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The 30 Best Nintendo Switch Games

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K S Lane is an avid fan of the Nintendo Switch and loves reviewing her favorite games.

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for several years, now, and has amassed a massive library of games. Because of the sheer number of options available, it can be difficult to decide what the best Switch games to buy for your console are.

Do you just go for cheap Switch games or do you assume that the expensive ones are better? Is the hype around games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Animal Crossing: New Horizons actually accurate? To help you out, this article lists 30 of the best Nintendo Switch games to date.

The games are ranked based on how fun they are, how much time you can sink into them, and whether they're worth their price or not. The games range from open world adventure sagas to charming indie platformers and there are plenty of family-friendly titles included, too. Games with plenty of different price points are also included, which are indicated according to the following guide:

TierPrice

Low

Under $20

Mid

Over $20, under $40

High

Over $40

Bear in mind that lists like this always have an element of subjectivity. Just because you can't find a game on here doesn't mean that it's bad!

That being said, the following 30 Switch games really are some of the best that the console has to offer and it's guaranteed that you'll fall in love with at least a few of them. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the list, because there are a few great free games that have earned their place on the list!

The Top 5 Games for Nintendo Switch

GamePrice Tier

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

High

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

High

Stardew Valley

Low

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

High

Super Mario Odyssey

High

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Best Overall Switch Game)

Price Point: High

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a true masterpiece of game design, which is why it's claimed the top spot on this list of the best Switch games. You play as Link, the hero of the Zelda franchise, who is given a mission to save Princess Zelda from the evil being that's captured her. To complete this mission, you must make your way across an enthralling, gigantic, open world (more on that later) and defeat four tough bosses before returning to the center of the map for the final showdown.

As you complete the main story, you collect better weapons and armor, brew elixirs and cook special meals, and interact with the hundreds of unique characters who will often give you side quests to complete. You can pump hundreds of hours into this game just completing the main storyline, because it's so easy to get sidetracked by an intriguing new quest or puzzle as you gear up for the four boss fights.

Arguably the best thing about this game, however, isn't the storyline at all. Instead, it's the vast world that you're dropped into. The map is gigantic and you unlock it in stages, giving you time to explore. You can teleport to some select locations and can use a horse to help you get around, but it's likely that at times you'll find yourself going on foot simply because you want to explore. The graphics are stunning and look fantastic whether you play your switch in portable mode or docked to a TV.

A diverse array of monsters are dotted throughout the map and the combat mechanics of the game are fun and exciting, so if you enjoy battle scenes there's plenty to look forward to. The games gives you the option to charge head in and hack blindly at enemies or to plot out a careful strategy to beat them. However, if you're less inclined to want to fight or you just want to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible, running away from monsters is usually simple.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is arguably the best recent game made for any console, and the fact that it's a Nintendo Switch exclusive makes playing it feel like a privilege. If you own a switch, you should absolutely invest in this title.

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2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Best Relaxing Switch Game)

Price Point: High

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the latest installment in the cult-favorite Animal Crossing franchise. Given the giant community and massive excitement surrounding this game, you'd be entirely forgiven for assuming that it's overhyped. However, spend a few days with New Horizons and even the most serious of gamers will find themselves besotted.

Animal Crossing is a game that you can adapt completely to fit your play style. You're flown out to a deserted island with only a tent, two villagers, and a team of capitalistic racoons with questionable motives to run the financial side of things. The game does nudge you in a general direction (pay of your loans to increase the size of your house, provide materials so that more houses, shops, and a museum can be built on your island), but aside from that you're completely free to choose your own path. Collect recipes and craft elaborate sets of furniture, focus on making your island look pristine, visit other players; the choice is entirely your own!

One of the best things about this game is the fact that the developers have promised ongoing, free updates for all who've purchased the game. This isn't an empty promise, either; the most recent major update to the game included an entirely new game mechanic, diving. This means that even if you start to get bored of Animal Crossing, you need only wait a few months for an entirely new aspect of the game to be added and then you can dive right back in. In this way, the game is never truly finished, which means that some hard-core players have logged thousands of hours.

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3. Stardew Valley (Best Value Switch Game)

Price Point: Low

Of all of the cheap Switch games available on the Nintendo eShop, Stardew Valley is by far the best. Developed by a single man, game designer Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone, Stardew Valley is a farming simulator brought to new heights. Players start with the deed to an overgrown farm and a pocket full of parsnip seeds, and from there the possibilities are endless.

