The Nintendo Switch is having a good year. The console-handheld hybrid has been in the market for over three years, but a number of promising ports in the early months of the year gave Christmas 20re19 users a healthy diet with new titles.
Like ports of pre-existing gemstoneswhere it has the original look of Paper Mario and the quest to rescue Princess Peach's castle while the newly completed has something for those looking to settle down with a classic point-and-click adventure. We've also found the best free Switch games if you're on a budget.
Hades is the newest action RPG from indie hit factory Supergiant Games and a villain-lite action RPG that follows in the footsteps of the Prince of Hades. As it turns out, you're not that keen on the place. It's dark, tight, depressing and your dad is a real peach. So of course you want to do the impossible – escape.
Hades is a game that is really about how well it controls it. It feels positive to play electrically. You will often die, but you will often feel like an absolute rock star. Even if you die, you'll come back to the start quickly and have the option to try again after just a short break to check any upgrades unlocked.
It doesn't hurt that Hades, like previous Supergiant Games, has great production stats. The art, the voice acting and the music are incomparable and give Hades a dazzling sheen that even big budget AAA games often miss.
Ori and the will of the wisps
The second game in the Ori franchise, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, is a truly outstanding platformer. It combines hard but fair levels of difficulty with outstanding level design that will satisfy platformer fans who want real depth in their gameplay. Ori and the Will of the Wisps have a lot of competition on Switch given the wide range of platformer choices on the console, but it manages to stand out.
Ori is also known for his incredible art direction, and the second title doubles on it. It takes the quaint, ethereal look of the original game and turns it up to 11. There's a lot going on here, and while Switch owners can't enjoy the 4K HDR of other versions (the Switch doesn't support this either) the game looks on the built-in Switch LCD still looks good.
It wasn't long before Paper Mario: The Origami King took the Switch universe by storm. This Mario game takes on the traditional look and feel of Paper Mario and is set in a world where Mario and his partner Olivia have to go up against the Folded Soldiers. In the meantime, of course, the goal is to free Princess Peach's castle and defeat King Olly.
In hisJon Silman, contributor to Digital Trends, described the game as a "charming Mario adventure" but said it suffered from "a difficult and lengthy combat system." Silman gave the game a score of 3.5 out of five stars.
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If you're in the mood for a new role-playing game that combines human and machine elements, Xenoblade Chronics Definitive Edition might be a good place to start. The game puts players in the position of Shulk, trying to understand his place in the world while battling machine enemies with others in his group.
Exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, the game has an open world feel to it, but generally follows a traditional role-playing feel with a variety of combat maneuvers, health points that grow with XP boosts, and much more.also offers more than 90 music tracks.
It took some time to find its way to the Nintendo Switch, but The Outer Worlds landed on the console in June. Like The Outer Worlds on other consoles, the Switch version is a single-player sci-fi RPG that puts players in a power struggle in a distant world populated by spacemen. The game gives players the opportunity to make their own decisions and influence the story.
While the anticipation was high forLisa Marie Segarra, editor of the Digital Trends Gaming Section, noted in her review on the Nintendo Switch that the title suffers from a few issues, including a drop in frame rate, graphics issues, and slow load times. And while Segarra says The Outer Worlds on Switch is still "a fun game," she only gave it 2.5 stars out of five.
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The long-awaited Animal Crossing: New Horizons is finally here, and it could be the best game in the series yet. Set on a deserted island that players must develop from scratch as part of a vacation package, New Horizons offers unparalleled freedom and customization. Furniture and decorations can be placed anywhere on the island, and custom patterns can be created for flags and even face-paint. It's one of the best multiplayer games on the Switch.
continues the series' online multiplayer tradition with support for up to eight players, and players can still trade items like fruit back and forth to help each other build their homes. Tom Nook remains in charge and wants mortgage payments, but the joy of New Horizons gameplay means it doesn't even seem like a big deal. With regular updates on the way and seasonal fish to catch, New Horizons is sure to be around for a while.
