It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for; we’ve made a list of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time!
As the most popular console in the United States alone for the last 30 months straight at the time of writing, it’s safe to say that the Nintendo Switch is the most popular next-gen console of our time.
The same story goes for here in the U.K too, with many households having multiple Switches, just like back in the glory days of the DS.
Why is this console so popular? Well, one factor is the portability aspect of Nintendo’s hybrid powerhouse, and the other is the fantastic list of games.
Because with names like Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong, and Pokemon on the roster, the Nintendo Switch was always going to be successful.
But which are the best Nintendo Switch games on the shelves? Which titles grab audiences by the collar and pull them into another world, and which games are so good that they’re impossible to put down?
Check out our list of the best Nintendo games below and find out!
Super Mario Party kickstarts this list of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time!
I can’t begin to tell you how many hours I’ve put into the Mario Party series over the years. Whether playing with my mum on an evening as a kid or challenging my mates to some multiplayer madness on the weekend, these games have provided serious value for money and some truly fun times.
While Mario Party 4 will always have a special place in my heart, Super Mario Party is undoubtedly the best title yet. It’s vibrant, the graphics are superb, and the addition of special dice to spice up character selection is a nice touch.
If you’ve never played a Mario Party game before, then it’s fair to say that you’ve never lived. They don’t just provide fun and friendly family entertainment; they create a platform to crush your friends in competitive mini games…
… because that’s what gaming is about, after all!
The premise is simple; move around a board by rolling a dice. Yes it’s a digital board game with a difference, and that difference is that Mario and pals can fire items at each other, call in allies, and collect coins.
Get the most stars and win the game. Play with up to 4 people in console mode and now stretch your audience far and wide with the new online mode!
Super Mario 3D All-Stars isn’t just a Nintendo Switch game… ok, it is, but its also a slice of Mario gaming history.
But, back in 2020, I finally got my wish, along with Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. Three of the best Mario games ever made in one place, with updated graphics, and the ability to play on the go…
… does it get any better than that?
For those of you that haven’t played any of these games before, seriously; what is wrong with you? Super Mario 64 topped our best Mario games list, Sunshine is the reason so many people bought a GameCube, and Galaxy is the trippiest title I think I’ve ever played!
While all three games have received the Nintendo Switch treatment, Super Mario 64 is the only title not to play in widescreen mode. It still looks like the original, or how we remember it anyway, which is perfect for those nostalgic vibes.
And the best bit is that you can skip between them all without even getting out of the chair and changing discs! What a win!
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening takes the 13th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time. I went to pick this up while travelling around Italy in a camper van and couldn’t put it down!
This game was always a classic on the GBC. The story is different but feels oh so familiar at the same time, with other Nintendo enemies such as Goombas and Bloopers making cameos.
In the same way as Pokemon Let’s go Pikachu updated the classic Pokemon Red and Blue, this Nintendo Switch port has not only updated a terrific game, but it’s also made it more accessible for a new generation of gamers.
Instead of being based in the usual realm of Hyrule, Link washes ashore on Koholint Island. The same dungeon-crawling gameplay from the other early Zelda games aplies, though new features such as Dampe’s dungeon maker provide fans with a whole new way to play.
Koholint looks incredible with a new makeover and updated graphics. Ok, so it looks a little cutesy, but it’s not exactly a hack ‘n slash game after all. Collecting seashells to get new abilities adds an extra reason to keep playing, and the adventure itself is super engaging.
Once again, I could go on and on about Link’s Awakening. Any Zelda game is a winner in my book, and while I’ve played the game 100 times before on the GBC, the Switch version will always be one of the best Nintendo Switch games in my collection.
Ghost Of A Tale is another game that I bought on a whim and couldn’t put down. If side quests, collecting, and stealth are your bag, then this game needs to be on your wish list.
Players control Tilo, a minstrel mouse who has been captured by the rat guard and thrown in prison. Infiltrating the prisons infrastructure with the help of a cantankerous frog, a surly blacksmith, and a mysterious guard, Tilo must search for clues as to the whereabouts of his missing wife.
