If you are an owner of the Nintendo Switch or are planning to buy one and were wondering what games to pick up then I got you covered. This hybrid “play at home, play as you go” console is quite a beloved and innovative piece of tech. No matter where you go, the Switch travels with you and it comes with a large library of games you can enjoy.
In this list, we will take a look at some of the best games that Nintendo Switch has to offer. The list is in no particular order, and it features games from across the console’s lifespan. So, without any delays let’s get into it-
Best Nintendo Switch Games To Play
Listed below are the best Nintendo Switch games that you can play right now.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Zelda and Link are some of those characters that every gamer knows. They need no introduction and have gotten a plethora of games to their name. Breath of the Wild, released in 2017, is the most recent entry to the Zelda franchise that comes as an open-world, exploration-based game.
What hasn’t been said about this game that I can add? It garnered rave reviews and praise all across the board and for the right reasons too. The world is beautiful, the story is to be remembered and the gameplay is the most open-ended, creative, and diverse that any Zelda game has ever seen. While we are eagerly waiting for its sequel, this game should be on your bucket list of games to play.
Super Mario Odyssey
Speaking of characters that need no introduction, our favorite Italian plumber Mario has to be on the tip-top of that list right? Released in 2017 (Nintendo killed it that year), Super Mario Odyssey takes our hero across the longest and most memorable journey of his career. The game is a 3D platformer, and it features more worlds than any other game prior with so much attention, love and detail poured into each and every single one of those worlds.
The game also came with an interesting new hat mechanic where Mario can possess enemies by throwing his hat at them. If you ever wanted to play as a Goomba then this game has given you the opportunity to do so. Mario games have always been a blast to play and Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best entries in the world of Mario.
Samus, One of the first-ever female protagonists in video games is back with her newest game, Metroid Dread. While all of us are eagerly waiting for the already announced Metroid Prime 4, Metroid Dread takes the franchise back to its 2D platformer days and good lord did it return with a bang.
The levels are detailed, the mechanics deep, the gameplay loop is solid and the visuals are modern while respecting the classics. This game passes the test of time with flying colors. While not the easiest of games, Metroid Dread is an unskippable game when it comes to the Nintendo Switch.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
If you ever felt like moving to a deserted island and making it your own by means of building, crafting, farming, and starting a new life then look no further because Animal Crossing New Horizons will help you realize your fantasy and turn it into a reality. You can make the island yours by building houses, farming, catching fish, cooking, eating, taming animals among many other things, and live a quaint life with your cute companions.
And if you are looking for social activity after staying alone for a while then you can view and visit other people’s islands as well! Animal Crossing New Horizons lets you live your dream of crafting your own small world where everything is truly yours. It’s the perfect game to play while you just wanna relax and the word cute is synonymous with all this game stands for.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Let’s switch gears and move from quaint to intense for a minute and take a look at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series has always been top of the line when it comes to fighting/ brawling games and Ultimate takes it to another level. Everything that they have learned over the course of developing this franchise comes together in this package.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes with a huge roster of characters, that you can use to bring a world of hurt for your friends and other people online. The game can be played solo or with friends and is perfect for awakening the spirit of competition and bragging rights. Beautiful visuals, amazing mechanics, and fun gameplay make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a top pick for your Nintendo Switch.
Mario Kart 8
Staying in line with intense, let’s talk about Mario Kart 8. Just like other Nintendo IPs, this franchise is also a long-running one with many games under its belt. And just like Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 brings all of their learnings over the years and puts it in this one package. This kart racer isn’t for the faint of the heart as the stakes have never been higher.
When you play it with friends or people online a strong lead can be taken away from you at a moment’s notice thanks to all the malicious pick-ups this game provides that can mess people up. Mario Kart 8 is one of those games where everything is uncertain till it’s set in stone and is impeccably fun and nail-bitingly intense all the way till someone crosses the finish line. This game is one of the best games ever made to play with your friends and have a good time.
Any Pokemon Game
“Gotta catch ‘em all, Pokemon!” Remember this theme song? Most of us who grew with Pokemon and the adventures of Ash Ketchum have this tune embedded into our heads and for the right reasons. Pokemon represents the sense of adventure perfectly and how creative it was with every single Pokemon that it showcased, kept us engaged and our minds racing. The Pokemon games capture that same feeling precisely.
The Nintendo platform is the only place where Pokemon games are found and each one is magnificent in its own right and raises the bar for what a Pokemon game should be. While I won’t mention a single one because it’s hard and there are a lot of games to choose from, no matter which Pokemon game you pick up it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a good time.
Whether it’s Sword and Shield or the more recent Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, these games will help you with fulfilling your fantasy of becoming a Pokemon trainer and turn it into a reality with engaging gameplay, beautiful worlds and lots and lots of love poured into designing the creatures.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Fans know and love Luigi because he brings a similar yet different side and dimension when compared to Mario. In Luigi’s Mansion 3, you play as Luigi and are assigned to take care of a little ghost problem that has cropped up to rescue Mario and friends.
The animations and visuals of this game are some of the prettiest I have ever seen. The gameplay revolves around moving from floor to floor, containing ghosts, solving puzzles, and using the highly versatile tool known as “Poltergeist G-00” and exploring its many functions. If you are scared of ghosts like Luigi is, then don’t worry, the game can be played in co-op so you and your friends can become the most revered ghost hunters, together.
Luigi also has a slimy friend accompanying him named Gooigi, against whom you can also play a mini-game to figure out who’s team is the ultimate ghost hunter. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is fun, funny and one of the prettiest games the Nintendo Switch has to offer.
Yoshi’s Crafted World
A beautiful game in every sense of the word. Yoshi’s Crafted World takes your favorite green dinosaur on an adventure to find the lost gems of an artifact that can grant its bearer any wish they desire. The worlds you explore are beautifully crafted with everyday objects like boxes and paper cups.
The art style is breathtaking and the puzzle focussed gameplay is extremely fun. Along his way, Yoshi can also find all the collectibles like flowers, coins, and Poochy Pups that allow you to explore the areas to get some cool rewards.
If you don’t wish to embark on this adventure solo, a friend can join you in co-op, and two Yoshi’s mean double the fun! Cute, fun, and chill are what define Yoshi’s Crafted World.
Monster Hunter Rise
If you know about Nintendo then the name “Monster Hunter” must ring a lot of bells. Before there was Monster Hunter World, the Nintendo systems got plenty of Monster Hunter games, each brilliant in its own right.
While Monster Hunter World had to skip the switch and became heaping popular. Monster Hunter Rise returned to where it all started and is a stellar game for all action-adventure J-RPG fans. It’s not an open-world game and is a more traditional affair but every facet of this game is crafted very well. It also brings a lot from Monster Hunter World among other new things and is a very well-made Monster Hunter experience.
Going on hunts, tracking, and hunting massive creatures, all of that is still there and is made better than any other previous entry. If you want a lasting game, that is as demanding as it is rewarding, then look no further than Monster Hunter Rise as it’ll feed into your appetite very well.
There you have it, the 10 best games you can play on your Nintendo Switch. No matter what your niche is, Nintendo has a lot to offer and I am certain it can fit your bill. If you wish to learn about the best sports games on the Switch then check it out here at GamerTweak.