Game news The 10 Nintendo Switch games of 2022 you may have missed
In addition to the big Xenoblade Chronicles, Pokémon or even Kirby, the Nintendo console has offered us a good number of games during this year 2022. In this list, we offer you games that may have escaped you but which are nevertheless classified among the highest rated this year on Nintendo Switch (Metacritic).
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
It is without too much noise that this very appreciated visual novel landed on the Nintendo console this year. And yet, for fans of the genre, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is a real reference. He is one of those nuggets that the most determined sought to obtain even before his arrival in France in September 2020. But even then, the title of Vanillaware had relatively passed under the radar. However, with its skilful mix between visual novel and tactical role-playing game, coupled with a gripping story and particularly successful visuals, it fully deserved very good sound 16 out of 20 with us. This year, it gave itself the opportunity to open up to a wider audience with a successful port to Nintendo Switch. Fluid, beautiful and pleasant, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim does not lose any of its superb on the Nintendo console.
We continue in the narrative game with Beacon Pines, a very cute title with the air of a tale. The latter literally immerses you in a book and makes you turn the pages (forward and backward) over the chosen branches. This is how you can discover the adventures of Luca, a young orphan fawn who faces a great mystery. Don’t be fooled by the enchanting atmosphere of Beacon Pines! This city (and this game) hides a dark secret and horrible things may well be waiting for you in the next chapter. As you will have understood, appearances are not as they appear to be in Beacon Pines. Far from being a game Babyit rather approaches the atmosphere of a Stranger Things. No test with us for this game, but still an excellent feeling after a good hour spent on the game. Feeling that you can find here.
Endling: Extinction is forever
Looking for a quick game to enjoy? What to pass the time when the Christmas meal, or any other family reunion, drags a little too long? That’s good because you will only need four hours to finish the title that will follow. But despite its short lifespan, Endling: Extinction is forever offers you a most memorable experience. A true ecological drama, this survival game puts us in the shoes of a mother fox who must do everything to keep her young alive in a world destroyed by men. On the trail of her lost fox, she also hopes to find a natural haven of peace, unaffected by fire and deforestation. But for that, you still have to survive until the next day by finding food and avoiding the dangerous predators that prowl in what is left of the forest, while keeping an eye on the day/night cycle. As with Beacon Pines, you can find our feelings here.
In lack of modern metroidvania? Looking forward to Hollow Knight Silksong? Admittedly, Islets does not reach the heights of the Team Cherry license, but it remains a devilishly effective game nonetheless. Don’t be fooled by its childish artistic direction, Islets is not to be put in everyone’s hands. It is indeed a demanding title and full of imperceptible humor for the youngest. As for the story, you play as Iko, a warrior in the making who must toughen up to become the hero he dreams of. But it is not with his ship in ruins and his lack of experience that he will succeed in reuniting the islands and restoring balance in this world. Fortunately, he will be able to count on all the colorful characters who will cross his path to progress and become the hero everyone has been waiting for. Again, you can find our feelings here.
After mobile and PC, Mini Motorways has finally arrived on Nintendo Switch this year. This management and strategy game with an atypical artistic direction is clearly a must-have of the genre. Intuitive and addictive, the Dinosaur Polo Club game invites you to build the road network of a growing city. Said like that, nothing very exciting. But that’s without taking into account the ultra-dynamic aspect of cities that continually grow, forcing you to rethink your highways and other roundabouts again and again. In the end, the stakes are high: prevent exhausting traffic jams at all costs and make your city a pleasant place to cross. Whether you’re the type to want to relax while playing or to challenge yourself in the face of tough challenges, Mini Motorways is the game you need thanks to these different modes (Endless, Expert, etc.). Add to that the many challenges, the maps inspired by existing cities and the responsive soundtrack and you have a nice little experience.
It was the indie reference of the summer period and it is therefore only natural that it deserves its place in this list. Neon White has indeed made an impression thanks to its hybrid concept. It is indeed a particularly dynamic action game mixing FPS and card game. As White, an assassin who came straight from the underworld, you must defeat demon slayers in order to secure your place in paradise. Your weapons evolve according to your cards. To overcome your enemies, you must therefore offer the best possible combination. But behind this supercharged concept hides a most mysterious story that is presented to us through a visual novel aspect pleasing to the eye. Something to keep you going for a good ten hours of play. This time, it’s through our Wanted format that we’re telling you about it. To find him, This is where it happens.
Skateboard games, don’t you know? Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Skate… But have you heard of the OlliOlli license? If this is not the case, it’s a shame since the proposal from Roll7 and Private Division stands out for its originality, and especially thanks to its third opus released this year. With a more cartoon style, OlliOlli World invites you to become the best rider and reach the Gnarvana in a title between action and platform. Many surprises await you in Radlandia, from colorful landscapes to colorful characters, through tricks crazier than each other. Whether you’re a skate fan or not, OlliOlli World really has something to pull you into its atypical world, whether it’s thanks to its exhilarating gameplay or its more accessible side than the previous opuses. A reworked formula therefore which seduced us since it obtained the score of 16 out of 20.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Cowabunga, the ninja turtles are there in a beat’em up more beautiful than ever answering the evocative name of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. And we can say thank you to Tribute Games and Dotemu for this little gift. It’s not surprising to see the French publisher get involved in such a project. He had already laid us an excellent old-fashioned beat’em up in 2020 with Streets of rage 4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge continues this momentum by offering us a very nice tribute to the ninja turtle games. The goal is of course to take the mechanics of yesteryear, while adding an ounce of modernity, all against the backdrop of a Machiavellian plan signed Shredder to thwart. Bet once again successful since the game was applauded by critics, obtaining in particular a 16 out of 20 with us.
You probably know the principle of Pikmin: cute little creatures that help you advance throughout the game. Well, the French studio Splashteam has taken up this principle to give us Tinykin, a real little nugget. Pleasant from start to finish, easy to learn and with an artistic direction that pleases, this little game will, for sure, make you have a great time. A little insight into the story? Well Tinykin immerses you in the skin of Milo, a being from another planet who arrives on Earth with the size of a Lilliputian. To regain his normal size, he will have to find a way to return home. Through the different rooms of the house, you will therefore have to help the insects that inhabit them in order to be able to recover artifacts and repair your ship. To do this, you can count on several kinds of tinykins. Everything is done in joy and good humor, in the heart of a universe overflowing with humor. Unsurprisingly, the game thus garnered a very good 17 out of 20 with us.
Yomawari: Lost in the Dark
We end with a much appreciated insider license: Yomawari. It was in 2015 that this horrifying saga began in a world that looked very cute, with Yomawari: Night Alone. A prequel is quickly developed and arrives on Nintendo Switch with the initial game thanks to the Yomawari: The Long Night Collection. The plot is simple: in the shoes of a little girl, you must go in search of your big sister and your dog, all through a dark village invaded by monsters ready to devour you. In addition to its horrifying aspect, the title offered us a moving tale which was hailed by critics. The studio has therefore decided to put the cover back this year with Yomawari: Lost in the Dark. We always play a little girl who wakes up this time in a forest without knowing how she got there. She learns very quickly that she has been cursed and that she must find a way to break this curse. But of course, it won’t be easy, especially since ghosts lurk in the night and can attack him at any time.
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