(As of Dec 2019)
Its no secret that since launching in 2017 the Nintendo Switch has been a huge success. The wildly popular console now boasts way over 1000 games to play at home or on the go. Here's our list of the top 20 of those games
20. Super Mario Party.
For those new to the franchise, Super Mario Party is a multiplayer party game featuring an ever evolving and changing board game style level with a multitude of rapid fire mini-games requiring both a little bit of skill and a bit of luck to beat your friends and take your crown as king of the couch, Featuring many of your favourite Super Mario franchise characters, Super Mario party is great fun for the whole family. Be warned though it will bring out you competitive side! Friends could be won or lost during a leisurely game of Super Mario Party on the Nintendo Switch.
19. Donkey Kong Country : Tropical Freeze.
Donkey Kong Country : Tropical Freeze is a traditional side scrolling platformer similar to games such as Rayman, Super Mario Bros and previous Donkey Kong Country titles. This time around the jungle has frozen over and its your mission to restore it to its previous glory. Controlling the entire Kong family you embark on a plethora of missions and platforming challenges. in my opinion one of the best platformers on the Nintendo Switch.
18. Fast RMX.
Fast RMX is the Nintendo Switch's answer to the classic 'Wipeout' and 'F-Zero' franchises. Grab a friend or play alone in this intense fast paced anti-gravity racing game. The stages are brilliantly designed and look great, despite not being able to see much as you zoom and flip your way through. A great racing game to play alone or with friends, Fast RMX is great on the go. Although being very similar to Wipeout and F-Zero Fast RMX never truly pushes either in terms of quality, however it truly holds its own as a fun, fast paced, anti-gravity racer.
17. Tetris 99.
99 players…but only one will remain! Tetris 99 is the iconic puzzle game as you’ve never seen it before. Can you pick the right strategy to best 98 other players online – all at the same time?! Make smart use of Tetris Line Clears, K.O. the other 98 players and become the sole survivor!
This fast paced online puzzler will have you on the edge of your seat. Available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online paid service members it'll be sure to frustrate and delight you as you battle your way to beat 98 players from all around the world. if an online competitive edge is your thing then Tetris 99 is up there with the most competitive of them all.
Eight travelers. Eight adventures. Eight roles to play in a new world. Octopath traveller has very quickly become a must own game for a lot of Nintendo Switch owners,
The Producers of Bravely Default at Square Enix bring us a new fantasy world brought to life through a mix of CG, pixel art, and visual wizardry that the developers have termed “HD-2D.”
Begin your journey as one of eight protagonists, each with their own origin, talents, and goals. Where will your journey begin? Who will you team up with? And where will you go next? All these decisions and more are completely up to you, the player.
In this game, battles are a fusion of simple, pick-up-and-play, turn-based battles…and all-new mechanics.
15. Splatoon 2.
For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go with the Nintendo Switch, and use any of the console's portable play styles for intense local multiplayer action. Even team up for new 4-player co-op fun in Salmon Run!
Two years have passed since the original Splatoon game was released, and two years have also passed in Inkopolis! So expect a fresh wave of fashion, not to mention new weapons and gear. Dual wield the new Splat Dualies or stick to mainstays like chargers and rollers, which have been remixed with new strategic possibilities. As always, Turf War is the favored sport among Inklings, but they also dig ranked battles, taking down Octarians in a robust single-player campaign, and battling enemy Salmonids in one dangerous part-time job! No matter which way you play, splat at home or on-the-go with Nintendo Switch. Staying fresh never felt so good.
14. Sonic Mania.
Fans of Sonic The Hedgehog will love Sonic Mania the ultimate celebration of past and future, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics. Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. Go head to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend.
13. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Captain Toad stars in his own puzzling quest on the Nintendo Switch system! Our stubby hero must dodge dangers and track treasures across many trap-filled courses. Survive smoldering volcanoes, hazardous steam engines, haunted houses, and even new courses based on the Super Mario Odyssey game! I mean who doesn't love a good Easter egg right?Luckily, a second player can join in by tossing turnips at enemies. This one is definitely suitable for the whole family to enjoy and by that I mean, Captain Toad: Treasure tracker isn't particularly challenging, not as easy as Yoshi's crafted world, but aside from the puzzle elements to the levels this game requires very little skill to succeed.
