30. Celeste (Switch eShop)
Celeste is an exemplary amalgamation of style, mechanics and character. A devilishly brilliant action platformer with enough skill required to excite genre purists and the speedrunning community, while at the same time featuring a breakdown of gameplay elements to customize and cater for all audiences. While the game mechanically is great, if familiar, the art style and narrative are truly special, showing both a visual and emotional range and depth that will resonate and inspire. Celeste is the absolute peak of personal exploration and discovery on Nintendo Switch.
29. Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Splatoon 2 is just about everything you could ask for from a sequel. It builds on everything the original online team shooter set up and then some; almost every single major issue people had with the first game has been resolved, showing that Nintendo is genuinely listening and wants to deliver the absolute best experience possible. It maintains the freshness you’d expect and throws in countless big and small changes and additions, every one of them for the better. Splatoon 2 is simply ink-redible.
28. NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition (Switch)
NieR:Automata is a modern classic. Most importantly for Switch owners, this is a top-notch port that has clearly been produced with respect and focus, often surpassing our expectations in both visuals and performance. Finding a comfortable seat and a pair of headphones makes the Switch version a wonderful way to experience the game, and it is an unforgettable journey. Nothing is as it seems, either in the story or gameplay, and it's one of the finest gaming achievements of the last decade.
27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (Switch eShop)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is the best Turtles beat 'em up ever made, and a faster, better-looking, and arguably more entertaining affair than even Streets of Rage 4. It looks delicious, sounds superb, and rekindles childhood memories beyond all expectation, time-warping you back to 1987. Its combat system is so much fun to mine that you feel compelled to keep coming back to try new strategies, and with its awesome co-op multiplayer, the experience evolves again and again. Like any beat 'em up, it does get repetitive as you enter the last third, but that’s more a fault of the concept than the game. Shredder’s Revenge really is an unprecedented shell-ebration. Fans co-op brawlers might also want to check out TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection, which features a boatload of Konami classics that'll keep you busy for hours.
26. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch)
Shin Megami Tensei V is a modern masterpiece. It successfully delivers on all the aspects that have made the series thus far so popular with fans — namely through its high difficulty, heavy narrative themes, and expansive team-building options — while polishing up and tightening the weaker aspects. Things like a more easily navigable map and more difficulty options to cater to players of all skill levels comfortably make this the most approachable entry in the series, and it feels like there are more things to do in the world than ever before. If you are at all a fan of RPGs or have been looking for a good entry point into this oft-overlooked series, we would strongly encourage you to pick this up as soon as you can. Shin Megami Tensei V was worth the wait; Atlus successfully stuck the landing with this one.
25. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition (Switch)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt remains a masterpiece, and being able to take such a grand and engrossing adventure on-the-go is something well worth celebrating. The Switch's Complete Edition is a truly impressive achievement, and although performance isn't perfect, it's still an incredible and impactful role-playing experience. The Witcher 3 set the bar for modern RPGs back in 2015, and this port is a startling reminder that it has yet to be bettered.
24. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (Switch)
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is two brilliant games for the price of one, and it not only gives us more of what we love, but gives us something that is visually, narratively, and historically deeper than ever before. There's a bit of a learning curve that you'll have to get on top of to meet the game where it's at, but honestly, we couldn't have asked for a better version of the game we've been wanting for years.
23. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)
There's no doubt about it, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is one of the most refined and enjoyable platformers money can buy. The levels are all beautiful, the characters move with fluidity and brilliant responsiveness, and the inclusion of Funky Kong brings balance for those who have less experience with brutally tough platformers. It’s so well-made that it’s almost too well-made; there's an absence of a certain 'rough-and-ready' charm found in Rare's original DKC trilogy. You know you're splitting hairs when your biggest complaint is that a game is too polished, though. After beginning life on Wii U, Donkey Kong’s Switch debut is streamlined, rewarding, and immensely good fun; any fan of 2D platformers simply has to get this game.
22. Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Switch eShop)
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is not just a great sequel; in many ways, it outdoes Ori and the Blind Forest. The addition of more customization options, a greater focus on combat and a better-developed story (all in an incredibly beautiful game that's running at 60 frames per second) means it comprehensively outshines the original. It pushes technical boundaries so far beyond the previous game that performance was shaky even on Xbox One X at launch; that it runs on Switch at all is, well, utterly remarkable. That's not to say it was flawless when it launched on Switch, but following a patch from Moon Studios, the game is in even better shape than ever and we really can't recommend it enough. It's a supremely enjoyable platform adventure which everyone should experience.
21. Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch)
Designated a mainline entry in the series by Game Freak itself, Pokémon Legends: Arceus feels like the result of the developers learning lessons for 25 years, refining the formula, and finally taking the franchise in a new, incredibly exciting direction. Technically it may stumble in places, but with an emphasis on extremely rewarding exploration, addictive catching mechanics, a fine roster of Pokémon and a genuine sense of scale that’s unlike anything in the series, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is up there with the greatest Pokémon games ever made in our book.
I assumed it was going to be BOTW in first place but I was still curious to see if MKart or Smash got up there instead. It’s a good list and looking forward to seeing what might be able to top it this year.. or next! I wouldn’t say no to a Wave Race...or Dirt Rally.. we need a great racing game (non-kart).
Good Lord! It really jumps up on you how good the Switch library is.
20 of which are ports from previous gens. But still 30 are great new exclusive & multiplatform titles, I'm good with these numbers.
It's great to see a few of my backlog titles on this list. It stops me looking ahead to my next purchase and helps me to realise that my unplayed games are to be savoured rather than "got through".
Okay Axiom Verge, it's time.
Neither of the Valkyria Chronicles games are on here?
Half-Genie Hero instead of Pirate's Curse?
Ys VIII is absent?
Grumble, grumble. Complain, complain
I’m surprised Dark Souls Remastered isn’t on this list. I definitely don’t regret the 50+ hrs I spent in it last year. I definitely think this list is pretty great. The top 5 are definitely all correct.
That's a really strong list of games after only 2 years. So many games missing from it too. Inside should be on there, it's an incredible game.
#7....yikes. haven't played it so maybe i shouldn't speak out of turn but above bayo 2 and splatoon 2 sounds like a stretch even having never played it
Armello is also great.
Zelda easy win probably My personal favourite is Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Glad BoTW listed first as that was the showcase for the Release of Switch to show it's power and beginning. At least placing it 1st tells the story of Zelda and how popular it still is this long in it's history. Bayonetta is just one of those unique games that just drives to be played. I got Bayonetta Climax 2 carts and it's fun game and does alot in one go.
@NintendoByNature I’d agree. Axiom Verge is good but not great. I was surprised to see it so high. I prefer Fire Emblem Warriors to it.
@NintendoByNature Axiom Verge really took me by surprise, and it truly is a fantastic game. It's so much more than the Metroid clone I thought it was originally. Especially if the NES was your first gaming system, otherwise your milage may vary.
That being said, I absolutely would have placed it lower than Splatoon 2 and Shovel Knight, if it were up to me. It's not a terribly long game, but it's also pretty cheap and goes on sale every so often.
Edit: @roboshort beat me to it, but isn't wrong
I own 47 out of the 50.... not a bad old list that
@roboshort @Desrever yea I hear it's a great game. But even above shovel knight?? Not too sure. I'll play it eventually but the messenger wasn't even on the list either 🤔.
