Nintendo Switch: 10 great gaming highlights from 2022 that you may have overlooked
With 2022 almost over, it’s time to look back at the gaming highlights that have come to Nintendo Switch this year. But we refrain from showing you the many great exclusive hits like Splatoon 3, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope or Xenoblade Chronicles 3 list, which should be known to everyone anyway. Instead, here are ten great games from 2022 that you may have overlooked because they got lost in the flood of new releases:
Return to Monkey Island
Return to Monkey Island – The legendary pirate crew around Guybrush Threepwood is back!
With Return to Monkey Island, the legendary adventure series has finally got a worthy sequel after many years. Responsible for this is Ron Gilbert, the creator of the first two parts from the years 1990 and 1991. It is therefore not surprising that the series returns to its roots despite a new graphic style, both in terms of the puzzle design in the classic point and click style as well as in Regarding the offbeat humor and the story. We once again play the moderately successful pirate Guybrush Threepwood, who is now quite frustrated because he still hasn’t solved the mystery of Monkey Island. In an attempt to finally change that, he meets old acquaintances and has to realize that a lot has changed during his absence on Mêlée Island.
Return to Monkey Island for €24.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Dorfromantik – The strategy surprise from Germany in the trailer
Dorfromantik, which comes from Germany, combines elements of a development game with a basically simple but clever and motivating puzzle mechanism: We draw hexagonal landscape tiles from a stack and try to place them as closely as possible to the existing landscape in order to create an idyllic game world and to get as many points as possible. We have to fulfill certain tasks over and over again in order to earn more cards. If we run out of these at some point, the game is over and we can enter our high score in the ranking list. There is also the option to create new modes and play according to your own rules.
Village Romance for €14.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Signalis – Launch trailer for the retro Resi in space
Kept mostly in isometric perspective, Signalis offers old-school survival horror with scarce resources and the fear that a new horror might lurk around every corner. It tells a creative science fiction story whose surreal elements are based on classic films by directors such as Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. In a dystopian future ruled by a totalitarian regime, we play as a humanoid android searching for her mate and her lost dreams. The gameplay mixes puzzles with exploration of dark locations and battles against terrifying monsters.
Signalis for €19.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Kirby’s Dream Buffet
Kirby’s Dream Buffet – Roll through the new overview trailer and munch on strawberries
Kirby’s Dream Buffet is, quite literally, a sugar-sweet racing game. Up to four Kirbys roll through tracks full of ice cream, chocolate, cake and other sweets while eating as many strawberries as possible to get bigger and roll even faster. You can compete with each other locally or online, but only half of the four rounds consist of such races: In round 2 you fight for strawberries in an arena, the crowning glory in round 4 is a Battle Royale, in which you collect your strawberries defend and steal those of the other Kirbys. Finally, all Kirbys are weighed and the heaviest wins.
Kirby’s Dream Buffet for €14.99 in the Nintendo eShop
In Tinykin we play Milo, an alien just a few centimeters tall, who has ended up in an abandoned house on Earth and is now looking for a way to get back home together with his entourage of tiny one-eyed creatures. On their journey of exploration, they come across gigantic cities of ants, bugs and other insects, in which the missing homeowner is worshiped as a deity. As he becomes acquainted with the insects, Milo gradually uncovers the mysteries of the house. In terms of gameplay, Tinykin is essentially a 3D platformer with small puzzles in which we’ll often have to use our tiny army to clear the path and overcome obstacles.
Tinykin for €24.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Endling – Extinction is Forever
Endling: Touching trailer shows how a fox defies the end times
Endling – Extinction is Forever is a survival adventure in which we play the last living mother fox in a world destroyed by man. Our job is to get our boys to a safe place. On the way we have to hunt for them and protect them from all kinds of dangers such as birds of prey, traps and of course people. Little by little, we can also teach them new skills so that they can better take care of themselves. Despite the 3D graphics, the varied game world is two-dimensional and largely linear, but in some places there are forks in the road where we can decide for ourselves how our journey will continue.
Endling – Extinction is Forever for €29.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Wayward Strand is an adventure with a colorful picture book look, in which we play a schoolgirl in 1978 who has to help out in a flying hospital for three days. As she lends a hand to the overworked staff or spends time with the patients, she becomes a part of many stories, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes just plain whimsical, that are often linked together in surprising ways. All of the game’s characters have fixed daily routines that they follow even when you’re not paying attention to them. Therefore, in order to see and find out everything, you have to play through Wayward Strand several times, devoting the limited time to different characters each time.
Wayward Strand for €19.99 on Nintendo eShop
Ooblets – The cute Pokémon alternative has finally appeared for the switch
Ooblets is a farming and living simulation in the style of Stardew Valley, but with brightly colored 3D graphics. As usual in the genre, we renovate our own farm, grow all kinds of crops, befriend the residents of the nearby town and help them with their problems. At the same time, there are also game elements that are strongly reminiscent of Pokémon. The game world, which consists of different regions, from swampland to icy mountain landscape, is full of cute creatures, the eponymous Ooblets. We can collect and raise these and then take part in card-based dance duels with them. In addition, there are also numerous mini-games scattered around the world that bring additional variety.
Ooblets for €29.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Sifu – You can now become a kung fu master on Switch too
In Sifu we play a kung fu fighter who wants revenge on the murderers of his family. Accordingly, the gameplay consists largely of spectacularly staged hand-to-hand combat, in which our protagonist not only strikes with his bare hands, but uses just about anything he can find in his environment as a weapon. However, the most unusual game mechanic of Sifu is aging: if the main character dies, he comes back to life straight away, but each time he gets a little bit older. As a result, some of their abilities will be stronger, while others will be weaker, which will require us to adjust our playstyle. It is imperative that we complete our revenge plan before we are too old to survive the final battle.
Sifu for €39.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Shovel Knight Dig
Shovel Knight Dig – Hilarious trailer for the sequel to the indie hit
With each new part, the famous platformer series Shovel Knight manages to reinvent itself a bit. Released in September, Shovel Knight Dig is no exception. This time we get a new turbo shovel, with which we have to dig deep into the ground to pursue the so-called Drill Knight. This has namely dared to steal his loot from Shovel Knight. But digging alone is not enough to catch him. Along the way we also have to solve numerous tricky puzzles. Also new are roguelike elements such as procedurally generated levels and a complex and motivating upgrade system for our Shovel Knight.
Shovel Knight Dig for €24.99 on Nintendo eShop
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