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Welcome to the 2022 predictions thread, where you can win points and eternal glory!
How it works: please post 1-10 Nintendo related things you think will occur this year, that's it!

I will try to update this thread with all the major Nintendo releases of the year, just like last year.
Barring unforeseen catastrophe (very unlikely in today's world!) we can then once again tally everyone’s points by the end so we can discover who the true Futurologist of our board is.

You can predict anything you want in this thread (please don’t manifest another plague though), but if you wanna COMPETE for those highly desirable POINTS, please humor me and follow these Rules/suggestions:

* You may submit between 1 and 10 predictions for the year.
* If you can write your predictions in numbered list/bullet point format that’d be helpful, but it's not required.
* You get 1 point for being right, half a point for being half-right.
* No points for guessing stuff we already know! See what we already know… below the line!
* You have until the first Direct of the year (February 9th) to submit predictions. Obviously we can continue speculation afterwards, but I don’t wanna go through every post again to assign meaningless VERY VALUABLE points.
What we already know:

2022 Games/Software
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus January 28th 2022.
- Triangle Strategy March 4th. (Nintendo publishing).
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land March 25th.
- Nintendo Switch Sports April 29th.
- Mario Strikers: Battle League Football June 10th.
- Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes June 24th.
- Live-A-Live July 22nd. (Nintendo publishing).
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 July 29th.
- Kirby's Dream Buffet August 17th (JP). Summer 2022 (NA & PAL).
- Splatoon 3 September 9th.
- Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope October 20th.
- Bayonetta 3 October 28th.
- Pokémon Violet November 18th.
- Pokémon Scarlet November 18th.
2022 Hardware/Major merch
- amiibo: Min-Min. April 29th.
- amiibo: Minecraft Steve. 2022.
- amiibo: Minecraft Alex. 2022.
- amiibo: Malzeno, Palamute Canye X, Palico Canye X. Summer 2022.
- Pro Controller - Monster Hunter Rise June 30th.
- Switch OLED - Splatoon 3 edition August 26th.
- amiibo: Splatoon 3. Holiday 2022.

2022 DLC (paid/free/demos)
- Metroid Dread - 1st Update Rookie Mode, Dread Mode. February 9th.
- Nintendo Switch Sports - Online Play Test February 19th-20th.
- Pokémon Trading Card Game Live - Beta February 22nd. Canada only.
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land - Demo March 3rd.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass - Wave 1 March 18th.
- Metroid Dread - 2nd Update Boss Rush. April 2022.
- Mario Strikers: Battle League - First Kick demo May 28th.
- Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes - demo June 8th.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Expansion Pass: Wave 1
- Mario Strikers: Battle League - 1st Free Update July 21st.
- Nintendo Switch Sports - Free Summer Update July 29th.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass - Wave 2 August 4th.
- Splatoon 3 - Testfire August 27th.

