What to Expect From Nintendo in 2022

Will the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild be released in 2022?

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The year 2022 is shaping up to be a big one for Nintendo. It will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Nintendo Switch, as well as announcing new titles. Mario will take on the big screen in Super Mario: The Movie, and Splatoon 3 could also be announced.

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Will Metroid Prime 4 or the long-rumored Metroid Prime Trilogy finally be revealed? It's also been quite some time since Super Mario Odyssey was released. Could Nintendo be planning to release its sequel or a brand new experience in step with the upcoming film? The possibilities are truly endless, but let's take what we know and look ahead to what we can expect from Nintendo in 2022.

The big question on everyone's mind going into 2022 is undoubtedly  whether the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will actually make its way to the Switch before 2023 begins. As it stands, Nintendo has committed to a 2022 release window, but as we know, an initial release date is never a lock.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel and Rumors of a "Switch Pro"

Considering Breath of the Wild launched alongside the Nintendo Switch in 2017, many have assumed its sequel would be a showcase for the more powerful Switch that has been rumored for what feels like centuries now. Nintendo has repeatedly said it has "no plans" to release another Nintendo Switch model at this time, but it also said the same thing just five months before announcing the Switch OLED Model.

In early November 2021, Nintendo shared a graphic that detailed the biggest upcoming exclusives headed to the Switch in 2022, and the first major game set to be released is Pokemon Legends: Arceus on January 28. Summer 2022 will bring with it the first major expansion for Monster Hunter Rise in Sunbreak.

Exclusive Games Have Been Confirmed for 2022

After all, in 2017, Shigeru Miyamoto said Pikmin 4 was "progressing," but shared no further details. Could Pikmin Bloom be setting the stage for its big reveal? Anything is possible!It's also about time we heard any news about the future of the Super Mario series, which had its last proper entry in 2017 with Super Mario Odyssey.

This issue is magnified by a price hike as Nintendo decided to charge $30 per year more for this upgraded version of Nintendo Switch Online. However, Nintendo has promised to "improve and expand" the Switch Online service in the future, which makes sense as the number of players that access its online features has now exceeded 32 million - which is six million more than this time in 2020.

The Online Future of the Nintendo Switch + Expansion Pack

Set for a theatrical release on December 21, Super Mario: The Movie stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. Why not?We may also hear more plans for the Super Nintendo World theme park that is currently open at Universal Studios Japan and is set to open at Universal Studios in Orlando in 2025.

Nintendo is now much more than just a video game company.

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