Led by former Castlevania series producer, Koji Igarashi, comes the upcoming action-adventure game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The video game is in the style of Metroidvania as you explore, craft new weapons, and of course, find new armor.
Update #2: The Nintendo Switch has been out for about two weeks now, as of March 16, and systems remain hard to find. Your best bet right now is to call local retailers and ask when they expect to get restocked and how those lines will be handled.
The Joy-Con controller is actually a pair of controllers that attach to the sides the the Nintendo Switch when not in use or when playing in tablet form away from the TV. When playing the Nintendo Switch on the TV, you can remove them and play with one in each hand. The left hand gets a controller with an analogue stick and d-pad, the right hand handles the one with a second analogue and the usual A, B, X and Y face buttons. Or you and a friend can use one each in multiplayer games with the d-pad doubling up as impromptu face buttons.
Before we jump in, a quick word on criteria. The primary question this top 25 list is intended to answer is simple: “What are the 25 best games we played on this platform?” How much fun we had with the games is obviously our primary concern, but we also considered elements like longevity/staying power, influence, and innovation. Also, this list consists of games released before November 1, 2017.
If you’re a fan of detective stories then L.A. Noire is definitely worth your time, as the game tasks you with solving a number of crimes in the Homicide, Vice and Arson divisions of the LAPD. How you tackle each case though is completely up to you, with various options and outcomes possible. Interrogating witnesses or potential suspects plays a major part in the game, and determining who is telling the truth and who is lying critical to getting the job done properly. Naturally, for a Rockstar game, there is also plenty of firefights. This enhanced Switch version of the game is not only full fat and truly portable, but comes stacked with all of the game’s previously released DLC.
Not only is the look and feel similar to what exists right now for the Wii U, but the Switch Pro Controller is going to offer a bigger battery and has an NFC receiver baked in for Amiibo support. It’s also ready for motion controls as well, so $69 controller will make a solid alternative when portable as well.
Splatoon 2 is a team-based, third-person shooter where players use colored ink to attack opponents and beat goals. Players can transform into squids and navigate through the ink that splattered in order to avoid detection. Various game modes include an online and offline multiplayer Turf War battle where players must cover the entire level with ink. The game features a variety of different weapons and is just as fun and intense as the more popular shooters on the market.
The BlazBlue franchise has been a strong fighting series over the years with the latest upcoming release being BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle by development studio, Arc System Works. This time around the video game will feature 2v2 battles with a tag-in system.
The only downside to the Switch at this point, would be the lack of extra features. There are many great launch titles like Zelda and Mario Kart to enjoy, but the Nintendo eShop is pretty limited with downloadable content. Many times I found myself wishing that there was a YouTube app or Netflix, much like what the Wii U had, but there is nothing to offer at this point. I also miss the social aspect that was included in the Wii U. The MiiVerse for example, was a great way to meet other people to game with, share posts and clips of gameplay, but these are mysteriously absent from the Switch. There is a basic friends list to add people on, but not much more.
Fast RMX’s gimmick is that at any point your craft has either an orange or a blue polarity, which match with speed power-ups that are spread around the track. By switching your polarity as you race, you can maximize the benefits these power-ups bring.
Console is great, durable and extremely easy to set up. Feels like a Nintendo product and the quality expectations of it. Only downside is no Netflix or other third party app support yet. If you are not into Zelda at the moment I would suggest waiting a little for more content to be released.
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.
Considered one of the best role-playing games of all time, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim finally comes to the Nintendo Switch, allowing for intense portable gameplay on the go. With over 200-plus Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim’s open-world adventure is one of the most immersive and brings to the Switch new features such as motion controls and items from the Legend of Zelda series.
When you open the Switch box, it feels you are about to start playing with Lego, because of all the parts that come with it. It has a door on the back which lets you slide in an HDMI cable and the power cord, both included, and some USB ports on the sides and on the back probably for future addons. I guess because it’s half portable, the Switch does not have a network adapter, and you instead have to connect wirelessly and hope your network connection isn’t bad. Or you could just buy a Nintendo Wii (U) USB network adapter to plug it in one of the back USB ports. It’s not the base that is the console; the base is basically a piece of plastic with a small part of it to display graphics on your TV and to charge your Switch. It is the tablet that is the console. There’s a flap thingy that pops open on the back of the console; it lets you place it upright, except it covers the micro-SD card slot to protect your storage. Rather unfortunate that it doesn’t come with one. The Switch can’t handle more than 25 GB of internal storage either, so long-term, you might want to invest in one of these. There is also a little spot to click game cards in, which are small enough to be swallowed by children and pets. But Nintendo coated the game cards with a non-toxic substance that makes them taste quite bitter. There are two controllers called “joy cons” with four face buttons, two shoulder buttons, two side buttons and an analog stick each. Although technically you can combine both by sliding them in the tablet or the controller grip to make it one controller with 8 face buttons and two analog sticks, as well as 4 shoulder buttons, with the side buttons covered by the rails where you slide them in. If you have big hands like me, sliding them in and out of the wrist straps in particular is quite the challenge, because the joy-cons are pretty small and will slip off your hands while you attempt this for the first time, making it difficult to get a grip and pushing multiple buttons on the controller besides the release ones. The Switch lets you jump right in to start playing games instead of wasting your time installing things. Well, if you have games then that’s nice. Sadly, that’s where the fun ends if you don’t. The Switch includes no games, not even something pre-installed. If you want a game, then Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is about the only one worth getting right now. You could’ve also bought Zelda on Wii U if you had one though. Big titles like Splatoon 2 are coming sometime, as well as remakes of golden games like Skyrim if you’ve never played them and want a chance to do so while on the go. That’s what made me get one; being able to play large single player games besides anywhere. The Switch does this well, the console is cool. It is fun to learn how to use it, and begins to click once you start using it, and actually the clicks that you hear from the controller and the console is probably the best hardware design. A good audio cue that lets you know you did something right without breaking the console. That’s essentially what best describes the Switch when you first get it; you’re pushing things, sliding things, clicking things, and putting them in from wherever you find you can. But the games, aside from Zelda, are lacking. Pros: – Small gamecards taste bad, making them child and pet-proof – Great parental controls allow for time tracking of playtime – Fun and intuitive to learn how to use, great introductory tutorial and built-in help topics – Synchronization of your Nintendo Account with your friends list across different Nintendo apps. – Easy to use interface, easy to set up, easy to plug in – Two controllers included, can be combined and be used as one, or split into two to play with a friend. A bit annoying but not the end of the world: – Tablet gets dirty quickly, no screen protector included – No network plug included, requires a
With plenty of new customisation options to help newer players get to grips, as well as added depth via new levels of drift boosting, 200cc trial modes and the all-new Battle Mode, this is an absolute must-buy for Nintendo Switch owners.
