10 Best Switch Games Right Now

Updated: February 13, 2019

We’re just shy of the Nintendo Switch being two years old and it already feels like the console has been around for a while. Thanks to a catalog of incredible games and the functionality to take it on the go, the Switch is beginning to make waves in popular culture. Take a look at our updated list of the best games for the Nintendo Switch and let us know what you think. Is there a game missing from our top-ten?

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

It should come as no surprise that Breath of the Wild is 1st on our list. Not only did the talented team at Nintendo refresh a beloved franchise, but they pushed the boundaries of a genre even further than thought possible. You’ll never look at an open world game the same way because of this game.

- Jake Martin

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Some argue this is the least Zelda-like Zelda game ever made, and that argument is sound if you look back as far as the Super Nintendo to a Link to the Past, but this title takes its inspiration from the OG Legend of Zelda on NES and steers the focus on exploration and survival rather than focusing on a linear story that features around eight themed dungeons. The result is what ranks as my favorite open world adventure ever created.

- Landry Smith

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2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

It’s not hard to understand why this game is one of the “must-own” titles for the Switch. The name is also fitting, in that it truly is the “ultimate” version of Super Smash Bros. Smash Ultimate features every single fighter from each game in the series, as well as every stage. The combat has been refined from Smash 4, and there is a robust offering of single player content through the World of Light, Classic Mode, Spirit Mode, and much, much more. It’s almost overwhelming. While the online functionality isn’t on par with modern consoles, it is still a blast facing off against friends or other competitors. Include the upcoming DLC content, and I believe Smash Ultimate will continue to have legs for years to come.

- Jake Martin

I confess, I’m not the biggest Smash player. I hopped on at Brawl and was initially intrigued because of the museum aspect of the game rather than the competitive fighting aspect. Smash 4 was great and provided the same multiplayer fun but lacked enough content to engage one player for much time at all. This game remedies that with a bloated but charming World of Light mode that has forced me to play Smash in new ways and with characters I wouldn’t have tried outside of the mode. Some of those characters I wound up thoroughly enjoying. It is also the most adaptable and flexible Smash game ever created as far as rule sets, characters, and stages go. It’s a must have multiplayer experience and a blast for solo players as well.

- Landry Smith

3. Super Mario Odyssey

It reaches the heights of classic 3D Mario titles such as Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. It’s packed to the gills with moons to discover, costumes to buy (with in-game currency), and secrets to stumble upon. The worlds are far-ranging and each one has its own unique hook and aesthetic. There simply isn’t much wrong with this game.

- Landry Smith

Following with what was said about Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey reinvents the franchise for the better. With the new capture mechanic, playing Mario has never been more interesting. Just when you think you’ve learned all there is to learn, a new enemy or puzzle will be introduced that has you adapting on the fly.

- Jake Martin

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4. Celeste

Celeste isn’t a Switch exclusive, but it definitely feels right at home on the console. Where some might say that a majority of games on the Switch are a bit easy, Celeste is a game that offers plenty of challenge to those who look for it. Platformers aren't often heavy on the story content, but that's where Celeste shines. You play as a young girl, Madeline, who suffers from depression and panic attacks. The mountain serves as a literal and symbolic obstacle that she climbs to address her inner demons. Oh, and the soundtrack is amazing. 

- Jake Martin

Celeste was the most surprising game of 2018 in my opinion and it came out in January! I still play it occasionally to try and chip away at those pesky B-Sides and collect the last few strawberries. The platforming is top-notch, the story of overcoming depression and anxiety is sweet, charming and emotionally moving, and the color palette of the game fits the mood of every story beat as it comes to its crescendo. There is much more to say about this game, but it stands as one of the best games on Switch in some steep competition.

- Landry Smith

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5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

A true “classic” on any Nintendo device, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is everything great about the Wii U version, with a revamped battle mode and steering controls. The online racing modes work flawlessly and being able to play Mario Kart on the go with another friend is what makes this game a must-have in your collection.

- Jake Martin

It’s the best Mario Kart game made to date on Nintendo’s newest hybrid console that you can take with you anywhere and challenge friends on the go more easily than ever before. The online is actually pretty good on this game too which is a nice bonus, especially since Nintendo’s online modes are littered with landmines that typically destroy everyone’s fun.

- Landry Smith

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6. Stardew Valley

I never thought I would like Stardew Valley. A game that has you tending to a farm is not my idea of a fun time. But somehow, Stardew Valley has gamified life on a farm perfectly to where I take a ton of pride in my humble homestead. I’m eagerly awaiting the chance to play the multiplayer patch that just launched.

- Landry Smith

I don’t need to say much about this indie darling that hasn’t already been said. If you like farming/role-playing games and a lovingly crafted, 32-bit world, you need to pick up Stardew Valley. Just look at any review website and you’ll notice that it has near perfect scores everywhere. Again, having this game on the go is a no-brainer and fits perfectly with the Switch.

- Jake Martin

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7. Pokemon Let’s Go Evee/Pikachu

The Let’s Go games mark the first Pokemon experience to land on a home console and it’s welcome to stay. While not the “traditional” Pokemon experience that fans were looking for, Let’s Go is chock full of charm that longtime fans of the series will enjoy. Seeing all of the iconic characters from your childhood, re-imagined in full 3D visuals is something to behold. With intuitive quality-of-life improvements, and more casual catching mechanics, Pokemon Let’s Go will make you want to catch em’ all, again.

- Jake Martin

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8. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

If you’re still itching for a Mario Experience but want to take a break from platforming, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is the game for you. Even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of the tactical shooter genre, this game has plenty of charm to carry you through the near 12-hour campaign. You wouldn’t think that Rabbids and the Mushroom Kingdom would mesh well, but the team at Ubisoft have created something truly unique for the Switch library.

- Jake Martin

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9. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Like Stardew Valley, this is another indie title that you’ve probably heard of. What’s great about Treasure Trove, is that it includes all of the DLC released since it first debuted in 2014. This game is a must for anyone who is a fan of the traditional Megaman or Castlevania series. You can tell that the developers at Yacht Club Games have a lot of love for retro game design, and it really shines in Shovel Knight.

- Jake Martin

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10. Splatoon 2

Nintendo doesn’t mess around when it comes to their first party IP; Splatoon is no different. If you’re not a fan of shooters, don’t let Splatoon 2 scare you away. While the main mechanic in the game has you “shooting” ink, the actual objective is all about inking as much of the map with your team’s color. There’s loads of time to be spent in the single-player campaign if playing online isn’t necessarily your thing. If you want to hold out a little bit longer, the Octo Expansion is set to release this Summer and brings with it 80 new missions for the single-player campaign.

- Jake Martin

This is another game on the list that came out in 2017 that I put many hours into in 2018. A lot of that has to do with some amazing single player DLC that came out this year that, in my opinion, is better than the original game’s single player content. Splatoon 2 is also one example of Nintendo doing online right. The game runs smooth online and they do enough to engage the community regularly with splatfests and a steady stream of new game content.

- Landry Smith

** This list will be updated regularly to reflect the top 10 best Nintendo Switch games.

Games Removed From This List:

Feb 13, 2019 - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Golf Story