This week marks the 6-month anniversary of the Switch taking over our lives back in March. It’s surprising to me any time I hear that the Switch still doesn’t have a lot of games because each week I find myself excited about something else hitting the system. This doesn’t even account for the insane amount of games hitting the system this fall. In looking at the top ten games out now, it was actually pretty tough because there have already been plenty of solid choices. You might see some surprises and some no brainers, but these are the top 10 games every Switch owner needs.
If you are looking for an awesome fighting game on the Switch, do your wallet and yourself a favor and pass on Ultra Street Fighter II in favor of King of Fighters 2000. SNK’s fighters have never received as much love as Capcom’s, but they are every bit as fun. Available for under $10 on the eShop should already make this a must have, but then throw in over 30 characters and a fighting system reminiscent of Marvel vs Capcom, you have a winner. This is easily the best fighter for the system so far and really deserves the same amount of press as Capcom’s much pricier option.
9. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +
You are a scared little boy whose mother has been told by God she must sacrifice you to prove her love. Your only escape is diving below your house where you’ll face unwanted fetuses, flies, poop, and more with your only weapon your salty tears and whatever powerups you may find. The Binding of Isaac is absolutely bonkers and oh so much fun to play. It’s like being in Zelda’s old school dungeons if they were randomly generated and Zelda was a twin-stick shooter. It’s really the randomly generated dungeons that will keep you coming back each time, even after the difficulty as beaten you to a bloody pulp again and again.
8. Overcooked: Special Edition
Overcooked takes the simplicity of using just a couple of buttons and throws it into the hectic pace of a busy kitchen. You grab your ingredient, you chop it, you cook it. Easy enough, right? Wrong! Add in multiple ingredients, different ways to cook dishes, and way to many orders piling up and you’re going to be frantic. Either play by yourself and control two chefs at the same time or give it a try with up to four friends as you bump into each other and catch your kitchen on fire. Either way it’s a blast to play and will keep you shooting for a 3-star rating on every level.
7. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Anyone who grew up playing the great NES platformers needs to have this game in their collection. While it is inspired by many classics, this is honestly better than most ever made. It definitely feels a lot like Capcom’s various platformers, especially Mega Man as you defeat bosses and get brand new power ups from them, along with shades of Duck Tales as you use your shovel to bounce off enemies. It takes the best aspects from these with a dash of its own ideas to make one of our favorite platformers of all time.
6. The Jackbox Party Pack 1
If you are looking for an amazing package to keep your get togethers going into all hours of the night, look no further than The Jackbox Party Pack 1. You Don’t Know Jack is one of our favorite party games and will keep any trivia buff entertained and laughing. Fibbage XL brings you a Cards Against Humanity vibe with a unique twist. Lie Swatter is easy enough for any non-gamer to still be able to play and enjoy. Drawful can be fun just to see how terrible everyone draws on their phone, while Word Spud is just kind of there like the ugly person in the corner nobody invited. Even with one game in the pack we wouldn’t whole heartedly recommend, it still keeps it as the best of the Jackbox collections and one of the best party games on the Switch.
Arms is a fighting game that fighting game fans and casual gamers can both enjoy. It begins simple enough, punching with you left and right while dancing like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. Add in plenty of characters and their “arms,” each with their own unique powers and styles that piles on extra levels of depth to discover. You’ll seen have your favorite fighter and favorite arms to choose from with plenty of unlockable potential if you want to open every arm for everyone. There’s online to keep you going after you’ve run through the arcade with everyone, plus Nintendo has promised a year of free DLC to keep the game growing. It might have been overshadowed by releasing between Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2, but it’s a solid entry for your collection.
4. Splatoon 2
If you are looking for the best online experience on the Switch so far, look no further. Splatoon 2 takes the classic shooter model and turns it on its head by making the focus on covering the field with you paint rather than killing your opponent. If you want to “splat” your opponents, go for it, but the points are in spreading your paint. At least in most of the modes, since the game still offers a short, but entertaining single player experience as well as the highly addictive Salmon Run which will find you blasting away all sorts of bad fishies in a Left 4 Dead style mode. It certainly has no shortage of content to keep you hooked for the rest of the year.
3. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
While there might have been a good amount of people who were confused by this title when it was first announced, being a huge Mario and Rabbids fans to begin with, I was excited from the start. Luckily for us, now that it has arrived it has shown us just how solid this title really is. It’s a great title for those who have always been interested in strategy games but have been too scared to dive in. It starts you nice and slow to get down the basics, but later the challenges will even start to frustrate hardcore fans of the genre. Not only that, the Mario and Rabbids worlds combine beautifully for something unique and really funny.
If Mario Kart 8 Deluxe cannot get you to enjoy games, I don’t know what will. Ever since the SNES, Mario Kart has been bringing together family, friends, and random drunk people more than any other games. This does it better than any other Mario Kart before with a whopping 48 tracks, more racers than you can shake a stick out, and even easier controls with auto-steer for newcomers. It’s a game you could play by yourself as you try to 3 gold star every cup or you could put countless hours into the couch co-op or the online.
1. The Legend of the Zelda: Breath of the Wild
While it probably comes as no surprise, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the game everyone should own for the Switch. Even if you have never been a big fan of the series in the past, this is the one that will finally make you a believer. Beyond the fact the game just looks gorgeous, showing how small stylistic choices can keep a game a classic, there is just so much to do. Are you a collector? Get ready to invest 900 hours of your life searching for Korok seeds (alright, maybe just 800 hours.) Are you more into the story? Jump right in to take down Ganon as your priority. And if you are more into just wandering, the giant map will have you covered. A lot of love went into making this game and you can feel it during every second. Losing yourself into an imaginary world has never felt this good.