Topic: Ranking Switch's First Party Lineup

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If you had to rank Switch's first party lineup by tier (your own personal feelings, not necessarily an objective analysis), what would it look like? IMPORTANT: For the purpose of this thread, anything Nintendo published counts as long as it's exclusive to Switch or only available on other Nintendo platforms and not "rival" systems (I.E. Astral Chain, Bayonetta 2, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 count, while Dragon Quest Builders, Bayonetta, and DQXI don't)

A Tier:

  • Astral Chain
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2

B Tier:

  • Boxboy + Boxgirl
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • Luigi's Mansion 3
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Yoshi's Crafted World

C Tier:

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Go Vacation
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Nintendo LABO Toy-Con 04: VR Kit

D Tier:

  • None

F Tier:

  • None

Overall I've been pretty pleased with the first party offerings on the system, with nothing I'd say I regret. I even return to my "C Tier" games from time to time as I consider them solid games, just not mindblowing.

Edited on by RR529

Currently Playing:
Switch - Blade Strangers
PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)


What about splatoon 2, where would that go ???



@Ninfan, that was just my own personal ranking, and I've never played Splatoon 2.

Feel free to make your own ranking, as that's what this thread is for 😃!

Currently Playing:
Switch - Blade Strangers
PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)


A Tier

  • Astral Chain
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Fire Emblem Three Houses
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • DKC Tropical Freeze
  • Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition
  • Splatoon 2
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Luigi's Mansion 3

B Tier

  • Smash Ultimate
  • NSMBU Deluxe
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
  • Pokemon Sword
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Link's Awakening
  • Mario + Rabbids
  • Starlink Star Fox Edition (Starlink is multiplatform but the Star Fox content separates it enough from the other versions)

C Tier

  • ARMS
  • Yoshi's Crafted World
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Pokken Tournament DX
  • Super Mario Party
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Mario & Sonic 2020
  • Box Boy + Box Girl
  • Tetris 99

D Tier

  • BotW

Have a few that I own but haven't played yet outside of demos so they aren't ranked, also the games in each tier aren't in a specific order.

Edited on by Grumblevolcano


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Without going over each individual game, overall I would grade the Switch's first party lineup as a solid "B". Leaps and bounds better than XBone's first party lineup, yet less impressive than PS4's first party lineup. Keep in mind that's the opinion of someone who thinks BotW is overrated. But the Switch is a little under three years old. If you ask this question again at the end of the Switch's sixth year my opinion will most likely be different.

Edited on by Magician

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Considering the amount of games I own,over 250, I don't have too many Nintendo published ones.

Tier A

Breath of the Wild
Mario Odyssey
Splatoon 2
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Astral Chain
Luigi's Mansion 3
Tetris 99

Tier B

Mario Tennis Aces
Octopath Traveler

Tier C

Links Awakening
Mario and Rabbids

I know Tetris 99 isn't really an A tier game but I love it so much that I can't bring myself to rank it any lower. Links Awakening would be B if wasn't so choppy. I've held off on playing through it in the hope it gets patched but as time goes by, I'm less optimistic it ever will. If I had the Switch versions of Bayonetta 2 and DKTF, they would be in Tier A

Edited on by OorWullie

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2017 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2017 - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
2017 - Super Mario Odyssey
2017 - Splatoon 2
2017 - Xenoblade Chronicles 2
2018 - Bayonetta 1 & 2
2018 - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
2018 - Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country
2018 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2018 - TETRIS 99
2019 - Yoshi's Crafted World
2019 - Super Mario Maker 2
2019 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses
2019 - Astral Chain
2019 - Dragon Quest Builders 2
2019 - Luigi's Mansion 3
2019 - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
2019 - Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
2019 - Pokémon Sword
2019 - Pokémon Shield
2019 - Ring Fit Adventure
2020 - Dr. Kawashima's Brain Age for Nintendo Switch
2020 - Animal Crossing: New Horizons
2020 - Xenoblade Chronicles - Definitive Edition