Cultivate a field full of crops to earn cash, focus on raising animals, fight monsters in the expansive mine, befriend each and every villager, get married and start a family, follow along with the game's intriguing main quest line; there are a hundred different ways to play Stardew Valley. Every player will find themselves drawn to certain aspects of the game over others, which means that everyone's experience with Stardew Valley is completely unique.

The art style is nostalgic, the score is fantastic, and most people will find themselves easily spending over a hundred hours on the main storyline alone. The quality and sheer breadth of Stardew Valley, along with its affordable price-point, makes it the best value Switch game out there.

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4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Best Fighter Switch Game)

Price Point: High

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game that you can truly lose yourself in. It takes the formula of traditional fighter games and completely revamps it, offering new, addictive modes that make the game feel fresh even after dozens of hours of play.

The most unique aspect of this game is the Spirit mode, where the dozens of characters available in Smash Ultimate are vaporized and it's up to Kirby to save the day. You battle your way through the 'world of light,' an amalgamation of all of the different universes that the characters come from. Once you've defeated a character, they're unlocked and can join your party. Aside from the flesh-and-blood characters, there are also hundreds of 'spirits' to fight and collect.

There's also Classic Mode—in which players can pick between over one thousand characters. The character that you choose will completely shape your experience, as there are tailor-made stages and boss battles for each. Given the sheer amount of characters, you could spend hundreds of hours in this mode alone.

Of course, one of the main elements of the Super Smash Bros. franchise has always been the online multiplayer mode, where you can battle people half way across the globe. The online mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is everything that the player could possibly want, with a smooth connection and very short waiting times between battles.

Even if you're not a fan of fighter games, playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a great experience. Players will find themselves recognizing niche characters from hundreds of different games and other pop culture mediums. Refining your skills to finally clear difficult battles feels rewarding without being over-the-top frustrating and the amount of content will keep you entertained for hours.

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5. Super Mario Odyssey (Best Platformer Switch Game)

Price Point: High

Super Mario Odyssey is arguably one of the best games that Nintendo has released thus far. The game carries a distinct note of nostalgia; the main quest line is to rescue Princess Peach after she was captured by Bowser, players must hunt for collectibles to complete this mission, and the otherwise 3D game is interspersed with bouts of 2D, 8-bit gameplay.

However, in all the ways that matter, Super Mario Odyssey is also incredibly innovative. The most exciting new game mechanic is the appearance of 'Cappy,' a sentient version of Mario's classic hat that enables players to 'possess' certain creatures in order to complete levels. The world offered to players is vast and densely packed, with distinct and delightful Kingdoms unlocking as you collect the all-important power moons. The plaforming is fresh and fun and while the overall difficulty is fairly low, there are enough challenging levels to keep experienced platformers happy.

The main storyline of the game takes roughly a dozen hours to complete, but after the credits roll there's much more to explore. New outfits can be unlocked and certain areas of the game are only accessible after the main story is completed, which means that you can sink hundreds of hours into the game if you so choose.

The only real drawbacks to the game are some issues with the camera and problems with using motion controls, but these are minor inconveniences rather than big barriers and won't stop you from enjoying the game. For fans of the Mario franchise and platforming games in general, this Nintendo Switch title is a must!

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6. Splatoon 2 (Best Multiplayer Switch Game)

Price Point: High

Splatoon 2 is an addictive, colorful take on a classic shooter game. Instead of wielding machine guns or grenade launchers, players will find themselves equipped with an ink gun, which fires brightly colored ink at other players and the walls and floor of the map. In addition to your weapon, you can unlock all sorts of different gear and combat abilities, which helps to keep the game feeling fun and fresh even after hours of playing.

In single-player mode, there's a roughly six-hour campaign to complete. The difficulty is fairly low, making it a good bet for all ages, but there are enough interesting game mechanics to keep more skilled gamers interested too. However, where this game really shines is in its online multiplayer functionality. There are eight different modes that you can play, each with its own interesting features. Arguably the most popular mode, turf control, sees players duking it out to ink the most area of the map in a certain time frame.

