Best Nintendo Switch games 2018: T3's top picks from the best Switch games going

These are the best Switch games offered on Nintendo's hot handheld. Find the best Nintendo Switch games to play today

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Looking for the best Switch games going? We've got you covered. Whether you’ve had your Nintendo Switch since launch or you’re about to click in those iconic Joy-Cons for the first time, we’re here to help you find the best Nintendo Switch games on the market right now.

We love the fastest selling console of all time here at T3 and, as such, play all the very best Switch games available, from the Switch's strong opening year lineup, which included The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey , both scoring perfect 10s across the board, right up to 2018's latest offerings like the superb Dark Souls Remastered.

And, now is a great time to build out a Nintendo Switch collection. That's because the the winter gaming season is now well and truly upon us and it is currently causing game retailers to slash their prices across many top-tier Nintendo Switch games. 

Everything from the cardboard capers of Nintendo Labo, through the action-RPG antics of Skyrim, and onto the sporty arcade fun of Mario Tennis Aces, are receiving fat discounts, so it's a great time to pick up and play quality Switch titles.

The Nintendo Switch console itself, as well as Nintendo Switch console and games bundles, are also seeing big price drops, so be sure to check out the best Nintendo Switch deals going if you're currently in the market for a new console.

In fact, it's not just the Nintendo Switch console and Switch games that are currently being discounted, but many legacy systems and titles, too. As such, if you're a general fan of the Big N then it may be worth your while taking a look at the best Nintendo 3DS deals and best Nintendo 2DS XL deals available right now while the market is in the grip of the winter holiday sales season.

These are the best Switch games to play today.

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Best Nintendo Switch games 2018

There are over 50 full Mega Drive/Genesis games to choose from. Now that's some serious content.

SEGA Mega Drive Classics

A vault of 16-bit goodness

Reasons to buy
+Over 50 games to choose from+Slick emulation+Perfect for handheld mode

Every so often, SEGA rolls out another collection of its classic Mega Drive/Genesis games, but this marks the first time so many of these brilliant 16-bit hits have been collated for Nintendo Switch. With over 50 games to choose from on one cartridge, including Golden Axe, Altered Beast and Streets of Rage.

Best of all, the collection comes with plenty of modern conveniences such as the ability to save at any time, a rewind feature for undoing any untimely mistakes and option to customise the controls on your Joy-Cons. If you love all things retro, this is the game for you.

Best Nintendo Switch games 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features this biggest lineup yet featuring every fighter that's ever appeared in the series.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo Switch's next must-have game

Reasons to buy
+The biggest roster of fighters to every feature in a Smash game+Super for single-player and local multiplayer+Runs super smooth in docked and handheld modes

Nintendo Switch has cemented itself as a unique yet robust platform, an it's just added another system-selling, must-have title to its gargantuan library: the fighting mayhem of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

With over 70 characters to choose from, new and classic stages from across Nintendo's many games and franchises and another tweaked systems to keep even the most dedicated of pros happy, this is a fighting game worthy of the acclaim it's already received.

You can even use your old GameCube controllers (with an adaptor, of course), which just shows how Nintendo has listened to the series' fans and made a brawler that's just as fun for beginners as it is for seasoned eSports masters.

Best Nintendo Switch games 2018

The game also available on 3DS, in its full form, if you have a 3DS rather than a Switch to hand.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

An underrated puzzle gem from Nintendo

Reasons to buy
+Brilliant mix of puzzles and RPG mechanics+Great utilisation of the touchscreen

Nintendo has had plenty of hits this year, including Mario Tennis Aces and Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee to name but a few, but there's a good chance you haven't heard of one of its other new first-party titles: Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido. Which is a shame because it's a hidden gem that deserves more love.

Mixing together intense on-screen puzzles where you match different types of sushi in order to build powerful combos, this RPG of sorts mashes genres together with wanton abandon and proved to be one of the year's most intriguing new IP. It's also available on 3DS, should you want to experience its fishy wares with a stylus instead.

