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25 best Nintendo Switch games you can play right now

10. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Genre: Strategy
Price: $59.99/£49.99

What is it? If you mix Super Mario with XCOM you basically get Mario + Rabbids,  a strange strategy hybrid with tons of charm. 

Why should you buy it? Don't be put off by the XCOM comment, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a strategy game that works incredibly well even if you're not a fan of strategy games. It features brilliant, polished game mechanics that are introduced in stages to let you get to grips with the game's surprisingly deep tactical gameplay. But it mixes that gameplay with real knowledge of the Super Mario universe and wraps it up in a level of detail and graphical quality that you can regularly mistake it for a Nintendo-made title. It's an absolute joy.

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Genre: Adventure
Price: $59.99 / £59.99

What is it? Peak old-school Zelda reimagined for the Nintendo Switch.  

Why should you buy it? If you want a slice of more classic, dungeon-focused gameplay on the Switch then you need Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening in your life. It takes the Game Boy Colour game - Link's Awakening DX - and gives it a fresh art style, a chibi-esque toy village vibe that makes this one of the best looking games on Switch – and the most adorable. In that way it manages to feel like a brand new game, while still maintaining the essence and story of the quirky original. 

9. Luigi's Mansion 3

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Genre: Adventure
Price: $59.99 / £59.99

What is it? Luigi's latest spooky adventure, but this time in a haunted hotel.

Why should you buy it? Proof that the green plumber can be the star of the show, Luigi's Mansion 3 takes you on a journey full of memborable spooks, creative puzzles, fantastic level design and charm that oozes from ever pore. Oh, and have we talked about Gooigi? Luigi's goo-filled compadre that can slip straight into places the human Luigi just can't? Well, it all combines to find the right balance between new and old, delivering a refreshing spin on the Luigi's Mansion formula. Newcomers and longtime fans are sure to delight in exploring everything the hotel has to offer. 

8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Genre: Brawler
Price:
$59.99 / £59.99

What is it? The latest entry in the Super Smash Bros series - and the first for Switch -  delivers more characters and levels than ever before. 

Why should you buy it? Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is pulling out all the stops when it comes to characters. With a whopping 74 characters available to unlock, this is definitely the busiest roster of them all. That total includes 11 brand new characters - and that's before you've even started on the DLC. That means a whole new set of fighters to learn in the heat of battle, but thankfully this is the best Super Smash Bros. title yet, both in terms of its glorious good looks, but also in the way the stages are detailed and animated, fighters move much more naturally and with additional flare, and the KO animations are more satisfying than ever. Plus, there's even a surprisingly meaty single-player story to dive into. This is quite the package. 

6. Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu / Eevee

Genre: RPG
Price:
$59.99 / £49.99 without Poke Ball Plus, $99.99 / £84.99 with Poke Ball Plus

What is it? The first ever Pokemon RPG on a home console, blending classic series' elements with mechanics from Pokemon Go. 

Why should you buy it? You might have already dismissed Pokemon Let's Go as a sub-par Pokemon Go spin-off, but you absolutely shouldn't. What developer GameFreak has done with Let's Go is actually quite ingenious, blending together elements from the immensely popular mobile game Pokemon Go, with classic RPG features from the core series, all packaged up as a reimagining of the 1998 game, Pokemon Yellow. Sounds good right? Yes, yes it is. Never before has a Pokemon game felt quite so alive or immersive. You throw Poke Balls in the real world to catch Pokemon, using your Joy-Con or the brilliant Poke Ball Plus controller to mime the actual throw, and building a bond with your buddy Pokemon is a core part of the gameplay, just as it was with Pokemon Yellow. It's a surprising blend of old and new, which all works perfectly well and if you have any interest in the Pokemon series, this has to be on your Switch. 

5. Tetris 99

Tetris 99

Genre: Battle royale
Price:
Free with a Nintendo Online subscription

What is it? Tetris, but battle royale. No, I'm not joking. 

Why should you buy it? If you love Tetris and think you're better at playing it than anyone else, then you need to try Tetris 99. It's an insane take on battle royale where you play Tetris simultaneously along with 98 other people, but every two or more lines you clear you send as junk to other players, either at random, to the people closest to a KO, to your attackers or to those doing the best so far. It's mad, fast paced and turns the zen Tetris stacking into a frenzy that will have you screaming at your Switch. It might be the best thing ever. 

4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Genre: Adventure / Strategy
Price: $59.99 / £49.99

What is it? The latest in the Fire Emblem series, where you must nurture students of one of three prestigious houses through their studies to tactical, turn-based battles on a continent on the verge of war. 

Why should you buy it? The future of Fódlan rests on the decisions that you make, and that alone serves as quite the selling point. But, in all seriousness, if you're already a fan of the series, Fire Emblem: Three Houses this is the best to date. It realises a new, more meaningful direction for the series where stories are prioritised over combat. The challenging, tight, turn-based combat is still there, of course, but it's not all that Fire Emblem is anymore. This is an epic evolution for the series. 

3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Genre: Racing
Price: $59.99/£39.99  

What is it? The best version of Mario Kart 8 money can buy.

Why should you buy it? Apart from the telling clue in the line above, the Nintendo experience isn't complete until you've enraged your closest friends by beating them at Mario Kart. It's a rite of passage on every Nintendo console. This immediate, relatable, pick-up-and-play fun is exactly what the Switch was created for. Up to eight people can locally, letting you pretend that you're in a Nintendo lifestyle advert, and it's a novelty that two people can play anywhere using a single console. But best of all, this is the ultimate version of an already amazing game, and perhaps the most clear and brilliant example of how great the Switch could be. 

2. Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey

Genre: Adventure
Price: $59.99/£49.99

What is it? Mario's biggest 3D adventure yet, taking him all over the globe for some hat-themed adventures. 

Why should you buy it? If you're only buying two games for the Nintendo Switch, it has to be Zelda and it has to be Mario. Thanks to Mario's new friend Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey manages to successfully bring the series up to date by gifting Mario a ton of new moves. And by moving out of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario feels fresh and new while still retaining every ounce of its nostalgia and retro charm - there are still ground pounds and green pipes don't worry. This is very much Mario as his best self so far, and his latest adventure looks absolutely beautiful on the Switch. 

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Genre: Action RPG
Price: $59.99/£49.99

What is it? The latest entry in Nintendo's venerable fantasy franchise, which embraces its own history as often as it upends it

Why should you buy it? This is, perhaps more than anything, the biggest showpiece for what the Nintendo Switch can do. Breath of the Wild takes ideas originally introduced in the first Legend of Zelda game along with concepts expanded on by Skyrim and other modern open-world RPGs and Nintendoizes them, distilling them into purest parts, and polishes the hell out of them. It's a world of wonder, and for the first time what feels like ages, it actually lets you experience that wonder without beating you over the head with hours of tutorials and incessant text boxes re-explaining everything you already know. Playing it on the TV is a treat, but being able to lift the Switch from the dock and take a game of this size and scope wherever you want is a perfect summation of the Switch's potential.

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