The hottest Nintendo Switch games you should buy RIGHT NOW!
The Nintendo Switch currently has a staggering amount of around 1868 playable titles across all regions. Which should you buy? Why? There’s no need to sit for hours Googling reviews and videos when we have all the information you need below.
Which games should I buy?
When someone talks about Switch games, the very first games that comes to mind (and with good reason) are:
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mario Kart, Super Mario Odyssey (basically any Mario game)
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Smash bros Ultimate
Why do you think this is? I’ll tell you why. Because they are THAT good. I’ve personally played the above listed titles and let me tell you…I’ve wasted hundreds and hundreds of hours on just those titles alone. Each game is very unique and different in so many ways.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Forget what you thought about previous Zelda titles because I personally don’t think there is a better RPG currently on the switch than Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (We’re all entitled to our own opinions, right?) Want to make things go boom? Check 🗸 Want to smash enemies with crazy, powerful weapons? Check 🗸 Do you simply just want to run/glide/ride around a huge map and take in amazing scenery? You guessed it…check!
As you can see it ticks every checkbox there is for an amazing RPG experience. Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a must play for lovers of the RPG genre. Even if you are not a fan of RPG’s I am almost 99,9% sure you will find something to love in this game, albeit the stunning visuals or the looking for armor to make your character look fresh. The game takes designs and mechanics perfected in other games and reworks them to create something new and it makes for a brilliant game that forces you to think in entirely new ways. I remember approaching a lake with a sub-zero water temperature. You died if you tried to swim across. I was standing on a raft and didn’t know how to get it to move. Turns out, I had to equip my giant leaf weapon and attack to create wind to move the raft I was standing on. (Who would’ve thought that weapons were used for anything other than bashing enemies?) There are tons of puzzles and different mechanics for you to try and figure out and you can see the hype for yourself when you buy this game here. This is one of those purchases you won’t regret!
So racing is more your style? Say goodbye to your loved ones.
Mario Kart 8 - Deluxe
Trust me when I say: “This thing will end friendships!” You throw some banana’s, maybe get lucky around a few corners or show off some true racing skill… You’re approaching that finish line… “I’m going to win” you think to yourself. Then bam! You get hit from behind by a green turtle shell by someone you thought was your friend, sending you spiraling out of control… The audacity, the betrayal.
In all seriousness, this game was my 2nd Switch title that I played and I still play it till today (with my friendships still intact- thankfully) Not much has changed since the Wii-U release, there is the addition of 6 new racers – male and female inklings from Splatoon, Mario bad guys Bowser Jr., King Boo, Dry Bones and an unlockable golden version of Mario himself. (Possibly my favorite). However, the biggest dose of new content – and possibly reason enough to buy Mario Kart 8 - Deluxe even if you had the Wii U version – is the addition of proper Battle Modes. (It’s good to know Nintendo listened to their player base on this one.)
On the Switch the full controls can be mapped to one single Joy-Con. Motion controls are also on offer – best used with the optional steering wheel controller shells. (I personally use these) After all, who doesn’t physically lean into the corners they take in-game?
If you want to show your friends you are the superior gamer/better racer, or if you just want to ruin someone’s day, then this game is a MUST buy. Buy it here and go grab those bragging rights.
Want to do…well…anything you want?
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Ever dreamt of moving to an island and having the freedom to do whatever you want? Well look no further.
Compared to previous Animal Crossing games, New Horizons jets you off to a deserted island through an exclusive Nook Inc. package. A character by the name of Tom Nook loans you some money. Where the game goes from there is really up to you-- the game does not force you to do anything in particular. There is also no time limit in repaying back the loan. You can’t do any renovations or upgrades to your house/island until its paid off though.
So, what do we mean by you can do anything? Want to place a rug on the beach so you can warm yourself by your campfire? Go for it. Like the idea of an outdoor entertainment area? It’s possible. Want to dig for fossils and chop down trees? Easy. Want to just fish all day? That’s fine, too. The possibilities are endless with this game. It did win Best Nintendo game of the year for Switch’s sake.
So why does this game do so well? Well, its comforting and inviting. There is nothing better than jumping on the sofa after a long day at work and building your dream island, or doing whatever you want. No-one is rushing you; no-one is forcing you to do anything. You can play this game at your own leisure. I highly recommend this game to anyone who owns a Switch. Your game collection just isn’t complete without it. Pick it up here so you too can kick it back and relax after a long day at work.
Want to play with your friends online?
Monster Hunter Rise
Arguably the biggest release of 2021 for the Nintendo Switch system and the latest title on this list.
Monster Hunter Rise just outdoes itself. It might be one of the easiest entries in the series but it’s welcoming for new players. Quests have been streamlined; online features have been improved and playing with friends has never been easier. Just starting up the game, fans of the genre will see huge improvements with character creation, which always use to be an afterthought with these types of games. New players won’t know the struggles with the older Monster Hunter games or how big of an improvement Monster Hunter Rise is compared to them. Consider yourselves fortunate! As soon as your character is created you can jump straight into the action and starting hunting Monsters. (With a title like Monster Hunter, what else did you think you would be doing?)
The game is friendly, its stylish and it’s somewhat easy, but I’m ALL for that. Previous Monster Hunter games took hours and hours to actually get into. I always felt underpowered and it just felt like the game was missing something. But this game changes all of that and has 100% restored my interest in Monster Hunter titles.
If you were like me and were waiting for a great Monster Hunter to release on Switch, then wait no longer. Monster Hunter is currently a timed exclusive for the Nintendo Switch system and will not release on PC until 2022. No one should wait that long to play this game – and neither should you. Buy it here and go hone your skills, forge oversized weapons and play with your friends! (or solo if that what you prefer)
The best Mario game. Ever.
