When you’ve got your Switch in the dock and connected to the TV, your game time is perfect. You can grind your mats for hours without worrying about battery drain. But if you’re playing in mobile mode, you’ve got to add some recharge time. Unfortunately, Nintendo didn’t think about where the charging port is located when designing the Switch in tabletop mode.
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“Thank you so much for the service you provide, I’ve been crying myself to sleep every night because destiny is pretty much sold out everywhere. Thanks to you guys, the river has stopped flowing and I has Destiny.” -J Nasty
Super Mario Odyssey was more than worth the wait and is another fine addition to the growing collection of quality Nintendo Switch exclusives. Savings are at a minimum here, but seeing as this game should amongst your most wanted, this bundle is a great place to start.
Ubisoft’s Rabbids come toe-to-toe with Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi in this turn-based title. Take a team of three through the Mushroom Kingdom and beat back the Rabbid invasion. This game takes familiar faces, mixes in some Rabbid-flavoured chaos and wraps it all up in XCOM-style gameplay that’ll have even hardened gamers hooked. Balance weapons, tactics, special abilities and status effects. Earn coins and skill orbs to upgrade your kit and build an unbeatable team.
While it might be a port of a 2014 Wii U exclusive, that doesn’t detract from the fact Bayonetta 2 is one of the best games of the previous genration, and retooled for Nintendo Switch it’s now getting a second shot at glory. The new version runs smoother than the Wii U original, rarely drops a frame in TV or handheld modes, and comes with all the Nintendo-themed costumes for ass-kicking witch heroine Bayonetta you could possibly hope for.
Sonic’s latest adventure feels perfectly at home on the Switch. It looks and feels just like the Genesis games you remember from your childhood, filled with tricky traps, dizzying loops that you traverse at breakneck speed, and familiar allies like Tails and Knuckles. Some of the stages even feel untouched, like Chemical Plant and Lava Reef. But there are enough surprises and extra flourishes that makes Mania feel like the perfect balance of freshness and nostalgia.
Finally, not having any kind of backward compatibility with Wii U was a tough hit for the few of us that actually supported Nintendo during their hard times and had a Wii U. I would love to be able to import my digital games and saves from the last console (like the Wii U allowed to do from the Wii) but they completely ignored us. Considering that 2 of the best games of Switch are available on Wii U (Zelda and Mario Kart) and that another one is barely an expansion on a Wii U one (Splatoon 2 doesn’t add that much from Splatoon 1) you would think that it wouldn’t be that hard for them to at least give us Wii U players a discount for a digital version upgrade from a Wii U to Switch game.
I have no issues with my switch and my screen is still not scratch but a good screen protector is not a bad idea. If you get the Zelda game you will be tempted to take the switch with you so also get a case for the Switch. If you are use to hand held gaming on the Vita or 3DS you will be ok with the controls but if you only game on consoles you should pick up the pro controller.
The central conceit of Arms is ineffably bizarre—one day people suddenly have springs for arms, so they start to punch each other a lot. And yet it’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a Nintendo fighting game: it’s cute, charming, relentlessly upbeat, and relatively simple to understand but almost torturously difficult to truly excel at. It makes better use of the Joy-Con’s motion controls than any other Switch game, to boot. It might feel a little slight—something that might be rectified by upcoming updates—but for the first big new Nintendo idea on the Switch, Arms is a hit.
Bundle prices in the US are holding steady, but at least you can find plenty with the best Nintendo Switch games like Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and more. In the UK, retailers are knocking money off plenty of bundles. The best this week sees Tesco include FIFA 18 and a carry case for free. Oh and we found a voucher code to knock another £20 off too, bringing the price down to £259. Our other highlights include big discounts on Nintendo Switch deals with WWE 2K18, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario + Rabbids and more.
We adored Mario Kart 8 when it first came out on Wii U but noted one conspicuous absence that made many of us fall in love with the original Mario Kart on SNES to begin with: Battle Mode. Mario Kart 8’s encore on Nintendo Switch didn’t just keep the online community alive and added returning favorites like Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast, we also got a brand-new “cops and robbers” team mode with Renegade Roundup, all of the great DLC stages, and even some guests from the Splatoon universe. It’s not a new game, but one so good, it deserved to reach a bigger audience on Switch right away. — Peer Schneider
I’ll admit, I’m going to be a little biased here. I’m a Nintendo fan at heart first and foremost. I do game on PS4, and previous to that an Xbox 360. All of these consoles are fine gaming machines. But the only company I’ve consistently owned every major console from has been Nintendo.
Do what you never thought possible with Nintendo Switch. Go from single- and multi-player thrills at home, to playing the same title wherever and whenever you want. Simply attach the Joy-Con controllers to the bright, hi-def display and you’re all set. Or detach the controllers and give one to a friend for some on-the-go, local multiplayer action.
You’re probably dying to get your hands on one. Well, hold up — it’s hard to come by. Here’s what you need to know about snagging the magically versatile gaming system, which has a suggested retail price of $300, £280 or AU$470.
