Card games have been around for centuries, are one of the simplest ways to share a game with someone, and are a universal language at this point. In the digital age this has only expanded, as game developers put their own twists on a different style of decks, and craft magical and mystical stories around them.
Whether you want some simple card games to share, a modern take on a card gaming classic, or perhaps even an epic RPG that has been given a card-based twist, there are simply so many different card games to enjoy on Nintendo Switch. Some are even free to play, so you can get started today!
Anime fans are also in for a treat, as not only do several shows revolve around cards, and have faithful adaptations here, but some shows just fit perfectly into the card-gaming format. One day we hope to add a Pokémon card game to this list, but for now, there’s still plenty of card-gaming fun elsewhere. So, build your deck and ready your team, with our guide to the best Switch card games.
Here’s our guide to the best Switch card games.
An adventure game first, and a card game second, Steamworld Quest is another stellar addition to the Steamworld franchise. Playing as robots in a post-apocalyptic world taken over with magical creatures, it’s up to you to build a strong party and make the best deck possible to survive. There’s a lot of nuance to the battles here, alongside the series’ usual great writing and character work, so for anyone who enjoys a methodical game, this is a great choice.
Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission
While you might not think the fast-paced world of Dragon Ball translates well to a card game, it still perfectly captures the spirit of the series, while the franchise offers plenty of great characters to collect and use. Everyone in the world knows what Dragon Ball is, so it’s no surprise to see the series try its hand at different genres. Super Dragon Ball Heroes has its own story and interesting twists on the series though, and if you love these characters, you’ll be thrilled with the amount of content on offer.
Yes, you probably already know what Uno is. The family-destroying card game has caused more fallouts than Bethesda, with its particularly devilish style of risk and reward strategy. Luckily you no longer have to carry that pesky deck around with you everywhere, and you can annoy your family anywhere with the fantastic Nintendo Switch port.
Slay The Spire
We love a game that tells you exactly what to do, and in this game you build up decks and battle hordes of enemies in your impossible quest to finally Slay The Spire. This deck-building turn-based game is easy to understand but tough to master, but even as you throw yourself into endless amounts of roguelike runs, you build up plenty of new characters and abilities to help you on your next challenge. It’s a tough but satisfying game that feels amazing to finally understand, so stick with it!
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
Telling a different story set in the world of The Witcher, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a suitably dark and sombre tale, with narrative-driven gameplay and complex card mechanics. Caught in a dark story of warring factions, it’s up to you to forge your own path and battle through the Nilfgaardian forces to victory. It’s a suitably mature and complex card-game, but any fan of The Witcher will find a lot to love.
The Solitaire Conspiracy
From the creator of Thomas Was Alone, Mike Bithell, comes this intriguing twist on a classic with The Solitaire Conspiracy. Mixing the classic card game with a fun story, packed with great characters and full FMV cut-scenes. It’s hard to believe a card game can be this exciting. There are also plenty of different modes and ways to change up your experience, so while it might not be the most complicated on the list, there’s still plenty here in this flashy title.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy Of The Duelist: Link Evolution
Any fan of the classic anime and card game Yu-Gi-Oh! Is going to have an absolute blast with this comprehensive coverage of the entire series’ history. Play through many of the classic stories from the anime, build a deck with over 10,000 cards, and you can even take on the roles of the series’ villains with Reverse Duels. With sharp presentation and sound design, this is a dream come true for anyone who ever enjoyed a du-du-du-du-du-duel.
Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars
From the mind of acclaimed game director YOKO TARO (Nier Automata) comes this fascinating fusion of deck-building and tabletop RPG. Set off on a grand adventure, playing as a self-proclaimed hero who must slay a magical dragon. With a gorgeous visual art style and incredible music, this is a sublime world to lose yourself in, alongside a deep and engrossing twist on card-based gameplay.
There you have it, a comprehensive list of all the best card games on Switch. Be sure to also check out our list of the best Switch board games for even more ways to share the fun with others.