Hand of Fate 2 (Switch eShop)

Hand of Fate 2 (Switch eShop)Hand of Fate 2 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Defiant Development / Developer: Defiant Development
Release Date: 17th Jul 2018 (USA) / 17th Jul 2018 (UK/EU)

Almost impossible to categorise yet utterly compelling as a result, Hand of Fate 2 is a unique RPG experience. Fusing the basic premise of a deck-building card game with the heart of an action-RPG, there’s just so much to enjoy here; the rewarding premise of its deck-building, the endless depth of its questing, the simple pleasure of its combat. This is a handheld port that’s practically indistinguishable from the version you can play elsewhere. Do yourself a favour and get this fantasy romp in your digital library right now.

Chess Ultra (Switch eShop)

Chess Ultra (Switch eShop)Chess Ultra (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Ripstone / Developer: Ripstone
Release Date: 2nd Nov 2017 (USA) / 2nd Nov 2017 (UK/EU)

Chess Ultra is a visual treat, while also soothing you with pleasant music as you engage in a tough match. There are plenty of options and variety for online and offline matches, with the former being particularly enjoyable if you're able to get into a real-time contest. With Tournament play and some well constructed Challenges on board, along with Tutorials for newcomers, it ticks most boxes. It's another checkmate for the Switch eShop.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions (Switch eShop)

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions (Switch eShop)Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Playfusion / Developer: Games Workshop
Release Date: 16th Apr 2019 (USA) / 16th Apr 2019 (UK/EU)

In the highly competitive world of CCGs, PlayFusion has taken one of the biggest fantasy licences and seamlessly melded it with a card battling system that's both easy to grasp and different enough to set itself apart from its contemporaries. With the addition of extra modes, including the Arena of Echoes and Realm Trials, and the option to scan in cards from your physical deck, there's a deep and customisable experience in Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions that's ideal for genre veterans. Joy-Con controls work well enough – enabling you to play in docked mode – but it's at its best when played intimately in handheld mode with the touchscreen. The need for a constant internet connection will irk some, but for those that are willing to be tethered to Wi-Fi, PlayFusion has served up a fine rival to the likes of Hearthstone.

Wingspan (Switch eShop)

Wingspan (Switch eShop)Wingspan (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Monster Couch / Developer: Monster Couch
Release Date: 29th Dec 2020 (USA) / 29th Dec 2020 (UK/EU)

Wingspan is a strong card game for those with the patience to learn how it works. It's fun, compulsive and can sometimes truly surprise you with stacked effects and their outcomes. Its translation to the Switch is a little... difficult, but certainly not for want of trying. In handheld it's far from ideal, but in the dock, as a couch multiplayer experience, there's plenty of fun to be had. It's also enjoyable alone as you'll seek out ways to create the highest-scoring possible deck. Despite a few porting issues, Wingspan is definitely a good time, and it'll be difficult to stop after just one game. It's a lot cheaper than the physical game, too, making it a thoroughly viable alternative.

Slay the Spire (Switch eShop)

Slay the Spire (Switch eShop)Slay the Spire (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Humble Bundle / Developer: Mega Crit
Release Date: 6th Jun 2019 (USA) / 6th Jun 2019 (UK/EU)

Slay the Spire is an endlessly addictive roguelike card-battler that’s a perfect fit for the Switch; a beautifully balanced game that arrived on Nintendo's system with all the benefits of an extended period of Early Access on PC. Its combination of ferocious battles, entertaining chance encounters and selection of three impressively different player characters make every run to the top a nerve-wracking and totally absorbing affair. Massively inventive sets of cards combine majestically into hugely destructive combos and attack and defence options fuse perfectly together, enabling players to use the information provided by the brilliantly transparent Intent system to strategise endlessly against the hordes of foul monstrosities that stand between themselves and victory. Sure, you’ll eventually see every enemy and chance encounter and yes, there are a few framerate niggles here and there, but overall this is one dungeon crawler that will live long in our system memories.

Shadowverse: Champion's Battle (Switch)

Shadowverse: Champion's Battle (Switch)Shadowverse: Champion's Battle (Switch)
Publisher: Marvelous (XSEED) / Developer: Cygames
Release Date: 10th Aug 2021 (USA) / 13th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)

Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle is without a doubt the greatest card battling RPG on the Switch yet; an addictive and incredibly deep card game wrapped up in a heartwarming and enjoyable RPG that supplements and supports the potent core gameplay in all the right ways. Dozens of hours of content in single player alone, combined with a full-fledged online multiplayer, ensures that you’re getting plenty of bang for your buck, while the anime presentation and detailed card art and animations keep everything looking and sounding nice all the way through. If you’re at all into card games, don’t waste your time deliberating: go buy this game immediately.


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