Ten Must Have Switch Games

Ten Must Have Switch Games

 

 

The Switch came out March 3rd 2017, and since then the Switch has become the Nintendo console with the biggest library of games. With over 1800 games to choose from, it is easy to get lost in the Eshop. This list is going to help make sure that you as a reader are not missing out on some of the more truly amazing games on the Switch. The Switch is my favorite console of all time due to these games and I hope that after playing them, you will agree that the switch stands above. 

 

  1. Stardew Valley

I describe Stardew Valley as crack in video game form. The simple premise of  managing a farm and building a life in the game is deceptively addictive. You absolutely get sucked in and Stardew does not want you to let go. The simple transition they have from one day to the next just adds to the “one more day and then I’ll stop” mentality, but you’re lying to yourself. This game still holds the most hours I have put into a title before it’s displayed on your profile. In the first 9 days I put over 40 hours into the game. Once I saw that number, I stopped playing and archived it. I have not played since. It’s so damn addictive, you will lose all track of time just planting your gardens or feeding chickens. I am not a huge Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon fan, it just struck the right chord with me.  

 

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Dragon’s Dogma 

If you have never played Skyrim or just want to play it on-the-go, get it on Switch. A huge fantasy RPG, with what seems like endless things to do. It’s an old game by this point, I remember being so young, entering my first cave, battling my first Draugr and falling in love. So for me, playing Skyrim on Switch was a huge nostalgia trip. You might be one of those people that never stopped playing it, you might be one of those guys who has bought the damn thing over 5 times, as it headed towards different releases. So you’re saying, “I’m not buying Skyrim again, Todd, you can’t make me!”. Well if you feel that way, grab another oldie but goody: Dragon’s Dogma. Dragon’s Dogma contains open world of Skyrim but adds a battle system comparable to Monster Hunter. As a fan of the latter, I was intrigued by this game and finally playing it for the first time on Switch, I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it.   

  1. Sonic Mania 

Seriously, buy this game. If this is not the best Sonic game ever made, it’s certainly the best one since the originals. Sonic has never felt so smooth or looked so nice, in all his 2-D glory. The level design and the music are superb, so much so that I have it on vinyl. This game is a true love letter to the franchise and If you’re a fan, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

 

  1. Doom or Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 

These two games are hands down the best shooters on the platform. They also have the distinction of being impressive uses of Switch hardware to bring true current-gen games to Switch. Both games are published by Bethesda, but the real heroes behind these great ports is the company Panic Button. Panic Button now has a fantastic record of delivering great ports of games to Switch, including the smooth-as-butter Warframe impressive Rocket League port. Doom & Wolfenstein are both gory, blood-pumping action games that you almost have to play to understand how fluid the games can be. Ripping and tearing through demons or Nazis, both become so simple and intuitive, it almost seems like second nature. I tore through both of these and you’ll be truly missing out if you don’t do the same.    

 

  1. Slay the Spire/Dead Cells/Enter the Gungeon

Before you are three seemingly endless games. I have seen friends with play times in the 300 hour range for every one of these. All are roguelites, so each game is difficult in varying ways, but their difficulty isn’t where all your time is spent, as each one of these games has loads and loads of unlockables. There are over 300 unlockables each, and you always feel like you’re making progress as you work your way up to collecting it all. Slay the Spire is the best card game you can get on the system. Dead Cells is dangerously addictive. Enter the Gungeon will charm you and then absorb your life. Be careful around these games, you might never stop playing them.

 

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 

What else can I say? It’s Mario Kart, baby. Best of all, it’s Mario Kart at the top of its game. Lookin’ like a snack whether docked or handheld, this is the game you’ll probably play with people the most. Mario Kart is one of the greatest multiplayer franchises out there, and with the ease of having two controllers with you at all times, you can challenge someone to a race anywhere, anytime. Mario Kart and family go super well together, and anyone can pick up and play it, which is why it remains such a classic.   

