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Nintendo Direct 2022: 6 thrilling games that will jumpstart late-night Switch gaming sessions

Nintendo's "byte-sized" event packed in a number of highly-anticipated titles. (Image source: Nintendo)
Nintendo's "byte-sized" event packed in a number of highly-anticipated titles. (Image source: Nintendo)
Following recent news regarding the cancellation of E3 2022, Nintendo opted to showcase a number of upcoming third-party games and one new Mario title via a short-form version of Nintendo Direct dubbed “Nintendo Direct Mini”. Take a look at these upcoming titles coming soon to the Nintendo Switch.
Article compiled by Brahm Shank
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1. Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection

Available in 2023, blockbuster video game giant Capcom is relaunching all 10 Mega Man Battle Network games for the Nintendo Switch in the form of two titles. In classic Mega Man fashion, Nintendo Switch users will play as Mega Man while using Battle Chips to navigate a 3x6 grid to defeat enemy attacks. The Mega Man Battle Network franchise dates back to 2001 with the first version of the game debuting on the Game Boy Advance.

The new two-volume game bundles will combine the battle card strategy and RPG action format that made the Mega Man games a hit series into a brand-new title that is fully optimized for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC. Support for Xbox consoles was notably missing from the announcement, upsetting many fans of the franchise. Pricing for both of the titles in the collection is yet to be determined.

Mega Man returns in this two-volume set, capturing 21 years of blockbuster fun on the Nintendo Switch. (Image source: Nintendo Online Store)
Mega Man returns in this two-volume set, capturing 21 years of blockbuster fun on the Nintendo Switch. (Image source: Nintendo Online Store)

2. Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

The only first-party Nintendo game to make an appearance at Nintendo Direct Mini 2022 sees classic Mario Bros. characters once again joining forces with the Rabbids to defeat evil entities across the galaxy.

Debuting on October 20, 2022 for US$59.99, this exciting action adventure title allows players to pick from 9 heroes to design their ultimate fighter alliance. Rescuing characters called Sparks throughout the story will help players gain unique advantages when battling bosses in this fast-paced strategy game. 

Mario + Rabbids? Can someone let Nintendo know that Mario is more fun on his solo adventures? (Image source: Nintendo Online Store)
Mario + Rabbids? Can someone let Nintendo know that Mario is more fun on his solo adventures? (Image source: Nintendo Online Store)

3. Portal: Companion Collection

Available now, the Portal: Companion Collection is a two-game bundle that brings developer Valve’s Portal and Portal 2 games to the Nintendo Switch for the first time at just US$19.99 on the Nintendo Online Store. Portal 2’s co-op game mode will allow players to join forces using separate Nintendo Switch consoles, while an all-new story mode centers around the adventures of two distinct robot characters.

This action-adventure game will have Nintendo Switch players using their portal gun to navigate a series of challenging puzzles throughout Aperture Laboratories before facing off with a rogue A.I. boss named GLaDOS.

Portal and Portal 2 now available on the Nintendo Switch, offering hours of anger-inducing fun every time players find themselves stuck on a puzzle! (Image source: Nintendo Online Store)
Portal and Portal 2 now available on the Nintendo Switch, offering hours of anger-inducing fun every time players find themselves stuck on a puzzle! (Image source: Nintendo Online Store)

4. Super Bomberman R 2

Launching in 2023, developer Konami’s Super Bomberman R 2 expands upon the original Super Bomberman with a new installment packing in eight Bomberman Brothers as playable characters. A new battle setting called “Castle” mode will require players to team up with each other to ward off enemies by building defense mechanisms and attack plans.

The teaser trailer for this titles touts an “incredible amount of content” as a headlining feature. The nature of the content is anyone’s guess. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, this title will also launch on PC via Steam, the PS4/PS5, and the Xbox One/Series X. Pricing has not yet been detailed.

The vagueness of this announcement is giving me Google I/O 2022 flashbacks...(Image source: Konami)
The vagueness of this announcement is giving me Google I/O 2022 flashbacks...(Image source: Konami)

5. Pac-Man World Re-Pac

Releasing on August 26, 2022 for the Nintendo Switch, Pac-Man World Re-Pac is a direct remake of the 1999 classic Pac-Man World from developer Bandai Namco Entertainment . This action puzzler will have players on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5 playing as a desperate Pac-Man fighting to save his kidnapped family from the horrifying Ghost Island. With updated motion mechanics and enhanced visuals, this remastered version of Pac-Man World is sure to deliver hours of non-stop fun. Pricing has not yet been revealed for this title.

Everyone's favorite hungry hero returns in this comeback classic. (Image source: Nintendo Online Store)
Everyone's favorite hungry hero returns in this comeback classic. (Image source: Nintendo Online Store)

6. Railgrade

Later this fall, a brand-new strategy title from Epic Games will have players operating a railway management simulator that is used to transport resources and power to an off-world colony. While pricing has not yet been disclosed, Epic Games has revealed a number of details regarding in-game content, including hundreds of available engine/cargo combinations for locomotive networks. A Nintendo Switch exclusive, players are tasked with creating the most efficient railroad supply chains while navigating environmental challenges.

I wonder why Epic Games isn't campaigning for sideloading or third-party app commerce on Nintendo's platform...(Image source: Nintendo Online Store)
I wonder why Epic Games isn't campaigning for sideloading or third-party app commerce on Nintendo's platform...(Image source: Nintendo Online Store)
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Brahm Shank, 2022-06-29 (Update: 2022-06-29)