The best Switch games

What are the best Switch games that are worth your money? Sadly, a lot of them!

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Can you believe Nintendo revealed the Switch five whole years ago! Since then the console has sold an incredible amount, over 80 million units at the time of writing, and has been home to some of Nintendo’s best games in years. With so many Switch owners out there hungry for games, developers are bringing a bevvy of fantastic titles to the hybrid platform.

The Switch has seen a golden era for Nintendo releases, but other developers haven’t been slacking either. With such a huge install base, both indie and AAA devs have worked hard to make their games work on Nintendo Switch. That means even more great stuff for you to play.

So, whether you’ve been a Switch owner since day one, or are just picking one up now. There are so many unmissable games on the system that you should spend some time with. If you want a grand adventure, to share a game with the kids, or simply a way to unwind after a long day, the Nintendo Switch has everything you need and more. So, enjoy our guide to the best Switch games.

Without any further delay, let’s get into the list.

Here are the best Switch games

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The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Obviously. Launching the same day as the Nintendo Switch itself, this genre-defining adventure changed the series and video games forever. A vast, stunning world to explore is matched by incredibly deep mechanics, to deliver the most satisfying toolbox in video games to date. Simply finding weapons and exploring, while playing with Link’s many new abilities, is more fun than almost any other video game.

Breath Of The Wild also manages to elevate the series in other ways, introducing voice acting for the first time, and it brings a true sense of grandiosity to its story. Characters like Urbosa and Daruk are fantastic new additions, and while we don’t get to interact with them directly, BotW is filled with interesting characters intertwined with their stories. Honestly, the Zelda series has never been better, and there’s an argument that video games haven’t either. If you only have the money for one Nintendo Switch game, this is what we’d recommend. Well at least until the sequel comes out in 2022…

Check out our Breath Of The Wild amiibo guide to find everything you need to know about the figures

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Super Mario Odyssey

Not content with releasing the best Zelda game ever made in 2017, Nintendo outdid themselves and also gave us possibly Mario’s best adventure less than a year later. Returning to the ‘sandbox’ style of the world seen in Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Odyssey has our portly plumber exploring huge levels to find hidden challenges, and earn the literal hundreds of Power Moons needed to power his hat-shaped ship, The Odyssey, and rescue peach.

The difference here is that Mario can copy the abilities of almost any enemy in the game. No, he hasn’t been taking lessons from Kirby, but instead made friends with a hat with magical abilities. Cappy allows Mario to possess enemies, NPCs, and even random objects, giving him skills and moves unlike anything before. With so many fun ways to move, and so many things to do, Mario’s latest adventure should keep children happy for weeks.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Remember when Animal Crossing was a niche Gamecube game? The one with the weird villagers and wobbling gyroids. Well, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has now sold over 30 million units on Nintendo Switch, and it became a phenomenon in the months after release in 2020. Through some serendipitous timing, and a truck full of new ways to customise not just your house, but your island, the series took the world by storm.

New Horizons looks absolutely gorgeous in shiny HD. The villagers are cuter than ever, bugs can be seen wandering around, and the atmosphere provided by the gorgeous night sky is untouchable. This fantastic game is also about to receive a hefty update and some paid DLC. So, check out our Animal Crossing October Direct guide for more information.

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Astral Chain

Platinum knows how to make action games like Gordon Ramsey knows how to shout at people and cook things. It’s an art form at this point and they always deliver. Astral Chain is a console exclusive for Nintendo Switch and shows Platinum flexing its action muscles in some interesting ways, while providing possibly the best graphics on the system to date.

You play as Akira, a cop in a future-noir city who must use monsters known as Legion as weapons. The Legion are bound to you by the Astral Chain, and you can attack not only by yourself and with your Legion, but also by combining your attacks with the chain itself. Part detective story, all bonkers, Astral Chain is an incredible action game stuffed with style, and any action fan owes it to themselves to give it a try.

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Another niche series now more popular than ever, after the success of Fire Emblem Awakening on 3DS, the series has continued to improve and grow, with Fire Emblem: Three Houses delivering the best game in the decades-old series, according to many. Think of it as anime chess, Fire Emblem is a strategy game where you control a team of characters and battle opposing armies while levelling up and gaining new weapons and abilities.

You play as Byleth, a professor at a school that is home to different factions, and the relationships between these characters, and the world, have far-reaching consequences. With an incredible cast of heroes, three different stories to play through, and some fantastic refinements to the series’ RPG elements, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a huge adventure and an easy recommendation for any strategy or RPG fan.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

Poor Luigi. For someone so easily scared, he sure does end up in a lot of frightening places! This entry is no different, as after receiving a suspiciously generous invitation to stay in a plush hotel, things go awry and soon Luigi is chasing ghosts through the many floors of this creepy building. Developer Next Level Games learned some great lessons from Luigi’s Mansion 2 on 3DS, and this entry not only plays smoother, but looks like an animated movie brought to life.

The physical comedy of Luigi running away scared is sold through incredible animation work, and the gameplay feels satisfying and rewarding to master. You’ll love exploring every inch of the hotel to find hidden treasures and piles of cash, all while defeating the many ghosts and wonderful bosses in Luigi’s way.

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Monster Hunter Rise

Switch fans may have felt a bit jealous when Monster Hunter World was released, as that title brought some much-needed refinements to the series as well as shiny HD graphics. Well, the argument for the best Monster Hunter game is now much more difficult, as Monster Hunter Rise blew fans away on Nintendo Switch this year.

Adding some acrobatics to proceedings, as well as a trusty new pet with the palamute, Monster Hunter has never felt quicker, or sharper, than with Rise. There’s even the new rampage mode if you enjoy cutting down hordes of enemies, and multiplayer is a joy with buddies. Rise also has a massive expansion on the way, with Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak bringing even more content to the massive package in summer 2022. Check out our Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak release date guide for everything you need to know.

You can also use our Monster Hunter Rise skills guide to stay ahead of the competition.

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Metroid Dread

Talk about fashionably late. A sequel to the 2011 GBA title Metroid Fusion, Samus finally returns in Metroid Dread, though it feels like she never left. With slick movement, satisfying weapons, and an incredibly atmospheric world to explore, Dread could be the best entry in the 35-year-old series and has us hoping we never have to wait this long again.

Dread wraps up the epic story of Metroid after so many years, and there’s plenty of lore to tuck into for the fans that have been waiting. But if you’re a first time Metroid player, you’re about to play an incredible action exploration game that just so happens to finish a story. This is as good a place to start as any, and if Dread eventually makes you a Metroid fan, then welcome aboard!

Check out our Metroid Dread review for more information on this stellar sci-fi title.

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So, there we have it, the best Switch games worth your time and money, though we could go on much longer… If you need more recommendations why not check out our Black Friday Switch deals guide, sometimes the most appealing purchase is also the cheapest one.

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