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Platinum Games has established itself as one of the best action game studios in the world with critical favorites like Bayonetta 2 and the existential Nier: Automata. Automata's lead designer, Takahisa Taura, got his first chance to direct Switch's exclusive Astral chain, which doubles on the insane action that Platinum Games has been proud of for the past decade. Instead of the post-apocalypse, however, you find yourself in a busy, stylized sci-fi city under attack by mysterious interdimensional forces and it is up to you to stop them.
gives you control over the protagonist and multiple legion characters at the same time. This mix of direct and indirect combat is at the heart of the game, but you will also study puzzles while solving puzzles. And you can pet the game's canine legion so you know it's good.
Developed by the action masters at Dodge Roll, Exit the Gungeon is a full sequel to Enter the Gungeon. However, it doesn't just add levels to the existing game structure. Instead, it is a "dungeon climber" that gives players the task of escaping and moving upwards as they go after enemies in alternating rooms and find a variety of unique weapons.
The new format hasn't changed the difficulty or inspiration for Hell in tricky shooting segments, nor has it changed the game's goofy characters and sense of humor. It may not be exactly what Enter the Gungeon players were expecting, but being surprised isn't always a bad thing when it comes to sequels.
The original Splatoon reinvented the multiplayer shooter with an emphasis on simply eliminating enemies, and its unique online ink spraying matches were unlike anything we've seen before. Switch sequel, Splatoon 2, largely sticks to the formula we saw before, but the inventive new multiplayer maps and weapons make the game even more exciting. The game's humor is back in full swing too, with puns galore and user-created artwork that is both fun and terrifying.
For those more interested in playing cooperatively, the Salmon Run mode is an excellent addition. Groups of four players must collect golden eggs while fending off waves of nasty salmonids. This is as ridiculous as it sounds. Just make sure that all of your friends have their own systems as the game doesn't support split screen multiplayer.
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Overcooked 2 is the sequel to the hectic co-op cooking game Overcooked. It doesn't change much about the stress-inducing yet deeply satisfying formula we saw in the first game, but it refines it. Features added include a new throwing ability, more chefs, different recipes, and online multiplayer. If you enjoyed the first game, you will likely love Overcooked 2. If you haven't played the original game, Overcooked 2 is a good starting point, which you missed out on as it isn't that frustratingly difficult and has fewer shaky controls.
This time you will meet a new enemy called "Unbread" (zombie bread – got it?). The only way to save the Onion Kingdom is by putting on your top chef's hat, traveling to crazy places, and cooking complex recipes in really inconvenient kitchens. Overall we would sayis one of the best Nintendo Switch games for a party. The kind that brings you closer to your friends or lets you hurl insults at each other.
A look at the side scrolling gameplay and dark 2D art style of Dead Cells can bring back some memories of times when you played Metroid or Castlevania. Motion Twin, the developers of this highly rated indie game on the Switch, calls it Roguevania because of the inspiration it receives from these games. If you want a clearer picture of what to expect, add a dark soul difficulty, rogue castle setting, and unforgiving permadeath (short for permanent death), and you get dead cells.
When you combine themes like "Roguelike" and "Permadeath", you know every playthrough ofis different. But that doesn't mean you have to die to have fun. There are an infinite number of weapons, hidden rooms and passageways that require a little work and skill to find. Did we forget to mention the punishing boss fights where you look for the closest save point? Spoiler alert – there aren't any!
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Cuphead's comic art from the 1930s wowed Xbox One and PC gamers when it launched in 2017. Amazingly, StudioMDHR produced a bug-free port for Switch that allows gamers to experience the adventures of Cuphead and Mugman on the go.
Cuphead is an immaculately designed action game that focuses heavily on boss battles. Although there are six run-and-gun platform levels, most of your time with Cuphead will be spent competing in large-scale battles against beautifully crafted and challenging bosses.
is punishable but fair, and the art and sound design will help you get involved, even if you've been fighting the same boss for hours. There is nothing like Cuphead. If you own a Switch, this ambitious and great experience should not be missed.
The original Luigi's Mansion for GameCube didn't seem to understand what its best ideas were, but when Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon was released more than a decade later, the new developer Next Level Games had a firm grasp about what made the creepy adventure so charming. In Luigi's Villa 3, our title hero has to save his brother and his friends from a haunted hotel with his trusty Poltergust G-00 vacuum cleaner and the new viscous buddy Gooigi.
mixes environmental puzzles with creative battle against different types of ghosts, and the themed floors vary from a botanical themed area to a medieval arena. All of them are funny and the game's self-referential jokes and crazy animations only make it more entertaining.
