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Best Nintendo Switch Games – IGN


It’s an thrilling time for followers of Nintendo {hardware}, as a New Nintendo Switch announcement seems imminent. The upgraded Switch will reportedly be launched as early as September, however for now we’re having a look at the very best Switch video games you’ll be able to play in your present {hardware}. If Switch has confirmed something, it’s {that a} console is really outlined by what you’ll be able to play on it, and with such an unlimited library of wonderful video games, selecting solely 25 has confirmed to be tough.

This checklist was assembled by all the IGN content material group — together with our resident Nintendo specialists, the NVC podcast crew — and represents what we expect are the very best video games to take pleasure in on the Switch proper now, whether or not you are selecting one up for the primary time or have been a platform fanatic since day one. So with out additional ado, these are our picks for the 25 greatest Nintendo Switch video games.

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25. Ring Fit Adventure

Sure, exercising is nice for you, but it surely’s bought two fairly massive drawbacks: one, it prices some huge cash to hitch a fitness center and, two, it’s sort of boring. Ring Fit Adventure fixes each of these issues by gamifying train and letting you’re employed out from house whereas in some way making all the expertise really feel like a enjoyable, informal RPG. By strapping the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con to your leg and with the unusual, sensible new Ring-Con peripheral, Ring Fit encourages you to make use of your complete physique to battle monsters, accumulate cash, degree up, and push previous your private bests — all whereas providing you with a severe exercise throughout the confines of your lounge. It proves that exercising may be enjoyable — particularly when it’s hundreds of {dollars} cheaper than hiring a private coach, too.

24. Link’s Awakening

With its charming, toyetic visible model and bizarrely darkish undertones, the huge island of Koholint in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has by no means appeared higher than it does on Nintendo Switch. Link’s shipwrecked journey on a mysterious island rife with eccentric characters and sprawling dungeons has at all times been one of many stranger Zelda tales, and this remake permits new audiences and getting old followers alike to understand it on a contemporary system. It modernizes the basic beloved Zelda recreation with a shiny new coat of paint, some glorious high quality of life enhancements, and masses extra hidden collectibles however, in the end, its biggest accomplishment is retaining the bizarre, haunting, lovely feeling of the unique Game Boy recreation.

Another Zelda remake, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, is coming to Switch on July 16.

23. Astral Chain

Astral Chain is PlatinumGames at its greatest. It’s bought all of it: a novel story; deep character customization with quite a lot of play types, and – in fact – power-armored robotic pets. On high of all that, it’s bought a number of the most satisfying, difficult, and fast-paced fight you may see on the Nintendo Switch. If you’re a fan of different PlatinumGames like Bayonetta, Vanquish, or Nier: Automata, Astral Chain gained’t disappoint.

22. SteamWorld Dig 2

SteamWorld Dig 2 is a textbook instance of the whole lot a sequel needs to be: greater, smarter, and simply straight up extra enjoyable. Guiding Dorothy by way of SWD 2’s labyrinthine caverns looking for loot and upgrades is a difficult and charming twist on the basic “Metroidvania” model and has a gameplay loop that may undoubtedly preserve you up into the wee hours of the morning for “just one more run.”

Thunderful Games, f.k.a. Image & Form, recently announced it has several new SteamWorld Dig games in development.

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21. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

The Nintendo Switch makes it possible to get the best of both *worlds* with Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. You can play using a comfortable pro-controller, but you can also slay its more than 100 monsters in person with friends. On top of the ridiculous amount of content packed in, you can also play as an adorable cat and pet alpacas.

Be sure to check out our recap of everything announced during Capcom’s recent Monster Hunter livestream, which included new content for Monster Hunter Rise and new details about the forthcoming Monster Hunter Stories 2.

20. Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is one of those rare games you can play for more than a year and still not be tired of it. Many players hoped for a fast port to Switch to hit the ground running, but what we got was an impressive sequel with an all-new single-player campaign and plenty of incredible, and free, post-release content.

Nintendo announced Splatoon 3 earlier this year with a 2022 release date.

19. Paper Mario: The Origami King

Paper Mario: The Origami King may not a perfect game – or, in fact, not even the best entry in the Paper Mario series – but it is one of the most charming adventures on the Nintendo Switch. While most of the RPG trappings of the earliest entries of the franchise have been stripped away in Origami King, it’s more than made up for by an interesting new take on the battle system and one of the funniest, silliest stories in any game to date.

18. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Retro’s second entry in their Donkey Kong Country series is every bit as charming and challenging as Rare’s SNES trilogy. The Switch port of the Wii U original features an easy mode with Funky Kong but retains all the white knuckle platforming that made Tropical Freeze a hit back in 2014. Boasting some of the best boss fights and most original challenges in a platformer in the last decade, and a charming Saturday morning cartoon art style, it’s a must own on Nintendo Switch.