Very strong list for a system only 2 years old
I Own 23 on the list.
God I love my Switch!
I’ll be buying Celeste then!
Arms is way too low!
My Top 10 Switch games i have so far :
1. Portal Knights
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
4. Go Vacation
5. Lego City Undercover
7. Puyo Puyo Tetris
8. Yonder the Cloud Catcher Chronicles
9. Sushi Strikers
10. Super Mario Odyssey
Minus Celeste, which was a pleasant surprise, I successfully predicted the top five.
Splatoon 2 number 10? The Nintendo Gods are angry.....
Man, there's a lot of games that I really don't rate very highly at all in that list. More than half of them wouldn't make my top 50 or even top 100.
At least Celeste is getting some of the recognition it deserves (should still be higher though).
I really need to play Celeste at some point. Still hate the pixel art, but surely all this praise for it isn't entirely undue, right?
@NintendoByNature I don't understand this site's profound love of Axiom Verge. It's a decent Metroid clone with some interesting mechanics, and that's it. I don't regret playing it, but it also doesn't really stick in the memory.
I mean, yeah, opinions and all, but I genuinely don't understand it even being included, let alone being considered a top ten game. Especially when something genuinely fantastic like Mario + Rabbids is lower, and a number of other amazing games are omitted altogether.
Great list, no surprises but a fun diversion and reminder to add several titles to my wishlist.
Question: for Axiom Verge fans, it’s a game I’ve wanted to buy for some time now, but I’ve been reading about how the publisher has really screwed the developer and I’m worried that my purchase will fatten their pockets and not his. Do we know how that works? Do we have updates?
@Ralizah I had the exact same hesitation on Celeste, but let there be no doubt this is a truly magnificent game. You will immediately forget your misgivings about the visuals when the narrative kicks in and you take control of Madeline. The controls alone are sheer perfection. Take those and add a funny, poignant story, pitch-perfect pacing, truly awesome sound and music, and the very best 2D platforming I’ve ever enjoyed, and you have a real work of art that begs to be experienced. I do think it bears closest relation to a work of art by a master. There is no element of Celeste untouched by genius and expertise and generosity. I realize I’m saying nothing new and just adding my voice to the chorus. An added bonus to me was this game getting me over my lo-fi pixel aversion to appreciate retro style games that are clearly labors of love and designed with the gamer’s experience a topmost priority. I hope you purchase and enjoy!
@Ralizah I need to hop on Celeste too. I mean I've heard really good things about axiom verge but I've also heard there's no guidance or direction whatsoever and you tend to wander aimlessly for a while. I understand that's the genre but it can't be THAT much better than all the other games below it. I'll pick it up some day and give it a shot though
So pleased to see Celeste so high on the list. It's possibly the greatest platformer I've ever played. It's the most perfect marriage of gameplay and story that I've had the pleasure of experiencing.
Miss a few games (already mentioned above) but damn I own way too many of this list 😁 (24... #ihatemywallet)
Technically this is a list of 49 games. New Super Mario Bros U is listed twice. Number 30 and 31. Nvm it was just changed to Pokemon Let's Go.
@Ralizah just noticed Celeste is on sale for $13 on the us eshop. Tomorrow is pay day for me..i think i know what im getting! 😃
Good job Xenoblade, top 10 is the place you belong.
@nofriendo I believe BadLands only published the physical retail version of the game, so unless you're gunning for a new copy of the Multiverse Edition, I wouldn't worry about it.
Also, wow, that's... really high praise for Celeste. I'll definitely have to get around to it sooner than later.
@NintendoByNature Oh, cool. Be sure to post your impressions! I'm more curious about it now.
Wow, a list I almost completely agree with! Very happy to see hollow knight and Celeste so high up there, if anyone hasn't played them I would strongly recommend them, they are some of the best gaming experiences I have ever had
@NintendoByNature Axiom Verge is a good game, and for the most part the wandering around 'getting lost' thing that you do in metroidvanias isn't a problem because you have a specific goal, as you do in the best designed metroidvanias. However, in the last 1/3 of the game, you suddenly hit a roadblock, and just have to run around the entire map finding the most secret upgrades until you have the required upgrades to pass to the final area. It's not good or enjoyable game design though, and it's unfortunately what sticks the most in your memory when you beat it. Apart from that it's a very good game, and deserves a place on this list, but I don't think it's even better than Dead Cells, so I'd probably place it around number 28 here
I don’t agree with this list at all
How is Horizon Chase Turbo not on the list?!!!
Because only 12 people including me have have rated it. C'mon people give it the love it deserves! It's for sure a top 20 game.
Man I just completely forgot to rate the games with my own user rating. Damn.
Wouldn’t disagree with most of the top of the list (other than I personally didn’t enjoy the Bayonetta games - had to return my copy as I got easily bored of button mashing and skipping cutscenes).
A few games are missing which must be surely better than a couple of those listed outside the top 20 here - Into The Breach in particular but also Inside
Weird ommisions such as the world ends with you, tales of vesperia and world of final fantasy.
Although i do have about 17 games from this list.
Just shows how great the switch library is.
Both south park games, dark souls, wolfenstein and tons of games that flew under the radar such as legrand legacy, cosmic star heroine and worms
So many different types of good games to enjoy for alot of different people
“Every single fighter from the series is present (even Pichu)”
............a curse on you. Pichu is what puts the ultimate in ULTIMATE. #triggered
Where's my Darkest Dungeon?!
And maybe more outrageous, Into the Breach should be on here.
@nofriendo wow I may just have to buy Celeste based on what you said about it
Well this kind of topic will and always will be controversial heheh.
I've got 14 of the 50. Not a bad list. Shame Skyrim isn't on there.
Good list. My personal list atm would be:
5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
1. Super Mario Odyssey
I'm sure my list will change a lot after this year is over. Animal Crossing and Pokemon Sword/Shield will more likely than not be in that top 5, plus Luigi's Mansion 3 and Mario Maker 2 have a good chance as well. Can't wait for the second half of the year to begin!
@Lowhangers I didn't hate the game but I do agree that I prefer older Zelda titles over Breath of the Wild. Open-world was fun for a bit but the it just didn't seem like there was enough diversity in the over-world to warrant such a huge world. I felt like I was just walking around a ton finding nothing, which is weird because no one complains about that yet apparently 3 minutes of sailing in Wind Waker between islands is too much.
I also wish there were more traditional style dungeons and more story to the game. I felt like more "open" games like A Link Between Worlds and Wind Waker did a fantastic job of letting you explore freely while giving you a fairly linear, captivating story to play through. I'm hoping the next Zelda game is a good balance between Breath of the Wild and older titles. More dungeons and story elements please. Those are the two reasons I fell in love with the series!
Dark Souls? Where is Dark Souls?
"Bore of the Wild, #1? Ugh. I took it back and got a credit for it, I thought it was a terrible excuse for a Zelda game."
It's ok, to each his own. Some people hate Christmas too.
@BranJ0 thanks my friend. Yea the roadblock in the game kinda turns me off in all honesty. But I'll give it a shot
Shantae HGH still described as "could be a bit longer" after having gotten more than eight times its initial content? Guessing they're using some old quotes then.
Though I think some games should be replaced with others and some placings should be rearranged, this list really shows what a great library Switch has after only two years.