2017 - ARMS
2017 - Octopath Traveler
2018 - Dragon Quest Builders
2018 - Hyrule Warriors - Definitive Edition
2018 - Kirby: Star Allies
2018 - Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu
2018 - Pokémon Let's Go Eevee
2018 - Pokémon Tekken DX
2018 - Fitness Boxing
2019 - Fire Emblem Warriors
2019 - Nintendo LABO 01 02 03 04
2019 - Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
2019 - Mario Tennis Aces
2019 - New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
2019 - Super Mario Party
2019 - The World Ends With You -Final Remix-
2020 - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
2020 - Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX


2017 - 1-2-SWITCH
2017 - Snipperclips Plus
2018 - Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
2018 - Go Vacation
2019 - MARVEL Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
2019 - Cadence of Hyrule
2019 - The Stretchers


2017 - Flip Wars
2018 - Pokémon Quest
2019 - Super Kirby Clash

Edited on by SKTTR

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@SKTTR, as I mentioned in the first post, for the purposes of this thread the first Bayonetta and the Dragon Quest games aren't eligable as they are available in some form on non-Nintendo platforms.

Great list though.

Currently Playing:
Switch - Blade Strangers
PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)



Here's my opinions on the games you shared.
Also nice list you have!

A Tier
Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

B Tier
Astral Chain
Super Mario Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Luigi's Mansion 3
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

C Tier
Box Boy + Box Girl
Yoshi's Crafted World
New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
Kirby's Star Allies
Go Vacation
Nintendo Labo
Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

D Tier
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Fire Emblem Warriors



@the8thark, no need to rank the specific games I did. You can rank any first party games you've played (I only ask not to include the first Bayonetta & the Dragon Quest games, as while they're Nintendo published on Switch, they're available on the other manufacturers' systems).

Currently Playing:
Switch - Blade Strangers
PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)


@OorWullie you have 250 switch games, were any of them not worth buying



Mine :

S tier (90 - 100) 😘
Dragon Quest Builders 2
FF VIII HD Remaster

A tier (80 - 89) 😀
Portal Knights
Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
LEGO CITY Undercover
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Dragon Quest Builders 1
Evoland Legendary Edition
Animal Crossing New Horizons

B tier (70 - 79) 🙂
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Super Mario Odyssey
Yonder the Cloud Catcher Chronicles
LABO 01, 03
Go Vacation
Pokemon Sword / Shield
Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu / Eevee
Chocobo Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy
Model Debut #Nicola
Pretty Princess Magical Coordinate
Super Mario Maker 2
Luigi Mansion 3
New Super Luckys Tale
Ring Fit Adventures
Sumiko Gurashi School Life

C tier (60 - 69) 😐
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Bomberman R
Pokken Tournament DX
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Xenoblade 2
Lost Sphear
Overcooked 1 & 2
Poi: Explorer Edition
Sushi Strikers
Mario Tennis Aces
Penguin Wars
Little Dragon's Cafe
World of Final Fantasy MAXIMA
Youtuber's Life OMG Edition
Crash Bandicoot N'Sane Trilogy
99 Vidas
Waku Waku Sweets
My Time at Portia
New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
Captain Toad Reasure Trackers
Yoshi Crafted World
Sports Party
Override Mech City Brawl
Little Friends:Dogs & Cats

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1. Dance Dance Revolution
2. Para Para Paradise
3. DrumMania
4. Beatmania IIDX
5. Pop'n Music
6. KeyboardMania
7. Martial Beat

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@Anti-Matter Thread is about First party games champ, not everything most of your list are 3rd party games. Also a bit disingenuous to rate games that aren't even out yet don't you think.

Here's mine:

Mario Odyssey
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Mario Maker 2
Mario Rabbids
Hyrule Warriors
Links Awakening

Kirby Star Allies
Capt Toad
Yoshis Crafted World

1-2 Switch

Edited on by redd214



I haven't found many interesting games to play on the Switch and I don't include ports or dual releases (otherwise BOTW would be at the very top - but it's a Wii U game to me), so this list will be short:

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Pokemon Sword/Shield
Mario Tennis Aces


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I just have one switch game, just bought a switch for christmas.

