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Best Platformers on Nintendo Switch (April 2023)



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The Nintendo Switch as a console allows players who all ages to enjoy various games of different types. Among these types of games, there are platformers. As their name would imply, these games often test the player's ability to jump and land, and maneuver through game worlds. This often gives the games a rather tense action feel, but they can also be rather relaxing at times. So if you like us, enjoy platformers, enjoy our list of the Best Platformers on Nintendo Switch (April 2023).

5. Shovel Knight

We begin today by starting our list off with an incredible title. Shovel Knight is an insanely component platformer. One that will ensure that players will be playing through its levels for quite some time. Players have been clamoring about this game since its inception, and for good reason, too, as the game's gameplay is incredibly solid and tests the player throughout their playtime. This is great and creates a real sense of progression and forward motion throughout the game.

The game has even gone on to have several DLCs, which are of exceedingly high quality. This is not only a testament to how solid the baser game is but also to the adaptability of the game's formula. The story elements in the game are also a welcome addition as they allow the player to connect better with the world and its characters. So if you are in the market for fantastic platformers for the Nintendo Switch, make sure you consider Shovel Knight, as it is a stellar choice to add to your game library.

4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby and the Forgotten Land seems to take quite a few cues from Super Mario Odyssey. This is in no way a bad thing, however, as the game manages to revitalize classic Kirby gameplay in a fresh new way. First of all, the art direction in the game is top-notch and serves to bring the world of the Kirby universe to life. This makes for an incredibly vibrant gaming experience as you go through the game's platforming levels. Along the way, players will be challenged in a number of ways, but not in any way that is overly difficult.

Firstly, this makes for great use of balance within the game's formula and invites players to play longer. In addition, the game is also the first fully 3D Kirby game, which makes it stand out among its predecessors. Players will go through various levels and platform their way into saving various Waddle-Dees in order to beat the game. So if you are currently looking for a platformer for the Nintendo Switch that is sure to entertain, definitely pick up Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

3. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Crash Bandicoot, as a franchise, has been absolutely huge and iconic for PlayStation fans. However, today we are here to talk about Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a collection of the first three Crash Bandicoot games that are now available for the Nintendo Switch. Adding these games to the console will introduce Crash and various others characters from the franchise to a whole new generation. 

In this game, players will quickly learn to platform their way to success. This is much easier said than done, however. This fact is in part due to the difficulty of the game's later levels. In fact, there is one level in the game that is infamously difficult called The High Road. This sees players trying to make their way across a rickety bridge with breaking platforms. This is a platformer that truly tests your mettle in the genre. So if you are looking for a challenge, definitely check out one of the best platformers on Nintendo Switch.

2. It Takes Two

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It Takes Two is a charmingly unique game. This game allows players to engage in a number of different gameplay styles, all while maintaining a cohesive narrative. The game begins with the player characters in an argument. However, through the power of some magic, the player characters are turned into dolls. In order to figure out how to transform back, players will have to complete beautifully designed levels that pull from a variety of inspirations.

This makes the game incredibly charming. And once you add on the fact that the game has stellar cooperative gameplay. Then you have a great title on your hands. Along the way, players will learn a ton about themselves and relationships in general as they try and mend a marriage. The platforming elements in this game are top-notch and some of the best in the industry. So if you enjoy platformers or are simply looking for a phenomenal Nintendo Switch game, then It Takes Two certainly fits the bill.

1. Super Mario Odyssey

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Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch. This title takes the classic Mario formula and improves upon it greatly. There is a multitude of game mechanics that go into his title, which serves to make it a special experience. For example, the possession mechanics within the game is absolutely genius. For those who don't know, the possession mechanic allows the player to take control of certain objects and enemies within the world. This goes a long way in helping players solve puzzles and make their way around the world.

While there are different elements to the game, the game is still primarily a platformer at its core. This is where the challenge of the game comes in. Players will have to execute their jumps flawlessly to keep from falling to their doom. On top of this, the game features boss fights that are memorable and come with their own unique soundtracks that are sure to stick with players. All in all, Super Mario Odyssey is not only one of the best platformers available for the Nintendo Switch but one of the best games available for the console as well. So if you haven't done so already, definitely give this title a try. You most certainly won't regret it.

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Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.