17. Pokemon Sword & Shield

Pokemon Sword & Shield finally brought mainline Pokemon games to home consoles – even if it’s only by default, since the Switch is both a handheld and home console. Beyond seeing hundreds of monsters in HD on your nice big TV, Sword & Shield brought with it a slew of welcome changes, including several quality of life improvements, the removal of random encounters, and Gigantamaxing, which basically gave your favorite Pokemon the Stay Puft treatment.

It’s also the first game in the franchise to include post-launch expansion packs, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, which include both new and classic Pokemon to add to your collection.

The franchise’s latest game, New Pokemon Snap, was released on April 30. The series’ next games, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl and Pokemon Legends: Arceus, were recently dated for November 19, 2021, and January 28, 2022, respectively.

16. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Monolith Soft’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is widely considered one of the best JRPGs ever made. You’ll never want to leave Alrest, even after spending 100+ hours exploring its huge open world.

You play as Rex, a salvager turned hero and “Driver” to the legendary Blade Pyra. Characters are extraordinarily properly written, there are dozens of Blades to unlock, all with their very own distinctive look and character, and the fight system is satisfying and complicated.

15. Spiritfarer

It’s not an easy thing to make such a cheery, colorful game built around such a heavy topic, but Spiritfarer manages to have very real conversations about life and death with a warm smile and a plentiful amount of comforting hugs. This lovely town manager has you ferrying friendly souls to their ultimate rest, building them homes and growing close as you do. It’s a downright gorgeous mix of a building game and a platformer, and one that’s not quite like anything else available on Switch or elsewhere.

IGN named Spiritfarer the Best Adventure / Puzzle Game of 2020.

14. Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a wonderfully open-ended farming sim. You’ll forge your own country path with fishing, fighting, farming, and falling in love. Additionally, being able to take advantage of the Switch’s sleep mode helps take some of the pressure off of not being able to save in the middle of a day, even if a few other bugs in the port are still waiting to be squashed here.

13. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle faced no shortage of skepticism before its launch. But Ubisoft Milan’s robust strategy game proved itself with some truly challenging levels and accessible but complex turn-based gameplay, while also finding a way of marrying the Rabbids and Mushroom Kingdom’s senses of humor into one, charming experience.

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12. Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 helped us achieve our childhood dreams of building our own Super Mario levels. OK, technically the first game did that, too, but the sequel took everything great about the original and somehow made it even more charming and wonderful. Not only are its 100+ story mode levels absolutely brilliant, but its accessibility as a viable game design tool is second to none — game designers of the future will almost certainly cite Super Mario Maker 2 as one of the catalysts for their careers. SMM2 is truly one of the Switch’s best experiences: a challenging platformer that satisfies your creative urges, and offers a near-infinite stream of delights.

11. Celeste

Celeste is a surprise masterpiece. Its 2D platforming is some of the best and toughest since Super Meat Boy, with levels that are as challenging to figure out as they are satisfying to complete. But the greatest triumph of Celeste is that its best-in-class jumping and dashing is blended beautifully with an important and sincere story and an incredible soundtrack that make it a genuinely emotional game, even when your feet are planted firmly on the ground.

A surprise semi-sequel, Celeste 2: Lani’s Trek (or Celeste Classic 2), was released earlier this year. A proper sequel, however, probably won’t happen, according to the developer.

10. Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is without doubt one of the best modern MetroidVania’s available, using all the pieces that make the genre so great in the first place without feeling derivative of anything that came before it.

The expertly crafted map that is the kingdom of Hallownest has an absurd amount of paths to explore, bosses to fight, and secrets to uncover. That’s all drawn in a somber but expressive art style that gives the adorable bug people who live their lives, and stories, of their own. It can undoubtedly be a challenging and demanding game, but what you get out of will be a reward worth far more than you put in.

A sequel, Hollow Knight: Silksong, is in improvement for Switch. IGN’s hands-on Silksong preview stated it is like Hollow Knight “however with the pace cranked as much as 11.”

9. Slay the Spire

There’s one thing about Slay the Spire’s balance of strategy and randomness that makes it an endlessly replayable puzzle. Assembling that perfect combo of synergistic cards can feel incredible, but there’s also a joy in scraping your way to victory despite the odds never quite falling in your favor. With that potent package on the Switch’s mobile platform — with some fairly decent touch control options, we might add — it’s a miracle we’ve ever stopped playing it.

8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8’s encore on Nintendo Switch didn’t just keep the online community alive and added returning favorites like Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast, we also got a brand-new “cops and robbers” team mode with Renegade Roundup, all of the great DLC stages, and even some guests from the Splatoon universe. It’s not a new game, but one so good, it deserved to reach a bigger audience on Switch right away.

Mario Kart 8 is now the best-selling racing game in U.S. history. To date, it’s sold over 35 million copies worldwide.

