In its first year of sales, the Nintendo Switch has finally proven itself. At least, the console managed to have better performance than its predecessor Nintendo Wii U. Even in the United States, the Nintendo Switch managed to become the fastest-selling console.
Until now, the Nintendo Switch has had so many exciting games. Are you curious about the best Nintendo Switch games this year? Here’s the list.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda franchise rarely fails. Thanks to the combination of an exciting story and exciting gameplay, The Legend of Zelda has always been the center of attention.
Then, when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released in 2017 on the Nintendo Switch, the world’s gamers’ attention was devoted to this game. The result? Truly extraordinary. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received almost perfect reviews, even being named one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch to date.
This game gives you freedom. The developer immediately opens all the maps for you to explore from the start of the game. That means you don’t have to wait until a certain point in the game. If you want to go straight to the final boss’s place, it’s also possible.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Even though you are not a gamer, you are surely familiar with the title of this game and the funny characters in it because it is being discussed (and played) on any social media.
You can read some tips for this game here:
- Animal Crossing: How to capture Giant Trevally and its location
- Animal Crossing: Island Backup, Autosaving & Save Transfers
The premise of this latest Animal Crossing is indeed as simple as the previous titles. You will play as your avatar who is assigned to turn a barren island into the best resort island and is visited by many visitors in anthropomorphic animals who can inhabit your island.
This game is set to follow the clock in the real world. You can do many activities, such as collecting items, insects, gardening, making your own clothes designs, and beautifying your house and island, which are all influenced by the hours you play this game. That’s what makes this game so addicting and can make you forget the time!
Deadly Premonition 2: Blessing in Disguise
In Deadly Premonition 2: Blessing in Disguise, you will play the character Francis York Morgan, an FBI agent who explores a murder mystery. York has been the main character in the multi-platform prequel game released in 2010.
This game does not emphasize perfect graphics. The visualization still looks like a cartoon here and there. The gameplay’s main approach is more to the narrative story and dialogue between the rusters in it. From each clue in the story, you can only follow the plot to the place to solve the mystery of the case.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
The latest Nintendo game 2020, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, was released on May 29, 2020. Unlike the first version, this game brings many updates to the visual aspect. The visual flaws in the first Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii in 2010 have now been fixed. The visuals and characters are now better and smoother in an anime style.
This latest Xenoblade Chronicles game also has a new story. The story will focus more on Shulk and Monado and the war between humans and robots. The battle with this action approach will feel the maximum because it is supported by better visuals and audio than its predecessor.
New Super Mario Bros.U Deluxe
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a platformer game that is greeted with great enthusiasm by fans.
Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe offers 2D side-scrolling gameplay with modern visuals. The levels in this game will also provide addicting challenges for players.
Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is one of the successful Mario games with 5 million copies, from that success, Nintendo also released it in an enhanced version.
Super Mario Odyssey
Together with Cappy (a hat character that gives Mario unique abilities), Mario must save the royal princess Peach from Bowser’s grasp who wants to marry him.
Mario can “possess” various objects and enemies he encounters by throwing Cappy. Multiple puzzles and obstacles in this 3D platform game can be solved by taking advantage of various enemy forces.
Explore various areas with unique themes, search all corners for power moons (items that need to be collected to get to the next area), and enjoy a series of challenging mini-quests.
Pokémon Sword & Shield
Sword & Shield is the newest installment of the main Pokemon game and the first to be made for the Nintendo Switch, so it has lots of cool features that haven’t been seen before. Located in the Galar area inspired by the British Empire, we are challenged to become the best trainer and collect new Pokemon types that have never been seen before.
Don’t worry. You can also choose the gender of the main character you will play at the beginning of the game and change clothes and accessories according to your taste.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
This game will invite you, as Luigi, to have a vacation at a hotel. However, who would have thought, the hotel turned out to be inhabited by many ghosts!
Sound creepy? Indeed, the plot of Luigi Mansion 3 sounds scary, but all the ghosts are not scary at all. The shape is cuter!
Later, you will use a vacuum cleaner-shaped weapon to catch the ghosts. The gameplay is guaranteed to be fun for you. Can’t believe it? Look at the video above!
