Dock: holds, powers, and charges the system, and outputs video and audio from the system to a TV or external display.
Stand: A stand on the back of the main unit can be deployed to position the system upright in tabletop mode.
Media: Game cards
Video output: HDMI, up to 1080p resolution when played in TV mode, 720p in handheld mode.
Audio output: TV Mode supports 5.1 channel surround sound. Using the system's built-in audio jack, stereo speakers or headphones can be used when played in handheld or tabletop modes.
Battery: can last for more than three hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. Can be charged with the dock or USB Type-C.
Storage: 32GB of internal storage, expanded with microSDXC or microSDHC memory cards.
Other: USB ports on the dock can be used to charge accessories, such as the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Con attached to a Joy-Con charging grip. The USB ports can also be used with a USB LAN adaptor to connect to the Internet.
Networking: Nintendo Switch can connect to the Internet via a wireless (IEEE 802.1 Iac) connection. Up to 8 systems can connect over a local wireless connection in compatible multiplayer games. The Nintendo Switch can also use a wired Internet connection by connecting a LAN Adapter via the Dock or an OTG Adapter.
A handheld-only model of the Switch, named the Switch Lite, was released in September 2019. It is smaller and lighter, but excludes the ability the output to a TV.
Tom Nook scams you into building an island retreat for other villagers. Catch bugs and fish, pick fruit, mine rocks, pay off debt, you know the drill. New features include terraforming and the ability to build river-spanning bridges. Appears to be less feature rich than the previous 3DS game but Nintendo has implied continuous online updates will add new features over time.
Nintendo's newest IP, featuring a colorful cast of Overwatch ripoffs unique characters, each fitted with their own form of stretchable arms (and occasionally hair). Take on your opponent in a variety of modes, such as 1v1, 2v2, hoops, volleyball, and target smashing. It's being treated similar to Splatoon in the sense that it's going to have free monthly updates (stages, characters, new arms). If the motion controls don't tickle your fancy, you do have the option to play with a standard controller.
Platinum Games keeps their fantastic reputation with Astral Chain. Create your character, a cop on a mission to take out beings from another dimension. The main gimmick here are your Legions, sort of secondary characters that are linked to you and you can use to wreck enemies, not to mention you can change it into 5 different forms to your liking and upgrade it. It's typical badass Platinum Games combat. It goes by a chapter by chapter basis, but you can still explore and do tons of sidequests. 30 FPS, but you get to used to it. A must play for action fans.
One of the best Wii U games to make it to a console people actually own. The sequel to the game that put Platinum on the map. Simply put, it's one of the best action games ever made, though there is an argument to be made on how well it stacks up to its predecessor. The first print run of the game came with a download code for the original Bayonetta if you want to choose for yourself.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
Dungeon Crawler / Shooter
The famous PC game gets a physical release on the Switch. It features all the content and DLC of the PC release (As of March 2017) and throws it on the Switch, for 40 bucks. While that price may seem steep, it's really worth it to play Isaac on the go, with the dungeon crawling and the shooting and all that.
The classic PC game and indie scene godfather comes to Switch. Great story, amazing soundtrack, tight gameplay and cool metroidvania-lite exploration.
Dark Souls: Remastered
It's Dark Souls on the go. It doesn't run great runs like shit and the online was dead on day one but its a serviceable port of one of the most beloved games of all time and you can play it on a plane. As with all the remastered versions, it comes with the Artorias of the Abyss expansion content. Only go for this version if you really want portability.
Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition
Dungeon Crawler / RPG
Venture into the Darkest Dungeon, where the selling point is the stress system, in which your heroes will reach a breaking point if you do not take proper precautions, and pushes you into making harsh decisions. With the ability to play on the go, and the previous expansions adding variety to every campaign. The controls take some time to get used to, and the game will punish you if you venture unprepared.
Daemon X Machina
A sort of spiritual successor to the Armored Core games produced by a former producer of that series. You do missions for various dystopian corporate mercenary groups fighting rogue AI and other factions. If you damage enemy parts you can scavenge them for your own mech. It won't entirely fill the hole left by Armored Core but if you're desperate for a taste of that series then this does well enough. Skip the dialog, it really isn't worth it.
Also on PC.
Action / Platformer Rogue-Lite
Fantastic 2D rogue-lite with a metroidvania feel. You play as a lump of reanimating cells occupying a corpse trying to end the cycle of death plaguing the world. Hundreds of possible builds with weapons, powerups, and abilities that can be unlocked for future runs. Tough but fair combat that can be made harder with various challenges you can find around the levels that grant more loot. Originally an e-shop only game that got a physical release sometime after launch.
Deadly Premonition Origins
Originally a 360 game later ported to other consoles and PC now on Switch. A Survival Horror game in the same sort of set-up as Silent Hill. Opens with the main character talking to himself about how Tom and Jerry are an analogy for abusive homosexual relationships. Very silly in a way, but still fun and interesting. Might not be the nicest looking game out there, but still absolutely worth your time if you like a good story. Extremely inspired by Twin Peaks. Put it's director, Swery, on the map.
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise
Agent York returns for another wacky spooky adventure! A prequel to the first game, with all the same weird irreverence and tons of side content. Runs like shit but used to be way worse at launch.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
El pais de el Simio Marikongnazo returns, It's a port of the Wii U exclusive, but with additional Funky mode that adds little to none to the original game. Great gameplay, but more akin to DKC Returns than to the original trilogy on SNES. Be aware it is hard as fucking hell near the end, but completionists will enjoy. You don't have to get all jigsaw pieces to achieve 100% (thank god).
DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition
The enhanced version of DQ11. Considered among the best Dragon Quest games and among the best JRPGs of this generation. The gameplay is classic DQ. You control a party of effervescent characters roaming the world and fighting traditional turn based battles against various Akira Toriyama designed monsters. Really this is the closest you're getting to an old-school JRPG experience in a new game. Fortunately it's a pretty dang good one.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Action RPG complete with customization, questing, and terrific combat. The story revolves around a fearsome dragon who invades your happy village, then proceeds to literally rip your heart out and eat it, as you are the chosen one and bad shit must happen to you.
You'll venture throughout the land, slaying mounting a myriad of mythical beast and invading dungeons. The customization is complete with body-types, facial appearances and pawns. Pawns are your fellow peers who will assist you in fights as an AI, providing you with helpful information and a hand. Aside from your own main pawn, you'll hire pawns from other players all over the globe. Combat consist of a variety of special moves that are specific based on your class. Some of these skills can be carried over to different classes, making it worthwhile to invest in multiple classes.
The Dark Arisen version is the only one available on Switch. It comes with new enemies (including a new final boss), equipment, enhancments, augments, character customization options and an option for moonspeak.
Enter the Gungeon
Bullet Hell / Roguelike
Fast-paced run-based twin-stick bullet-hell. Play as one of four different characters trying to find the gun they need in order to kill their past. Fuck tons of different creative gun types. Has co-op as well.
Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remaster
A remaster of Final Fantasy X International and Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission for the PS3, the updated graphics look nice but the FMVs are just the PS2 FMVs re-rendered in 1080p and the voices aren't changed but the addition of the International bonuses and the HD graphics are worth replaying this game. Has the option to change the soundtrack to the original PS2 soundtrack or the re-arranged PS3 and PS Vita versions.
Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
An upscaled port of the International Edition not previously released in the west. A more open-world and "Western" Final Fantasy in terms of presentation. Has a real-time, command-based combat system that some people find relaxing, while others feel like the game plays itself as it's not very engaging. However the game world is rich and beautiful, the cast is memorable (aside from the protagonist), and there's a ton of side-content. Partially written and directed by Yasumi Matsuno, so expect more political intrigue and less mind-bending twists.
Beautifully animated Metroidvania, one of the best in the sub-genre. Pulls a lot from Dark Souls in terms of difficulty and story-telling style
Katamari Damacy Reroll
A remake of the PS2 classic. After the King of All Cosmos destroys the stars in a night of debauchery, his lilliputian son, the Prince, must roll up all sorts of objects on Earth to make new stars. The simple and addictive gameplay consists of rolling a ball (the titular katamari) in levels full of objects and people, which you must roll up to make the katamari increase in size; as it grows bigger, you can roll up bigger things, like cars, buildings and islands. The low-polygon, cel-shaded look and psychedelic visuals add to its charm, not to mention the notable, multi-genre soundtrack.
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby finally isn't angry on the western box art. His first mainline series console game since Return to Dreamland on the Wii, and it's the same easy-yet-surprisingly-deep gameplay of RtD and Crystal Shards. Has the elemental mixing stuff from Crystal Shards plus your allies can also gain powers Kirby can use as well. It has 4-player local co-op so you can play with friends too. Playing with NPCs can be a bummer for some people.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The long-awaited next 3-D entry in the series since Skyward Sword. The game reverts to its more aimless, adventurous Zelda 1 roots, ditching strict linearity for a focus on vague hints and exploration in an enormous open world map that's so varied and well made that it even manages to get Ubisoft towers right. Dotting the vast landcape are various gorgeous towns, a ton of peaceful horse stables, uncountable secrets and easter eggs, and a shitload of sidequests, all surrounding Ganon's gigantic lair in the dead center. You're gonna need to find a lot of those shrines to upgrade your hearts, stamina, and gear, too, because this is one of the hardest Zelda games released since Adventure of Link, with enemies that can and will one-shot you if you're not careful, especially earlier on. Weapons break after a while, but thankfully the game showers you with a wide arsenal so this is never a major problem. This is a game that'll hook you hard, and destroy dozens of hours of your time, hundreds if you want to go 100%.
Also on Wii U (with slightly downgraded graphics and a bit more slowdown).
Luigi's Mansion 3
Adventure / Puzzle
Luigi and friends get invited to a Hotel for a free vacation. Little do they know the Hotel is actually haunted. Luigi has to go floor-by-floor to save his friends. You get a slime version of Luigi named Gooigi you send out to solve puzzles with. This also allows for local co-op. Probably the best game in the series.
The PSP classic is back. It looks great and the amazing soundtrack still holds up. It's a tile-matching block dropper like Tetris except blocks are cleared to the beat of the music.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The Switch version of the best selling Wii U game, this one includes every bit of DLC found in the Wii U version, along with some exclusive content of its own, such as characters, cars, etc. The graphics have been updated to run at a full 1080p 60 FPS instead of 720p and 59 FPS (though a few minor updates to graphics themselves are a slight bit better). Also includes a non-shit Battle Mode in this version, with a multitude of options to choose from. This is basically the definitive version of the game, all in one tight package.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
The most unlikely crossover ever conceived! The Mushroom Kingdom is invaded by the Rabbids, and now it's up to Mario with a laser gun and his cosplaying Rabbid friends to set things straight in turn-based battles. The Donkey Kong campaign is a neat DLC that comes bundled in a specific pal release (the one with the golden boxart) but can be bought separatedly too.
