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. Mega Man Legacy Collection (Switch eShop)

Mega Man Legacy Collection (Switch eShop)Mega Man Legacy Collection (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 22nd May 2018 (USA) / 22nd May 2018 (UK/EU)

Digital Eclipse did a great job with all the details in Mega Man Legacy Collection, presenting the original games in their best possible light, while tossing in a handful of extra features and challenges on top to sweeten the deal. The rewind feature is a welcome inclusion that helps to mitigate the difficulty of some of the games, and the overall quality of the series difficult to dispute. We would highly recommend you pick this one up - all the included extra features coupled with the ability to play these games both at home and on the go make it a no-brainer.

49. Bayonetta (Switch eShop)

Bayonetta (Switch eShop)Bayonetta (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: PlatinumGames
Release Date: 16th Feb 2018 (USA) / 16th Feb 2018 (UK/EU)

After almost a decade Bayonetta is starting to show her age, but that doesn’t stop this hyperactive melee/shooter action mashup from being one of the most rewarding and memorable cult hits of the previous generation. Retooled for Nintendo Switch, one of Platinum Games’ most accomplished titles feels revitalised in both handheld and tabletop modes, serving up a meaty first course in the full witchy buffet to come.

48. 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.

47. 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.

46. 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.

45. Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch)

Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch)Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch)
Publisher: NIS America / Developer: Nippon Ichi
Release Date: 23rd May 2017 (USA) / 26th May 2017 (UK/EU)

Disgaea 5 Complete offers an extraordinary volume of content, its own quirky approach to storytelling and a complex set of systems that complement each other well. There are so many terrific parts to the game, but they do get jumbled together somewhat. For Disgaea fans this game is worth a purchase, especially as it includes all DLC from the original and plays beautifully on the go. For strategy RPG fans we still give it a hearty recommendation, but with the proviso that it's more demanding and tougher to master than many of its genre contemporaries. If you're up for the challenge and time investment, and can tolerate its zany characters and settings, then it's well worth adding to your Nintendo Switch collection.

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. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)
Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft
Release Date: 29th Aug 2017 (USA) / 29th Aug 2017 (UK/EU)

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a must have for Switch-owning fans of turn-based tactical games. More importantly, such is the style and depth on offer that it's also ideal for those that haven't played much of the genre, for whom 'X-COM' sounds like a silly acronym from a war movie. It introduces the concept in the best possible way, and then utilises its own ideas for what becomes a smart, surprising and - at times - deliciously challenging experience. Even if you don't actually like the Rabbids, this game - and its familiar Mario cast and setting - is so good that Ubisoft's mascots become likeable. Well, almost.

42. 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.

41. 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, but the complete removal of all local and online multiplayer features means this a strictly solo affair, and that might be a turn-off for many. Still, that doesn't change the fact that this is one of the best racing games on Switch.