30. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Switch)

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Switch)Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Switch)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 23rd Apr 2019 (USA) / 23rd Apr 2019 (UK/EU)

Some will argue Dragon’s Dogma was hardly a perfect game when it was first released, and the passage of time will have done little to pacify those naysayers. The world of Gransys may lack the epic, intricate lore of Lordran, Drangleic and Lothric, but it more than makes up for this shortcoming in sheer scope; exploring the landscape is addictive in itself, and there’s always some new nook or cranny to investigate, even when you’re many, many hours in. Add in some of the most enjoyable real-time combat ever seen in an RPG and it becomes easier to appreciate just why this game has become so beloved over the past few years, even though Capcom has done little to spruce it up. Dragon’s Dogma nonetheless remains a fantastically gripping role-playing experience that manages to straddle the divide between exhilarating real-time action and stat-based adventuring.

29. Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)

Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 18th Oct 2019 (USA) / 18th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

If you're a gym addict you probably shouldn't throw out your membership card just yet, but for everyone else looking to get fitter, Ring Fit Adventure is a fantastic way to do it that won't bore you senseless. Play it properly and you'll definitely feel it the next morning – a sure sign that it's at least doing you some good – while the compelling adventure mode with its RPG elements will ensure that you'll keep coming back for more.

28. Doom II (Switch eShop)

Doom II (Switch eShop)Doom II (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Zenimax Media / Developer: Nerve Software
Release Date: 26th Jul 2019 (USA) / 26th Jul 2019 (UK/EU)

Much like the port of the first game, Doom II on Switch delivers a solid rendition of a classic FPS with only a handful of audio and visual issues preventing it from being perfect. It holds up just as well the original Doom does, and its price is similarly reasonable: as a result, we naturally recommend this one just as much as we do its predecessor.

27. Doom (Switch eShop)

Doom (Switch eShop)Doom (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Zenimax Media / Developer: Nerve Software
Release Date: 26th Jul 2019 (USA) / 26th Jul 2019 (UK/EU)

Given that we’ve only had SNES and GBA versions before, this new Switch port of Doom is the best version ever released on a Nintendo system by a country mile. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, though: its smattering of small technical issues (some of which have been addressed in a subsequent patch) does dampen the entertainment somewhat. That aside, if you’re looking to slay hordes of Hellspawn on the move, there’s no better way.

26. Baba Is You (Switch eShop)

Baba Is You (Switch eShop)Baba Is You (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Hempuli / Developer: Hempuli
Release Date: 13th Mar 2019 (USA) / 13th Mar 2019 (UK/EU)

Baba Is You is like a compilation of gift shop brain teasers; they’re not for everyone, but some people can’t get enough of them. And while it may sound like just another sketchy smartphone game, it’s surprisingly one of the most unique puzzlers you can find on the Switch and the way in which it encourages you to break its rules and create your own ones is refreshing and unique. Its sudden difficulty spike and lack of a hint system could easily discourage some from continuing, but if you enjoy a good brain teasing, you could easily spend hours getting lost within Baba’s puzzles. Just make sure to take a break or two, or you may forget which Baba is you.

25. New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch)

New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch)New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch)
Publisher: Playful Entertainment Inc. / Developer: Playful Entertainment Inc.
Release Date: 8th Nov 2019 (USA) / 8th Nov 2019 (UK/EU)

24. Katana ZERO (Switch eShop)

Katana ZERO (Switch eShop)Katana ZERO (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Askiisoft
Release Date: 18th Apr 2019 (USA) / 18th Apr 2019 (UK/EU)

Katana Zero is unmistakably a game that you need to add to your Switch collection. The tough, hair-raising action sequences, gripping narrative, and impeccable sense of style elevate Katana Zero high above many of its peers, cementing it as a modern classic that sets new standards for what a side scrolling action game can be. This is the kind of game that you’ll blindly play through once and soon find yourself wishing you could have that first-time experience again; there’s nothing else quite like it on the eShop and we can’t recommend it enough.

23. Final Fantasy IX (Switch eShop)

Final Fantasy IX (Switch eShop)Final Fantasy IX (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 13th Feb 2019 (USA) / 14th Feb 2019 (UK/EU)

Final Fantasy has been an institution in the JRPG genre for decades now, and Final Fantasy IX acts as a good reminder of why. Memorable characters, a wacky (and somewhat meandering) story, deep character customisation, and plenty of incredible environments certainly help make a case for why Final Fantasy IX deserves a spot on your Switch’s SD card, even if some elements of this game’s design have aged like milk. If you’re a fan of RPGs and somehow haven’t played this yet, it’s certainly worth a download for the privilege to play this classic on the go. On the other hand, if you’re just getting into RPGs, Final Fantasy IX may be a little too obtuse and archaic to recommend when compared to more modern releases. The bottom line is that, warts and all, Final Fantasy IX remains a great RPG to this day.

22. Collection of Mana (Switch)

Collection of Mana (Switch)Collection of Mana (Switch)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 11th Jun 2019 (USA) / 11th Jun 2019 (UK/EU)

What you've got here are two of the finest examples of the genre, accompanied by a third likeable entry which is also well worth a look. When you consider how many titles Konami is packing into its Anniversary Collection packages – and that their retail price is almost half what Square Enix is demanding for the three games included here – it's impossible to not question the value of Collection of Mana. However, there's no denying the fact that Secret of Mana is one of the finest console RPGs of all time, and even though it's readily available elsewhere, playing it on Switch is like wrapping yourself up in a warm and familiar blanket; it's just right somehow. We could argue that Secret of Mana is merely the appetiser for the real star of this collection: Trials of Mana. It's nothing short of a masterpiece and finally getting the chance to play it officially in English is a landmark moment for SNES and RPG fans alike.

21. Resident Evil (Switch eShop)

Resident Evil (Switch eShop)Resident Evil (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 21st May 2019 (USA) / 21st May 2019 (UK/EU)

In many ways, the first Resident Evil is – and can only ever be – a product of its time. Even when tuned and honed and buffed to perfection, it has its own idiosyncratic personality and ways; change them and you change the game. Cumbersome and horrifying in equal measure, it refuses to let you have your brains and eat them, so while series veterans will know what to expect, new players should prepare themselves for a schooling in game mechanics which have largely fallen out of fashion. Context is essential, then, but the Switch port shows this classic at its absolute best and there’s arguably no better way to sample the original Resident Evil formula in 2019, provided you’ve got the stomach for it.