Super Mario Kart has always been a staple of Nintendo’s consoles, and there are plenty of reasons to pick up the latest installment for the Switch even if you’ve played Super Mario Kart 8. The Deluxe version introduces new characters like the Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy from Splatoon and an updated Battle Mode that includes new gameplay styles. Combine that with smaller updates like the ability to hold two items at a time and play with others without an extra controller, and you’ve got a game that substantially differentiates itself from its predecessor.
Need to warm up your dancing feet for an impending party or wedding? Well look no further than Just Dance 2018, which moonwalks onto Switch with official licenses (Disney anyone?), as well as all the hottest tracks and artists, including such notables as Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The game isn’t just for seasoned dancers either, with a top Kids Mode delivering children-friendly choreographies and a dance playground.
Honestly, I was a little worried about Sonic Mania. SEGA and Sonic Team have burnt me in the past, perhaps one too many times. I needn’t have worried though. Sonic Mania is a stunning return to form for the blue hedgehog. While playing on the Switch doesn’t really put Nintendo’s console through its technical paces, the crisp sprites and bright colours of Sonic really help show off just how vibrant and crisp the Switch’s 720p display is. It’s perfect portable gaming magic.
Clearly spawned from a desire to recreate the magic of Wii Sports Boxing, ARMS is a peculiar fighting game with a difference. Holding a Joy-Con controller in each hand, you trade blows with a foe by literally swinging your fists. Thanks to Nintendo’s work building the Joy-Cons, it’s surprisingly accurate and – by customising your fighter’s interchangeable fists – it’s an incredibly accomplished fighter. The inclusion of same-screen, local and online multiplayer is also a nice little bonus and there’s plenty of mini-games and unlockables to keep single-player fans happy too. Nintendo also continually keep updating ARMS with new fighters while balancing its old roster so you’re never short of stuff to do.
A masterclass in 3D platforming, Super Mario Odyssey seamlessly blends the best elements from nearly every Mario game with an entire portfolio of new gameplay mechanics to create something both nostalgic and courageous. New players will adore stomping through thep vivid and vast new worlds, while seasoned veterans will stick around after the credits to unlock the hundreds of challenges that await their skill and dexterity. To put it succinctly, Super Mario Odyssey is pure, sublime joy and one of the best Super Mario games ever made. – Brian Altano
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.
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The Switch’s has amassed an excellent game lineup in less than a year, headlined by Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 and filled out by indies and third-party hits such as Shovel Knight, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Doom and Stardew Valley.
Race car driving meets soccer. Need I say more? The PlayStation 4’s most downloaded 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.
It’s a pricey investment at $110, but it is a perfect accessory for the Switch gamer on the go that also has style. It comes in black ballistic nylon with black leather, black ballistic nylon with chocolate leather, and my personal favorite, waxed canvas with chocolate leather.
If you’re looking for a fun, accessible and downright hilarious multiplayer experience on Nintendo Switch, look no further than Snipperclips. With a Joy-Con in hand, you and up to four friends can work together or duke it out in a series of addictively creative puzzles.
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.
The satisfying gunplay, ferocious monsters and fantastic setting remain, and it plays great on Nintendo Switch both docked and in portable mode. Keep in mind that the multiplayer mode is a separate download, unlike other platformers.
Claire and Moira are knocked out and wake up in a dark and abandoned detention facility where they have to work together to find out what happened. What will they find in Resident Evil Revelations 2 for $14.
GameStop is also offering bundles for $599.99 that are guaranteed to arrived by April 16, but that’s a lot of money to make sure you get a system. The bundle also includes some items that you may not want to buy, such as Just Dance 2017 and the Breath of the Wild strategy guide.
What makes Nintendo Switch stand apart is its unique new modular design that allows the console to effortlessly “switch” between home console and portable handheld configurations. Placing the console inside the Switch Dock, which is connected directly to your TV, will activate the home TV mode and allow you to play the latest and greatest Nintendo Switch games in the comfort of your own living room. In this configuration, you’ll also detach two Joy-Con controllers from either end of the console and insert them into the Joy-Con Grip attachment to replicate a standard controller feel. When it’s time to leave the house, simply reattach the Joy-Con controllers back onto the Nintendo Switch console and you’ve got a fully portable handheld system ready to go anywhere you want to game.
The pre-orders were there one second, and gone the next. The online retailer has no information available about when the system will be back in stock, but the gray market will likely be happy to sell you one at a huge markup the moment they go on sale.
Nope, this is a game that’s all about that multiplayer, where you can play with up to eight players locally or online. It’s here the game feels most at home, and for the most part its every bit as good as the classic Bombermans that have proceeded it.