Mario Tennis Aces
Mario Tennis is back and it's pretty fun this time around. If you can think of a Mario character who could be expected to hold a tennis racquet they're probably in this game or upcoming as DLC. Nintendo has inexplicably supported this game for a long time post launch, adding new characters at a constant pace. The tennis is great too! Each character is one of a handful of styles that favors certain shot types and strategies over others. It's remarkably deep and made deeper by a feast or famine racquet breaking system based around the super shot abilities. Avoid the story mode like the plague. The premise is neat but the missions and gimmicks are terrible. Still the tournaments are fantastic and if you have the Switch's online playing with either a random or a friend is a lot of fun.
Mega Man 11
Mega Man returns after a long hiatus on his first 2.5D adventure! Introduces the Double Gear system, which allows to temporarily power up Mega Man's attacks or to slow down time, with the entire game designed after these new abilities, with the tried and true challenging but fair difficulty of the series.
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2
It's the 8 main Mega Man X games in one package. The box has a cart with 1-4 and a download code for 5-8 so you don't need to bother putting those on your Switch if you don't want to(and you probably don't).
If you like the japanese music from some of these games or don't wan't the awful censoring on the X4 opening animation, try to get your hands on the japanese or chinese release. I'm pretty sure those versions come with the english games too.
Sandbox / Survival
GOOD MOOOOOOOORNING /v/!
Does this game need an introduction? It's fucking Minecraft, everyone knows what this game is.
Originally born on 4chan (yes, really) this game has been evolving through time without it's original creator (sadly) and now the Bedrock Edition can finally be played on the go thanks to the Switch Port, meaning that there exists a portable Minecraft with all the content from the PC and Console editions! The Switch version of the game includes the ''Super Mario Mash-Up'' pack, which adds a new Mario-Inspired world and skins (Which can't be used on other consoles)
Create Auschwitz, a giant cock and everything you want on Creative Mode OR Survive the Night and Explore in Survival Mode, play as Steve (Yes, THE Steve from Minecraft), Alex or your very own creation with your own Skin, you can do literally anything you want in this game!
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
An upgraded port of the 3DS game. May be the last "traditional" style MH game with the success of World. It's a fitting sendoff, letting you fight classic monsters from throughout the series as well as a couple of new monsters. Known as Monster Hunter XX in Japan.
Monster Hunter Rise
The followup to 2018's Monster Hunter World and its Iceborne expansion. Replaces Iceborne's clutch claw with a new wirebug mechanic that greatly improves level traversal, allows for easier recovery, and gives each weapon a pair of flashy moves limited by cooldowns. With the move to the Switch, the levels are way more compact that World's but the wirebug allows for a wider level of vertical movement and in turn the levels have much more verticality. Also returning to the series is a small single player campaign, to go alongside a larger multiplayer component. If you liked World or want to see what all the fuss was about, check this out.
A solid old school JRPG with beautiful graphics and music. With eight individual plot lines and a multitude of side quests, there is a lot of content to devour. Possibly due to it being a Switch exclusive, the story seems designed from a "pick up and play" standpoint, for better or for worse. The plot lines can be too disjointed for their own good, but they are generally enjoyable individually with all of them being significantly different from each other. The method for solving a main story quest can get formulaic, unfortunately, though at least the side quests tend to be more creative in how they can be resolved. The battle system is pretty good, which is vital since you'll be spending a good time grinding to the recommended levels. While a bit hard at the beginning, it's pretty easy once you get a knack of the job system and the myriad of ways to abuse it, at least until the true final boss is found.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
RTS / Adventure
The Switch rescues another WiiU game from that shitty console. Third in the series of Miyamoto's amazingly fun and charming strategy games. This one has you in a different setting and you control 3 captains from the planet Koppai whose food has run out and you are sent out to retrieve more. It has a variable limit which can last as long as you keep finding food (unlike the fixed limit in Pikmin 1), but has no caves. It also looks fantastic, the fruit looks real enough to eat! The deluxe edition content is new for the Switch version, which includes a new prologue and epilogue featuring Captain Olimar and Louie, cooperative play in the story mode, the reintroduction of the Piklopedia from Pikmin 2, and all DLC from the Wii U version.
Shockingly good ports of two fantastic old RPGs originally from Black Isle. These enhanced editions from Beamdog are notorious for making small narrative changes that can be annoying for fans of the original games but for the most part they are inconsequential. These games are optimally played on PC but these versions are more than serviceable. Icewind Dale forgoes the story-heavy nature of the similar Baldur's Gate games to focus more on exploration, dungeon-crawling, and combat. Planescape Torment on the other hand is celebrated for being one of the best written games of all time, with otherwise kind of weak combat. Two absolute gems of their era.
Puyo Puyo Tetris
A quite unexpected puzzle crossover, thankfully it combines the two different gameplay styles remarkably well.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
A followup to the surprise hit, with new modes, enhanced online, and an RPG-like adventure mode. That said, it doesn't add a whole lot to the formula from the first game, so only pick this up if you really like the first game or are approaching the series for the first time.
Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
The UbiArt Rayman games are some of the more overlooked gems of the previous generation. They are beautiful, have great music, and play great. Legends is the better of the two and the only one on the Switch. Has co-op up to 4 players so you can impress at your rooftop parties. Seriously though play this game.
Sonic Mania Plus
To put it simply, this is the Sonic game everyone have been waiting for almost 20 years! It features a mix of classic levels redesigned with new bells and whistles as well as completely new levels.
Now with Mighty and Ray from that isometric Sonic Arcade game on their own special mode.
