Best Nintendo Switch games 2018: Doom, L.A. Noire, Skyrim and more make the cut

These awesome games shows that there is far more to the Nintendo Switch than just Mario and Zelda

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The Nintendo Switch has had a phenomenal first year. The Big N's console was well received across the board, both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey scored perfect 10s across the board, and Nintendo itself even won Brand of the Year at this year's prestigious T3 Awards.

The winning isn't over though as Nintendo has, for the first time in many console generations, a stellar first year line-up of releases that stretches right in to 2018. Indeed, hot new games are dropping literally every week at the moment and, as such, for fans of the famous Kyoto holding the selection on offer to play is incredibly diverse.

So, why not peruse this carefully curated list of the best on offer to decide what you are going to play.

1. DOOM

Heavy metal-filled daemon slaying of the finest calibre

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

2. 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
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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 will make Xenoblade Chronicles 2 an epic adventure.

3. NBA 2K18

The best basketball game there has been on a Nintendo console in years

Reasons to buy
+Full fat edition+Runs at 30fps+Plays a good game
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For basketball enthusiasts NBA 2K18 is as good as it get right now in terms of simulation , and here on Nintendo Switch you get the full fat edition of the game, with its myriad of game modes (career, park, team, ProAm etc) and customisation options left in tact. It doesn't run at the butter smooth 60fps of the PS4 and Xbox One, however, it does cruise over 30 at all times and is incredibly playable thanks to an intuitive and fun control system. Slick production values and unprecedented licencing complete the package.

4. 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
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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...

5. 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
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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.

6. 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
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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.

7. 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
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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.

8. 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
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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.

9. 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
Today's best Just Dance 2018 Nintendo Switch deals

Need to warm up your dancing feet for the impending Christmas and New Year party season? 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.

10. 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
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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.