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The 20 Best Games On Nintendo Switch

20. Mighty Gunvolt Burst

While Mighty No. 9 may have been a disappointment on many levels, its spin-off games are anything but. Mighty Gunvolt Burst combines the worlds of Azure Striker Gunvolt with Mighty No. 9 and features the graphics and classic run and gun platforming of classic Mega Man games with some upgrade and weapon mechanics of their own. If you’re feeling nostalgic but want something fresh, definitely check out Mighty Gunvolt Burst.

19. GoNNER

On the surface, GoNNER is a tough roguelike platformer that lets you explore a vast and changing underground. Under that, though, is a story of a creature named Ikk trying to find the right thing to cheer up his friend: a landbound whale name Sally. As you progress through your runs, you’ll find new weapons and heads and talk to what seems to be Death as you traverse through this world, taking out and enemies and bosses as you attempt to do something good for a friend.

18. Wulverblade

There aren’t many games that adhere to historical realism, and there’s likely no game that does while being a throwback to side-scrolling beat-em-ups of the 90’s — except for Wulverblade. As brutal as can be, Wulverblade takes you back in time to 120AD where the Roman army is marching on Britannia. You play as one of three warriors tasked with fighting back against the unending hordes. And fight you will with axes, swords, shields, and even wolves. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can pick up the head of a fallen enemy to kill another enemy. That should really be the first sentence in any writeup of Wulverblade.

17. Puyo Puyo Tetris

There didn’t need to be a story justification for the worlds of Puyo Puyo and Tetris to collide, but they did it. Personified Tetris pieces work alongside Puyo Puyo characters to find out why their two universes are combining, all the while using the tried and true gameplay of their perspective series. And don’t worry, the story isn’t the only thing there. You can also play traditional Tetris or vanilla Puyo Puyo, play a combination of the two, or check out the Party mode which brings in item use to give yourself an advantage over your opponent.

16. Brawlout

If you’re a fan of platform fighters like Super Smash Bros. and are itching for something new while waiting for the inevitable follow-up, you can’t go wrong with Brawlout. Featuring a cast of original characters plus some cameos from games like Hyper Light Drifter and Guacamelee, Brawlout is a beautifully animated party fighting with all the fast fighting, dodging, and jumping that the genre has been come to known for. With a single-player mode, online, and local co-op, the game also takes advantage of the Switch’s near field communication, you’ll have plenty of chances to kick someone’s butt or have your own butt kicked.

15. Death Squared

The Switch is built for multiplayer gaming, and puzzle game Death Squared takes great advantage of that fact with its simplified control scheme. Work with a group of friends to conquer 40 levels trying to guide your robots to their colored square. That may sound easy but once you get into it, prepare for some real friendship-testing teamwork. And if that’s not enough for you, you and one friend can come together to complete 80 levels of co-op puzzling.

14. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Unlike Nintendo’s past consoles, the Switch hasn’t seen too many lengthy JRPGs quite yet. In comes Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a massive open world action-JRPG where all of civilization lives on the backs of creatures called Titans. You play as Rex, a scavenger who is invited upon which he finds a living weapon named Pyra, and the two of them together go off on a journey to find the paradise of Elysium. While the game is great to look, there is some questionable character design and the English voice acting is iffy. Thankfully,  you can download the Japanese voice pack if it bothers you too much.

13. Golf Story

Steeped in nostalgia from the 16-bit era, Golf Story replaces fantasy lands with golf courses and random battles with hitting balls into holes. The game begins after a bitter-break up inspires a man to rekindle his childhood love of golf. Starting at Wellworn Grove, players will explore 8 different locales, tee off against other golfers, earn money, and use golfing prowess to solve non-golf problems. Golf Story may sound weird, but it’s very charming and easy to pick up.

12. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Here’s another game on the list that doesn’t make any sense when it was first announced. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is an XCOM-style tactics game wherein Ubisoft’s Rabbids have invaded the Mushroom Kingdom. The rascally lagomorphs crash landed with a pair of goggles, called the Supamerge, that can combine any two items together and those goggles have merged with one of the Rabbids, whom Bowser Jr. befriends and names Spawny. Turns out this little guy has been combining other Rabbids with objects in the world turning them bad, and now it’s up to Mario and friends (plus some Rabbids who are dressed up as said friends) to stop them. This all makes sense in the game, I promise.

11. Fire Emblem Warriors

The Omega Force crossover games are extremely hit or miss. You either end up with fun button mashers like Hyrule Warriors and Dragon Quest Heroes or boring slogs like Warriors Orochi 3 and Berserk. Thankfully, Fire Emblem Warriors is one of the good ones. Combining the hack and slash action of Dynasty Warriors with the relationship building, army commanding, and weapon rock-paper-scissors of the Fire Emblem series, the game gives you good deal of maps and story to tackle with its story mode and History mode, which takes you through various times in different Fire Emblem games.