First of all, the graphics on this game are superb. Just check out that still above and the sheen on Tilo’s armour!
Secondly, the story is fantastic with lots of twists and turns around every corner. Collect different costumes to fool different characters and unlock new quests; delve into exciting locations such as caves, crypts, and forests; and throw bottles at rats.
Yeah, Tilo doesn’t have any weapons apart from bottles, but he looks like a real legend when he’s tootling around with his lantern! Zelda fans; you need this in your life.
For those of you that loved the original Pokemon Snap for the N64, New Pokemon Snap provides an updated experience with better graphics, improved controls, and more Pokemon.
Ever wanted to see Pokemon in their natural habitats rather than on the battlefield or just jumping out of Viridian Forest when you really want to be somewhere else?
Well, New Pokemon Snap sees players travelling in a special vehicle through tropical jungles and glistening ocean trails as they seek out Pokemon to add to their Photodex!
If you’re a fan of the original, then the new game plays pretty much the same. Use fruit and other items to lure Pokemon into shot and capture them in their day to day routine.
Get points for snapping interesting expressions, and make sure to travel through both the daytime and at night to snap those nocturnal Pokemon too!
Each course feels like a ghost train in the sense that you continually travel one way. You’ll have to play each level a fair few times to get the top scores, meaning that it’s certainly great value for money when it comes to replayability!
I couldn’t choose between Pokemon Sword & Shield, so I’m putting them both down.
Every Nintendo Console has to have a cracking Pokemon game, and the Switch certainly doesn’t disappoint.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the 3D explorative Pokemon titles like Pokemon Colosseum, and having the chance to explore new lands through the original game and the DLC content with tonnes of pocket monsters along for the ride certainly made the Retro Dodo team very happy!
Everything about this game is perfect, from seeing Pokemon wandering around the Wild Area to dashing from place to place via your trusty bicycle. Like Zelda: Link’s Awakening, it feels fresh and familiar in equal measure.
The different towns and cities in Pokemon Sword and Shield provide the scenes for many battles and hidden treasures. Venture from sleepy country villages through to desert paths and ice caverns in search of Pokemon to train and battle with.
This game would have gone further down this list if it wasn’t for Hop, the most annoying side character in the history of all games. That guy is one cocky son of a … well, he’s cocky, and he’s also no where near as good as you.
The berry system makes a return alongside new features such as camping and cooking for you and your Pokemon. Grab the DLC content and keep the game going with more legendary Pokemon to catch and even more side quests to solve!
Super Mario 3D World takes the 9th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time!
If you played the Wii U version, then there’s nothing much different between this and the original, bar characters running faster and some tougher bonus modes. That being said, it’s still a fantastic game in its own right and a credit to the Switch, especially as you can play on the go!
Play as Mario. Luigi, Peach, and Toad as they complete levels together! Grab mates to play co-op or go it alone, picking up exciting powers such as the Super Bell to unlock cat character abilities.
Everyone loves Cat Mario!
As with pretty much all Mario games, 3D world is a vibrant and energetic adventure with classic Mushroom Kingdom graphics. And, in true Nintendo fashion, four people can play in the same household and not just online.
Couch co-op will never die!
Expect lots of goomba stomping action and coin collecting through fast-paced side-scrolling levels. And the best part is that you don’t have to save Peach for once!
Yes, proving that she can be kick-ass when she’s not wasting time being captured, Peach runs, climbs, and cat scratches along with the others as they hurtle through the game.
And don’t forget to check out Bowser’s Fury too. It’s a shorter game than the main offering but looks absolutely fantastic, and boy is Bowser furious!
Super Mario Odyssey is up next, bringing yet another Mario title to this list of the best Nintendo Switch games. ‘Ol moustache face isn’t just Nintendo’s mascot; he makes bloomin’ great games too!
Odyssey could have come out on any Nintendo console. It’s a classic Mario adventure through and through, but the Nintendo Switch’s graphics give it a superb look that make it a must have for owners of the hybrid handheld.