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
Older generation gamers like Harvest Moon can reminisce with the release of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. This is the same game with a slight title change. And of course, the visuals are made more cute, funny, and adorable like the previous series.
Nintendo still brings Mineral Town as the location where the story takes place. A place where you live, work, have friends, fall in love, and care for all your precious tree of life—passing each season by harvesting your plantation’s produce, fostering affection for those around you. It can make you forget for a moment the routine in real life.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is the best and newest Nintendo Switch game in 2019. In this game, many Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero characters, such as IronMan, Captain America, Hulk, Spiderman, Captain Marvel, and all Guardians of The Galaxy. The story in this game focuses on when Thanos and 5 of his men collect the Infinity Stones.
In this game, you will play a Marvel superhero character and prevent Thanos from collecting the six Infinity Stones. By default, you will play 36 Marvel superheroes, including the X-Men, The Defenders, to Miles Morales’ version of Spider Gwen and Spiderman.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
You can play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the palm of your hand! It sounds forceful, but CD Projekt Red manages to make this enormous game to be played portal.
You will play as Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher who tries to find his adopted daughter, who is running away from Wild Hunt.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Carrying Mario’s name in its title, this racing game is the target of game fans worldwide. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a kart racing game where you can slow down your opponent’s car or speed up using items.
Playable character variants are also the selling power of this game. There are about 42 characters – this is the highest number compared to previous Mario Kart games. Various characters from franchises such as The Legend of Zelda, Splatoon, and Animal Crossing were also present to enliven the best Nintendo Switch game.
This game also has various tracks, namely as many as 48 tracks, and presents an iconic backdrop from The Legend of Zelda series such as the Hyrule Circuit.
Super Mario Party
Still, this game is the fairest game from the Mario series to be played together by anyone because it consists of a wide selection of game modes and hundreds of mini-games that will not make you bored, entertaining, and challenging.
One of the main modes is in the form of a 3D board game that can be played by four players at once, where we will compete to be the fastest to reach the finish line in a game similar to Snakes and Ladders & Jumanji. Super fun!
Untitled Goose Game
Untitled Goose Game caught the world’s attention. Its cute graphics and exciting gameplay make this game into the best games on the Nintendo Switch.
In an English village, you will play as a goose whose job is to disturb humans. From stealing agricultural produce, locking them in closets, to disturbing the road. Hilarious and nosy at the same time! You are guaranteed to be addicted to playing the Untitled Goose Game!
Catherine: Full Body – Fall Into Temptation
As a box moving puzzle game, Catherine: Full Body is not safe for children to play. Altus’ creation game does come with fan service for gamers, with various dialogue and adult acting from its characters.
The presence of this game for Nintendo Switch does not only extend the breadth of Catherine: Full Body. The “Fall Into Temptation” version contains all the DLCs that have been found on previous consoles. So you no longer need to bother downloading and looking for updates separately.
Tells the story of Vincent Brooks, who is upset about having a relationship with three girls, Catherine, Katherine, and Rin. While parsing each story between them, Brooks must play a puzzle that is quite complicated and challenging. The presence of the story becomes its motivation to be able to complete each puzzle level immediately.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
Beenox and Activision finally remade this racing game in 2019. This game still maintains the distinctive gameplay that Naughty Dog made in 1999. It’s just that, in terms of visual graphics, it has experienced many improvements. The game’s graphic display is still made cartoonist but with special effects that are more suitable for today’s game consoles.
The Nintendo Switch game Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has the same visual quality as the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy game made by Vicarious Visions. Mayan trinkets are maintained so that the game feels as interesting as the original game. All characters in the previous game will be retained. Even now, you can modify the appearance of the car and character as you wish.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem is one of the best strategy game franchises in the gaming industry today. Unlike strategy games in general, Fire Emblem requires you to get to know the characters deeper and the story with a good political twist.
That’s why this series is back on Nintendo Switch with the title Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
This game has beautiful graphics, a strong story plot, character designs that are ready to make you fall in love with it, solid game mechanics, and of course, WAIFU.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee
This game, which is a remake of Pokemon Yellow, follows the story from the anime. Several familiar figures such as James, Jessie, and Meowth also attended the Rocket Team, who always tried to make things difficult for the protagonist.
