Nintendo Switch always offers you lots of options to choose from. This is what makes it one of the best consoles. It has varied and deepest libraries. Apart from the original Nintendo Switch, you now have the brand new Nintendo Switch Lite to choose from.
Here is our list of the 20 best Nintendo Switch games.
1. New Pokemon Snap
Seek out and take in-game photographs of Pokémon in their native environments in the New Pokémon Snap game, only for the Nintendo Switch system! Snap photos from the NEO-ONE as you encounter and research lively wild Pokémon. You might see unexpected expressions or behaviors—Pokémon patrolling their territory, playing, or lurking in out-of-the-way spots.
I never had the chance to play the original Pokemon Snap and I’ve got to say this one is extremely fun! The environments are very beautiful and packed with pokemon! There’s also multiple ways to interact with the pokemon and each stage has a lot of replayability. It’s also fun to watch the stages and pokemon change as you progress through the game. Easily recommend for pokemon lovers and people looking for a relaxing game experience!
2. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Pounce and climb through dozens of colorful courses! Multiply the fun by teaming up with its competing against friends locally or online to reach each stage’s goal. Work together to explore and uncover collectibles, or compete for the crown by earning the highest score, making for a friendly frenzy! Mario (and his friends) can use a variety of power-ups like the Super Bell, which grants catlike abilities like climbing and scratching. Power up to complete stages and take the crown!
I’m 32 and have been playing Mario games literally since I can remember. They were great then and are still great now. Bottom line: if you like Mario games, you’ll love this one.
3. Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Rise is an action RPG that will transport players to the colorful kamura village, an all-new serene mountain locale that attracts visitors with its unique culture and innovative hunting technologies. After hunters equip their armor and select from one of the various weapon types, all-new hunting grounds await, including the ancient shrine ruins and more. As players defeat monsters and progress through the game, items from Fallen foes can be used to craft unique weapons and armor that will increase their chances of future success and survival. Hunters can tackle these challenges solo, or with up to three other players in local or cooperative online play. Evolving the monster Hunter series, monster Hunter Rise will provide players with an inventive set of new tools to track down and defeat threatening monsters.
This game was great! In my opinion, it improved on all the things that were annoying about MHW. Smaller hub area with vendors and NPCs being more condensed, faster load times, easier and quicker traveling on maps via the wire bugs and pallamutes, more diverse combat options with the switch skills and wire bugs.
A lot of these changes seemed aimed at reducing the filler so players can get to fighting monsters faster, which I greatly appreciated!
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
With Nintendo Switch, fans can enjoy the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 anywhere, anytime, even with up to 8 friends in local wireless multiplayer. It’s the biggest Mario Kart ever.
The Mario Kart you know and love, with many new features; Enjoy Mario Kart alone or with friends, anytime, anywhere, with anyone; Supports 2 players in Handheld mode, 4 players on one TV and 12-player online.
Great game, I played on the super nintendo as a kid. Bought for my brothers kids for Christmas.
Now they are endlessly fighting about who won, and how its not a race, and why the other cheated.
5. Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight is a classically styled 2D action adventure across a vast interconnected world. Explore twisting caverns, ancient cities and deadly wastes; battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs; and solve ancient mysteries at the kingdom’s heart.
I love this game. My 12 year old son loves this game. Very beautifully done. I have payed a lot more $ for games that are just BLAH. This one is worth every dollar! Lots of online support if you get stuck-which is always helpful (Why can’t I beat this guy???). There needs to be more reviews of this-I hope more are left soon. It’s a great staple for your game collection. Of course, it’s not Zelda-but its not $60 either. I love them both. If you want tons of gore -don’t get this. If you want a nice fun challenge with beautiful and unique graphics-get this game. I would easily pay twice as much for this game-It is WAY under priced.
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure.
