Best Nintendo Switch Games 2018: Top titles to play right now

Despite launching less than 12 months ago, Nintendo Switch has already built up a spectacular library of the games that make it a must-have console for many.

We started out the gate with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, before being treated to a remake of a classic in the form of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. We then receive a long-awaited sequel in the form of Splatoon 2, but the exclusives didn’t end there as we also got ARMS, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Fire Emblem Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the astounding Super Mario Odyssey before year’s end.

We’ve compiled the very best titles to be found on Nintendo Switch so you can decide which ones are best for you!

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Developer: Monolith Soft

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a positively staggering JRPG offering hundreds upon hundreds of hours of content for players ready and willing to dig into its sprawling story and uncompromising systems. Its addictive combat system is complimented by an excellent ensemble cast you’ll come to root for as they aim to save the world of Alrest.

At times it’s hard to believe something like this is running on Nintendo’s portable console as you climb vast mountains and trawl through dark industrial cities. It’s one of Monolith Soft’s finest efforts yet, and feels right at home on Switch.

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DOOM

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Developer: id Software

When DOOM was first announced for Nintendo Switch we were genuinely blown away. We never imagined such a bloody, demanding shooter would makes its way onto Nintendo’s console. But here it is, and despite some visual compromises, it’s a great experience.

The satisfying gunplay, ferocious monsters and fantastic setting remain, and it plays great on Nintendo Switch both docked and in portable mode. Keep in mind that the multiplayer mode is a separate download, unlike other platformers.

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Developer: Nintendo 

Super Mario Odyssey is near-perfect. It carried ginormous expectations, but somehow Nintendo has managed to leapfrog over the bar by a huge distance. Offering the most satisfying gameplay experience of any Mario game to date.

Some will debate whether or not it matches Galaxy, but for me it does, thanks to its brilliant reinvention of the sandbox formula and incredible use of so many different tools.

You’ll become obsessed with collecting outfits and Power Moons, and fall in love with every kingdom you visit. Nintendo has had a wonderful 2017 and is rounding it off in style with the best Mario

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Stardew Valley

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Developer: ConcernedApe

ConcernedApe’s fantastic farming adventure has finally made its way to Nintendo Switch, and the wait has definitely been worth it.

Upon growing fed up of modern life you are given the opportunity to move into Pelican Town, an idyllic community where you’re free to create your own farm and live peacefully.

Through Stardew Valley you’ll grow crops, tend to animals and even blossom a romance with your favourite sweetheart. It sounds uneventful, but it’s one of the most engrossing games we’ve played in years.

 

 

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Developer: Ubisoft

Release Date: Out Now

When it was first teased at E3 2017, nobody imagined Mario and Rayman’s Raving Rabbids would make such a wonderful match. We especially didn’t expect the pairing to translate into a deep, compelling and unbelievably charming strategy title.

Games Editor Brett Phipps had lots of fun with the Switch exclusive, as you can see from his 8/10 review:

“Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is yet another great Nintendo Switch exclusive, and one of the most original Mario titles we’ve seen in a long time. It may not do much outside of the core combat, but even that is enough to keep you entertained for its duration.”

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Developer: Ubisoft

Rayman Legends is a masterful platformer that excels in almost every way. It’s stunningly crafted levels, adorable visuals and excellent music all leave a deep, lasting impression.

Those who’ve yet to experience it also have the best version yet to look forward to on Nintendo Switch with great visuals, additional levels and the added bonus of playing it anywhere you like.

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Developer: Nintendo

Breath of the Wild is a masterpiece of modern game design. It’s beautiful open world is absolutely packed with unique mysteries to discover, all of which feel brilliantly rewarding in their own way.

Despite overhauling many of the series’ core ideas, it’s quintessentially Zelda, updated for the modern age with what feels like an imaginative stroke of genius.

You’ll also stumble upon a number of firsts for the franchise such as voice acting, shrines and an expansive open world that never, ever holds your hand.

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Developer: Nintendo

Nintendo has delivered the definitive Mario Kart experience to Nintendo Switch. Combining the greatest Mario Kart ever in the form of MK8 with the versatility and dynamism of the Switch is a match made in heaven.

With plenty of new customisation options to help newer players get to grips, as well as added depth via new levels of drift boosting, 200cc trial modes and the all-new Battle Mode, this is an absolute must-buy for Nintendo Switch owners.

