Lucky enough to get your hands on a coveted Nintendo Switch? The 2017 brought a return to form for Nintendo as they once again struck love into the hearts of gamers with the Nintendo Switch. Now at almost five months from the launch date, the Switch has given Nintendo fans experiences worth cheering over. These are the top five games for the Nintendo Switch (so far):
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This one comes as no surprise, kicking off the Switch’s lifecycle a brand new installment in the Legend of Zelda series reinvents everything we thought we knew about Link and his adventures. Granting players access to a giant open world version of Hyrule that is full of secrets and ear to ear grinning moments, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild not only satisfied the Zelda fanbase but became the system selling game that nobody was prepared for. This massive and exhilarating adventure will go down as the Switch’s greatest and first success. Plus, with it being given the most perfect ratings this year, Breath of the Wild will 100% be contending for Game of the Year 2017.
Buy: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
With the Switch’s portability factor and the ability to have two controllers at a whim, 2015’s excellent Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Wii U was a no-brainer to bring to the hardware. Enter 2017’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe<, the definitive version of the fast paced kart racer jampacked with new characters and to much fan praise, a classic battle mode like the original games. Now, Nintendo Switch owners can take the race wherever they want…allowing them to constantly destroy their friends in a race.
Buy: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
3. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Yacht Club Games continues to improve and expand upon the already addicting Shovel Knight game by compiling the base game and it’s two impressive DLC packs for a great throwback to SNES platformer. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a must buy for anyone seeking a quirky and funny story, great action platforming, and a great game for quick pick up and play sessions.
Buy: Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Take the frenzied fast matches of Smash Bros, add in some inspiration from the NES’ Punch-Out!! and finish with Nintendo’s signature “cartoony” presentation and you get ARMS. A fighting game unlike anything you’ve seen in a fighting game before. “Armed” with extendable, elementally equipped arms, fighters duke it out in the ring in frantic ninety second matches. Full of character, humor, and extremely tense battles; ARMS is a clear winner for the Nintendo Switch.
5. Splatoon 2
The Inkling squid kids are back and boy are they fresher than ever! Bursting onto the Nintendo Switch in a dazzling, colorful and delightful sequel to the Wii U’s Splatoon in Splatoon 2. Featuring great game play, a lively and fun world hub full of other real life players, and reasons to keep coming back in the form of free updates and Splatfests (a timed tournament in which players pick sides over a question and fight to win for their team). Plus who can deny the new Splatoon 2 idols, Pearl and Marina?