Super Mario Odyssey
The latest franchise entry in the famous series takes platforming to new heights with clever level design, exciting new game mechanics, and enough endgame content to keep you playing well past the main story. Trust me, I know. I’m still playing it.
The game is great at making the world feel huge at first, then small as you get to know it, and then huge again as you realize how dense it is with secrets and challenges.
You start the game off with Bowser kidnapping Peach, again… When will this guy ever stop? Bowser then knocks Mario’s iconic hat off and sends him spiraling into the abyss below. Fear not though because that’s where you meet Cappy!
Cappy is more than just a cap though — he is literally the game mechanic, and he will make Mario OP. You can toss Cappy at all sorts of objects or enemies to take over their bodies. Mario can become a Goomba! You can also use Mario's new cap to reach new heights, cause damage, or use it as an extra jump if you time it right. If you play co-op (I personally don’t recommend this as it still needs some work) 1 player can play as Cappy whilst the other player controls Mario. It makes for a fun, yet somewhat frustrating experience.
Kill enemies (or become them), customize your look, make new friends, explore new worlds and take a trip down memory lane with some nostalgic moments where the game turns you into the original 2d NES Mario we all fell in love with. This game is packed with it all! There are even tons of costumes to unlock. That, mixed with the mini-games, collectibles and a catching story line, really makes this game the best Mario platformer ever made.
My final verdict:
√Best Mario game ever
√Fun, challenging mechanics
× Limited, unpolished multiplayer
If you are looking for a platformer that will keep you busy for hours, Super Mario Odyssey is the game for you. While the co-op may not be as great, there is so much that this game has to offer. Hang onto your hats and grab what is easily the best Mario ever, here.
Imagine fighting as almost any game character
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
With a massive roster of characters and the smoothest gameplay yet, Super Smash bros Ultimate has become…well ultimate. It's all around the best Smash has ever been, and I absolutely love this game.
Play solo or with other players online. I recommend playing with friends because (as with all Super Smash games) single player becomes stale after a while. Don’t take me up wrong, this game has a fantastic single player campaign but there’s just that “something extra” when playing online.
The roster is huge and they are always adding new characters! My favorite additions so far were the 2 latest additions: Sephiroth and Cloud from Final Fantasy! I got massive chills from watching the reveal.
Whether you’re new to the series or a returning melee veteran, this game is accommodating and that’s what makes it stand out for me. These types of games are so quick to become so overwhelming. There is at times, somewhat of a high skill gap that puts people off. Super Smash Bros Ultimate takes care of that by feeling precise and rewarding you for well-timed attacks.
Should you get it? Well, whether you should buy Smash Ultimate comes down to whether you want to drop the cash or not. If that's in your budget, then by all means, Smash Ultimate should be in your Switch library, absolutely no question. Should you decide to purchase it, you can buy it here.
√ Fun single-player campaign
√ Looks amazing
√ Huge roster
√ Tons of stages
× Solo play grows a bit stale after a while
× Sometimes a bit chaotic
My bottom line is this: Smash Ultimate is the best I’ve seen so far from the series and its going to be interesting to see how Nintendo will top this game. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but with such a huge playable roster and a fun single-player campaign, I’m sure there is something for everyone to love.
Gotta catch ’em all!
Possibly my favorite Switch game of all time and the game that currently holds the record for longest time played on my Nintendo Switch. Man, I love this game.
From the very moment I inserted the cartridge into my system I was hooked. I’ve played a lot of Pokémon games, actually now that I think about it – I’ve played them all. From Pokémon Blue on the Gameboy, to Pokémon Fire Red on the Gameboy Advance, right up until now. Pokémon has come a long way and Pokémon Sword adds to that success. Yet, it still somehow manages to retain that nostalgic Pokémon feel while playing it.
My favorite feature in Pokémon Sword, by far, is Dynamax and gigantamaxing. By no means a new feature – rather a returning feature from one of the older Pokémon games but it is well received. Basically, while doing raids, you can choose to Dynamax or gigantamax a Pokémon (only certain Pokémon can be gigantamaxed), turning them into a bigger, more powerful version of themselves.
But the real gem is the game's core: The Wild Area. It's a huge open area where Pokémon roam free in the wild, with ever-changing weather conditions. Like in Pokémon Let's Go, the Pokémon are visible walking through the long grass, swimming through lakes and streams, or flapping through the air, just waiting to be caught. You can spend hours here just catching and exploring, setting up camp and bonding with your Pokémon, or meeting and battling other trainers. You can even do mystery trades. If you’ve caught any extra Pokémon, or if you have one you just don’t want anymore you can Mystery trade them. Basically, you send them to a random stranger and you receive a mystery Pokémon from them. It's great for receiving Pokémon you can’t catch yet or to fill up your Pokédex quicker.
Your standard Gym Battles have evolved, moving away from battling a series of generic trainers before challenging each leader, to exciting new challenges such as rounding up sheep or activating/deactivating the right set of water contraptions - following from Sun and Moon's Trials system.
I have nothing negative to say about this game. It’s not just another Pokémon game. Well, technically speaking it is, but its different. It takes a little something from older generation games and adds to it. The NPCs in the world congratulate and acknowledge you when speaking to them after beating a Gym Leader. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and fame. I have never felt so much joy while playing a Switch game. I don’t mind catching Pokémon I’ve caught before. I will bond with them, evolve them and catch ‘em all.
If you are a fan of the Pokémon franchise – this game is a must buy.
Pick the game up here and go beat Leon – Galar regions reigning champion – so you can be the best!