It may be hard to believe, but the Nintendo Switch is nearly five years old and it is still just as popular as it was in 2017.
Part of the S$399 console’s appeal is its unique portable design that lets you play your favorite games no matter where you are. There’s also a more affordable Nintendo Switch Lite Console model that is for S$259 so you don’t even have to bother with a TV at all. Drop some extra cash, and you can get the premium, S$478 Nintendo Switch OLED Model that features a larger screen.
Are you trying to get your hands on the best Nintendo Switch games of all time? There are plenty of options to choose from, including popular titles to platformers, as well as other adventures featuring some of Nintendo’s most recognizable characters.
We have gone through a wide variety of genres of Nintendo Switch games to compile 30 of the best games that the system has to offer. Although, you might want to keep your wallet ready because it’s difficult to resist the urge of adding most of these games to your cart.
1. Super Mario Odyssey
Mario sets off on his biggest adventure yet on a globe-trotting adventure, that sets you to lose in a series of complex sandbox worlds filled with exciting secrets. Thanks to Mario’s new friend Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey manages to bring the series up to date by adding a ton of new moves for Mario. You can play alone or invite a friend to play in co-op mode. All I know is that Super Mario Odyssey is one of the top three games to have ever existed for the Nintendo Switch.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is arguably one of the best Nintendo Switch games. It won Game of the Year at the 2017 Game Awards and has ever since been praised as having one of the cleverest physics systems that were ever created. The main theme for the game is still the same – Hyrule is in danger and Link must save it. The original dungeon exploration structure is replaced with monsters, weapons, puzzles, and the ability to create your own dungeons.
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
One of the most captivating adventures you can embark on with your Nintendo Switch is the newest entry in the Animal Crossing series. It’s a life stimulator that helps both kids and adult players relax while planting trees, interacting with neighbors, and finding excellent items for your personal villager. It’s relaxing and fulfilling, but most of all, it’s an addictive game in all the best ways.
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best racing game for Nintendo Switch containing more than 40 racers and 48 tracks. The Deluxe version adds several new features, such as driving assistance settings for new players and two item slots. You can hit the track with up to 8 local players, and play as any of your favorite Nintendo characters while attacking your fellow racers with silly weapons like bananas to get ahead. This game comes with optional child controls making it an ideal option for people of all ages.
5. Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is focused on a spooky adventure in a haunted hotel. Luigi has to venture into a haunted high-rise hotel and clear each level by sucking up the ghosts with a special vacuum of sorts. Your greatest tool has to be ‘Gooigi’, Luigi’s slimy green doppelgänger who increases your puzzle-solving powers and will definitely put a smile on your face. If you’re looking for a breezy adventure game, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the game for you.
6. Ring Fit Adventure
Do you hate exercising? Ring Fit Adventure takes an innovative, welcoming, and captivating approach to fitness. There’s a bodybuilding dragon terrifying the kingdom and with the help of the special ring peripheral, you work to take him down while burning calories. Ring Fit Adventure is a fitness RPG where you get to exercise your core, arms, and legs with the help of the ring. So, if you need the motivation to get fit, this game has just what you need.
7. Metroid Dread
After nearly twenty years, Metroid has come back to its challenging side-scrolling roots for an adventure where you’ll explore Planet ZDR, pick up new powers for your armor suit, and eliminate the enemies. This game isn’t just about dread or paranoia, it’s about real terror as you’re hunted by unstoppable foes who will kill you as soon as you’re caught. It's a difficult but rewarding game that takes us back to Metroid's roots.
8. Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a great game for less experienced players. It takes you on an adventure full of amazing features, challenges, and new standout additions. Kirby must explore, save the Waddle Dees, and fight with foes using his copy abilities. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the perfect game that will surely brighten up your day, regardless of whether you’re playing alone or with a friend.
9. Kirby Star Allies
In this game, Kirby is out to stop the evil priest Hyness from resurrecting an evil force that will destroy everything. But swallowing opponents and absorbing their powers won't be enough - he'll need the assistance of some buddies. It supports a total of four players at once.
10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a great party game that allows up to eight players who can compete against one another. It has 74-characters, including Donkey Kong, Splatoon’s Inkling, Mario, and many others that you can choose from and then use their special skills to defeat your opponents. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the most existing Smash game yet, and there’s also a fantastic single-player mode that will keep you entertained for hours.
11. Astral Chain
Astral Chain is a Switch-exclusive game that makes you a special police officer working to infiltrate the Astral Plane. Use both joy-cons to control your main character and a group of humanoid Legion buddies working together. Astral Chain includes detective missions, environmental puzzles, and a bright sci-fi universe.
12. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
Clubhouse Games brings you a large variety of games you probably grew up playing and some you haven’t played yet, such as Chess, Solitaire, Air Hockey, Poker, and other fun games. There’s something fun here for players of all different ages while Clubhouse Games also does a great job at educating the players about other cultures through the tutorials in the game. Clubhouse Games is great for keeping you and your friends entertained.
13. Monster Hunter Rise
In Monster Hunter Rise, you begin as a regular villager summoned to join the guild of hunters. Soon after, Kamura village is in danger when signs of a new rampage appear. You have to take down these beasts, upgrade your armor, and get new moves to turn the tables on them. Team up with three players and give it your best to hunt down some of the worst beasts the gaming world has ever seen!
14. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set in the Hisui region and it combines action and exploration with the Pokémon series’ RPG roots. The missions take place across large locations, giving Arceus an open-world vibe, and with a plethora of additional missions, Arceus has a surprising amount of intriguing content. This game is a must have for Pokémon fans.
15. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Super Mario 3D World is a fantastic combination of 3D Mario platforming and vintage Mario-level structure. Bowser's Fury is a totally new experience, with an open-world design and a sequence of mini-levels that gradually unlock as you gather Cat Shines and face off against a very enormous and angry Bowser. The game can be played in co-op mode with up to four players, each of whom can progress how they want to.
16. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley is a relaxing farming simulator that allows you to upgrade your land, turn the messy fields into a thriving farm, raise animals, and uncover many secrets while playing the game. It’s easy to spend hours playing this game because there’s so much to do and see and after some time, it becomes a familiar place that’s always a pleasure to return to.
In Miitopia, you can cast your friends and family as heroes and villains to defeat the face-stealing Dark Lord and bring the world back to normal! Miitopia is a wildly entertaining chilled-out game that you definitely need to try out.
18. Mario Golf: Super Rush
Mario games are always enjoyable. The major gimmick of Mario Golf: Super Rush is golfers teeing off all at once and then physically sprinting across the course to shoot their next shot. You must still plan smart strokes, but you must also keep an eye on the clock.
19. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Guide Donkey Kong and his monkey pals as you go through many side-scrolling adventures. In Original Mode, play as Donkey Kong and team up with Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong—each with their own unique abilities—to tackle platforming difficulties and enemies. Play alone or pass a controller to a friend to play in the local co-op mode with each other.
20. Tetris 99
Tetris 99 has you and 98 other players playing against each other in real-time until there’s one player left standing. You have to clear lines and send blocks to your opponents to ruin their flow so the chances of you staying in the game for longer increase. Tetris 99 isn’t just a fun game; it is also free to Nintendo Switch Online members and you can easily find yourself playing this game for hours as you tell yourself you’ll just play one last game!
21. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Rabbids have invaded the Mushroom Kingdom, both good and bad. Mario teams up with Luigi, Peach, and their Rabbid clones to defend the Mushroom Kingdom by attacking and taking advantage of their special powers in this game of strategic turn-taking. The stunning, colorful worlds of the game mix with the Rabbids' humor, resulting in a hilarious, engaging, and strategically deep experience, unlike any Mario game you've ever played.
Minecraft is a beautiful blocky sandbox game for you to create, demolish, and mine anything you choose. Think of Minecraft as a lovely host who will make you and everyone you choose to co-op with delirious with bliss, whether you're tenacious, laidback, or just rabidly intrigued. Either that, or you'll get your hands on some TNT and smash everything. It’s definitely worth being on your ‘must have’ Nintendo Switch games list.
23. Mario Party Superstars
On boards such as the colorful Space Land and the frightening Horror Land, race to earn the most stars while undermining your opponents! Mario Party Superstars is a game that you can play at any time. It's ideal for family gatherings, birthday celebrations, get-togethers, and most other occasions. Up to four people can play the game on one Switch at the same time, selecting from a selection of Mushroom Kingdom characters.
24. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl
These fourth-generation remakes of Pokemon have you exploring the Sinnoh region in 3D. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl recreate the iconic story of the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Version games. There will be plenty of fresh encounters and surprises for those venturing through Sinnoh for the first time. Whether you've played Pokémon Diamond or Pokémon Pearl before or are discovering these games for the first time, there's something for everyone.
25. Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
Join forces with a leader to build and command an army in one-on-one strategic combat. The house you choose will lead you through one of three compelling narratives, each with a unique finale. Players will be able to experience each of the three stories, Scarlet Blaze, Azure Gleam, and Golden Wildfire, in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. You'll be offered the opportunity to carry over your progress from the previous narrative into your next playthrough after completing any of the stories for the first time.
There are lots of Nintendo Switch games to choose from – that’s why our list will save you some time. Our top picks consist of Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Luigi’s Mansion 3. All of these games are likely to provide you with hours of top-quality entertainment that you can play alone or with friends, and family.
Whether you’re looking for a Nintendo Switch game for a mature audience, a child, or a teenager, we’ve got you covered!