Given the Switch just celebrated its second birthday what better time to look back over the last two years and determine what 25 five pieces of software the discerning, rational Switch owner should pick up?
In determining the candidates for the list, the author has not simply selected the highest rated titles, because doing so would be a disservice to you, the reader. Some games have been excluded from the list because they are too similar to other titles, some have been excluded because they are available on other platforms for cheaper, yet others have been excluded due to a superior title coming into its release window. The idea here is to provide a well rounded out collection that represents value for your gaming dollar.
And so, without further ado, here are – presented in no particular order – 25 Games to own on the Switch.
Nintendo’s flagship mascot on the Switch’s flagship title. If you don’t own this game, we can’t be friends, it’s as simple as that.
The largest, most detailed and most fun Zelda of all time. Of all time. Contend otherwise and I WILL storm the stage, take your mic and say this repeatedly.
Another no brainer addition for this list. A deep and broad fighter that is just a ton of fun, either in a party setting or as a single player.
It’s back to the future with the best new Sonic game being an old Sonic game, all in glorious 2D.
Sure they are ports of the Wii U versions, but with the increased market of the Switch, there’ll be many enjoying these experiences for the first time. They look and feel better on the Switch, too.
Beautiful vistas, deep combat, and comically large anime boobs. Who can say no?
It’s free, it’s good, and it’s addictive.
Capcom’s Zelda like adventure with gorgeous traditional Japanese art. The story is compelling as well.
One of the better platformers on a Nintendo console in a good while.
10. Octopath Traveler
A must have RPG.
Nintendo’s signature racer, now with all DLC for free and a much better battle mode.
First person shooting gorefest that you can take on the go. This title shows what a powerhouse the Switch can be with the right developers.
An X-Com-esque turn based strategy can in the Mushroom Kingdom, developed by Ubisoft.
Nintendo’s sneaker hit online team shooter. Hours of addictive fun in the online mode, complemented with a decent single player.
A fun frantic game that gets better the more people you play with.
Soccer, but with RC cars. It shouldn’t work, but it does.
A puzzle game guaranteed to both entertain and infuriate.
After a number of misses on the later entries in this couch multiplayer series, it’s great that Nintendo has finally got back to the formula that made the earlier games so much better.
A good puzzler which upgrades the Wii U original.
A pixel art Metroidvania style adventure, with dialogue and a genuine storyline.
Everything Shovel Knight all in the one place. Retro platforming goodness with an amazing soundtrack.
Yes, it’s another Metroidvania style game, but I don’t care. You need to own this one too, just for the artistic direction.
I’m torn putting this here. It’s dated, it’s overpriced, but if you haven’t played it elsewhere, you should play it on the Switch.
You get to play as Fox McCloud, and imagine this is the Starfox Zero you were meant to play, rather than the disappointing entry on the Wii U.
An Advance Wars/Fire Emblem style turn based strategy game. Here at least until the new Fire Emblem game gets released this summer. I’ve included it on this list because it’s cheap enough that you can own both it and the new Fire Emblem.
Do you agree with this list? Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments.
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