Best Nintendo Switch games 2018

Mixing elements both old and new, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! serves up the best Poké in years.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Gotta catch 'em all

Reasons to buy
+That classic Pokémon formula +Play Pokémon on your TV for the first time+Supports Pokémon GO connectivity

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! marks the first entry in the series to appear on Nintendo Switch, and the first to appear on a console that isn't entirely handheld. So, for the first time, you can catch and battle Pokémon from the comfort of your TV as well as playing in every other mode Switch offers.

Mixing together elements from entries of old with plenty of fresh ideas, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! presents an entry that will appeal to almost every Pokémon fan out there while offering new players the perfect jumping on point.

One of the very best Switch games and a must-play for Pokémon fans.

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Despite missing the final instalment of The Journey, FIFA 19 on Switch is still an impressive package.

FIFA 19

The best football sim on Switch just got that bit better

Reasons to buy
+Brand new Champions League mode+All new commentary team+Enhanced striking

Following the success of FIFA 18, EA Canada has brought its football sim back to Nintendo Switch with plenty of new modes and changes. While it lacks The Journey mode (the narrative-driven story mode that debuted elsewhere in FIFA 17), this handheld-friendly iteration does boast the new Champions League mode and all the licences that go with it.

Striking and ball physics have both been enhanced for this year's instalment, so the flow of play is now a lot faster and balls require a little more skill to trap and control. It does, however, make for a far more well-rounded experience both locally or online.

Best Nintendo Switch games to play

You can split your Joy-Cons or connect multiple Switch's together for some ad-hoc fun.

Super Mario Party

The ultimate couchplay experience on Switch

Reasons to buy
+Impressive number of mini-games+Full use of Joy-Con motion controls+One of Switch's best couchplay titles

The latest addition to Nintendo's long-running multiplayer series has arrived on Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a huge number of fun and silly mini-games and all the Joy-Con waving action you could possibly want. You can split a Joy-Con with a friend or use Toad's Rec Room to connect and monitor multiple Switch's at once.

Whether playing through the classic Party mode (where you explore a virtual board game and complete challenges) or competing with a friend via the more open-ended (but just as fun) Party Rusher mode. If your Switch has become the social hub of your home, this is the next game for you.

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Diablo 3 on Switch is arguably the definitive version of the game.

Diablo 3: Eternal Edition for Nintendo Switch

The best Diablo ever returns with some fiendishly good enhancements

Reasons to buy
+Includes Reaper of Souls DLC+Play with up to 4 friends online+Hours of quality RPG content

What an inspired move this was! Diablo 3 is hardly a new game, with the original title launching in 2012, however here with its Reaper of Souls add-on, super-fun Necromancer class, and a series of enhancements that make it look and run superbly on Nintendo's hot as hell handheld, it is simply a fabulously entertaining experience.

The Diablo III: Eternal Collection is also co-op and multiplayer compatible, with online play with up to 4 friends possible, as well as offline via local co-op and single console co-op, too, with all Switch controllers supported.

Throw in a set of Nintendo Switch edition exclusive in-game Ganondorf  armour and this pleasingly daemonic action RPG package is well and truly complete.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Starlink's roster of playable ships were already fun, but add in an Arwing and now you've got a must-have Switch entry.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

The best Star Fox game since Lylat Wars

Reasons to buy
+Play as Fox McCloud and fly an Arwing+Star Fox content is Switch-exclusive+Ambitious open-world concept

Ubisoft is hoping to reginite the once mighty toys-to-life market with Starlink: Battle for Atlas, which combines a fully explorable galaxy, dogfighting combat and plenty of real-life toys to collect and customise.

The big selling point here is the way these toys can be personalised with new wings and weapons, which will appear on-screen once you strap them to the toy itself. You can combine these parts to enhance your ship's performance, and mix weapons to create unique effects, but you don't have to buy all the toys to get the most out of Starlink.

You can also play in a digital mode that offers access to every ship, pilot and weapon in the game.

Best Switch games

Experience the brutal crucible that is Lordran any time with the portability of Nintendo Switch.

