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Best Horror Games on Nintendo Switch May

If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner and love horror games, you’re in for a treat. Though not as big a list as those on consoles like PlayStation and Xbox, there are a good number of fun horror games on Nintendo Switch for you to check out too. So, stay tuned, while we uncover the best horror games on Nintendo Switch in May 2023 that are worth your time.

5. Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

I imagine that if my parents or a close relative were an astronaut, I would be overjoyed to see them launch into space. However, if days, weeks, or months passed without them making contact, I would begin to have all sorts of crazy thoughts. 

In the case of Ellen Ripley, she promised her daughter to return to her by her 11th birthday. But, Ellen Ripley never made it back to Earth. Stuck in deep space, Ripley must find ways to survive in a place crawling with a constant sense of dread. Meanwhile, mortal danger lurks behind every corner.

Alien: Isolation combines exploration, action, horror, and resource management to create a stunning cinematic adaptation of its terrifying Alien source material. It follows in the footsteps of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien and depicts an atmospheric adventure that is one of the most unforgettable experiences in gaming. You didn't come here expecting to go to war. So it's up to you to master your wits and bravery in order to survive. 

4. Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight | Nintendo Switch Trailer

Asymmetric gameplay has recently powered through the ranks to become one of the most popular horror experiences of today. And Dead by Daylight is by far the best asymmetrical horror game to date. This is a 1v4 multiplayer game where players choose either the “Killer” or “Survivors” side. The survivors work toward evading the killer for as long as they can. They only have to remain alive until the crack of dawn.

But the killer role is a savage one. It can be a gruesome role that is at times unstoppable, even against an exceedingly large number of opponents. A killer can take on the role of a variety of fun, iconic killers, including a deadly slasher and one with terrifying, paranormal abilities. When you settle on one, the cat-and-mouse hunt kicks off.

Survivors don’t always have to work together. Although two (or more) heads are often better than one. The more successful you are, the higher you climb up the ranks. So, as the fog looms over the chilling surroundings, lurking with danger, it’ll come down to who can outwit the most players and take the crown home.

3. Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 - Overview Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Luigi’s Mansion has stood the test of time, thanks to a constant uphold of spooky, gooey vibes. In Luigi’s Mansion 3, players take on the role of Luigi, who is invited to the Last Resort hotel. Things quickly go downhill when Mario and his friends go missing. 

It turns out that the Last Resort Hotel isn’t the dream vacation you had hoped for. Ghosts and ghouls lurk in the corners. It’s Ghostbusters! Soon, it becomes clear that this is a haunted place. And so, it comes down to Luigi to master all bravery and embark on a dreadful mission to save his friends.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a fun and exciting adventure. It’s officially not a horror game, however, the series is no doubt a spooky one. Players are kept busy with puzzles, bosses, and gems to collect. Then, when they least expect it, they run into a “boo” location with clever design; you won’t see it coming.

2. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Core Collection

Five Nights at Freddy's - Nintendo Switch Trailer

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Core Collection is jam-packed with two years’ worth of the series. Precisely, the first five main entries in the series, so FNAF 1, 2, 3, 4, and Sister Location. It’s a boatload of content that allows you to relive the best moments of the FNAF universe.

All five games are included separately. Plus, they’re all perfectly playable and all remain an enjoyable, spooky experience. All you have to do is survive the night. By day, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza is a place where people go to see their fantasies come alive. By night, the halls of the pizzeria are a dangerous place to be. 

Dreadful animations and murderous machines come alive at night. Accidents, dismemberment, and even death unleash themselves on unsuspecting folk. All it takes is one jump scare to trigger “game over.” It's difficult enough to get through one night. What about two, three, four…five? 

The jump scares are legitimately brutal and the overall gameplay constantly delivers chilling gameplay. All of the colorful, but deadly characters of the Fazbear family are present here, including Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and Freddy Fazbear himself. Survive through all five nights, and you can survive anything else.

1. Observer

Observer - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Perhaps you prefer psychological horror to adventure? Then you might want to check out Observer, a cyberpunk, horror game from Bloober Team. Observer is a surreal experience that brings you along on the journey of exploring the thoughts and feelings of others.

Set in a world filled with plagues and wars, Daniel Lazarski, the new front line of the neural police, must hack into the jagged minds of others to solve a murder case and arrest its elusive killer. By doing so, he subjects himself to the fears and horrors of others. In turn, the terrifying revelations that he uncovers force him to meet face-to-face with the ghosts of his past. 

Observer is a unique title in the horror genre that doesn’t rely on jump scares. Instead, it creates surreal, humane experiences you have no choice but to relive. Each story is engaging yet haunting. From start to finish, you feel immersed in the moment-to-moment gameplay. Thanks to the dystopian setting, some of the moments feel grimy and hopeless enough to scare the living crap out of you yet still feel genuinely true.

So, what’s your take? Do you agree with our list of the best horror games on Nintendo Switch in May 2023? Are there more horror games on the Nintendo Switch we should know about? Do let us know over on our socials here.

Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.