Written by Keir Barradell
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Here’s the one we know you’ve been waiting for…The hotly anticipated arrival of the latest addition to The Legend of Zelda series has been confirmed for 2022. There wasn’t a bad review in sight for the groundbreaking Breath of the Wild (released back in 2017); taking the Zelda games into a slightly different experience, BOTW boasted one of the most expansive worlds made to date. If the sequel manages to rival the first, we have no doubt it will be a record-breaking smash hit. A specific release date is yet to come, but fear not, you’ll be questing through Hyrule sooner than you think!
2. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
If like me, your Pokedex is almost complete and you feel you’ve exhausted Sword and Shield, new Pokemon games are on the horizon! As usual with the Pokemon series, a duo of new games will be released this November, titled Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Adventures in the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games will take place in the Sinnoh region. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll visit many different locations in the Sinnoh region, while striving to become the Champion of the Pokémon League. Gotta catch ‘em all!
3. Mario Party Superstars
Updating five boards and 100 mini-games from the first three Mario Party games on Nintendo 64, Mario Party Superstars is the second entry in the series to grace Switch following Super Mario Party. While some might call that overkill, these are incredibly popular party games, and the mini-games and gentle competition they contain make it hard not to have fun when it’s Mario Party time. Come 29th October, you’ll want to have your furniture in the garage — its gonna be a large one.
4. Diablo II: Resurrected
Announced at Blizzard’s all-digital BlizzCon event, Diablo II: Resurrected — a remaster of the classic action-RPG hack ‘n’ slash — is lined up for Nintendo Switch 23rd September. You’ll be able to toggle between the old visuals and their spruced-up replacements, as well as enjoy new audio, revamped UI, and cross-progression with the other platforms it’s coming to. It also includes The Lord of Destruction expansion — you can’t say fairer than that. If you enjoyed Diablo III on Switch, it’s probably safe to say you’ll enjoy its remastered predecessor. Lucky you.
After featuring in December 2019’s Indie World Showcase with a projected release date of ‘late 2020’, SkateBIRD‘s developer Glass Bottom Games announced a delay before finally confirming the game’s release date: 12th August 2021. A Kickstarter success, it features a bunch of avian skateboarders pulling heelflips and grinding Tony Hawk-style around a host of skate park levels. What’s not to love about that?