I have never been so taken aback by the vastness of a game. You really don’t need to read another review, Zelda alone is worth the price of a switch. Like if they sold this game for 300 dollars I would probably buy it. In fact, it’s the only Switch game I own, and have no real plans to purchase anything else because between the original game and Master Mode, I will be getting a divorce soon so I can spend more time collecting mushrooms and climbing mountains.
7. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Play three of Mario’s greatest 3D platforming adventures—all in one package! Play three iconic games at home or on the go—all in one package on the Nintendo Switch system! Jump into paintings in Super Mario 64, clean up paint-like goop in Super Mario Sunshine, and fly from planet to planet in Super Mario Galaxy.
Run, jump, and dive with ease! Make Mario move using the Nintendo Switch system’s Joy-Con controllers. You can also pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to play the Super Mario Galaxy game in Co-Star Mode! Mario’s movements are as smooth as ever with HD resolution for each game, while still retaining the look and feel of the originals.
It’s a good compilation, but Nintendo was lazy not to include the 16:9 format in Super Mario 64. I was even surprised by the smoothed textures and the increase in resolution (I thought it would be a direct port with no improvement). As for the others, Super Mario Sunshine yes is now in widescreen. In my case, I never managed to finish Mario 64, played very little Sunshine at the time and never played Mario Galaxy, so to me it’s worth the money invested. For fans, it’s a mandatory purchase.
8. Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s invited to the towering Last Resort hotel, but when Mario and friends go missing, our green-clad hero will have to conquer his fears to save them. 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. See if you can defeat all the ghosts, rescue all the toads, or clear other objectives before time runs out in the ScareScrape.
This game by far has the best graphics to date of any nintendo switch game! I bought this for my wife because she loved the first two on the 3ds. This game is also very good entertainment for babies and small children. In one day it has become our families new favorite game! It’s a must buy for any Mario fan.
9. Into The Breach
The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to hold off this alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of FTL.
Great game to add to your switch library, game design permits playing it in smalls time intervals, say 10 to 15 minutes and still enjoy the heck out of it, a must for your Game collection.
10. Super Mario Odyssey
Join Mario on a massive, globe-trotting 3D adventure and use his incredible new abilities to collect Moons so you can power up your airship, the Odyssey, and rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s wedding plans. 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, and with Mario’s new moves like cap throw, cap jump, and capture, you’ll have fun and exciting gameplay experiences unlike anything you’ve enjoyed in a Mario game before.
My review is from the “father of a toddler” perspective. For those of you who have a child on the younger side, and you still enjoy Mario, don’t hesitate to buy this game! My son can sit and watch this as if it is a cartoon and remains entertained the entire time. Sometimes he will say “make Mario do this” and is excited when it happens on screen. As someone who is a bit older but still enjoys games, it is a treat to find a game that entertains my son while I play
11. Pokemon Sword & Shield
A new generation of Pokémon is coming to the Nintendo Switch system. Become a Pokémon Trainer, embark on a new journey in the new Galar region, and unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta! Explore the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where the player can freely control the camera. And participate in Max Raid Battles*** in which players will face off against gigantic and super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon.
My children are 4,6,9 the game has problem-solving reading and exploring my husband and I are pokemon fans happy to have our children join the fun as well
12. Super Mario Maker 2
Super Mario Maker 2 doesn’t quite feel made for the Nintendo Switch in the way it was perfect for the Wii U, but it’s still a fantastic piece of software. It makes level design accessible for everyone and has a massively beefed up single-player mode.
This game has more tools to make your own Mario 2d levels. Some features are omitted from previous game, but overall experience is better. There’s a new Super Mario 3D World theme that can be accessed; opening up more possibilities, and this version includes local and online multi player.
13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Gaming icons clash in the ultimate brawl you can play anytime, anywhere Smash rivals off the stage as new characters Simon Belmont and King K. Rool join Inkling, Ridley, and every fighter in Super Smash Bros. history. Enjoy enhanced speed and combat at new stages based on the Castlevania series, Super Mario Odyssey, and more
Having trouble choosing a stage? Then select the Stage Morph option to transform one stage into another while battling—a series first Plus, new echo fighters Dark Samus, Richter Belmont, and Chrom join the battle.