Bear in mind that to play this game in online multiplayer mode, you'll need a subscription to Nintendo Online, which will cost you $20 a year. However, given the great design, colorful style, and fun mechanics of this game, the little extra cost is definitely worth it.

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7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Best Racing Switch Game)

Price Point: High

Mario Kart is one of Nintendo's best-performing game series, and for anyone who's ever picked up the game, it's easy to see why. The game is simply fun; screeching around brightly colored tracks, avoiding shells sent your way and blasting your opponents with lightning is enough to keep anyone entertained. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ups the complexity, with paragliders to attach to your kart and underwater sections of track to explore, but none of the original charm is lost.

If you enjoy playing with friends, the battle mode is fun and is sure to entertain for hours, as is the online multiplayer mode. Unlocking new Kart parts keeps the game feeling fresh even after hours and hours of play. The consensus is that this is the best Mario Kart game released so far, and given how fun some of the previous releases have been, that's no small thing.

The only reason that this game isn't higher up on the list is because a version of Mario Kart 8 was already available for the Nintendo Wii U, which means that many Nintendo fans already had the game before upgrading to the Switch. The Deluxe version has a few updates but really doesn't add anything significant except for a few extra battle mode courses, so if you already have the new Mario Kart on the Wii U don't be fooled into buying it for the Switch as well unless you have a lot of extra cash to splash.

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8. Luigi's Mansion 3 (Best Puzzler Switch Game)

Price Point: High

Luigi's Mansion 3 is a fantastic game that sees players battling and puzzling through seventeen floors of a haunted mansion, trying to reach the top. Each floor boasts a different theme, making each level feel fresh and new even at the later stages of the game.

Your main tool is a vacuum cleaner strapped to your back. While this sounds like a strange choice, it's surprisingly fun sucking up ghosts and items. You can also reverse the vacuum to blow things out of the nozzle, which is a nice addition. Another major tool that you have at your disposal is Gooigi- a slimy, gooey version of Luigi who can help you clear floors.

While the game isn't punishingly difficult, the upper floors certainly pose a challenge. The puzzles that the player has to solve become more intricate and the boss ghosts, which appear at the end of most levels, become more difficult to beat.

The graphics in this game are amazing. They're the usual rounded, cartoony style of the Mario Universe, but the light and shadows make everything feel fresh. The multiplayer mode on this game is great if you're playing with people in the same room. The fairly simple controls make this game great to play with family members. The online multiplayer function, however, isn't so good, as communication is vital in solving some of the puzzles, but the game doesn't have a chat feature.

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9. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Best RPG Switch Game)

Price Point: High

In the Xenoblade Universe, you play as Shulk, a young weapons developer who is one of the only people able to wield the legendary sword, Monado. As the storyline progresses, Shulk meets and recruits several other characters, who band together to complete quests and defeat enemies.

To battle these enemies, players must correctly position the characters in their party within the radius of enemies. Certain attack types deal more damage when you're in a specific position around the monster, which makes the combat feel engaging and strategy-based.

The entire game is set in an expansive, beautiful open world. While the graphics aren't as crystal clear as they could be, the scenery is still stunning and moving through the world is a great experience. The soaring soundtrack accompanies the visuals perfectly and helps to add depth to the world.

The game keeps things feeling fresh by offering a vast array of items, equipment, and outfits to collect. You also earn XP for defeating enemies and, once you've gathered enough, you level up and your abilities increase significantly. Leveling up feels rewarding and exciting. Although this game is on the more expensive side, there's potential to sink hundreds of hours into it, making the price well worth it.

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10. Super Mario Party (Best Family Switch Game)

Price Point: High

If you're looking for a fun, multiplayer game to pull out when you're with your family or friends, then the new Super Mario Party is a great choice. Once you boot up the game, you're asked how many players will be joining in (with a maximum of four players) and are transported into a central hub, where you can pick one of eight different game modes to play in. Each of these modes brings something new. You can compete against your friends in the Minigames mode, all work together in the River Survival game to get your raft to the end, or get some 2 vs 2 action in Partner Party.

Each mode does have some similarities, though; you'll play through several of the 80 fun minigames offered. These minigames are why Super Mario Party works so well as a family game. They're easy to learn, even for younger kids or older parents, and they're so varied in style that you'll likely find at least one that every member of your family will excel at.

