In 2017, Nintendo Switch hit the market following their Wii U flop and surprised, basically, everyone with its success. It’s not hard to see why given that you can hook up the gaming console to a TV at home or take it and play it pretty much anywhere you go (except underwater for obvious reasons). Nintendo Switch is a sleek-looking convertible gaming system that requires the use of Joy-Con controllers and allows up to four players at a time. There are also hundreds of Nintendo Switch games available with handfuls more releasing nearly every month. Honestly, the list is exhausting to look through.
So where do you even start? Right here! We’ve admittedly spent countless hours playing Nintendo Switch and know a thing or two about what’s good and what’s garbage. We’re happy to help you take the guesswork out of choosing which game, or games, to play.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Action and adventure await in the kingdom of Hyrule. Somehow, no matter the number of hours you’ve spent playing this game, there’s always something unexpected that keeps you on your toes. You can’t beat the beautiful environments, and the fact that you can freely control Link in non-linear gameplay just adds to the overall challenge.
What can we say? We’ve always had a soft spot for that devious little hedgehog. In fact, this iteration was created to commemorate the series’ 25th anniversary. Damn, has it really been that long? In it, Sonic is his pals Tails and Knuckles set out to defeat the evil Doctor Eggman and the Hard-Boiled Heavies. We love how the 2D platform takes cues from previous games but introduces eight thoughtfully redesigned stages.
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Combining Puyo Puyo and Tetris is probably one of the smartest moves the Sonic Team and Sega could have made. And maybe that’s why we like it so much. Or, maybe we just love a good mind-jogging puzzle. Either way, Puyo Puyo Tetris offers a variety of game options and allows for single-player as well as online and offline multiplayer capabilities.
Get in the literal game with NBA 2K18. One of the better sports simulations for Switch, this basketball battle requires some real skills and maneuvering if you want to succeed. You can play real-life teams or customize your own, and we kinda love that you can play one of 17 retro teams from the 90s and early aughts. Both Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett cameo as commentators.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Turns out, you can make a classic better. Case in point: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Out of all the Mario Kart games, this is the one you should play. Not only is it loads of fun, but it feels immersive with Joy-Con vibrations each time you hit bumpy roads or cruise through drifting boosts. Plus, Deluxe sees all-new Battle Mode tracks and eight new Battle Maps (three retro ones and five new ones).
Extra Joy tip: If 16-bit games are your jam like they are for us, you’ll be excited to know that the 90s cult classic Windjammers is coming to Nintendo Switch this year. Gnarly!