Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (Switch eShop)

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (Switch eShop)Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 3rd Sep 2019 (USA) / 3rd Sep 2019 (UK/EU)

Final Fantasy VIII's remaster proves to be just as weird and polarizing a release as it was when it first came out. Cool new ideas like Guardian Forces and Triple Triad are hamstrung by an absolutely wack story and the tedium of the Draw system, making for an experience that’s great in some regards and not so great in others.

Taken as a whole, however, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered proves to be a fun and enjoyable romp through the weirder side of the Final Fantasy series, notably bolstered by the new HD presentation and the inclusion of helpful quality of life features.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (Switch)

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (Switch)Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Game Freak
Release Date: 16th Nov 2018 (USA) / 16th Nov 2018 (UK/EU)

For fans of the original Pokémon Yellow, Red, and Blue, walking around this reimagined version of Kanto is a dream come true; seeing all the cities and characters come to life thanks to a new HD makeover and cutesy animations brings back memories of our first experiences with the franchise, fully realising the level of detail we imagined in our heads rather than the blurry pixels present on our monochrome Game Boy screens. It isn’t just the overall art style that impresses, either; little details like Pokémon posters in bedroom walls, adorable Oddish vases in living spaces and paintings lining the walls of the much more majestic S.S. Anne make the world feel more alive than ever before.

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A Boy and His Blob (Switch eShop)

A Boy and His Blob (Switch eShop)A Boy and His Blob (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Ziggurat / Developer: WayForward Technologies
Release Date: 4th Nov 2021 (USA) / 4th Nov 2021 (UK/EU)

For anyone not in the know, A Boy and His Blob has a surprisingly deep history, going all the way back to 1989. Originally released on the NES under the title A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, it was since re-imagined for the Wii by developer WayForward, dropping the subtitle in the process. As far as reboots go it proved to be incredibly successful, and we even declared it “one of the most beautiful and polished Wii releases”. The visuals still look incredible after all these years, with spectacular animation to boot.

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.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 16th Jul 2021 (USA) / 16th Jul 2021 (UK/EU)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD introduces a raft of technical improvements and quality of life updates that reinvigorate and revitalise this ten-year-old game. With motion controls more precise than ever before, an alternate button control scheme that totally works, crisp HD graphics, smooth 60fps gameplay and a bothersome sidekick who's been streamlined into something altogether more useful, this really does feel like Skyward Sword as it was meant to be experienced. Yes, the locking off of instant travel behind the official amiibo is a misstep, but beyond this one issue what's here is a sublime experience, a technical triumph and an absolute must-play for Switch owners and Zelda fans.

PowerSlave Exhumed (Switch eShop)

PowerSlave Exhumed (Switch eShop)PowerSlave Exhumed (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Nightdive Studios / Developer: Nightdive Studios
Release Date: 10th Feb 2022 (USA) / 10th Feb 2022 (UK/EU)

PowerSlave Exhumed is a brilliant, beautiful reworking that captures the very essence of what made it so awesome back in the day while giving the best of both the Saturn and PlayStation's distinct versions. For such a prototypical take on Metroid Prime, it's alarming and impressive just how much confidence Powerslave Exhumed shows in its design, making it the best kind of retro game — one that's even better today with full knowledge of how ahead of its time it really was. An easy recommendation to FPS fans of any vintage, Powerslave Exhumed will keep you playing and playing, searching for those last niggling secrets.

Sonic Colors Ultimate (Switch)

Sonic Colors Ultimate (Switch)Sonic Colors Ultimate (Switch)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Blind Squirrel
Release Date: 7th Sep 2021 (USA) / 7th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

Sonic Colors Ultimate is a well-executed revisit of a high point in Sonic’s long career. Most of the quality here stems from the content of the original, rather than the new additions and tweaks for this re-release. Things like the Jade Ghost and extra customization options are welcome, but not game changing, and the musical and graphical improvements are minimal. At the end of the day, though, this is still a well-performing, portable version of a classic and that’s arguably all that it needs to be. We’d give this one a recommendation, then, to anyone who has yet to experience Sonic Colors, as this is certainly the best and easiest way to try it out. If you’re a fan of the original, we’d still say it’s worth a punt — you'll still love the game on Switch. Just be aware that this isn’t a massive overhaul of what came before.

Cotton Reboot! (Switch)

Cotton Reboot! (Switch)Cotton Reboot! (Switch)
Publisher: ININ Games / Developer: Success
Release Date: 20th Jun 2021 (USA) / 20th Jun 2021 (UK/EU)

Cotton Reboot! is a fanfare of zany ghouls and ghosts, inventive and inimitable bosses, and a superbly catchy soundtrack in both original and remixed forms. Never being released in the West and prohibitively expensive today, it’s something of a blessing for retro gamers to be able to dip their toes in Cotton’s enduringly impressive X68000 outing. Of all the "cute 'em ups" out there, it remains one of the best, while the new Arrange mode – with its impressive overhauls and remixed ideas – has cast a rare spell of resurrection.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date: 29th May 2020 (USA) / 29th May 2020 (UK/EU)

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is an already excellent JRPG that has been improved in nearly every conceivable way, short of a complete reimagining. On top of the fantastic story, enjoyable combat, and incredible world design, Monolith Soft has included an entirely new epilogue story arc while somehow improving upon and polishing up nearly everything in the base game, from progression systems to visuals to UI design.

It goes without saying that if you were ever a fan of the original or of RPGs in general you absolutely must get this game for your collection as soon as you reasonably can. Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a fan, we would still strongly encourage you to think about adding this one to your collection, as this is the standard against which most RPGs should be judged.

You know, when we started writing this list, we weren't convinced there were that many good remakes and remasters on Switch. Then we started compiling the list, and we realised how wrong we were. In fact, there are probably just as many average remakes that we didn't even include! It's not a huge surprise, really — the Switch is a port machine, after all — and we're excited to see even more come to the eShop soon-ish, like Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp and Live A Live.

Who needs the Virtual Console, eh?

As always, let us know which remakes and remasters deserve to be in this list by telling us in the comments!

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