SteamWorld Dig 2
Another SteamWorld game, this time another metroidvania. You dig down into dungeons to find enemies, loot, and upgrades. Has a grimy steampunk look and a really nice artstyle to compliment the addicting gameplay.
Streets of Rage 4
Beat 'em Up
A return for the 90s beat 'em up classic series. Plays similarly to the old games, a 2D side scrolling brawler with 4 pretty unique characters each with different moves and combos. With pretty slick hand drawn art and great music. A surprisingly good revival for the series.
Super Bomberman R
Action / Party
After a long hiatus, Bomberman finally gets another game as a Switch launch title! Nothing dark or edgy has been added in, it's just classic Bomberman action. There's a story mode where you go to different planets, defeating bosses and whatnot, it's ok. But everyone knows you play Bomberman for the multiplayer, and it's just the same as its always been, blow them to hell and back. There's of course, online multiplayer and local, so you can have some fun with friends either way. If you miss Bomberman and want a Switch, get this game.
Now with new free dlc that adds more interesting and cool stuff with the promise of more to come.
Super Mario Odyssey
Platformer / Collectathon
Despite the overly-ridiculous ratings (no, really, some sites went as far as giving it 11/10), this is indeed a great Mario game. It ditches the small, linear stages from previous games, with wide open areas which you can explore at your leisure and a new mechanic where you use your hat to possess enemies and use their abilities.
Not quite as iconic as Galaxy, and feels shorter overall, mostly because collecting moons (the equivalent of power stars) doesn't take you back to a hub world over and over. It makes up for this by a lot of post-game content, including the extremely addictive Luigi's Balloon World, where you hunt down other players' balloons or hide your own for coins.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Brawler / Party
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the ultimate (heh) love letter to Smash Bros. fans. This entry in the series is the largest yet, bringing back EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER that has ever been in a Smash Bros. game, including all third party characters like Cloud and Snake. This entry also brings long-desired characters into the fight, such as the no-longer-too-big Ridley, King K. Rool, and Simon Belmont (who got a ton of love in the music department (unlike Cloud)). Along with these characters comes OVER 100 STAGES to fight on, as well as OVER 900 MUSIC TRACKS to listen and fight to. If you own a switch and have up to 7 friends who like to have a good and possibly competitive time, look no further than this game.
Also, as of October 2020 there is a Free DLC character for everyone who pre-ordered the game and redeemed their Gold Points in 2018 (A FUCKING PLANT) and two DLC packs called ''Fighters Pass'' and ''Fighters Pass Vol 2'' (including Joker from Persona 5, the Heroes from Dragon Quest 3, 4, 8 & 11, fucking Banjo-Kazooie, Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, Min Min from Arms and fucking Steve from Minecraft as well as motherfucking Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII), each with their own stage and music (except for the Plant)
Supergiant's followup to Bastion. Play as Red, a former singer, and her talking sword. Combat is unique but (like most of their games) not super spectacular. Mostly realtime combat but you can set up moves with a strategy mode. It's fine. What you're here for is the beautiful art and fantastic soundtrack.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Serves as a preview for No More Heroes 3 by telling the story of what ol' Travis has been up to all these years. Top down action game that incorporates lots of elements from a bunch of indie games(which you can also collect t-shirts for). Gameplay isn't spectacular but it has the great NMH style and Suda writing.
Trials of Mana
After 25 goddamn years, Square has resurrected a LEGEND. A complete 3D remake of 1995's JP ONRY Seiken Densetsu 3 for the Super Famicom / SNES. Already an absolute classic, Trials' combat system has been completely overhauled, and is satisfying, if a bit repetitive early on and easily cheesed in the postgame. If you want any sort of challenge whatsoever, you'd better be playing Hard mode.
For newcomers, Trials is a fairly straightforward ARPG, except that you choose your playthrough's three main characters out of a roster of six, and the plot changes in both subtle and drastic ways depending on your party composition.
For fans of the original, Trials is incredibly faithful in terms of plot, art direction, level design, and audio, the last of which includes beautiful arrangements of Kikuta's second masterpiece.
Trials includes brand-new postgame content with a new dungeon and a FOURTH CLASS, as well as resolution for most of each main character's unresolved plot points.
Untitled Goose Game
Goose Simulation / Stealth?
Unique little game where you play as a piece of shit goose with checklist goals to try and ruin as many people's day as possible. Almost has a Hitman-like quality to how you go about solving the unconventional "puzzles" by manipulating elements of your environment.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
The fourth game in Sega's pretty SRPG wargame series. If you liked the first game(see below) and want more, it's acceptable to skip to 4 because 2 is a pain in the ass to play and 3 never made it here(and also is evidently pretty meh). Adds some new units but is otherwise the same pretty good SRPG game as the first one.
Wild Guns Reloaded
Arcade Shooting Gallery
Port of the SNES game with crisp new graphics as well as a couple of new characters and some new stages. Can play with up to four friends.
The Wonderful 101: Remastered
Action Adventure / Hack n' Slash
No one owned a Wii U so it can be forgiven if you didn't play the original release of this game, but now its out on PS4/Switch/PC so you no longer have an excuse. A top tier classic action game from Hideki Kamiya and Platinum Games. You play as a group of superheroes that can combine together to make various weapons and fight aliens. Amazing boss fights. It's a (vague) spiritual successor to Viewtiful Joe and Kamiya is currently working on another superhero game to finish the psuedo-trilogy.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Upgraded port of the Wii classic by Monolith Soft (of the Gamecube's Baten Kaitos series). Its the 5th game in the Xeno Meta Series, the first four were on the PS1 and 2, and the first one since Nintendo bought Monolith. Often regarded as a one-of-a-generation title and equally hailed as one of the most beloved and iconic JRPGs of the post PSX/2 era, as well as the best Xenoblade title(even though each game is different enough to be valued in its own way.) Though combat can get a bit repetitive over time due to focus on certain character combos you're gonna repeat ad nauseum if you wanna be efficient. There's hundreds of hours' worth of side content, cities full of named NPCs with daily schedules and connected relationships, as well as a massive, fully explore-able world. It all makes for a deeply satisfying experience.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Since the backlash the last game took for being too focused on exploration, the guys from Monolith went for a more story-driven game, just like the first. Probably the best standard JRPG experience you'll get on Switch.
