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The best collection games on Switch and mobile – catch ‘em all

Come on in and catch them all with our guide to the best collection games on Switch and mobile, from platformers and gacha to everything in between

Mario in a sombrero playing a guitar, with a green moon floating above his head, in Super Mario Odyssey.

A collection game, or a collectathon, if you will, does exactly what it says on the tin. It tasks you with hunting down as many different things as possible and sticking them in your back pocket. The classic idea of a collection game is Pokémon, whose whole thesis statement is ‘collect everything, please’.

But, collection games aren’t strictly designed to be about little monsters. If you want that, check out our guide to the best games like Pokémon. No, a collection game can involve snatching flags over the skyline of Florence, grabbing different items in a world made of Lego, or, the tried and true classic collectathon: Super Mario 64.

So, head south to find the best of the bunch you can play on the go. But wait, that’s not all honey bunny, because we’ve got guides to the best cute games, gardening games, art games, history games, and monster games. There are so many games nowadays, let us help you pick the right ones.

Anyway, you’re here for a collection, so let’s get to it.

Collection games on Switch and mobile

Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Switch

Okay, let’s start easy. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest Pokémon game and the first in a new line of open-world adventures from the series. Not only does it revolutionise the massive franchise (as you can read about in our Pokémon Legends: Arceus review), but it’s also about exploring the world and catching cute critters.

It’s the most I’ve enjoyed Pokémon in years. We’ve got guides galore too, so check out our Pokémon Legends: Arceus mystery gift codes, Pokémon Legends: Arceus shiny, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus Ginkgo Guild guides to get going.

Genshin Impact – mobile

Ok, I’ll admit it, I’ve never played Genshin Impact. But as far as I can tell, it’s all about collecting hot anime wizards or something. Either way, everyone else on the team has played it. They all have better taste than me and they say it’s amazing, so who am I to disagree?

Get out there and get a cute anime spellcaster to dream about at night, you naughty rascal. Also, guide alert! Check out our Genshin Impact tier list or Genshin Impact codes to see how to get the most out of it.

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Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection – Switch

Now here’s something I have played. You can read my deep thoughts about this nostalgic city-break-cum-murder simulator in my Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection review, but when it comes down to brass tacks there’s only one thing we’re after: stuff to collect.

And AC has it all, with flags, feathers, weapons, armour, buildings, and more, so you can get to work building your fine collection. Sure, people got a bit burnt out on the formula, but there’s nothing like going back to an original.

Racihu, another Pokémon popping out of an egg, and an egg, next to the logo for Pokemon Go.

Pokémon Go – mobile

Uh oh, spaghetti-o, it’s Pokémon Go! The game that changed the world for a good few months is all about collecting creatures and keeping them in your phone. Using augmented reality, you need to walk around the real world and find them on the streets around you.

Not only is it a great collectathon, but it’s also a good bit of light exercise. Check out our Pokémon Go Eevee evolution, Pokémon Go raids, and Pokémon Go events guide to keep up to date with the latest.

Super Mario Odyssey – Switch

Super Mario Odyssey is the latest in a series of 3D platformers featuring the moustachioed mascot. Nintendo perfected 3D platforming with Odyssey, giving you a bevvy of platforming challenges to conquer and moons to collect.

Whether it’s through prehistoric kingdoms or the streets of New Donk City, there’s more than enough to do. Also, we’ve got some Super Mario Odyssey 2 release date speculation if you’re hoping for a sequel.

Various characters from Fire Emblem Heroes facing off against a single character, in art for the game.

Fire Emblem: Heroes – mobile

Fire Emblem Heroes is one of the best gacha games out there. Not only is it the most profitable Nintendo mobile game, but it also offers more than 600 characters for you to collect.

Any Fire Emblem fan can find reams of lore to pore over, loads of fan favourite characters, and many, many hours of gameplay to keep your twitchy fingers busy. Check out our Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes release date guide if you’re looking forward to another spin-off.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – Switch

All the Lego games have loads of characters to collect and secrets to find, but Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the pinnacle of the blocky series. If you need someone to convince you to play it, check out our Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga review, but there’s only one piece of information any true Star Wars fan needs: Jar Jar Binks is in this game. And that’s all that matters.

Also, guide alert part two! We’ve got guides for Lego Star Wars Skywalker Saga datacards, Lego Star Wars Skywalker Saga extras, and Lego Star Wars Skywalker Saga codes to make sure you get all those lovely collectables.

Various characters from Dragon Quest Tact fighting it out on a blue grid.

Dragon Quest Tact – mobile

Dragon Quest is one of the best RPG series ever made. But it’s difficult to translate that experience to mobile. Dragon Quest Tact features a whole host of monsters to collect and assemble into a team for some grid-based tactical combat.

Come for the cute critters, stay for the hours of gritty strategy needed to be victorious. We have a Dragon Quest Tact tier list and a Dragon Quest Tact review if you want to read some more.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game with so much inside it, it can kinda be anything you want it to be (I tried to argue it was sorta a flying game…). And in the spirit of that, I’d say it has one of the best and most tiresome collectathons in any videogame: koroks. There are 900 of them to collect, so if you want to get them all, be ready to lose a lot of time.

I have around 600, and I just can’t keep going. It’s too much. But if that’s your bag, hey ho. Check out our BotW amiibo, BotW memory locations, and BotW Link guides for something a little lighter.

A couple of cats hanging out in a peaceful garden, by some food, in Neko Atsume.

Neko Atsume – mobile

Attention all budding photographers who also happen to be obsessed with cats, I have got the game for you. Neko Atsume is all about capturing pics of cute little cats just sorta hanging out.

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that cats are weirdos, and having a virtual space to capture all their mayhem in photo form sounds like a dream. If you too dream of electric cats, check out our Neko Atsume cats guide to see what all the fuss is about.

That’s all the collection games for now. Maybe you can collect them all? You can sorta collect stuff in Monster Hunter, so check out our Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak release date, Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak monsters, and Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak armour guides to get ready for the next big hunt.