Back when the Switch first released, we didn't know whether there'd be enough games beyond The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to keep us entertained.
Boy were we wrong. More than 1,000 games later – including many, many gems in the mix – the Switch has proven to be an absolutely essential console. Nintendo has pumped the system full of great exclusives, but it also has many of greatest picks from other platforms including a treasure trove of indie favourites.
Looking for something fresh to play, or just want to make sure you've hit all of the essentials? Here are our picks for the 25 best Nintendo Switch games to play today.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s Mansion has always been a much-loved franchise with the Nintendo hardcore, but as the biggest Switch launch of 2019 so far, beating out his more famous twin and that Link fella, the series’ third entry sees the green-suited scaredy cat offically go mainstream.
Happily, the game is absolutely worth its success. In our five star review, our reviewer said Luigi’s Mansion 3 feels like a playable cartoon, elevated to greatness by its creative, varied level design and clever puzzles. Then there’s Gooigi, Luigi’s Flubber-like sidekick who can be called upon at any time to help our hero out. Get ghost-hunting.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
No doubt: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate absolutely lives up to its name. It's both a greatest hits package of the long-running series to date and also a strong step forward in terms of the amount of content available to soak in.
Packed with 74 fighters on in the base game, including every previous brawler and some new ones, you'll have a blast mashing attack buttons and pummeling the likes of Mario, Link, and the Splatoon kids (among many others). The new Spirit system provides a truly incredible amount of classic gaming references to unlock, and the core hook of pummeling gaming's greatest heroes still hasn't faded.
Pokémon: Let's Go
When first announced, some feared that Pokémon: Let's Go – available in separate Pikachu and Eevee iterations – wouldn't be the full-fledged, "proper" Pokémon that everyone wanted.
Nonsense. True, this isn't so much a brand new game as much as a modern reimagining of the original Game Boy adventure, but it works wonderfully on Switch. Pokémon has never looked so good, and the accessibility tweaks ensure that younger players and newcomers can appreciate the franchise. And the veterans get a nice little flashback romp, all the while.
Ring Fit Adventure
We know what you’re thinking: fitness and fun don’t go hand in hand. Normally you’d be right, but Ring Fit Adventure manages to marry a genuinely decent RPG adventure - in which your nemesis is a weightlifting dragon - with proper exercise, and it’s one of the best surprises of the year.
Key to the experience is the Ring-Con, an ultra-pliable plastic ring that you squeeze and pull with varying degrees of ferocious enthusiasm to attack enemies in battle. The other Joy-Con goes into a leg strap, which tracks your running on the spot. It all works brilliantly, and while the game isn’t a substitute for outdoor activity (as it’ll regularly remind you), it’s a great way to burn some calories during the winter months.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
In case you’d forgotten, the Nintendo Switch launched with a Zelda game that revolutionised the beloved series and shifted all of our expectations about what an open-world game can and should be. As a remake of a 1993 Game Boy game, Link’s Awakening is a bit more traditional.
But that doesn’t make it any less essential than Breath of the Wild for Zelda fans. While remarkably faithful to the original, the game has been rebuilt from the ground up with a gorgeous, toy-like visual style. And Link’s Awakening has always been an intriguing Zelda anomaly. It’s one of the few games in the franchise that doesn’t take place in Hyrule, Zelda is nowhere to be seen and, for some reason (never explained) Koholint Island is inhabited by Chain Chomps and Goombas, usually only found in Nintendo’s other quite popular series.
Unashamedly old-fashioned, but it’s aged like a fine wine.
Fortnite is the biggest game in the world right now, and thanks to the Switch edition, now you can battle and build right from the comfort of your bed… or toilet. Or anywhere, really.
The Switch version delivers the exact same Battle Royale experience as on other platforms, dropping you into a cartoonish fight for survival. It's you against up to 99 players in a free-for-all skirmish in which both firearms and rapid-fire structure building can help you outlast the pack.
It takes a slight frame rate hit compared to other consoles, but Fortnite amazingly still looks about the same otherwise. If you haven't tried this free-to-play sensation, it'll cost you nothing to snap it up from the eShop and give it a shot today.