@Lowhangers Oh I see where you're coming from regarding BOTW, but that game's got five real dungeons in it: The four beasts and Hyrule Castle. Making its dungeon count on par with (the admittedly also content light) Wind Waker.
@BranJ0 @NintendoByNature @Ralizah
Admittedly I haven't finished it yet (maybe I'm at the roadblock you've referred to) but I feel like Axiom Verge kind of cons you into thinking it's better than it is.
The music that plays when you begin the game is fantastic, but then it changes and, so far at least, hasn't been equalled. And you unlock abilities quite quickly, which is nice, but once you've done that, and the music had lost its hook, the game seems fairly average and could be any old retro pixel game.
Feels a shame, cos I love the music at the start.
What a load of tosh!
A ton of top titles missing and a load or Wii u ports which technically arn't switch games.
@EvilLucario I genuinely forgot the user ratings were a thing.
Unless you are trolling, in which case Lowhangers indeed, I gotta give you courage points for voicing that opinion here. As for me, my opinion may shock you, but BotW is my favorite video game of all time.
Top 10 based on hours and pure enjoyment.
2. Dark Souls Remastered
3. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
4. Super Mario Odyssey
5. Hollow Knight
6. Into the Breach
7. Splatoon 2
9. Steamworld Dig 2
@Lionyone Tell me about it. Horizon Chase Turbo is the dog's danglies...
@BenjShallcross right!? They had Dark Souls as #1 in their RPG list but leave it out here? Get some consistency guys.
@nofriendo BOTW is a critically acclaimed masterpiece winning numerous awards, sitting at no1 on Metacritic, has been camping at the top of the eShop charts... a terrible excuse of a Zelda game? Has there been a better acclaimed Zelda game?
@gcunit yea that is a shame. Nothing worse than starting off on a great note in a game and being completely stuck where you can't finish it. And With games like metroidvanias it's sometimes difficult to consult a walkthrough since there's no one way to beat a game like that. My most recent experience with a game like that is hollow knight
Chicken Bomb should be top – the game is flippin' amazing!
... Also Poi needs some love. Second best 3D platformer on Switch - despite it's simple art style.
@spirit_flame You got the wrong dude in your crosshairs, my friend.
While my opinion isn't anywhere near as extreme as yours (I still think BOTW is a great game and gave it 9/10), I was a little bit miffed by all the ridiculously over-the-top "Best game of all time!" hype when I played it. When I think of all the things that make a great Zelda game: dungeons, bosses, items, story, music, characters, etc. I think BOTW falls short in many respects, so I find it odd how so many Zelda fans think it's now the undisputed best one (other than because it's the most recent one). As much as I hate to say it, I generally thought it was quite a bland, empty, soulless experience a lot of the time. When I look back on playing it, all that really comes to mind is just walking from one large empty field into another large empty field. I guess it gets across the idea of being alone in a vast (probably too vast) wilderness, but I'm not sure how fun or exciting that actually is. For me, it just didn't quite have the same magic as other Zelda games, though I do applaud them for trying something different.
ARMS and Pokken are on there but Dragonball FighterZ doesn’t make the cut? Sad day for fighting game fans.
Um excuse me Nintendo Life Staff someone made a error in this .FIFA is a "Soccer Game" not a Football Game It's not a big deal but wanted to make sure your aware.
No night in the woods? Yup this list is already bunk
Hhm, good list. Have to say that I just don't like BotW. Zelda used to be my favourite Nintendo franchise but BotW will likely dictate the future of the franchise so I am out. Considering it's beloved by so many I can totally see it taking the number 1 spot though.
Still haven't played Celeste. The artstyle is really putting me off, but I also want to see what all the hype is about.
Also, Dark Souls should have definitely been on the list
@LoveEmpath In Europe we call "soccer" football and "football" we call American football.
No Into the Breach. No Wargroove. No Horizon Chase Turbo. Three of the best games I've played full stop, let alone on Switch. Still, just a bit of fun, and otherwise a good list!
@nofriendo Apologies friend, my device get overwhelmed on this site. Looking at what you wrote, I am in agreement about BOTW.
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@LoveEmpath There are plenty of American Nintendo sites you can view if the word "football" is annoying you.
Should I really be surprised that Nintendo IPs took the top 3?
Not a bad list at all but I'd personally put in Warframe, Monster Hunter GU, Wargroove, World of Final Fantasy and Diablo III on that list. I'm glad to see Oxenfree, Golf Story, Octopath Traveler and Disgaea 5 on there tho.
And yeah, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still my number 1.
@RainbowGazelle it's not about it being annoying I'm just correcting mistakes.So that other people can learn from them.
@Ralizah If I had a few more brain cells I’d’ve known that about BadLands. Thanks for clearing my conscience!
@mr_me450 Consider that this is "as voted by you lovely people." So it's a popularity contest and of course Nintendo's own IP will have a HUGE advantage. So a game like Pokken Tournament is make it just on name recognition alone despite the fact that (and I'm basing this on the Wii U version, I'm not going to get tricked again) it's the worst fighting game I've played in years. I wouldn't argue too many other games on the list, but you can definitely see how it's an uphill battle for even amazing 3rd Parties to get on the list.
I think I'm the only one who disliked celeste. I would have put DB fighterz in the top ten. That game is superb and the switch conversion perfect. I also liked mario+ rabbids a lot, top five for me
Cuphead!!! Will be on here in time. Gears of War on Switch???
@GameOtaku No. Nintendo makes some truly excellent games.
Poor old Mark of the Ninja gets no love. So underrated!
@n_malo I agree, but Celeste is fine.
@datamonkey For sure it was a great game.
@LoveEmpath Most of the world calls it "football," and it's a UK-based site, so no mistakes were made.
While it's a bit slow to start, I think Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is an under-rated gem.
I had a lot more fun with it than Breath of the Wild...and actually played through to the end...more or less forcing myself to stop doing side content so I could wrap it up and start attacking my backlog that I had so neglected.
Even now, I am forcing myself not to jump into Torna because I know all the other games I'm working on now may slip into backlog purgatory forever if I take that up.
Seriously...all three Xenoblade games are amazing in their own right. 3/3 I am a true Monolithsoft fanboy now.
i'm surprised Steamworld Dig 2 and Mario + Rabbids aren't higher up the list, they are both fantastic, i enjoyed Steamworld more than Axiom Verge.
I'm really surprised Wolfenstien isn't on the list, I think it's better than Doom.
I would also have included Thumper and Little Nightmares.
Y'all's adoration for Axiom Verge is strange, but fun list.
@NintendoByNature You should try out Celeste, but it may help to adjust you expectations. I got it on PC after the initial hype for it became too much for me to pass up. It is actually a very niche game as it falls into the “twitch platformer” genre, which is not really my cup of tea. For me the level design was good but very predictable (presentation of new skill- practice- mastery- repeat- repeat- repeat again). Good for 13-14 bucks but no masterpiece in my opinion.
....and another good sign of a healthy library is how many people are saying 'I wish (game X) was there'
@LoveEmpath You are aware that FIFA stands for Federation Internationale de Football right? No mistakes to correct here
Personally would have out Let's Go a little higher, but other than that not a bad list
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@NotTelevision interesting. I often find myself not liking games that are universally praised but ill give this one a look. I feel like you need to go in games with no expectation to see what you actually think as opposed to hearing what the gaming sites are saying. This way you can develope your own opinion ya know?