Now with 300% more big anime tiddy.
Be warned that you'll expend a lot of time playing having no idea how the battle system works (that freaking topple mechanic, I'll tell you).
A mostly conflict free game a-la Journey where you swim and dive through some really gorgeous underwater environments. There are some rudimentary puzzles to solve but you're mostly here for the cool grafix and comfy.
Shockingly good Switch port. Survive in a ship full of hostile aliens, malfunctioning androids, and paranoid crew mates out to kill everything that moves. Actually has decent AI unlike the other Aliens game on this platform, so don't get the two mixed up!
Pacifist protip: the stun baton is a lethal weapon to humans.
Twin Stick Monkey Murder
You play as a gorilla that breaks out of captivity and needs to escape. It's a top down twin stick game in the same vein as Hotline Miami except you can only melee or grab and throw gun-wielding enemies. You kill almost everything in one hit but it takes only 2-3 hits to kill you. Fantastic percussive soundtrack throughout the game raises the tension. Long loading time on startup but after that it's pretty snappy.
Baba is You
Brainbending puzzle game where you assign values to objects by manipulating word rules tiles in order to solve each level. There are a lot of extremely clever puzzles that make you feel like a genius whenever you solve them.
The first Supergiant game, known for its amazing art and music. The gameplay is fine if nothing special, use different weapons to kill enemies. The atmosphere and more famously the narrator who reacts to your every move is the big appeal.
Battle Chef Brigade
Brawler / Puzzle
You play as a chef you must go out into the world in order to defeat enemies to gather ingredients for your chef battles. The world exploring is a fun brawler and the chef battles is a tile-matcher. It's a strange genre mix that works remarkably well and has a fun story to tie it all together.
The first Bayonetta is download only on Switch (outside of Japan). You can get a code with the original print run of Bayonetta 2 or just get it off the e-shop. One of the best action games of all time. You play as a dominatrix witch who needs to rediscover her past by killing demonic angels and angelic demons.
A gothic-themed metroidvania where you play as The Penitent One trying to solve the mysteries of a fucked up world. The gameplay isn't exceptional but good enough to see the neat graphics and pretty fucked up artstyle.
Blaster Master Zero
Platformer / Metroidvania
Excellent remake of the original NES classic done in retro style but including lots of stuff. DLCs are available which allow you to play with the likes of Gunvolt and Shantae!
Fun little action game where you play as a crazy lumberjack hobo who can use almost any object in the world as a weapon to murder those who wronged him and left him for dead. Has some pretty cool finishing moves with tons of objects and some interesting boss fights.
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling
Since Nintendo fucking refuses to make another traditional Paper Mario rpg, some randos from Panama decided to just make their own and it's great. The writing isn't quite at peak Nintendo quality but it's very charming and funny and the gameplay is the Paper Mario rpg style we haven't gotten in 15+ years.
Castlevania Anniversary Collection
A compilation of the old classic Castlevanias. Includes 1-4, the two original GameBoy games, Bloodlines from the Genesis, and for the first time in English, Kid Dracula. A great collection of fantastic games.
Contra Anniversary Collection
Like Castlevania above, Konami surprisingly dropped a very nice collection of old Contra games. Includes Contra 1-3, plus arcade and JP versions. As well as GameBoy and Genesis games.
Run and Gun
Awesome run and gun game most famous for its 1930's cartoon aesthetic. You play as a humanoid cup who made a deal with the devil out of greed and now you gotta kill all these characters in order to work off your debt. There are some platforming sections but the primary bulk of the game are the awesome boss fights. The game is gorgeous but the gameplay is also fun as hell and shockingly hard as fuck given how popular the game is.
A 2D sidescrolling platformer heavily inspired by the old Ninja Gaiden games, published by the company that made Shovel Knight. It has a similar oldschool gameplay meets modern design schtick to that game, as in it has checkpoints and is way more forgiving. Has awesome music and a sweet aesthetic.
Devil May Cry
Introduces DMC's "stylish action," high-stakes gameplay, where fluid use of an arsenal of moves and weapons is required to survive challenging enemies. Fixed camera angles, Gothic settings, and a slightly more sober atmosphere associate this game more closely to Resident Evil than later DMC titles, but it's still a different beast. The writing and story are famously over-the-top. Stands the test of time nicely, but has some frustrating boss battles. Skip DMC2, it's awful.
Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition
One of the best action games ever made. A certified classic. After the disappointing DMC2, Dante's Awakening (a prequel) takes the ridiculous action and style of the first game and turns them up to eleven. Combat has been beautifully refined with four different overarching fighting styles and new, unique moves and weapons, while the RPG-esque character progression remains the same. The story lays the groundwork for the series, combining action-movie stunts with occasional melodrama. The Special Edition adds many extras, including the ability to play as fan-favorite series antagonist Vergil, and crazy difficulty modes.
