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Best Nintendo Switch Games So Far – May 2022

Across these years, Nintendo Switch has built an impressive catalog of games that could easily be considered one of the best in the industry!

Nintendo Switch launched back in 2017. Since then, the console has received constant and outstanding first-party support.

Additionally, third-party support has been consistent due to the console’s success. This has resulted in a wonderful repertoire of games for players of the platform to enjoy.

There is a bit here for every gamer to enjoy, from the most intricate narratives to the most relaxing indie titles.

Without a doubt, the Nintendo Switch has some of the best games Nintendo has to offer. These are some of the games you simply can not miss on this platform!

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20. Rocket League

Rocket League is certainly not the newest game on this list. Nevertheless, it is one of the most fun ones to play.

This game is, in essence, football (soccer, depending on who you ask) matches with cars. The gameplay in Rocket League is simple to grasp but hard to master.

This leads to a rewarding gameplay loop that rarely results in boredom. A huge plus is that the game is cross-platform, so you can enjoy it with all your friends no matter where they are playing.

Developer: Psyonix
Multiplayer Support: Multiplayer Online
Genre: Sports, Arcade

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Psyonix

19. Axiom Verge

If you like retro games, especially the original Metroid games on NES and SNES, Axiom Verge is one of the best games available on Nintendo Switch for you.

You get the chance to control Trace, a scientist who awakens in the alien world Sudra after a lab accident. Regarding gameplay, Axiom Verge offers up to 60 different items and power-ups.

Hands down, Axiom Verge is one of the best examples of a modern Metroidvania done right!

Developer: Tom Happ
Multiplayer Support: Single Player
Genre: Metroidvania, Action-Adventure, 2D Platformer

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Tom Happ

18. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Retro is king in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. The game was an instant hit when it launched, and Shovel Knight deserved every bit of praise it received.

Shovel Knight is what you imagined classic old-school platformers felt like. It has the gameplay accuracy and graphical detail of modern games, but it retains a gorgeous stylized 2D pixel art aesthetic.

Treasure Trove is a collection of all the DLCs the original game received, so you are getting a ton of content with this one!

If you want to enjoy one of the best platform games available on Nintendo Switch, look no further than Shovel Knight.

Developer: Yacht Club Games
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: Action, 2D Platformer

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Yacht Club Games

17. Monster Hunter Rise

The epic Monster Hunter franchise revisits Nintendo consoles once again with Rise! Arguably, this was not the saga’s best launch.

The game lacked content, and it took a while before the developer added critical components through updates.

However, in its current state, Monster Hunter Rise is still one of the best games you can play on Nintendo Switch.

The gameplay in Rise is one of the most accessible in the series to date, making it a perfect entry point for those who have never experienced Monster Hunter.

Monster Hunter Rise is a secure bet if you want to enjoy a fantastic action RPG with addicting gameplay with your friends!

Developer: Capcom
Multiplayer Support: Single Player, Co-Op Multiplayer (Local with multiple systems and online)
Genre: Action RPG

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16. Luigi’s Mansion 3

This one does not need much introduction. Luigi’s Mansion has become a synonym for greatness in the action-adventure genre.

Luckily for fans, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is no exception to this rule. The game is gorgeous to the point you can hardly believe it is running on a portable console.

This time the adventure takes Luigi to a haunted hotel, with different thematic for each level. The classic humor and charm of the franchise are taken to the next level with Luigi’s Mansion 3!

Developer: Next Level Games
Multiplayer Support: Single Player, Multiplayer (Co-OP and PvP modes, local and online)
Genre: Action-Adventure

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Next Level Games

15. Bayonetta 2

The witch queen returned to continue her adventures in Bayonetta 2! This title launched exclusively on Wii U and fortunately received a Switch port.

Bayonetta 2 is one of the best, if not the best, hack and slash games on the Nintendo Switch. Its frantic and satisfying combat pairs perfectly with an engaging world and characters.

Bayonetta herself is a memorable character that makes you keep playing for “just one more hour.” This title is so great that fans have clamored for the release of Bayonetta 3 for years now!