Phoenix Wright is a popular visual novel adventure series that has gained a huge following on Nintendo handhelds. Now the Ace Attorney Trilogy has found new life on consoles, including the Nintendo Switch. The Ace Attorney Trilogy is one of the best visual novel series of all time and arguably one of the best video game trilogies.
As the defending champion, you work your way through a series of legal proceedings. The gameplay revolves mainly around narrative choices that result from collecting and examining evidence and interviewing witnesses. Thanks to great writing, a cast of interesting characters, and a well-done anime art styleis consistently gripping.
Similar to the game above, Kentucky Route Zero is another iconic title that focuses more on the story than the gameplay. Kentucky Route Zero, also originally released in 2011, finally closed in January 2020 when the last of the promised five acts arrived along with a full port for other machines.
Through a traditional point-and-click adventure game, Kentucky Route Zero follows truck driver Conway as he tries to make one final trip for his antique company. Conway gets lost while crossing the fictional highway through the Kentucky mountains and befriends a group of eccentric characters who accompany him on this strange and wonderful journey.
Eight years of development across sporadically released acts mean that chances are good that receiving players ultimately helped bring the story to a close. If you're tired of a game ending against the grain, you know itThe parting gift likely took into account many years of feedback.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Nintendo Switch game that could become your only obsession, is one of those fighting games that is so comprehensive that it's worth buying a Switch for just that. The newest fighting game to bring the universe together features all of the characters ever in the series' nearly 20-year history. Once you start it for the first time, there are over 100 levels available.
Nostalgic for Nintendo of the past without looking out of date,plays at the speed of a competitive fighting game, but is easy to enjoy even for less experienced players. The character list has something for everyone, and newcomers like Incineroar and Simon Belmont feel perfect alongside classics like Mario and Jigglypuff. A strong single player campaign mode and new local multiplayer options are just the icing on the cake.
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Dragon Ball FighterZ is one of the best games based on the phenomenal manga and anime series. Granted, that wasn't a difficult task for Arc System Works given the competition, but FighterZ is really fantastic in both gameplay and eye-catching art style. The battles are tag team style, with each player choosing three characters to bring into play.
The fighting game is ridiculously fast, with an emphasis on creating combos and strategically knowing when to swap characters. It's a simple game to jump into and play in, and it looks great in action. You don't have to be a Dragon Ball Z fan to enjoy this wonderfully made fighter (though it definitely helps).is one of the best traditional fighting games on Switch.
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Doom is the greatest portable first-person shooter ever. No, the bar isn't too high for this title, but the Doom restart in 2016 impressed us for its fast-paced action, precise shooting mechanics, and appealing level design. Surprisingly, it didn't miss a step when it was ported to the less powerful Nintendo Switch. Doom runs like magic on Switch, even on the go.
If you haven't played it already, Doom's Campaign is a chaotic and action packed romp over the fiery terrain of Mars populated by bloodthirsty enemies. On the Nintendo Switch, the game remains one of the best shooters in years. The fact that the incredibly fast gameplay in handheld mode runs so smoothly is what makes itall the more impressive. Plus, it's only a matter of time before the critically acclaimed sequel lands on Switch.
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Fortnite is one of the greatest games in the world. The full Battle Royale game is available on the console and supports cross-play with PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, Android and iOS.
However, unlike the mobile version's virtual analog sticks, you can play them with a traditional control scheme on the Switch and compete against experienced players. If you want to view them on the big screen, you are free to do so as you can with almost any Switch game.
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Mojang's Minecraft is one of the most influential and culturally significant games of all time, and it goes perfectly with the Nintendo console. The Switch version includes both the building-oriented creative mode and the traditional survival mode in which you have to build shelter to survive the most dangerous elements of nature while penetrating deeper into the surface of the planet.
With the Bedrock Edition update, Switch players can connect with friends on Xbox, PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and even VR platforms. You can also earn Xbox Gamerscore for whatever achievements you makeIf you click Switch, you can purchase additional skins or cards from the game's marketplace.
