Best Nintendo Switch games for 2024

Best Nintendo Switch games
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The Nintendo Switch continues to be one of the most popular consoles around. The hybrid system is now more than seven years old (with a successor on the way), and is in the final stages of its lifecycle. But that doesn’t make the best Switch games any less compelling. 

Over the years, the Nintendo Switch has built one of the strongest libraries in gaming, with dozens of epic exclusives and loads of excellent cross-platform ports - that can all be played at home or on the go. The best Nintendo Switch games run the gamut from open-world wonders like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom to inventive side-scrollers like Super Mario Bros. Wonder. And those are just two of the must-play titles on Switch, there's plenty more that you'll want in your collection. 

The Nintendo Switch’s library is also amongst the deepest in gaming, with experiences that suit every taste imaginable. With so many excellent Nintendo Switch games to choose from, we’re breaking down the best Nintendo Switch games you can play right now...

The best Nintendo Switch games

How to choose the Nintendo Switch game

When trying to choose the best Nintendo Switch game for you, the best place to start is to consider which genre do you want to play. Some games can be categorized as more than one genre, but looking at the type of game will give you a surface-level understanding of what the game is about and how you'll spend your time with it. 

Another great reference point is to look up reviews so you can see what critics and other players make of a particular Switch. You'll find links to our reviews above. You should also look to see if any of the games you're considering have a free demo. These let you get a taste of a game before committing your cash to a purchase. 

You should also consider how much time you want to spend with a game before buying. Do you want a shorter story-driven game you can play in a few evenings or a meaty RPG that you can play practically non-stop for weeks on end? If you want the best value around, some multiplayer games offer almost infinite repayable as you can spend hundreds of hours mastering them and still have fresh tactics to learn. 

Consider all these factors when selecting from our list of the best Nintendo Switch games, and you're almost guaranteed to land on something you really enjoy. 

What are the best Nintendo Switch games?

If you're on this list of the best Nintendo Switch games purely to find out the best options, then we'll save you some time. Our top picks consist of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Metroid Dread and Super Mario Odyssey. These are all quite different in style, ranging from an enormous 100+ hour RPG to a dense and tightly-packed action-adventure to 2D side-scrolling platformer, but they're likely to provide you hours and hours of top-quality entertainment.

There are other big Nintendo titles high up the list if you're into multiplayer games. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate offers the series' biggest roster yet of playable iconic characters from Nintendo franchises and beyond. Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains the definitive kart-racing game that the whole family can enjoy together. 

For gamers looking for something beyond the typical Nintendo fare, the Switch has a surprisingly wide library of games meant for a more mature audience. The colossal The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition brings the grim and gripping RPG onto a portable console for the first time, Alien Isolation is a sweat-inducing horror that tasks you to survive against the perfect predator and Dark Souls Remastered is a brutally difficult game, but offers some of the most satisfying moments in gaming.

Rory Mellon
Entertainment Editor (UK)

Rory is an Entertainment Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on gaming and streaming. When he’s not reviewing the latest games, searching for hidden gems on Netflix, or writing hot takes on new gaming hardware, TV shows and movies, he can be found attending music festivals and getting far too emotionally invested in his favorite football team.