Developer: Nintendo / PlatinumGames
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: Action-Adventure, Hack and Slash

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Nintendo / PlatinumGames

14. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem is highly regarded as one of the best tactical RPG games available for Nintendo platforms.

Even with so many high expectations for the franchise, Three Houses surpassed these standards, surprising many when it launched.

The story is exceptionally well presented, with many meaningful gameplay mechanics that actually affect the game’s narrative.

As well, despite its tactical and strategy roots, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is very accessible for beginners and newcomers to the saga.

Developer: Intelligent Systems / Koei Tecmo
Multiplayer Support: Single Player
Genre: Tactical RPG

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Intelligent Systems / Koei Tecmo

13. The House in Fata Morgana: Dreams of the Revenants Edition

When it comes to graphic novels, The House in Fata Morgana is the best representation of this game genre on the Nintendo Switch!

This entry can hardly be considered a game, but that is not bad if you like graphic novels. This title has just a handful of meaningful choices for you to make in almost 40 hours.

That might sound tedious, but few stories are worthy of that amount of dedication, and The House in Fata Morgana is one of those stories.

Once you start this complex story, it will be hard to stop until you reach what is one of the best finales in a graphic novel game to date.

Developer: HuneX
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: Visual Novel, Adventure

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HuneX

12. Super Mario Maker 2

Without question, Mario games are one of the best platforms in history. Each franchise entry has brought some level of innovation, elevating the genre to new heights.

Mario Maker is a recollection of all these gameplay mechanics and art styles in the form of an accessible sandbox for players to create their own Mario masterpieces.

Mario Maker 2 takes this concept and pushes it even further with more tools and art styles to experiment with.

If you love Mario games, this is a no-brainer!

Developer: Emberlab
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: Action Adventure, Third-Person

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11. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

As far as RPGs go, Xenoblade is generally included in the lists as one of the best ones of all time.

The story follows Shulk, who can wield the Monado, a weapon that is key to the long-lasting conflict afflicting his world.

Xenoblade’s story is one worth experiencing, and its exciting world and gameplay make this an easy task for those who are used to action RPGs.

Additionally, the Definitive Edition includes a new epilogue and many quality of life improvements.

Developer: Monolith Soft
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: Action RPG

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Monolith Soft

10. Celeste

This title is a very charming and unique experience. In this game, you help Madeline climb Mount Celeste. The road is not easy, and the game’s platforming can be pretty challenging at times.

Nevertheless, Celeste is a gratifying experience. Its characters and lovely art are much more than meets the eye.

You will find a rewarding ending and an emotional story that lingers way beyond its 8-hour duration at the end of this one.

I played Celeste back in 2018, and its story still sticks with me to this day.

Developer: Matt Makes Games Inc.
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: 2D Platformer

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Matt Makes Games Inc.

09. Kirby and the Forgotten Land

This is one of the most recent titles on this list. Kirby and the Forgotten Land makes a triumphant return of this saga to the 3D platformer scene.

The premise of this title was a bit unconventional, to say the least. Kirby explores open 3D environments that resemble abandoned ruins of a past civilization.

The gameplay remains familiar but adds new twists to keep things fresh. Overall, this is the best Kirby game on Nintendo Switch!

Developer: Nintendo / HAL Labs
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: Action, 3D Platformer

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Nintendo / HAL Labs

08. Metroid Dread

Metroid Dread was a forgotten myth among die-hard Nintendo fans. The game was initially conceived as a Nintendo DS title in the mid-2000s.

Since then, the idea of a continuation to Metroid Fusion has been canned until now.

Metroid Dread launched in 2021, and it instantly became one of the best games to launch in the year and on the platform altogether.

The gameplay, animations, and art direction of this game are superb. Without question, Metroid Dread is a technical achievement on Nintendo Switch and one of the best games to date on the platform.

Developer: Mercury Steam / Nintendo
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: 2D Action-Adventure, Metroidvania

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Mercury Steam / Nintendo

07. Pokemon Legends Arceus

Game Freak has been experimenting with minor changes to the Pokemon formula. But Pokemon Legends Arceus is by far the biggest and best departure of the original formula to date.