Few indie games have ever been as successful as Eric Barone's Stardew Valley. The first-time developer created a spiritual sequel to the agricultural role-playing game Harvest Moon for five years. When he finally finished the game, what he'd done was even more impressive than his influences. Combining classic farming mechanics with exploration, relationships, and even some fighting, Stardew Valley is much more ambitious than the 16-bit graphics suggest.
It's also one of the best Nintendo Switch games to play in handheld mode while commuting as there is always something you can do to pass the time. Whether you are into fishing, finding a husband or wife, or mining minerals, go intoand you can just feel the love that went into developing the game.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the first traditional entry in the series to hit Nintendo Switch, enhances almost every element, from combat to character development. The game takes a page from the Path of Radiance game book and features a mercenary professor rather than the endless number of princes we've seen in other games. It is your responsibility to choose one of the three title houses and train them, build relationships, and learn about the situations that brought them to the central monastery of the game.
However, when things bounce off, theis the classic Fire Emblem game quality. Turn-based strategy battles have rarely been this elaborate, giving you numerous options for how to approach a scenario based on the way you've developed your roster. Specialized "martial arts" and the new battalion system are two other tools on your chest, and normal difficulty strikes a balance between challenging and approachable.
When you think of Mario and his friends, the first thought that comes to mind is probably not "XCOM". It's even less likely that you'll want to add Ubisoft's wacky Rabbids to the mix – but that's exactly what the French company did with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
The game combines the fun of exploring different Mushroom Kingdom levels with the tactical combat of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It's unlike anything else on the Nintendo Switch and it's really challenging without ever getting stressful.
In 2018received a Donkey Kong-themed DLC that adds Nintendo's giant gorilla as a playable character, as well as a number of new campaign levels.
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Into the Breach is a turn-based tactical game based on the Pacific Rim theme played on an eight-by-eight grid with changing environments. It's from the same developer who brought us FTL: Faster Than Light, a rogue spaceship sim that's a huge hit in the gaming community.
You will lead a three-person mech squad and save cities from incoming groups of monsters. TheGameplay is not about walking up to your opponents and attacking them directly. On the contrary, you will have to be creative with your strategy if you want to move away from living levels (although you will die … a lot).
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The original Super Mario Maker was one of the best games on the Wii U and practically defined the system before moving to the 3DS as well. With Super Mario Maker 2, Nintendo has improved the formula for creating levels with new elements and tricks like sloping platforms. Players quickly embraced the game and created some really insidious and innovative courses.
Although the Switch doesn't come with a pen, you can buy capacitive pens for very little money to make designing in handheld mode easier. If you are more into playing levels than creating them, the new story mode is perfect. With Nintendo-designed courses far stranger and puzzling than traditional Mario levels, this is the ideal opportunity to learn exactly what is possible.
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Yoshi's Crafted World follows the tradition of previous Yoshi platformer. Yoshi can swallow enemies, turn them into eggs, and use those eggs to catch collectibles and take out other enemies. Where it differs is scope. Each level is longer than the traditional Mario platformer, and the set pieces are made of cardboard and paper. Levels also have more depth, meaning that Yoshi regularly takes a back seat and routinely interacts with objects that are far away and close to the player.
is a leisurely platform experience that focuses heavily on uncovering all of the many secrets that are strewn across each level. Cute costumes turn Yoshi into a cow, truck, or even a juice box. The local cooperation allows two Yoshis to browse the levels together, which makes it a great choice for parents who want to play with their children.
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Since Super Mario 64 came out more than two decades ago, we haven't seen a Mario game as fun and quirky as it is. Mario's adventure in saving Princess Peach from Bowser and his band of wedding planners takes place in several unique kingdoms and offers something unexpected practically at every turn. From zippers that open to reveal secrets in walls to retro-style 2D platform sections, the game is always minutes away from surprising you.
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Sega's once-revered mascot has had a tough time in the last few generations of consoles. Alongside some rare gems like Sonic Generations, Sega stumbled on while trying to modernize the fast hedgehog. Sonic Mania found its booth by going back to the roots of the series.
