed just a year ago and has only increased its scope with confirmations of single-player and multiplayer modes, as well as updated weapons and levels headed to the long-awaited threequel. As per the shooter’s latest Nintendo Direct appearance, the eternally inky feud between Inklings and Octarians is also getting a new co-op mode in the form of Salmon Run: Next Wave. With all this in mind, a release has also been raised for some time in Summer 2022.
Front Mission 1st / Front Mission 2
For its next reveal, the Nintendo Direct issued a deep cut, confirming a remake of the classic tactical mecha RPG, Front Mission. Titled ‘Front Mission 1st,’ the original 1995 SNES title receives a 3D overhaul as players command their own legion of “wanzer” mechs to achieve metallic victory. Combat seems to follow a similar grid-based design as the original, featuring an assortment of modular weapons and what appears to be a Fallout-style V.A.T.S. targeting system thrown in.
Front Mission 1st releases for Nintendo Switch in Summer 2022, with the series’ second game, Front Mission 2, also confirmed to be in development.
Hopping aboard the recent trend of Smash Bros.-like licensed roster games, Disney Speedstorm is set to bring the likenesses of numerous Disney and Pixar creations into a free-to-play Mario Kart-style racer. Touting a regularly-expanded set of characters like Mulan, Jack Sparrow, and Sully from Monsters Inc., players have access to unique karts, special abilities, as well as a punch-packing ‘Ultimate’ finishing move to steer their way into the winner’s circle. Disney Speedstorm releases for “PC and consoles” sometime in Summer 2022.
“Classic Franchises on Nintendo Switch”
Next, several fan-favorite titles were announced to be coming soon to the Nintendo Switch. The beloved galaxy-spanning side-story Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is set to awaken on the Switch on April 20th, a previously-announced port of the Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection trilogy was re-affirmed for February 17th, and the co-op mech brawls of SD Gundam Battle Alliance was announced to be landing later in 2022 for Nintendo Switch as well as PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition
Few classic RPGs are held in as high regard as Chrono Cross, and Square Enix will soon give fans their due with the release of a new HD remaster of the 1999 title for modern platforms. Titled the Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition, the re-release boasts quite a few upgrades over the original, including the ability to avoid all enemy encounters, an enhanced presentation and soundtrack, as well as an option to keep everything completely retro for nostalgia’s sake.
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition releases April 7th for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
The amorphous pink blob we know as Kirby is floating into a new genre in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, placing the mainstay Nintendo character into a Mario 64-esque 3D platformer for the first time ever. We saw our first look at the title during the last Nintendo Direct, but the latest trailer highlights a number of vibrant environments set in the game’s post-apocalyptic wasteland. The biggest inclusion is something called “Mouthful Mode,” a bizarre ability that lets Kirby envelop in-world objects, including a full-size car and an engorged water balloon.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land releases for Nintendo Switch on March 25th.
MLB The Show 2022
After being announced earlier this month, MLB The Show 2022 dropped into the Direct for the first look at gameplay for the Nintendo Switch. Featuring rising star cover athlete Shohei Ohtani, the Sony-developed franchise markets its first entry available on a Nintendo platform, with the Switch version boasting an assortment of features like support for single Joy-Con play, cross-platform play, as well as cross-save and cross-progression compatibility.
“Game Collections to Keep Your Hands Full”
On top of Assassin’s Creed, several other big collections made their presence known during the Direct, with the previously-announced Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece set to arrive in as a Cloud Version for Switch on February 10th. Next was the colorful platformer Klonoa, which remasters the first two entries as the Phantasy Reverie Series for Switch on July 8th, followed by PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on a later date.
Portal: Companion Collection
Valve may not be working on Portal 3 at the moment, but the whizes at Aperture Science have nonetheless opened their own doorway to Nintendo Switch. Listed as Portal: Companion Collection, the first two games of the phyusics-based first-person puzzler is placed under one roof, containing the classic original game alongside Portal 2, which comes with support for local and online multiplayer modes. Portal: Companion Collection releases for Nintendo Switch later in 2022.