Furthermore the Switch version includes in-game stance-switching, which opens up avenues for combat and combos not possible before. Thus making it the definitive version of this game.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
One of the best RPGs ever made. Play as a group of up to four unique characters(choose from a cast of 6 or even make your own) as you race to ascend to godhood and change the future. Has a terrific turn-based combat system combined with an environmental manipulation system to get into all sorts of hijinks. Add a great story to that and you have a classic.
Quirky little indie game where you play as a hole that goes around eating everything in the world. Very charming but also very short. Worth a go if you have 1-2 hours.
You know what this is. It's on everything else of course it'd be on here. If you wanna play it on the go this is a solid way to do it.
Again, its Doom. Everyone should play these at least once in their life, this allows you one way to do it.
2D Shooter / Platformer
A neat game where you fall down randomly generated vertical levels with guns attached to your boots with the end goal of making it through while racking up combo points. Really challenging to do well but really satisfying when you do.
Fun four-player party fighter where you play as duck's in various silly costumes and the last duck standing wins. Fight in various arenas with a bunch of random weapons. A whole lot of fun with friends.
Ultra-fast futuristic racer in the same vein as Wipeout and F-Zero. Makes us wish Nintendo would make an actual F-Zero...
Beat 'em Up
A fairly standard but pretty fun beat 'em up. Has a handful of characters with unique moves and combos. Cool graphics and lots of different endings.
Final Fantasy VII
A port of the PS4 remaster(NOT the remake). One of the most popular video games of all time. A turn-based JRPG with an innovative, fantasy steampunk setting and an emotional story. Its unique art direction, memorable character designs, and excellent soundtrack have made it a classic of the genre. Features limited character customization and lots of side-content, including two optional party members and several optional bosses.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
A remaster of the follow up FFVII, and what resulted was a strange game with a grandiloquent central romance, crazy (and beautiful) sci-fantasy settings, and a Draw system that still has the fandom split. It seems like Square tried to one-up FFVII in every way and came up with a game that is very inconsistent, but interesting. Has its diehard fans and haters. Worth at least a try for series fans. Gameplay aside, the music is some of the best in the entire FF series.
Final Fantasy IX
With the changing aesthetics and themes of FFVII and VIII, this game was a return to the lighthearted fantasy of the NES/SNES titles, with more cartoony characters and lots of callbacks to FFI-VI. A solid game with a shiny coat of nostalgia.
Before Sonic Mania, this was the closest thing fans of the old 2D Sonic games had to a modern entry into that series. It's as shameless as it is fun. Some of the Sonic Mania devs are working on the sequel.
Action / Twin stick Shooter
Fast-paced stylish action game where you fight duel after duel against some amazing bosses(designed by Takashi Okazaki of Afro Samurai fame). The gameplay kicks your ass and the presentation is top notch.
Ghosts 'N Goblins Resurrection
Arthur is back in his first real adventure in 15 years. The game's default difficulty is the classic fuckhard GnG style where getting hit twice will kill you and there's only one checkpoint per level. It does add lower difficulties but you're doing yourself a disservice if you engage with them. The graphics are ugly as hell, like a bad attempt at a storybook vibe. That said you're here for the gameplay, and its an incredible old-school asskicking.
Golfing / RPG / Sim
An unexpected twist in the RPG genre, this game is the golf equivalent of Harvest Moon. But unlike that one, Golf Story has an actual ending. The golf part is great and the characters are all likeable. A must for those who don't want to spend more than $20 on a game.
Grim Fandango Remastered
Set in a "day of the dead" themed afterlife, Grim Fandango involves a Film-Noir style plot revolving around a salesman and a conspiracy in the Department of Death, an organization that helps guide souls from death to their eternal rest. Well known for its excellent in story, art style, music, characters, and dialog, this 3D adventure game is considered one of the finest in the genre.
Supergiant's biggest and most ambitious game yet. Play as Zagreus, the son of Hades himself, trying to escape the underworld and his father's minions with the help of the Greek Pantheon in the form of power-ups for your various weapons and abilities. The gameplay is solid but shockingly deep. Being a Supergiant game, the art and music are obviously top notch if you like the style, and at the very least are unique. The runs and bosses can get a little shallow after a while due to a general lack of variety but there's enough there to keep you going for a while with all the possible combos and various unlocks.
A Hat in Time
An adorable throwback to the PS1/N64 era 3D platformers. Collect various hats that provide different powers in order to stop a motley crew of weird characters and power your timeship. Fun gameplay and oozes charm.
Hyper Light Drifter
2D top down action game that is kind of an amalgamation of Zelda and Souls. You use your magic sword to kill monsters and gain new weapons and abilities in order to advance. Gorgeous art and music.
One of the most famous shmups ever. Super balls to the wall hard but extremely gorgeous and stylish.
Into the Breach
A turn-based strategy roguelite game where you know exactly what the enemy is going to do on its next turn. Your goal is to use your team of three mechs with various abilities in order to mess up the enemy's turn. Each mission takes place on an 8x8 grid and if you lose you can send one mech back in time in order to try all over again.
Just Shapes & Beats
Fast paced Rhythm game with bullet hell elements. Simple art style that they do a lot with and a really cool soundtrack that keeps you in the zone. Has co-op too so you and all your friends can confuse each other as to who is who. Still a lot of fun with friends.
2D Action Platformer
Sidescrolling action platformer with a late-80s to early-90s noir aesthetic full with VCR rewind effects and synthwave soundtrack. Insta-kill and insta-die combat and snappy movement keeps the game going at a brisk pace. Also has a cute conversation system that has gameplay and story implications.
