Best Switch games

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Nintendo can often get lost in the conversation when it comes to “best console” debates each generation. But the Switch is one of the OG company’s best creations in many years, combining innovative hardware with amazing games.

If you’ve picked up a Switch recently or are looking for some of the best Switch games to play, we’ve pulled together a list of ten of our absolute favourites. Check them out below and enjoy the best on offer this gen!

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Super Mario Odyssey

Does he ever disappoint?

Current Metascore: 97

With every new Nintendo console, there’s the obligatory unit-shifting Super Mario game. And from Super Mario Bros. to New Super Mario Bros. U, they’ve always been great.

Super Mario Odyssey takes the series to new heights, with the highest review scores since the Super Mario Galaxy duo back on the GameCube.

In short, if you have a Switch, get this.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The very best Zelda to date

Current Metascore: 97

Second on the checklist for Nintendo to nail on the Switch was its flagship Zelda game. And nail it, they did.

Breath of the Wild is acclaimed by fans, critics and anyone who’s played even a few minutes of it. It takes Link into an incredibly deep, varied open world which never fails to envelope the player in its beauty. A true modern masterpiece.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Did you mean: DOOM Eternal?

Current Metascore: 91

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been an absolute phenomenon since it came out in early 2020. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic certainly helped its success, with gamers and celebrities obsessing over their island for days at a time.

If you want the ultimate escapist experience during these trying times, you’ll not regret picking up New Horizons.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

The new JRPG in town

Current Metascore: 89

If you miss the days of JRPG’s ruling the world, fear not! Xenoblade Chronicles picks up the baton and delivers in style with its epic open world and great storytelling.

Taking place in a world where people live on the bodies of frozen gods (yes, really), this is one Switch game that alone makes it worth buying the console.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Ultimate by name and nature

Current Metascore: 93

Super Smash Bros. titles are always highly anticipated, and SSB predictably sent the internet into a frenzy when it was announced in 2018. Since then, it’s received unsurprisingly top-class reviews and sold more Switches than you dare count.

Featuring over 20 more characters than the previous game in the series, SSBU delivers on everything the fans love about this amazing series.

Super Mario Maker 2

Build your perfect Mario level

Current Metascore: 88

Despite certain isolated remarks about Nintendo being “lazy” or “out of ideas”, the first Super Mario Maker was a big success for the Wii U, spawning a lot of creative levels and infinite gameplay possibilities.

Naturally, a second game was bound to come, and the Switch entry builds (literally) on its predecessor in every way, with new themes, assets and tools. A must for the old-school Mario fans.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The ultimate kart racer

Current Metascore: 92

Sure, Mario Kart 8 was released on Wii U way back in 2014, but the 2017 Switch release feels just as cutting-edge as it did originally, even in 2020.

With all the DLC and plenty of tweaks to make it perfect for the console, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling Switch game to date for a reason. The manic enjoyment of Mario Kart racing with friends will never stop being special.

Sonic Mania Plus

Sonic on Nintendo?!

Current Metascore: 91

If you grew up in the age of Nintendo vs SEGA, it might shock you to see a Sonic the Hedgehog title on a Nintendo console. But since SEGA has been AFK in the console wars, Sanic has found a new home with its former rival.

Sonic Mania is the best in the series for a long time. It was developed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original game, and does it proud.

Luigi's Mansion 3

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Current Metascore: 86

Luigi has never been one for the spotlight, but in Luigi’s Mansion he is one for the flashlight! Sorry. But this series has always been a lot of fun, and the third game is probably the best so far.

With new features and expanded multiplayer functionality, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is something a little bit different which still carries that unique Nintendo charm.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Even better second time round

Current Metascore: 87

Thought you’d get through a modern “best games” list without a remake, huh? ‘Fraid not. But the remake of Link’s first portable game is a fantastic example of it working well.

First released on the Game Boy in 1993, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has always had a special place in the hearts of fans, and is often cited as the handheld’s best ever title. The remake is just as good, bringing perfection into the 21st century.

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André Pusey