The Switch will be two years old this year! And it’s already gotten quite an impressive lineup of games. Most of them are ports of other games, but that’s not a bad thing at all. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite games on the console so far and I decided to share them with everyone. My list will undoubtedly be very different than yours so keep that mind and let the disagreements begin!
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is really short, but it’s also really fun too. This game brought a smile to my face during one of the darkest times of my life. I love it for that, but it didn’t quite crack my top 10 Switch games. I have about 20 hours of play time. My kids made up the rest of 140 hours time you would see if you glanced at my Switch profile. I haven’t touched this game since I completed it because I don’t care for looking for those stupid moons. It was a one and done for me and there’s nothing wrong with that.
I have more play time in this game than Super Mario Odyssey and I like it a little more than Odyssey, but it also missed my top 10. I’m just not a Sonic fan anymore. I used to be a HUGE Sonic fan back in the day, but I honestly feel like Sega doesn’t know what to do with him anymore. I would be okay if they just retired Sonic and focused on their other IPs. This game is good though and it almost made the list. I almost removed my number 10 game and replaced it with this one until I realized how crazy that was.
I think this game is underrated. The reason why it’s not on my list is because I haven’t finished it yet. It’s one of the best JRPGs on the Switch and it’s always on sale. You can easily pick this up for $20 and it’s well worth that price. The characters are good, so far, the gameplay is what you would expect from a JRPG, and, so far, the world and lore is really interesting. I can’t wait to see where my journey takes me in this game.
10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
I have about 10 hours of play time (maybe a little less) in this game. It’s a lot of fun when I’m dealing with the shitty single player modes. Playing this game with a group of people is a blast and if Nintendo supports this game by adding new modes instead of just new characters it’ll most likely move up a few spots on my list. This game has a ton of characters, stages, music (mostly bad music), but lacks in content in my opinion. It’s still a really good game that every Switch owner probably owns already.
9. Octopath Traveler
This is one game I never finished. By finished I mean I never completed it with every character because I didn’t feel like grinding. Octopath Traveler is a very beautiful game and I’ve gotten 50 hours of enjoyment out of it. You can easily double, or even triple, that number if you try and complete the game with every character. This is currently the second best JRPG I’ve played on the Switch and, if you’ve got the cash for it, I recommend picking it up because it’s really good.
8. Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack
These games are among my favorite games on the 3DS and they’re even better on the Switch. Both of the Azure Striker games are bundled for a nice price and I love both of them. These, along with Skyrim and Odyssey, were in regular rotation when I lived in a motel room for a month and this game kept me grounded. It’s fun, fast paced, and can be super hard if you play on the hardest difficulty.
Deemo is probably the most surprising game to make this list. I never expected to love this game as much as I do. It told a really sad story, has some great music, along with some shit music, and simple gameplay. You simply tap the notes on your screen in handheld mode. The developers even released an update and added controller support so you could play this on your TV, but I can’t imagine anyone actually trying to play this game with a controller.
6. Salt and Sanctuary
I loved this game when it released on PC and I gladly double dipped when it came over to the Switch. Salt and Sanctuary is an excellent game. It’s a Metroidvania that plays like Dark Souls. There’s platforming, parry attacks, and, of course, boss fights. The boss fights are very interesting and I must have played through this game a total of 10 times spread across the PC and Switch. It has local co op too.
5. Pokken Tournament
The best fighting game on the Switch is Pokken Tournament. This game just plays good. The gameplay is amazing and I think if Pokemon battles were real they would probably play out the way they do in this game. The customization leaves much to be desired and the story is shit, but I can’t think of many games I would place over this one. It’s just really fun to play and that’s why it’s so high up on my list.
4. Hollow Knight
Do you want to play a really good game? Then go buy this one. Hollow Knight is fantastic. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the moment I started playing it until the end credits rolled. It tells its story in a very Dark Souls kind of way. It even has some Dark Souls mechanics, but that’s not a bad thing at all. This game is excellent and is hard as hell. Screw whoever designed the White Palace. I still have nightmares of trying to get through that place.
Skyrim is my favorite game ever, but it’s not the best on the Switch. Yes, it’s still a really excellent game. It wouldn’t be on my list if I didn’t think it was. But… it’s just regular ole Skyrim. It’s not even the special edition. That’s the biggest disappointment to me. It’s still fun and I still put 100 hours into it before I put the game down, but no Skyrim will replace my PC Skyrim. R.I.P. PC I miss you :(.
2. Fire Emblem Warriors
I currently have 140 hours of play time in this game. It’s my most played game on the Switch and the game in second place is Skyrim. Fire Emblem Warriors is fantastic and is one of the best Musou games of all time. I always have fun when I boot this game up and I can understand the hate for these kinds of games, but I love them. Especially this one because it has Fire Emblem characters this time around. I couldn’t get into Hyrule Warriors the way I got into this game because I could care less for the Zelda universe and the joke of enemies Link fights in that game.
1. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade 2 is without a doubt the best game on the Switch right now. You’ve got to patient with this one though because it does take some time to get good. You can argue that the tutorial is about 10 hours long. You don’t even get the freedom you want until you’re about 20 hours in the game. But this game does tell a good story, has some interesting characters, and great gameplay. I can’t think of a game on the Switch that I’ve enjoyed playing more than Xenoblade 2 and I already knew this game would top my list before I even starting making this list.
What are you favorite games on the Switch?