While this game is great to play with others, bear in mind that playing it alone can be a little dull. The single player mode, challenge road, isn't unlocked until you've played many sessions of the multi-player mode and is fairly simple, requiring players to win or otherwise excel at minigames. Playing the multiplayer mode by yourself is possible, as the game fills in the extra character slots with NPCs, but most of the fun in this game really comes from competing against and collaborating with your friends and family.

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11. Just Dance 2020

Price Point: Mid

The Just Dance series has been immensely popular since its inception, and the new version of the game released on the Nintendo Switch certainly lives up to this illustrious history. As with previous Just Dance games, Just Dance 2020 is all about showing off your moves. Strap a Joycon onto your wrist and copy the dancers on screen, with points earned for perfect moves and taken away for fumbles.

With 40 new songs to groove out to and three game modes (a kids mode, the traditional Just Dance mode, and the all-new All Stars mode), there's enough new content in this release to make it well worth buying.

One serious perk to this game is that if you only have two joy-cons, you can still play with up to six friends. Instead of using a controller each, you can have your friends download the Just Dance 2020 app onto their phones. Since Joy-cons are pricey and most people only have two, this is a great plus for people who like multiplayer.

The only real downside to this game is that you have to pay to unlock additional songs. While the game isn't amongst the most expensive Switch games, it's still fairly pricey and being immediately asked to cough up more cash to unlock "Just Dance Unlimited" so that you can dance to your favorite song is a real downer. That being said, signing up to Just Dance Unlimited will provide you with an extra 500 songs, so if you really love the game then it might be worth it to you to spend some extra cash.

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12. Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition

Price Point: Free* / High

Even if you've never picked up a Dragon Quest game before, Dragon Quest XI is a delightful adventure through a captivating world, with a thrilling story and epic battles. If you are a long time fan of the franchise, there's an element of nostalgia to this game that makes it all the more addictive.

You play as a young man who, raised in one village for his entire life, has just discovered that he's destined for greatness. You're not alone in this journey, however, and can meet and recruit several different characters to your party to help you along the way. As you journey forwards you defeat monsters, upgrade your weapons and armor, and learn more about your mysterious destiny. Each of these characters has a distinct personality and their own voice actor, which helps to make them feel alive.

The Definitive Edition of the game packs in lots of extra content as opposed to the edition that was previously released on the Nintendo 3DS. One of the most exciting new aspects is the 2D mode, which will really excite long-time fans of the Dragon Quest franchise.

For anyone who's a fan of RPGs, this is a great game to pick up. It's relatively kid-friendly as well, so this is a good choice for parents with kids ages 10 and up.

*Although the game is quite pricey, you can download a free demo version straight onto your Nintendo Switch that will allow you to play a massive ten hours into the main storyline.

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13. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Price Point: Mid

Sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of the most enchanting games released on the Nintendo Switch. It's a platforming game at heart, although the fantastic combat mechanics added to the sequel often make it feel like something beyond a simple platformer. The diversity of the map is astounding, ranging from deserts to icy mountain peaks to underwater pools. The soundtrack is truly excellent and, at times, might bring the player to tears. In fact, at times this game feels more like a work of art than a classic platformer.

However, this doesn't mean that there isn't heaps of gaming goodness packed underneath the beauty. The platforming puzzles that Ori offers are challenging enough to fool even experienced platformers and the interesting game mechanics set the title apart from other similar games, meaning that everything feels fresh.

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14. Moonlighter

Price Point: Mid

In this stunningly beautiful little game, you play as a monster-slaying shopkeeper. By night, you descend into monster-filled dungeons and slay evil creatures for their parts, and by day you sell those parts to make money to upgrade your town and your combat abilities. This dual storyline is completely enchanting and the game somehow makes it just as fun to sell to your townsfolk as it does to have epic battles with monsters in the dungeon.

The only real downside to this game is that it's punishingly difficult in your first few hours. Before you have a chance to buy new weapons, you're stuck with a pathetic sword and you're one-shotted by many of the monsters that you encounter. However, if you stick with the game and save up to buy new gear, the difficulty decreases and players will be glad that they stuck out the first hours.