Dark Souls Remastered

One of the best action RPGs on Nintendo Switch

Reasons to buy
+Full Dark Souls experience on Switch+Improved online functionality+Solaire of Astora amiibo!

Dark Souls remains one of the most lauded games of all-time, and with good reason too, offering one of the most challenging yet rewarding action-RPG experiences you'll ever play.

It might be a seven-year-old game, but it's been updated in all the right places with all the performance issues and technical niggles removed to create its best iteration yet.

You can use the motion controls of the Joy-Cons to make in-game gestures, and there's even a cool Solaire of Astora amiibo for some extra in-game goodies. If you want a proper challenge on your Nintendo Switch (or you just want an alternative to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Octopath Traveler), then this is definitely the next game for you.

Best Nintendo Switch games

With everyone from Mark Hamill to Michael Ironside lending their voices, LEGO DC Super-Villains is the most authentic instalment yet.

LEGO DC Super-Villains

It's good to be bad

Reasons to buy
+One of best LEGO voice-casts yet+Play as all your favourite DC baddies+Bigger focus on character customisation

The latest licensed LEGO game returns to the world of DC Comics, only this time you won't be throwing batarangs as Batman or soaring the skies as Superman.

Now you'll be controlling a rogues gallery of..well, rogues! From Black Adam to Scarecrow, each mini-fig has their own unique abilities (such as Clayface's ability to mimic other characters and Reverse-Flash's Speed Force-based mega builds) and they add some much-needed extra spice to the usual mixture of platforming and basic puzzle solving.

You can also build your own super-villain, and customise everything from your costume right down to the colour and style of your super-powers. You can even acquire new abilities and turn your unique avatar into a nefarious powerhouse. It runs buttery smooth on Nintendo Switch and is jam-packed with content.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Always thought tennis games were boring and dry? Mario Tennis Aces on Nintendo Switch will show you they can be fun, colourful and over-the-top!

Mario Tennis Aces

Court-based action returns to Nintendo

Reasons to buy
+Return of story mode+Arcade and realistic physics+Local and online multiplayer

The Mario Tennis games of recent years haven’t been bad, but there’s just been some of that classic magic missing from proceedings. Thankfully, the latest entry - and the first to arrive on Switch - Mario Tennis Aces is able to recapture a fair bit of the fun and frolics that made those early entries so addictive.

For a start, a mini-game filled story mode returns, along with the introduction of motion controls (where you can use your Joy-Cons like a Wii Remote). You can pull off everything from slices to lobs, and powerful trick shots (as well as all the best defence moves). 

You can also take to the courts online to see who has the best slice in the world of Switch.

Best Switch games

Experience the remake of all three of Crash Bandicoot's original PS1 adventures on your Nintendo Switch, any time, anywhere.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Jump, thump and wump through more than 100 classic Crash levels

Reasons to buy
+Remastered graphics+Great soundtrack+Time Trials+Doesn't fix what wasn't broken

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy contains not one, not two, but three brilliantly remastered foxy PlayStation games, allowing you to re-live all your childhood gaming memories in HD on the move.

We've been smashing crates, collecting Wumpa fruit and generally, having a great time with this game, which has thankfully taken the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' approach to re-mastering. There are more than 100 levels to explore, all with new lighting, animations, textures, models and recreated cinematics.

The game’s soundtrack is packed with all the didgeridoos, xylophones and thumpin’ bass lines you can handle, as well as newly recorded dialogue from some of the familiar voice actors who appear in the original Crash Bandicoot games.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Despite some blurriness here and there, Wolfenstein II is a remarkable feat running on Nintendo Switch's hardware.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

The next must-have shooter on Switch

Reasons to buy
+A proper solo shooter on Switch+Full Wolfenstein experience+Motion controls

Austin-based studio Panic Button has become the market leader in porting, bringing such titles as DOOM and Rocket League to Switch with only a handful of concessions to get them there. With online shooter Warframe also being ported to the console, it fell to none other than the brutal alt-history action of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to keep that trend going. 

