The Best Nintendo Switch Games Released So Far

Note: This article was updated in December of 2018.

Nintendo didn’t find the success that they had hoped for originally when they released the Wii U. After the short-lived console came to its demise, Nintendo released their next console, a hybrid system that would allow gamers to enjoy video games in a traditional home console setup while also being available to take on the go.

When the system released in 2017 Nintendo instantly knew that they had a hit. The popularity of the console blew up with units still being sold consistently. With that said, if you had purchased the console during its initial first-day launch or if you are a new owner then we have a nice selection of the best video games we suggest picking up today.

This list contains our picks of the best Nintendo Switch video games that are currently available within the market.

#29 Super Mario Party

  • Developer: Nd Cube
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Super Mario Party will be the eleventh main installment to the franchise and developed to make use of the Nintendo Switch motion controls.

Just like the previous Mario Party installments, players will be going through a giant board game where they will collect coins in order to purchase a star that will be randomly placed somewhere on the map. The player with the most amount of stars wins the game.

Of course, one of the more thrilling aspects of the game is the various mini-games available for players to battle through. These mini-games will pin players against each other or team players up after each round is completed during the game board portion.

Likewise, for the first time ever, players will be able to join online and play, however, the full board game mode is unavailable outside of local gameplay. Instead, players will only have the option to compete in mini-games.

#28 Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom

Monster Hunter World may not be on the Nintendo Switch, but Nintendo Switch owners still received Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. This is a title that originally only released under the Nintendo 3DS platform but now the game will soon have an HD port.

As a result, players can once again take their Monster Hunting experience on the go. The game features over ten different weapon types and a wide variety of monsters. Not only will fans of the franchise see the return of past fan favorite monsters but there are also new monsters that have yet to be seen.

Also, just like past Monster Hunter video game installments, gamers will find that there is up to four players cooperative gameplay where you can jump online and join the hunt or even use the local wireless function if you’re close enough together.

#27 Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Let’s Go, Eevee!

  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Publisher: The Pokemon Company, Nintendo

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee! are two video game titles developed under Game Freak. For those familiar with the Pokemon video game franchise, these are considered remakes for the 1998 release, Pokemon Yellow.

As a result, players will find most of the mechanics that the series is known for such as battling other trainers, capturing Pokemon, defeating gym leaders, purchasing items and exploring the world. Likewise, because this is a 1998 remake, only the 151 original Pokemon will be featured within the games.

Developers over at Game Freak also put a slight spin to that game as well thanks to the Joy-Con controllers. When tossing out a Pokeball, players will have to use the motion controls to get an accurate throw. Similar to how the touchscreen functions are made for Pokemon Go, though it seems that the mechanic system will also work for when the Joy-Con’s are docked to the Nintendo Switch.

#26 Overcooked

  • Developer: Ghost Town Games
  • Publisher: Team17

Overcooked is a cooking simulator type video game where players take on the role of a chef who must prepare a variety of meals within the time limit. However, the game is filled with obstacles and hazards forcing players to quickly work together in order to send out the desired meal recipes that come up.

#25 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

  • Developer: MachineGames
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

The video game Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus follows the events of Wolfenstein: The New Order which alters actual historical events. With the Nazi Regime ruling the world, a military resistance looks to fight back within America, acting as the nation’s second American Revolution against the Nazi rule.

#24 Doom

  • Developer: id Software
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Doom is an iconic franchise that sparked interest and a bit of controversy when it launched in 1993. Now, decades later, the game franchise received a much-needed facelift with a completely new reboot known simply as Doom.

The reboot launched in 2016 and thankfully the developer’s id Software did an incredible job at making a true reboot of the franchise. This is a flesh and blood torn massacre for the demons as our protagonist, Doom Guy, unleashes a hell that even the demons weren’t prepared for.

Most often when video games feature demons or any type of creature, there’s a bit of survival horror element tossed into the narrative, but that’s not the case for Doom. Instead, gamers are humanity’s last hope for survival and you’ve got no problem ripping apart limbs off demons or blasting them away with a BFG 9000.

With that said, the narrative won’t be the deepest story you’ll uncover for a video game.

#23 South Park: The Fractured But Whole

  • Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

The latest South Park video game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is an RPG played in a 2.5D third-person perspective and follows the events that occurred in South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Within the game, players take on the role of the New Kid during a massive war of rival superhero factions. Gameplay features turn-based RPG combat where players can think out attacks before initiating them. Likewise, character classes will be available for players to choose and each will alter character stats such as increasing short-ranged or long-ranged combat.

#22 Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

  • Developer: ArtPlay, DICO
  • Publisher: 505 Games

Led by former Castlevania series producer, Koji Igarashi, comes the action-adventure game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The video game is in the style of Metroidvania as you explore, craft new weapons, and of course, find new armor.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will follow an orphan named Miriam who has been cursed by an alchemist which is slowly turning her skin into crystal. In order to stop the curse, she must explore a castle to find the summoner of this curse, Gebel, who as it turns out had suffered the same condition.