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15. Octopath Traveler

Price Point: High

Octopath Traveler is a perfect example of everything that an RPG should be. Players start off picking one of eight playable characters, with more available to unlock and add to your party later on. Each character has wonderful depth and an interesting backstory and unlike many games, the character that you first pick actually does change your experience of the game. Players explore towns and the surrounding wilderness and battle monsters. The combat system is fun, with each character having special abilities that help to further shape the game into a unique experience.

Aside from the main elements, it's really the attention to detail that makes this game click. The dialogue is brilliantly written and at times absolutely heart-wrenching. The score adds a magical element to the world and helps to intensify the battle scenes. Even after the credits roll (after a roughly 60-hour main story), there's still plenty more to do. Even though the game is on the pricier side, given its depth and replay value it's definitely worth the extra cash.

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16. Pokémon Sword / Pokémon Shield*

Price Point: High

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the player is a young boy or girl from the mythical Galar region, looking to become the next big Pokémon trainer. Armed with one free Pokémon, you have to navigate an expansive story with lots of characters and dialogue, battling and capturing new Pokémon along the way.

Unlike a lot of previous Pokémon games, there are heaps of different ways to collect Pokémon. You can defeat them in battle, naturally, but you can also breed them, trade with friends, and perform mystery trades with random strangers online.

One of the best things about this game is that content is still being added, which helps to boost the replayability. In the past, the development team has added new, stronger Pokémon to battle and collect and even new areas to explore. Aside from the updates, there's plenty of content to play through after you've completed the main story. Completing your Pokédex and hunting down shiny pokémon will keep you entertained for dozens of hours even after the credits have rolled.

* For those not familiar with Pokemon games, the Sword and Shield titles are two different versions of the same game. The only real difference is that you'll encounter some different types of Pokemon depending on which game you pick.

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17. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Price Point: High

When people mention "Zelda" and "Switch" in the same sentence, they're almost always referring to the iconic Breath of the Wild. However, there's another Zelda title for the platform that's less talked about, but charming in its own right. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a remake of a game first released in 1993 for the Gameboy.

The game is remarkably true to the original and players of the 1993 version will recognize the map and the main storyline. However, the dungeons present in the original game have been seriously and wonderfully revamped and the graphics have a completely new style that's almost reminiscent of games like Animal Crossing. For any longtime Zelda fans this game is a must, and for those looking for a fun, fresh-feeling game to add to their Switch collection, then this title is a great choice.

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18. Super Mario Maker 2

Price Point: High

In Super Mario Maker, players get to meticulously design and construct their own Super Mario levels and then play them. You have free rein of pretty much every element ever seen in a classic Mario game and the ability to play other's levels online. If you're a creative sort, it's a great way to kill a few hours, and even if you don't consider yourself particularly artistic, you'll probably be surprised at how much you enjoy this game. It's great to play with family and friends, too, because you can challenge each other to complete one of your levels in the fastest time. Unfortunately, the online multiplayer function is fairly glitchy and the price for the game is quite high. However, it's still a great game and if the concept of building your own Mario levels sounds exciting to you, it's well worth adding to your Switch collection.

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19. Hollow Knight

Price Point: Low

Hollow Knight is a fantastic 2D Metroidvania game originally released in 2017. Upon opening the game, players will find themselves dropped into a fantastically beautiful and complex world, with a host of unique puzzles to solve and enemies to fight.

Aside from the wonderful score and beautiful art style, there are a few things that set Hollow Knight apart from other platformers on the Switch. For one, it has some interesting mechanics. To regain health, players have to actively engage in combat and defeat enemies, which is a unique and fun mechanic that keeps the intensity of the game high.

Unlike many of the simple, kid-friendly Switch titles, Hollow Knight is also immensely difficult. First-time platformers will almost certainly struggle with this game, and even experienced gamers may find themselves blundering around during the first few hours of playtime. As a result, if you're not purposefully looking for a difficult platformer, it's probably best to give this game a miss. That being said, for those looking for a challenge, Hollow Knight is an enchanting experience and a great addition to your Switch game collection.

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20. Dead Cells

Price Point: Mid

Dead Cells is a 2D Metroidvania side-scroller that contains a little bit of platforming and a lot of hack 'n slash combat action. When you kill one of the game's diverse array of monsters, you earn 'cells,' which allow you to upgrade certain abilities after you hit a checkpoint in the game. These upgrades stay with you even when you die and are transported back to the start of the game, which makes it feel like you're constantly progressing and improving. There are enough different combat mechanics to keep the fights feeling interesting. The pixel art world that you battle your way through is oddly beautiful and even the enemies have a touch of charm to them. While the game is a little more expensive than others like it, if you're a fan of combat-based slasher games then it's well worth it.