10. Gorogoa

Gorogoa is unlike any other game on this list. This gorgeous puzzler centers on a boy pursuing a divine beast through artful four-panel grids. As the player, you shift, switch and change these panels in an effort to find a connection between all the pieces before moving on to the next level. There is no language in the game, and the only audio that can be heard is music. But that’s just the thing — Gorogoa speaks for itself.

9. Infinite Minigolf

Zen Studios is a studio known for games about hitting balls; particularly the Pinball FX series and Castlestorm. So when I saw they had made minigolf game, I got a little excited. I loved minigolf as a kid, until the place I went to was shut down and turned into a Hardee’s. For years, there weren’t many golf games outside EA’s series. Thankfully, Infinite Minigolf is as its name claims: infinite. Along with a group of premade courses, the game also comes with a course-maker that allows you to roll through nonstop playlist of custom courses, making this a great pick-up-and play title.

8. Battle Chef Brigade

If someone were to pitch you a game that is part match-three puzzle game, part side-scrolling beat-em-up, and part cooking game, you would probably think “There is no way those three disparate genres could possibly come together to make anything good.” And you would be wrong. Battle Chef Brigade takes those three genres and combines them into something more than palatable. You play as Mina, a human chef who has recently ran away from her village to try and join the titular brigade. Along the way you’ll meet and battle other chefs while leveling up and learning new moves and recipes. Not in the mood for story? Try the Daily Cook-Off and work your way up the leaderboards.

7. Enter The Gungeon

A randomly generated dungeon where giant anthropomorphic bullets shoot guns at you isn’t just a fever dream I had at a gunshow, it’s also the premise of Enter the Gungeon. This roguelike twin-stick shooter boasts a plethora of unlockable upgrades and an array of wacky bosses, including a muscle-bound seagull wielding a gatling gun and a gorgon wielding uzis. Gungeon is not an easy game, but it’s also not impossible, and with its tutorial and Ammonomicon informing you of what all the items you gathered do, you’ll be a great Gungeoneer in no time.

6. Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!

Snipperclips is an exceedingly adorable puzzle game where you play alone or with a friend as Snip and Clip and try to solve a variety of puzzles. After undertaking the main course of puzzles, try out the party mode for up to four players. If you’re feeling competitive, there’s also Blitz mode with a unique take on basketball, hockey, and even a deathmatch mode. It should be noted that this game has nothing to do with Full House or any catchphrases popularized by Dave Coulier.

5. SteamWorld Dig 2

Dig down, get gems, kill monsters, sell gems, repeat. Dig down, get gems, kill monsters, sell gems, repeat. Buy upgrades, get new gear, solve the mystery of the missing miners, find your missing friend, dig some more. SteamWorld Dig 2 is a masterful action-adventure platformer that offers a variety of missions, areas, gear, and a cast of colorful characters to interact with. Striking a good balance in difficulty, the game is also a good length and doesn’t waste any time.

4. Splatoon 2

Do you like third person shooters but don’t think they have enough style? Are you a fan of young, hip cephalopods? Have you always wished for a Jackson Pollock simulator? Then Splatoon 2 should be right up your alley. Centered around Inkopolis Square, you battle against other squid kids, using various paint guns, buckets, and brushes to cover as much as you can with your team’s color as possible. If you get tired of being competitive, there’s always Salmon Run, a wave-based horde mode that pits you and three teammates against a bunch of crazed octopi. Also worth noting is the game’s sizable story mode. Outside of that, there’s plenty of clothes and weapons to unlock and even a rhythm game to check out!

3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The worst part about the original release of Mario Kart 8 was that it was on the Wii U. A fine system in and of itself, it wasn’t exactly a top seller. Nintendo made the smart decision to re-releasing the game and include all the downloadable content into one shiny new package: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Along with all the racing and tracks you could want, the battle mode also makes its appearance again after missing out on the non-Deluxe version of 8. Sorry, Wii U.


2. Super Mario Odyssey

Everyone knows that Mario has been around for over 30 years and is one of the most recognizable characters of any media across the entire world. Nintendo could very well just rerelease and remake the same two types of platformers over and over again and get it away with it — but they haven’t, and still don’t. Super Mario Odyssey feels like the absolute culmination of the entirety of the series’ life and in some areas, a culmination of all 3D platformers. It’s an endlessly joyful game with plenty of collectibles and worlds to explore.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild is simply one of the best video games to have ever been made. I know game lists tend to be hyperbolic, but Breath of the Wild does so many things right while both adhering to tradition and forging its own path, its greatness cannot be understated.

Like every other Zelda game, BotW gives you plenty of tools to complete your journey — but this time, nothing is stopping you from using those tools the way you want. Encountered a pressure plate puzzle and can’t find anything in the room to place on it? Just empty a bunch of items out of your inventory onto it. Stuck in a lightning storm with a bunch of enemies? Throw any metallic object near them and watch as lightning not only strikes the object but also the enemy. It’s a brilliant game, and deserving of your time.

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