The 5 Nintendo Switch games to play right now – and 5 more to pre-order

Even amidst a slim launch lineup, you've got options other than Zelda.

Looking for a massive stack of games to bring home with the Nintendo Switch? Look all you want, but you won't find all that many.

Despite being officially teased two full years ago, the Switch isn't launching with a decidedly slim library, and a few of the titles are ports of existing games. One of those games is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Do you know any of the rest off the top of your head?

If not, we're here to help. We've played everything available at launch, and have chosen five day-one games that are definitely worth your time and money. And since Nintendo plans a light, but steady trickle of games in the coming months, we've also picked five games due out in the next few months that you'll definitely want to keep an eye on.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Duh. It's one of just a few totally new games launching for the Switch, and the debut of any core Zelda game is well worth your attention – even one releasing on Wii U on the very same day with minor performance differences between them.

Breath of the Wild brings some big changes to the classic series formula, including opening up a freely explorable world with challenges that you can face in any order, along with new survival elements and other twists. It's beautiful and epic, and may singlehandedly keep your Switch busy for months to come. It may have to, given the size and breadth of the early lineup.

Release date: 3 March

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We can't say for sure whether Nintendo's other Switch launcher, 1-2-Switch, will have much staying power, but it's your best early bet for multiplayer antics, as well as showing off some of the less obvious tricks of the hardware.

This party game experience brings together 28 original mini-games, most of which use the detachable Joy-Con controllers in odd and unexpected ways. You'll take part in a duel and never need to look at the screen, or milk cows in a highly suggestive fashion – or utilize the ultra-sensitive HD Rumble functionality to feel as imaginary balls roll within each Joy-Con. This isn't going to be a Wii Sports-sized hit, but it's a big improvement on Wii Play.

Release date: 3 March

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Fast RMX

True, Fast RMX doesn't have the most exciting of titles, much like Fast Racing Neo before it. Look past the generic branding, however, and you'll find a pretty great anti-gravity racer in the tradition of F-Zero and Wipeout.

Fast RMX even has a bit of an Ikaruga-inspired twist to it, as you'll manage two different kinds of boost and need to switch types to really excel on these loopy tracks. Some of the content from the overlooked Wii U original is here, and everything looks a lot crisper and more detailed in this eShop exclusive.

Release date: 3 March