The Nintendo Switch is unquestionably a massive success for Nintendo coming off of the dud that was the Wii U. The company has received resounding praise from almost everyone for its hardware and the software available on their platform. What the Switch has now that wasn’t there for the Wii U is the third-party offerings. Here are the best third-party games available on the Nintendo Switch.
Celeste is one of the best games to come out in 2018, a year that also saw the releases of God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Monster Hunter World. 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 the game has both a story that will have any player emotionally invested and addictive challenging platforming.
Crash Bandicoot made his debut in the 1990s on the original PlayStation and quickly became a platforming icon. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is the first three games from Naughty Dog completely remade from the ground up to not only look beautiful but to 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 1990s or face a challenging adventure, getting all three games for a modest price tag is worth it.
Diablo III was initially released in 2012 and is the third best-selling PC game ever. The release of the Switch version is the first time Diablo can be played on the go, and it might be the best version of the game yet. It runs super smooth, looks great either docked or in handheld mode, and the dungeon crawling gameplay is unparalleled from any other game.
Love it or hate it, Fortnite is another great game to play on the Nintendo Switch. The battle royale phenomenon has complete access to crossplay with all other platforms, and it 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. If you have an internet connection and haven’t given the game a try yet, download it and see if the battle royale scene is for you.
It’s a bit weird to see a Mario game as a third-party offering on the Nintendo Switch, but Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was 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 strategy players, not to mention another great soundtrack from composer Grant Kirkhope.
Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time for a simple reason: it’s a gigantic game that has something for everyone. 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. Since Microsoft acquired Mojang and Minecraft, they have been consistently updating the game with new features, biomes, and blocks, and they have even expanded the game into new genres. The creator and fan dedication to this game over a decade since its original release is still incredibly high.
Overwatch is a 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 features more than 30 heroes who are all endearing and have great background stories to them. While there is no campaign, there are cinematics and comics online that flesh out the lore and add to the fun competitive style of the game.
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 small graphical downgrade, but it runs so smooth and is still a blast to play years after its initial release. Your cars can be customized with tons of designs, toppers, and wheels, and iconic cars in pop culture like the Delorean and Batmobile can be purchased should you decide to support the developers.
Here’s another 1990s PlayStation icon brought back to the current days. Like with 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 games are also not nearly as tricky compared to Crash, so each is much more accessible. Once again, the whole collection of three games is completely worth the investment.
Untitled Goose Game is a simple game that sees you terrorize the surrounding community as a goose. You are given a list of tasks to complete, including moving objects, breaking valuables, and generally being a jerk to the humans that occupy the area. As you complete more tasks and unlock areas of the town, you will have plenty of laughs from the game’s laidback personality. Thanks to a new update in 2020, you can also bring a friend along for the ride as a duo of geese and their journey to mildly inconvenience everyone.
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