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ARMS

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Developer: Nintendo

ARMS is another example of Nintendo creating something entirely new and it working a treat.

A boxing game like you’ve never played before, ARMS lets players take on friends on the couch or online and take full advantage of the Joy-Con’s motion controls. Throwing punches with twists and turns to bend your character’s spaghetti-esque mitts, there’s a surprising level of strategy involved in what at first looks like a simple bash-em-up.

Once you get hooked on ARMS, it’s hard to stop playing, as there’s always a new challenger on the horizon.

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Snipperclips

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Developer: SFB Games

If you’re looking for a fun, accessible and downright hilarious multiplayer experience on Nintendo Switch, look no further than Snipperclips. With a Joy-Con in hand, you and up to four friends can work together or duke it out in a series of addictively creative puzzles.

All of these are designed wonderfully around the Switch’s portable screen, making it perfect for popping out in the cafe or on a commute. The charming shapes you control only add to the fun, pulling off a series of ridiculous facial expressions as they contort across the screen.

 

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Fast RMX

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An enhanced version of the Wii U original, Fast RMX is a blisteringly-fast racer that works brilliantly whether you’re playing solo or alongside a group of friends. Operating at a rock solid 1080p/60fps in docked mode, you won’t find a smoother racing experience on Switch that offers so much variety.

Filled with different vehicles, tracks and cups, Fast RMX is the spiritual successor to F-Zero fans have been waiting for. With support for up to four players, Fast RMX is the perfect way to race for non-kart fans.

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Developer: Nippon Icchi Software

Disgaea 5 gives Switch players a healthy dose of strategy RPG goodness at home and on the go. It helps that it’s a very good one that’ll keep you invested for hours on end.

Fans of JRPGs in particular have hundreds of potential hours of gameplay here to enjoy with so many endearing characters to meet and a beautiful aesthetic to boot.

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Snake Pass

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Developer: Sumo Digital

Sumo Digital has managed to somehow deliver a truly unique gaming experience in a year where we have more games to play than ever.

As Noodle the snake you must work through a series of levels collecting remnants to open the end portal, but how you collect these items is what makes the game so fun. Using the right trigger will see Noodle slither along, with the face buttons used to help him climb higher to reach ledges, but Noodle must be supported to climb otherwise he’ll fall.

It’s basically like a 3D adventure version of the classic Nokia Snake game.

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Shovel Knight

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Developer: Yacht Club Games

Yacht Club Games’ modern platforming classic has launched for countless platforms at this point, and feels right at home on Nintendo’s new console.

Taking clear inspiration from the likes of Super Metroid, Castlevania and Mega Man, Shovel Knight is packed with challenging levels to overcome that are perfect for home and portable play.

Its countless expansions are also worth a punt, presenting a varied twist on the core experience without sacrificing any of the creatively devious level design.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris

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Developer: SEGA

Puyo Puyo Tetris combines the most iconic puzzler of all time with an adorable bubble block puzzle game to create something entirely new and unique. Including a bizarre story mode, players can choose to play rounds of Puyo Puyo, Tetris, or fusions of the two.

There’s loads of modes to enjoy and a ton of content to keep puzzle fans hooked, and the AI offers plenty of challenge to keep you coming back. The only downside is the added cost of buying it on the Switch compared to PS4, but if you want to play it at home and on the go, it’s still worth the investment.

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Voez

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Developer: Rayark Inc

You’d think the Nintendo Switch display would be a perfect fit for touch-based rhythm games. Well, you thought right.

Voez is a port of an existing mobile title that, while a little pricey, brings an impressively robust musical outing to Switch.

Boasting over 100 bespoke songs from dozens of different artists, Voez also allows you to level up, customise your profile and chase friend’s high scores in pursuit of melodic supremacy. Keep in mind, Voez is only playable in portable mode due to its touch exclusive controls.

Splatoon 2

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Developer: Splatoon 2 

Splatoon 2 is a multiplayer shooter unlike any other, and it’s exactly the charming outing you’d expect from Nintendo. Instead of bullets, your weapons are filled with coloured ink used to splat your enemies and cover the environment in paint.

Matches are incredibly fast-paced and satisfying, offering a tense competition that always feels fun and refreshing. You’ve also got a meaty solo campaign to dig into alongside a bunch of neat customisation options for your personal squid kid.

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