This award-winning game brings Mario back in a fun to explore open-world setting. Beautiful graphics and great music are paired with bonus content and an immersive storyline. The game also incorporates Switch features such as the HD Rumble controller function.
Some game mechanics require motion controls to perform.
Players get two universes in one with this Switch game: Mario and Ubisoft's Rabbids. The gameplay is easy to learn but still challenging and there are plenty of puzzles to conquer. The turn-based Mario + Rabbids is a great mix of comedy and strategy.
Players must unlock the two-player mode before it's available.
The huge open world provides players with endless hours of play and exploration. The graphics are gorgeous and the world is intricately designed so it never ceases to be interesting. True to the franchise, players will encounter plenty of challenging puzzles and easter eggs along their journey.
Princess Zelda's voice actress isn't the best.
This version includes improved graphics, new courses, new characters, and some clever new functions made to help out younger or less experienced players such as "smart steering." The game also includes an online play mode and updated battle modes.
Online play can be a bit wonky at times.
Players will be treated to new weapons, stages, and more game modes. The game has also been improved upon visually. Local and online multiplayer are available, too. Difficult to get bored with the game, as it's consistently and continually updated.
Online multiplayer will eventually require a subscription, as with the rest of Nintendo Switch's catalogue.
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Since its release in the spring of 2017, the Nintendo Switch has taken the gaming community by storm. A unique hybrid of traditional console and portable gaming unit, the Switch offers an experience unlike any other for gamers.
One of the main selling points of the Switch is the inclusion in its games of beloved Nintendo characters that you can’t find on any other system. Mario and Link have already made their debuts, and fan favorite faces from Metroid, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, and the rest are sure to follow.
But just because you know the names doesn’t mean you’ll like the games. That’s where we come in. Since the Nintendo Switch is a fairly new console, you may be wondering where to start in your search for fun, entertaining games.
Check out the matrix above to learn about our five favorite Nintendo Switch games. And for more information about Nintendo Switch games, keep reading. We’ll give you pointers on what to look for when shopping for games for your new console.
One of the top selling points of the Nintendo Switch is its ability to easily transform from a traditional gaming console into a handheld, portable one. You can dock your unit to access HD gaming on your television screen, or you can play anywhere by switching to handheld mode.
The Switch is great for multiplayer games since you can stand up the screen and split the controller between players. In fact, up to eight controllers can be used with one console. Speaking of the controller – which Nintendo calls “Joy-Con” – it can be used vertically or sideways with traditional buttons, motion control, or a combination of the two.
If binge watching is your thing, Hulu is available on Nintendo Switch.
The Joy-Con is more than just a fancy controller. In addition to the amazing configurability, the Joy-Con boasts IR sensors that detect shape, motion, and distance of objects around the player. The HD rumble technology takes vibration feedback to the next level. All told, the Joy-Con produces an immersive experience that is remarkable for the relatively low cost.
For families with young children, the Switch comes equipped with parental controls. Parents can choose which games the kids have access to, keep track of what they play, and monitor the amount of time their kids play. An alarm can be set to signify the end of screen time, and there is even a game-suspension feature that can be activated remotely.
Mario’s brother and BFF Luigi was originally colored green because of the technical limitations of the arcade game.
Even though the Nintendo Switch is less than a year old, there are many games to choose from – and more are on the way.
The popular Super Mario adventures are referred to as platform games. This type of game genre follows a character as it runs and jumps in its digital environment. Other genres include shooters like Metroid, role playing games (RPG) such as The Legend of Zelda series, and racing games, like the ultra-popular Mario Kart. There are also puzzle games, sports games, and simulators. Truly, there is something for everyone in the world of Nintendo Switch games.
The Nintendo Switch is a monster unto itself. There’s no backwards compatibility to WiiU or 3DS games. That means you’ll need to buy games specifically made for the Switch. Also, the lack of a virtual console (for now) means there’s no access to your favorite Nintendo games from the past.
Amiibos – in the form of fun little character figures – are Nintendo’s wireless communications and storage system. They interact with software and allow data to be transferred over multiple platforms. Popular with both the 3DS and the WiiU, amiibos can now be used to access fun extras in compatible games on the Nintendo Switch.
Q. Are all Nintendo Switch games offered digitally as well as on game cards?
A. While new Switch-specific games are available for download, there is no digital archive where popular games from previous Nintendo consoles can be purchased.
Q. I know that some video games have regional lockout. Does this apply to games for the Nintendo Switch?
A. No. Nintendo Switch games are completely region-free.
Q. What comes in the box when I buy a Nintendo Switch?
A. When you open your new Nintendo Switch, you’ll find the Nintendo Switch unit, the Nintendo Switch dock, the Joy-Con, the Joy-Con grip, the Joy-Con safety strap, an HDMI cable, and an AC adapter.