Just look at the cityscape in the scene below. It’s super odd seeing Mario running around real world-inspired places and bouncing on taxis, but it’s certainly makes a change from the Mushroom Kingdom!
Mario has a new sidekick too; Cappy. It’s a talking hat that aids Mario in his adventures, helps to pilot the Odysee, and enables Mazza to reach new areas. Bounce on Cappy or attack enemies with him; he’s a useful tool!
Oh, and Cappy can also use his special powers to take over the minds of some enemies and objects. Control everything from a tank to a giant T-Rex, all while sporting a funky Mazza moustache.
Certain areas won’t open up unless Mario is dressed in the garb of the planet you’re visiting, so make sure to collect enough coins and purchase some new threads wherever you go.
It’s Mario Galaxy turned up to 11 with a T-Rex; what’s not to love?
Hollow Knight takes the 7th spot on this list of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time. It’s a breathtaking side-scrolling adventure that takes all the classic elements of our favourite 2D games and marries them with beautiful animations,
I’m a huge fan of games that are borderline bizarre, and Hollow Knight is so far over the line that it could be a strange, lucid dream!
Gamers venture down into Hallownest, a mysterious and vast kingdom lost to the annals of history. Its citizens are mainly strange monsters and creepy insects, and it’s up to the little Hollow Knight to discover the secrets of this forgotten world.
Delve into a mushroom jungle, escape insects inside a city of bone, and find new and exciting abilities and powers to boost your characters skills along the way.
As a ‘Metroidvania’ style game, it’s no surprise that it bears similarities to 2D classics Metroid and Castlevania in game style. Wield a nail as a sword as you pit yourself against mammoth monsters that wouldn’t look out of place in R-Type!
With 3 million sales under its belt, this is undoubtedly one of the best Nintendo Switch games ever made…
… not bad for Kickstarter title, eh?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is another game that speaks for itself. It was already one of the most critically acclaimed titles before it came to the Switch, winning over 200 different awards across the years.
Now, thanks to the Nintendo Switch, the epic title is now available to play on the go, on the bog, or on the sofa while docked into a TV.
And, true to form, Nintendo have included a new get up for Dragonborn to wear – Link’s Champion Tunic from Breath of the Wild, including the Hylian Shield and the Master Sword!
If you enjoyed BOTW, then experience one of the first visually exciting open-world adventures of all time. Go everywhere, do everything, challenge everyone, and be anyone. The possibilities are limitless and the storyline is sure to get every nerd’s pulse racing.
Players control Dragonborn, the chosen hero to combat the threat of the Dragons. You must traverse through the wilderness, slaying dragons, wielding insane weapons, and casting gnarly magical spells at opponents.
And, because everyone loves a DLC, the game comes with three additional add-ons for players to enjoy too. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Luigi’s Mansion 3 takes the 5th spot on this list of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time!
From the first moment that I turned this game on, I was transported back to 2002, twelve years old and sitting in front of my Gamecube. This series has been one incredibly popular with gamers of all ages due to its sense of humour, the (not so) spooky nature of the characters, and Luigi’s lovable persona.
Mario is old news, guys; Luigi’s where it’s at!
Luigi, Mario, and the gang have been invited to a hotel for a complimentary stay. It soon turns out that the hotel is run by ghosts, and Luigi’s companions are soon trapped within paintings.
After finding the Poltergust 3000, Luigi must defeat all of the ghosts and save his friends. With a little help from the unflappable Professor E. Gadd, Luigi can wield new and exciting abilities including Gooigi, a slime version of the green wonder himself that can slip into pipes and through cracks!
It’s always nice to see Luigi in the spotlight, and these games never fail to put a smile on your face. They certainly take a degree of thought and are difficult at times, and there’s so many secrets to uncover you’ll still be playing it years after purchasing!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an updated version of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii-U. Ok, that’s what it is on paper, but in reality it’s the most accessible racing game ever made, bar none!
Play on tabletop mode with two joycons, link with other Nintendo Switch handhelds to play via a local network, or kick back with mates in the same room or over the internet!
