New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch)

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

One of the surprise announcements last year alongside a couple of other previously Xbox-exclusive games that have since arrived on Switch, New Super Lucky’s Tale is a great port of an underrated platformer that features a greatly improved camera and channels the spirit of the golden age of 3D platformers. It's a little on the short side and may not provide much of a challenge to more hardened gamers, but it's got an uncanny ability to make us smile.

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Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)

Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 7th Dec 2018 (USA) / 7th Dec 2018 (UK/EU)

Katamari Damacy REROLL is like liquid anti-cynicism. While it's also likely to induce some stress, the game's delightfully quirky and unique personality will dose you up with charm enough to make you forget your tension and troubles. The Switch edition is arguably the best way to play short of digging out your PS2, and with a wonderful HD sheen the Prince of the Cosmos looks better than ever on Nintendo's hybrid console. Lovely.

Untitled Goose Game (Switch eShop)

Untitled Goose Game (Switch eShop)Untitled Goose Game (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Panic / Developer: House House
Release Date: 20th Sep 2019 (USA) / 20th Sep 2019 (UK/EU)

Nothing like a walk in the country to raise your spirits, hmm? The breakout indie hit of 2019 is a refreshing change for the stealth genre. Gone are the night-vision goggles and dark camo-suits you might expect; here they're replaces by a big white goose with bad social skills. You've probably heard more than enough about Untitled Goose Game since it launched and conquered the internet, but if you're after something light-hearted, give the goose a honk.

Horizon Chase Turbo (Switch eShop)

Horizon Chase Turbo (Switch eShop)Horizon Chase Turbo (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Aquiris / Developer: Aquiris
Release Date: 28th Nov 2018 (USA) / 28th Nov 2018 (UK/EU)

Want to jump in a colourful car and burn rubber into the sunset? Horizon Chase Turbo harks back to an arcade past when all you needed for a good time was the top down, a sunset on the horizon and an attractive co-pilot with their hair blowing in the breeze. It's more Top Gear on the SNES than Out Run, but it channels that blue sky feeling beautifully and makes for an exhilarating ride on Switch.

Alternatively, there's always Out Run.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Switch)

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Switch)Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Switch)
Publisher: Team17 / Developer: Playtonic Games
Release Date: 8th Oct 2019 (USA) / 8th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

With an incredibly mood-lifting soundtrack and 2D gameplay that recalls the classic Donkey Kong Country games, a restorative jaunt through the colourful, bouncy worlds of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a great way keep the clouds at bay. The original game was a fun nostalgia trip, but Playtonic's sequel polishes everything and delivers a far better experience overall, one which we heartily recommend.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Retro Studios
Release Date: 4th May 2018 (USA) / 4th May 2018 (UK/EU)

And speaking of DKC, having topped our ranking of the best DK games of all time it's unsurprising that we love revisiting Retro's most recent Donkey Kong Country game when we're feeling down. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze isn't just a great platformer, it's one of the great platformers and it will help thaw the iciest of moods. Looking and playing better than the series ever has, veteran DKC composer David Wise returned with this sequel, meaning that the music alone is enough to reduce us to tears of happiness. Tropical Freeze is a total joy, and perfect company if you're feeling glum.

A Short Hike (Switch eShop)

A Short Hike (Switch eShop)A Short Hike (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Whippoorwill / Developer: Adam Robinson-Yu
Release Date: 18th Aug 2020 (USA) / 18th Aug 2020 (UK/EU)

A Short Hike is a fat-free indie experience from top to bottom and feels like the very best bits of multiple game genres, stripped of all padding and bloat, mixed perfectly into a delicious video game stew that only gets richer and richer the more you play. An exploration in every sense of the word, and a perfect tonic if you're feeling down in the dumps, A Short Hike is cute without being twee, challenging without being obnoxious, and emotional without being cloying. A landmark game for all ages. Don't miss this one.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch)

Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch)Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 18th Sep 2020 (USA) / 18th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

It's a triple helping of 3D Mario goodness on Switch — what else is there to say? Super Mario 64 is an absolute genre-defining classic, Super Mario Sunshine, for all its flaws, is one of the brightest, bounciest games on any console ever (the Isle Delfino theme alone is worth the price of admission), and Super Mario Galaxy took the plumber to new heights. This limited-time port might not have added many real bells or whistles, but the underlying quality here is immeasurable.

There are still plenty of these knocking around on store shelves across the globe. Get it before it's gone.