And what a port it is. It’s the full FPS experience on your Switch, with robust motion controls and a steady frame rate, even when played in handheld mode. It might look a little blurry in places, but its place among Switch’s must-have titles couldn’t be clearer.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch is one of the console's best games, and harks back to the classic JRPGs of old.

Octopath Traveler

The next big RPG hit is here

Reasons to buy
+Classic JRPG mechanics+Multiple paths equals huge replay value

Square Enix helped define the JRPG with the Final Fantasy series, especially with the first few entries, and while many have followed the franchise’s evolution, a fair few of us have hungered for those halcyon days.

Octopath Traveler, with its ‘HD-2D’ visual style (mixing 16-bit-style sprites with 3D rendered backgrounds), looks to capture the feeling with its eight separate characters offering eight totally different stories with multiple narrative paths thrown in for good measure. It promises to be one of the next big milestones in a genre crying out for a proper revival.

Best Switch games

Looking to enjoy the madness of Battle Royale for free on Nintendo Switch? Fortnite has you covered.

Fortnite

The battle royale phenomenon goes mobile (again)

Reasons to buy
+Fortnite’s full BR experience+Cross-play with Xbox/PC

This year has seen some incredible new titles arrive on Nintendo Switch, but few have quite the chokehold on the zeitgeist as Epic Games’ world-conquering battle royale hit.

Yes, the floss-dancing, cover-building phenomenon has already proved a huge success on Switch with cross-play support and all the emotes, skins and Battle Bass content you could ask for. It’s also free-to-play, so any Switch owner can leap off the battle bus and float into the madness.

The only caveat is the Switch version doesn’t include the PvE mode Fortnite originally launched with on other consoles, but let’s be honest - everyone’s playing battle royale.

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ARMS remains one of Nintendo Switch's best games, and one of its most unique fighting experiences.

ARMS

Battle with stretchy, weaponised arms

Reasons to buy
+Online and local multiplayer+2, 3 or 4 player battle modes+Dozens of characters and arms to unlock

If it’s competitive multiplayer you’re after, look no further. This insane fighting game pits kaleidoscope-coloured, springy-armed combatants against each other in up to 4-player battles.

There are 15 fighters with dozens of interchangeable arms. Mix and match to suit your play-style and take three pairs into battle. Use standard controls, or for an immersive fighting experience, grip one Joy-Con in each hand with your thumbs on the triggers. Tilt together to move, tilt in to block, and get punching.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Want to play as some of Marvel's most well-known (and hugely obscure) heroes? Of course you do, so grab a copy of this blocky little gem.

LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2

A glorious frenzy of button mashing LEGO destruction

Reasons to buy
+18 Marvel locations+Open world+Unlock Groot, Spider-Man, and Iron Man and more

No console gaming experience is complete without a button-mashing romp through a destructible LEGO world, and LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 is the best on the market at the moment.

And don’t let the fact that it’s a sequel put you off. This game stands a full head and shoulders higher than its predecessor (which is also awesome). The story is new. The level design is clever. And it’s got buckets of that classic tongue-in-cheek LEGO humour. Bash your way through hours of gameplay solo or with a friend.

Best Nintendo Switch games

DOOM remains an incredible port that retains its gory single-player and intense multiplayer modes on Nintendo Switch.

DOOM

Heavy metal-filled daemon slaying of the finest calibre

Reasons to buy
+Hyper violent+Lightning fast combat+Awesome soundtrack

The grand old first person shooter arrives confidently on Nintendo Switch, with the hyper violence, lightning fast combat, and awesome heavy metal soundtrack from the well-received PC, PS4 and Xbox One title firmly in tact.

Resolution and texture fidelity is slightly down in comparison, however, it makes literally no difference to the gameplay and superb art style, which combine to produce an exhilarating, monster-filled adrenaline rush like nothing else on the system.

Plus, the fact that you can go portable with the Switch, slaying daemons while on the go, makes this edition of DOOM unique.

