The Nintendo Switch is crammed full of amazing games, it’s hard to know where to begin. The console plays host to Nintendo’s usual franchise staples, with games that you can only play on the Nintendo Switch itself.
To help you decide what game to play next, we’ve rounded up the best exclusive Nintendo Switch games. These are in no particular order; you’re sure to have a good time with any that you choose.
Kirby is everyone’s favorite pink ball thing! In this fully 3D adventure, Kirby explores abandoned worlds, defeating evil beasts in a bid to rescue his friends. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is brimming with classic Kirby charm, with a hilarious mechanic which lets Kirby become an assortment of objects like a light bulb, traffic cone, and car. It’s great to play in co-op, too.
If you’ve never played a WarioWare game before, you’re in for a treat. It’s a bundle of manic, fast-paced mini-games, hosted by Wario and his companions, which constantly throws something new at you. As is suitable for the series, Get It Together! has a wacky sense of humor and is perfect to play with a group of friends.
If you want an escape from the stress of the real world, dive into Animal Crossing: New Horizon, where you live on an island with anthropomorphic animals. Collect fossils for the museum, give gifts to your neighbors, relax with some fishing, decorate your home, and more. Just make sure to pay your rent to island owner Tom Nook.
The original Pokémon Snap landed on the Nintendo 64 back in 1999 (an old Pokémon game still worth playing) and this sequel for the Switch was well worth the wait. It very much follows the formula of the first game; an on-rails experience where you progress through an island and take pictures of the abundance of Pokémon that live there. For any Pokémon fan looking for a lighthearted game, New Pokémon Snap fulfills the criteria.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is indeed the ultimate version of this fighting franchise, with an incredible roster of gaming legends. In no other game can you pit Sonic against Samus, Pikachu against Pac-Man, or Mario against Mewtwo. It’s easy to pick up and play, but difficult to master, making for hours of endless fighting fun.
Don’t worry if you’ve never played the previous Luigi’s Mansion games (though you really should) because this third entry for the Switch is perfect for newcomers. You take control of Luigi in a haunted hotel, each floor offering a unique theme, sucking up ghosts and uncovering secrets as you aim to rescue Mario and friends.
Mario has appeared in some remarkable games. There’s a reason why the portly plumber is a gaming icon. But the series has perhaps never been better than in Super Mario Odyssey, an out-of-this-world 3D adventure that grants Mario special abilities in order to collect stars in the mysterious lands he explores.
When Ubisoft first introduced the Rabbids, no-one could have predicted their popularity. The idea that they would end up in a game with Mario is bonkers—but that’s what happened in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a superb turn-based strategy game that mixes the inventiveness of the Mario franchise with the wackiness of the Rabbids.
In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, hero Link wakes up in a world he doesn’t recognize. Taking charge, you must explore the land to regain his memories, solving puzzles and battling foes along the way. Trust Nintendo to take the open world concept and produce something so masterful.
While Mario Kart 8 originally released for the Wii U, Deluxe is the definitive version because it offers an improved battle mode and all the DLC. Beyond that, expect all the traditional Mario Kart mayhem, with banana peels and shells flying across colorful courses. You can play championships offline, then take your skills online or race against friends locally.
Yoshi’s Crafted World is the definition of charming. In this side scrolling platformer, you play as the delightful green creature as you explore handmade-looking levels on your mission to repair the Sundream Stone. While the game is great solo, it really comes alive in co-op. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for something to play with a young gamer.
Splatoon 2 is the Nintendo take on the first-person shooter genre, where colored ink flies across arenas rather than bullets. The focus is multiplayer battles. You take a humanoid form to spread the ink across the level and on other players, then morph into a squid to move through the ink. It’s frantic fun.
If you’ve ever dreamed of building your own Mario level, Super Mario Maker 2 turns that into a reality. You can create side scrolling Mario levels, using assets from a range of games in the series, and then share them online for others to play. While there is also a decent single player mode, the custom course building is really what makes this game shine.
Think of Nintendo Switch Sports as the Switch version of the classic Wii Sports. There are six sports here to get you off your couch: volleyball, badminton, bowling, soccer, chambara (sword fighting), and tennis. Each sport supports multiple players, both offline and online, which makes Nintendo Switch Sports a perfect lighthearted party game.
You Can Buy Switch Games Physically or Digitally
There are enough games here to keep you busy for a long time, no matter your favored genre or franchise. Remember, most Switch games are available both digitally and physically, so you can download a game immediately if you’re desperate to begin playing.