7. Hades

Roguelikes don’t always appeal to everyone, but Hades has somehow found a way to win over even those with a distaste for them. Fighting your way out of the Greek underworld is a ruthless and challenging affair, but every failure is rewarded in a way that somehow makes them exciting in their own right.

Instead of just notching up each loss and moving onto the next, the moments between each run push Hades’ excellent storytelling to the forefront, giving you opportunities to learn more about its charming characters and grow close to them – as well as improve the prince of the underworld’s abilities and weapons. It’s that meaningful mix of progression and infinitely repeatable escape attempts (coupled with genuinely fantastic writing, art, and action) that make Hades as delectable as Ambrosia itself.

Hades was crowned Game of the Year at the 2021 DICE Awards.

6. Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is essentially a FrankenLuigistein’s monster of the first two games, a mashup of both that creates the perfect Luigi’s Mansion experience. Charming, clever, and absolutely gorgeous to look at, Luigi’s Mansion is 17 levels of pure ghost-hunting joy. Working your way through each of the haunted hotels may never extremely challenging, but the creative boss fights and deviously hidden collectibles will keep you busy for a dozen hours or more. The excitement of getting to a new level just to see its theme (TV Studio! Sewer Maze! Egypt!) is well worth the price of admission, plus the game opens with Toad driving a bus. Priceless.

5. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses takes the series to new heights, deftly blending grueling battles with an expansive social hub that allows for near limitless customization as you recruit, train, and bond with the memorable characters on your team. Its unique take on a three-pronged story ensures that no matter which house you choose, the engrossing plot that unfolds always leaves enough mystery to make multiple playthroughs incredibly hard to resist.

The Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC Expansion Pass, which added seven new missions as part of the Cindered Shadows side story, is now available.

4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Released on the doorstep of a global pandemic, Animal Crossing: New Horizons provided a much need escape to many, selling more than 32 million copies to date. Routine and discovery play equally important roles as you plan the perfect layout for your island, make friends (or enemies) with all your villagers, and invite your friends to your own little utopia to trade items and swap secrets. It’s brilliant in its simplicity and masterful in the way it encourages players to keep up with chores, redecorate and/or reshape entire plots of land, or burn dozens of hours trying to catch rare fish or find every last seasonal item. It certainly helps that all the writing is supremely funny and that, hundreds of hours in, you’re still able to chuckle at a random comment or find genuine inspiration in the places you’d least expect. Taking a cue from many of Nintendo’s Switch editions of their long-running franchises, Animal Crossing New Horizons does little to completely reinvent the franchise, but it makes a great series even more accessible, more exciting, and more wonderful than it has ever been.

New Horizons was nominated for Game of the Year at the Developers Choice Awards.

3. Super Mario Odyssey

A masterclass in 3D platforming, Super Mario Odyssey seamlessly blends the best elements from nearly every Mario game with an entire portfolio of new gameplay mechanics to create something both nostalgic and courageous. New players will adore stomping through the vivid and vast new worlds, while seasoned veterans will stick around after the credits to unlock the hundreds of challenges that await their skill and dexterity. To put it succinctly, Super Mario Odyssey is pure, sublime joy and one of the best Super Mario games ever made.

2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is exactly what its name implies: it’s the ultimate incarnation of Nintendo’s now 20-year-old brawler series. It’s a celebration of Smash Bros. as a whole, filled with more fighters and levels than ever before, and packed to the gills with over 1000 more characters from all across gaming. “Everyone is here!” may have started out as just another tagline, but it’s one that Nintendo has impressively backed up, and it’s made Ultimate the definitive Smash Bros. game for a long time to come. Add a 20+ hour single-player mode with full-on boss fights and huge world maps and it’s easy to get lost in Ultimate. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had a lot to live up to with that name, but it has undoubtedly done just that.

Smash Ultimate’s latest fighters, Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Pyra and Mythra, are now available.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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. Now widely considered one of the best games of all time, Breath of the Wild tells an epic story, as you 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.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a spinoff prequel to Breath of the Wild, was released in November. A proper sequel is also in development at Nintendo — new info on Breath of the Wild 2 is expected later this year.

Upcoming Switch Games

June encompasses a handful of promising new Switch video games, starting with Ninja Gaiden Master Collection on June 10. Mario Golf: Super Rush and the Switch model of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 can be launched on June 25, adopted by Disgaea 6 on June 29.

In July, Switch owners can look forward to Monster Hunter Stories 2 on the 9th, Skyward Sword HD on the 16th, the JRPG Cris Tales on the 20th, and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles on the 27th. ,

Another notable Switch game dated for the back half of the year is No More Heroes 3. Travis Touchdown makes his return on August 27.

Did we miss something? Is your favourite recreation too low? Let us know within the feedback, and remember to test again once we reconfigure this checklist once more!



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