2022 Nintendo Switch Online / Services / Mobile
- Free trial: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker January 13th - 20th. NA region
- Free trial: Terraria January 26th - February 1st. PAL region.
- Free trial: Ultimate Chicken Horse February 9th - 15th. PAL region.
- Free trial: Monster Hunter Rise March 11th - 17th.
- Free trial: Dragon Quest Builders 2 April 20th - April 26th.
- Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion added to NSO Expansion Pak. April 22nd.
- Free trial: Buddy Mission BOND April 28th - May 5th. JP only.
- Free trial: Spelunky 2 May 25th - 31st. PAL only.
- Free trial: Stardew Valley June 13th - 19th. JP & PAL only.
- Free trial: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle July 4th - 10th.
- Free trial: MLB The Show '22 July 15th - 21st.
- Discontinued: Dragalia Lost July/August?
- Games added to NSO Retro apps:
* Banjo-Kazooie N64. January 20th.
* Earthbound: Beginnings / Mother Famicom. February 9th.
* Earthbound / Mother 2 SNES. February 9th.
* The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask N64. February 25th.
* F-Zero X N64. March 11th.
* Alien Soldier Genesis. March 16th.
* Light Crusader Genesis. March 16th.
* Super Fantasy Zone Genesis. March 16th.
* Dig Dug II NES. March 30th.
* Mappy-Land NES. March 30th.
* Earthworm Jim 2 SNES. March 30th.
* Harvest Moon Super Famicom. March 30th. JP only.
* Mario Golf N64. April 15th.
* Space Harrier II Genesis. April 22nd.
* Shining Force II Genesis. April 22nd.
* Sonic Spinball Genesis. April 22nd.
* Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards N64. May 20th.
* Pinball NES. May 26th.
* Rival Turf! / Rushing Beat SNES. May 26th.
* Congo's Caper SNES. May 26th. NA/PAL only.
* Umihara Kawase Super Famicom. May 26th. JP only.
* Kirby Super Star SP SNES. June 9th.
* Kirby's Dream Course SP SNES. June 9th.
* Kirby's Dream Land 3 SP SNES. June 9th.
* Pokémon Snap N64. June 24th.
* Zero Wing Genesis. July 1st.
* Comix Zone Genesis. July 1st.
* Target Earth / Assault Suit Leynos Genesis. July 1st.
* Mega Man: The Wily Wars Genesis. July 1st.
* Pokémon Puzzle League N64. July 15th.
* Custom Robo N64. July 15th. JP only.
* Custom Robo v2 N64. July 15th. JP only.
* Kirby's Avalanche SNES. July 22nd. NA & PAL only.
* Kirby Star Stacker Super Famicom. July 22nd. JP only.
* Fighter's History SNES. July 22nd.
* Daiva Story 6: Imperial of Nirsartia Famicom. July 22nd.
Announced projects without dates
- Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp TBA. Previous date: April 8th 2022.
- amiibo: Sephiroth.
- amiibo: Pyra.
- amiibo: Mythra.
- amiibo: Kazuya.
- Detective Pikachu TBA. Previous date: 2020.
- Metroid Prime 4 TBA. Announced June 2017/January 2019.
- Pokémon Sleep TBA. Previous date: 2020.
- Pokémon Trading Card Game Live TBA. Announced September 2021.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass - Wave 3 2022-2023.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass - Wave 4 2022-2023.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass - Wave 5 2022-2023.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass - Wave 6 2022-2023.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Spring 2023.
- Mario Movie. 2023. Previous date: December 21st, 2022.
- Splatoon 3 - Expansion TBA.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Expansion Pass: Wave 2 April 30th, 2023.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Expansion Pass: Wave 3 latest by 31st December, 2023.
- Cruis'n Blast - Multiplayer & DLC TBA.

2022 Directs
- Nintendo Direct February 9th.
- Pokémon Presents February 27th.
- Indie World May 11th.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct June 22nd.
- Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase June 28th.
- Pokémon Presents August 3rd.
- Splatoon 3 Direct August 10th.
- Indie World Expected ~August?
- Indie World Expected ~December?

Luigi Dude:
I need to just keep my predictions short, trying to put too much keeps costing me points in previous years.

1.  Metroid Prime 4 will finally have a reveal trailer, but then be listed as a 2023 release.

2.  A remake of a previous Fire Emblem game will be released later this year. 

3.  The rumored Toyko EAD Donkey Kong game will come out later this year.

4.  Xenoblade 3 will be announced but will have a 2023 release date.

5.  The rumors now say there was never a Metroid Prime Trilogy HD but instead Retro has been remastering the first Metroid Prime.  There seems to be enough smoke coming from this that I'll say Metroid Prime 1 will be coming to the Switch this year.  Whether it's considered a remake or remaster, Switch owners will at least get to play the first Prime game this year.

