The 25 best Nintendo Switch games

Super Mario Party

After two decades of livening up social gatherings and ruining friendships, Nintendo's lively mini-game franchise is back in action on Switch with Super Mario Party.

It's not a dramatic reinvention of the classic formula, but this is still the best edition to date. Super Mario Party packs in dozens of mini-games for up to four players, plus it even has a few mini-games that let you align two Switch consoles for multi-screen gaming. True, you'll need two copies of the game (and two Switches, of course), but it's a cool trick all the same.

Bayonetta 2

The only Wii U classic that wasn’t made by Nintendo arrives on Switch in almost identical form. Bayonetta 2’s frenetic action is smoother than ever thanks to the new hardware’s added graphical oomph, but this demon-slaying romp remains pretty much unchanged elsewhere. It's available as a solo digital download, or a physical copy with a code for the original Bayonetta in the box.

If you can look past its outdated graphics and gender politics (Bayonetta herself is half-superhero, half-schoolboy fantasy) then you’ll find an electric hack and slash game in the vein of Devil May Cry and God of War. All of which tees things up nicely for the arrival of Bayonetta 3 on Switch in the not too distant future. Fingers crossed developer Platinum Games keeps its lecherous tendencies in check for that installment.