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25 Games You Must Own On The Switch At Year Two

March 13, 2019
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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.

  1. Super Mario Odyssey

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.

  1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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.

  1. Super Smash Bros Ultimate

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.

  1. Sonic Mania Plus

It’s back to the future with the best new Sonic game being an old Sonic game, all in glorious 2D. 

  1. Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2

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.  

  1. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Beautiful vistas, deep combat, and comically large anime boobs. Who can say no?

  1. Tetris 99

It’s free, it’s good, and it’s addictive.

  1. Okami HD

Capcom’s Zelda like adventure with gorgeous traditional Japanese art.  The story is compelling as well.

  1. Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze

One of the better platformers on a Nintendo console in a good while.

10. Octopath Traveler

A must have RPG.

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo’s signature racer, now with all DLC for free and a much better battle mode.

  1. Doom

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.

  1. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

An X-Com-esque turn based strategy can in the Mushroom Kingdom, developed by Ubisoft.  

  1. Splatoon 2

Nintendo’s sneaker hit online team shooter. Hours of addictive fun in the online mode, complemented with a decent single player.

  1. Overcooked 2

A fun frantic game that gets better the more people you play with.

  1. Rocket League

Soccer, but with RC cars. It shouldn’t work, but it does.

  1. Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out Together

A puzzle game guaranteed to both entertain and infuriate.

  1. Super Mario Party

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.  

  1. Captain Toad

A good puzzler which upgrades the Wii U original.  

  1. Owlboy

A pixel art Metroidvania style adventure, with dialogue and a genuine storyline.

  1. Shovel Knight – Treasure Trove

Everything Shovel Knight all in the one place. Retro platforming goodness with an amazing soundtrack.

  1. Hollow Knight

Yes, it’s another Metroidvania style game, but I don’t care. You need to own this one too, just for the artistic direction.

  1. Skyrim

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.

  1. Starlink: Battle for Atlas

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.

  1. Wargroove

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.  

Full-time lawyer and dad, part-time gamer when the former allow.

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John Smith

Full-time lawyer and dad, part-time gamer when the former allow.

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