Best Switch Games

In nearly three years since the console launched Switch has amassed a huge amount of software. Of course, this abundance of riches leaves us in something of a pickle - too much software, not enough time to play it all. In fairness, it's a very nice problem to have - Help! There are too many excellent games to choose from!

To help you sort through the pile of new games dumped on the eShop every week, we asked Nintendo Life readers to rate their favourite games and the list below is the result. As with our round-up of the 50 best 3DS games of all time, the order here is taken from the user ratings associated with Switch games on this site's database AND the ranking is fluid - it changes over time reflecting new releases according to their rating.

If you've previously rated the games, just sit back and enjoy. If, however, you've yet to give your personal score, clicking on each game's rating below will enable you to cast your vote and affect the list. Can't see your favourite? Head to our library of Switch games (click the games tab at the top of the page) and input your own ratings. A game needs a minimum of fifty ratings to become eligible, so it's entirely possible to influence the ranking and get your favourite games onto the list.

Without further ado, let's dive into this selection of the best Switch games until now...

50. Dead Cells (Switch)

Dead Cells (Switch)Dead Cells (Switch)
Publisher: Motion Twin / Developer: Motion Twin
Release Date: 7th Aug 2018 (USA) / 7th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

Dead Cells is a masterclass in excellent roguelike design, mixing together nonstop intense action sequences, gorgeous vistas, and an addictive loop of unlocks and rewards into a beautiful experience that no Switch owner will want to go without. There’s dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of content available here, and though some sense of repetition can creep in every now and then, it’s remarkable how fresh Dead Cells can stay through all those hours. This game is a blast to play, full of visual splendor, and packed with things to do; don’t miss out on this one, it’s a must-buy.

49. SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Image & Form / Developer: Image & Form
Release Date: 28th Dec 2017 (USA) / 28th Dec 2017 (UK/EU)

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition is a fantastic port of a fantastic game, and it fits perfectly on the Switch. Deep, engaging gameplay and stylish presentation combine to make this one of the standout indie releases of the year; this is a great example of a well put-together title. If you are at all a fan of strategy games, or are just looking for a fun diversion to occupy your time for a couple of weeks, pick this up. It puts a neat twist on standard turn-based strategy gameplay, and stands as another fantastic entry in the SteamWorld series.

48. Sonic Mania (Switch eShop)

Sonic Mania (Switch eShop)Sonic Mania (Switch eShop)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Christian Whitehead
Release Date: 15th Aug 2017 (USA) / 15th Aug 2017 (UK/EU)

Sonic Mania is a true return to form for the mascot, in his 2D 'Classic' guise at least, and celebrates the glory days of the original games while also enhancing their qualities and taking on new ideas. From new areas, imaginative second acts and some delightful boss encounters, the development team poured a lot of passion and talent into the project. With new characters and modes added in the 'Plus' retail version (also available as DLC), some neat tweaks iron out some of the kinks present in the original release, but regardless of the version you pick up, it's of the best 2D platformers of recent memory.

47. Bayonetta (Switch eShop)

Bayonetta (Switch eShop)Bayonetta (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: PlatinumGames
Release Date: 16th Feb 2018 (USA) / 16th Feb 2018 (UK/EU)

After almost a decade Bayonetta is starting to show her age, but that doesn’t stop this hyperactive melee/shooter action mashup from being one of the most rewarding and memorable cult hits of the previous generation. Retooled for Nintendo Switch, one of Platinum Games’ most accomplished titles feels revitalised in both handheld and tabletop modes, serving up a meaty first course in the full witchy buffet to come.

46. 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.

45. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch)

Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch)Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: SEGA
Release Date: 25th Sep 2018 (USA) / 25th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a sublime strategy experience that fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on. The engaging, character-driven plot, third-person action, deep customization options, and high replayability make this one an easy recommendation, although pacing issues and cumbersome menu management may make it a little more intimidating for newcomers to the genre. We're also undecided about where it fits in the franchise hall of fame; the original game perhaps just shades it. All the same, we’d recommend you give Valkyria Chronicles 4 a go; this is a strong return to form for the series, and it’s a great entry point for Nintendo fans.

44. Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch)

Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch)Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch)
Publisher: NIS America / Developer: Nippon Ichi
Release Date: 23rd May 2017 (USA) / 26th May 2017 (UK/EU)

Disgaea 5 Complete offers an extraordinary volume of content, its own quirky approach to storytelling and a complex set of systems that complement each other well. There are so many terrific parts to the game, but they do get jumbled together somewhat. For Disgaea fans this game is worth a purchase, especially as it includes all DLC from the original and plays beautifully on the go. For strategy RPG fans we still give it a hearty recommendation, but with the proviso that it's more demanding and tougher to master than many of its genre contemporaries. If you're up for the challenge and time investment, and can tolerate its zany characters and settings, then it's well worth adding to your Nintendo Switch collection.

43. Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch)

Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch)Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch)
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment / Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Release Date: 2nd Nov 2018 (USA) / 2nd Nov 2018 (UK/EU)

Diablo III: Eternal Collection is a lovely port of a classic RPG loot-a-thon that keeps its feet firmly in the past. The execution is wonderful, but its gameplay is not something that will appeal to everyone due to the high level of repetition. Its visuals are clear and functional if not especially interesting, but performance is top notch to make up for it. It's one of those games which is best played with friends, too, and while you can play online, couch co-op offers a rich experience as you battle demons and collect loot together - three local players can drop-in and join you on your quest. If you’re looking for a loot-driven grind-a-thon with more explosions of viscera than you can comfortably discuss with your mother, this is the game for you.

42. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (Switch eShop)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (Switch eShop)Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (Switch eShop)
Publisher: WayForward / Developer: WayForward
Release Date: 20th Mar 2018 (USA) / 20th Mar 2018 (UK/EU)

41. Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Larian Studios / Developer: Larian Studios
Release Date: 4th Sep 2019 (USA) / 4th Sep 2019 (UK/EU)

From its opening moments upon a prison ship bound for Fort Joy to non-stop adventures that take you across the high seas to the Reaper’s Coast, Nameless Isle and beyond, Divinity: Original Sin 2 simply dazzles. In its seemingly endless parade of well-written characters, hilarious narration, deep and rewarding physics-based combat and the myriad ways in which it allows to you to engage and toy and with its systems, this is a truly epic RPG that revels in choice more than any other that’s come before it. It takes the old-school isometric style of Baldur’s Gate, layers it with an unparalleled level of attention to detail and fuses it with a thoroughly modern take on meaningful player decisions, resulting in one of the greatest role-playing games available on any platform; and it’s all here, present and correct on a portable console.