As with many people around the globe, I own a Nintendo Switch and have to say it has quickly become one of my favourite consoles of all (not my overall favourite though, not yet anyway…)
The Switch has seen the release of many big titles on the system, some first party, and some third party. Most of the Nintendo staples are on there: Mario, Zelda, Pokemon etc (of course some like Metroid currently aren’t). Other big third party series are present or have been announced: The Witcher, Bioshock and even Panzer Dragoon.
The Switch also has a load of indie games available for the system on the eShop – custom sports titles, puzzle games and even rereleased classics like Doom and the upcoming Star Wars Episode 1 Racer (which I am so buying on release).
But out of the games released so far that I own, what are my personal top 5 favourites?
Just be warned, you may be surprised.
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5) Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution
Some context here: I am an old-school Yu-Gi-Oh! fan and started playing when the very first decks were released in the U.K. (I got the Kaiba one because who doesn’t want their own Blue-Eyes White Dragon? I have about 40 now…) I watched the anime and own them on DVD and still have a couple of old style decks.
The effect of all this? I had to buy a game featuring the characters from the original series I love to this day and the ability to take part in some of the legendary duels from then was something I could not resist.
Yes, it has all the series and although I enjoy GX and 5Ds, I don’t know much about the later series so it’s nice to learn about them. It’s awesome being able to face classic characters with cards and combos that weren’t possible before (I own Nightmare Troubadour on the DS which is severely limited in cards etc)
On top of that the game and monsters look glorious in HD and at times I feel as if I was facing Yugi in the anime on one of Pegasus’ duel fields.
This is a real blast from the past for me and helps me relive many fond memories.
4) The Card
Developer: D3 Publisher
I bet you probably haven’t even heard of this game. Am I right?
The Card is an indie game which recreated the casino experience at home for those of you who enjoy the standard available card games – 5 card poker, Texas Hold’em Poker, Blackjack and Page One (which I haven’t heard of either).
I admit I’m not an avid casino goer (partly due to a lack of funds) and even when I have been I haven’t had the guts (or again funds) to really have a go. This game though lets me do that – I once went all in with 800 coins, came up lucky with a full house, bankrupted two of my opponents and ended up with the most coins I had ever had.
The music is amazing (and my girlfriend really loves it too!), plus the backgrounds to the card game look effective and very pleasing despite being fairly basic. They do still feel like a background to a card game table that you would see in the casino.
I can honestly spend ages playing this game trying to get that lucky hand plus I’m building up poker knowledge I can use in real life, just need to work on that poker face though.
3) Sonic Mania Plus
For those of you that don’t know, I am a hardcore Sonic fan and this game nearly made me cry the first time I played it as I relived all those memories of an earlier age.
Sonic (especially classic Sonic) is my favourite gaming character of all time, and Sonic 2 on the Mega Drive is my favourite game (not the Master System one though, I still can’t get to grips with that damn hang gliding!)
This game feels like you’re playing an old-school 2D Sonic platformer and that’s a good thing. It feels as if it should be on the Mega Drive when Sonic was at his best. It would have fit in perfectly on the system.
The graphics and level design are not only reminiscent of the ones from the 90s, they feel as if they could have been the next stage you play after beating Robotnik (not Eggman dammit!) in any of his machines. Ok, the graphics do look a bit more modern than the Mega Drive but if you saw them on the console they would not look out of place, the same with the sound. They take you back to whizzing along the Green Hill Zone our Chemical Plant Zone and even the odd boss or 2 (no spoilers!) adds to that nostalgic feeling. Sure there’s some mixing up with the levels but that just helps keep the game fresh.
That is why Sonic Mania Plus is on this list, it’s a new game with new features but feels like it’s from the glorious Sonic Mega Drive era, and that is definitely ok with me.
2) Pokemon Sword
Developer: Game Freak
Ok, first of all – I own both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. However, Sword is my main game of the two and the only one I have played through so far therefore although in reality both games would count as number 2 on the list, I’m only putting this as Sword based on my experiences.
I love Pokemon Sword. Not as much as some games such as Ruby and it’s remake and Silver and it’s remake, but they are some of my favourite games of all time. It is right up there though and as an avid, fanatical Pokemon fan and enthusiast who begun playing before Red and Blue were available in the U.K., that means a lot. (For perspective, a friend had an American Red version).
I think the more realistic based graphics actually fit the Pokemon series well and create the sense that you are really in battle with that Pokemon. Galar itself looks beautiful and like somewhere you would want to visit or live (check on that one 😉). As a British gamer you can feel the research and hard work that went into the game as seeing the buildings and towns give off that British vibe.
Some of the Pokemon designs themselves are amazing – who doesn’t love Wooloo? Personally I also love the design of Rolycoly and Carkol too.
Even the DLC has me excited knowing I’ll get to explore more of this beautiful landscape and discover even more new Pokemon and Galarian forms.
I was even happy that the Pokédex was cut as it highlighted some Pokemon who hadn’t had much love before and the new ones. As someone who likes to train unexpected Pokemon (I trained a Metapod on Omega Ruby and it beat a Swellow!) this was very welcome, although I’m ecstatic to hear my favourite Pokemon is included in the upcoming DLC 😁
Sword is a fantastic and fun game and I look forward to replaying it when I go through Shield. But most of all it feels like Pokemon has gone back to its glory days, the days I really enjoyed playing the games and the future looks bright.
1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
To be fair Breath of the Wild could potentially be the best game on the system right now. It was a launch title but I think it’s still really enjoyable and playable 3 years on.
Even though I am a Zelda fan (and have been since Ocarina of Time in 1998) Breath of the Wild is like nothing seen in the series up to that point.
Hyrule is an incredible environment which I absolutely love exploring and discovering new shrines and new features, all the while remaining true to the franchise with old enemies and races appearing.
In addition new features such as the runes with the Sheikah Slate and cooking allow you to explore the land in new ways and be creative (what sort of crazy concoction can you make out of 5 ingredients or do you want a slice of apple pie instead? I can happily spend half an hour just putting random ingredients together to see what is the result. It’s worryingly highly addictive.
I also love how the game is a love letter to us fans with so many references to previous titles – be it names of locations, artefacts or random speech. On top of that I can’t wait to see what references exist in Breath of the Wild 2.
On top of all that the music and sounds sound wonderful and the graphics feel to me like an improvement on Skyward Sword and provide a near-perfect balance between the cartoony Wind Waker and retro Ocarina of Time.
Breath of the Wild gives you lots of freedom and nostalgia, and after playing Zelda for so long, this is a perfect recipe for an outstanding game. There’s no way it couldn’t be my favourite Switch game so far.
The following games were considered for this list but I feel they were edged out by the games above. These are all fun games though and worth checking out 👍 This list is in no particular order.
- Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu/Eevee
- Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
- Animal Crossing New Horizons
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Goat Simulator
- Untitled Goose Game
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate
What would your top 5 Switch games be so far? Why not leave me a comment on here or my social media (see the top of the page) and let me know 😁
Thank you for reading this article, I really appreciate the time you took in doing so. Keep gaming!