20. 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.

19. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS)

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS)Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Level-5
Release Date: 12th Sep 2010 (USA) / 22nd Oct 2010 (UK/EU)

The third entry of the mystery-solving DS Layton trilogy, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future doesn't stray too far from the winning formula of the first two releases, and instead focuses its attention on offering up what is easily the best storyline of the series on the console, not to mention some of the best minigames as well. It's no slouch with the puzzles, either, and it's safe to say that if you're a fan of the franchise, this is a game you absolutely do not want to miss.

18. Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)

Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Team Cherry / Developer: Team Cherry
Release Date: 12th Jun 2018 (USA) / 12th Jun 2018 (UK/EU)

Hollow Knight feels like it found its natural home on Switch. The game's beautiful 2D world, tactile combat and impressive bevy of secrets constantly drag you in for more, and it proves to be as strong an experience on the move as it is on your TV. On an eShop that's filled with top quality indie games, Hollow Knight is one of the very best; a big, beautiful, foreboding Metroidvania that's absolutely thick with detail. From its punchy combat system to its charming art and sound design, this is one of the finest adventures you can have on Nintendo Switch.

17. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 9th Jun 2013 (USA) / 14th Jun 2013 (UK/EU)

Becoming mayor in Animal Crossing: New Leaf gives you licence to shape your village more than ever before, with the help of secretary Isabelle, of course. The most evergreen of games, Animal Crossing is a joyous pastime that enters your life and becomes part of your routine. Whether catching comedian Dr Shrunk or resident musician/DJ K.K. Slider at Club LOL, taking fossils and artworks to Blathers for verification, or simply wandering around catching bugs and fishing, there’s enough to keep you occupied for days, months and years.

It never overwhelms you, though; you can go deep with breeding flowers or working the stalk market, or kick back and collect fruit, decorate your house or simply chat with fellow villagers throughout the changing seasons. The addition of the campsite and amiibo support in the Welcome amiibo update gave us more reasons to return. Animal Crossing: New Horizons may be the shinier, newer version, but New Leaf is still a very fine way to experience the charm of this relaxing series.

16. Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: 24th Oct 2014 (USA) / 24th Oct 2014 (UK/EU)

Bayonetta 2 is a must buy for action gaming fans. It's fast, intense and ridiculous, all with an entertaining story and a protagonist that is forever subverting and playing with her audience. It's pure Platinum Games, and one of the Wii U's best games — a rare arrival on that system that was unashamedly violent, gory and mature, while still mischievously winking at the player. Of course, the Switch port is the easier way to play it these days, but regardless of platform, Bayonetta 2 is brilliant, brash and impossible to ignore.

15. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 30th May 2014 (USA) / 30th May 2014 (UK/EU)

Mario Kart 8 took a while to arrive, but was worth the wait. The vehicles and racers have never handled better, the collection of courses is possibly the best ever, while replayability through Ghost Races or — primarily — online races and Tournaments is almost endless. While the Deluxe version on Switch would include all the DLC, add the missing Battle Mode and polish everything until it glistened, the brilliant base game is largely unchanged. Mario Kart 8 was an accomplished effort that pushed the franchise forward in thrilling ways, and regardless of the version you play, you're guaranteed a great time.

14. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Intelligent Systems
Release Date: 26th Jul 2019 (USA) / 26th Jul 2019 (UK/EU)

There was a lot riding on it, but Fire Emblem: Three Houses managed to live up to the hype and will stand as a highlight in the series for years to come. The expanded gameplay styles, retooled combat, lovable characters, and in-depth character customisation hook you fast and are almost guaranteed to keep you engaged for dozens, if not hundreds, of hours as you come to understand this enormous game in its entirety. Fans both new and old won’t want to miss out on what Fire Emblem: Three Houses has to offer; this sets a new standard for what a strategy RPG can be and proved itself to be a must-have release for the Nintendo Switch.

13. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 28th Apr 2017 (USA) / 28th Apr 2017 (UK/EU)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe delivers a huge amount of racing goodness right out of the box; a polished version of a Wii U entry that was only a proper Battle Mode away from being top of class. It's the definitive Mario Kart 8 experience, content-rich and a delightful feast of comedic, cartoonish karting action. It's a game that continually raises a smile and, occasionally, induces that trademark Mario Kart rage as shells strike and positions are lost. It's addictive and unifying, unfiltered fun that draws in anyone daring enough to take up the wheel.

And the addition of 48 more courses with the awkwardly named Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC? Well, that's just more icing on an already-grand cake, isn't it?

12. Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Intelligent Systems
Release Date: 4th Feb 2013 (USA) / 19th Apr 2013 (UK/EU)

This SRPG series has always enjoyed the adulation of a passionate fanbase, but it wasn’t until Fire Emblem: Awakening with fan-favourite characters Chrom and Robin that its popularity went mainstream. Beyond series-best mechanics, subtle use of stereoscopic 3D made the battlefields even more readable and a wonderful localisation courtesy of the folks at 8-4 Ltd made a large roster of characters truly memorable - the relationships created in this game stick in our minds to this day (ah, Sully). You can’t really go wrong with any entries in the Fire Emblem series, but the first 3DS game left a particularly strong impression.

11. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch)

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch)Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 27th Sep 2019 (USA) / 27th Sep 2019 (UK/EU)

Originally released for 3DS (and PS4) in Japan, the cumbersomely named Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is one of the best games Square has ever put its name to, plain and simple — and this Switch release was a fine port, too. Featuring a heartwarming, well-paced narrative supported by a cast of fantastic characters, a dense and interesting overworld packed with dozens of hours of content, and one of the finest soundtracks we’ve heard in a JRPG, it all combines to make this an unforgettable modern classic. Whether you’re a newcomer to the series (or genre) or a returning vet, do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of Dragon Quest XI as soon as you’re able. This is the epitome of a gift that keeps on giving, and it more than deserves a spot in your Switch library.