#21 Oxenfree

  • Developer: Night School Studio
  • Publisher: Night School Studio

Developed as their first debut title, Night School Studio released Oxenfree. This is a supernatural adventure video game that puts players into the role of a teenage girl named Alex. It’s within her weekend trip to a local island that events turn for worse leaving her and a group of friends stranded with a mysterious being.

Most of the game is revolved around choices when speaking to the other cast of characters while you explore the island in search for a means to escape. There will also be a few puzzles to solve as well, though the main center of focus is the story. Speaking of the story, the game will give players the ability to go back and replay the narrative a few times as there will be multiple endings available depending on the choices that you make.

#20 Fortnite

  • Developer: Epic Games
  • Publisher: Epic Games

Fortnite quickly gained popularity when it first launched and continues to see new players daily. The video game is a survival title but the main focus people seem to enjoy is Fortnite Battle Royale.

Within the game mode, players must face against each other to be the last man standing. Most of the game will force players to scavenge items, create teams and laying down traps. Overall, the game is similar to other battle royale video games such as PUBG.

#19 Xenoblade Chronicles 2

  • Developer: Monolith Soft
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Xenoblade Chronicles was a big hit for the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo Switch received a sequel not long after. Much of the game mechanics make a return though the story will star a new character. Overall, the game is set within the world of Elysium which is made up of mostly clouds. Right from the start of the game players will be introduced to a war between kingdoms Mor Ardain and Uraya.

#18 Splatoon 2

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

The sequel to the much beloved third-person shooter, Splatoon, is available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2 is still retains the cartoonish and kid friendly shooter experience where teams attempt to cover the map with their team’s color. Likewise, Splatoon 2 also features a narrative journey single-player mode with other online game modes to face against players and friends.

#17 The Banner Saga Series

  • Developer: Stoic Studio
  • Publisher: Versus Evil

The Banner Saga is a critical acclaim tactical role-playing video game by developers Stoic. This viking-themed title has players leading a caravan where choices may lead to grim consequences. Overall, the video game centers on the return of a warlike race known as the Dredge. As players go through the campaign, their decisions will determine the fates of both man and Varl.

#16 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Skyrim is the fifth game in Bethesda’s ever popular series of role-playing games, The Elder Scrolls. Like its predecessors, Skyrim takes place in an open environment which is full of exploration, wonder and a whole slew of quests. You can easily spend countless hours within this fantasy world and we’d honestly be surprised to find a gamer who has yet to experience this journey. If you have yet to do so, pick up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition as it comes with past DLC and begin to weave your very own tale.

#15 Octopath Traveler

  • Developer: Square Enix, Acquire
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Project Octopath Traveler is an RPG title by developers Square Enix and Acquire. The video game is a 2D 16-bit style RPG where players will control a part of eight different characters, all of which will have a role to play and reason for their journey.

This title will retain the classic turn-based battle system with an added ability of a Boost system. The boost system will allow players to attack an enemy multiple times during a turn if enough Boost Points are acquired.

#14 Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Mario and the Rabbids franchises have collided with the release of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Developed under Ubisoft, Mario and his new team of Rabbids are against Bowser and his clan. This is a turn-based tactical RPG which is a bit different then majority of the Mario games we’re used to playing. There is even a Donkey Kong themed expansion available if you end up enjoying the base game.

#13 Night in the Woods

  • Developer: Infinite Fall
  • Publisher: Finji

Night in the Woods is title that has become a favorite for fans of the adventure genre. Within the game, players take on the role of a young character by the name of Mae who dropped out of college.

Now back at her hometown and living with her parents, Mae discovers how much time has passed which changed not only her home but the friends that she grew up with. This adventure title quickly takes Mae into the woods where she begins to uncover a hidden secret that the town kept long ago.

Digging deeper into the history of Possum Springs, Mae will learn of the reason the town’s coal mines were officially shutdown and the disappearance of her childhood friend.

#12 Sonic Mania

  • Developer: PagodaWest Games, Headcannon
  • Publisher: Sega

Sonic the Hedgehog is a staple video game character. Decades have passed since the IP launched and to this day, there are still new Sonic games being pumped out.

Sonic Mania is a side-scrolling platformer that fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game will be familiar with as this particular Sonic title will return to the original gameplay and visual art styles. However, gamers can expect new boss fights, expanded levels along with new elements new to the franchise.

#11 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

  • Developer: Retro Studios
  • Publisher: Nintendo

This is another video game title that was originally available on the Nintendo Wii U though after the console received its short lifespan cycle, Nintendo opted to release the game once again for the Nintendo Switch.

Being the fifth main installment to the Donkey Kong County series, players who enjoyed the past installments will find many of the same elements and mechanics to return. As a result, if you enjoy platform titles, solving puzzles and collecting a plethora of items along the way then Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is an easy recommendation.

#10 Minecraft

  • Developer: Mojang
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Minecraft developed by Mojang has grown up to a life of its own with players both young and old going through and crafting their own worlds.

