You just spent $300 to get the Nintendo Switch that everyone is talking about, and now it is time to PLAY. This piece of gadget, unlike the traditional home console, gives you the freedom to play anywhere you want: on the train to work, in the bathroom answering nature’s call, or while waiting for a delayed flight, you name it.
From Nintendo staples like Mario and Zelda to essential multiplayer games to engrossing AAA and indie fare, we have put together a list of the very best that the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite have to offer. Enjoy!
Note that this is a brief list of a complete guide, which you can check out here.
1. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
This two-in-one package is a remastered version of the already amazing 3D World, offering gamers a whole new way to experience the adventure of the spritely plumber and his friends. The draw this time is that you can play in co-op with up to four players. Pounce and climb through dozens of colorful courses and use a variety of power-ups like the Super Bell, which grants Mario and his friends catlike abilities.
Also, characters move faster, and the dash powers up more quickly. You can also pause the action to get the perfect shot, apply filters, and decorate with stamps.
2. Heaven’s Vault
From the creators of 80 Days, a popular interactive fiction game released in 2014, Heaven’s Vault invites you to an archeological adventure where you, as researcher Aliya Elasra, and your sidekick Six translate a lost language while exploring the ruins of the Nebula to find the missing roboticist.
What makes this one of the best Nintendo Switch games is the freedom you have as a player, both in exploration and in translation. While playing, you will be asked to make different decisions, which lead you to different dialogs with other characters and one of several potential endings. Plus, the game never gets boring as you will experience something new each time you play.
3. Ys 8: Lacrimosa Of Dana
The most recent release from Falcom, Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana is one of the games we played first during the COVID-19 quarantine. The story centers around the adventures of Adol Christin, a young man with a zest for adventure and an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time.
As Adol explores the island, he soon starts to run into survivors from the cruise ship he was on. These passengers are from all walks of life, with various backgrounds and skills. They form a community known as Castaway Village. However, survival isn’t the only plot of this game. As Adol and his crew slowly explore the island of Seiren, they soon discover that it holds many secrets.
4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
If you’re looking for a dream escape during COVID-19, Animal Crossing: New Horizons would make a perfect one. Released in early 2020, the game builds on the already addicting gameplay of Nintendo’s beloved life simulator, allowing you to use a wealth of natural resources to craft everything from tools to comforts and collect rewarding Nook Miles as you catch bugs, plant trees, interact with your neighbors and find cool clothes and household items for your villager.
Also, you can show off your island utopia to family and friends or pack your bags and visit theirs, without hopping on a flight!
5. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Commemorating the 35th anniversary of the beloved plumber, Super Mario, this digital edition released in 2020 packs three of the most memorable adventures of all into one single, nostalgic package. Think of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, allowing you to experience the evolution of 3D Mario games from the Nintendo 64 to the more modern Wii era. Plus, it comes with 175 iconic tunes from all three games, so you can rock out like it’s 1996.
Note that Nintendo stopped selling this game on March 31, as it was meant to be a limited edition. So, it might be hard to find it these days. But, keep digging on eBay and Amazon has it too.
6. Paper Mario: The Origami King
Another great Super Mario game, but with a fun and unique twist. This 2020 series is set in a paper version of the Mario world you know. The kingdom is ravaged by an origami menace, and you'll take the role of Mario and, with the help of Olivia, battle evil Folded Soldiers, repair the damaged landscape, and try to free Princess Peach’s castle from the clutches of King Olly in this comedy-filled adventure.
Line up scattered enemies and plan your attack to maximize damage with the new, ring-based battle system that requires both puzzle-solving skills and a quick wit.
7. Untitled Goose Game
This game is truly unique, in which you will be a despicable goose out to ruin the days of everyone in a quaint little suburb. Make your way around town, from peoples’ back gardens to the high street shops to the village green, setting up pranks, stealing hats, honking a lot, and there are so many nasty things you can do. The new two-player cooperative mode allows you to play with a friend - two horrible geese!
While its amazingly simple controls may trick you into thinking it’s going to be a cakewalk, the difficulty ramps up enough to turn this adorably drawn puzzler into a true challenge.
8. Luigi’s Mansion 3
The hotel is haunted. Mario is missing. And our only hope is Luigi! In this latest installment in Nintendo’s spooky ghost-busting series, you will play as Luigi’s to navigate the towering Last Resort hotel and 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.
Whether you play with friends or wander the hotel alone, you’ll be sucked in by the atmospheric music and ghoulish décor of every cobwebby corner you explore. Gooigi can walk on spikes, slip through tight spaces, and help Luigi overcome obstacles he can’t tackle alone.
Alright, these are some of the best games we recommend playing on Nintendo Switch. If you’re a die-hard gamer, but without a Switch, you can also play them on platforms like PS4, PC, and Xbox One.