The Nintendo Switch is unquestionably a massive success for Nintendo coming off of the dud that was the Wii U. They have received resounding praise from almost everyone for the hardware and software available on their platform. What is here now that wasn’t there for the Wii U is the third-party offerings. Here are the best third games available on the Nintendo Switch.
The 14 Best Nintendo Switch Third Party Games
It’s a bit weird to see a Mario game as a third party offering on the Nintendo Switch, but Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is developed by Ubisoft. When asking for the chance to make a Mario game, Ubisoft was told to make a game where Mario couldn’t jump. This led them to make an XCOM style strategy game that was critically and financially successful. Kingdom Battle is inviting to novice strategy players and has enough charm for veteran players in its style and another great soundtrack from Grant Kirkhope.
The 2016 DOOM reboot was an absolute masterpiece. From its fast action gameplay to its rocking soundtrack from Mick Gordon, this game is an absolute blast that will have you feeling like an absolute badass. DOOM is the best example of a fast-paced action shooter game available on the Switch and needs to be played while waiting for DOOM Eternal to release in March 2020. Slaying demons on Mars and in Hell has never been more fun, and the Doom guy has never felt more lively.
Rocket League and the Nintendo Switch were made for each other. The soccer game played with cars runs brilliantly on the hybrid console. It has received a noticeable graphical downgrade but runs so smooth and still is a blast to play years later after its initial release. Your cars can be customized with tons of designs, toppers, wheels, and iconic cars in pop culture like the Delorean and Batmobile can be purchased should you decide to support the developers.
Speaking of graphical downgrades, the Witcher III made its recent jump to the Nintendo Switch and is a mammoth of a game to have on the go. While it had to be downgraded to work on the go, if you are even a mild fan of RPGs, you owe it to yourself to play this game. You play as Geralt of Rivia as you hunt down fantastical beasts. The game on its own is massive, but this complete edition will come with all DLC expansions, as well. It is amazing how much CD Projekt Red crammed into this tiny cartridge.
Celeste is one of the best games to come out in 2018, a year that also had releases of God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Monster Hunter World. The indie darling Celeste went up against all of those huge AAA games and stole some Game of the Year votes from them. Celeste is a challenging but straightforward game about a girl climbing a mountain. You play as Madeline as she confronts her anxiety and depression and looks to overcome them. The 2D sprite work is magnificent and has a story that will have any player emotionally invested.
Minecraft is the best selling game of all time for a simple reason. It’s a gigantic game that has something for everyone for half the price of a full-priced game. The only limitation in the game is your imagination. Want to make a city out of stone? Go for it. Want to make a complex system of levers and Redstone for a farm? All of the resources are there available for you.
Cuphead is the most challenging game that will appear on this list. It is mostly a 2D boss battle game with a few side-scrolling levels with enough challenging platforming and barrages of enemies. The 1920’s cartoon aesthetic is amazingly done. Every frame of the game has been hand drawn with a brilliant jazz soundtrack joining it in the background. If you find the game too difficult, Cuphead can be played cooperatively with a local friend and will have both players hollering in victory and cursing at your defeats.
Overwatch is the 2016 Game of the Year award winner filled with colorful characters and great multiplayer action. The matches are six on six objective-based fights where both teams battle over control of a point or escorting a payload to the end. Overwatch’s 30 heroes are all endearing and have great background stories to them. While there is no direct story in the game, should you be interested in the lore, there are brilliantly put together cinematics and comics online that flesh out the world of Overwatch.
Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 was an instant classic when it released in 2005 and completely changed the course of Resident Evil as a franchise going forward. Whether you agree that that is a positive or not, there is no question it is one of the most iconic entries in the series. You play as Leon Kennedy on a mission to save the President’s daughter. The area you are in has been taken over by the cult that kidnapped the president’s daughter and infected with a mind-controlling virus. Resident Evil 4 is a creepy single-player game that still holds up today and should be played by any Resident Evil fan.
Love it or hate it, Fortnite is another great game to play on the Nintendo Switch. The Battle Royale phenomenon has complete access to cross-play with the many other platforms the game is on and controls well enough while in handheld mode to be a viable option for play. Fortnite is the most recognizable game around at the moment, and its accessibility is one of its biggest selling points. Well, the selling point for a free game. If you have an internet connection and haven’t given the game a try yet, give download it and see if the battle royale scene is for you.
Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot made his debut in the ’90s on the original PlayStation and quickly became a platforming icon. The N Sane Trilogy is his first three games completely remade from the ground up to look beautiful, but feel as they did back in the day. Even with the cartoony aesthetic, these games are challenging. Whether you are looking to relive a video game icon from the 90s or face a challenging adventure, getting all three games for the $40 price tag is worth it.
Another 90s PlayStation icon brought back to the current days. Like Crash, Spyro’s first three games were completely remade to bring them to today’s standards. These levels are more open compared to Crash’s linear design and have so much charm. All three are also not nearly as tricky compared to Crash, so each is much more accessible. Plus, once again, the whole collection of three games is $40 and completely worth the investment.
Diablo III initially released in 2012 and is the third best-selling PC game ever. The Switch is the first time Diablo can be played on the go, and might be the best version of the game yet. It runs super smooth, and the game looks great either docked or in handheld mode, and the dungeon crawling gameplay is unparalleled in any other game.
Astral Chain is yet another exhilarating action game from Platinum Games. You take control of two characters synonymously fighting using a weapon called the Legion. Legions can be swapped out to find the right weapon for your desire. Astral Chain was made by some key people behind the makings of games like Nier: Automata as well as Bayonetta 1 and 2, three very well-received games well worth your time as well.
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