Switch has become home to a great many games in a relatively short space of time. A great deal of them have appeared on other platforms, whether celebrated indie games or huge AAA releases getting a second wind on Nintendo's handheld hybrid. However, the console is also home to a clutch of brilliant exclusve titles which we have collected together - in no particular order - for your perusal below. If you're not concerned with exclusivity, check out our best Nintendo Switch games guide for the top 50 best games on the platform.
All of the games below are available only on Nintendo Switch and can't be found on PC or any other consoles - Nintendo ones included (sorry Breath of the Wild). As such, they form the bedrock of its software library and you'll obviously see lots of first-party titles. Regardless of their origin, the following represent the best exclusive games on Switch...
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Super Mario Odyssey is arguably Nintendo's finest hour on Nintendo Switch so far, returning Mario to the sandbox-style environments of Super Mario 64. The creativity and pure inventiveness on display is incredible, thanks largely to the introduction of Cappy, Mario's trademark hat which he can use to perform insane platforming moves and possess enemies to solve puzzles. If this isn't on your Switch yet, what are you waiting for?
Kirby Star Allies is the latest entry in the Kirby franchise and allows up to four players to work together to beat up a bunch of enemies Super Smash Bros. style. The big feature of this is the ability to combine different attacks and abilities to numerous different effect, like adding elements to weapons or turning them into different attacks entirely.
Mario Tennis Aces is the latest entry in the sports franchise that marks a glorious return of the single-player campaign. This time around it's more of an adventure though, with minigames and boss battles splitting up the matches. There's also plenty of room for multiplayer – both local and online – and you can even play with the Joy-Con's gyroscope just like in the Wii Sports days.
Snipperclips was the Nintendo Switch's indie darling launch title, and It basically sums up exactly what the Switch is all about: co-op, creativity, and a dash of competition. You have to work alongside a friend or two to cut shapes out of each other to solve a variety of tricky puzzles.
Speaking of creativity and cutting out stuff, Nintendo went and reinvented itself twice in a single generation with the introduction of Nintendo Labo. This solves the problem of all of those plastic peripherals you have lying around the house from previous Nintendo consoles by making the peripherals cardboard. It doesn't lose any of the magic though – you can play a piano, drive a motorbike, and make friends with a little pet inside a toy house. All with cardboard and your Nintendo Switch. The Labo Toy Con 04: VR Kit even enables you to explore the world of VR using just your Switch, a pair of plastic goggles with lenses and a bunch of rubber bands and plastic O-rings. And, of course, cardboard. It's great, and it also allows you to experience certain other titles including Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and even Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in special VR modes.
While Nintendo fans are falling over themselves begging for a new F-Zero (seriously Ninty, it's about time), the folks over at Shin'en Multimedia weren't in the mood to beg. Instead, the developer just went and made the Fast franchise on Nintendo platforms. You've got a wide variety of vehicles, racetracks, and an unrivalled sense of speed. Unrivalled, that is, until Nintendo pulls its finger out. F-Zero is actually quite different, but until that arrives, Fast RMX is filling the speedy anti-grav racing void admirably.
Nintendo doesn't just make a game in a genre, it makes that genre work for it. We saw that with Splatoon, which reinvented the competitive online shooter, and now with ARMS. In many ways, this is as much of a puzzler as it is an action-packed fighter. Given that you're often fighting enemies from range, and your punches take time to land, you really have to try and catch your opponent off guard.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle surprised us all when it launched. Who would have thought that an XCOM-inspired tactical RPG featuring Mario and the Rabbids could be so good?! So good, in fact, that it remains one of the best Nintendo Switch exclusives to this day.
Golf Story is like a spiritual successor to Mario Golf on the Game Boy Color, in that it marries RPG gameplay with golf. It's an odd combination that, perhaps more oddly, works really well. You'll explore eight unique environments, solving the world's (and your own!) problems by hitting them with a golf ball.