Best Nintendo Switch Exclusives | Top 10 Nintendo Switch Exclusive Games
The Nintendo Switch is arguably one of the most innovative gaming systems to date. Working as both a handheld portable system as well as a home console, the Switch uses its technology to improve the experiences of the games tenfold. There's nothing more fun than playing an open world game while on a plane, or even a racing game while riding in a car. The transfer from TV to portable does not sacrifice much in the way of graphics, so the breathtaking engines and mechanics of these games are not lost on-the-go.
Here are the top 10 games out now for the Nintendo Switch, taking into consideration the graphics, playability on both handheld and console, as well as the entertainment and replay value.
Top 10 Nintendo Switch Exclusive Games
10. Splatoon 2 (2017)
The notable thing about Splatoon 2 is that it is both entertaining in solo and multiplayer modes. The third-person shooter uses the tech of the Switch to allow for a more immersive style of gameplay, for example, players can use real-world movement to aim and look around the environment. The game is also innovative in how it's played, where players have to keep filling up their ink tanks to be able to use their weapons in combat. To do this, the character must find puddles of ink to immerse themselves in, which makes for interesting and challenging gameplay. We suggest playing Splatoon 2 handheld versus hooked up to the TV.
9. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)
Technically not an exclusive just to the Switch, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze originally released for the Wii U in 2014, but was ported for the Switch later on. This one makes the list for its classic side-scrolling DK gameplay, giving players a familiar experience for a long-running franchise. An additional mode and playable character have also been added in the form of Funky Kong. The game does feature a multiplayer mode as well for those wanting to tackle the story with a partner.
8. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (2017)
Much more unique than other Nintendo titles, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle mixes franchises and gives players a new genre not seen often with Mario characters. The gameplay takes the form of a turn-based, tactical role-playing game where Mushroom Kingdom is invaded by the mischievous rabbids that just about take over everything. There are also numerous characters including Mario, Luigi, Peach, and the Rabbid forms of them, which also allow for various customizations of combat style and weapons to bring peace once more to the Kingdom. Well-worth of a play-through for those wanting something new from the franchise.
7. Super Mario Party (2018)
Continuing in the classic gameplay of the previous titles of the same name, Super Mario Party for the Switch is one of the most entertaining party games to date, giving players hours of couch entertainment. The classic mode is back, along with various multiplayer modes and online modes that display the vast archive of mini-games featured this time around. It's a fun, competitive board game that works well portable but players will get the most out of the home console setup.
6. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017)
Much like previous titles of the franchise Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a fantasy RPG that encourages world exploration, but in this game the map isn't one open world, but a series of worlds that can be fast-traveled to. The game is a strong, story-based title for those seeking a deeper plot and single-player experience. With beautiful environments, large set-pieces, and numerous enemies to encounter, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a worthwhile experience on the Switch, whether portable or at home.
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Originally released for the Wii U and ported for the Switch, Mario Kart 8 is a great representation of the entire franchise, giving players a wide variety of character, kart and kart customizable options, as well as levels from previous Mario Kart games and new a good bit of new ones. There's options to play online or locally, as well as single-player options for players who just want to up their skills solo. The graphics are astounding to look at, on both the handheld screen and the TV, so it's worth playing on both platforms.
4. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
One of the more unique experiences that players will have in a Mario game, Odyssey plays much like previous adventures but with a new twist - using Mario's hat to possess other characters and control them to help in the progress of each stage. Want to control a realistic looking T-Rex? Throw a hat at it. Want to make some goombas stack on top of each other so Mario can reach a higher platform? Throw a hat at it. Although the story is nothing really new, the gameplay mechanics are implemented so well, making for one unique, weird, and ultimately fun experience.
3. Octopath Traveler (2018)
Using the style of older, classic role-playing games and giving it new graphics, Octopath Traveler has been praised for its mechanics and homages to previous games of the same genre, while remaining unique in its own style. The story takes the form of eight separate protagonists that have varying powers and abilities, which creates a strong story-based experience that so many fantasy RPG gamers crave.
2. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (2018)
The popular crossover fighting game returns to the Switch in a display of fantastic gameplay and a return to the roots. Many fans of the series loved Super Smash Brothers Melee, but hated Brawl, stating that it was geared toward more casual fans and lacked the challenge that the previous titles had. Ultimate returns to that formula, adding new characters to an already large roster to choose from as well as a variety of maps of battle on. There's also a new single-player campaign called "World of Light" where players will start out as Kirby, who has survived the destruction of all of the characters and must fight to save each one from an evil entity. As players progress, they unlock new characters, giving them some play time with varying fight types. There's options to play the classic competitive game types while in the same room with friends, or on-the-go in the portable handheld version. Both play fantastically. It's a great entry to the franchise and a decent place to start for newcomers.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
Not an exclusive to Switch, Breath of the Wild was originally released on the Wii U, but to leave this game off the list for best Switch games would be a crime. The latest entry in the Zelda series is groundbreaking in its open-world exploration, ambient and serene environments, as well as the complex combat system that makes the game a powerhouse in Nintendo's archive. Much like previous games, the story revolves around Ganon and his occupation of Hyrule, but this time around, Link is not the savior that he once was. The game begins with a defeated Link and Hyrule under the suppression of Ganon and his minions. Hyrule is in disarray and it's up to Link to take on his enemy for a second round. The tone of the game is also on a more dreary note, which harmonizes with the story's more melancholy elements. It plays well on both portable and console. It's also a great entry point for newcomers to the Zelda franchise.