The $299 Nintendo Switch is steadily amassing a great library of games that you can play both on your TV and on the go. You can get completely lost in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, have some multiplayer fun with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Arms, or explore awesome third-party games like Shovel Knight and Minecraft.
But that's just the start. There are already a ton of promising games slated to launch later 2017, including big sequels such as Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey as well as major third party hits like Skyrim and FIFA. If you just picked up a Switch or plan on getting one soon, here are the biggest games available now and beyond.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the Switch's marquee launch game, and boy does it deliver. The latest Zelda game sets you loose in a massive, gorgeous open world, where you can battle through dungeons, solve puzzles, paraglide around the skies or simply cook some food. Link's latest adventure is already one of the best-reviewed games of all time, thanks to its thrilling sense of freedom, gorgeous art style and diverse gameplay.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the rare re-release worth buying again, packing in all of the downloadable content from the Wii U version while introducing new characters and a revamped battle mode that's true to the series' roots. Nintendo's gorgeous racer is an even better fit on the travel-friendly Switch, and plays great on both on a TV and in handheld mode.
If you're looking for a fun, retro-style platformer to play on launch day, Shovel Knight will scratch that itch and then some. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is an all-new standalone chapter of the beloved indie game and is launching first on Nintendo's new console. If you're new to the series, you can pick up Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which includes the original game and all of its add-ons (including Specter of Torment) in a single package.
Don't let its motion controls and colorful characters fool you -- Arms is a serious fighting game. While there's plenty of fun to be had flailing your arms around in this wacky brawler, it'll take some real dedication to mastering the game's interchangeable weapons and balletic mix of punching, dodging and throwing.
Arms' varied game modes range from all-out brawls to "literally dunk your opponent in a basketball hoop," and it plays great with both motion-based and standard controls. It doesn't hurt that the game is gorgeous, with a vibrant, zany art style that feels reminiscent of Splatoon.
Ultra Street Fighter 2 is a great remake of the most iconic fighting game out there, featuring refreshed HD graphics and two new characters to master: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. This classic brawler feels just as good today as it did 20 years ago, and packs a whole bunch of bonus features including 2-on-1 co-op fights and a special first-person mode that lets you hurl fireballs at the screen using the Joy-Cons. Perhaps more importantly, Ultra Street Fighter 2 lets you instantly challenge your friends anywhere you are.
Snipperclips is an addicting cooperative puzzle game that tasks you and a friend with cutting each other's characters into unique shapes to solve increasingly difficult challenges. This $20 eShop-exclusive also allows to you play solo, or compete with up to three friends in the fast-paced Blitz mode. If you're looking for a fun couch co-op game that works great with the Switch's two included Joy-Cons, Snipperclips should be on your list — there's even a free demo of it you can try right now on the eShop.
Who knew a game about controlling a snake named Noodle would be one of the Switch's surprise hits? Snake Pass is a physics-based puzzler that tasks you with using "snake physics" to slither around a host of colorful and charming levels filled with obstacles and collectibles. If you're looking for an off-kilter platformer to play during your commutes, this snakey adventure should fit the bill.
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