Let’s face it, the Zelda series was long overdue for a major change, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild offers an unparalleled sense of freedom and scale in the palm of your hand. It tells a an epic story, as glide, cook, and battle your way across a beautifully ruined version of Hyrule. It helped reinvigorate The Legend of Zelda in a way that fans had only dreamt of, easily propelling it to the number one spot on our list and in our hearts. – Zachary Ryan
The procedural algorithms crunching numbers behind the scenes in The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ will almost guarantee you never see the same thing twice. This top-down dungeon crawler plays like a cross between a shooter and an adventure game in the vein of the original Legend of Zelda. Afterbirth+ adds more power-ups, enemies, bosses, and secrets to a game brimming with variety. It gives Isaac more ways to tap into the unexpected and surprise you even after hundreds of hours.
The Nintendo Switch’s popularity and portability have made it an attractive home for indie games, and there are more than 400 now available. Guardian video games editor Keza MacDonald and Nintendo expert Chris Scullion recommend the best
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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.
Those waiting for a new instalment in Nintendo’s super-fast F-Zero series of racing games will find lots to like here. Developer Shin’en has a reputation for pushing Nintendo systems to their graphical limits; RMX offers silky-smooth futuristic racing at extremely high speeds. Its clever colour-shifting mechanic – you have to flip between two exhaust colours to trigger speed boosts – at times makes it feel like a racing version of cult shooter Ikaruga.
Your Joy-Cons don’t have a charger outside of what you get on the actual Nintendo Switch, and that can be a problem if you’ve got multiple pairs of controllers and don’t always connect them to your console. Fortunately, Orbeet makes a nice 4-in-1 charger with 2 additional USB ports for charging Pro Controllers.
SteamWorld Dig 2 is a textbook example of everything a sequel should be: bigger, smarter, and just straight up more fun. Guiding Dorothy through SWD 2’s labyrinthine caverns searching for loot and upgrades is a challenging and charming twist on the classic “Metroidvania” style and has a gameplay loop that will undoubtedly keep you up into the wee hours of the morning for “just one more run”. – Zachary Ryan
It’s easy to get hooked by Graceful Explosion Machine’s powerfully addictive loop of chaining together enemy kills and chasing high-scores. This intense 2D shoot ‘em up taps into the spirit of great games like Geometry Wars and Resogun, and it sets up tense encounters in small looping hallways where your quad weapons can chew through lots of enemies. But be careful! Mismanaging your power meter can leave you vulnerable to deadly enemies. GEM is an early Switch game that makes great use of HD Rumble to amplify enemy explosions and create interesting effects in the middle of a heated play session.
The fact that Super Mario Odyssey manages to be so experimental while also drawing in the best parts of every Mario game to date, becoming a incredibly playable and joyous love letter to gaming’s most celebrated series in the process, is without doubt like a legendary Homeric odyssey – truly epic.”
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 Wii 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.
At times it’s hard to believe something like this is running on Nintendo’s portable console as you climb vast mountains and trawl through dark industrial cities. It’s one of Monolith Soft’s finest efforts yet, and feels right at home on Switch.
If you’re a die-hard JRPG fan, then there is no better role-playing game for the Nintendo Switch out there than the Seiken Densestu Collection. The Seiken Densetsu Collection (Secret of Mana Series) is a compilation of the first three Secret of Mana games all ported to the 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.