Since Nintendo launched the Switch some 2 years ago, the console has helped revitalize the console gaming industry. Nintendo’s current console, the Switch, has had its ups and downs, but it has been a resounding success for the company and consumers. Switch—a new console from Nintendo and a new generation of videogames. The Switch is a bit of a strange beast. It’s not a new iteration of the hardware, but it’s not a console that’s trying to be, either. Its ambitions are in the right place, though, and the result is a console that feels like a real hybrid in the way it plays. So here are the Top 10 Switch Exclusives.
- The Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle takes the best parts of the Mario & Luigi series and the best aspects of the Pokemon series. Those familiar with the Switch may already know that it is the first real AAA Nintendo game for the console, so you will be in for a treat.
- The Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi is one of Nintendo’s most iconic characters. Since his debut in the original Luigi’s Mansion in 2001, he has appeared in more than a dozen games over the years, including spin-offs and re-releases. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, released in 2013, was a critical and commercial success — it was nominated for various Game of the Year awards, and the game’s original developer, Next Level Games, was acquired by Nintendo shortly after its launch.
- The Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (or Xenoblade 2) is a game that was just released on April 27th, 2017. The game was originally released for the Wii U in 2015, but a version for the Nintendo Switch was released last year. The game is set in the universe of the Xenoblade Chronicles game series, which first launched on the Wii back in 2010. In this game, Rex, the main character, is accompanied by a female character, Pyra. Rex is a swordsman, and Pyra is a gun blaster. The game itself is essentially a hack n’ slash RPG with a strong focus on battling and large-scale combat.
- The Pokémon Sword and Shield
The Pokémon Sword and Shield are the upcoming console exclusive games for Switch, and depending on what you’ve played in the past, you can get a good idea of what the games will be like. If you’re a fan of the Pokémon Sun and Moon games and their versions of the Kanto and Alola regions, then you’ll probably enjoy the Sword and Shield. However, if you dislike the games for their reliance on trading and “HM” (Hidden Machines) to get you through the story, then you probably won’t like this.
- The Ring Fit Adventure
Ring Fit Adventure is a fitness game that allows you to take on the role of a fitness trainer and run through world-sized obstacle courses as you lose weight. The premise is simple: the game uses electro-conductive rings to track calories burned and progress made through levels.
- The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nintendo brought Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to the Nintendo Switch, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best games the platform has seen yet. You can play by yourself or with friends, and the game features a roster of 75 characters and several amiibo figures that can be used to unlock content and give you more costumes. Nintendo has also released some cool new additions, such as the ability to use Miis as your fighters, and it’s worth checking out.
- The Super Mario Odyssey
If you’ve not played “Super Mario Odyssey” yet, then you’re missing out on an insanely fun action game. In the game, Mario is on an adventure to discover the source of a mysterious power that has appeared throughout the Mushroom Kingdom and is causing all sorts of mischief.
- The Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (aka Fire Emblem: Hoshido) is a tactical role-playing game for the Nintendo Switch that was released on February 1st, 2018. The game is a sequel to Fire Emblem if and Fire Emblem Warriors and is the first title in the Fire Emblem: Hoshido series.
- The Splatoon 2
Splatoon 2 is Nintendo’s latest entry into the Splatoon series, the first of which was released in 2015. The first Splatoon game had players take control of a superhero known as a splatting inkling. The game’s story revolves around a group of heroes and villains called the Inklings, who can use their ink to transform into humanoid squid creatures called Inklings.
- The Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the first Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch, and it already feels like a classic to those who weren’t around for the original N64 release. The game has introduced several new features, from a tom-boyish fox to a new island that encourages you to get creative with your home decorating. However, the new features aren’t the only way the game differs from the original. In addition to a new light novel and manga, the game features a new mode for synchronizing with real-life friends.