Great list, though I'm disappointed more people didn't rate/play Ys VIII.
I'm glad there are some Wii U ports and indies on this list. Nice to know that all the folks always spewing negativity over Wii U ports and even good Indies are just in the minority.
Is it too soon to add Yoshi’s Crafted World to the list? It’s quite good. Maybe not top 25, but definitely a good one.
You guys should do Wii U next.
@gcunit Axiom Verve's best moments are definitely almost all in its first third - the intro music, the atmosphere, the first few bosses and then the glitching gun are all amazing. The game just sort of stagnates though for a bit, not impressing but not insulting, before you hit the roadblock of bad game design. I'm definitely a bit too harsh on it, it's a very good game, but it's not helped by the fact that soon after I played Hollow Knight, which is basically a perfection of the metroidvania genre in my opinion, and does everything axiom verge does, just better, and then so much more
@Ralizah Ys VIII deserves a spot
Diablo 3 is clearly better than at least #50.
@LoveEmpath Wow. That is some inventive reasoning for being intolerant.
For shame all of you who got NSMBU put on this list. FOR SHAME!😛
Geez, I mean the list is fine but there are so many great games missing.
Testament to the library I guess.
27/50. Less than I thought!
Dragon Quest Builders is better than Minecraft.
This is a decent list and a good reminder as to how solid the Switch library really is. Some of these games I’ve disliked, some I’ve thoroughly enjoyed - but they all add something to the table. I’m most excited to see that this list includes a very good mix of Nintendo IP and other developers.
Where the heck is Xenon Racer, WWE2k18 and Vroom in the Sky?!
These are my favourites from the top 50, plus some not included at all.
17 Puyo Puyo Tetris
16 Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack
15 Bayonetta 1 & 2
14 Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
13 Shovel Knight Treasure Trove
12 Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze
11 Mario Tennis Aces
10 Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
09 Fast RMX
08 Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
07 Blaster Master Zero
06 Super Mario Odyssey
05 Starlink: Battle For Atlas
04 Horizon Chase Turbo
03 New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
02 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
01 Super Smash Bros Ultimate
@Lionyone My #4 game!
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 should've been higher.
I think the site should also do the 50 worst Switch games as well, to help stop people getting their fingers burnt by picking up some hot garbage.
Rather than discussing the exact order of the games, I'd just like to say once more that I am in awe at just how many quality titles are out on Switch after just two years.
I don't think anyone would have predicted this. Even if you aren't a fan of the Wii U ports, they're undeniably great games, that Switch owners are better off getting a chance to play, than had the opposite been the case.
Here's to another two spectacular years!
Xenoblade 2 is in the top 10. All is right in the world.
But I REALLY wish there was a way to see the list without having 5 pages to go through.
@Heavyarms55 But then how will we be able to see the extra ads?!?!?!?!?
Breath of the wild is a no brained
I so wish I could get into this version of Zelda, but I have never seen a game that seems so hellbent on making me not want to play and enjoy it. Having too much fun climbing? Sure we will annoy you with lack of stamnia. Enjoying a new weapon? Np, we will break it after a few fights. Enjoy crafting? Here, let's make that cumbersome. Enjoy dungeons? Don't worry exploring have been replaced by kind of mini-puzzles. Different enemies? Nah. Annoying bosses? Check.
And at the same time I really want to explore the open world, it's just not fun for me. At least I have Skyrim then.
But many great games on the list. It's really impressive.
N+, Warframe and BattleChasers are personal favourites, but I guess not for most.
Lots of good games there, but you might have to make it the best 100 next time, then you can add Dark Souls, Diablo 3, Monsterboy, DragonQuest Builders, Monster Hunter, Dragonball Fighterz, Ys 8, Megaman 11, etc etc...
@Zuljaras On the side of the screen as we scroll down. Simple.
@nofriendo me too
@Swiftstorm I couldn't agree more. Weapons breaking, having to cook food, losing health in cold climates, drowning after a few strokes, climbing limits, gliding limits. It's enough to make me give up - which I did within a few hours. I've tried to pick it up several times, but have no idea where to go - so end up wandering aimlessly until I drown/freeze/starve or whatever. Yawn!
@Heavyarms55 that way they refresh them I guess. New ads etc. More views. Nice stuff!
@LoveEmpath You are aware that Europe is the reason the US exists right?
@Zuljaras coughadcoughblockercough Yeah I suppose.
@Ralizah I thought the same thing. The two Valkyria Chrinicles games are my #2 and #3 after BOTW. I was surprised they didn’t make top 50.
arms is way too low
It's football to everyone except Americans. Stop digging.
“I'm just correcting mistakes”
Should probably proof read your own text then. And learn the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’
“Your (sic) aware that The United States is the reason FIFA exist right?”
Nothing to be proud of. Seriously, stop digging.
@daebiya these are user ratings, you know that, right?
@RainbowGazelle you think that the United States existing is a joke what's wrong with you?
Seriously the little machine has only just turned 2 and look at all these awesome games plus the others gems not even in this top 50. I echo the cries of “where art thou Wolfenstein?” for sure. Love that game. I’d have rocket league a little higher mainly for the hundreds and hundreds of hours I’ve put into the game! Finally getting up to diamond!
Nobody seemed to agree or disagree with golf story, it's just the game that got ignored for some reason. It's one of my favorite unexpected surprises and just so delightful.
I wish nintendo would make a proper new mario golf and get the developer to do a retro style companion game. Mario tennis aces isn't terrible, I don't regret the purchase despite the online community being nearly dead, but they seem to have lost the magic touch on their sports games.
Hahaha there's really somebody down here in the comments trying to argue that we should all use the US vocabulary
I guess in Europe we should also abandon the International System of Units and start measuring miles instead of kilometers, after all, the US is the reason the whole universe exists, isn't it @LoveEmpath ?
That's a decent list, but Starlink is taking both 41 and 40th places, please correct that !
Where's Monster World? One of the best game I've been playing for a long time.
@LoveEmpath??? Well, this has been interesting.
Did I just read over it or does Okami HD miss on this list? Arguably one of the best games ever and it plays smoothly on Switch with probably the most and best control options yet.
I've bought about 50 games on Switch (25 are on NL's list). My top 10:
1. Breath of the Wild - obv
2. Hollow Knight - might be better than Super Metroid
3. Thumper - insanely intense rhythm violence
4. DKC Tropical Freeze - might be the best 2D platformer ever
5. Super Mario Odyssey - almost as good as Galaxy 2
6. Hyper Light Drifter - so badass
7. Furi - just my kind of game
8. Night in the Woods - best written game I've ever played, and hilarious
9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - obv
10. Overcooked 2 - such a good time playing this with the gf
Honourable mentions to Rayman Legends, Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad, Guacamelee 2 en Celeste. I could go on and on: the Switch is such a fantastic platform. I recently even found out that the wishlist caps at 200; now I can't add any more games.
EDIT: I just noticed the list is incorrect. Night In The Woods has an 8.2; way higher than the 7.6 userscore of Pokken.
EDIT2: Oh you only count games that are rated 50+ times. That's lame, kinda makes it a "most popular games" list rather than best-rated list.
Anyone complaining that game X is missing - go rate it! They are only including games with more than 50 user scores. A few of my favourites have less than that.
@LoveEmpath I've never heard one of these people from the EU/UK "correct" me about not using the "correct term" for soccer. You might extend them the same courtesy.
