20. Borderlands Legendary Collection (Switch)

Borderlands Legendary Collection (Switch)
Borderlands Legendary Collection (Switch)
Publisher: 2K / Developer: 2K
Release Date: 29th May 2020 (USA) / 29th May 2020 (UK/EU)

Borderlands Legendary Collection is an excellent Switch showing for this beloved series, though it's difficult to determine if the price is right; sure, there's an enormous amount of content here so you're certainly not being ripped off, but it's old content and these games are routinely extremely cheap on other services. Still, it's a technically excellent port of three expansive, enjoyable shooters, and they're a perfect fit for the Switch. Whether played alone or with pals, the gameplay is terrific to dip into for 20 minutes or get stuck into for a massive grinding session. If you've somehow never played Borderlands before, you can't go wrong with this set. And if you have, but want to try a different character class on the bus ride home, now's your chance.

19. Trials of Mana (Switch)

Trials of Mana (Switch)
Trials of Mana (Switch)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 24th Apr 2020 (USA) / 24th Apr 2020 (UK/EU)

Trials of Mana proves itself to be a successful revival of a lost classic, smartly infusing new design and content where necessary while still maintaining the spirit of the original. Multi-threaded storylines, an enjoyable combat system and flexible character progression combine to make this one a fantastic experience from start to finish, even if occasional performance problems hinder the experience somewhat. We’d give Trials of Mana a high recommendation to RPG fans and newcomers alike; there’s plenty here to love for both camps, and we hope that this release could act as a blueprint for future entries in the Mana series.

18. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Switch)

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Switch)
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Switch)
Publisher: Marvelous (XSEED) / Developer: Edelweiss
Release Date: 10th Nov 2020 (USA) / 20th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

Lovers of Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon may not find this game to be exactly the kind of farming they enjoy – it's more like, you know, actual farming, with all the tiny changes in fertiliser recipes and water temperature that farming requires. But for anyone who needs to practise mindfulness, patience, and appreciation for the small things (all 2,000 of them), Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin may just be the therapy you need.

17. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Switch)

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Switch)
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Atlus
Release Date: 17th Jan 2020 (USA) / 17th Jan 2020 (UK/EU)

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is one of the most colourful, approachable and downright endearing RPGs you’ll find on the Switch. Its new story chapter, music tracks and character assists improve on the original to an extent, but not enough to greatly affect its overall quality. Thankfully, what was there was already fantastic, meaning those who missed out on it the first time around really have no reason not to get stuck in now.

16. Spiritfarer (Switch eShop)

Spiritfarer (Switch eShop)
Spiritfarer (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Thunder Lotus Games / Developer: Thunder Lotus Games
Release Date: 18th Aug 2020 (USA) / 18th Aug 2020 (UK/EU)

A truly pleasant game, Spiritfarer balances undemanding platforming, gentle exploration and forgiving resource management with a beautifully-realised world with a cast full of charming, likeable, memorable characters. It's a pleasure to move around in with an evocative, endearing atmosphere and a succession of gameplay styles that gel superbly and never feel like padding. It's a long game, and you may find it becomes a little rote and repetitive before the end, but if it gets its hooks into you it's a game you'll want to go the distance with. Would it be distasteful to say it's dead good?

15. Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling (Switch eShop)

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling (Switch eShop)
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling (Switch eShop)
Publisher: DANGEN Entertainment / Developer: Moonsprout Games
Release Date: 28th May 2020 (USA) / 28th May 2020 (UK/EU)

A bit of a triumph, Bug Fables is a superbly polished independent tribute to the first two Paper Mario games – but that's not to say it doesn't have its own, strong identity. The sheer familiarity is a little bit wearying at times – seriously, it's like it's been traced over in places – but Paper Mario with the serial numbers filed off is still a very good time. There's plenty to see and do, a rather compulsive card game to play and hidden secrets all over the place. Add all this silky-smooth performance, a splendid soundtrack and turn-based combat that's never less than engaging and you've got a surefire winner here.

14. Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope (Switch eShop)

Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope (Switch eShop)
Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Yacht Club Games / Developer: Yacht Club Games
Release Date: 16th Apr 2020 (USA) / 20th Apr 2020 (UK/EU)

Shovel of Hope — the original Shovel Knight release from 2014 now rebranded as a standalone episode (kinda like how Star Wars became 'A New Hope', if you like) — stands as an example of how excellent retro-themed platformers can be when you have a team of experienced and passionate developers working on them, and still to this day acts as a standard which other, similar releases are judged against. The interesting level designs, humorous writing, high replayability, and intuitive controls make this one an easy recommendation, although with the caveat that the full Treasure Trove release (which includes all Shovel Knight content released to date) is still the better way to go. Even so, it’s tough to go wrong with this original campaign, and if you haven’t played it yet, we’d highly recommend that you do so.

13. Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (Switch)

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (Switch)
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (Switch)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 25th Feb 2020 (USA) / 25th Feb 2020 (UK/EU)

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is everything that you could’ve hoped it to be. This is ultimately six great Mega Man games presented to you with a slew of customisable features, extra content, and quality of life updates. If you’re a fan of either Mega Man or side-scrolling action games in general, you owe it to yourself to give this release a go and see what all the fuss is about. These are hard and occasionally frustrating games, but they offer up some rewarding, action-heavy gameplay that even today stands among the best of its class. Don’t pass this collection up.

12. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date: 20th Nov 2020 (USA) / 20th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

Approached with the knowledge that this is a full-featured side-dish, you'll have a very good time hacking and slashing your way through Calamity Ganon's minions in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity; just remember that despite its sparkling presentation, it is still not a Zelda game. What it is is a brilliant Zelda-infused Musou experience filled with varied and satisfying combat and Breath of the Wild additions that work beautifully within the boundaries of the Warriors template.

The care and attention given to detail here is hugely impressive. We found performance to be adequate and, crucially, it didn't affect our enjoyment throughout — just be prepared for a slideshow once the pyrotechnics start in two-player co-op. Regardless of frame rate, though, there's definite catharsis in grabbing the Master Sword, sprinting out there and giving all the prowling nasties a sound thrashing.

11. SEGA AGES Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Switch eShop)

SEGA AGES Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Switch eShop)
SEGA AGES Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: M2
Release Date: 20th Feb 2020 (USA) / 20th Feb 2020 (UK/EU)

A brilliant presentation of a fantastic platformer, with a reasonable helping of extra features (some useful, others fairly throwaway). If you haven't played Sonic 2 before it's a must-have: whether it's worth buying if you already have the game in some other form, though, is questionable.