12. Mario Tennis Aces.
Where would Nintendo be without their little Italian plumber? The second of 6 Super Mario branded games to make this list Mario Tennis aces is probably the most unique of them all.
Unleash an arsenal of shots and strategies in all-out tennis battles with friends, family, and fan-favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters. Whether you play locally, online, or using simple motion controls, intense rallies await! Mario Tennis Aces, whilst being a lot of fun has the potential to frustrate, I mean reeeaaally frustrate! For me however there was something missing in this game leaving it feeling quite repetitive. That being said it is extremely fun online or with friends and definitely worth a spot in this list.
Ok I'll be honest, I am yet to try Minecraft for the Nintendo Switch. Well why is it on your list i hear you ask? Because its Minecraft... Minecraft is one of the most popular games of all time and its port to the Nintendo Switch (by all accounts) is brilliant. If you don't know what Minecraft is then let me sum it up for you. Minecraft is basically a game about placing blocks and going on adventures. Build anything you can imagine with unlimited resources in Creative mode, or go on grand expeditions in Survival, journeying across mysterious lands and into the depths of your own infinite worlds. Will you hide from monsters or craft tools, armour and weapons to fight back? No need to go alone! Share the adventure with friends in split-screen multiplayer and online!
10. Pokemon Sword/ Shield.
I must confess my love for all things Pokemon, always have, and that's the only reason this game makes this list. It is in my opinion the most disappointing Pokemon release I can remember. The new Gigantamax battles, whilst a fun novelty to start with end up being very repetitive and kind of tedious and along with a few other issues I had with the game ended up spoiling my experience a bit.. The new Galarian forms in my opinion are awful and just added to my overall feeling of disappointment. The wild areas are a fun new way to build your team and it looks gorgeous. If you like Pokemon then you'll still have a good time playing as I did, just don't get your hopes up too high! Pokemon Lets Go, is for me, a much better game.
9. Zelda: Breath of the wild.
I know my positioning of this game in this list will garner a lot of negativity, however I have one very big justification! its this very line from Nintendo's description of the game..... "Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games". The reason I have an issue with that line is that "what I know" about The Legend of Zelda games is that they are some of the best games ever made, The Ocarina of Time and Majoras Mask being personal favorites of mine. Now i went into this game with a very open mind and hoped it retained the charm that Ocarina of time did all those years ago, and while it looks phenomenal, the RPG elements of this game let it down. Things like breaking weapons and cooking etc became very tiresome. The new "dungeon" system or lack there of was also not a patch on the old Legend of Zelda dungeon system. Overall I wasn't a big fan of this game. However I think it still deserves a place on this list purely for what it achieves from a technology standpoint.
8. Super Smash Bros.
Have a blast trying to launch your opponents off the stage in the ultimate action game. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, techniques and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go. With characters and stages from all your favorite Nintendo games this one is great to play competitively or casually against friends, with a range of offline modes also available there's never been more to keep you occupied in the Smash Bros franchise.
7. New Super Mario Bros Deluxe.
Two games in one, for double the fun! Simple, straightforward controls, new playable characters optimized for younger and less-experienced players, and a wealth of bonus content like a Hints gallery and helpful reference videos make this a perfect choice for anyone looking to introduce their family to the wonderful world of Mario. This is classic, side scrolling Mario platforming at its best. Stunning HD graphics really bring the fun to life! Play alone or team up with the ability to add a second player to both assist and hinder your progress. This game really is a fantastic title and truly deserves its spot so high up the list.
5. Pokemon: Lets Go.
Become the best Pokémon Trainer as you battle other Trainers, Gym Leaders, and the sinister Team Rocket. Catch Pokémon in the wild using a gentle throwing motion with either a Joy-Con controller or a Poké Ball Plus accessory, You can also use button controls in Handheld Mode.
As i said earlier I am a massive Pokemon fan so the idea of a Pokemon yellow remake instantly peaked my interest. I was not disappointed! Pokemon Lets Go, Pikachu and Eevee, are great fun and extremely accurate to the original game with both major visual upgrades and new gameplay features (such as visible wild Pokemon) included. Id highly recommend this game to both seasoned Pokemon fanatics or newbies alike.
