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Top 10 Switch Games

The Nintendo Switch has an incredibly strong library of games, many of which are worth recommending. However, for our 10 all-time favorite games, you can check out the list below. It’s a list we’ll be updating as often as games worth including are released. We will launch games and add new ones as the Switch library grows.

Please note that while the list below contains 10 entries, we don’t really rank them – if a game has made it this far (and managed to stay here) it’s a must-read, period. Therefore, we will list entries in reverse chronological order. You will also find an overview of previous entries at the end of the list. While these titles were nudged for bigger and better experiences, they’re still all great games in their own right and worth exploring if you’re already up to speed on the latest hits.

Here are game informant‘s picks for the top 10 games on the Switch.

neon white

Release Date: June 16, 2022

Captivating, exciting and full of style, Neon White is a treat for fans of platformers and early 2000s anime. As White, a slain assassin forced to root out demons in the skies, you’ll sprint through dozens of brilliantly crafted stages that emphasize speedruns. Card-based weapon abilities challenge you to strategically obliterate enemies while using their traversal abilities like double jump or grappling hooks to leap through levels – in seconds if you really know your stuff. An intriguing narrative and relationship-building quests round out the zany cast, and the soundtrack nails its early Toonami-inspired vibe. Neon White might be at its best on PC, but the game runs like a dream on Switch, and it’s hard to deny the joy of racking up ranking points everywhere. | Our rating

Kirby and the forgotten land

Release Date: March 25, 2022

Kirby might be late for the 3D platformer party, but his arrival was both stylish and a lot of fun. Joining his traditional copy skills is the new Mouthful mode, which allows him to absorb larger objects like cars and take on their physical form to solve clever environmental puzzles. It’s the most adorable form of body horror we’ve ever seen. The vibrant and impressive post-apocalyptic playground is a great place to explore, and the story takes some surprisingly wild turns. Kirby has no shortage of games, but The Forgotten Land is his biggest standout game since Epic Yarn. | Our rating

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Release: January 28, 2022

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the biggest pacing change for the long-running franchise. In an old version of Sinnoh, you are tasked with exploring a large world in order to complete the first Pokédex. Despite not being a true open world, the sense of freedom still feels liberating, as does the less restrictive combat system, where players are free to sneak up on, challenge, and even dodge Pokémon. We loved capturing never-before-seen versions of our favorite pocket monsters, and a bevy of side quests and an immersive main narrative kept us glued to our Switch screens. Pokémon Legends: Arceus has its flaws, but it represents a strong first step towards what we hope will be the beginning of a new series. | Our rating

Metroid horror

Release Date: October 8, 2021

Metroid fans have been begging Nintendo for a brand new 2D Metroid adventure for nearly two decades. Thankfully, Nintendo didn’t disappoint when it finally delivered. As the name suggests, Dread is an immersive experience full of challenging boss battles and deadly robots that doggedly hunt Samus through the various biomes of planet ZDR. Metroid’s classic exploration-based platforming remains intact, and we’ve eagerly sought out new upgrades like the Phantom Cloak and Spider Magnet. The race to 100 percent was over way too soon, but we can’t wait to see what Dread’s rich history means for the future of the series. | Our rating

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Release Date: March 20, 2020

The quiet, hassle-free Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes at just the right time in the world. As the news cycle has become increasingly tumultuous since 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers sanctuary in the form of a virtual tropical island. Building and customizing your home and island to your liking is immensely rewarding as New Horizons features a fun daily loop full of goals and rewards. | Our rating

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Release date: July 26, 2019

The Fire Emblem series has built a cult following via handheld platforms in recent years, but with Three Houses, the turn-based strategy series explodes back onto TVs in the best possible way. With outstanding strategic gameplay, a fun story to interact with and influence, and multiple paths to progress through the narrative, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is one of the best strategy games out there today. | Our rating

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Release Date: December 7, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a crossover event that has been in the works for two decades and represents the series at its most realized. Packed with excellent combat mechanics, a great set of game modes, and a roster of fighters that includes every character in the series’ history and more, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is anything but an essential title for the Switch. | Our rating

Super Mario Odyssey

Release date: October 27, 2017

Every Nintendo console is bound to have at least one awesome Mario platformer, and the Switch is no exception. Released a few months after the console launched, Mario Odyssey ticks all the Mario boxes needed to be considered a classic, plus some surprising new ones. It’s whimsical, has perfect controls, lots to explore, and features a city level where all people are of normal proportions while Mario walks around as his tiny, cartoonish self. It’s a strange adventure and a must for Switch owners. | Our rating

Mario Kart 8 deluxe

Release date: April 28, 2017

Far more than a simple port of the excellent Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, Deluxe includes all of the game’s DLCs (additional tracks, racers and cars) and the battle mode, which was oddly absent from the original release. Playing Mario Kart with split screen is always a hit, and a take-anywhere version of the game with two controllers makes it the perfect showcase for the Switch. | Our rating

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release Date: March 3, 2017

We’re not exaggerating when we say that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games of all time. We gave it a rare 10/10 in our review and gave it our 2017 Game of the Year award for setting a new high standard for open-world video games. Being able to go anywhere you can see on the map has never been truer than it is in Breath of the Wild, and it’s also filled with the kind of excellent puzzle design you expect from a Zelda experience expect. It’s a journey you won’t soon forget, and the optional DLC packs add additional challenges and new items to the overworld that are worth pursuing. | Our rating

The games considered for this list that didn’t make it or were trimmed since the original publication of this article: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Stardew Valley, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Hollow Knight, Fortnite, Celeste, Golf Story , Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Splatoon 2, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Doom, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Sonic Mania, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and recent classics that have been ported, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, Inside, and Axiom Verge. They are all still great games so check them out too!

Follow these links to read comparable lists for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One!

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