The Nintendo Switch is smaller than expected, as are the Joy-Con controllers. My three girls, however, don’t care. Used fro an average of four to five hours per night, the ability to just pick it up and play it on your lap has allowed us to “watch” TV together with one person glued to Zelda: Breath of the Wind. So why do I need a new TV? While the portable mode is fun and enjoyable for one, the girls like to watch each other play and for that, a TV is pretty necessary. While we only have one game at the moment we have four more on pre-order. For fans of the Nintendo world, this is a worthwhile purchase. For fans of Zelda, it’s a necessary purchase.
If you’re tired playing the same classics on repeat, pick up Thimbleweed Park for an excellent new addition to the point-and-click genre. You’ll travel back to 1987 for a neo-noir adventure that you won’t want to leave.
The adaptable Joy-Con offer multiple surprising new ways for players to have fun. Two Joy-Con can be used independently, one in each hand, or together as one game controller when attached to the Joy-Con grip. They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy two-player action in supported games. Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyroscope motion sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible.
Along with gaming, the Switch also features parental controls allowing you to customize how your family interacts with the console and an album feature allowing gamers to take screenshots and share them to their social networks.
Despite it still being early days for Switch, the console is already home to several multi-million sellers. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo’s best-selling title on the system is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which launched alongside it back in March. As of September 30, the game has sold 4.70 million copies worldwide.
Players control one main character out of a party of three in an open world environment in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The action role-playing game includes a streamlined real-time action-based combat system that requires quick decision making for utilizing each character’s abilities such as magic, healing and blunt force attacks. Players have to keep a close eye on their companions, waiting for cool down periods and opportunities to attack. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 includes a soundtrack with performances by the Bratislava Symphony Choir, giving it a more epic and emotional feel with each choreographed action scene and quest.
At least that’s what the console costs, but if you want to have a great experience with the Switch, you’re going to need more — much more. That $300 price for the Nintendo Switch doesn’t include the cost of games, storage, screen protectors, extra controllers, and carrying cases. Indeed, there are a ton of hidden costs disguised behind the consumer-friendly $299 price point.
The adapters that are included for when you snap out the joy controls and you want to share them with someone to play multiplayer are not that great. When you try to detach the adaptors (which is basically some plastic that makes the mini R and L buttons easier to use) it feels like you are going to break something because they attach too much to the joy controls. I wish they had thought of that when creating the design.
Mike Andronico is an associate editor at Tom’s Guide. When he’s not writing about mobile tech and gaming, you can usually catch him playing Street Fighter, devouring Twitch streams and trying to convince people that Hawkeye is the best Avenger.
ARMS might just be Nintendo at its weirdest and we absolutely love it for that. While fans may be clamoring for a new entry in the Smash Brothers Franchise, ARMS turned the fighting genre on it’s ear by introducing a truly wacky cast of characters and the mechanics to match. Hopping, blocking and… missiling your way through each round has proved to be one of the most unique and entertaining experiences on the Switch to date. – Zachary Ryan
Now, nine months later, the Switch boasts an expansive roster of impressive games that range from ports of cherished third-party releases to new Nintendo titles that are bound to be remembered as classics.
You need the best Nintendo Switch cases or covers you can buy. Don’t count on your Switch looking new for very long without one. Your Joy-Con controllers won’t look nice after a few weeks without a case either.
With only 32GB of internal storage, you’ll be wanting to pick up a cheap memory card or two for your new Nintendo Switch for any digital purchases or the inevitable game-fixing patches. Don’t fret though, they’re actually surprisingly cheap, with even 64GB ones coming in at under £20/$25.
Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from December 31, 2017.
I’ve been waiting very very patiently since the very beginning of march when the switch first came out to purchase one. Not once has either of the switches (red/blue, or grey) been available online or in stores. It’s been almost 2 whole months and I keep getting the “we sold the last one earlier today/yesterday”, “our last one just sold a few minutes ago”, “come back tomorrow”, and “check on our website daily” lines every time I go there and ask about it. Not once have either variations/editions of the system been available ever. Usually I’m really patient with this stuff, but I’m getting really frustrated that magically every employee at Best Buy has “sold the last one” minutes before I entered the store, and that none are ever available online. I even tried pre paying in advanced because I was told to do that by a friend of mine who bought a switch that way, and they wouldn’t accept that either. Such a shame Best Buy….such a shame.
So you’re one of the lucky gamers to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch. Like any other new gaming setup, you’ll probably want to grab some accessories to go along with it. Whether it’s a case, controller, or stand, you’ll find that just the right addition can make your Switch setup more complete.
Included in the Nintendo Switch Console are a left and right Joy-Con control w/ wrist straps and grip. The Switch features a 6.2″, multi-touch capacitive screen w/ resolution of 1280×720. It has a 32GB internal storage w/ WiFi and USB type C connector and supports up to eight Nintendo Switch players.
Thumper’s difficulty is suffocating. Along with the oppressive music and the stark graphics, it turns the game into a claustrophobic, stressful, frightening experience. It rattles around inside my brain when I’m not playing it, its velocity and brutality careening throughout as I try to unwind after playing. Thumper taps into art’s ability to alter our consciousness, introducing a new reality for us to get lost in, and it’s not afraid to let this dream world look and feel like a nightmare. Most rhythm games want to replicate the best time you could possibly have at a rave; Thumper wants you to feel like you’re shaking on the floor of a bathroom stall, praying for those weird shapes and sounds that surround you to go away. It is an essentially perfect realization of its own unique goals and concerns, and a game we’ll be playing and celebrating for decades.