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10 Best Platformers on Nintendo Switch (2024)

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The Nintendo Switch is a console, which for many players, has become a haven for stellar platformers. This console has shone a light on the fun factor and innovative nature of the genre itself. In doing so, there have been plenty of wonderful titles to choose from. Each has its own fresh take on the genre, which often pulls from inspiration from the past. This makes platformers one of the best genres to get into for fans of old-school game design, with a modern sense of flair and polish. That said, here are the 10 Best Platformers on Nintendo Switch

10. Kaze and the Wild Masks

Kaze and the Wild Masks - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

We begin today's list of the best platformers on Nintendo Switch with Kaze and the Wild Masks. Despite not having the name recognition of many other titles on this list, the gameplay here is phenomenal. The game notably pulls inspiration from platforming classics from the 90s, an inspiration that can be felt through each moment of gameplay. The visual style is also heavily influenced by this time period, making it a great recommendation for those who wish to indulge in nostalgia or discover this style of game for themselves. In short, Kaze and the Wild Masks is fantastic fun for anyone to enjoy.

9. Cuphead

CUPHEAD Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer

Next on our list is Cuphead. One of the strongest aspects of this game is undoubtedly its aesthetic. Pulling inspiration from classic cartoons of the early 20th century, this title is sure to stand out. Everything from the level design to the character and boss designs all pay homage to this. Couple this with the outstanding soundtrack and impeccable platforming gameplay, and you have a magnificent platformer on your hands. So, if you are up for a challenge, and are looking for one of the best platformers on Switch to provide it, check out Cuphead.

8. Mega Man 11

Mega Man 11 - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

The Mega Man franchise is one that has long stood as one of the most beloved in platforming history. Whether it be through the game's boss design or stellar platforming prowess, Mega Man 11 certainly doesn't disappoint. Whether you are a long-time fan or someone jumping into the franchise for the first time, this game is spectacular. Aiding the sense of polish within this title is a fresh coat of paint. This new visual style pays great homage to games of yesteryear with an improved sense of graphical fidelity. All around, Mega Man 11 is a must-play for those platforming fans out there.

7. Celeste

Celeste – Nintendo Switch Trailer

We are taking a turn with our next entry. Here, we have Celeste. In terms of the sheer amount of content that this game provides, there is quite a lot to speak about. Whether players enjoy this game for its narrative depth or the challenge it provides, there is plenty to love here. Players must traverse through difficult challenges that have been crafted in order to make them as fun and rewarding as possible. Couple this with the game's touching narrative, and you have one of the most profound and fun platformers on the market.

6. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Our next entry is Ori and the Will of the Wisps. With its predecessor being a stellar example of phenomenal art design and direction, needless to say, this title had large shoes to fill. With Ori and the Will of the Wisps, players can expect not only magnificent platforming gameplay but also a touching story. This story is at the heart of what makes this sittleso unforgettable. This is also aided by the game's beautiful hand-painted art and sentimental soundtrack. All in all, if you are looking to play one of the best platformers on Nintendo Switch, give this one a try.

5. Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends Definitive Edition Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

We are continuing right along with our list with our next entry. Here, we have Rayman Legends. The Rayman franchise is one that has become one of the most beloved in platforming history. Whether it be through its unique character designs or outstanding level design, Rayman Legends is marvelous fun. Players can team up alongside their friends in this title as well, only adding to an already great experience. To close, if you are searching for one of the best platformers on Nintendo Switch, check out Rayman Legends.

4. A Hat In Time

A Hat in Time - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

We are staying somewhat in the same vein for our next entry. Here, we have A Hat In Time. This lovable indie platformer manages to carry with it the DNA of many past platformers while maintaining a modern polish. A Hat In Time is, in many ways, a love letter to fans of the genre. Players who grew up with games such as Super Mario 64 and the like will no doubt enjoy this title wholeheartedly. With a fantastic sense of style, A Hat In Time manages to both innovate and remind us what's so great about the platforming genre.

3. Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 - Overview Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Our next entry is undoubtedly our most massive in terms of content. Here, we have Super Mario Maker 2. For fans of the long-running Super Mario franchise, this title is a great recommendation. Players can not only craft their own levels for players to enjoy but also play through a fantastic story mode as well. This ensures that no matter which way you choose to play, there is something here for each player to take delight in. In closing, Super Mario Maker 2 is a fantastic example of what the best platformers on Nintendo Switch have to offer.

2. Yoshi's Crafted World

Yoshi's Crafted World - Launch trailer (Nintendo Switch)

For fans of the long-running Yoshi franchise, Yoshi's Crafted World is a great title to enjoy. The adorable art style of this game is not the only thing it has going for it. Yoshi's Crafted World also has stellar platforming gameplay for players to partake in. For fans of collect-a-thon games, this title is a great title to jump into as well. Whether you are someone who is familiar with the titles in the Yoshi franchise or not, this game is magnificent. Additionially, you can bring a friend along for the journey thanks to the game's cooperative play. Simply put, Yoshi's Crafted World is one of the best platforming games on Nintendo Switch.

1. Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Super Mario Bros. Wonder - Official Launch Trailer

Now comes the time for our final entry. Here, we have Super Mario Bros. Wonder. This is a game that not only takes with it the lessons learned through past games but improves upon them greatly. In the game, players are able to have both a great effect on their environment, as well as their character through the use of Wonder Flowers. This mechanic not only manages to vary the already impeccable gameplay of Super Mario but does so in a way that feels innovative and new. So, if you are wondering about one of the best platforming games on Nintendo Switch, this title should certainly be up your alley.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 10 Best Platformers on Nintendo Switch? What are some of your favorite Platformers? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

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.