The top 10 games on Switch
The Nintendo Switch has an incredibly strong library of games, many of which are worth recommending. For our absolute 10 favorite games, however, you can check out the list below. It’s a list that we’ll update as often as the games are worth releasing. We’ll be releasing games and adding new ones as the Switch library grows.
Please note that although the list below contains 10 entries, we don’t actually rank them – if a game has made it this far (and managed to stay here) it’s a must-play game, period. Thus, we will list the entries in reverse chronological order. In addition, you will find an overview of previous entries at the bottom of the list. While these titles have been hustled for bigger and better experiences, they’re still great games in their own right and worth exploring if you’re already up to date with the latest hits.
Here are Game Informer’s picks for the 10 best games on Switch.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Released: January 28, 2022
Pokémon Legends: Arceus represents the biggest change of pace for the long-running franchise. Set in an older version of Sinnoh, you’re tasked with exploring a vast world to complete the first Pokédex. Although it’s not a true open world, the feeling of freedom is still liberating, as is the less restrictive battle system where players can freely sneak, challenge, and even evade Pokemon. We loved capturing never-before-seen versions of our favorite pocket monsters, and a host of side quests, as well as an engaging main narrative, kept us glued to our Switch screens. Pokémon Legends: Arceus has its flaws, but it represents a solid first step towards what we hope will be the start of a new series. | Our opinion
Released: October 8, 2021
Metroid fans have been begging Nintendo for an all-new 2D Metroid adventure for nearly two decades. Luckily, when Nintendo finally delivered, it didn’t disappoint. As the name suggests, Dread is a tense experience, full of tough boss fights and deadly robots that doggedly pursue Samus through the various biomes of planet ZDR. Metroid’s classic exploration-based platforming remains intact, and we’ve been eagerly researching new upgrades like the Ghost Cloak and Spider Magnet. The 100% run ended too quickly, but we can’t wait to see what Dread’s big story means for the future of the series. | Our opinion
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Released: February 12, 2021
Re-releases rarely capture our full attention these days, but the Wii U’s 4-player Mario title was so joyful and fun that we couldn’t resist returning for the Switch port. As if that weren’t enough, Nintendo has also included an all-new single-player campaign titled Bowser’s Fury. In this standalone experience, Mario travels across Lake Lapcat, completing various platforming challenges to collect Cat Shines. Bowser’s Fury’s larger, open design is incredibly refreshing for a Mario experience, and we loved how each act ends in a Kaiju-sized boss battle. | Our opinion
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Released: March 20, 2020
Tranquil, low-stress Animal Crossing: New Horizons came at just the right time in the world. As the news cycle gets more tumultuous since 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers refuge in the form of a virtual tropical island. Building and customizing your home and island however you see fit is hugely rewarding, as New Horizons features a fun daily loop filled with objectives and rewards. | Our opinion
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Released: July 26, 2019
The Fire Emblem series has built a cult following across handheld platforms in recent years, but with Three Houses, the turn-based strategy series is blasting onto TVs again in the best possible way. With exceptional strategic gameplay, a fun story to interact with and influence, and multiple paths to travel through the narrative, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is one of the best strategy games available today. | Our opinion
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Released: December 7, 2018
A crossover event two decades in the making, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate represents the series in its most realized form. Containing superb combat mechanics, a terrific suite of modes to play, and a roster of fighters that features every character from the series’ history and more, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is anything but an essential title for the Switch. | Our opinion
Super Mario Odyssey
Released: October 27, 2017
Every Nintendo console should have at least one fantastic Mario platformer, and the Switch is no exception. Mario Odyssey was released a few months after console launch and it hits all the Mario boxes needed to be considered a classic, plus some surprising new ones. It’s whimsical, has perfect controls, tons to discover, and features a town level where all humans are of normal proportions while Mario runs around as his little cartoon character. It’s a weird adventure and a must-have for Switch owners. | Our opinion
Released: October 5, 2017
Harvest Moon’s future is unclear and its recent past is disappointing. Luckily, Stardew Valley exists and improves on nearly every mechanic the series popularized. Running a farm may seem like a chore, but in Stardew Valley it’s a joy. Watching your crops grow over time and selling them for profit while getting to know the townspeople makes for an experience that’s hard to put down. Adding Switch portability only enhances the experience. | Our opinion on the PC version
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Released: April 28, 2017
Much more than just a port of the excellent Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, Deluxe includes all the game’s DLC (tracks, drivers and additional cars) and Battle mode, which was curiously absent from the original version. Playing Mario Kart on split screen is always a hit, and having a version of the game with two controllers that you can take anywhere makes it the perfect showcase for the Switch. | Our opinion
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Released: March 3, 2017
We’re not exaggerating when we say The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games ever made. We gave it the rare 10/10 in our review and awarded it our 2017 Game of the Year award because it sets a new high standard for open-world video games. Being able to go anywhere on the map has never been truer than in Breath of the Wild and it’s also filled with the kind of excellent puzzle design you’ve come to expect from a Zelda experience. It’s a journey you won’t soon forget and optional DLC packs add additional challenges and new items worth chasing in the overworld. | Our opinion
Games considered for this list that have not been selected or removed since this article was originally published: Pokémon Sword & Shield, Hollow Knight, Fortnite, Celeste, Golf Story, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Splatoon 2, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Doom, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Sonic Mania, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, and recent classics that have been ported, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, Inside, and Axiom Verge. They’re still great games, so give them a try too!
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