From the creater of Cave Story, play as a business frog trying to get to work. Has the same mix of fantastic platforming gameplay and extremely charming writing that made Cave Story so damn good.
2D Platformer / Metroidvania
A game meant to induce memories of the old MSX2 Konami adventure games, La-Mulana is one of the best. With deep challenge, free-roaming, intricate puzzles, and even quirks like using an MSX in game, La-Mulana is just great.
2D Platformer / Metroidvania
A great follow up to the original. If you liked the first this won't let you down. The first game's protagonist has gone missing and you must play as his daughter to find and rescue him.
2D Platformer / Action
A silly 8-bit platformer inspired by the original Ninja Gaiden series. Cute silly characters, a cool look, and fun gameplay. There's a big twist halfway through that was spoiled to hell and back around launch but if you can manage to go into it blind it's neat.
Mighty Gunvolt Burst
Sequel to the IntiCreates crossover and basically everything that Mighty No 9 should have been. Awesome stages, bosses that aren't cheap and tons of customizations for both characters.
The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories
Gaming's favorite weirdo SWERY made a surprisingly touching game about depression, love, sexual orientation, and self-harm. You play as a girl looking for her friend/lover. The character gets hit by lightning and finds out she can't die. She needs to do terrible bodily harm to herself in order to solve puzzles.
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Fun bite-sized metroidvania. Play as a priestess trying to find a queen in the hopes that she'll save the land from a curse. Plays like a dream with some awesome boss fights.
Originally release in 1997 in Japan only, moon is kind of an anti-rpg. You basically follow the footsteps of a typical JRPG hero, who has gone from town to town killing animals for xp and breaking into houses for items. You have to go around and save those animals' souls and lift the spirits of the dejected villagers. Quirky and charming, but has some antiquated mechanics that come with ambitious games like this.
Mr. Driller DrillLand
Action / Falling-block hybrid
Originally released in Japan on the Gamecube in 2002, the 5th Mr. Driller game finally comes to the west. As always, the gameplay involves drilling downward through colored blocks while keeping an eye on your air gauge, but this time the game is separated into different attractions, each with differing rulesets and playable character(s).
The Mummy Demastered
Great metroidvania by WayForward, loosely based on that awful Tom Cruise movie. You play as a generic spec-ops soldier, and when you die your corpse becomes a zombie so when you load the game you're playing as another soldier who then must kill the now zombified soldier to retrieve all the gear you collected.
Never Stop Sneakin'
There are plenty of games with throwback styles to the 8 and 16-bit eras. Never Stop Sneakin' decided to make a love letter to the early 3D era with a purposefully low-poly low-resolution look. The game itself is an ok snappy stealth game but the MGS1 aesthetic is worth a look alone.
The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors
A remake of 1994's Ninja Warriors. Play as one of five ninjas who has to save the day from an evil dystopian corporation. Each character plays totally different and have a bunch of awesome moves and combos to play with.
NES and Super NES – Nintendo Switch Online
Replacing the already perfect ''Virtual Console'' from the Wii U, for $19.99 a year, you get access to the Online in your $59.99 games and you get ''Free'' access to a limited variety of NES and Super NES. For what its worth, these 2 apps are fine but it could be improved on.
As of the writing of this Nintendo has yet to add games like Duck Hunt, Devil's World, Urban Champion, Mach Rider, The Mysterious Murasame Castle, Earthbound Beginnings, Simcity, Mario Paint, Earthbound, Donkey Kong Country 3, Super Mario RPG AND they have yet to add more gaming platforms like the Gameboy, the Nintendo 64 or the Gamecube.
No More Heroes
A port of the Wii classic by the creator of Killer7. Play as an ordinary loser who mail-orders a lightsaber katana and sets out to become the world's best assassin, for which he'll have to take out the current top ten first. Stylish, cel-shaded graphics. The game revolves around its exhilarating boss battles; the rest is rather empty and lacking in variety, though there are some mini-games and side-quests. Has a cult following for its sense of humor and presentation. Unlike the original release, the Switch port is fully uncensored in Asian and Pal regions. This and the sequel were ported to Switch in anticipation for the release of the third game on the console. Has Joycon wagglin' controls if so desired and if you want to do the wrestling moves the right way, then you'll want to use them.
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
As with the first game this got a nice port to Switch complete with Joycon wagglin' support so you can do cool suplexes the way they were meant to be done. Travis is back (with a few sections as two other assassins) but after a 3-year fall from grace, must once again be #1, but this time, it's personal. This time the non-killing side-jobs are pseudo 8-bit styled (except Suda trolled us all by having the only 3D one be the fucking scorpion-collecting one from NMH1). The ranking matches no longer cost anything, but are still cleverly designed, and there's even more now. Seems notably easier than the first but it's still one hell of a ride.
Awesome twin stick roguelike with a wide variety of weapons. Fast-paced and challenging. One of the better roguelikes out now.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Gorgeous metroidvania where you play as a little creature, Ori, looking to save the forest. Hand drawn art and awesome orchestral music punctuated by good platforming and exploration. Fantastic game.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Fantastic sequel about the titular Ori looking to find his true destiny. The art is even more gorgeous and the amazing gameplay, bosses, and music return.
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus
The fast-paced version of Pac-Man comes to Switch. Still a great twist on a classic game and can now be played on the go.
Goofy little game that plays like a phone golf game. Where it shines is in its ridiculous amounts of customization and multiplayer modes where everyone can try and golf at the same time. Having 4+ people all trying to play the same course at the same time is a lot more fun than you'd think.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
Three of the best adventure games of all time in one slick package with upscaled art. Solve crimes for your silly clients alongside a zany cast of weirdos.
