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

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

If you haven’t gotten around to it by now, the Switch version is certainly the best way to play Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. Tight gameplay, detailed visuals, and charming writing combine to make this a Metroidvania that is a must play for any fans of this genre. We’d give this game a strong recommendation to anybody who hasn’t played it yet and would still encourage veterans to consider double dipping. Though there’s nothing groundbreaking about this re-release, it’s still the same great game that it was before, and the few minor additions are a nice bonus.

19. Inside (Switch eShop)

Inside (Switch eShop)Inside (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Playdead / Developer: Playdead
Release Date: 28th Jun 2018 (USA) / 28th Jun 2018 (UK/EU)

Inside is the spiritual successor to Limbo and it builds on its predecessor in every imaginable way. A grimly beautiful platform-puzzler that, while brief, is packed full of jaw-dropping highlights, its dark tone won't be for everyone, but it's been executed brilliantly, with gently taxing physics-based conundrums woven into a haunting wordless narrative. It's a very similar game to its predecessor in many ways, with side-scrolling elements, a gorgeous, moody art style, and a vulnerable protagonist at the heart of it. Everything's just bigger, better, and more affecting.

18. Dark Souls: Remastered (Switch)

Dark Souls: Remastered (Switch)Dark Souls: Remastered (Switch)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: FromSoftware
Release Date: 19th Oct 2018 (USA) / 19th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

Dark Souls: Remastered is a faithful remaster of a touchstone in video game design that improves overall performance of the original release while preserving all of the character traits that made it such a memorable experience. While it’s no less forgiving — and its menus are a little fiddly — this slick Nintendo Switch iteration offers an excellent way to experience Lordran’s ultra-challenging odyssey in true handheld form.

Plus, there's a Solaire of Astora amiibo. Praise the Sun, indeed.

17. Into The Breach (Switch eShop)

Into The Breach (Switch eShop)Into The Breach (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Subset Games / Developer: Subset Games
Release Date: 28th Aug 2018 (USA) / 28th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

Into The Breach is a brutal, uncompromising game of making hard decisions and living with your mistakes, but the short length of battles and endless variety of playthroughs makes for an extremely addictive experience. Though the graphics are nothing special, the gameplay is some of the very best you’ll find in the strategy genre on Switch, and we can easily recommend this to anybody who’s looking for an in-depth game that’ll make you think. Into The Breach feels right at home on the Switch, and whether you play more at home or on the go, you’re more than likely to get plenty of value out of this release.

16. The Messenger (Switch eShop)

The Messenger (Switch eShop)The Messenger (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Sabotage
Release Date: 30th Aug 2018 (USA) / 30th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

2D side-scrolling action games like The Messenger may be a dime a dozen these days, but you’d be missing out on something special by passing this one up. Featuring a surprisingly long campaign, an incredible soundtrack and tight, challenging level designs, The Messenger stands as a shining example of great game design. We’d highly recommend you pick this one up; it’s the very definition of a modern classic.

15. Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch)

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

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

14. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Switch)

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Switch)Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Switch)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 28th Aug 2018 (USA) / 28th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate may lack the smoothness and accessibility that made Monster Hunter: World such a smash hit, but it more than makes up for it by being a sort of ‘greatest hits’ collection of the high points of the series, giving you hundreds of hours of content to play through. Couple this with the HD visuals, easy to use multiplayer, and the ability to play the full experience on the go, and you’ve got a game that will easily appeal to both veterans and newcomers alike. It may not necessarily represent the future of the series, but Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is an utterly fantastic experience in its own right and a worthy follow up to the 3DS original, and one that no Switch owner will want to be without.

13. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)
Publisher: NIS America / Developer: Nihon Falcom
Release Date: 26th Jun 2018 (USA) / 29th Jun 2018 (UK/EU)

With fun, fast-paced combat, likable characters, and an enjoyable story that takes full advantage of its beautiful shipwrecked setting, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is a top-shelf action RPG. Exploring the Isle of Seiren is as rewarding as mastering the character-swapping, hack-and-slash battle system, and both fit into an addictive feedback loop of adventuring that keeps everything moving at a quick clip. Editing issues and inconsistent image quality in handheld mode are small blemishes on an otherwise polished production, but don’t let them deter you; Ys VIII is a true gem.

12. Dead Cells (Switch)

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

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

11. Okami HD (Switch eShop)

Okami HD (Switch eShop)Okami HD (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 9th Aug 2018 (USA) / 9th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

Okami HD is an utterly fantastic piece of software, and we feel you’d be doing yourself a disservice to pass on it. It's a 40-hour adventure that emulates Zelda wonderfully, adds in plenty of memorable mechanics, features one of the most beautiful art styles in gaming, and is completely playable on the go, to boot. It may be showing its age a bit visually and its combat is sometimes a little on the easy side, but Okami is an important, fun, and notable landmark in gaming history — and one of the easiest recommendations we can make for your Switch library.