The new Nintendo Switch is getting a lot of attention. You’ve probably heard about it, and for good reason—Switch has unique mobile and party gaming features that are big draws for gamers. Switch has all kinds of potential because of those new features, and developers are already starting to take advantage by creating exciting new games.
At Big Fish, we’re excited about the system too. So we’ve come up with a list of the best new games so far. Switch doesn’t have many games yet, but all the big titles like Super Mario Odyssey, Minecraft, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Sonic Mania, NBA 2K18, Ultra Street Fighter II, and FIFA 2018 will come to the system eventually.
We’ll update this space as more games are released. In the meantime, check out these six active and soon-to-be launched titles.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the latest installment in Nintendo’s beloved RPG franchise. Link returns to a massive, sandbox-style Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. Reviewers loved the game’s multilayered story: “I’ve had so many adventures in Breath of the Wild,” wrote Jose Otero of IGN. “Each one has a unique story behind what led me to them, making them stories on top of stories.”
Peter Brown of GameSpot had even more praise for the game, calling it the “most impressive” title that Nintendo has ever released. He was also impressed by the way the game layered its storylines, and its potential replay value.
2. 1-2 Switch
1-2 Switch is the first party game designed specifically for Switch. 1-2 Switch is similar to earlier Nintendo party games like Mario Party 10 or Wii Sports. 1-2 Switch contains a series of whimsical, silly party games.
1-2 Switch includes minigames like Quick Draw, which might appeal to Westworld and Western fans: you try to outdraw your opponent, gunslinger style. You can also race to milk a virtual cow in Milk.
One of the main appeals of 1-2 Switch is that it’s well-suited to Switch’s mobility. You could actually take 1-2 Switch to a house party or the beach, and while away hours playing the silly games with your friends and family.
3. Mario Kart 8 – April 28
Like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 is the newest title in a beloved, tentpole Nintendo series. This title has been available for Wii U since 2014, and it’s been very well-received.
Reviews of the game for Switch aren’t yet available, but it’s a safe bet that the game will take advantage of Switch’s accelerometer and gyroscopes. Those devices allow games to respond to players’ movements, as in popular Wii Sports minigames like Wii Tennis and Wii Golf.
4. Just Dance 2017
Just Dance 2017 is another popular party game. It’s a dance competition named after Lady Gaga’s 2008 hit, which was featured in an earlier version of the game. Later versions feature similar, upbeat party songs.
Players compete by dancing with friends to popular songs, usually in a head-to-head format. It’s also an engaging solo game. Maybe best of all, Just Dance is a fun way to exercise without going to the gym.
Just Dance 2017 for Switch takes advantage of Switch’s motion capture technology, just like 1-2 Switch: players can be confident that the Switch will pick up all of their great moves and score them against their friends. It’s another title that will play well outside the home with friends.
5. Super Bomberman R
Super Bomberman R is the newest title in the classic series, which started as an arcade game in 1984. Bomberman’s dozens of titles are popular with gamers of all ages, many of whom grew up playing one or another installments in the franchise.
In the game, players try to bomb certain obstacles and monsters. In two-player mode, each side tries to bomb the other. Super Bomberman R is another fun on-the-go party game, but for different reasons than Just Dance 2017 or 1-2 Switch. Super Bomberman R will take advantage of Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, which gamers can pull off the mobile unit and use to go head-to-head anywhere.
The Switch’s mobile arcade features will undoubtedly appeal to parents. The Switch’s small size, high-definition touchscreen would work well as a backseat gaming system for long car trips. Switch owners could also prop up the system on its included kickstand and play Super Bomberman R or other arcade-style games in waiting rooms or airports.
6. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Source: Yacht Club Games
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is game in the style of 2D arcade classics like Super Bomberman R. However, it’s an all new, independent franchise that incorporates exciting features loved by critics and gamers.
Treasure Trove is the Switch-specific package of Shovel Knight plus its expansion, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment. Treasure Trove includes some upgrades and unique features that are available only on Switch.
Switch doesn’t yet have a large library, in part because developers are still feeling out its unique set of features. Switch owners can expect an exciting set of purpose-developed games soon. They can also look forward to Switch versions of popular series, some of which have already been announced.
IGN maintains a list of confirmed Switch games here. Here are a few that we’re excited about, and their release dates:
- Dragon Quest XI (TBA)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Fall 2017)
- FIFA 2018 (TBA)
- Kingdom: Two Crowns (2017)
- Lego Worlds (TBA)
- Minecraft (TBA, 2017)
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (TBA)
- NBA 2K18 (September 2017)
- Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (TBA)
- Portal Knights (2017)
- Project Octopath Traveler (TBA)
- Progest Sonic 2017 (2017)
- Puyo Puyo Tennis (April 25)
- Rayman Legends Definitive Edition (TBA)
- Sonic Mania (Spring 2017)
- Splatoon 2 (Summer 2017)
- Su and the Quest for Meaning (2017)
- Syberia 3 (April 25)
- Tank It! (2017)
- Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove (2017)
- The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup (TBA)
- Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers (May 26)
- Wargroove (2017)
- Xenoblade 2 (2017)
- Zombie Vikings (2017)