The 25 best Nintendo Switch games you can buy right now

If you've nabbed yourself a Switch or were lucky enough to get one from Santa this Christmas, rest assured that there are plenty of fantastic games to play on Nintendo's wicked little hybrid console. Despite the fact the Switch isn't even a year old yet, the Nintendo Switch has a veritable army of top notch titles nestled in its eShop, to the point where it's already very difficult to narrow down just 25 entries for our pick of the best Nintendo Switch games. 

With Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being two of 2017's best games and only playable exclusively on the Nintendo Switch, with those two games alone you have tens of hours worth of play right at your feet. But it doesn't stop there. You've got the RTS Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for those of you that love XCOM, Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition if retro platforming is more your cup of tea, and a ton of Nindies (Nintendo's indie games) are around at bargain prices if you want to save some cash.

We're not quite sure how the Nintendo Switch has managed it, but we're not even getting started with all the games that the console has on offer. Overwhelming much? To help you decide what to buy for your brand spankin' new console, we've listed the best titles available on the switch in ascending order from 25 to the hallowed number one spot. Oh, plus if even Bowser can't hold back your excitement for Nintendo's newest console, you'll want to take a look at our upcoming Nintendo Switch games to see just what's on the horizon. 

25. Cave Story+

Genre: Platformer
Price: $29.99

What is it? A Nintendo Switch port of one of the best cult indie hits

Why should you buy it? While the price tag is a bit steep (especially considering it's appeared cheaper on other platforms, and even launched for free back in the early 2000s), there's no denying that Cave Story is still worth supporting now that it's on the Nintendo Switch. It's the labor of love of a single developer named Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, weaving retro-styled Metroidvania concepts with an engrossing and emotional story through multiple endings. If you grab a physical copy, you'll even get a bunch of neat goodies, including a soundtrack mini-disc and full-color manual.

24. Thumper

Genre: Rhythm action
Price: $19.99/£15.99

What is it? Self described as a 'rhythm violence' game, Thumper sees you hurtling down a track as a giant bug perfectly hammering buttons to the beat.

Why should you buy it? Thumper might initially remind you of something a little gentler like Audiosurf as you glide down slick, stylised pathways with electronica in your ears but don't be deceived, this aural extravaganza requires a calm head and pitch perfect twitch reflexes. Initially your giant bug just requires a tap of A as you go over a light panel or perhaps holding a button as you crash around corners but before long you're tapping, flying, crashing down onto the track and causing tidal waves to destroy enormous floating heads... and that's only the beginning. Utterly unforgiving with a soundtrack that you can't pump into you head loud enough, Thumper is a treat for the senses and potentially RSI inducing for your thumbs. 

23. Ittle Dew 2

Ittle Dew 2

Genre: RPG
Price: $29.99 / £26.99

If you’re looking for something to play after Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you need to consider Ittle Dew 2. It follows the same gameplay format as old school Zelda titles, with a series of dungeons to conquer, puzzles to solve and people to help. But it’s got a beautifully cartoonish art style that makes colours pop from your Switch’s screen. And what’s more, the characters all talk and have brilliantly witty personalities that will have you chuckling all the way to the castle. 

22. Perception


Genre: Horror
Price: $14.99 / £12.99

It’s not often that you have a blight protagonist in a game, but that’s exactly what Perception has done. You play as a young girl called Cassie, who’s trying to explain her nightmares by exploring a rather sinister mansion using echolocation and a useful text-to-speech app. As you solve the mansion’s various mysteries, it transforms and presents even more to uncover. Its narrative constantly keeps you feeling tense as you play, and despite the fact your playable character is blind, the experience is very visual. Put on some headphones and immerse yourself in this excellent psychological thriller ASAP. 

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