Insisting on other peoples adopting the trappings and language of your culture is a poor way to make friends.
Unless you're just trolling, of course, which is always possible.
@citizenerased I think they want to avoid a situation where two people rate a game a 10 and bump a game up to first place (for example). They want a minimum amount of data so that the results are at least somewhat representative of the community's feelings.
This was a good list, though it's a little disappointing that some of my favorites didn't make this list, including:
Lovers in a Dangers Spacetime
West of Loathing
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure DELUXE
Yoku's Island Express
Crypt of the NecroDancer
...still, there are SO MANY fantastic games on Switch that no list will ever include everyone's favorites (not to mention the CRAZY fact of how different people like different kinds of games). Now I mostly just wish I had more time to try them all. Or most of them, at least.
My top 10 switch games i have played
9. pokken tournament
8. Super Mario party
7. fire Emblem warriors
6. Dk freeze country
5. hyrule warriors
3. Splatton 2
2. Pokemon Lets Go pikachu
1. Mario Odyssey
"If BotW is #1 I will die"
Sees BotW as #1
I would probably say:
10/9. BotW or Let's Go Eevee
8. Mario Tennis Aces
7. Tropical Freeze
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
4. Kirby Star Allies
3. Mario Odyssey
2/1. Splatoon 2 or SSBU (can't decide)
Haven't played Yoshi's Crafted World yet but expecting it and Mario Maker 2 to knock Eevee and Zelda out of my top 10.
Ys VIII is on the list now. Axiom Verge has dropped a number of positions. Now if we could just get people to rank the Valkyrias...
@Yoshi_Kong A lot of people REALLY love BotW, myself included. Expect it to stay in first until a similarly ambitious Zelda game releases.
@Ralizah E.A is an American Company
@LoveEmpath And "football" as an organized sport originated in Britain.
Oh goodness can we not start in on the US just because we have one person from Eagleland in the comments? The rest of us know this is a UK site.
Anyway interesting list. I do own a large number of these games and I am curious again about the ones I don’t. Glad BOTW got top spot. Such a great game.
Buy. Hollow. Knight.
You. Will. Not. Regret.
Hmm, and then on place 4 is that racing game...
Definitely didn't expect it there. I haven't played it myself though.
Not surprised thst BOTW was I firsr its the best legend of Zelda games I have ever played I'm pretty sure i speak for everyone when I say amazing job nintendo. Well done on the beautiful creation you have made.
@Lionyone Hey, Horizon Chase is on the list now... and one position above Mario Kart!!
@Mr_Horizon Awesome thanks! Frankly HCT deserves the accolade. It's an original high quality IP and it's cheap to purchase and it's frighteningly addictive although it balances that with life savingly short races of 3 minutes or so. It's a perfect game.
This really needs a compressed list. Going through 5 pages like this is annoying on PC. Forget even trying to read it on mobile.
@Lowhangers for me BotW felt like a real 3d successor to Link to the Past. Almost all Zelda games have been great, but for me LinkttPast blew my mind as a kid and really made me feel like exploring that open world. For me Zelda games were always about exploration and dungeons were just for items/boss fights. BotW succeeds in that regard.
The love for Axiom Verge and Shovel Knight continues to baffle me (I'm not calling them bad games, i just think they're nowhere near as good as so many people claim. Which I guess makes me wrong).
Can finally agree with all the love for BotW now though seeing as I finished it yesterday o/
I played through Horizon Chase a couple years ago on iPad... I wonder if it is worth double dipping on Switch?
The Let's Go Pokemon games are an abomination! I'd rather grab any other system or emulator and play any other Pokemon game (except Pokemon Go which was the biggest let down ever). I'd much much rather play fire red, leaf green, or yellow.
I’m not sure what they changed since the last time this was posted. Was HCT that high on the list last time?
I’ve since beat Red Dead and HZD on PS4. BOTW is still the best open world game I’ve ever played, especially on first playthrough. It makes you want to keep exploring and uncovering it’s secrets. It also has a sense of atmosphere and a feeling of control that makes many 3D games feel cumbersome.
Why is Celeste ranked lower than Hollow Night and Horizon Chase Turbo?
Also, why is MK8DX ranked lower than Horizon Chase Turbo?
Moreover, why is pokemon let's go ranked far lower than many other indie games? I mean, they are most certainly good, but better than pokemon? I doubt that. Also, I think Disgaea 5 is ranked too low: it's awesome. Mario Kart 8 is better than odyssey in my opinion.
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@KayFiOS They have updated it since more NL users have been rating games.
@Der In other words, both are correct answers. Seems a bit pointless to update the list after a couple months. Might make more sense to update it every March 3rd, on the Switch's birthday.
Wait, a phone game was voted #4?
It's official: Monster Hunter has now entered the race in 15th place!
Now we just need Yoshi, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Wolfenstein, Overcooked 2 and Okami up here to make this a more comprehensive list.
These games are more than good enough but just need a few more ratings to get here so come on people, get voting! Let's get these games on the list.
@roboshort Eh #7 is Hollow Knight from what I'm reading
@konbinilife if you like the updates and extensions I'd say go for it Switch controls are also likely far superior to iPad
@NintendoByNature Thanks for the heads up! I regretted not buying Celeste last time it was on sale so now I definitely will!
While I can’t stand for some of these games to be on the list over others I am very happy to see that it is a very eclectic mix.
Just noticed that the Monster Hunter mess of a game on the Switch got voted above Skyrim... not really sure how but whatever.
Yes, it's not portable, but I prefer BotW on the Wii U. I love what the pad brings to the party.
@StooBush It's such a shame that they removed gamepad support.
The fact Katamari Damacy isn't in the list voids it for me lol.
I'm very happy with this list. My baby Xenoblade 2 made it in the top 10! Ys 8, and Disgaea 5 also made it in the list. Shout out to the Jrpg love on this list. It's good to see Monster Hunter and Arms made it in too.
Good choices! I can not say that I like all of those games (some of them just do not appeal to me at all) but there are many on the list that I do like. I never had the Wii U, so many of these games were firsts for me.
My favourite games (that I own) so far would be:
Octopath is coming to PC too!
YOU HAVE BEEN CURSED TO WANDER HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHY IS SPLATOON NOT ON HERE? ITS A CONSPIRACY!!!!!!
Me too buddy, me too.
lol Pokemon at 43 Pokemon fans will be furious
Go ahead and put Fire Emblem at 5 already
@NintendoByNature drop everything you got going on and go play it hollow knight is definitely one of the best games on switch. You’ll thank me I promise
@Mikess1 i have hollow knight. Not my favorite honestly. The game could've used more check points before boss battles. Still on my "go back and finish" list though.
I thought you said #7 which is hollow knight. But I totally agree with more checkpoints before bosses.
@Ralizah but I'm talking about a videogame you're talking about your own opinion
@LoveEmpath I gotta say, this is the first time I've seen someone continue a four-month-old conversation like this!
Nothing I said was my 'opinion.' Soccer is called "football" almost everywhere in the world. This site is based in one of those many countries. Stop trying to imperialistically foist your culture onto other peoples.
I was so pleased with the 3ds I never thought it would be supplanted by another console, but I felt that was about my DSiXL too. Now the Switch is doing just that, making it's name as my fav. console to date. Their motto should be: 'So many games, so little time'.
