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.
You can play with up to 4 players on one TV, and two on the go in handheld mode (making it ideal for flights and long commutes, as long as you’re not prone to tantrums). For an extra 10 quid, you can even snap up a pair of Nintendo’s steering wheels for the Switch’s Joy-Con motion gamepads.
Easily the oldest game on this list, the original Cave Story dates back to 2004. Essentially a homemade tribute to Metroid and Castlevania, that PC version was updated for the Wii and DS in 2010, and then enhanced for the PC and 3DS under the name Cave Story+ a year later. That’s the version that came to the Switch earlier this year. The same traits that made it so great in all its previous incarnations are present in the Switch port, but with the extra benefit of being playable on both a TV and on the go. This is the kind of long, intricate, Metroid-style game that’s incredibly tough to put down, making it a perfect fit on the portable Switch.
Why should you buy it? If you’re looking for something to play after Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you need to consider Ittle Dew 2. It follows the same gameplay format as old school Zelda titles, with a series of dungeons to conquer, puzzles to solve and people to help. But it’s got a beautifully cartoonish art style that makes colours pop from your Switch’s screen. And what’s more, the characters all talk and have brilliantly witty personalities that will have you chuckling all the way to the castle.
The popular Super Mario adventures are referred to as platform games. This type of game genre follows a character as it runs and jumps in its digital environment. Other genres include shooters like Metroid, role playing games (RPG) such as The Legend of Zelda series, and racing games, like the ultra-popular Mario Kart. There are also puzzle games, sports games, and simulators. Truly, there is something for everyone in the world of Nintendo Switch games.
Playing very much like the original, Splatoon 2 takes what made its Wii U debut so much fun and turns it up to 11. The motion controls are still a little tricky to get used to, but the addition of the dual-wielded Splat Dulies (along with a set of new weapons, arenas and fashions) really helps keep it feeling fresh. The new co-op, wave-based Salmon Run is absolutely fantastic and the allure of being able to play absolutely anywhere makes Splatoon 2 a must-have.
Rather than having a pre-defined order you must use to approach each major mission, Breath of the Wild opens the entire map up to you almost immediately, allowing you to approach the game in whatever order you see fit. You can spend hours just climbing trees and brewing elixirs, or you can even head straight to the game’s final boss if you’re feeling confident.
By far the best racing game ever, especially for kids, is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. Both kids and parents alike can enjoy the long-established series of Mario Kart, as the game is filled with classic tracks, characters and that familiar rush from previous iterations. Just make sure that no one gets too into it – it’s that fun.
Once you have the console, there’s no problem getting hold of games. You can order several of them through Walmart’s website, and GameStop, for example, has a wide range of Switch games and accessories you can purchase online.
Now that Christmas is just days away, the Nintendo Switch is in higher demand than ever. Fortunately, Nintendo’s hybrid console isn’t as elusive as it used to be. That said, you might have to do a little homework in order to find a console you can place under the Christmas tree. Here are your best options for buying a Switch.
I couldn’t help but marvel at Gorogoa’s innovative use of space. The game’s sole developer and illustrator, Jason Roberts first conceptualized Gorogoa as a card game but later scrapped it because the mechanics were too complex. Fittingly, the simplicity of Gorogoa, with its lack of subtitles or voice acting, limited animations, and minimal use of audio, suits it well. On the screen are four panels presenting environment-based interactive puzzles that, once deciphered, will progress the story. The pictures shift and can be aligned in sequence to match up key atmospheric details, pulling off layers and overlapping others to reveal solutions and clues as the player explores and combines elements of each. Think of it as a picture book where the reader must solve a mystery hidden in the illustrations to turn each page.—Holly Green
The Nintendo Switch released to a ton of hype, both good and bad, but I’ve been very happy with it since getting mine. It’s solid at what it does; convenient, portable gaming that still lets you relax in front of your big screen. This isn’t you mainstream console competitor, it isn’t going to have all the AAA titles that the Xbox and PlayStation get, but it will have the unique appeal that Nintendo always manages to bring to its brand. I bought it so that my kids could share in multiplayer games like SnipperClips and Mario Kart wherever we are, from the living room to the car, and it’s great at that.