Designed in the style of the original Sega Genesis Sonic trilogy,returns to strict 2D side-scrolling action. The game's 12 zones recall the past with remixed versions of the series' iconic locations with mixed and matched enemies, skills, and mechanics you've loved since Sonic's heyday. Mania also includes entirely new zones, as well as the ability to play as Tails and Knuckles. Think of it as a Sonic game with the biggest hits and all-new levels. With the overwhelming success of the Sonic movie, we hope Sega can soon offer another experience like Mania.
In 2013, Image & Form's SteamWorld Dig presented a wonderful mix of steampunk and westerns. Fans have asked for a real sequel that expands the mechanics and game world. That feeling was only heightened by SteamWorld Heist 2015 – a great strategy game in itself – but not a real sequel. It was worth the wait for SteamWorld Dig 2, however, as it amplified everything that made the original so great.
Rusty has been replaced by Dorothy in the sequel, but don't worry, Dorothy still has a trustworthy pickaxe for clearing paths in the mines and uncovering hidden rooms and items. The main difference between the two games is in the level design. The original was generated randomly, while the sequel has a fixed format. This enables more intriguing level designs, more diverse exploration, and better platform elements.
In addition to better design, the game's puzzles have been refined and spread more widely, and the game relies more on RPG progression. As a side scrolleris best played in handheld mode on the Nintendo Switch.
Yacht Club Games' crowdfunded platform game Shovel Knight has done quite well since its original launch for Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and PC in 2014. The 16-bit indie title has sold well over a million copies on all platforms and with good reason – it's just amazing. Unlike other games that only used nostalgic 16-bit graphics, Shovel Knight captures what made side-scrollers of the early 90s so special. It's a classic story between good and evil with detailed level design, fun platform sequences and tough but varied boss fights.
deserves its name. In addition to the original Shovel of Hope campaign, you will get access to an alternate plot with Plague Knight called Plague of Shadows, the prequel DLC, Specter of Torment and the final expansion, King of Cards with King Knight. If you are craving for a well-made platformer that will make those '90s games feel new again, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is one of the best Nintendo Switch games to fulfill that desire.
The portability of the Nintendo Switch makes it ideal for pick-and-play games that you can start and stop at any time, and few titles meet these requirements better than Celeste. An incredibly well-designed platformer with simple controls that feel ideal on the Joy-Cons. This game keeps surprising you with new design decisions. This forces you to think about (and get out of) your feet and try maneuvers that seem impossible at first glance.
If it gets too difficult, don't worry, you can activate the comprehensive "Assist" function, which gives you complete control over the difficulty of getting through particularly strenuous sections. And did we mention that Celeste is often funny to laugh about?
With fantastic, hand-drawn character designs during dialogue scenes and surprisingly deep storytelling,Bucked the trend of platformer focusing solely on gameplay, and it gives you more motivation to keep playing than seeing "just one more level".
In Hollow Knight spielst du als käferähnlicher Ritter, der einen Nagel schwingt und ein unterirdisches Labyrinth erkundet, das als Hallownest bekannt ist. Wie bei vielen Spielen im Metroidvania-Stil liegt der Schwerpunkt von Hollow Knight auf der Entdeckung und den Geheimnissen der Spieler. Für jeden Abschnitt in Hollow Knight ist eine vom Kartenhersteller gekaufte Karte erforderlich, die sich normalerweise an einem schwer zu findenden Ort befindet. Das heißt, Sie stolpern in neue Biome und begegnen neuen Feinden ohne viel Orientierungssinn. Es ist aufregend und steigert das Gefühl der Entdeckung.
Hallownest ist eine weitläufige Welt, deren vollständige Entdeckung Dutzende von Stunden dauert. Mit großartiger, minimalistischer Plattformmechanik und harten Bosskämpfen in Hülle und FülleEs macht genauso viel Spaß, es anzuschauen und zu erkunden, wie es ein großartiges Kampferlebnis ist.
Es ist eines der besten Zelda-Spiele aller Zeiten – müssen wir noch mehr sagen? Der Flaggschiff-Start ist zweifellos eines der besten Spiele auf Switch und in jeder Systemperiode. Während der Name Zelda allein ausreicht, um die meisten Käufer zu faszinieren, versucht Breath of the Wild immer noch, die klassische Formel der Serie zu erneuern und Links Abenteuer in die Moderne zu bringen. Die Länder von Hyrule haben sich geöffnet und geben Ihnen die Freiheit, Quests nach Belieben zu erkunden und abzuschließen. Waffen und Gegenstände haben jetzt eine vorübergehende Lebensdauer, was bedeutet, dass Sie nach Gegenständen suchen und diese herstellen müssen, um Sie bei Ihrem Abenteuer zu unterstützen.