From the best games to date for the Nintendo Switch. You don’t need to be connected you can play with the Joycons of the switch, although I recommend using (buy) a Pro control (original Nintendo) or a Gamecube control (+ the adapter) better. There are weekly events and downloadable content such as characters and scenarios (extra cost).
Celeste is a video game that makes you want to lodge your controller in your TV — in a good way.
Featuring incredible level design and flawlessly tuned precision platforming, Celeste is one of the best games of its type ever released. It’s smart, charming and dense with content.
It’s also perfect for the Nintendo Switch. You’ll be hurling obscenities at this game on public transport and you’ll love every second of it.
This game is punishingly difficult, but I can’t stop playing it. The story was surprisingly good for a what I thought was a silly 2D platformer. Absolutely recommend to anyone that loves a challenge.
15. Splatoon 2
The squid kids called Inklings are back to splat more ink and claim more turf in this colorful and chaotic 4-on-4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go with the Nintendo Switch system, and use any of the console’s portable play styles for intense local multiplayer’s 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.
My kids really enjoy playing this game. The guide book is a super help. We only wish it was multiplayer when not online
16. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Worlds collide in Mario plus Rabbids Kingdom Battle; The Mushroom Kingdom has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex, transporting the chaotic Rabbids into this once-peaceful land. To restore order, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi must team up with a whole new crew made up of four Rabbids heroes. Together, they will battle with weapons through four worlds filled with combat, puzzles, and unpredictable enemies. Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system, Mario plus Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the best of the Mario and Rabbids franchises, combining all that you love about Mario’s iconic universe with the side-splitting antics of the Rabbids.
This game came far out of left field. Mario and crew with guns? In a tactical rpg a la x-com or jagged alliance? What were the designers smoking when they thought of this? Nevertheless, it’s executed flawlessly. No RNG frustrations, no save scumming necessary. Lots of little nods to various Mario lore and history. Challenging scenarios, solid skill progression where I never felt over nor under-powered, and great artwork. The plot is horribly contrived but who cares.
DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat andndash; whether youandrsquo;’re obliterating demon hordes through the depths of Hell in the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in numerous multiplayer modes. Expand your gameplay experience using DOOM SnapMap game editor to easily create, play, and share your content with the world.
Absolutely love the game. Great graphics, interesting story. Love the fact that you can replay the campaign mission by mission to find the secrets and collectibles and you keep all your gear from the completed campaign.
18. Stardew Valley
You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!
This game was great on the PC, so when my husband got a Switch I had to buy it for him. He loves it. Seriously cute game. Reminiscent of Harvest Moon and maybe a bit of Animal Crossing? The storyline is really what makes it though. You can spend the whole game farming and be bored and never know the characters are so three-dimensional. Take time getting to know your neighbors and learning their stories – they’re what really make the game. Some very heavy topics are covered in what seems like such a surface-level cutesy game. I also love that it’s an actually good game that doesn’t cost $40+
19. Dead Cells
Dead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what’s happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and seemingly cursed Island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, permadeath and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble, make for a demanding, visceral and cathartic action game.
I originally bought this in early access on Steam, was addicted for a few weeks, and now I’ve bought it a second time on the Switch. It’s gotten even better since I first started playing it!
20. The Messenger
As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises, and humor. – Dynamic, acrobatic gameplay and ultra tight controls worthy of an epic ninja adventure. – Character upgrades, new abilities, hidden levels, and branching paths to discover. – Meticulously designed 8-bit and 16-bit sprites, animations, and backgrounds in the spirit of the classics.
The price for this game is a steal. It’s incredible. The slight humor bits will get you going too. It’s a great game