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.

#15 Luigi’s Mansion 3

  • Developer: Next Level Games
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Luigi’s Mansion received its third installment in 2019 with Luigi’s Mansion 3. The game once again pins Luigi against a slew of ghosts as he must venture through several haunted locations to save his friends. Gameplay will also be mainly the same from those who may have enjoyed the previous installments. Throughout the game, Luigi will use his specialized vacuum style machine to capture the ghosts. However, there will be a new change up to the series and that’s with a cooperative game mode.

Now a secondary player can join in and help clear out the ghosts along the way. Though if you decide to take a break from the main campaign then it’s worth checking out the series of mini-games which will put four players against each other.

#14 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.

#13 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.

#12 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.

#11 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.