Switch Games Will You Play?
With over 32 million units sold to date, the Nintendo Switch outstripped the Wii U by more than 19 million units. This bounce back can largely be attributed to the pioneering nature of the new console. The fact that you can both play at home on your TV and on the go with the handheld device seems to have appealed to both casual and hardcore gamers.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that there’s not much of a drop in resolution when you use the handheld. When placed in the dock, the Switch’s TV screen resolution is 1080 p, while the handheld is 720 p — this is quite impressive because both modes still have HD quality. That means your favorite games will be as immersive regardless of where you’re playing.
You’ll also be impressed by the wireless controllers. Two of the Joy-Cons (which come with the system) can be used as one controller or as individual controllers if you’re playing with a friend. This was a big innovation for the Switch, making game play that much more interesting.
The console’s storage is also worth noting. You can add an SD card to expand the storage system from the default 32 GB to 256 GB — or more if you buy another SD card. That means you can store around 20 games, give or take, as the majority of digital games are 5 GB.
You don’t have to buy physical copies of the games anymore either. Instead, you can download them from the Nintendo eShop, which is constantly being updated with new games. You’ll have access to everything from AAA studio games to indie releases, giving you plenty of variety no matter what type of gamer you are.
So what are some of the best Nintendo Switch games out there right now? We’ll warn you — you’ll definitely be using the handheld device as you won’t want to stop playing these games!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild ($59.88)
The Legend of Zelda is one of the best open-world franchises Nintendo has ever created. It surprises you with head-scratching puzzles, fun challenges, fantastic graphics, intriguing mysteries and a vast world.
Playing this game on a TV is an amazing experience; you’ll want to take your time while playing Breath of the Wild. This is a game where you’ll want to take in everything, from the characters to the scenery, so make sure you explore the world as much as you can. Plus, through exploring, you’ll learn more about the game and have an easier time completing it.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ($56.99)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the perfect game to play with your friends and family. With a whopping total of 74 unlockable characters, you can choose a whole new set of fighters to use in the heat of the battle.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has more details and more impressive animations and effects compared to its predecessor. It also has optional DLC which includes new ready-to-play characters. There’s plenty of content available to keep single players busy when they’re not playing with their friends.
Super Mario Odyssey ($53.39)
When we talk about Super Mario, we often think of it as a 2D platformer and forget the 3D variations of this iconic franchise. Well as of 2017 there’s a new Super Mario 3D that’s perhaps even more memorable than Super Mario 64 and the Super Mario Galaxy games.
Super Mario Odyssey is a breakthrough in the Mario franchise. This version of Mario is more dynamic and responsive. It’s reminiscent of the previous Mario titles in certain ways, such as the collectibles, challenges, vast world exploration and fantastic graphics. But it’s incredible to see a lively Mario compared to what we are used to.
Bayonetta 2 ($56.85)
Bayonetta 2 is an adventure hack and slash game only available on Nintendo consoles. The best feature is its fantastic combat system that will challenge you again and again.
Even though the game play is around 10 hours, this classic game is still fun to play which makes it one of the best games of its genre. Thanks to the power of the Nintendo Switch, Bayonetta 2 can now be played with a better, consistent frame rate compared to its predecessor.
Stardew Valley ($59.65)
Stardew Valley is a simple farming simulator game for those who want to relax their minds and reflexes while playing video games. The graphics give you 90s video game throwback vibes. It’s a simple pixel-art game that can be played by everyone.
Your character lives day-to-day, works hard to earn money, and learns through practice and experience. There are options for upgrades as well to speed up essential tasks. Even though Stardew Valley lacks action like other games, you’ll be hooked once you start playing this awesome, laid-back game.
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Octopath Traveler ($49.99)
Octopath Traveler is a turn-based RPG with graphical aesthetics that will remind you of the older Square Enix games like Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy VI, Romancing SaGa II, Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy Tactics. It’s a low-res game that thrives on a character progression system and high-level challenges.
The exciting part of Octopath Traveler is that you get to engage in challenging boss fights that will require you to think two steps ahead. To defeat them, you must grind to level-up and thoroughly explore in order to collect powerful gear.
Its storytelling may not be top notch, but the high points of this game will hook you.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee ($55.99)
What’s a Nintendo device without a Pokemon game? Well, the Switch doesn’t disappoint in this category.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee is a Nintendo Switch exclusive which is a remake of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow. Pokemon fans will love this because of its aesthetics and great graphics.
The turn-based battle mechanics are still the same. However, a new catching mechanic, that was clearly inspired by the mobile game Pokemon Go, is a beautiful addition to this game. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee is a perfect game for both fans who want to return to the franchise’s roots and newcomers who’ve never played a Pokemon game before.
Tetris 99 (Free)
Tetris is known for being a single player game, but Tetris 99 shocked the gaming industry with a big change. Who would’ve thought that a Tetris game could join the ranks of other games in today’s battle royale era?
Tetris 99 is an insane battle royale game wherein you battle 98 other players at once. Every two lines you clear becomes junk to other players. If you think you are great at Tetris, you should try this fast-paced game to test your skills.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 ($56.99)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a JRPG that offers you 100 hours of game play. It’s a vast and beautiful open world and has an addictive combat system that you’ll love.
The story line is fantastic and will not bore you, unlike other JRPGs.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ($50.99)
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the biggest games of all time. Despite being released in 2011, people are still playing and exploring its vast world. Its release on Switch is a special edition, but it doesn’t offer high resolution graphics like the PS4, PC and Xbox versions.
Skyrim is an open world with tons of choices as you go through the game. The motion controls of the Switch work well for this game, and it has lots of DLC. Skyrim puts on display how far gaming graphics and technologies have come, but its story line and mechanics are really what make it one of the best games of all time.