If you have one Nintendo Switch at home and don’t know which game to buy, check out our list of top titles for the console
The year 2020 has arrived, and with it the expectation for a new generation of video games. While the Playstation 4 it’s the Xbox one are heading towards the end of their life cycles, the Nintendo Switch, which in March will complete three years of release, reaches what is perhaps its peak of popularity.
With the certainty that there will still be excellent works for the hybrid console, we list the games that have already marked the life of the current Nintendo videogame and that every owner of Switch should give it a try!
Only in Nintendo Switch
There is no doubt that on all platforms from Nintendo the greatest expectations are for the games that the company itself produces. Historically, its main franchises, which gain new games on almost every console of the company, are critically acclaimed, seen as examples of technical care and fruits of great creativity.
Like Nintendo Switch is no different, which is why we decided to start our list of essential games with the works that were created for the device.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This game is not exclusive to Nintendo Switch. However, its relevance to the video games industry is so great that, added to the fact that it came out simultaneously with the version of Wii U, we chose to indicate it as a game of its own Switch.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of those games that deserves to be enjoyed on as many platforms as possible. The game featured a huge open world and masterfully encouraged the player to explore every corner of the map. Without a doubt, an essential title and one that will be remembered for a long time.
Splatoon 2 is essential for bringing back the quirky gameplay of the first game. The combats are mind-blowing, and the idea of a shooting game where the objective is to paint the largest area of the scene, not just kill opponents, makes many consider splatoon one of the best games of its kind ever created.
Super Mario Odyssey
The latest adventure of the most famous plumber in games is sensational! In Super Mario Odyssey, the chubby in red travels through different realms in search of items called Moons of Power to ultimately defeat Bowser once again. The new character capture ability, along with the music and creative worlds make this adventure nothing short of essential for every owner of a Nintendo Switch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. puts various characters from the game world into fighting arenas. In its fifth edition, the franchise brings all the characters that have appeared in previous games, as well as some new ones — even considering some that are not part of the universe of Nintendo. The result is a true ode to video game history, which turned out to be the best-selling fighting game of all time, even though it was released in 2018.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Launched in October 2019, the latest adventure of Luigi it’s extremely fun. The game has beautiful visuals, varied gameplay, good humor and an enchanting soundtrack. Luigi’s Mansion 3 makes it worth every minute spent playing the game, whether in single player or multiplayer.
for many tastes
Games abound for the Nintendo Switch. Quickly quoting some titles, so that this text doesn’t get boring, we also indicate other games that, if not unanimous, are essential depending on each style.
Fire Emblem: Tree Houses, a strategy game with an engaging story; Xenoblade Chronicles 2, for Japanese RPG fans; Yoshi’s Crafted World, a great platform game for a younger audience; Astral Chain, the visually stunning from PlatinumGames; the remake of the excellent The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening; and the eighth generation of pocket monsters, Pokémon Sword/Shield.
It’s worth playing again
In addition to the excellent original games that fill the library of Nintendo Switch, some titles from previous platforms have appeared since the launch of the device. as the Wii U, video game of Nintendo that precedes the Switch, did not have the expected success, but still has high-quality games, the company has gradually re-released them, in improved versions. Let’s check out the best:
Bayonetta was born in the seventh generation to Xbox 360 (with later version for the Playstation 3). Given the refusal of several companies to bear the costs of a second title, the PlatinumGames, the game’s developer, was contacted by Nintendo to take the franchise to Wii U.
No doubt Bayonetta 2 is one of the essential games for any fan of action and action games. hack n’ slash (style in which the character advances in the game killing several enemies in sequence). With the third title already announced for the Nintendo Switch, it’s worth getting familiar with the franchise.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Games of Mario Kart are always essential, no matter the platform. After an excellent Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, the Nintendo tweaked small details, revamped the battle mode and released what is now the best game in the franchise to date, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Even for those who have played the original 2014 version, this new edition will certainly mean guaranteed fun for the entire lifetime of Switch.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Out of the Wii U practically unchanged, if it weren’t for the higher resolution and the addition of a character, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a challenging yet excellent side view platformer. The design of its stages is highly praised and has been an inspiration to developers since its original version. Without a doubt a game more than essential.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Although it doesn’t have many differences compared to its Wii U version, Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a great side view game of Mario and the gang. Enter the essentials list for those people who want more from the plumber and don’t mind repeating ideas in relation to other games that carry the name New Super Mario Bros..
It’s better with portability
So far we’ve only highlighted games for what they are and mean to the library of Nintendo Switch. As they are works available only on this console, or improved for it, we are not talking about the portability that the device allows. So far.
as the Nintendo Switch is a device with considerably less processing power compared to Playstation 4 and Xbox one, its appeal is not resolution or frame rate, but the ability to take your favorite game anywhere makes all the difference. That’s why we’ve also separated some games third parties essential in the small hybrid platform.
Just Dance (franchise)
Those who like dance games have plenty of reasons to pick any just dance at the Nintendo Switch. As it is a simple game (from a technical point of view), just dance leaves nothing to be desired in the machine of the Nintendo. On the contrary, it’s the perfect platform for playing with a friend, each player with a Joy-Con, and portability means that all the material needed to play is already at the player’s fingertips — no taking Kinect to and fro.
Resident Evil (franchise)
unfortunately the Capcom hasn’t said anything about the games resident Evil released exclusively for the new generation — Resident Evil 7, the remake of Resident Evil 2 and the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 3 — go out to the Switch.
However, the other games in the franchise (the remakes of original It’s from Resident Evil 0, in addition to the titles 4, 5 and 6 and the sub-franchise Revelations 1 and 2) are present on the console. In some cases, the games look pretty much the same as their PS4 and XBO versions, while in others they’re good enough to play in both portable and TV mode.
Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
These two excellent games are the “impossible ports” of Nintendo Switch. They are essential because, in addition to raising the graphical standard of what is available for the console, they are titles that have been adapted in ways that are still beautiful to look at and work very well on the device, especially in portable mode.
In doom, all gameplay features work so that the player is always on the move to destroy demons in a wild and brutal chase. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus continues the story of BJ Blazkowicz and his resistance against a Nazi regime that, according to the game’s history, won World War II.
Hollow Knight is one of those games that are essential on whatever platform it’s available. It’s a game indie (made by an independent studio, without big financial resources), but with quality often not achieved by big studios.
The game is inspired by electronic game classics, such as metroid, Castlevania and dark souls. Your adaptation to the Nintendo Switch it’s perfect, and the gamer will certainly want to take advantage of video game portability to make the most of what Hollow Knight has to offer.
a lot to offer
the library of Nintendo Switch is vast, and in addition to the original works of the Big N, quality adaptations are being added all the time. In order not to close this text without failing to mention great games — which may or may not be essential depending on the player’s taste — we recommend that the reader seek information about the incredible Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Ori and the Blind Forest (both published by Microsoft in the video game of Nintendo).
We also recommend Mortal Kombat 11 and The Witcher 3, these more for the portability issue, if this is something important to you, reader. Dandara — made by a Brazilian studio — and Heavenly — which has Brazilians on the team and was nominated for game of the year in the The Game Awards of 2018, in addition to being awarded the best independent game in the same event — end our list.
Whatever your style of play, know that it’s worth giving several of the games in the Nintendo Switch. When you least notice it, you’ll be around with the console in your hand so you can enjoy any brief moment of leisure.