Live A Live
In a Nintendo Direct filled with blockbuster announcements, yet another deep cut was revealed in the form of Live A Live, or, rather, a remake of the 1994 Super Famicom title. Utilizing the same “HD-2D” art style coined by Square Enix title Octopath Traveller, the time-hopping and character inclusive premise of the original appears to be refreshed in a particularly stunning fashion, with the remake’s turn-based combat appearing especially spectacular based on the trailer above.
Live A Live is set to release for Nintendo Switch on July 22nd.
Nintendo Switch Sports
One of the biggest announcements of the Direct, the reveal of Nintendo Switch Sports was poised as a new-generation successor to the beloved pack-in game for the Nintendo Wii. Collecting new iterations of Tennis, Bowling, and the sword-slicing Chambara that fans know and love, three new additions join the lineup in the form of Soccer, Badminton, and Volleyball. As one might expect, each game features unique motion-control support, as well as local and online play. Additional content is expected to release post-launch with Golf confirmed to be coming in Fall 2022.
Nintendo Switch Sports releases for Nintendo Switch on April 29th.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival
Shortly after the lively percussion series finally graced Xbox Game Pass, Taiko no Tatsujin is now officially bringing a new game to Nintendo Switch with Rhythm Festival. Boasting no shortage of foot-tapping tunes – 76 songs in total – Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival also features a neat extra in the form of a playable version of The Legend of Zelda theme. The entry comes with a practice mode, a “tug of war”-style mode, and a co-op “band” mode with room for up to 4 players. In addition, a separate paid service will grant access to over 500 new songs at launch.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival release for Nintendo Switch sometime in 2022.
“What’s New With These Nintendo Switch Games?”
While most games announced during the presentation are months away, several are here or are nearly here in 2022. Octopath Traveller successor Triangle Strategy has a new Prologue demo ahead of its March 4th release, the previously-announced final DLC for stunningly animated platformer Cuphead brings new bosses and a playable character on June 30th, and acclaimed 2D platformer Metroid Dread receives a punishing ‘Dread’ permadeath mode and a very forgiving ‘Rookie’ mode in its latest free update. A gauntlet mode called Boss Rush is confirmed to arrive in April.
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online by itself boasts some great value in the library of NES and SNES games available for subscribers, but two long-awaited titles are now finally gracing the service after over three years of waiting. As per the Nintendo Direct, Earthbound Beginnings (a.k.a. Mother) and Earthbound (a.k.a. Mother 2) have officially been added to the NES and SNES versions of NSO, marking one of the few times the classic RPGs have ever been re-released.
In a penultimate montage before the stream’s big finale, five upcoming titles were showcased as coming soon to the Nintendo Switch. After recent speculation, fantasy hack-and-slasher GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon is now available, Zombie Army 4: Dead War releases April 26th for Switch, a port of anime arena battler Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles arrives June 10th, multiplayer fighter LEGO Brawls is coming sometime in June, and previously-revealed schoolyard sim Two Point Campus is confirmed for a May 17th release.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass
Released early in the console’s life cycle, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was one of the first sweeping successes for the Nintendo Switch, and it looks like the near-five-year-old game is getting even more content with the introduction of Booster Course Pass. The paid DLC aims to remaster various courses from throughout the Mario Kart series so they may live again in the latest Nintendo Switch title. 48 total courses are scheduled to release across 6 waves in 2022, with the first arriving March 18th. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members will get the entire DLC at no extra charge.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Following the series’ prominent appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a third Xenoblade Chronicles game has been all but assured at this point. The final announcement of the February Direct finally made good on those teases with the first announcement and trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3. In line with previous leaks, the threequel looks keen on bridging the gap between the first and second installment, with new heroes and a vast open-world to explore when it releases for Nintendo Switch in September 2022.
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