@RainbowGazelle you're the one being intolerant and a little oblivious to facts, also you can't just dismiss someone's opinion when it's a fact
@LoveEmpath Wow, you're back. Talking about intolerance when you're the one trying to force your culture on other people is ridiculously rich. Also, I've no idea what "facts" I've supposedly dismissed, as it's impossible to follow your fevered rantings.
I'm not rich I don't understand where that's from
One of the best games on Switch is missing from this list: Monster Boy and the cursed kingdom! How is this possibile??
@Stocksy I own or have at one point owned 40 out of 50... What's wrong with us lol.
@deusX Because it only has 25 user reviews and this list only includes games with 50+ user reviews. Based on it's current user rating it would sit at number 14, but it needs 25 more user ratings to achieve that.
I find rating games very difficult. I know when I like a game and when I don't. Not a whole lot in between. Most I own would probably end up being 9s with a couple of 10s in there. Those I've not liked are only really personal preference most of the time, as opposed to my thinking they are just bad games. Just saying.
Edit: realised after I'd wrote this that I'd actually rated most of my games already. Maaan. Past me was smart. Ever think that?! Haha
@oji yeah best usually means most popular.
Thanks for the guides really helpful for a new switch owner.
@NintendoByNature Not a stretch. In my personal opinion Hollow Knight should be #1. Probably my favorite ever game.
Not to be THAT guy, but this list should be more worrisome than anything. I'm buying a Switch for the first time next week so that my wife and I can finally play a new Animal Crossing. With the exception of a few titles (Link's Awakening, Mario's Odyssey, and Luigi's Mansion specifically) I already own most of these games on Wii U or PC. And most of the PC games were purchased significantly cheaper and are higher quality products. I've been a Nintendo fan since my fist NES, but it says something that it took until the 3 year anniversary for there to be a release that I "need" to buy a Switch for.
some cool games I haven't heard of here I may have to check out!!
Out of this entire list, I only like a single game (Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate)
@MajinSoul i agree i heard that celeste is some peoples favourite game of all time so i am probably gonna get it soon
Looks like Super Mario 3D All-Stars has reached the list.
Been tempted to get a Switch for a while as I love handhelds but when the consoles Top 2 games are Wii U remasters it really makes me question if I should take the plunge its only Fire Emblem and one or two other games that take my interest. Change my mind peeps.
Can't wait for Outer Wilds to come out and get put on this list
When 3 Wii U games take the top 10, you know Nintendo can make games last very long, even if they were originally on failed consoles.
Look I know dread is a good game. But is it really the second best game on switch? It isn’t even the best metroidvania on the console. That honor goes to will of the wisps.
@blindsquarel Yeah, I feel like Dread has been a bit overhyped by this site. This site's staff can have their opinions, though, and that's fine. It's a fantastic game, but I agree with you, it's not even the best Metroidvania on the system. I believe that Hollow Knight is much better.
Forgot about hollow knight. I never finished it because I quit after I couldn’t beat the boss in the city of tears. I need to play that game again. It was still an amazing game though.
@blindsquarel You mean the Soul Master? Yeah, that guy was insane in my first playthrough of the game. It's super rewarding when you beat him, though.
That’s way too much for Metroid Dread. It’s a great game, but better than Odyssey, Smash, Mario Kart 8, 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Hollow Knight, Ori, really?
@ilikeike Agree, Celeste is a fantastic game & I urge everyone to give it a go! 🍓
Where is Dead Cells?!
The best IMO:
Astalon Tears of the Earth
Breath of the Wild
Smash Bros Ultimate
Come on community, Xenoblade Chronicles DE and Metroid Dread, although very good, are not better than Mario Odyssey or Smash! Correct thy mistake!
I always wondered how the user ratings got decimals when there is no option to do so.
@Friendly As someone who owns smash I very much think they are!
Though its all subjective in the end. I personally prefer single player games even if I'm going to be putting more hours into multiplayer ones.
I figured it was BOTW at #1 as all similar games has compared themselves to it.
My personal best switch games in no order are:
Xenoblade 1,2 and Torna
Shin Megami Tensei V
Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Dragon Quest 11
I would recommend Smash ultimate if the online wasn't so atrocious.
very good but, for my personal tastes, i'd delete hades from the face of earth
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@GrailUK Had that exact same thought. I saw Link's Awakening at 44 and thought (oof thats a little low for a LoZ game) and yet as I kept going I was just shocked at home many bonkers amazing games there are.
@Zeropulse I've been gaming since Space Invaders and the Switch has so many of my fave games ever made. And with stuff like Portal and Advance Wars, it's still going!
Lmao of course Breath of the Wild is number one..
I can't say I understand why people love it so much, I thought it was an complete and utter bore of a game.
Same with Dragon Quest 11, although that game took it a step further and nearly destroyed my love for the JRPG genre altogether.
I am missing one game from this list.
heads to the eShop
I am not missing a game on this list!
(It was Disco Elysium, btw...)
Why are there comments on this post from like three years ago? I'm so lost.
That being said, I have to say that I truly feel that Breath of the Wild is soooooooo over rated. I played an hour of that game when it came out, and that was it. Everybody always says BoTW BOTW BOTW IS THE BEST, and I am like .... meh.
I liked Donkey Kong Trpical Freeze, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, and Stardew Valley WAY more than I did BotW.
Exactly my thoughts! BotW is extremely overrated/overhyped and I just don't see why so many people think it's ''the best open world game''. It's just so MEH MEH MEH..
I actually recently started up Stardew Valley but I have no clues as to what i'm doing. Any tips? Haha
@PharoneTheGnome I felt that way originally, it felt bland, empty, and boring, until I gave it another chance. I don't know why, it just clicked and its my most played game on the switch after pokemon. I don't think an hour of gameplay is enough to see why BOTW is so great, so I definitely think you should give it another go if the open world is your jig, if not then I can see why.
@Mauzuri Stardew Valley is about playing a game while relaxing. The music and atmosphere of the game just has a way of magically melting the stresses a bad day away when playing it.
Really its all about doing what you want to do in the game. There is no "right" way to play it in my opinion. I tend to try to make the most efficient farm possible, and I work on completing all of the town hall collections.
@Lagster_YT I can see that, and I probably should give BoTW a second chance. As for open world gameplay, I just felt like Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition was way more fun, engaging, and had a MUCH more beautiful world. Time and time again while playing through Xenoblade Chronicles, I was blown away by the visuals with each time I progressed to a new area.
To me, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is a better open world RPG than Breath of the Wild, and Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze a more fun platformer than Super Mario Odyssey. I know that makes me the odd man out, but that's my opinion.
@PharoneTheGnome I agree with you completely. I've finished BOTW twice, DLC included, once in WiiU, then again in Switch, thinking I was missing something, but its story is bland, the missions are generic, the shrines cannot compare to actual dungeons, the bosses are a joke, etc. Can't be compared to the missions in, say, Witcher 3, or the engaging story of Xenoblade Chronicles.
As for Mario Odyssey, I collected all moons but most of them are just a chore. Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 are some of the best games I've ever played, and Odyssey disappointed me.
Overall, I'd put BOTW and Mario Odyssey in 20-15 place, but nowhere near the top.
DKC Tropical Freeze is one of my all time favorites 2D platformers. The difficulty is just right, the controls are excellent, the levels have so much attention to detail, etc.