This experimentation panned out extremely well, as the game became the second fastest-selling game on Nintendo Switch.

Arceus presented extensive areas for exploration, with many new mechanics that ditched the rigid turn-based combat for a more action-oriented gameplay style.

The game is far from perfect, but it gives Pokemon fans a needed and deserved catch of fresh air even within its flaws.

If you are a Pokemon fan or a newcomer to the series, do not hesitate to give this one a shot!

Developer: Game Freak
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: Action RPG

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Game Freak

06. Hades

Hades was a pleasant surprise and even Game of the Year for many gamers. It made even those who are not fond of roguelikes enjoy the game.

The story presents a simple premise: Zagreus, Hades’ son, wants to leave the Underworld since his father is, well, a lousy and mean god.

In particular, this game has a lot to offer. Its combat is incredibly fun due to how much there is to tinker with!

Each run feels different, and the story progresses very organically as you do several runs. Hades is simple but one of the best games for Nintendo Switch right now.

Developer: Supergiant Games
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: Roguelike, Action RPG

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Supergiant Games

05. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

This game literally requires no introduction. Almost every Nintendo fan has, at some point, shared a good match of Smash Bros. with their friends.

Ultimate really has a suiting name, as it brings a truly ultimate experience to Smash Bros. Every fighter and stage the franchise has ever seen is included in this bundle.

Aside from that already massive roster, there are additional characters that Nintendo added through DLC. You can not skip this one! It is a must-have for gaming parties and hangouts with your buddies.

Developer: Nintendo, HAL Labs, Bandai Namco Games, Sora Ltd.
Multiplayer Support: Multiplayer (up to 8 players)
Genre: Fighting, 2D

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04. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart is already a go-to title for Nintendo fans. It is a perfect game to play alone, online, at parties, and even in tournaments.

You do not need to spend hours to enjoy some racing, making it the perfect game for a portable console. Every bit of goodness in the Mario Kart saga has been elevated in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Some leaks hinted that Mario Kart 9 is already in development, but while you wait, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe received a multitude of new courses through DLC!

Due to its impressive amount of content, gorgeous graphics, and exhilarating gameplay, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling game on Nintendo Switch to date.

Developer: Nintendo
Multiplayer Support: Up to 12 players online 
Genre: Racing, Arcade

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03. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Speaking about best sellers on Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the second best-selling game on the platform!

This spot in the list is well deserved as this game takes the charming simulation game most Nintendo fans love to the next level.

New Horizons is a relaxing and fun experience to share with friends. You are an islander, meeting all your neighbors, interacting with the island, changing it little by little.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the best modern simulators, with accessible gameplay that always manages to keep you entertained.

Developer: Nintendo
Multiplayer Support: Single Player, Co-Op Online and Local Component 
Genre: Simulation

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02. Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best games available on Nintendo Switch. Also, it can easily be considered one of the best Mario games in a long time.

Odyssey takes some liberties with the formula by allowing players to explore more extensive areas and collect Moons by completing smaller tasks.

These changes mixed with top-notch platforming gameplay result in an unmissable Mario story.

The story on this one does not reinvent the wheel, but it certainly is enough to keep up the charm and fantastic level design.

If you own a Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey is a must-have!

Developer: Nintendo
Multiplayer Support: Single Player, Minor Co-OP support
Genre: 3D Platformer. Action

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01. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

At last, we are at the final entry, the best game available on Nintendo Switch. This one is, for most, a no-brainer. Few games are as revolutionary as Breath of the Wild was when it launched.

Open world games usually have some exploring restrictions. Nevertheless, Breath of the Wild erased those limits almost entirely, creating one of the most satisfying gameplay loops in modern gaming.

Mind you, the game is not flawless, and there are some lackluster segments in the open world. However, there is always something interesting to explore next that keeps you coming for more.

Some might stick with Ocarina of Time as the best Zelda game ever, but undoubtedly Breath of the Wild is the most revolutionary Nintendo Switch title.

Developer: Nintendo
Multiplayer Support: Single Player 
Genre: Action-Adventure, Open World

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