Ultimately, the video game is about survival staying away from what spawns at night while keeping your vitals up. Most of the versions available for Minecraft feature online gameplay with the PC release requiring a server to be set up before friends are able to join in and help with some creative builds. Likewise, there are several online servers to join in order to compete in various game modes such as a makeshift hide-and-seek game.

#9 Rocket League

  • Developer: Psyonix
  • Publisher: Psyonix

It doesn’t take very much to describe Rocket League. The game quickly exploded in popularity when it launched back in 2015 and its popularity still holds strong to this day.

Essentially, Rocket League is a soccer title though played with fast vehicles that can launch into the air to either block or knock the ball into a goal post. The game is easy to understand but difficult to master, making it tough to take a break from the game.

#8 Owlboy

  • Developer: D-Pad Studio
  • Publisher: D-Pad Studio

After development started in 2007, Owlboy wouldn’t see its release until years later in 2016. The video game is a platform-adventure where players take control of a owl-like boy that is tasked with taking out a group of pirates that have started an attack against his village.

Overall, the game has been met with a positive response which gave developers the means to release the Nintendo Switch console edition shortly after the release of the Nintendo Switch. This is one of the indie games that is must purchase if you want a break from the big AAA releases.

#7 Stardew Valley

  • Developer: ConcernedApe
  • Publisher: Chucklefish

Stardew Valley has been a huge hit that acts very much like the Harvest Moon franchise. This is a farming style simulation title where players take on the role of a character who inherits their grandfather’s dilapidated farm.

Again, much like Harvest Moon, the game will have players tending to crops and their livestock while also introducing craft goods, mining, among other social activities. Since its release back in 2016 the video game became a massive hit and has sold over three million units by the end of 2017.

#6 Bayonetta Series

  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Publisher: Sega, Nintendo

Bayonetta originally released back in 2009 and since then the game went on to become a classic hit. Developed as a hack and slash video game, players take the role of a witch that is forced into using her powers and abilities to take down both demons and angels.

Overall, the game feels like Devil May Cry franchise and while the first title is available for a wide variety of platforms, the sequel Bayonetta 2, is only available through Nintendo’s Wii U and Nintendo Switch platform.

#5 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Developer: Nintendo EPD
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first Mario Kart title to release on the Nintendo Switch. Overall, the title is a port form Mario Kart 8 which released on the Nintendo Wii U.

However, there are some differences from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Kart 8. This includes new characters, the ability to carry two items at once, along with some fixes in the title that was previously exploited in the past Mario Kart 8 title such as “Fire Hopping”.

#4 Celeste

  • Developer: Matt Makes Games
  • Publisher: Matt Makes Games

Celeste is a platformer developed under Matt Thorson and Noel Berry. The video game is a fast-paced platformer where players take control of a young girl named Madeline. Overall, the goal within the game is to climb up a massive mountain known as Celeste Mountain.

This is an addictive platformer where players will have to make quick maneuvers around the levels to avoid obstacles along with gathering collectibles along the way. However, there is an engaging story that will pull players in as you find out more about the mountain and our heroine.

#3 Super Smash Bros Ultimate

  • Developer: Bandai Namco Games
  • Publisher: Nintendo

One of the biggest announcements to have come from Nintendo’s March 2018 Direct was official word of Super Smash Bros. 2018 will see the delivery of a Super Smash Bros video game title on the Nintendo Switch.

The latest installment to Super Smash Bros. is titled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and it seems that the game will feature a massive roster of fighters. We’ve been seeing teases and Nintendo Directors for this game set to release within the holiday season of this year though the hype may be based around the number of fighters you’ll be able to select from.

Nintendo is bringing every character ever featured within a Super Smash Bros. video game back into this upcoming installment. Likewise, Nintendo is adding even more characters into the collection such as Metroid’s Ridley, Splatoon Inklings, Castlevania’s Simon Belmont and Donkey Kong’s rival, King K. Rool. Let’s face it, this is the title Nintendo Switch gamers are picking up before the end of 2018.

#2 Super Mario Odyssey

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Super Mario Odyssey was first unveiled during E3 2016 where players were shown off a brand new free roam world similar to the Super Mario 64 video game release. Mario will be exploring brand new worlds with a new ability thanks to a specialized hat companion. With this hat, players can control just about anything giving a wide range of ways to complete the level. Speaking of levels, there is a plethora of worlds to go through that may be drastically different than before such as the realistic city setting.

We highly recommend giving Super Mario Odyssey a go as its not only a fantastic game but easily a system seller on its own.

#1 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • Developer: Nintendo EPD
  • Publisher: Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild marks as the nineteenth main installment to The Legend of Zelda franchise. This time around, players will be placed in a large open-world environment with the ability to play through the game’s dungeons in any order.

Within The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, players will take on the role of Link after he awakens from a deep slumber that lasted a hundred years. A mysterious voice alerts link to reach a ruined Kingdom known as Hyrule where he will learn of Calamity Ganon, the antagonist who had previously destroyed Hyrule, though, during the process, he had trapped himself within the Kingdom. Ultimately, Link will have to train and prepare for a battle against Calamity Ganon before he escapes and destroys the world.