Three games I'll never get the hype for:
3D World- just 3D Land with worse level design and camera angles that don't work as well without depth perception
Dragon Quest XI- Basically an RPG-themed walking simulator until the first credit roll. Pretty sure you can get through 95% of it on full auto
Breath of the Wild- Generic open world with some extra physics and a bucket of Zelda-colored paint dumped on top. It's about as much a Zelda game as Hyrule Warriors is
Im glad to see dragon quest xi so high, love the game so much.
I disagree with xenoblade 1 being higher than 2. I think the sequel es far superior than 1 in gameplay and story
My Nintendo Switch TOP - 10 FUNNIEST GAMES
So......don't judge me (LOL)
1º - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
2º - Shadowverse
3º - Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
4º - Blazblue Central Fiction
5º - Just Dance (any Just Dance... this game is out best party and competitive game. Whoever loses takes off a piece of clothing. And you can do erotic challenges too, which we love LOL)
6º Warioware Get it Together
7º Binding of Isaac Repentance
8º Crash Team Racing Nitro Kart
10º SNK vs CAPCOM: Card Fighters Clash
I love the top 5, im totally for dread being number 2
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@troj27 quoted from the text above the list -
"...we asked Nintendo Life readers to rate their favourite Switch games since launch and the list below is the result according to the User Ratings..."
So nothing to do with the Reviews
@troj27: It would help you to read what the list is based on, mate.
How in the hell is Xenoblade Chronicles 3rd? I've played it and traded back in after a few hours. Garbage game that's an insult to the RPG genre.
Gotta say, I was actually surprised to see a few third party games make the top ten.
@PharoneTheGnome now your making me want to give Xenoblade a try xD
The Switch really does have so many amazing games! Here are my top 5:
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
4. Metroid Dread
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2. Super Mario Odyssey
1. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
I really do not think any of them game's are brilliant. Except metroid dread. Even though I have some of them ( mario kart 8 deluxe, mario odyssey. Splatoon 2. ) there's been no massive games on switch since launch. But some eshop digital releases have been really good like yet another zombie defense HD or balan wonderworld, people gave it bad marks but I thought it was really good, better than games in the top 50
I suppose it's easier to pick out the games that for me, probably don't deserve their place. Bayonetta - I get why people like these games, just not for me. Hades - I'm a big fan of rougelites, but once I escaped the first time, I felt no motivation to continue, dead cells is far superior. Celeste - I just don't get what people see, I have went back 4 times, convinced I must be missing something, but every time I complete a few areas and just feel bored and give up, clearly not for me.
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For me its Mario Odyssey. I dont care if this is pathetic to say but i dont care I think Mario Odyssey was one of the best moments of my life. It left that much of an impact on me.
❗️My Top 5️⃣ Switch Games:
1️⃣The Outer Worlds
2️⃣Valkyria Chronicles 4
5️⃣Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid
@Rykdrew great list and I don't judge you, there are so many kind of games, to each their own I came up with this list that might interest you since it's all local multiplayer : https://www.reddit.com/r/localmultiplayergames/comments/th1tzj/best_local_coop_multiplayer_games_with_kids/
"The Witcher 3 set the bar for modern RPGs back in 2015, and this port is a startling reminder that it has yet to be bettered."
scrolls one game down to see Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in a higher position
@GavinLane why the text on Xenoblade Chronicles don't show up on this top?
Pleasantly surprised to see Xenoblade 3 just under BotW. Definitely agree.
Obviously the list focuses on more ‘gamer’ games. But I think a broader ‘best Switch game’ list really needs to have Ring Fit Adventure and Tetris 99 appearing highly
I'm disappointed that Steamworld Dig 2 will drop out of the top 50 at some point soon...such a great game!
It's great that the top 10 switch games sees some major additions and subtractions as the years go by. Sign of a relevant console/game releases.
My current top 10 (because I ain't doing 50!) (Also not counting games I played elsewhere)
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Breath of the Wild
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Fire Emblem Three Houses
Luigi's Mansion 3
HM - Astral Chain, Skyward Sword HD, Rayman Legends, Ringfit Adventure, Age of Calamity, Splatoon 3, Tropical Freeze, Pikmin 3, Super Meat Boy
Animal Crossing New Horizons
We have TWO Metroid titles in the Top 3 PLUS there's Metroid Prime 4 on the way?! Great time for Metroid fans!
But then we have Donkey Kong completely missing in action, except for a Wii U Port, with absolutely nothing else announced on the way!
Makes no sense... Nintendo are just odd arent they?! I do love Metroid thankfully!
The switch has so many games that a top 50 is not enough anymore. you need a top 100 because at this point everybody knows about this "tiny" list.
Celeste should be #1 (ok, #2 behind BOTW)
No Dead Cells?Steamworld heist is one of my fav ever. And streets of rage 4 is fantastic..the best beat’em up in years for sure
2 metroid games in the top three games of a system.
Has that ever happened?
Also: what year is it…?
@Lionyone yes I could replace a few games on this list with it. It’s a very good racer, with plenty of great content.
Yes, I've finally done it. A list where I own every game! Admittedly I only have the Persona games on PS hardware currently, but I still have them.
Yes! Up yours me from 20 years ago that didn't own cool games!
I'm sad Mario Maker 2 is barely hanging on at 49/50. That is a 10/10 game if there ever was one — literally infinite diverse content; I have had fun for hundreds of hours and it's never gotten stale, and I don't even use the impressive level-making part of the game. It's one of 3 games on Switch I've ranked 10/10 and I have a lot of games. It's not perfect (no game is) but it's still amazing and personally number one on my list.
Animal Crossing New Horizons would probably be number 2 for me but it's top 20 on this list which seems fair. I own 27/50 of the games on this list and it contains a lot of my favorites so I think it's a good list, I just think super mario maker 2 in particular has consistently been under-rated and under-hyped compared to many games on this list.
Wow is Metroid Primer remaster that good? Maybe I really should check it out
Why Skyrim and the Witcher are in this list?😑
I'm more a JRPG guy so my favorite games are SMT5, Xenoblade 3, Project Triangle, YS VIII, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Astral Chain, BOTW, Metroid Dread, Mario Odyssey, Smash Bros Ultimate and Samurai Shodown. The Switch has a great library.
You absolutely love to see it! Metroid Dread and Metroid Prime take top 3 and 2 respectively! Now I am truly convinced Nintendo has finally placed their faith in Metroid for western fans. We love those games!
@BananaMetallurgica Skyrim and Witcher 3 are on the list because they are well-loved games which exist on the Switch. A ton of the games on the list are Nintendo exclusives (half-ish?) but it would be surprising if they all were.
@BananaMetallurgica Because they're both insanely fun large-scale rpgs that are universally recognized as some of the best of that genre.
People have different gaming tastes, if you don't like them that's okay, but you have to recognize that they belong here.
Oop didn't see Fishy already said something haha
i declare the list invalid(kiddin obviously) as splatoon 3 should be in top 20 easily. splatoon 2 is in the right area if only cause they are done updating it and running any events on it... but splat 3 is near perfection and the most fun shooter in a long while... will admit first wave from expansion pack is kinda lame yea i like inkopolis but most everything else is the same. - AGENT 82 is my splat 3 name if you see me good luck beating me....
Can’t say I completely agree but fair enough. How is FE Engage not in here? It’s just as good as Three Houses.