Die Physik des Spiels – von Links Bewegungen bis zu seinen Waffen – wurde ebenfalls drastisch überarbeitet. Erwarten Sie also, dass Aktionen flüssiger und realistischer werden.nimmt die Serie in eine willkommene neue Richtung, ohne den ikonischen Zelda-Charme zu verlieren. Es sollte einer der ersten Titel sein, die Sie für Ihr glänzendes neues System erwerben.
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Throwback Zelda mit einem überarbeiteten Kunststil, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, ist ein beispielhaftes Remake des Game Boy-Klassikers von 1993. Als das seltsamste Spiel im Franchise nutzt Link's Awakening seine mysteriöse Persönlichkeit noch mehr mit dem niedlichen Kunststil, der alle und alles wie Spielzeug in einem Spielset aussehen lässt.
Koholint Island bleibt die beste Kulisse, die in der Franchise-Geschichte nicht Hyrule genannt wurde, dank lustiger Charaktere und einer mysteriösen Geschichte, die sich um ein riesiges Ei dreht. Nintendo hat Link's Awakening im Remake gründlich verbessert, das Inventarsystem optimiert, um das Gameplay zu verbessern, Kartenstifte zur Erkundung hinzugefügt und die Anzahl der auf der Insel verstreuten Herzstücke, geheimen Muscheln und anderen Sammlerstücke erheblich erhöht.
hält sich bemerkenswert gut und ist wohl eines der besten Top-Down-Zelda-Spiele, die jemals gemacht wurden. Hervorragendes Dungeon-Design und eine brillant konzipierte Überwelt machen es zu einer absoluten Freude, mehr als 25 Jahre nach dem ersten Start erneut zu besuchen.
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Dragon Quest Builders 2 ist leise eines der tiefgreifendsten und lohnendsten Spiele auf Switch. Wie das skurrile Original kombiniert Builders 2 Gebäude im Minecraft-Stil mit Action-RPG-Kämpfen und spannenden Erkundungen. Die Fortsetzung erweitert alles, was das Original richtig gemacht hat, und perfektioniert die Formel praktisch. Das Bauen Ihrer Stadt von Grund auf ist eine spannende Erfahrung, aber die Verteidigung dieser Stadt und das Betreten neuer Gebiete geben Builders 2 ein zielgerichtetes Abenteuergefühl, das nicht alle Sandbox-Spiele erreichen.
Charmant und niedlich,ist ein zugängliches Rollenspiel, das langsam seine vielen Ebenen enthüllt, je mehr Sie bauen und erkunden.
Wie Doom war The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim auf mehreren Plattformen verfügbar. Das macht Sinn, wie es schon seit acht Jahren ist. Keiner von ihnen war jedoch eine tragbare Konsole, und das ist hier der Unterschied. There’s something about playing old games again on a handheld system that feels much more new than say, making the jump from playing Skyrim on an Xbox 360 to playing it on Xbox One.
Revisiting the lush open world of Tamriel in handheld mode feels surreal. A few years ago, the thought of a game as large as Skyrim in the palms of our hands seemed impossible. And even if it were possible, surely it wouldn’t run well.looks and plays the part of the brilliant RPG that many have sunk hundreds of hours into already. Now you can take it with you wherever you go.
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Diablo 3 is the gift that keeps on giving seven years after its original launch. On Switch, the dungeon crawler is as addictive as ever and includes the full stable of Diablo 3 content, including Reaper of Souls and the Necromancer character DLC. Diablo 3 excels in handheld mode, playing as if it was designed with the Switch in mind.
For the first time, you can jump straight into the endless Adventure mode to scour for loot without having to run through the campaign. It supports offline gameplay for everything but the online-only Seasons content. The one downside ofon Switch is that it doesn’t support Battle.net, so you can’t transfer your characters from other versions of the game. Starting from scratch, however, isn’t so bad in a game as consistently rewarding as Diablo 3.