Pokemon Let’s Go comes with two different versions – the difference lies in the initial Pokemon you will get when you first become a trainer, namely Pikachu or Eevee. Some of the Pokemon that you can find in this game is also different in each version.
In terms of gameplay, these two versions carry the same gameplay as Pokemon Go on cellphones. You can’t fight wild Pokemon – all you can do is catch them with your Pokeball.
Just Dance 2020
Ubisoft’s dance genre game is a game that makes us actively move along with the choreography of the latest hits from Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, to BLACKPINK! It’s fun to play alone while being a cardio session that isn’t boring or together with other people if you feel competitive.
Super Mario Maker 2
In this game, you can design your own Mario Bros game level, which is so legendary.
Interestingly, you can challenge other people to play the world that you have designed. Vice versa, you can play a world created by other players.
Donkey Kong inspired indie game studio Drowning Monkey Games that they created a game called Castle Kong with a similar concept. Castle Kong comes with simple gameplay like a console in the 8-bit era. An arcade game that is not complicated, short stages, and fun to play.
There are four main stages, 22 levels, a kill screen, and three lives to survive. You will later play a young man who wants to save the royal princess from the evil BaronMan. Climbing, jumping, and dodging are your routine activities in the game. Made challenging with a variety of different path forms at each level.
Fortnite is one of the best Nintendo Switch games that you must play. This Battle Royale genre game can not only be played on the Nintendo Switch console, but also the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android. Since it was first released in June 2018, this game has been played by half of Nintendo Switch users. Just like other Battle Royale games, this game can be played online with friends.
Just like other online games, this game also provides many updates containing gameplay modes, outfits, weapons, and new items that you can play. The updates provided are guaranteed to make you feel more at home playing this game.
Bayonetta 2 is designed in great detail, and the presence of various features makes this one game rich.
Bayonetta 2 also features a classic game design. The smooth character movements also make this one game fun to play.
Want to play a game full of thrilling action? Astral Chain is the answer. One major advantage of this game is its combat mechanism. Astral Chain is one of the Nintendo Switch games from PlatinumGames, which has also produced the best action games of Bayonetta and NieR: Automata.
For those who have played these two games, surely the combat will not feel strange. Even though it carries a similar fighting mechanism, that doesn’t mean this game can’t offer something unique.
You will play a policeman named Akira, either male or female, who must save the world from an alien attack. So, some of the aliens that have been captured can be used as “weapons” to help you carry out police missions such as catching criminals, solving mysteries, and fighting other aliens.
Uniquely, you can control Akira and this weapon at the same time. At first, it might feel awkward controlling two characters at once, but it’s impossible not to get addicted to this game if you get used to it.
Nintendo Labo hones our creativity because we have to assemble a special cardboard toy called Toy-Con to be used as a Switch accessory and turn our Switch into a fishing rod, piano, to a robot.
Once assembled, we can play the mini-games that match the Toy-Con. Even though it looks simple, there is a certain satisfaction when you successfully assemble it into a new toy.
This game lets you create and explore gigantic worlds and collect materials to build structures for buildings. You can create Nintendo-themed structures using the official tiles that the Japanese console manufacturer-approved on the Switch version.
Biped is specially created for co-op play mode, aka in pairs through local or online gameplay. However, you can play alone if you don’t find other people to collaborate with.
Play between two robots with round and square heads to be able to move safely to the destination. The robot, which reminds the figure of Wall-E, has two legs to move in various directions along the path.
Rocket League is a unique game that has successfully changed the concept of sports gaming thanks to its smooth and attractive car controls.
This Nintendo Switch racing genre game also has a large player base. You will have no trouble finding people to play with.
Ring Fit Adventure
For those of you gamers who want to exercise but love to go to the gym or are bored with the existing home workout variations, you must burn fat with Ring Fit Adventure.
Ring Fit Adventure is an adventure game with a role-playing element, but its gameplay is unique. You will use around accessory called Ring-Con and a Leg Strap to control your character.
That’s the list of the best Nintendo Switch games that you should play in 2020. So which games have you played?