A stylish 2-button fightan inspired by the fighting games from the Neo-Geo Pocket.
Resident Evil 4
Revolutionized Resident Evil and survival horror in general, for better or worse. RE4 features RE2's Leon Kennedy saving the President's daughter from a backwoods European zombie death cult. Tank controls and static camera angles are gone; this a shooter with an over-the-shoulder perspective. Ammo is still scarce, but you will mow down hundreds of zombies before you're done, and are generally encouraged to fight. Gameplay is excellent, and the story is dumb in an entertaining, possibly satirical way. Also had fantastic graphics, quite a bit of extra content, and while it wasn't really scary anymore, it was still tense and gory.
Rogue Trooper Redux
3rd Person Shooter
A remake/remaster of an awesome and strangely unknown game originally released for the PS2. Fight blue soldiers with machine guns and stuff. You know the drill. Also on PS4/XONE and PC.
Romancing SaGa 2
Awesome remaster of the classic Super Famicom RPG, now fully in English!
The Sexy Brutale
Puzzle Murder Mystery
A fun little mystery solving game where you have to solve a bunch of murders that all happen in real time, which means you can only solve one at a time per loop. Has a lot of clever and unique ideas.
Super Meat Boy
The grandpa of the indie platformers. Super tight controls offset by 300+ super hard levels. It's a classic at this point.
SUPER. HOT. Innovative game where time only moves when you do, and the goal is to kill all the enemies coming after you. Basically play as an action god in slow motion. Stupidly fun and satisfying.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!
Formerly known as Taiko Drum Master, this extremely Japanese rhythm series returns to the west and comes with a lot of fun songs and mini games. If you can swing it, it's worth it to import a Taiko drum controller to the full experience.
You'll want to wear headphones for this one. High speed rhythm game where you play as this buglike creature on a track flying through what can only be described as a psychedelic metal album looking hellscape. Extreme percussion-based soundtrack described by the developers as "Rhythm Violence" to get you in the zone to navigate the levels. The best way to beat the game is to completely engross yourself in the music and almost use instinct to time your maneuvers correctly.
A pretty shameless Symphony of the Night ripoff, but hey, not a bad game to rip off. If you've played all the other metroidvanias that grabbed your eye, this one is worth a go.
Since Nintendo refuses to make more Advance Wars games some indie studio tried their hand at a ripoff and the results are hit and miss. It looks nice but has a pretty lame story and some missions can be a real drag. Also no multiplayer. Still if you're desperate for a new Advance Wars or want a less complicated Strategy game then it's a serviceable substitute.
To the Moon
Heartwrenching game about two doctors that allow their patients to live a brand new life from the start, but only in their heads, and the procedure kills them. So the doctors perform the operation on people in their deathbeds. You in turn follow the dream life of a dying person through the perspective of these doctors. Fucked up but great story.
A game in the same vein as Duck Game or Smash Bros where you and friends all fight on a single screen and last one standing wins. Art style might not appeal to everyone but it's a lot of fun with friends.
Ultimate Chicken Horse
Platformer / Party game
Clever party game where every player chooses from a randomly generated set of obstacles or platforms to add to a stage so that they think that they can finish the stage while their opponents will fail. Enables some clever course building and good platforming skills. Lots of fun with friends.
Bullet Hell RPG
You know what this is, its one of the most famous indie games of all time. Extremely charming writing, fantastic music, branching narratives influenced by playstyle, bullet-hell gameplay that ranges from pitifully easy to ridiculously hard. It's good just play it, even normies are right sometimes.
Port of the PS3 strategy RPG. Allows you to manually control each unit on their turn, in third-person shooter form. A very anime story that dips into drama, romance and comic relief with a pseudo-magical wartime backdrop. Every recruit has their own traits and personality. Pleasant watercolor-like visuals and sound effects. Definitely a successful genre experiment with somewhat unbalanced difficulty (leaning towards overly easy), worth a look for SRPG or RPG fans. 2 is stuck on the PSP and 3 never came out in the west. See above for 4.
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
Adventure / Bartending Sim
Comfy "talking sim" based in a 90s-style cyberpunk Japan. Make drinks for you customers and listen to their stories. Has a PC-98 style and just cool vibes all around.
Basically what if System Shock was a rogue like. You roll as a prisoner who has different traits each time(some with upside some with major downside) and try and navigate ships with a wide variety of gimmicks and enemies. Probably best played on PC with m+k but this version is a fine alternative.
Volgarr the Viking
Old-school style platformer notorious for its difficulty. Art isn't anything to write home about but if you're looking for a challenge this is for you.
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
The game that made Telltale a household name and predicated their downfall as they desperately tried and failed to replicate its success. It was successful for a reason though. A fantastic zombie apocalypse story and probably the best thing to come out of this property.
Solid medieval style Advance Wars clone. Doesn't quite match up in the aesthetic department but it's a better game than Tiny Metal and it's all you're gonna get as far as this style of SRPG as long as Nintendo holds a grudge against AW.
What Remains of Edith Finch
Quaint little walking sim about a girl investigating the mystery of her family curse where everyone for generations has died young and tragically. The whole game is at least cool, but there's one sequence that'll just smother you in the feels and it's worth it for that one alone.
What the Golf?
A silly little game where you start out just hitting the golf ball towards the hole and eventually your objectives progressively get more ridiculous. Fun for a jaunt.
One of the best NEOGEO games has since been ported everywhere. Basically a mix between volleyball and air hockey set in a 1980s Miami Beach setting. A fucking blast to play local with friends.
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