The Best Nintendo Switch Exclusives You Need To Own

Note: Please note we’ll continue to add onto this list with more excellent exclusive titles.

The Nintendo Switch was Nintendo’s attempt to bring out a new successful console after the Nintendo Wii U. There was a long line of issues that cause the Wii U to become a poorly received video game console, but that’s not what this article is about. What we will say is that the Nintendo Wii U didn’t have a strong line of video game titles to enjoy and luckily that was one aspect the Nintendo Switch didn’t have a problem with.

Outside of having some great third-party support with video game title releases, the Nintendo Switch has a nice list of exclusives you will want to pick up. We’re going to label off some of the best available at the moment. Now we did leave some titles out that released on other platforms obviously otherwise you would have seen games like Octopath Traveler included. At any rate, take a look at some of our picks below and feel free to share the exclusives that you feel should be added in.

Without further ado, here are some of the best Nintendo Switch exclusives you will want to add into your library.

#14 Kirby Star Allies
  • Developer: Good-Feel
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Kirby Star Allies will have players taking the role of Kirby with the ability to throw stars at enemies to essentially turn them into Kirby’s allies as the big component this time around. Outside of that, you can still expect the same traditional move set from past Kirby titles such as inhale, star spit, slide attack, air-gun, among others. When it comes to the story players will have to take control of Kirby as he embarks on a journey to rid a curse that has spread across the world, possessing all of Kirby’s friends.

Now it’s not the best Kirby title we’ve ever come across in the franchise. But for what is available on the Nintendo Switch, this is a game that should be appealing to put in the time to complete the game. This is a 2018 video game release so it’s not going to run players the full $60 price tag that it came with.

#13 Mario Tennis Aces
  • Developer: Camelot Software Planning
  • Publisher: Nintendo

In Mario Tennis Aces players will be taking control of various characters from the Mario franchise such as Donkey Kong and Chain Chomp as they battle it out through tennis matches. The gameplay is lighthearted with a more arcade emphasis as players will be able to use a variety of shots and blocks to win a match. An interesting little side note when it comes to Mario Tennis Aces is that gamers will receive a story mode full of missions and boss battles.

#12 Arms
  • Developer: Nintendo EPD
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Arms is one of the first party video game titles Nintendo was pushing when the Nintendo Switch launched. It was a party game where players fight against other opponents. The game acted much like a boxing style title but the characters are robotic with arms that can reach a great distance. This title also made use of the motion controls of the Joy-Cons with players swinging their arms as if they are actually fighting. Because of this particular attribute, Arms helped showcase just what all the Nintendo Switch can offer potential players.

#11 Yoshi’s Crafted World
  • Developer: Good-Feel
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Yoshi’s Crafted World is a side-scrolling platform title which follows Yoshi as he attempts to recover a stone that was stolen by Kamek and Baby Bowser. This stone was used at Yoshi Island and can grant anyone’s dreams to come true. Players can expect the same mechanics that we’ve become accustomed to from the Yoshi franchise but the game world is definitely different. Unlike the last installment which put Yoshi into a yarn made world, this particular game is focused on construction grade paper.

As players progress, there will be new areas that can be accessible by flipping the world around. For instance, you may find a house view showing the outside exterior but once this paper world is flipped, Yoshi can see the interior of the house such as its rooms and potentially hidden goods. This adds a new level of puzzles for players to solve and certainly helps bring something to the table for the game outside of your standard side-scrolling platforming game.

#10 Pokemon: Let’s Go Series
  • 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.

Gameplay mechanics are mainly the same from the original Game Boy versions of the game but there were some slight changes. Instead of battling random Pokemon encounters, players are instead forced into catching the Pokemon in order to gain experience points.

#9 Fast RMX
  • Developer: Shin’en Multimedia
  • Publisher: Shin’en Multimedia

Fast RMX may have easily flown under the radar for some gamers. It released early into the Nintendo Switch launch and it wasn’t a big name AAA video game title. As a result, it may have not have had the big marketing reception that the development studio had hoped for. However, if you’re a fan of the F-Zero series and are waiting for a new installment, Fast RMX is a great alternative. This is a racing title that puts players into the pilot seat of futuristic mechanical racing machines. In fact, this video game is more of an expanded version of Fast Racing Neo, a game that launched a few years prior for the Wii U.