Best Switch games

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 balances tactics and real-time combat into one engrossing experience you have to own on Nintendo Switch.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

The famous JRPG franchise returns with a massive open world

Reasons to buy
+Lush art style+Refined 'Arts'-based combat+Huge world to explore

After the underrated Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U, the series returns once more on Switch with a similar yet refined take on the long-running JRPG universe. This time out the player is put in the shoes of protagonist Rex, who along with his compatriots Tora and Mia, proceed on a mission to discover Elysium, a paradise for humanity.

Numerous obstacles and enemies lie in their way though, with players needing to master a auto-attack, special attack 'Arts' combat system that leans on well-timed attacks and combos to prosper. The series' excellent voice acting and story telling  make Xenoblade Chronicles 2 an epic adventure.

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Despite lots of microtransactions, NBA 2K19 is the pinnacle of sports sims on Nintendo Switch.

NBA 2K19

The best basketball game just got better

Reasons to buy
+Full fat edition+Runs at 30fps+Best Career Mode story in years

When NBA 2K18 arrived on Switch in 2017, it proved (after some much-needed most-release TLC) that sports sims CAN work on Switch if optimised in the right way. One year on, Visual Concepts has brought the world of pro ballers back to Nintendo's hybrid hardware and it riffs and improves on its predecessor in almost all the right ways.

NBA2K19's MyCareer is the best narrative-driven experience it's been in years, the Neighborhood is even bigger and VC now flows at a slightly fairer rate. Of course, microtransactions still loom large, but this is still a fine port of a great modern sports sim.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Experience Rayman at his absolute best with this 2D platformer that's practically bursting with content.

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

One of the best modern platformers

Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous level design+Music levels+Portable platforming with a friend

Enter platform paradise. Rayman Legends offers some of the best platform gaming available today. True, the Switch edition doesn’t really offer anything new compared to the versions on other consoles, but it’s still a must-buy.

It gorgeous to look at. The controls are precise and responsive. And, at the end of each stage, there’s a rhythm level that kicks the experience up a notch with music that syncs up with your jumps. Platform on the go and slide your Joy-Cons out to share the experience with a friend in local multiplayer.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Splatoon 2 is one of Nintendo Switch's crown jewels, with its over-the-top multiplayer matches and unique single-player DLC.

Splatoon 2

Ink-splattering chaos for the whole family

Reasons to buy
+4 vs 4 competitive multiplayer+New weapons, modes and kit+Kid-safe shooter

Give in to more third-person paintball chaos with the second iteration of Nintendo’s turf war shooter. Play as an Inkling, spraying flurries of coloured globs to take control of the battlefield and swim through ink as a squid to reload. Enter four-on-four competitive multiplayer matches with all new weapons, modes and kit and get splatting.

This is a family friendly shooter is still, refreshingly, completely blood-free. And this time, it’s got jetpacks. If you’re looking for a party game and you’re all Mario Kart-ed out, this is it.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Experience The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Nintendo Switch with motion-controls, all of its DLC and much more, right here on a handheld platform.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Become the legendary Dragonborn on your commute to work

Reasons to buy
+All DLC included+Motion control via Joy-Cons+Classic RPG action and story

Skyrim may be now six years old, however the Switch edition looks like it could be the absolute best version to date, with all the game's myriad of DLC included (including a few Nintendo-themed extras), motion control added in for the console's Joy-Con controllers, and true portable adventuring added thanks to the Switch's ability to be taken anywhere. This classic western RPG has won more than 200 awards since its launch for a reason...

Best Nintendo Switch games

Super Mario Odyssey is Mario at his absolute best - big, bold and bursting with quintessential Nintendo magic.

Super Mario Odyssey

A truly epic adventure that will constantly surprise you

Reasons to buy
+Perfect platform gaming mechanics+Epic, long-lasting adventure+Spiritual successor to Super Mario 64

This is what we said in our Super Mario Odyssey review:

"There's a moment in Super Mario Odyssey where the game distils everything it is, and everything it stands for, into a blow-out celebration. All at once the past, present and future of this grand old video game series smashes together in a freewheeling, spectacular and experimental set piece that shows that Nintendo, after years of having the handbrake on, is now absolutely flying creatively.  

