When the Nintendo Switch first launched, it didn't bring that many games along for the ride. That's all changed in the last year. Thanks to extensive third-party support, an infusion of unorthodox indie games and a slew of Wii U re-releases from Nintendo, the Switch has dozens of quality titles to enjoy, with even more on the way.
Read on to find out what's on the horizon for Nintendo's hybrid handheld system, from remastered favorites, to indie darlings, to ambitious new entries in classic series.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze came out a few years ago on the Wii U. Players generally loved it — if they could tolerate the incredibly high difficulty curve. As a throwback to classic SNES Donkey Kong Country games, Tropical Freeze didn't pull any punches, which left a lot of players, especially younger ones, struggling to complete the lengthy campaign.The Switch version of the game will address this problem in Funky Kong Mode. By taking control of Donkey Kong's stylish cousin, players can hover in the air and stay underwater indefinitely, for a much more streamlined experience.
In this Dynasty Warriors-inspired adventure, you'll take control of Link, Zelda, Ganon and other Legend of Zelda mainstays as you lead your forces against enemy armies on huge, ever-changing battlefields. There's even a little light puzzle solving, although the primary focus is on slashing and bashing your way through a cavalcade of foes.
Hyrule Warriors made an agreeable debut on the Wii U, and had a somewhat less successful 3DS port. The game's Definitive Edition on the Switch will combine the best aspects of both existing titles, while adding some much-coveted content from Breath of the Wild.
Dark Souls has taken players through the crumbling castles of Lordran, the eerie forests of Drangleic, and the desolate parapets of Lothric. But Dark Souls: Remastered on the Switch will let them go to even more unconventional places: the bus, the train and even the airplane. Whether you've already mastered Dark Souls as every single class, or you're just preparing to die for the first time, the Nintendo Switch port will let you take the whole game with you, wherever you go. It's like the Dark Souls of creepy, challenging action/RPGs.
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A portable Street Fighter game is a great thing; 12 portable Street Fighter games is another level entirely. The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection includes just about every variation of Street Fighter, Street Fighter II and Street Fighter III, complete with the ability to take on opponents either locally or online. Whether you want to challenge random people at the bar, or hone your skills with equally hard-core puglists on the internet, this game will give you lots of opportunities to do so. There's also a museum mode, in case you want to take a deep dive into series lore. (And there is plenty of lore.)
Lumines is a positively entrancing puzzle game that never really developed the kind of audience it deserved when it debuted on Sony's PSP. Lumines Remastered will give the series a new lease on life, with releases for the PC and every major console, including the Nintendo Switch.
The premise is deceptively simple: Drop blocks on top of one another to make patterns, all while listening to trance-inducing techno music that plays faster and faster in time with the frequency of the blocks. The Switch version also lets you hook up additional Joy-Cons to vibrate under your knees for extra immersion.
The Switch has already gotten its first big Mario adventure in Super Mario Odyssey. Now, it's time for the Mario Brothers and their friends (and enemies) to unwind and play some team sports. In Mario Tennis Aces, you'll be able to trade volleys with familiar characters like Mario, Luigi, Peach and Donkey Kong. More interestingly, though, you'll be able to advance through a whole story campaign, complete with boss battles and special arenas. Being able to take the Switch with you means you'll be able to engage in multiplayer matches just about anywhere.
Yet another Nintendo original that didn't get its due on the Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle/adventure game that stars everyone's favorite Mushroom Kingdom adviser. Toad (later joined by Toadette) works his way through a series of challenging levels, collecting valuable trinkets while he manipulates the environment to get from the entrance to the exit. There's a little light combat, but the real joy of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is exercising your brain to traverse the creative terrain.