Nintendo Switch boasts a huge library of games. As the Switch’s library grows, we will add and kick off new games. Many are worth recommending. Below is a list of our top 10 favourite games. This list will be updated as often as we find new games worthy of inclusion.
The list below has 10 entries. However, we don’t rank them. It is a must-play if a game makes it to this point (and stays there). We’ll list entries in reverse chronological. You’ll also find a list of all previous entries at the end of the list. These titles may have been upgraded for better and bigger experiences, but they are still great games and well worth the effort if you aren’t already familiar with them.
These are Game Informer’s top 10 Switch games.
Publication: October 8, 2021
Metroid enthusiasts have been asking Nintendo for a new 2D Metroid adventure since the 1990s. It was a huge success, and Nintendo delivered. As the name suggests, Dread is a challenging experience full of boss fights and deadly robotics that relentlessly pursue Samus across various biomes on Planet ZDR. Metroid’s exploration-based platforming is still intact, and we eagerly searched for new upgrades such as the Phantom Cloak or the Spider Magnet. Although the race to 100 per cent was won, we are eager to see what Dread’s big story will reveal about the series’ future.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Publication: February 12, 2021
Although we rarely pay attention to rereleases these days, the Wii U’s Mario 4-player title was so fun and joyful that we couldn’t resist returning to the Switch port. Nintendo also released Bowser’s Fury, a single-player campaign. This standalone experience sees Mario traverse Lake Lapcat and complete various platforming challenges to collect Cat Shines. We loved Bowser’s Fury’s larger, more open-world feel and how each act ended in a Kaiju-sized boss fight.
Animal Crossing – New Horizons
Publication: March 20, 2020
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a tranquil and low-stress refuge created at the right moment in time. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a refuge from the turmoil of the news cycle. New Horizons offers a fun daily loop full of rewards and goals. It’s incredibly rewarding to build and customize your island and house the way you want.
Pokemon Sword & Shield
Released: November 15, 2019,
Pokemon fans have waited for two decades for the mainline RPGs of the series to be available on home consoles. The dream has come true with 2019’s Sword & Shield, which will remake the first-gen games Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee. The story is set in a new region and features a new generation of Pokemon. Fans have many reasons to return to the series after becoming champions.
Three Houses: Fire Emblem
Publication: July 26, 2019,
Fire Emblem has enjoyed a loyal following on handheld platforms over the years. But Three Houses brings the turn-based strategy series back to TVs with its explosive return. Fire Emblem: Three Houses has outstanding strategy gameplay, an engaging storyline, multiple ways to progress the story, and a compelling story to interact with and influence.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Publication: December 7, 2018.
Super Smash Bros. is a crossover event that has been in the works for over 20 years. Ultimate is the complete version of the series. Super Smash Bros. features amazing fighting mechanics, an incredible suite of modes, and a roster that includes every character from series history. Ultimate is a must-have title for the Switch.
Super Mario Odyssey
Publication: October 27, 2017.
Every Nintendo console must have at least one Mario platformer. The Switch is no exception. Mario Odyssey was released just a few months after launch. It hits all the Mario boxes and adds a few new ones. It’s fun, easy to use, has lots of discoveries, and has a city level where all humans are normal-sized, while Mario runs around in his cartoony, short self. This is a unique adventure that Switches owners must-have.
Publication: October 5, 2017.
Harvest Moon’s future is uncertain, and its past is not impressive. Stardew Valley is a great alternative to Harvest Moon, and it improves on almost every mechanic the series was known for. Although managing a farm might sound tedious, it is a fun task in Stardew Valley. It’s a rewarding experience to watch your crops grow and then sell them to make a profit. You also get to meet the people of Stardew Valley, which makes it difficult to leave. The Switch’s portability makes it even more enjoyable.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Publication: April 28, 2017,
Deluxe is more than just a port of Mario Kart 8 Wii U. It also includes all DLC (extra tracks and racers) and Battle Mode. This mode was strangely absent in the original release. Split-screen Mario Kart is a huge hit, and Deluxe includes two controllers that you can take with you wherever you go.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Publication: March 3, 2017,
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a great game. It received the rare 10/10 in our review and the 2017 Game of the year award. This game sets new standards for open-world games. Breath of Wild is a Zelda game that allows you to travel anywhere on the map. The optional DLC packs provide additional challenges and new items worth exploring in the overworld. This is a memorable adventure that you will never forget.