For basketball enthusiasts NBA 2K18 is as good as it get right now in terms of simulation , and here on Nintendo Switch you get the full fat edition of the game, with its myriad of game modes (career, park, team, ProAm etc) and customisation options left in tact. It doesn’t run at the butter smooth 60fps of the PS4 and Xbox One, however, it does cruise over 30 at all times and is incredibly playable thanks to an intuitive and fun control system. Slick production values and unprecedented licencing complete the package.
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).
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.
Use voucher code: TDX-PHJ4 to save £20. Zelda is still seriously expensive on its own, so we’d advise getting it in a cheap Nintendo Switch bundle whenever possible. You’ll have to hurry though as this voucher expires February 15th.
Ubisoft’s Rabbids come toe-to-toe with Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi in this turn-based title. Take a team of three 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.
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.
The glory days of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion hold fond memories for millions of people, and now the duo behind both those games, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, have brought us Thimbleweed Park, a return to the point-and-click adventures of the early 90s. With the same sarcastic, surreal and self-referential sense of humour that the very best Lucasfilm Games adventures were known for, Thimbleweed Park is the perfect love letter to a much-loved era.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a positively staggering JRPG offering hundreds upon hundreds of hours of content for players ready and willing to dig into its sprawling story and uncompromising systems. Its addictive combat system is complimented by an excellent ensemble cast you’ll come to root for as they aim to save the world of Alrest.
Disgaea 5 Complete is just as its name suggests: a jam-packed RPG filled with a ton of stories and gameplay hours that easily make it the best on the list for its content. Disgaea 5 Complete comes with the original Disgaea 5 story along with eight bonus scenarios, seven updated fan-favorite characters and multiple classes from past Disgaea games.
Following closely behind Breath of the Wild is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which stands at 4.42 million copies. The colorful online shooter Splatoon 2 is third with 3.61 million copies sold, while 1-2-Switch and Arms round out the top five at 1.37 and 1.35 million units, respectively. All of these figures combine physical and digital game sales, as well as those included in console bundles.
Some have dinged this one a bit (including our own review) for sticking too closely to the formula established by the Wii U original. It’s true that, at first, it can feel more like a remake than a sequel. In time though its unique attributes become more apparent, from the variety of weapons, to the new maps, to the various multiplayer modes that supplement the standard Turf War. Splatoon 2 might not break a lot of ground but it’s one of the most purely fun games to come out for any system this year.
At first glance, Gorogoa doesn’t seem like much more than your average point-and-click puzzle game. However, within minutes of starting and peering through into its wonderful hand-drawn world, it evolves and becomes a multi-layered journey of music and art. It certainly has aspects of both The Room and Monument Valley in its puzzle mechanics, but it’s unlike either of them. Cost of entry may seem a little steep for an adventure that doesn’t last particularly long, but as a total work, it’s more than worth it.
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.
If challenging run-and-jump games aren’t your thing, Celeste might just win you over anyway. Otherworldly and endearing, Celeste follows a pixel-art character on a journey up a mountain, encouraging you through its fiendish, treacherous areas with affirmations and optimism. A tough game with an uplifting message: don’t let the voice inside your head tell you that you can’t do things.
In this case, you’ve got two choices: buy another pair of Joy-Con, or buy a Nintendo Switch Pro controller. We’d suggest the latter: It’s a far more traditional gamepad, thus offering you a second option when you’re playing on the TV as well as solving the multiplayer problem, and it costs $10 less than buying a second pair of Joy-Con.
This Nintendo Switch bundle comes with a carry case that is ideal if you’re taking the Switch out of the home and it has space for game cartridges and accessories too. You’re also getting a play stand which will make it easier putting the console in a viewable position wherever you are. View this bundle at Amazon.
Super Mario Odyssey is Mario’s first real outing on the Nintendo Switch and he makes his debut in style. Odyssey is a 3D sandbox adventure that sees Mario travel between a wide range of worlds to save Princess Peach from the nefarious and maritally-minded Bowser.
You can also bite the bullet and pick up a system from the gray market; the Nintendo Switch seems to be going for around $450 from third-party sellers on sites like Amazon. Prices on eBay also seem to be hovering around $450 or so for the system itself.
In the narrative, Super Meat Boy Forever tells the story of Dr. Fetus who has managed to kidnap Meat Boy and Bandage Girl’s child, Nugget. While the platforming mechanics are present, there are some slight gameplay mechanic overhauls made for the upcoming sequel as well.