The 25 best Nintendo Switch games

UPDATED: 2019's best new games join the list

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.

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.

Tetris 99

Fortnite. PUBG. Apex Legends. And now… Tetris? Believe it or not, the latest smash battle royale game is Tetris 99, pitting 99 online players against each other in an all-out war to see who can be the last player standing.

Weird, right? It's an unexpected twist on the classic theme, even if Tetris 99 is still very much the Tetris we've all known and loved for decades. Now, however, you can send garbage blocks to others players' boards while playing, and see if you can outlast the pack. It's a Switch exclusive, and amazingly, it's free to Nintendo Switch Online players.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

The best new head-to-head fighting game in ages, Dragon Ball FighterZ plays just as brilliantly on Switch as it did on other consoles and PC. We've played a lot of forgettable Dragon Ball games over the years, but FighterZ lives up to the hype and excitement of the anime hit.

Dragon Ball FighterZ certainly looks the part, nailing the look and feel of the animation as you pummel foes with massive combos and fireball attacks, plus it finds the fine line between accessible action and complex mechanics for die-hards. The fact that it doesn't lose anything in this Switch port is honestly a bit mind-blowing.