Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s latest console, and since its arrival on the shelves, it has become a phenomenon of popularity sponsored by industry-leading experiences.
From exciting indies to powerful exclusive epics, Nintendo Switch has become a highly popular console that is changing the way some people consume their video games.
This platform with its own characteristics started with hybrid power as its main fuel, but more than 2 years after launch, the Lite version has presented an optimized alternative to the portable format.
If initially Nintendo Switch was known as Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there are now plenty of experiences that have marked the 34 months of Nintendo’s console life.
This list introduces you to the 10 games we consider essential for your Nintendo Switch, high quality games that deserve to be on your console, especially as they glorify the versatility that Nintendo has bet on.
Although young, Switch already has several games worthy of respect, follow us on this list to find out what they are.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (28/04/2017)
It’s one of the funniest games for Nintendo Switch, with that immediate and contagious fun that grabs you from the first moment, proving to be a highly intelligent move on Nintendo’s part.
At a time when it needed to inject power into its hybrid, Nintendo turned to the remaster of one of the best Wii U games and automatically gave Switch one of its most popular titles.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the embodiment of everything Nintendo stands for: affordable gameplay, but with mechanics that add layers of depth, arcade feel for instant enjoyment, colorful visuals, full of little touches that make up a fascinating whole, plus a soundtrack that will make you feel good.
Switch’s hybrid concept, which allows you to play anywhere, with anyone, anytime, was perfectly represented by a game that produces amazing results when you cut your TV connection.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (03/03/2017)
It’s not easy to take such a well-known and long-running series to remove many of its foundations and replace them with more up-to-date concepts, but that’s exactly what Nintendo did in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Seeking to update one of its most acclaimed series in context with the industry and at the creative vision of its younger blood, Nintendo ventured into an open world adventure with Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the reward was incredible.
Praised as one of the best games ever, it is proof that the industry buzzes when companies break the mold and risk it.
Open world, free exploration, visual style, shrine-shaped puzzles and most of all the incredible control given to the player make Zelda: Breath of the Wild a unique title, even though bases share a lot in common with the biggest references of its kind.
If you want a game where time will fly by as you try to reach that spot you saw from a distance, getting lost in the middle with what you’re discovering, then enter Zelda’s Hyrule: Breath of the Wild.
Super Mario Odyssey (10/27/2017)
For many it is the best exclusive Nintendo Switch and one of the most powerful experiences ever presented by Nintendo, something that is incredibly easy to agree on.
Super Mario Odyssey is a love letter to video games written by Nintendo that does not dispense with its greatest values to continue to bring life to its main mascot: it is a colorful game, with extremely accessible gameplay and reduced but fun difficulty of the first. at the last second.
More than that, Super Mario Odyssey can claim to be one of the character’s most surprising titles, thanks to a combination of new mechanics and existing concepts. However, as might be expected, Nintendo has implemented a number of difficult challenges and features that deepen what at first glance is a colorful and simple title.
Super Mario Odyssey is a game that may end quickly and become too easy for some, but for Mario fans it is a taste of how to glorify a character.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (27/09/2019)
Dragon Quest 11 is one of the most memorable titles in the JRPG genre, and as you will see from this list, Nintendo Switch is an incredibly rich console for these experiences. However, the latest title in the dazzling Square Enix series is one of the most epic.
This game deserves attention not only for being one of the best games of its kind, but also for the power that your experience achieves when combined with the concept inherent in Switch: play anywhere, anytime. Playing in portable format is a game of this magnitude that is truly special.
The visual style, which showcases the versatility of Unreal Engine 4, the emotive and engaging narrative, and the highly accessible and engaging combat system, make Dragon Quest 11 an irresistible game in this format.
To make the proposal even better, Square Enix has introduced news, gameplay improvements, photo mode, revamped soundtrack and the ability to play the retro pixel-art version of 3DS. It is a treat.
Cadence of Hyrule (6/3/2019)
At a highly unusual moment, Nintendo handed over the reins of a project on one of its main properties to an outside studio, Canadiana Brace Yourself Games, which worked on this majestic Cadence of Hyrule.
