Mario games aren’t only what Nintendo can do!
If over the Christmas holidays the big old fat man with the long white beard (I’m talking about Santa, not weird uncle Maurice) got you a brand new, pretty and shiny Nintendo Switch and forgot to get you a couple of games to play with then Santa’s dumb. To be honest, good old St. Nick isn’t really tech savvy and probably thought that the actual console was a game in itself so we can’t really blame him. I mean, he was born in the year 270AD.
In case this occurred, and even if you’re thinking about buying a Switch yourself, the team at Monsoon Gaming want to help you out. We want to make sure that the first few games you get your hands on are the games that are right for you, be it – Switch exclusives, something for the whole family to enjoy, or just a good platformer. Let us guide you through our Top 10 games on Nintendo Switch.
Other games that sadly did not make the list but truly deserve to be commended are the following: Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy, Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu/Evee (here’s our review), Into the Breach, Dead Cells, Bayonetta 2, Diablo 3, Okami HD and Fortnite (yes, you can play Fortnite on Switch too!).
#10: Stardew Valley
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Ever wanted a game, which didn’t really feel like a game, but more like chores? And these chores end up becoming super addictive, like a drug? Ever thought about a game like Minecraft, but focused mostly on farming, rather than mining? If so, then this is the game for you mate. Stardew Valley shook the gamer world in 2016, it swiftly became an indispensable game for the Switch. The game felt like a life simulation, with so much depth and content which absolutely us. Forget your worries, wake up in the morning, water your crops and figure out how to get your farm in tip top shape. You then decide to head into town and go to the general store to buy some seeds and end up chatting up the cute guy you’ve had your eye on (In Stardew Vallet general stores were like the grimy clubs of the real world). If you’re not into that and you want to go explore and figure out a few mysteries and secrets of the valley that’s also up to you. One thing is for certain, this game rocks and is perfect for the handheld console lifestyle. I was never so hyped up to do manual labour in my life before this game! Just FYI, if you want something more straight forward and nothing that complex, I might just skip this game though, it is a very calming and low-key type game.
#9: Supersmash Bros. Ultimate
Release Date: December 7, 2018
I love Mario, and if you’re like me and frequent game stores during Christmas you probably noticed that this game was pretty much sold out a month ago. Albeit, with good reason. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate perfects the long-beloved Super Smash Bros. formula – combining the fun element of button mashing controller destruction as a little kid and also the single-minded, composed and competitive gamer. Basically the game focuses on the old fighter we went crazy over in 1999, although this time there’s a total of 76 different fighters you can fight with, most of these being celebrities from other Nintendo games. With a couple of mates telling me that just mastering one on these fighters could last you up to a year I was already trying to figure out the schedule needed to get this done. Sadly impossible. Best to try them all out and then choose your favourites. A game like this is fully customizable to your liking; fighters, game hazards, rule-sets. A game like this will also surely be needed next time you bring your mates over to battle it out, or even when your 5-year old nephew decides to come over for cake.
#8: Hollow Knight
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Hollow Knight is small, yet mighty. A game which holds an abundance of secrets, extreme challenges, and rewards to boot in an underground domain of melancholy. Imagine Castlevania with a huge map and places that can only be explored once you unlock your character further. You can also compare this game to Dark Souls with regard to annoyingly hard bosses, a dystopian type kingdom and the element of losing all your sh*t once you die. At least this game does it in a weirdly funny way and is absolutely worth your time. You wouldn’t think that this works on Switch, but it really does.
#7: Octopath Traveller
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Despite this being a game which in my opinion lacks story elements when progressing through the world, its character growth is sublime – especially when you reap the rewards of your hard work. It’s like the American dream; the great promise of a gamer’s career with exciting boss fights, and the satisfying factor of a job well done which helps you discover more of this game and of yourself (a little cliché right?). The game is pretty retro with regard to its aesthetic, but good golly it is worth every penny when it sucks you into its adventure, locks you in and throws away the key. A game, which has its faults, but is too good to ignore.
#6: Super Mario Odyssey
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Super Mario Odyssey is unlike other recent Mario games, the red Italian plumber doesn’t only walk forward and back in a straight line. There’s no time limit and each level is very ‘hat’ forward. Basically, this game focuses on giving Mario more freedom than ever before. A game which is filled with platforming challenges, little cute secrets and all manners of adventure which feels the same as other instalments but more 21st Century. It’s flat out fun, minus the flat part. Totally recommend this game if you’re a fan of Mario.
#5: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Release Date: May 4, 2018
This is a superb platforming game that has two major drawbacks when it was released in 2014 on the Wii U. These were that it was crazy difficult (almost like all other Donkey Kong games), and co-op was little iffy. It was such a creative and innovative game back then, but due to the level of difficulty many gamers decided to give up half way since they kept dying. This time, the developers thought about this, and Tropical Freeze’s Switch post addressed that problem with a new ‘Funky Mode’ that offered a couple of ways to make things easier for the player. All of this while keeping the same element of colourful playfulness that loyal Donkey Kong fans could enjoy. A very worthy spot, for a very worthy game. Also, the music is the bomb.
#4: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Ah the blessed Mario Kart series. At least once in a gamer’s life they’ve played this game – either at home by their lonesome, at a party with friends or at an arcade against a weird snotty kid who always managed to ruin their life with that darn blue shell. Of course this game isn’t that different, well except for a top of the range fine-tuning and a polished UI. Due to these upgrades, I feel as if this Mario Kart is easily one of the most fun and exciting games you can play on Switch or any other console in that manner. Another good thing is that if you opt for the Deluxe version on Switch it also includes; all the DLC maps, a bunch of characters you’d find from the Wii U game and a complete overhaul of the legendary battle mode. Mario Kart 8 is top of the range my friends. If you like going fast and laughing at an angry Luigi this is totally the game for you.
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Undertale did come out in 2015, and it might look like some weird retro-style JRPG, but it is way before it’s time with regard to its concept. Basically, you’re a human stuck in a world of monsters and with it you decide whether you want to win encounters with violence or be smart and use context-based interaction (joking, talking etc). It’s a very smart game, and keeps close attention to whatever you’re doing and will express the repercussions of your actions in a very surprising way. Despite these grim consequences, Undertale can be very pleasing and pretty funny at times. Whether you make friends, or kill everyone – the writing and the system behind this game is absolutely astonishing, the soundtrack is pretty darn cool and there are lots of plot secrets that many gamers till today still haven’t totally uncovered. I recommend you play this game not more than 2 hours a day, as it sometimes messes with your mind.
Release Date: January 25, 2018
Celeste can be considered one of the most difficult games I’ve ever experienced on Switch. Instead of smashing my console every time I failed, the way this game is done helps me deal with my anger more sensibly. Very strange indeed. Within the game you help your character jump her way up this glorious mountain. This game can be tough as nails at times, and you’ll likely find that any room you enter looks extremely complex but the game focuses on one aspect. An aspect, which is so simple; just jump. That simple beauty of game mechanics coupled with a very charming story, fine-tuned controls and a joyous experience makes this game something truly remarkable, yet so humble.
#1: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Release Date: March 3, 2017
I had only played one other Zelda game apart from this one, and might I say this was monumentally better than its predecessor. A game which has no limits, super creative, full of surprises and an action-adventure game that will excel in the test of the time. Many believe this game to be the best ever made, and actually managed to outsell the Nintendo Switch itself on launch. It’s a pure open-world, it incorporates complete freedom and an incredible achievement in the gaming world. No Nintendo Switch gamer is complete until he plays this game.