Friday, April 24, 2020

7 Best Nintendo Switch Games

We’ve whittled that list of 30 down to seven absolute stone-cold must own games on the Nintendo Switch. In fact, we are just going to say it: These are the seven best Nintendo Switch games out there.

1. Breath Of The Wild

Breath of the Wild is still the best video game of the Switch console, of its generation, and maybe the best game ever made. This action-adventure game redefines the open world genre by stripping it back to its core elements and building from scratch. Instead of rehashing the tropes of the genre, Breath of the Wild feels new in a way most open world games don’t. Like it came from an alternate timeline, where gameplay in open worlds is less about quest lists and more about evoking a genuine sense of adventure.

2. Mario Odyssey

Thankfully Mario Odyssey is good. It’s not Breath of the Wild good. It doesn’t reinvent itself in quite the same way, but it does exploit a very clever gimmick to bring the gameplay to its fullest potential. In Mario Odyssey you can possess almost everything in the game, from a taxi to a T. rex. It sounds clunky, but in practice it’s a seamless and endlessly joyful process of experimentation and discovery. Mario Odyssey is no Super Mario Galaxy, but it’s no Super Mario Sunshine either. It’s an extremely good Mario game that should be part of any collection of the best Nintendo Switch games. 

3. Hollow Knight

This action-adventure game represents incredible value for money. It’ll probably take you around 20-plus hours to finish the single player quest. Hollow Knight takes the best of Super Metroid and the best of Dark Souls and sort of smooshes them together to make something fresh and unique. But that’s just part of its charm. Hollow Knight is dripping in atmosphere and glazed in a dark nostalgia. It’s also perfectly designed. It’s a strange wormhole of a universe that slowly builds upon itself.

4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is absolutely the definitive Mario Kart game. It features all the tracks from the original game, including all the downloadable content. Same goes for the additional characters. The back of the box quote for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is “biggest Mario Kart ever” is completely true. It is absolutely loaded with content. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has the benefit of borrowing everything that’s worked in previous Mario Kart games, while shedding the stuff that didn’t work. It’s streamlined, well-balanced and tailor-made for players of all skill levels to battle each other on the race track.

5. Into The Breach

Into The Breach, like Hollow Knight, is available on other platforms, but the Switch version is just the best way to play. A simple turn-based strategy game on the surface, Into The Breach’s ruleset is such that it allows for endless innovation within the gameplay. It’s different, it feels new, original. It’s endlessly replayable and as the game ramps up the difficulty there’s ample opportunity for players to adapt and think their way to victory.

6. Dead Cells

Dead Cells is a platformer Roguelike Metroidvania set in a Dark Souls-esque universe, but it’s also just a really interesting side-scrolling video game that’s so rewarding to engage with on a second-by-second basis. It has the basic motion controls down pat, making it amazingly fun to play. When you swing a sword or launch an arrow in Dead Cells, it feels extremely good to swing a sword or fire an arrow. Everything feels good in Dead Cells. There’s a commitment to small details that rewards the player for every action they take. It’s a fantastic game that works great in small bursts, which makes it perfect for a portable console like the Nintendo Switch.

7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Much like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sets the gold standard as a fighting game. It’s a battle royale, every single time, fought by characters you know and love. And if you’re playing this game at home, with friends, in the same space, it’s almost certainly the best version of the game ever created. Issues only really arise if you’re using the online multiplayer mode — but that’s par for the course with Nintendo.

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