2022 has been a great year for video games, with major releases like Pokémon Legends: Arceus to Horizon Forbidden West to Elden Ring all having made a mark on the industry. With Memorial Day in the rearview, summer has (un)officially kicked off, and this season promises plenty of great new games.
Let’s check out what games are hitting storefronts this week.
Mario Strikers: Battle League (6/10)
The Mario Strikers series makes its return after 15 long years with Mario Strikers: Battle League. Play 5-on-5 bombastic soccer with your favorite Mario characters, including Peach, Bowser, Toad, and Luigi. The core tenants of the sport are there — dribbling the ball down the field to score on your opponent’s goal — but you can also use items, tackles, and gear to gain edges during gameplay, not to mention the Hyper Strike, that, when successful, counts for two goals instead of one. Playing solo, via couch co-op, and through online clubs are all options.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (6/10)
Initially released last fall for most consoles to a positive reception, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles arrives on the Nintendo Switch this week. CyberConnect2, developers of the many Naruto games as well as the recent Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, developed the Demon Slayer game and it looks and plays very similarly to those Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm titles. You’ll play through the events of the first season of the Demon Slayer anime as well as the Infinity Train film. A versus mode, both against the CPU and online against other players, is included as well.
The Quarry (6/10)
Sueprmassive Games is back with another playable horror movie in The Quarry, described as a spiritual successor to their 2015 hit Until Dawn. The Quarry follows camp counselors (classic) who must survive a night against “blood-drenched locals and something far more sinister.” Actors Ariel Winter, Justice Smith, Brenda Song, and Scream veteran David Arquette star in the game. The Quarry will run for about 7-10 hours and will feature a Movie Mode, which eliminates some of the gameplay elements like QTEs and button mashing to create a more filmic experience.
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