#8 Tetris 99
  • Developer: Arika
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Tetris 99 was a big surprise for gamers as it brought out a classic video game IP and turned it into a battle royale title. Everyone knows about Tetris, it’s a staple video game in general but with Tetris 99 the game becomes incredibly intense. Players are going through Tetris with 99 opponents and at the end of the match, whoever is the last one standing claims the victory. There are a few other attributes to help you get towards the end of the game. Outside of being skilled in Tetris and quickly maneuvering the blocks around the screen to fit perfectly, the in-game mechanics also provide gamers a means to send attack blocks at opponents or even play in the defensive.

This is a free video game for those who are subscribers to the Nintendo Switch Online service. However, if you purchase DLC that has since come out for the title then you will unlock a few more game modes such as an offline practice mode to play against AI bots.

#7 Splatoon 2
  • Developer: Nintendo EPD
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Splatoon was one of the big video game titles to release on the Nintendo Wii U. It was a unique third-person shooter that allowed players of all ages to take part in. While the Nintendo Wii U was mainly a failure, the Nintendo Switch brought the franchise back with a sequel. Splatoon 2 puts players into the role of a squid-like creature where the challenge is to gain the most amount of turf in a match. Depending on your team color, the main focus with matches is to cover the ground and area with your ink while also battling against opposing teams using various ink based weapons. The team that has the ink colored covering most of the map wins the match.

#6 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 new installment not long after. Much of the game mechanics make a return though the story stars 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.

If the Xenoblade franchise ever looked interesting to you then you’ll be delighted to know that this installment is a fine jumping point. While the game has some similarities to the game mechanics, the video game installment is set apart from the other titles so if you’re afraid of not knowing the story because it looks like it follows directly after the events from the last installment, then rest assure you have nothing to worry about.

#5 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 a majority of the Mario games we’re used to playing. Likewise, this game wasn’t developed under Nintendo but instead Ubisoft so it’s a pretty interesting take on the Mario franchise and one that would be worth playing if you have a friend interested in more tactical and thought out combat.

#4 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Oh, man, could this be a potentially controversial title? We made mentioned earlier in this post that we’re sticking with exclusives and if you’re familiar with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, then you know that this game, for the most part, was available on the Nintendo Wii U. However, leaving this game out would likely lead to plenty of comments asking why this title wasn’t on the list, to begin with. We’re going to add it in because it’s an edition that you can only get on the Nintendo Switch. Is that fair? If not feel free to let me know in the comments.

Much like Tetris, everyone knows about Mario Kart, it’s such a massive franchise. This game can easily break friendships as Nintendo perfected kart racers. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brings in a nice selection of characters, customization options for your kart, a slew of race tracks both new and old, along with a variety of game modes to keep players enjoying the title for hours on end. Honestly, if you’re not a big fan of racing video game titles and by chance never played a Mario Kart title then do yourself a favor and pick this game up.

#3 Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Games
  • Publisher: Nintendo

We all knew the Nintendo Switch was going to receive a Super Smash Bros video game title and back in 2018 it was unveiled that the game would be called Super Smash Bros Ultimate. What a perfect title to give this game as it’s packed to the brim with characters. Nintendo brought back every character that it ever introduced to the franchise along with a few new fighters.

This is still the same Super Smash Bros experience that we’ve seen since the Nintendo 64. Players take on the role of a gaming character and use their particular abilities to fight against opposing players. Of course, there are a ton of different game themed stages to pick from and as always, there are a number of items the game will throw down to give a player an advantage.

Furthermore, there is a campaign mode which players are tossed on a quest to recover the fighter roster. It’s simplistic but in the grand scheme of things, it offers players something of interest to go through in order to unlock new playable characters.

#2 Super Mario Odyssey
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

What’s a Nintendo console release without Mario. For a while now there have been plenty of fans waiting for that next big Mario experience like how Super Mario 64 provided. That wait came to an end easily after the new and whimsical video game Super Mario Odyssey was introduced. This was another brand new 3D open world style Super Mario video game that took players to a wide range of worlds all with their own unique obstacle and challenges.

The story remains the same, players are once again fighting against Bowser after he kidnaps Princess Peach. However, aiding you along the way is a brand new character known as Cappy. Cappy is the hat Mario sports throughout the game but this character could be used as a weapon when thrown at the enemy. Furthermore, practically everything could be taken control of when Mario throws Cappy at a particualr interest. From there, players can become something like a Goomba to a giant T-Rex. 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 or freely explore wherever you please.

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.

This game quickly became a mega-hit and for a lot of gamers out there it became their most cherished Zelda title to date. It’s going to be hard for Nintendo to top this particular installment and it’s easily a game that makes the Nintendo Switch worth purchasing if you don’t already own a unit.