6.  Pikmin 4 will finally be revealed.

7.  Good Feel will make a new Wario Land game again.

8.  A new 2D Zelda using the Links Awakening remake engine will be revealed, but will have a 2013 release date.

9.  A new 2D Mario will be revealed this year and will be their big Spring 2013 game.  Nintendo is probably hoping the Mario movie at the end of this year will be a huge hit, and will want the first new 2D Mario in a decade to come out shortly after in March of 2013.

10.  Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD will either be announced in the next few months and be out by June, or they won't come out until at least second half of 2023.  Breath of the Wild 2 will be Nintendo's big holiday title but they don't want to risk any thing similar taking attention away, so if they don't come out at least 6 months before Breath of the Wild 2, it'll be 6 months after.  This is the same reason I believe the rumored Xenoblade 3 will be a 2023 release, since I doubt Nintendo wants another one of their open world games taking any attention from Zelda and if Xenoblade 3 was going to come out in the first half of this year it would have probably been announced by now.


* The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 is NOT coming out this year. It's been moved back to the launch of the Switch 2
* Speaking of the Switch 2, it's going to be announced at E3, with one of its features being backwards compatibility.
* Metroid Dread gets a DLC expansion, again, I don't play it either.
* Xenoblade 3 gets announced and released, it's got a whole new art style for the characters, different from 1, X & 2.
* A brand new Fire Emblem releases, not a remake. Releases in the 2nd half of the year, after E3.
* A port with new content for NES Remix.
* I want to try and guess some new IPs with these next few. So let's go with an Intelligent Systems developed puzzle game with multiplayer.
* Under represented genres on Switch? Let's say Nintendo put out an eShop only, 2D platformer roguelike game.
* Nintendo release some internally developed visual novel, beautiful art style. The phrase "passion project" is used in the marketing material. Doesn't chart once on the US eShop monthly listings.
* Lastly let's say some cool rhythm game that's a new franchise, not Rhythm Heaven or Band Brothers or Donkey Konga or something.

Don't have a lot of great ideas this year, but here's what I got:

* Nintendo will port one first-party GameCube or Wii game to mobile, charge $40 for it, and be flabbergasted when it doesn't sell.
* Castlevania: Symphony of the Night gets ported to Switch, but something significant is wrong with it. Could be technical performance, or maybe it's always-online, or has weird microtransactions, idk.
* Splatoon 3 releases in Summer and becomes a Really Big Deal. It gets some kind of professional league in Japan.
* NSO N64 adds the following games: Lode Runner 3-D, Tetrisphere, and Hybrid Heaven.
* People will hope for a new Mario game alongside the movie, but Mario+Rabbids 2 gets that holiday spot instead.
* A new Kingdom Hearts spin-off is announced exclusively for Switch.
* Netflix Game Studios publishes a Squid Game themed battle royale thing on Switch/mobile/other platforms.
* Bandai-Namco resurrects Lost Reavers and somehow gets Nintendo to sign off on adding various character skins. I'm thinking Captain Falcon and Princess Zelda maybe?
* Koei-Techmo announces Fatal Frame 6 for Halloween 2023, Nintendo's involvement remains unclear.
* Hollow Knight Silksong is announced as a timed Xbox Game Pass exclusive, Nintendo fans riot on Twitter.

Here we go 2022

* Breath of the Wild 2 launches in Summer 2022, Bayonetta 3 launches in Fall 2022
* Kirby is delayed to Summer 2022, Splatoon 3 is delayed to 2023
* A third Game in Watch is released (Metroid themed) edit 2/3/2022 Kirby themed
* Metroid Prime 4 trailer with 2023 release window
* Mario Paint is revived in some way
* A new Donkey Kong game from Good Feel is announced edit: It's all mine cart levels  ;D
* Xenoblade 3 (or X 2) is announced from Monolith Soft
* No (non-Pokemon) mobile games are released by Nintendo in 2023
* I will double down on last year's failed prediction for a Switch release of the Battletoads reboot
* Nintendo will launch the first round of Nintendo Selects titles for Switch


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