Everybody with a Switch knows about Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, but there are many great games for the system beyond Nintendo’s core classics. With success comes support, and the Switch has already seen far more support from both the major third-party publishers and independent developers than the Wii U saw after its launch. The Switch’s digital eShop is full of games that you can download, and the Switch racks at most retailers already outnumber the Wii U offerings still on display. If you need help cutting through the clutter, let us point you towards the best of the best. Here are the 15 games you most need to play for the Nintendo Switch, along with 18 other honorable mentions that are all worth a download.
Looking for a cheap Nintendo Switch with at least one game? We’ve seen this bundle for less, but if the other bundles sell out, then this is a decent alternative, especially as Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is still quite new. This is available with the red/blue edition of the Nintendo Switch at Currys.
QVC (yes, the home shopping network) has the console for around $550 (£430 or AU$720) with $15 shipping. This is an inflated price, but the site does offer a payment plan, which may be a good option for those who can’t throw down all that cash at once. The site also offers a three-year warranty for an added fee.
Extremely practical device. It’s power and versatility make up for the slightly lofty expense. The switch is an entertainment machine through and through which will only become better once more games and content release during its lifespan.
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Unsurprisingly, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe plays exactly like Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. Thanks to Switch’s fantastic different form factors, multiplayer Mario Kart has literally never been as fun nor as instant. It’s 100% an essential purchase.
It would be hard to imagine running into a gamer who hasn’t played or at the very least, heard of Super Meat Boy. The video game was a massive success and a highly addicting and challenging platform title by indie developers Team Meat.
What do you hope for from a breakdancing game? If it’s a cool soundtrack, appealing comic-book style graphics and animation, and easy-to-learn dance moves, Floor Kids has you covered. Dancing is simple, but combining different moves keeps things interesting as you get better at the game. There is an unexpectedly good multiplayer mode, too.
The Nintendo Switch is now officially the fastest selling console of all time. After a sellout first year, it’s still on wishlists the world over, but it’s gradually finding its way back into the shops. Whether you’ve had yours since launch or you’re about to click in those iconic Joy-Cons for the first time, we’re here to help you find the best Switch games on the market right now.
Great console but I wish it had included at least one free game though. I was originally going to wait until Mario came out during the holiday’s to get one (and hopefully get some bundle or promotion around that time) but given the sadistic game that Nintendo likes to play with the intentional self-generated low availability, I decided to get one during Amazon Prime to avoid missing Mario Odyssey on release date.
Another good one from Nintendo Switch! The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is a randomly generated action-shooter that features rogue-like elements and heavy RPG. In this game, all you need to do is to follow Isaac on his journey to find bizarre treasures that change his form and give him supernatural powers for fighting off droves of mysterious creatures. As a player, you need to discover these secrets and fight the Isaac way to safety.
This special enhanced edition of the Wii U smash was one of the first big tests for the Switch. How would a game initially built to be played exclusively on a console strapped to a TV translate to a system made to be taken anywhere? The answer: about as well as anybody could expect. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe collected every scrap of bonus content for one of the best games of the decade, added a nostalgic return to a classic battle mode, and made all of it perfectly portable thanks to the Switch’s unique capabilities. If anybody was worried that Breath of the Wild would be a one-hit wonder for the Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gave them hope.
Take on the challenges of your modern day farmer with the North American environment, loads of farming activities, and over hundreds of acres of land. Become the farmer you wanted to be without leaving the comfort of your home for $38.
Race car driving meets soccer. Need I say more? The PlayStation 4’s most downloaded game of 2016 and one of the Xbox’s most-played games has made its way to the Nintendo Switch. The premise of Rocket League is almost painfully simple: chase down a giant ball and knock it into the goal. I say “chase down,” but nothing about a Rocket League match resembles a traditional car chase. What makes Rocket League so fun is that you’re constantly scrambling to jab the ball into the goal at any cost, which often means careening up the sides of the arena and tumbling through the air. The Switch version also has special Mario and Metroid-themed cars.
Despite being out for months now, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still $60 at most stores, so this Nintendo Switch bundle isn’t as overpriced as it looks. And let’s face it, with stock continuing to sell out, there’s not much incentive for stores like GameStop to knock any money off a deal like this.
The Joy-Con is more than just a fancy controller. In addition to the amazing configurability, the Joy-Con boasts IR sensors that detect shape, motion, and distance of objects around the player. The HD rumble technology takes vibration feedback to the next level. All told, the Joy-Con produces an immersive experience that is remarkable for the relatively low cost.
Possibly not! Remember how the Joy-Con controller splits in two? Turn them sideways and you get two basic controllers, each with their own analogue stick and face buttons – the d-pad acts as face functions on the left controller. So far we’ve seen 2K’s NBA series, Snipper Clips and Mario Kart being used this way for local multiplayer in both docked and tablet modes. So you get multiplayer functionality straight out of the box with no additional purchase required.
While Nintendo traditionally designs its flagship consoles just for at-home play, the Switch is meant to be portable as well. A tablet smaller than an iPad mini houses the system’s core technology, allowing you to take the Switch on the go or slide it into its accompanying dock for TV gaming.
Tight turns and big jumps in Fast RMX channel the best moments of F-Zero and the Wipeout series. This 60 frames-per-second racing game bundles all of the courses offered as DLC on the U version plus six new tracks. Once you wrap your head around Fast RMX’s energy transfer system, where you have to quickly swap to the same matching color of a boost pad in order to get a burst of speed, you’ll have everything you take out your competitors online and in local matches.
Splatoon 2 is one of those rare games you can play for more than a year and still not be tired of it. Many players hoped for a fast port to Switch to hit the ground running, but what we got was an impressive sequel with an all-new single-player campaign and a “season 2” multiplayer mode that took the best from the first game and expanded on it. Couple that with Salmon Run — an addictive new co-op mode — and plenty of free post-release content, and you’ve got one of the prime reasons to connect your Switch to a wifi network where and whenever you can. — Peer Schneider
So whether you’ve just grabbed the Switch and need a few pointers, or are you just looking for something new to play after conquering Zelda, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in our list of the 20 best games the Switch has to offer.
It’s nowhere near the control you get with a full-blown racing wheel, but the Joy-Con Wheel gives you a more hands-on approach to Mario Kart or other racing games, which is wonderful if your Switch is often being played by younger gamers. This set includes two wheels, so you can get right to the track with a friend or family member.
What if you want to keep playing? The sad news is, out of the box, there’s no way to play the Switch on your TV while simultaneously charging the Joy-Con. You could slide the Joy-Con onto the Switch tablet and play the console as a handheld, which will charge the controllers, but what if you want to play it on the TV?
There’s plenty to choose from on the Switch but here we’ve narrowed it down to the best. We’re constantly on the look out for the latest and greatest Switch games so keep checking back here as this list will be frequently updated.
This alternative bundle comes with the highly sought after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is packed with all the DLC content from the original version. The carry case is perfect for gamers on the go too. And don’t forget to use your steering wheel attachment! Get this offer direct from Nintendo.
The nintendo switch is awesome as a handheld and as a day-to-day home console. I have been playing Legend Of Zelda BOTW non-stop XD. Theswitch is godlike compared to the Wii U. Great decision. worth the price
That port is on the bottom, which is inaccessible when the Switch is propped up on a table with the kickstand. HORI’s $13 Compact Playstand raises the Switch up off the ground with a cutout for the charging cable so you can keep your game going while it’s juicing up. Plus, the stand collapses down flat so you can take it on the go without it taking up too much space.