5.Super Mario Maker.
Break the rules and make the Super Mario courses you’ve always dreamed of in Super Mario Maker 2, only on Nintendo Switch! With lots of new tools, course parts and features at your disposal, let your imagination run wild as you craft unique levels to share with friends and players all over the world. Making your own Super Mario courses is easy, and this time, two players can build courses together on a single screen. Simply pick and place iconic objects and enemies wherever you like and choose from many different themes and styles – including the new Super Mario 3D World style! Super Mario Maker 2 brings all the fun of Classic Super Mario Bros titles to the current gen only now you get to be creative and create your own worlds.
4. Zelda: Links Awakening.
As Link, you awaken in a strange land away from Hyrule, where animals talk and monsters roam. To uncover the truth behind your whereabouts and rouse the legendary Wind Fish, explore Koholint Island and all its beautifully designed, puzzle filled, trap-ridden dungeons, reimagined in stunning detail for this new release of one of the most beloved The Legend of Zelda games. This game is visually stunning with all the charm of the original, regardless of if you've played The legend of Zelda: Links Awakening before or not, this game is an absolute must have, and is easily one of my favorite Nintendo Switch games.
3. Luigis Mansion 3.
Slam, blow away, and vacuum up ghosts with the all-new Poltergust G-00, and join forces with Gooigi to overcome the puzzling contraptions and mischievous boss on each themed floor. And that’s just the Last Resort. Enter the ScareScraper for 8-player local wireless or online co-op gameplay. A very cleverly designed game where noting is as it seems, Luigis mansion 3 will have you perched on the edge of your seat second guessing every decision you make and every turn you take, its vast array of intricate puzzles and challenges will keep you busy for hours and hours.
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Whether you’re racing your family on the big screen in your living room, playing in the park, or visiting a friend’s place, Nintendo Switch lets you play Mario Kart any way you like! Up to eight players can connect for local multiplayer fun via Wireless Play. If you're playing in TV mode or tabletop mode, up to four players can enjoy split-screen multiplayer! You can also challenge racers from around the world! Up to 12 players can take part in online races, and two local players can even play online together from the same Nintendo Switch. I mean its Mario Kart, what more is there to say? its brilliant, The indisputable king of family friendly racers.
And finally, the best game on the Nintendo Switch according to us is........
1. Super Mario Odyssey.
Use amazing new abilities—like the power to capture and control objects, animals, and enemies—to collect Power Moons so you can power up the Odyssey airship and save Princess Peach from Bowser's wedding plans!
Thanks to heroic, hat-shaped Cappy, Mario's got new moves that'll make you rethink his traditional run-and-jump gameplay—like cap jump, cap throw, and capture. Use captured cohorts such as enemies, objects, and animals to progress through the game and uncover loads of hidden collectibles. And if you feel like playing with a friend, just pass them a Joy-Con controller! Player 1 controls Mario while Player 2 controls Cappy. This sandbox-style 3D Mario adventure—the first since 1996's beloved Super Mario 64 and 2002's Nintendo GameCube classic Super Mario Sunshine—is packed with secrets and surprises, plus exciting new kingdoms to explore. Explore astonishing new locales like skyscraper-packed New Donk City to your heart's content, and run into familiar friends and foes as you try to save Princess Peach from Bowser's dastardly wedding plans.Find something interesting? Toss your cap at it and see what happens! There are lots of fun and surprising ways to interact with your surroundings.
In my opinion Super Mario Odyssey will go down as one of the best, if not the best Super Mario games of all time, its fun, engaging, challenging, charming and just about as good a game as you'll ever play. Whether you're a seasoned Super Mario player or new to the franchise, you'll love what Super Mario Odyssey has to offer.
Unfortunately, due to the sheer number of fantastic and brilliant games available for the Nintendo Switch there are a lot of games that didn't quite make the cut. Here's a few of our honorable mentions:
Dragon Ball Z: Fighterz,
The Witcher 3,
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim,
Yoshi's Crafted world.
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