Why should you buy it? Thumper might initially remind you of something a little gentler like Audiosurf as you glide down slick, stylised pathways with electronica in your ears but don’t be deceived, this aural extravaganza requires a calm head and pitch perfect twitch reflexes. Initially your giant bug just requires a tap of A as you go over a light panel or perhaps holding a button as you crash around corners but before long you’re tapping, flying, crashing down onto the track and causing tidal waves to destroy enormous floating heads… and that’s only the beginning. Utterly unforgiving with a soundtrack that you can’t pump into you head loud enough, Thumper is a treat for the senses and potentially RSI inducing for your thumbs.
With so many people missing out on the original Mario Kart 8 on the ill-fated Wii U, it’s great to see it get another chance on the Switch and with all the DLC thrown in too (hence the ‘Deluxe’). Race on over to GameStop to take a look.
Got a Switch? If so, you’ll need Super Mario Odyssey stat. Alongside Zelda, it’s one of the absolute best reasons to have the handheld. In fact, if you don’t have the Switch, we advise running out and buying one with both of those games right now. Go on, we’ll wait.
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.
There’s no rush or hurry in Minecraft. Kids can enjoy a nice casual game where they can build whatever they want without expensive Legos. Minecraft is only limited by the player’s imagination, generating huge random worlds where kids can build anything from little homes to gigantic cities using virtual blocks and crafting items like ladders, stairs and more.
Mario is also featured prominently in the top 10. Mario Kart 7 remains 3DS’s second-best-selling game, with 15.95 million copies sold. New Super Mario Bros. 2 caps off the top five at 11.73 million, while Super Mario 3D Land trails behind it slightly at 11.40 million.
Remember Knock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots? How about Punch-Out on the NES? Combine the two, and inject a dose of motion-controlled multiplayer mayhem, and you have Arms. The title refers to the extendable, weaponised limbs that each character packs.
Your objective is as straightforward as they come: Land the right punches and combos to knockout your opponent, while also dodging their attacks to avoid defeat. At launch, the game had its limitations, but Nintendo has been releasing updates (including new characters) to bolster the feisty little scrapper.
Zelda is awesome, but this console does not come cheap let alone the add-ons and even games cost more…On the other hand the portability of full console game releases is at this time a unique thing within the video games marketplace. Playing a full scale Zelda title cruising on a King streetcar downtown T.O. is a crazily futuristic experience and I love it, having said that I must also say this console is in serious need of some more titles of a similar caliber to Zelda, and soon. But wait, here comes Mario Kart 8 Online…. (reaches for empty wallet)
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.
The system has been out of stock for some time when it comes to pre-orders, but companies like Nintendo love that photo op with long lines of smiling fans waiting for their chance to buy the hardware, and we already know that some of the launch units are being held back for walk-in customers on the day of release.
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.
The Switch is a smash. Nintendo’s latest system, which you can easily play at home or on the go, launched just under a year ago to instant success. It’s one of the fastest-selling consoles of all time, and its signature game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, immediately entered the conversation for best videogame ever made. After a few years in the wilderness with the Wii U, Nintendo’s now seeing a combination of critical and commercial success that it hasn’t known in over a decade.
Skyrim may be now six years old, however the Switch edition looks like it could be the absolute best version to date, with all the game’s myriad of DLC included (including a few Nintendo-themed extras), motion control added in for the console’s Joy-Con controllers, and true portable adventuring added thanks to the Switch’s ability to be taken anywhere. This classic western RPG has won more than 200 awards since its launch for a reason…
Third-party game support has been Nintendo’s Achilles heel in the past, but it’s making a big effort to change that out of the gate with the Switch. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was among the first games to be announced for the Switch back in January. Bethesda’s massive open-world adventure game may be about six years old now, but since the Switch is portable, it’s the first time you’ll be able to stay glued to the game even when you’re not at home. It also takes advantage of the Joy-Con’s motion controls for things like lock-picking and aiming and firing your bow. Such minor differences may not be enough to convince previous players to return to Skyrim on the Switch, but it’s worth considering for Nintendo loyalists who may not have had the chance to play it yet.