30. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date: 1st Dec 2017 (USA) / 1st Dec 2017 (UK/EU)

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a massive, sprawling JRPG built by Monolith Soft, who developed the previous two entries and the Baten Kaitos games on GameCube. The team also helped Nintendo design the world of Breath of the Wild, so there's no doubting the pedigree. You'll explore a massive open world made up of Titans – enormous living creatures that house entire civilisations on their bodies. Along the way you'll meet a wide variety of characters, solve a bunch of quests, and save the world. It's Monolith Soft doing what it does best, albeit without shaking off the occasional flaws of the series. This is another Xenoblade gem, though, and a must-have RPG.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has a massive standalone DLC, Torna: The Golden Country, that's also well worth playing through. It serves as a prequel to the events of 2, so you can play it before or after.

29. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition (Switch)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition (Switch)The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition (Switch)
Publisher: CD Projekt Red / Developer: CD Projekt Red
Release Date: 15th Oct 2019 (USA) / 15th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt remains a masterpiece, and being able to take such a grand and engrossing adventure on-the-go is something well worth celebrating. The Switch's Complete Edition is a truly impressive achievement, and although performance isn't perfect, it's still an incredible and impactful role-playing experience. The Witcher 3 set the bar for modern RPGs back in 2015, and this port is a startling reminder that it has yet to be bettered.

28. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 21st Nov 2014 (USA) / 28th Nov 2014 (UK/EU)

In many ways, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U felt like a direct response to criticisms of the series' party-friendly aspirations. Nintendo’s crossover fighter series had its innocuous start as a goofy game with a playground spirit, allowing players to finally see who would win in a fight between the world’s two most famous Italian plumbers and some of their friends. Subsequent entries continued this theme, only with more figurines in the toy box to choose from and more playgrounds in which to do battle. All that fantastic fan service is still here and more polished than ever and the series finally embraced its hyper-competitive side, all the while still managing to deliver one of the most enjoyable party games in years. This was a smarter, more focused blast of fighting mayhem, confident in its ability to appeal to any audience willing to give it a chance.

27. Splatoon (Wii U)

Splatoon (Wii U)Splatoon (Wii U)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 29th May 2015 (USA) / 29th May 2015 (UK/EU)

In a sea of rock-solid single-player Nintendo experiences, Splatoon stood out as being an utterly sublime multiplayer endeavour. Everything is knitted beautifully and seamlessly together to create what is quite simply some of the most fun you can have online. The single player elements and the local multiplayer also presented a way to enjoy the game when you're not geared up for the chaos that comes from fighting others online, and provided a useful reprieve if your internet cut out. Indeed, the formula was potent enough for Nintendo to repeat it more or less verbatim in its Switch sequel, but Splatoon got away with it by being easily the freshest shooter we'd played in years.

26. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 20th Jan 2017 (USA) / 20th Jan 2017 (UK/EU)

Originally released on PS2, this 3DS remake is yet another brilliant instalment in the legendary series. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King showcases its trademark style with great music, a memorable roster of characters and all the quality-of-life improvements you’d expect with a more modern remake of an RPG classic. Incredibly, this was the first game in the mainline series to launch in PAL regions, and it was also the first to ditch the 'Warrior' from the North American version.

Unlike some other games in the franchise, its sprightly pace makes it an excellent choice for new players, too. 200-hour grinds are all well and good, but how are you going to fit in all the other 3DS gems?

25. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Retro Studios
Release Date: 21st Feb 2014 (USA) / 21st Feb 2014 (UK/EU)

Retro Studios demonstrated once again that it can take a treasured Nintendo franchise and keep it relevant, with modern thrills and retro nods expertly combined. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze utilised the Wii U’s graphical capabilities beautifully, with levels both stunning in design and looks, and impressive set-pieces that never skip a frame and can test any gamer’s skills. Small touches and masterful contributions, such as the music of David Wise, only add to the experience. As a single player experience it is near flawless, but the precision of the level design can lead the often fun multiplayer into moments of chaos. A excellent Wii U title that would inevitably be recruited for another tour of duty on Switch, it was a demonstration of how skilful developers and powerful hardware can be combined for spectacular results.

24. Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)

Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)
Publisher: Yacht Club Games / Developer: Yacht Club Games
Release Date: 26th Jun 2014 (USA) / 11th Jun 2015 (UK/EU)

Shovel Knight is more than just a great platformer; it's a celebration of classic gaming. Excellent controls, gorgeous graphics, an incredible soundtrack and endearing characters make the game worth playing, but top-notch level design, varied gameplay, hidden rooms, optional challenges and a deceptively rich combat system make it brilliantly memorable. The entire experience comes together so naturally that it feels more like a recently unearthed gem from the days of the NES than it does a latter-day attempt to milk nostalgia. Shovel Knight is the rarest kind of game: one that set sky-high expectations prior to release, and then managed to exceed all of them. It's a must-buy for platformer fans, and one of the most charming and satisfying experiences on 3DS.

23. Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)

Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 10th Jun 2016 (USA) / 10th Jun 2016 (UK/EU)

Building on the solid foundation of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, this is a game where the pink ball can transform into Mech Kirby. Personally, we would have scribbled that into the design doc, grinned from ear to ear and gone down the pub for a celebratory pint, but the consummate professionals at HAL took that winning central idea and surrounded it with brilliantly designed worlds, trademark rainbow visuals and enough charming moments to make Kirby: Planet Robobot the finest outing on 3DS — and arguably on any system — for The Most Powerful Video Game Character Of Them All™.

We always knew he was more than candyfloss with a face.

22. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS)

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS)Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 11th Jan 2011 (USA) / 14th Jan 2011 (UK/EU)

Coming from the mind of Shu Takumi, the main developer responsible for Phoenix Wright (and his Japanese voice), Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective equals, and arguably surpasses, the quality of the lawyer's many games. It has a few issues towards the end with some of the puzzles requiring a few leaps in lateral thinking (particularly when controlling multiple characters with different abilities), but Ghost Trick is a perfect showcase of what the Nintendo DS could accomplish with the right design. Making use of the system's stylus to latch onto object cores and ultimately recover the deceased protagonist's memory, it's still a delight to play, with a dramatic, jazzy soundtrack and a story that continues to surprise until the end. It may be crammed full of tricks, but this is still an absolute treat.

21. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS)The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 13th Feb 2015 (USA) / 13th Feb 2015 (UK/EU)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D is a magnificent remastering of one of the finest Legend of Zelda games to date. The visual overhaul, the streamlined features and other improvements make this version even more enjoyable and (crucially) accessible than the original N64 release. Minor flaws seem insignificant against its unique gameplay ideas, the dark and haunting theme and a cleverly crafted game world which gets the chance to truly shine again in this remake.

It's strange, perhaps, that a game in which the main premise revolves around repeatedly travelling back in time was so ahead of its time. In its enhanced form, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D defies its age and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best games on 3DS. Simply put, it's a masterpiece that every 3DS owner should play.