Nintendo Direct – January 2022: Mario Kart 10, new Pikmin, Xenoblade … Find all the latest rumors – Nintendo Switch

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2022 promises to be grandiose for the owners of Nintendo Switch. Indeed, if we rely only on titles already announced by Nintendo, we already know that several big exclusives will punctuate the year. And even if we cannot presume their quality in advance, we can at least think that at the very least, they will create an event. This is particularly the case of Bayonetta 3, Splatoon 3, Mario + The Raving Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Kirby and the Forgotten World but also and above all from la suite de Zelda Breath of The Wild... In addition, of course, there are games that will be released this year that have not yet been announced. However, for the moment, apart Pokémon Legends: Arceus scheduled for the end of the month, January 28 very precisely and Triangle Strategy and Advance Wars 1+2​ Re-Boot Camp, expected respectively March 4 and 12, the game release schedule on Nintendo Switch is empty because the other games announced do not have specific release dates. In summary, we know that the program planned for Nintendo Switch must contain quite a few “big” titles but we do not yet know exactly when they will be released and even if they will actually be released all this year (a postponement happened so quickly …)

Nintendo Direct – January 2022: update on rumors

At this stage, we can easily think that Nintendo will have, more or less soon, to provide some details on its catalog of upcoming titles, if only for the first trimester. After, Nintendo has two possibilities: either to multiply the ads via its social networks, so as to highlight them one after the other, or to opt for the format of the Nintendo Direct, so as to provide as much information as possible in a single event video. It is true that these last months, the Nintendo Direct have become rarer, Nintendo preferring to use social networks for its “big” games and targeted videos like Indie World for the rest. However, the Nintendo Direct remain very popular with fans. And the announcement of a new Nintendo Direct is always an event and the occasion of great euphoria among players who then want “croire to all the enchantments“(even if it means being disillusioned immediately after!)

If 2020 has upset the benchmarks, we nevertheless expect to discover, at least, three Nintendo Direct per year (i.e. one every four months.) One at the start of the year, another in the middle for E3 and another at the start of the school year in September. Attention, Nintendo remaining the master of its clocks, there is nothing written in advance. We note, however, that the last Nintendo Direct date September 24, 2021 (we notably discovered the new Kirby and the first images of Bayonetta 3see all the details HERE) that is almost four months ago, and that therefore, everything is ready to welcome the Nintendo Direct from beginning of the year.

Last year, this first Nintendo Direct had been delayed since it had only happened February 17, 2021 (see tAll the details HERE) after more than a year of suspense and of crazy rumors ! However This year, we can think that it will happen (if it happens) before the end of January, shortly before the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. In any case, this is propagated by various rumors spotted on the usual forums (Reddit, 4Chan, etc.). These rumors should be taken, as always, with a grain of salt. There is a little bit of everything: expectations, Arles, fantasies and also pure and simple delusions. It’s up to you to see if you want to discover them and believe in them, a little, a lot, passionately, madly … not at all.

One of the main sources of current rumors is Samus Hunter, an “insider”, Metroid fan, who a priori, has already hit the nail on the head with some of her past predictions (if we believe the person herself.) To tell the truth, for the moment, these predictions are timid (she should say more soon – it’s teasing, do not skip) She confirms however that there will be a Nintendo Direct before February 17, and probably even in January. It will be about the games already announced, some of which will be dated. One of the games already announced might get a close release date (like two months later.) Other than that, Samus Hunter predicts a year with quite a few new amiibo. Nintendo has already announced but, always according to Samus Hunter, there will be others; especially for the Zelda at the end of the year but also for Splatoon 3. The amiibo would be scheduled for May / June 2022 which would suggest that Splatoon 3 will be released in May or June (see the image by clicking there.) Samus Hunter also announces in a few days a video like Pokémon Direct to present Pokémon Legends: Arceus. For the occasion, other Pokémon games could be presented or teased. There would thus be a competitive Pokémon allowing players to use its Pokémon (especially those captured in Pokémon Legends: Arceus ) in arena fights … maybe a new one Pokémon Stadium Where Smallpox Tournament 2 ? She also predicts a new license game Detective Pikachu.

The other source of rumors very strongly relayed on the net is LeakyPandy. So be careful, this is not a fur trap for idle actor in a Chantal Goya show but simply, on Twitter, named after a group specializing in rumors related to the video game industry. For LeakyPandy, Nintendo should unveil This year quite a few new games. The group does not claim that these announcements will necessarily be made in the Nintendo Direct to come but just that they should happen This year. We therefore have a little leeway to disentangle the true from the false – as long as there is truth, of course.

Here are the games that could be announced in 2022 on Nintendo Switch :

  • A new Xenoblade which could be a spin off or at least a slightly different action-adventure game.
  • Rogue Squadron IV : a new opus that would be developed by the studio Crytek to whom we owe them Crysis
  • A new Pikmin could (finally) be announced. Could it be the famous Pikmin 4 who was supposed to be “almost finished” in 2015 or another game like the spin-off released on 3DS Hey! Pikmin ? For the moment, mystery but the group claims that this game is developed by Next Level Games, the talented Canadian studio (behind very successful titles like Mario Strikers Charged Football or Luigi’s Mansion 3) Who now belongs to Nintendo (see there…)
  • Smallpox Tournament 2 : an exclusivity Nintendo Switch
  • Klonoa Reverie : We know that the Klonoa brand was recently reactivated … Hence, to say that Klonoa Reverie really exists … It’s a bit early to say it and in the meantime, we’ll be content to gently dream of this hypothetical console exclusive, Nintendo Switch.
  • Last announcement and not the least: Mario Kart 10 could be announced This year. Tell me-not-that-it’s-not-true! Its name (or subtitle) could even be Crossroads (even if LeakyPandy is not sure – that’s to say!) and would allow to find very many Nintendo licenses (like Smash) … The idea is attractive and could even fit perfectly with the idea that Nintendo is preparing the release of the Nintendo Switch 2 accompanied by a string of hits including la suite de Breath of The Wild.

It is in any case the most logical hypothesis if we want to believe in this Mario Kart 10 since so far at least, there is only one Mario Kart “canonical“by console. At the same time, it is true that the Nintendo Switch inherited the portage of the episode Wii U and was not entitled to his own episode (except Mario Kart LIVE : Home Circuit which is apart) so everything is possible … Afterwards, is Nintendo able to release a new console that does not destroy the old one but still offers a sufficiently interesting added value to justify its existence and the desire, for gamers, to change generation? This is another story…

While waiting to find out what the future holds (Nintendo Direct or not) do not hesitate to tell us what you think of these rumors and especially what you hope for this year on Nintendo Switch.

2022 promises to be grandiose for the owners of Nintendo Switch. Indeed, if we rely only on titles already announced by Nintendo, we already know that several big exclusives will punctuate the year. And even if we cannot presume their quality in advance, we can at least think that at the very least, they will…

2022 promises to be grandiose for the owners of Nintendo Switch. Indeed, if we rely only on titles already announced by Nintendo, we already know that several big exclusives will punctuate the year. And even if we cannot presume their quality in advance, we can at least think that at the very least, they will…

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