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21. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Price Point: High

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an RPG game with a massive amount of scope and enough content to let you easily sink 100 hours into the gameplay. The player is assigned the rank of professor and dropped into a school, in which all of the students fit into one of three houses. The player must also choose a house to align themselves with, and this choice helps to shape the game as you move forward. You can teach your students new skills or level up their existing ones, and these lessons then transfer to the combat portion of the game, which sees your students fight against enemies.

Like the characters, the main story of the game is interesting and the combat mechanics are fun, even if you've never picked up a Fire Emblem game before. The game also has great potential for replayability. Simply choose another house and you'll be able to interact with different characters and have a completely different game experience.

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22. Ring Fit Adventure

Price Point: High

Ring Fit Adventure is the newest fitness game to be released on a Nintendo platform and is also one of the most innovative. The challenge mode offers a more traditional workout, but the story mode is where this game really shines. You'll find yourself dropped into a surprisingly intricate world, with monsters to fight and an ultimate boss battle to complete. To complete these tasks, you'll have to squat, lunge, and jog your way to victory. This is all achieved using the ring accessory that comes with the game and a joy-con strapped to your thigh.

The world you play in is oddly reminiscent of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's map, although far less expansive and with less opportunity for exploration. Still, the art style is a charming distraction from how much you'll be sweating. You can select different difficulties based on how intense you want your workout to be, and even fitness buffs will find themselves panting when the game is set to hard mode.

A note: this game is very expensive because you have to purchase the actual ring fit accessory in addition to the game. However, if you're serious about using it to keep in shape, it's fairly cost-effective in comparison to a lot of exercise equipment, as well as the added bonus of being actually fun.

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23. Pokémon Quest

Price Point: Free!

Pokémon Quest is a simple, addictive game released for the Switch in 2018. While some long-time Pokémon fans may be disappointed by the lack of depth in this game, it's still lotsof fun. The game, originally designed for mobile devices, has a lot of the elements of classic Pokémon games; collect and train up your pokémon, pick and choose which type to add to your team, and then take on wild pokémon in battles for dominance.

In Pokémon Quest, however, things are a little dumbed down in comparison to the major pokémon games. The combat system is simple and repetitive, with an option to completely auto-clear levels available. To get more pokémon, you have to attract them to your campsite by cooking up collected ingredients in the hope of achieving one of several different recipes. The bright, origami-like graphics are very charming and while the levels can't really be explored, traversing through them is still nice.

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24. Minecraft

Price Point: Mid

Minecraft is a sandbox style-game that involves mining blocks and crafting items to help you survive in a huge, blocky world. You start with absolutely nothing and build your way up; chopping blocks of wood to make basic tools and constructing rudimentary houses from dirt to protect yourself against the monsters that emerge at night. If you're creative enough, the sky is really the limit when it comes to the things that you can build. It's a fantastic game that is suitable for all ages and, if the Nintendo Switch was the only platform that you could play Minecraft on, then it would be in the top five games on this list.

However, Minecraft is a multi-platform game and the Switch edition really doesn't add anything new. In fact, many find the controls on the Switch version to be a little clunkier than the PC or mobile versions. If you're a massive fan of the Switch and want to play games exclusively on the console or if you haven't played Minecraft before, then this game would be a great addition to your collection, but if you already have Minecraft on another platform then you can probably give this one a miss.

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25. Celeste

Price Point: Low

Celeste is a magical little platformer game that has you jumping and running through a beautifully rendered world. What really makes this game shine is the storyline, which is surprisingly deep and complex. Players must complete increasingly difficult stages to climb an icy mountain and at times must fight a clone of the main character to progress. Given that the level of difficulty is high and that the storyline sometimes gets dark, young children should probably avoid this game, but aside from that it's a great one to download for those who are fans of platformer games. The low price in comparison to othher, similar games, makes it even more attractive.

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26. Fallout Shelter

Price Point: Free!