Doom may be one of the most unexpected additions to Nintendo’s console we’ve seen so far, yet it translates surprisingly well to the Switch. Don’t expect the resolution to be as sharp as what you’d get on a more powerful console or PC, but this roaringly fast-paced shooter shines in handheld mode. There’s also some integration with the Joy-Cons motion controls for performing glory kills.
By far the slickest Nintendo hardware to date. Have played Zelda for over 135 hours and not only is the game great, playing it while on the exercise bike, relaxing around the house was great as I am not tethered to the TV. The concept works as advertised. 1 star off for the barebones UI, lack of cloud saves and unknown online. But I feel like Nintendo has a winner with the Switch.
Teenage friends get together on a deserted island and, unsurprisingly, things get weird in this spooky, well-written adventure. Oxenfree isn’t a gruesome or stressful horror game, more a twisty supernatural yarn. Witty, believable dialogue reveals all the complex rivalries and secret desires that you’d expect from a group of small-town kids.
Great console with functionality, but lack of great games for now. Easy to setup, handy for two players, although the L and R buttons on the joy-con are a bit hard to reach. The only thing i don’t like is the stand at the back, it is quite flimsy, and there is no rubber cover to protect the microsd when the stand is opened. Overall it is a great console!
If you only buy one multiplayer Switch title, make it Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. You know the drill: Choose an iconic Nintendo character, jump in a modded kart, and win at all costs. The deluxe version of the game includes new racers and battle modes, plus all those dazzling weapons and power-ups (beware the blue shell).
Playfulness is the main constant running through the large amount of varied content within Rayman Legends. Critics often try to avoid the word “fun” because it’s so subjective, but the only other game in recent memory that has so thoroughly embodied the most basic, universal and objective meaning of the word is Rayman Origins—much of which returns as unlockable bonuses within the already superior Legends. Revisiting classic gaming concepts with a timeless sense of humor that everybody can enjoy, Rayman Legends is a videogame without pretense, and that might be the most crucial decision its designers made without even realizing it.
This Nintendo switch is the off spring of the wii u and Nintendo 3ds ! It’s a hybrid between both devices! Nintendo was trying to make this item and ran out of time and made one of mock ups! But they got it right this time! The maneuverability is great I take it where ever when ever! Haven’t taken it to a friends house yet but I imagine the only hiccup will be getting the dock’s hdmi wire and power adapter out of the spaghetti of wires behind my entertainment table ! Any way I love it you’ll love! It gets expensive real fast though! You only get the console, control combiner thing and wires in box! No games. I hate the feel of the controls when in dock mode so I bought the pro controller! Separately ! You have to buy a game! Separately ! You want to protect you new switch you have to buy case and screen protector! Separately ! But it’s worth it! I would recommend this device to everyone and I will soon be ready to purchase another one but I’m waiting until Best Buy bundles the switch with atleast a game! I give it 5stars!
You’ll see mainstays like the absolutely incredible Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild make our roundup, but there’s lots more to play besides that and Super Mario Odyssey. Instead of listing each and every game we love here, we’ve put together a list below for your perusing pleasure. To keep it at a manageable number, we’ve had to kick some games we love to the curb, but you should totally still go and find them and play them – we’ve included past entrants in a tidy list at the end too.
Chances are you’ve played Shovel Knight on one system or another in previous years, but if you’ve yet to take the game on the go, or better yet if you’re looking to try its newest expansion pack, ‘Specter of Torment’, then the Switch is as good a place as any to satisfy your Shovel cravings.
Who said for you to enjoy a game, you need to look at the screen? Nintendo Switch has something that will help you throw an incredible party anywhere with anyone. In this game, players look and face each other and not the screen. You and your friend or for this case, opponent, will get into real world actions like a copycat dance-off, cow-milking competitions, and wild-west duels.
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You can expect a series of characters to return from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, along with RWBY. Unfortunately, there’s no specific release date attached to the video game quite yet other than developers stating the game will launch at some point in 2018.
There’s never really been a game console quite like this before, and with that in mind, there are some accessories out there that you might not normally think of. Whether your gaming on the go or planted on your couch, here are the best accessories for your Nintendo Switch.
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.
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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.
Oxenfree’s “Freaks and Geeks-meets-Poltergeist” adventure is filled with memorable moments ranging from quiet and poignant character interactions to terrifying displays of the paranormal, and the Switch version might be the very best way to play. It contains the really interesting New Game + mode that was added to all versions after launch, as well as great use of the haptic feedback of the Joy-Con. There’s also both controller and touch-screen support, and as we all know, point-and-click adventure games feel great when you can actually…well…point and click on things. – Marty Sliva