 

  1. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

I have never played any other “Xeno” game before this but this game is my favorite game on the console. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the game I have put the most hours into. Nothing even comes close and I still haven’t even done the Torna expansion yet. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a huge game, full of fantastic characters, great story and gameplay so enjoyable, you will lose track of all time. I always describe the game as a big fantasy RPG with a Pokémon-like system (called the Blade system) but instead of grinding to level your “Blades” up, you have to complete certain story quests about that Blade. This game anime as hell and if you’re not into that type of stuff, this game might not be for you. But for me, I loved it. It was like playing through one of the best anime I have ever seen. This is a game you have to try to understand, but don’t  judge too quickly. The combat didn’t get hit its stride until about 25 hours in, which isn’t bad, as I hadn’t finished the main story until over 100 hours, so there is a ton of game here. If you’re looking for a great Nintendo-exclusive RPG that you can seriously sink your teeth into, this is it.  

 

  1. Super Smash Bros Ultimate 

This game is called Ultimate for a reason, this is truly the biggest and most ambitious of the Super Smash Bros. series. With the biggest cast of characters & the most stages, this is it! This is THE fighting game you must own on Switch, strictly cause everyone who comes over will want to play. Ultimate might not hold the record for most characters in a fighting game but it is still bigger and better roster than most games can even muster, with over 75 characters to choose from, it’s almost hard to pick one main. The graphics on this game are so top notch and the love and detail put into the animations of every character is awesome. The new World of Light single-player mode will have you playing this game for well over 60 hours, just by yourself. That doesn’t even count the many hours and late nights you will have with friends and family over. This list is all about must-haves but if you don’t have the top three games on this list you are literally using your Switch wrong.   

 

  1. Super Mario Odyssey 

Let’s get this right out of the way, I am not good at Mario games. I am so bad at Mario games that I usually just avoid them. I have played every main series installment, especially 64 and Sunshine but I have a hard time with them. That is why I always say I’m more of a Legend of Zelda guy. But, Odyssey is pure joy melted down into a cartridge. Everything about this game puts a smile on my face and that feeling didn’t stop until it was over. Not only is this the best looking game to date, but also the smoothest to control. I would say Mario’s movement in this game is almost like a Tony Hawk game, you have the freedom to do anything, go anywhere you want and make it look sick as you do it. The freeflow nature of the movement in this game is so enjoyable, you will find yourself just jumping around and doing crazy shit for the fun of it. This freedom is necessary, given the sheer amount there is to collect. Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best collect-a-thons I have ever played. The amount of outfits you can unlock for Mario is a huge factor for my many hours in this game. The music is also outstanding, I had Jump Up, Super Star on repeat for months after beating the it.  Bring some joy into your life and get it the only place you can, the Switch.     

 

1.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 

There is a reason this game has the incredible statistic of a one-to-one ratio with Switch consoles. If you have a switch, you’re almost guaranteed to also own Breath of the Wild, so I won’t waste your time trying to pitch it to you. I will just state why it’s the top of this list. This is not only the best game on Switch but might be one of the my favorite games of all time. Like I said before, I’m a Zelda guy, Ocarina of Time was a huge part of my childhood. I carried the guidebook around with me everywhere and I still own it but it has been beaten to hell. Breath of the Wild is not like other Legend of Zelda games though, it’s the evolution of everything you loved from the older games. They changed a lot, but kept the feeling the same and you can’t really ask more of a “sequel” or “next gen” game. They basically build a beautiful open world and then hand you the keys to it. The amount of freedom they allow you in this game is astounding. You can approach this game anyway you want and you know what, it isn’t wrong. You can be like me and collect all the equipment or you could just be one of those people that just loves the cooking aspect of the game. There is no wrong way to play Breath of the Wild and the game encourages that. My favorite moment in the entire game was when I was shrine searching, I got frustrated doing what I was doing, so for fun I started to climb a random mountain. I got to the very top, when a dragon burst out of a cave and started fighting me. I fended him off for a bit and when he started  to leave and fly away, I was able to take my glider after him and have this epic midair battle. All of this was so spontaneous, smooth and fun that I just couldn’t get over it. Sure this game is not perfect, but you are doing yourself a disservice as a gamer if you have not played this yet.  



In summary, get these games! 

 

 

  1. Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild
  2. Mario Odyssey 
  3. Super Smash Bros Ultimate 
  4. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 
  6. Slay The Spire – Dead Cells – Enter The Gungeon 
  7. Doom or Wolfenstien 
  8. Sonic Mania 
  9. Skyrim or Dragon’s Dogma 
  10. Stardew Valley 

Honorable mentions: Disgaea 5 Complete, Monster Hunter Ultimate, Civ 6, Rocket League, Pokemon LGP, Resident Evil Revelations 2, Wargroove. 

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