Once you get your Nintendo Switch, one of the most challenging decisions you’ll need to make is deciding what games you will get. If you’ve played on a Nintendo console before, chances are that you already have an idea of what games you want to play. However, if you are new to Nintendo or the Nintendo Switch is your first gaming console, you are probably unsure what games to buy.
If you are one of those two people, then you’ve probably encountered a site like Reddit, filled with users giving their suggestions. Taking all of those suggestions into account, this list looks to provide you with Reddit’s ten best and most popular Nintendo Switch games.
But first, a quick disclaimer. This article isn’t a definitive list. It’s not an end-all-be-all list of the ten best Nintendo Switch games. Different people enjoy different games, and each person’s top ten favorite Nintendo Switch games will vary. And with that, let’s get right into it.
10. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
The first game in our list is a bit bizarre, combining characters from two franchises you wouldn’t normally expect to appear side by side. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle combines the colorful cast from Super Mario with the wacky and insane Rabbids from the Rayman series, all within a grid-based strategy game. You’ll move your party around the map, looking for angles on your enemies before putting your plan into action to come out the winner. If you’ve played a game like XCOM before, you know how the gameplay works and will find yourself at home. It’s a strange little game, but one that surprised countless gamers, like user u/annethepolar, who says they “couldn’t believe how quickly I got obsessed with this little game.” Definitely a game worth checking out if you’re looking for a wacky adventure.
9. Stardew Valley
Have you ever wanted to escape the pressure of modern society and live out as a farmer in a quiet little town? Well, Stardew Valley offers you that plus more. As user u/Saskatchewan put it, Stardew Valley has a calm and relaxing setting and premise, a ton of customization, a memorable and lovable cast of characters, and potential for online, local, and split-screen multiplayer. Stardew Valley managed to capture the hearts of countless players. It’s a bit more of a slower game, so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, if you are looking for a game to destress, Stardew Valley’s charm will keep you relaxed.
8. Hollow Knight
“The gameplay, atmosphere, soundtrack, and lore are all excellent,” says Reddit user u/RunningWithHands, and we couldn’t agree more. Hollow Knight is a beautiful little game that tells a captivating and unique story. The gameplay will keep you focused for hours at a time as you fight your way through a doomed civilization. However, a word of caution, this game is challenging and brutal. Not recommended for newer and more casual players, but those willing to suffer through its challenge will be rewarded with a wonderful experience.
7. Fire Emblem: 3 Houses
Fire Emblem is a beloved series loved by many die-hard fans, and Fire Emblem: 3 Houses is no exception. As user u/fe_bigdata points out, Fire Emblem: 3 Houses has “a solid and immersive story, lovable characters, and engaging combat/gameplay.” It’s a loveable and tense journey through and through that will keep you hooked until the end. And if you’re afraid being new to the series will make the story confusing and the gameplay difficult, don’t worry. You don’t need to know anything about the previous games to understand the story, and you can adjust the difficulty to what you’re comfortable with.
6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Another game of relaxation and colorful characters, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is designed to make you relax. User u/EvilDarkCow puts it perfectly when they say that “It’s slow, but it’s a great game to grind.” With no real end goal, you can keep coming back at your own pace to accomplish self-made goals. Not only that, but since it keeps track of the date and time, you can participate in seasonal events that only appear for a limited amount of time. And all the game asks for you to do is relax.
5. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
If you never had the chance to play the original Xenoblade Chronicles on the Nintendo Wii, then consider this your sign to get its remaster. Xenoblade Chronicles is an epic adventure with a captivating story and lovable characters. Many players, including user u/wait2late, fell in love with the world and were even sad when the game finally ended. If you are looking for a game with a story that will leave you smiling, fuming, crying, and laughing at all the right times, don’t miss out on Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
At the beginning for users like u/spinzaku97, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the reason they got a switch in the first place. And who can blame them? Ever since its creation, Mario Kart has held players’ interest with its combination of casual fun and competitive thrill. You can either play with friends at home or with strangers online. Either way, you’re guaranteed to squeeze the fun out of Nintendo’s staple racing game.
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the inner child’s ideal game where characters from countless different series are thrown in for the sole purpose of seeing who would win in a fight. The game is as fun as it is iconic, holding up a substantial and dedicated fanbase. And if you can play with other people who are just as good (or bad) as you, it’s guaranteed to become one of your favorite games on the Switch. But if you play against players who are far better than you, you will learn why players like u/Onyx_Rooster say that it’s simultaneously their favorite and most hated game.
2. Super Mario Odyssey
The man, the myth, the legend, Super “Jumpman” Mario. Nintendo has given great love and care to their mascot character with each game he stars in. Super Mario Odyssey is the latest of his main 3D titles, and for many players, it is one of the best 3D Mario games out there. User u/Compthulu describes it as “their favorite Mario game since Super Mario 3D.” And that would be no exaggeration. The controls and movement options available allow for great control over Mario that, once you master, enables you to play the game on your own terms. This is a game whose only real concern is making sure you have fun playing it.
1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
If Super Mario Odyssey is a game that wants you just to enjoy yourself, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that wants you to lose yourself in the world. Mesmerizing characters and interesting locale are built into a massive open world that is just begging you to explore at your own pace. The best part of this game for players and users like u/ScrivAdams is where you’re just hiking and climbing around, exploring the world, taking in the sights and scenery, and looking for new things and quests to take part in. If you get this game, no matter how much you know about The Legend of Zelda series, you will get lost in this beautiful, adventurous world.
All games that appear in this list are worthy of being considered must-plays to the right players. But they also don’t need to be the only games you play. If you enjoy a game on this list, don’t be afraid to branch out and try other games in their series or other games similar to them. But if you need a starting point, then these will be your best choices. Have fun!