Top 5 Nintendo Switch Games 2022 – so far

From a post-apocalyptic world to a Pokémon prequel

Pokemon Legends: Arceus Cyndaquill, Rowlett and Oshawott
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Five years into the console's lifecycle and the Nintendo Switch is still soaring. Over 100 million sales and countless games ready to be played. 

While the likes of Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey helped launched the Switch into the stratosphere in terms of top quality games, the succeeding years have just as much delivered on extraordinary experiences. 2022 is no exception that with the likes of Mario Strikers: Battle League, Splatoon 3, Pokémon Scarlet / Pokémon Violet, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and a plenty more titles on the way.

In the meantime, there is still an abundance of great games from 2022 available to play, whether that be on the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite or Nintendo Switch OLED, you have plenty of terrific titles to choose from.  

Pokémon Legends: Arceus 

Pokemon Legends: Arceus

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If there's one video game in 2022 that I wish I spent more time with it's Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Serving as a prequel to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (though you don't need to play them), the new action RPG changes up the formula by blending an open world with the traditional turn-based battles. Following a tutorial that overstays its welcome, you are to roam the world as you see fit with everything from an Abra to a Zubat up for grabs. Seriously, if you've been burnt out on the typical Pokémon formula, this is the game to get you back in. 

Kirby and the Forgotten Land  

Wondaria Remains in Kirby and the Forgotten Land

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Dropped into a post-apocalyptic world, Kirby must rescue all of the Waddle Dees (a peaceful species from Kirby's homeworld) from a new group of enemies known as the "Beast Pack". While it lacks little challenge and doesn't hold a handle to Nintendo's athletic plumber, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is still brimming with colour and wonder while also offering a variety of interesting powers that make this platformer hugely enjoyable. 

Read T3's Kirby and the Forgotten Land review to find out more.  

OlliOlli World 

OlliOlli World

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Skating games have made a big return as of late – and I for one am thankful. The newest of which is OlliOlli World, a 2D-platforming game from BAFTA-award winning indie studio Roll7. Taking art style inspiration from one of the best Sega games of all time – Jet Set Radio – OlliOlli World is halfpipe heaven set in the skating utopia of Radlandia. Expect challenges, missions and the freedom to customise tricks to your liking as players discover the mystical skate gods on your quest for Gnarvana. 

Nintendo Switch Sports 

Nintendo Switch Sports review: screenshot of Switch Sports badminton game

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Remember the good ol' days of Wii Sports? Playing a round of golf with friends or tennis with grandma. What a time to be alive. Thankfully the Switch now has its own answer to the Mii-tastic title in Nintendo Switch Sports. By using a Joy-Con controller to perform real-world movements, you can take part in Football, Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Bowling or Chambara with Golf set to be added further down the line. Great fun whether your playing alone with friends or online. 

Read T3's Nintendo Switch Sports review to find out more. 

Triangle Strategy 

Triangle Strategy

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Don't let the name put you off, this is one of the best JRPGs of the year and from the producer behind Bravely Default and Octopath Traveller. Triangle Strategy is set within the continent of Norzella where players must guide protagonist Serenoa Wolffort through tactical turn-based battles and make arduous decisions alongside a cast of companions you can recruit to help overcome a new war in the continent. Employing the crisp HD 2D-art style that has now become accustomed to Square Enix games in recent years, Triangle Strategy has a deep combat system that makes it well suited to newcomers or veterans of the genre.   

Looking for more suggestions? Here's the best PS5 games of 2022 so far and why Elden Ring is the biggest game of the year and unlikely to be surpassed. 

Matthew is the Staff Writer for T3, covering news and keeping up with everything games, entertainment, and all manner of tech. You can find his work across numerous sites across the web, including TechRadar, IGN, Tom's Guide, Fandom, NME, and more. In his spare time, Matthew is an avid cinema-goer, keen runner and average golfer (at best). You can follow him @MattForde64