I’m sure there will be lots of snubs to a top 5-0 but I think Clubhouse 51 Games should be on here
Astral Chain deserves to be 30 spots higher.
@CMS_Glalie "that’s a game I will never play even if someone gives me a free copy because it looks so boring" Wow so much negativity about a game you didn't even play. I was curious on seeing what great games you own instead and found only Pokemon and old Simpsons games in the profile. Obviously we own more games than those we have put in our profiles, but It seems that Krusty's Fun house is so much better than BOTW.
Maybe you should follow your own advice that you made recently about the Mario movie to another user:
" wow what’s your problem if you don’t have anything nice to say just don’t say anything because I know a lot of people who are very excited to see it"
The games I've put the most time into on Switch are definitely Hollow Knight and Dark Souls, and those are the games I've had the most fun with as well. HUNDREDS of hours. I've played through each of them several times
I’ll forever be in the camp that puts Xenoblade 3 below even a top 10 on switch because of how much of a letdown it was and how I just don’t see why everyone calls it a masterpiece. I have finished the entire game, just to be clear, and the other two entries just stuck with me way more, plus just as a narrative by itself it doesn’t carry out its potential. But do I think it belongs in the top 50? Hard to say no to that, it is still quality. I have pretty much everything on this list so I’m good, having just bought metroid prime. Looking forward to that.
Love to see two Metroid games in the top 3
Um, why is Splatoon 3 below Splatoon 2? It literally improves on the latter in every area.
@Hero-of-WiiU Maybe because Engage's story is somewhere between awful and nonexistent? I really enjoy the gameplay, but the worthless dialog that is little more than waifus and fanboys gushing about how much they love you is a huge detractor.
I'd love it if you guys actually put together a list, instead of relying on user ratings.
While I'm glad it got so much love, and as someone who respects the hell out of both the developers and the franchise, I'll admit to being surprised Metroid Dread is as high as it is. It's good, but it's not that good.
No Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle?
metroid prime should not be number 2 because it is a remastered port from the gamecube no matter how good it looks and plays.
@johnedwin Why not? Would it deserve the spot if it was the same game but released now on Switch?
A good list overall, but some of the games are lacking (Okami) and some of the descriptions make it seem like newer = better which is absolutely not the case in video game industry
@ComfyAko I think that a console like Switch needs a top 100
I'm surprised to see Divinity 2 is not on the list, and I'd also have Chained Echoes in the top 50. It's insane how many quality games are on the Switch.
@Il_Nintenditore Probably, but let's face it, Okami should qualify in top 3, and that's the problem with such lists. So little changes in top x games over the years, and given that gaming industry struggles to release a hit that would be even on mediocre level comparing to the golden age of gaming, this situation is not prone to change
Of the really big games, Dragon Quest XI is still my favourite. It's an absolute textbook example of how to properly evolve something for new hardware without changing the formula too much. I also liked Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Super Mario Odyssey.
But a lot of my time with Switch has actually been with the smaller releases. I loved Shredder's Revenge, Streets of Rage 4, Fight'N Rage, Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle and so many others.
I've played half of these, and would give most of them at least an 8/10, so I guess I Iine up pretty well with the average. Though only 18 of my own 50-ish game long favorites list made the cut.
Tears of the Kingdom about to bump Skyrim off this list.
I own 18 of those out of the 54 Switch games I have. There's another about 8-12 on the list that I plan on getting eventually. I plan on trying out the Xenoblade series at some point so if I get into those I'll eventually have 9 of the top 10 (only Persona I have no plans to get).
Surprised to see no Dead Cells. That's probably my fourth favorite Switch game behind only BotW, Smash, and Odyssey. With Dread being my number 5.
Between amazing new first party games, Wii U ports, ports of older Nintendo games and from Playstation/Xbox systems, indies, and even a few new AAA third party games, the Switch lineup is truly incredible. Especially with all the systems on NSO, its definitely the ultimate Nintendo system / portable system ever.
I wonder if Zelda TotK will end up taking the top spot on this list when they update it.
64 is one of my all-time favorite games. The closest thing to a Mario 64 sequel were the challenge levels in Sunshine. Odyssey is not a sequel to 64 at all.
BREATH OF THE WILD
Greatest game EVER... FOREVER and EVER!!!
Ahh c'mon - Night in the Woods is missing. That should definitely be top 50 if not top 5 for me. Gregg rules!!
I currently own 27 of them. Definitely a few more I have considered getting such as Fire Emblem Three Houses (although I wonder if I’d like Engage better with more combat focus) and one of the Xenoblade games. Never played either series, not sure if they would be for me.
I feel like I love games too much to rank them. I have to rank the by “want/have” and “don’t want.”😅 I have 32 of these, but I’ve only played like, 27 of those.
Nice to see Xenoblade 3 in top 5.
My list would look something like this:
1. Xenoblade 3
2. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
3. Metroid Prime Remastered
4. Metroid Dread
5. Monster Hunter Rise
1. Pokemon Legends Arceus. 2. Mario kart 8 deluxe. 3. Kirby forgotten land. 4. Bayonetta 2. 5. Mario party super stars. Something like this I do not remember all games now. My list.
I've poured vast hours of my gaming soul into the vast majority of that top 50. Especially the top 10. I personally wouldn't have metroid dread as high as no.2 but certainly comfortably in the top 10 but that is a minor quibble
It's nice to read some of the comments from 2019 and see that a bunch of the games that were in the top 50 back then, but are out of the list now, are great games too which could still be on the list
The switch library is such an unprecedented mix of new games, retro and remakes/remasters. There's no other library like that!
Aside for the persona, witcher, and xenoblade games, i think I have all the others in this list and that, to me, its a testament of how good of a console the Switch is. For franchises as old as 30 years, to been having their best games at this stage, that alone speaks volumes.
Going by this list, FF7 is supposedly below Steamworld Dig 2 not to mention all the other games above it? I don't care how old it is, it will always be one of the best games of all time, and most games on the list cannot compete even remotely.
My top 10 would be something like this:
1. TLoZ: Breath of the Wild
2. Metroid Prime Remastered
3. Metroid Dread
4. Xenoblade Chronicles 3
5. Hollow Knight
6. Super Mario Odyssey
7. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
8. Dead Cells
9. Octopath Traveler (2?)
10. Monster Hunter Rise
(11. Astral Chain)
Dragon Quest XI S in the top ten makes me happy. What a fun game that reminded of why I enjoying gaming so much to begin with. An adventure I think I may eventually do another playthrough of. Enjoyed the gameplay, combat, story, graphics, and exploration. Beautiful game deserving it's recognition.
Gonna give a shout out to Fire Emblem Engage for getting me back into my favorite series. 3H wasn't my cup of tea cos the monastery segments were such a bore. I like more focus on combat, strategy, and gameplay and Engage just wow'd me big time in all those departments. I feel completely sucked into the role of a tactician in the game and thoroughly enjoy the strategic combat and the more interesting characters like Yunaka (obviously) or Veyle. Think this game deserves more love. When the rest of the DLC is released, I'm planning on a 3rd playthrough. I rarely beat games twice these days, let alone 3 if that tells you anything.
1) Out Run
2) Baldur’s Gate I&II
3) Wave Race 64
4) Golden Sun
5) Green Beret
@gcunit Nice!! I hope to be able to say this in the near future!!
@TYRANACLES Totally agree!!
So many amazing games to play! Love this console
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