The fact that Super Mario Odyssey manages to be so experimental while also drawing in the best parts of every Mario game to date, becoming a incredibly playable and joyous love letter to gaming's most celebrated series in the process, is without doubt like a legendary Homeric odyssey - truly epic."

Enough said.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Jump into some 2D Street Fighter action and test your skills locally or online. Will you be the final challenger on Nintendo Switch?

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers

The definitive edition of this truly legendary versus fighter

Reasons to buy
+Updated graphics and sound+Same simple, addictive gameplay+Diverse game modes

There's so much to like about Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers it is hard to know where to begin.

From its engorged character roster (there are 19 combatants) to its excellent selection of game modes including a slick multiplayer suite, and onto its plethora of neat extras including new and improved graphics and sound options (you can switch between old and new), colour editor, replay system, beginner-friendly "Lite" control option and art-stuffed gallery mode, this classic versus fighter is better than ever on Nintendo Switch.

Best Nintendo Switch games

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an incredible feat in game design, and it's exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Objectively reviewed, the best Zelda game ever made

Reasons to buy
+A simply awesome open world+Tight combat mechanics+Gorgeous art style

This is what we said in our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review:

"From the most objective perspective we could muster here at T3 Towers - and trust us, when you've played titles such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past during your formative years, that is an incredibly hard thing to do - we feel it is quite evident that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is, by quite a distance, the best The Legend of Zelda game ever made. And, what's more, for those people for who Breath of the Wild will be their first foray into the wonderful world of Hyrule, Zelda and Link, it is going to absolutely blow their minds."

Simply put, a must buy.

Best Nintendo Switch games

With some much-needed tweaks to its interrogation system, this updated version of LA Noire is a must-have port on Nintendo Switch.

L.A. Noire

A thrilling detect-'em-up that smartly uses the Nintendo Switch

Reasons to buy
+All DLC included+Good use of touchscreen+Dynamic story telling

If you're a fan of detective stories then L.A. Noire is definitely worth your time, as the game tasks you with solving a number of crimes in the Homicide, Vice and Arson divisions of the LAPD.

How you tackle each case though is completely up to you, with various options and outcomes possible. Interrogating witnesses or potential suspects plays a major part in the game, and determining who is telling the truth and who is lying critical to getting the job done properly.

Naturally, for a Rockstar game, there is also plenty of firefights. This enhanced Switch version of the game is not only full fat and truly portable, but comes stacked with all of the game's previously released DLC.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Make the most of the motion-controls of Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers with Just Dance 2018.

Just Dance 2018

The world's biggest dance game moonwalks onto Nintendo Switch

Reasons to buy
+Great selection of hot tracks+Multiple game modes+Child friendly choreographies

Need to warm up your dancing feet for an impending party or wedding? Well look no further than Just Dance 2018, which moonwalks onto Switch with official licenses (Disney anyone?), as well as all the hottest tracks and artists, including such notables as Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

The game isn't just for seasoned dancers either, with a top Kids Mode delivering children-friendly choreographies and a dance playground.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Want a racing experience that leaves every other one for dust? You need Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The most polished and playable Mario Kart ever

Reasons to buy
+Massive rank of racers+Loads of tracks and game modes+Local multiplayer on Switch is ace

Mario Kart 8 began its life on Nintendo Wii U, however, the Deluxe edition on Switch is the ultimate version of the game, with all DLC included as well as enhanced multiplayer functionality.

Mario and his chums handle just as well as ever, while the presentation and polish applied to the mixture of classic and new racing circuits is first rate. With a massive selection of racing tiers too, from 50cc up to 200cc, with mirror modes thrown in as well to boot, the game is super approachable no matter your age or skill.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Battle some of the most iconic Pokemon of all time in this special fighting game mashup on Nintendo Switch.

Pokkén Tournament DX

Portable Pokemon battles

Reasons to buy
+One-on-one combat+New Pokemon, game modes and abilities+Online and local multiplayer

Don’t underestimate this Wii U classic. It’s had an upgrade for the Switch. Decidueye brings the total playable Pokemon to 21 and Litten and Popplio have been drafted in as support. The new ‘team battle’ mode lets you assemble a three-Pokemon team and the ‘group match’ feature helps you find opponents of a similar skill.