Mario Kart is one of the best Nintendo Switch games because it’s so simple to play. There’s even an ‘auto go and steer’ for less advanced players, leaving them to concentrate solely on firing shells at enemies.
Mario Kart World Tour is a cool game, but there’s nothing like playing a bonafide Mario Kart title on the bus using a real console with all the feels and surprises we associate with this epic series.
The Deluxe port has all the same courses and characters as the Wii-U version with some extra’s thrown in for good measure. Play as the Inklings from Splatoon, check out new vehicles, and power along some epic tracks such as the Hyrule circuit!
Listen; there’s a reason why people love Mario Kart so much. From Super Mario Kart right though to Mario Kart 8, this series has provided us with a means of switching off and enjoying some simple, accessible fun no matterour gaming ability.
Let’s hope Mario Kart 9 drops sooner rather than later!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might not take the top spot in this list of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time, but it’s certainly the best brawler title in the world right now.
It’s also the biggest fighting title ever made too, with over 77 characters plus tonnes more being announced all the time from famous Nintendo franchises and beyond.
Play everywhere from the Mushroom Kingdom to Pokemon Stadiums, battling in key locations from all your favourite series.
Because who doesn’t want to see Banjo and Kazooie squaring off against the blockheaded dude from Minecraft.
Whether you’re a button-masher or a super-smasher, there are so many different ways to beat opponents in this fast paced game. It’s action like you’ve never experienced before… unless you’ve played any of the other Smash Bros. titles, that is…
And I still maintain that seeing ‘New Challenger Approaching’ is one of the most exciting screens on any game ever made too, especially with so many different fighters to keep track of!
I’m not gonna lie, I’m terrible at Smash Bros. whenever I play against my mates, which is why I sacked them all off and just play solo now instead!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes the penultimate spot in this list of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time! It’s been dubbed as one of the most relaxing games to get stuck into of all time, giving players a chance to escape the norm with good ‘ol Tom Nook.
Take a trip to a tropical island and enjoy a different type of freedom with anthropomorphic animals in this fantasy life-sim game. Make your own version of paradise and live the way you’ve always wanted… again, with talking animals at every turn.
It’s not just a case of saying ‘hey presto’ and kicking back though. Oh no; players have to craft their dreams ad work hard for them, creating tools in order to grow, build, and find natural resources.
As with other Animal Crossing titles, the seasons have a role to play in what can grow at specific times of the year. Certain things happen at night too, so playing at different times of the day (or non stop) is often recommended.
So many people bought this game through the coronavirus pandemic just to escape being locked down indoors. Still, thanks to the portable nature of the Nintendo Switch, you can carry on this epic adventure in the great outdoors now that the world is back to normal!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is not only the best Nintendo Switch game of all time, but it’s also the best game I’ve ever played, period.
As a life long Zelda fan, I firmly believe that launching a new console alongside a new Zelda game was a solid move from Nintendo. Zelda titles sell consoles, and while the name commands a lot of respect, none of us could have prepared ourselves for how epic BOTW would be.
We started to see changes to the traditional Zelda format back in Skyward Sword, but BOTW revolutionised Hyrule and the way we play Zelda forever, creating infinite possibilities and turning the entire world into a playground.
The essence of what makes a Zelda game is still a dominant force behind the success of this title; solve puzzles, defeat big foes, and save the world. Now, however, players can climb anything, experience weather changes, wield new abilities, pick up mammoth weapons, and glide from great heights.
The cooking of food, crafting of items, and weapons system has had a complete overhaul, making for a much more engaging adventure. Whether riding around on a horse or sneaking up on enemies via Sand Seal, this gameworld sits in the most immersive Nintendo title I’ve ever played.
And let’s give a little shout out to some of the deadly enemies; the Hinoxes, Lynels, and Guardians. Guys, you’ve caused me to swear and shout more than any other enemies!
I’m also a huge fan of the shrine and spirit orb system, allowing players to choose which skillset, health or stamina, they upgrade too.