Best Nintendo Switch Games 2018
Grab the best Nintendo Switch games for the holidays!
- The best Mario has ever been
- So many nods to the series’ history
- Hundreds of Power Moons to collect
- Looks stunning
- Phenomenal soundtrack
- Some of Cappy’s moves require motion controls
Super Mario Odyssey is near-perfect. It carried ginormous expectations, but somehow Nintendo has managed to leapfrog over the bar by a huge distance. Offering the most satisfying gameplay experience of any Mario game to date.
Some will debate whether or not it matches Galaxy, but for me it does, thanks to its brilliant reinvention of the sandbox formula and incredible use of so many different tools.
You’ll become obsessed with collecting outfits and Power Moons, and fall in love with every kingdom you visit. Nintendo has had a wonderful 2017 and is rounding it off in style with the best Mario.
- Beautifully realised and huge open world
- Incredible depth
- Very satisfying gameplay
- Beautiful art direction
- It’s tough, but always fair
- So-so voice acting
- Minor performance dips
Breath of the Wild is a masterpiece of modern game design. Its beautiful open world is absolutely packed with unique mysteries to discover, all of which feel brilliantly rewarding in their own way.
Despite overhauling many of the series’ core ideas, it’s quintessentially Zelda, updated for the modern age with what feels like an imaginative stroke of genius.
You’ll also stumble upon a number of firsts for the franchise, such as voice acting, shrines and an expansive open world that never, ever holds your hand.
- Looks absolutely gorgeous on Nintendo Switch and on the TV
- Battle Mode is a superb addition
- Plenty of challenge here for all skill levels
- New assists for beginners work a treat
- So many tracks and racers
- Some will want a brand-new Mario Kart game on Switch
Nintendo has delivered the definitive Mario Kart experience to Nintendo Switch. Combining the greatest Mario Kart ever in the form of MK8 with the versatility and dynamism of the Switch is a match made in heaven.
With plenty of new customization options to help newer players get to grips, as well as added depth via new levels of drift boosting, 200cc trial modes and the all-new Battle Mode, this is an absolute must-buy for Nintendo Switch owners.
- Includes all DLC content for the game
- Motion controls work well
- Nintendo-themed exclusive items
- Really begun to show its age
- Lacks visual upgrades of other current-gen editions
One of the biggest games of all time – and one that has come to every console under the sun since its initial 2011 launch – now comes to the Switch as a Special Edition.
Sporting special Nintendo-inspired skins, motion controls and of course the ability to play the game as a portable, this is an incredible proposition.
- Still manages to look excellent on less powerful hardware
- The best port to Switch thus far
- Works great with the Pro Controller
- Naturally makes visual sacrifices on Nintendo’s platform
- Framerate takes a hit in intense sequences
- Smaller analog sticks affect aiming
When DOOM was first announced for Nintendo Switch we were genuinely blown away. We never imagined such a bloody, demanding shooter would make its way onto Nintendo’s console. But here it is, and despite some visual compromises, it’s a great experience.
The satisfying gunplay, ferocious monsters, and fantastic setting remain, and it plays great on Nintendo Switch both docked and in portable mode. Keep in mind that the multiplayer mode is a separate download, unlike other platformers.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus has also landed on Nintendo Switch in recent months, providing us with another helping of brutally brilliant first-person shooters to play both at home and on the move.
6. Splatoon 2
- Looks gorgeous both on Switch and TV screen
- Multiplayer still a unique and fun offering
- Plenty of new guns, each fun to use
- Doesn’t feel like a full sequel
- Can be slow to get into a match
Splatoon 2 is a multiplayer shooter unlike any other, and it’s exactly the charming outing you’d expect from Nintendo. Instead of bullets, your weapons are filled with colored ink used to splat your enemies and cover the environment in paint.
Matches are incredibly fast-paced and satisfying, offering a tense competition that always feels fun and refreshing. You’ve also got a meaty solo campaign to dig into alongside a bunch of neat customization options for your personal squid kid.
With new maps, weapons, clothes and Splatfest competitions being introduced all of the time, there is no better use of online multiplayer on Nintendo Switch right now, especially if you’re after something, fun, fast and stupidly adorable.