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5 Best Nintendo Switch Games, According to Metacritic



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The Nintendo Switch is a console that has quickly accumulated critically acclaimed titles since its release in 2017. While ranging in their scope and scale these titles have been proven to shine above the rest. This is reflected in the critic and user scores on Metacritic. Whether it is through their solid gameplay mechanics or a stellar presentation as a whole that sets them apart. The titles listed below stand as a testament to what the Nintendo Switch is capable of. Here is a list of the 5 best Nintendo Switch games.


5. Tetris Effect: Connected

Tetris Effect: Connected is a revamped and revitalized reimagining of the classic puzzle game. Featuring more multiplayer options for players looking for more perplexing puzzles to enjoy with friends, or simply to achieve puzzling perfection. Introducing new gameplay mechanics such as Zones which change up the classic Tetris gameplay by adding another element for players to control with their blocks. A game that is certainly not lacking in content. Tetris Effect: Connected has a total of twenty-seven base levels within the Journey mode of the game.

Each stage differs in difficulty and theme ranging from beginner stages to expert stages with a myriad of  stage designs in-between ranging from Zen gardens to a Downtown Jazz themed nightscape. The game also features Special Stages that are unlocked by default adding to the variety within the game. Also featured within the game is Boss Attack mode in which players work together to defeat various bosses. It should also be noted that the game is responsive to the music that is being played in the background this coupled with the change in visuals adapting to the player makes for a more engaging experience. Altogether Tetris Effect: Connected serves to bring new life to a time-honored classic.


4. Portal Companion Collection

Portal Companion Collection is a Collection of Portal and Portal 2. Containing both of the games that made the Portal series a classic amongst puzzle game fans, as well as those who enjoy sarcastic dialogue. The Companion Collection also includes bonus levels that were featured in a Xbox 360 version of Portal. These thankfully have been ported over to the Nintendo Switch as well. Whether it is the complex physics based puzzles or the ability to join in on the fun with a friend in Portal 2 the Portal Companion Collection only serves to show how solid the Portal series is.

Accompanying the stellar gameplay and famous humor however, is an ability that is unique to the Nintendo Switch version of these games. Motion control has been a staple of Nintendo platforms since the Wii and now players who choose to have a more interactive experience with the game are able to do so through the use of motion controls. Now players can experience the satirical and sarcastic dialogues with GLaDOS on the go as well as with friends. The portability of the Nintendo Switch is also a perfect marriage of game design and convenience. As players can tackle the levels of this unforgettable collection whenever they choose.


3. The House of Fata Morgana

The House of Fata Morgana is a critically acclaimed psychological horror visual novel. Created by Novectacle in 2012 the game was eventually ported and translated internationally by MangaGamer in 2016. Before receiving a Nintendo Switch iteration of the game in 2021. The game upon its inception strived to not only offer an experience familiar to those within the visual novel genre. Seeking to tell a more universal story, with a significant amount of development time being spent on the story and how the narrative is portrayed, the passion that went into this game is evident.

In fact, the story within this visual novel received its own manga spanning from 2015 to 2017. This serves as a testament to the strength of the character writing within the game. The superb writing within the game is also accompanied by a sensational soundtrack featuring a number of Japanese artists and composers. With a port to the Nintendo Switch players are now able to enjoy this highly lauded title on their own time and at their own pace.


2. Super Mario Odyssey

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Super Mario Odyssey proves that even a staple series can reinvent itself when enough time, effort and creativity are put into the endeavor. Released in October of 2017 Super Mario Odyssey succeeds in breathing new life into the Mario franchise. Choosing to forego a more straightforward experience the developers chose instead to look to more open-world entries of the past. Featuring a technically new character to the Mario franchise, Cappy a hat that is able to possess other objects and characters in the world.

Level design surely shines in this title. Improving on more open-world design philosophies such as in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. The possession mechanic also allows for many ways to approach a problem or reach otherwise unreachable places. Players who seek to be complete this title will also be glad to know that there are many collectibles to be found and secrets to uncover. Odyssey also succeeds in merging 2D levels into the 3D space making for a fresh take on classic levels. Rightfully touted as one of the greatest games ever created, the Nintendo Switch is certainly bolstered by this entry's existence.


1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

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What can be said of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild that hasn't already been said? It's point blank one of the best Nintendo Switch games ever released. Praised for its open world reimagining of a Zelda game that allows the game to be completed right from the beginning.  player choice is important. It is the adventure that exists within the heart of the game that sets it apart. Released March 3rd, 2017  for the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch. Breath of the Wild took the gaming world by storm.

The passage of time only serves to show how influential and genre-defining the game is. If you are looking for a harder Zelda experience complete with breaking weapons then this is a game you don't want to miss.

So, do you think that these are the Best Nintendo Switch Games? Do you agree with our top five picks? Are there any games we should know about? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.  

Jessica is a resident otaku and Genshin-obsessed writer. Jess is an industry veteran who takes pride in working with JRPG and indie developers. Along with gaming, you can find them collecting anime figures and having too much faith in Isekai anime.