Undertale is not what it seems. The heralded and emotional indie looks like an old school JRPG with blocky visuals, minimalist character models, and a rudimentary combat system. Then you start talking to the monsters in the world, and everything changes. You begin to see the strange underworld you’re trapped in a bit differently, and you begin to wonder what Undertale is all about.
The beauty ofis in its writing. Often funny with undertones of solemn sadness, the conversations you have with the monsters around you will stick with you. As with other indie games on this list, Undertale‘s top-down look makes it a perfect game to play in handheld mode on Switch.
The Nintendo Switch got the Pokémon: Let’s Go games in 2018, which remade Pokémon Yellow in a modern engine and with streamlined gameplay that would be familiar to Pokémon Go players. It wasn’t a full-fledged role-playing game, however, and it would be another year before Game Freak deliver that in the form of Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Bothand include hundreds of monsters, gorgeous environments, the new Dynamax transformation type, and plenty of options for playing with your friends. It’s also the first mainline Pokémon role-playing game to release only for a home console and looks just as gorgeous on a television as it does in handheld mode.
With Dungeons & Dragons suddenly feeling more popular than ever before, having a solid RPG in your pocket for long commutes and lazy days on the sofa is pure bliss. Technically a couple of years old now, 2019 saw Larian Studio’s utterly humongous role-playing game leap to the small screen. The power of the Nintendo Switch doesn’t leave it looking quite so beautiful as the other platforms you’ll find this game on, but you’ll be spinning its tall tales all the same.
At its core,is a vast and varied RPG. Just as you’re free to play as one of its many preset characters in the main story, you’re free to make your own if you’re OK missing out on some of the character-specific fables the developers wove deep into the lore. That means current or past tabletop RPG original characters can come for the ride, or you can make something entirely new for the journey. Once you’re off, you’re free to explore its deep world of rich, overarching lore, recruit new characters, and utilize their skills in turn-based tactical battles along the way.
The original Wii U version of Mario Kart 8 is one of the best games in the entire series, with inventive, gravity-defying courses, beautiful graphics, and a surprisingly competent online multiplayer mode. The game also launched with a Battle mode that did away with open-ended maps in favor of more race-oriented ones, rendering the style significantly less fun than it was in games like Mario Kart 64.
brings with it not only a revamped Battle mode but also every single character and map released as downloadable content — for the Wii U version. A few new characters, like the Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon, also join the fun this time around. In addition to using the Joy-Con Grip and Switch Pro Controller to race, each player can also use one Joy-Con, and up to eight Switch owners can connect their systems for a local multiplayer party, even if they’re on the go.
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It’s amazing that Cadence of Hyrule even exists. Indie studio Brace Yourself Games somehow convinced Nintendo to let it use The Legend of Zelda license. The result is a novel adventure inside the Kingdom of Hyrule that blends the rhythm gameplay from Crypt of the NecroDancer with the tried-and-true exploration of The Legend of Zelda.
Playing as either Link or Zelda, you have to bounce to the rhythm of remixed Zelda songs to vanquish enemies across the overworld and in five unique dungeons. Cadence of Hyrule uses roguelike elements such as enemy randomization and the loss of particular items and rupees after each death. But it still retains the magical feeling of gradually building your character by letting your hero keep their essential things and map progress with each demise.
Challenging and incredibly rewarding,is both an ode to top-down Zelda classics and a refreshing spin on one of the most iconic franchises of all time.
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No one could’ve predicted Rocket League‘s runaway success. After all, its premise — soccer with cars — seemed like an odd experiment that would be cool to try out, but would likely fizzle shortly thereafter. Instead, Rocket League became an instant success when it launched in 2015. It has remained popular ever since, and the Switch version offers perhaps the greatest asset of all: Portability.
Though you need to be connected to Wi-Fi to experiencehow it’s meant to be played, with broadband access popping up on transits, in businesses, and elsewhere, it’s not so much of a problem to find a place to get an exciting match in on Switch. Couple that with the fact that Switch users are playing with both Xbox One and PC user bases, and you’re unlikely ever to have a hard time finding a game. Plus, the Switch version has Nintendo-themed vehicles and decorations. Pretty cool, right?