Master the single player Ferrum League, get stuck in to ranked online battles, or grab a sofa and share your Joy-Cons for a local match with your mates.

Best Nintendo Switch games

A tactical RPG with Mario and those crazy Rabbids. It shouldn't work, but it absolutely does and makes for one of Nintendo Switch's best games.

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Chaotic turn-based strategy

Reasons to buy
+Single and multiplayer modes+Upgradeable weapons and characters+XCOM-style gameplay

Ubisoft’s Rabbids come toe-to-toe with Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi in this turn-based title. Take a team of three through the Mushroom Kingdom and beat back the Rabbid invasion.

This game takes familiar faces, mixes in some Rabbid-flavoured chaos and wraps it all up in XCOM-style gameplay that’ll have even hardened gamers hooked.

Balance weapons, tactics, special abilities and status effects. Earn coins and skill orbs to upgrade your kit and build an unbeatable team. 

Best Switch games

Bayonetta 2

The ultimate action-adventure

Reasons to buy
+Improved touchscreen controls+Best version of the game so far+One of the best Wii U games goes portable

While it might be a port of a 2014 Wii U exclusive, that doesn't detract from the fact Bayonetta 2 is one of the best games of the previous generation, and retooled for Nintendo Switch it's now getting a second shot at glory.

The new version runs smoother than the Wii U original, rarely drops a frame in TV or handheld modes, and comes with all the Nintendo-themed costumes for ass-kicking witch heroine Bayonetta you could possibly hope for.

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Nintendo Labo: Toy-Con 01 - Variety Kit

A curious cardboard creation

Reasons to buy
+Family friendly+Five different builds+Help kids learn programming

There really is nothing out there quite like Nintendo Labo. And as unusual as it might be, that’s exactly what makes it so special. It’s Nintendo to a tee, right down to the way it can bring the whole family together.

The Variety Kit includes five different creations which come with a set of flat pack-style cardboard sheets. By following the on-screen instructions on your Switch, you can build everything from a set of motorbike handlebars to a working piano.

The games themselves are fun for a while, but the real fun comes with the Toy Con Garage, a built in design suite that enables you to build your own creations with an easy-to-understand take on programming.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Stardew Valley

Chill out on the farm

Reasons to buy
+Addictive farming gameplay+Rewarding mechanics+Incoming multiplayer mode

In this charming little indie, you play a character who has left the hustle and bustle of city life behind to take on the running of the titular family farm.

You can grow all manner of produce, sell it in the local village and get to know its inhabitants (including the ability to date said fellow villagers). One of the most sedate yet engaging titles you can play, whether on your TV or in handheld mode.

There’s also a new multiplayer mode that’s come to all versions of the game - including Nintendo Switch - adding in the ability to link up with friends and tend some farmland together.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Celeste

A twitch-platforming masterpiece

Reasons to buy
+Engaging story+Incredible platforming design+Fantastic soundtrack

Celeste has enjoyed success on multiple platforms - including PC and consoles - but sometimes a game just fits a certain piece of hardware so perfectly you simply couldn't imagine playing it anywhere else. That's what Celeste is to Nintendo Switch, a twitch-platformer full of challenging platforming sequences and intense puzzle solving/exploration.

As you ascend the titular mountain, you'll take heroine Madeline on a transformative pixel art journey that's not to missed.

Best Nintendo Switch games

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Who needs Overwatch?

Reasons to buy
+Competitive team-shooter experience on Switch+Silky-smooth performance

A good 18 months into its life cycle and Nintendo Switch has another genre ticked off - the hero shooter. Overwatch continues to be one of the biggest shooters on the planet, and Paladins: Champions of the Realm has proven itself a worthy rival.

Pick a a Champion, customise their loadout and compete in a team to defend objectives in a full team shooter experience. You can play for free, invest in the Starter Pack or buy the Season Pass to earn exclusive rewards and skins while you play. A must-play FPS on Switch.