Fallout Shelter belongs to the collection of mobile games that have been well-adapted to fit the Nintendo Switch. In a post-apocalyptic universe, the player is given the title of the overseer of a vault of nuclear survivors. You get to design and customize your new fallout shelter, all while trying to deliver a steady supply of electricity, food, and water to your vault dwellers. For a free game, Fallout Shelter has an incredible amount of content, with dozens of different rooms that you can construct in your vault and hundreds of different weapons and pieces to armor to collect. There are in-game purchasing options, but if you'd rather keep your experience free these aren't at all necessary to play the game. For those who've just purchased a Nintendo Switch and want to get a feel for the console before buying up expensive games, Fallout Shelter is a great option.

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27. Undertale

Price Point: Low

Undertale is a unique, fun little game. It's been released on multiple platforms, but lends itself incredibly well to the Nintendo Switch because it's great to play on-the-go. You play as a human who's fallen into the realm of monsters and must find a way back home. On your journey, you'll encounter dozens of different monstrous characters. For a game with such simple graphics, all of these characters all feel surprisingly individual. The way that they move, their speech patterns, and their expressions all vary and help to convey a sense of aliveness. The personalities of each character play a huge role in the interesting combat mechanics of the game; rather than simply striking your enemies, you can talk with them and appeal to certain sides of their personality to win battles without landing a single blow. While the main storyline can be completed in under ten hours, Undertale has great replay value. It's one of the cheaper games on this list and is a great experience. It's suitable for kids over ten years or so.

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28. Tetris 99

Price Point: Free!*

It might surprise some people that a game as simple as Tetris has made it onto this list. However, almost everyone who's sunk their teeth into Tetris 99 knows how fun it is. The fast-paced remake of the classic game sees you frantically matching blocks and clearing lines in an epic battle against 98 other players. Beyond this, clearing lines and getting combos allows you to send the greyed out 'junk' blocks to your opponents in an attempt to hinder their progress.

There's a surprising amount of strategy involved in the game; you can choose an individual player to target with your attacks, ask the game to choose a random player for you, target the player doing the best, or target players who are close to losing. In this way, winning the game is about more than just being good at Tetris (although of course, mad block-placing skills are a big advantage).

Games only last about 10 minutes and the game is great in hand-held mode, meaning that this is a great game to kill some time on if you happen to carry your Switch around with you.

* Tetris 99 is free to download, but only if you've subscribed to Nintendo Online, which costs $20 a year. Otherwise, you can pay $10 to get the offline mode, in which you battle against 98 computer-controlled players.

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29. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Price Point: Mid

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a Nintendo and Ubisoft crossover title, blending the world of Mario and the world of the Rabbids into one. Like most classic Mario games, the aim is to smash through a variety of different levels. The combat is turned based and strategic; the player goes first and moves their three chosen characters, and then your enemies get to move. The game is surprisingly complex, and while this can be rewarding at times it can also be frustrating. The kid-friendly appearance of the game makes it seem like it would be suitable for children, but in reality parents of young kids should steer clear of this game, simply because the mechanics can get confusing.

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30. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Price Point: High

The Donkey Kong franchise is packed to the brim with platforming goodness and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is no exception. This game will see you running, jumping, and swinging through a series of delightfully challenging levels. You can play as a variety of characters, all of which are well-designed and visually pleasing. The breadth of the game somewhat justifies its price point, although most people will finish the main levels within 20 hours.

The Nintendo Switch version of this game boasts a new 'Funky Kong' mode, which lowers the difficulty and is perfect for kids or players who aren't as experienced with platformers. The only real downside of this game is that it had a version released on the Wii U. If you've already bought and played the Wii U version, then the Switch release really isn't worth your money, as the only addition is the 'Funky Kong' mode. However, the Wii U version got very few sales, so for the majority of people, this shouldn't be an issue.

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Special Mentions

No top games list is ever complete without special mentions. The following games are all good fun, but missed out on making the top 30 by a hair:

  • Golf Story, Price Point: Low
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Price Point: High
  • Enter the Gungeon, Price Point: Low
  • Hades, Price Point: Mid
  • Bayonetta 2, Price Point: High
  • Thimbleweed Park, Price Point: Low
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Price Point: High
  • Dragon Quest Builders, Price Point: High
  • Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! / Pikachu, Price Point: Low
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Price Point: High

* All images were obtained from press releases associated with the specific game title, unless otherwise stated

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