Best Switch Games

Nintendo Switch has amassed a huge amount of great games since the console launched over three years ago. Of course, this abundance of riches leaves us in something of a pickle - too much software, not enough time to play it all. In fairness, it's a lovely problem to have - Help! There are too many excellent games to choose from!

But what are the best games on Switch so far? Well, we asked Nintendo Life readers to rate their favourite Switch games since launch and the list below is the result according to the User Ratings associated with Switch games on Nintendo Life's games database. As with our round-up of the 50 best 3DS games of all time (and several of our Best Games selections), the order here is fluid which means our Best Switch Games change over time reflecting new releases according to their rating. That way, you can be sure it's up-to-date whenever you look.

If you've yet to score your favourites, you can cast your 'vote' by clicking on each game's rating below. Can't see your favourite? Head to our library of Switch games (click the Games tab at the top of the page) and get rating. A game needs a minimum of fifty ratings to become eligible, so it's entirely possible to influence the best Switch games ranking below and get your favourites on the list. And if you'd like to see the best Switch games of individual years (so 2017, 2018 or 2019), we've got you covered, too.

Without further ado, let's dive into this selection of the best Switch games you can play in 2020...

50. GRIS (Switch eShop)

GRIS (Switch eShop)GRIS (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Nomada Studio
Release Date: 13th Dec 2018 (USA) / 13th Dec 2018 (UK/EU)

We’re very careful when we use this word, but Gris is a masterpiece. Its jaw-dropping visual style and heart-wrenching score combine for one of the most emotional pieces of interactive art you’ll ever play. It may be too short for some, its puzzles may be on the simple side and the lack of any real challenge may not be to everyone’s taste, but this is a game focused more on fragility than ability and as long as you’re willing to go along for the ride, it’s one that will stick with you for a very long time indeed.

49. GRID Autosport (Switch eShop)

GRID Autosport (Switch eShop)GRID Autosport (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Codemasters / Developer: Feral Interactive
Release Date: 19th Sep 2019 (USA) / 19th Sep 2019 (UK/EU)

With over 100 cars and more than 25 different racing venues set over five distinct disciplines (as well as bonus DLC ones like destruction derby and drag racing), GRID Autosport is that rarest of beasts: a jack of all trades that doesn't sacrifice quality as a result. The addition of all previously released paid console DLC – right down to the cynical XP boost – is extremely welcome, although the complete removal of all local and online multiplayer features meant this was strictly solo affair at launch. Pleasingly, developer Feral Interactive has since patched in local multiplayer and online multiplayer. Even without that feature, though, this was still one of the best racing games on Switch. Now it's easily the best 'sim-style' drive in Switch's garage.

48. 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.

47. Final Fantasy VII (Switch eShop)

Final Fantasy VII (Switch eShop)Final Fantasy VII (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 26th Mar 2019 (USA) / 26th Mar 2019 (UK/EU)

Final Fantasy VII presented gamers with one of the biggest conundrums of our time: is it Aeris or Aerith?

Pronunciation posers aside, this game represented the series' 3D debut and was the first mainline game to not appear on a Nintendo platform. Therefore, Square took full advantage of the space available on Sony's CD media that simply wasn't available on Nintendo's cartridges at the time.

In many ways, FF7 is a relic. If you were there at the time, it likely affected you deeply; if you've never played it before, it's influence quickly spread across the entire genre and you'll most likely have seen everything it has to offer done elsewhere, and better in the intervening years. That's only natural--and it happens to all the very best games--but if you can overlook the odd clunky mechanic and antiquated piece of design, the core game here is as brilliant as it ever was.

46. Dragon Ball FighterZ (Switch)

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Switch)Dragon Ball FighterZ (Switch)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Arc System Works
Release Date: 28th Sep 2018 (USA) / 28th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

Dragon Ball FighterZ on the Switch is, simply put, the one of the best fighting games we've seen on the system. Arc System Works went the extra mile in capturing the essence of the source material and distilled it into an incredible brawler that has lost nothing in the transition to Nintendo's hybrid console. The stunning visuals, intense action and easy-to-master controls make FighterZ a game all fans of the genre should have in their library. If you only play this kind of game casually, it remains a must-own.

45. 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.

44. 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.

43. SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Image & Form / Developer: Image & Form
Release Date: 28th Dec 2017 (USA) / 28th Dec 2017 (UK/EU)

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition is a fantastic port of a fantastic game, and it fits perfectly on the Switch. Deep, engaging gameplay and stylish presentation combine to make this one of the standout indie releases of the year; this is a great example of a well put-together title. If you are at all a fan of strategy games, or are just looking for a fun diversion to occupy your time for a couple of weeks, pick this up. It puts a neat twist on standard turn-based strategy gameplay, and stands as another fantastic entry in the SteamWorld series.

42. 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)

While we had to wait a little longer than those playing on PS4 and Xbox One, the wait was more than worth it. Dark Souls: Remastered is a faithful remaster of a touchstone in video game design that improves overall performance while preserving all of the character traits that made the original such a memorable experience. While it’s no less forgiving - and its menus are a little fiddly - this slick Nintendo Switch iteration offers the only way to experience Lordran’s ultra-challenging odyssey in true handheld form. Praise the Sun, indeed.

41. 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.