This game is a fantastic example of Switch’s numerous indie experiences as an alternative to big names and turns the classic experience of The Legend of Zelda series into a rogue-like game whose rhythm-dominated gameplay.
Pixel-art aesthetics honoring SNES classics, the frenzied and contagious soundtrack, the ingenious way in which the series’ classic mechanics have been transformed by rhythm-based gameplay and lovely tributes make it a big hit.
Games like Cuphead or Ori and the Blind Forest could have taken their place: excellent representatives of indie productions, but Cadence is a truly unique title not only for its quality or specificity, but also because it represents an unexpected gesture from Nintendo.
Astral Chain (08/30/2019)
After The Wonderful 101 on Wii U (the Switch version insists not to come), Platinum Games rejoined Nintendo for a new intellectual property and the result was the same: a truly frantic, electrifying experience unlike anything else. that exists on your platform.
Astral Chain boasts all the Platinum DNA that Bayonetta, Madworld and Metal Gear Rising gave you, but it’s also driven by the new blood that buzzes with new ideas and learned a lot in NieR: Automata. It is a love letter to Platinum productions and especially dedicated to lovers of Japanese anime, manga and eccentricity.
Mixing traditional-style hack ‘n’ slash with a new approach to design and progression structure helps Astral Chain differentiate itself, but it’s the use of a Legion as a second simultaneously controlled character that marks the game.
The soundtrack is awesome
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (12/01/2017)
Wearing Monolith Soft DNA, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 represents the best you can expect from Nintendo Switch in the JRPG genre, which has already received some amazing names.
It is a game that combines the exploration of worlds of incredible size with an engaging and interesting story. Its scale, epic tone of events and easy-to-assimilate gameplay make it a benchmark in the genre.
Imagine that you can play a game like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 anywhere, anywhere, thanks to the console concept, it just makes it even more interesting and one works for the other.
The Xenoblade series has become a reference for Nintendo fans and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 won’t disappoint anyone, on the contrary, you might even be surprised to see a game of this scale running on a console as small as Switch.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (20/07/2019)
In an age of ever-widening worlds full of hints and icons, where many of them show you the way, Nintendo has decided to pay tribute to one of its greatest classics and respect its essence.
The remake of Link’s Awakening is a current and refined version of this classic Game Boy, but your identity is that of a 1993 game full of gimmicks and challenges that will conquer you. Its colorful aesthetics and lovely personality immediately surrender to your appeal, but the gameplay will pull you through the head and this mix is irresistible.
The delicate balance between remake that must take into account the current era in which it is released and the desire to respect the identity of the original was a difficult task, but it has been achieved. If you want an action adventure game packed with clever puzzles, you won’t find it better.
It is a strong demonstration of Nintendo’s methodology for its properties and how it can find a highly stimulating point between past and present.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (07/26/2019)
Intelligent Systems’ latest effort is yet another example of how rich and vibrant the Nintendo Switch is for any JRPG lover: quantity and quality.
Three Houses represents a new phase in the Fire Emblem series, presented on a scale larger than any other game that came before and able to switch between accessibility and high difficulty to your liking.
It’s the best you can find in terms of SRPG on any platform and what’s new like three storylines and social activities pushes you with even more energy.
There are plenty of high quality JRPGs on Switch, but this is one of the most easily recommended.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (12/07/2018)
This is a colossus in every sense of the word in a rare sample of how quantity does not necessarily represent the neglect of quality: a methodical lesson from Nintendo.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is about to celebrate a year of life and is still present on our Nintendo Switch as a recurring escape from reality, always with the certainty that it will bring us a smile with ease. This mix of fighting game and party game is full of tribute to the most famous characters of Nintendo and other publishers, in a treatment of high respect and care.
With Super Smash Bros., the fun has always been immediate, but the balance and depth achieved from a relatively simple base still impresses today. The ability to play it anywhere with such a quality is another level of excellence.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will easily feature as one of the most striking and fun games of this generation from Nintendo.