Splatoon 2.

I started thinking lately that I don't want to play games that I have to break my back to play them. I think most of them games are made for the Japanese market, I think they like rock hard games In japan. Splatoon 2 is sort of easy going I think. Nice one😃



@Ninfan I don't have many but there are a few I regret buying. Gone Home is without doubt the one I regret buying the most. The loss of 20 quid or whatever it cost me didn't bother me but the loss of 2 or 3 hours of my life did. My 2nd biggest regret is Saints Row The Third. The game is fine but the port is not and the publishers attitude about the state of the game since it released has made me dislike it even more.

Going through my collection, the others that I wish I hadn't bought are Slime San, Neonwall, Surgeon Simulator,The Flame in the Flood, Oniken, Legendary Eleven, Hyper Sentinel, Skies of Fury, Floor Kids, Void Space Racing and finally Mega Man Legacy Collection. I'll never learn with Mega Man, I've never liked the series but I keep buying his games each gen in the hope that one day I will.

Not too bad really for the amount that I have. A good chunk of my collection (around 80) are made up of retro, arcade and shoot em' ups which I nearly always enjoy.

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So this purely based on how much we like the games, not necessarily on their quality or budgets? OK... I’m going to include the S tier as well, manga-style, because some first-party games deserve it. Well, one game (and Hollow Knight).

S tier
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

A tier
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Super Mario Odyssey
Fire Emblem Three Houses

B tier
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Splatoon 2
Octopath Traveler
Astral Chain

C tier
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies

D tier
Let’s Go Pikachu

I’ll just add, none of these games is a stinker - I had a pretty good time with Kirby and Let’s Go Pikachu - and even some of the B tier games would get 9/10 from me. I’ve got Link’s Awakening next in line once I finish Astral Chain (an easy 9/10, but still B tier) - looking forward to seeing where it lands.

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time to play rank games i've partially not played lololol (if i didn't this would be a kinda small list)

A Tier:
-Splatoon 2
-Smash Ultimate
-Mario Odyssey
-Mario + Rabbids
-Luigi's Mansion 3
-Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
-Hyrule Warriors: Ultimate Edition
-Snipperclips Plus
-Fire Emblem: Three Houses
-Bayonetta 1/2

B Tier:
-Mario Maker 2
-Astral Chain
-Link's Awakening
-Pokken Tournament
-Ring Fit Adventure
-The entirety of Labo (though the first 2 barely avoid C Tier tbh)
-Mario Tennis Aces
-Xenoblade 2/Torna

C Tier:
-Both Pokemon games
-Captain Toad
-Tropical Freeze
-Yoshi's Crafted World
-Super Mario Party
-Kirby Star Allies

D Tier:
-1 2 Switch

So the thing is, this wasn't ranked purely by quality. ...obviously, I've not played them all. I ranked them more as general retail released games. As a video game, I'm pretty sure I like Tropical Freeze and Link's Awakening more than I ever will a Fire Emblem game. However, how Nintendo released those games as products to purchase simply bother me. Tropical Freeze most of all, as a needlessly more expensive game than the Wii U version for barely any new additions 4 years after release. Quality matters a lot, but as a Wii U owner in particular, it just seems insulting to charge people more for it at this point than what I paid for it.

Edited on by kkslider5552000

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@OorWullie do you think their takeing gameplay out of some games ?



@Magician Something I always hope for with Nintendo console exclusives are the surprises outside your inevitable Marios, Zeldas, Pokémons, etc...

Those titles alone certainly make the investment worthwhile, but it’s those interesting and somewhat “one-off” titles that make a console exclusive library special. That’s the reason I find PS4’s library great. Other than Naughty Dog and last year’s sandbox bore Days Gone, Sony green lights and publishes some really interesting single-player games.

So far the Switch has Astral Chain, Octopath, Daemon X Machina (mixed reception, but it was something a bit different), and Cadence of Hyrule.

I hope more surprises come in 2020.

Edited on by NotTelevision


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