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Switch Recommendations?


Resident Cheap Arse
Depends on what types of games you enjoy

Personal recommendations:

BoTW is a big deal for a reason - fantastic game.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Absolutely fantastic Strategy RPG. Tons of content. Like they originally intented to have two or three separate games but then just decided to put them in one package.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - awesome RPG. This is a big one to play though though and it's primary flaw is that it takes ~30-40 hours for the full mechanics to open up. Well worth it IMO.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - Expansion for XBC2 that got it's own stand alone release.
Shin Megami Tensei V: Pokemon with demons.
Metroid Dread : Just hell yes. Awesome Metroid game and controls so damn well.
Mario Kart 8: If you haven't played it on Wii U it's a must have. Refined and perfected.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - A classsic remastered. Still an awesome game and the new graphical style is charming as hell.
Dragon Quest XI - Awesome and huge JRPG. Switch version is arguably the best version
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - A very chill experience. Escapism.
Monster Hunter Rise - Action RPG. Good stuff.
Octopath Traveller - Classic JRPG with 5 different characters embarking on their own stories. Charming and great art style.
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We ain't outta here in ten minutes, we won't need no rocket to fly through space
Obvious Nintendo recs are Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing

Essential Indies are Hades, Hollow Knight, Ori 1/2, Celeste, Shovel Knight, Dead Cells, Into the Breach


Gold Member
Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Hollow Knight
Shovel Knight
Stardew Valley
A Hat in Time
Yooka Laylee
Cadence of Hyrule
Links Awakening
Metroid Dread
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Bayonetta 2
Astral Chain
Monster Hunter Rise
Upcoming 2022 games
Bayonetta 3
Pokémon Arceus
Kirby Forgotten Land


Neo Member
Well a lot of the more well-known games have already been mentioned, so I though to recommend lesser-known ones, by publisher:

Nintendo - Good Job!, Part Time UFO, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Square Enix - SaGa: Scarlet Grace - Ambitions, Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!, Forgotton Anne

XSEED Games - Freedom Planet, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Playism - Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth, Kero Blaster, Gnosia

Chucklefish - Wargroove, Eastward, Timespinner

Bandai Namco Games - Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!, Doraemon: Story of Seasons, Mr. Driller: Drill Land

NIS America - R-Type Final 2, The Alliance Alive HD Remastered, The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince

Supergiant Games - Hades, Bastion, Transistor

DotEmu - Streets of Rage 4, Another World, Ys Origin

tinyBuild - The Final Station, Phantom Trigger, Mr. Shifty

DANGEN Entertainment - Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling, The TakeOver, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight

Devolver Digital - The Messenger, Katana ZERO, Enter the Gungeon

ININ Games - The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors, Cotton Reboot!, Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World

Shin'en - Art of Balance, The Touryst, Fast RMX

Nicalis - Cave Story +, Ittle Dew 2+, Tiny Barbarian DX

PQube - Nexomon: Extinction, Cat Quest, Aggelos

Team17 - Monster Sanctuary, Worms W.M.D, Overcooked!: Special Edition

Flyhigh Works - Implosion - Never Lose Hope, OPUS: The Day We Found Earth, Kamiko

Inti Creates - Blaster Master Zero, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Mighty Gunvolt Burst

Annapurna Interactive - Gorogoa, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Donut County

FDG Entertainment - Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

505 Games - Indivisible, ABZU, Portal Knights

Humble Games - Wandersong, Forager, Wizard of Legend

Rising Star Games - Deadly Premonition Origins, Lumo, SUPERBEAT: XONiC

Tomorrow Corporation - Little Inferno, Human Resource Machine, World of Goo


-Breath of the wild
-Mario Odyssey
-Pokémon Legends Arceus
-Metroid Dread
-Bloodstained ritual of the night
-Diablo III
-Diablo II resurrected
-Torchlight 2
-Doom Eternal
-Dying Light
-Bioshock Collection
-The Witcher 3
-Dragon's Dogma
-Alien Isolation
-Monster Hunter Rise
-Shin Megami Tensei V
-Ori & the blind forest
-Ori & the will of the wisps
And many many more.. :messenger_tears_of_joy:


Besides the obvious Nintendo first party heavy hitters, I think it's a perfect system for retro kind of stuff, Neogeo, Sega ages (both admittedly kinda expensive) or what Dotemu is doing these days, that is SoF4, Windjammers2 or the latest Ninja Turtles.

Also would totally recommend Golf Story and maybe take a look at The friends of Ringo Ishikawa.


- Zelda Botw & Link's Awakening
- Triangle Strategy
- Ring Fit Adventure
- Shin Megami Tensei V

It depends on your taste then.


Neo Member
slay the spire if you like rogue liked with card based gameplay. indies really shine on the switch.
the other one is lumines remastered if you like fast paced block games like tetris. not the same but in the same category.
as the others has said, botw, bayonetta 2, smt v, fire emblem three houses etc.
one last i reccomend is diablo 3. its perfect for the handheld experience.


I have more of Hamster's Arcade Archives and Sega Ages releases than I do Nintendo stuff. It doesn't help that I have a Wii U, and most of the "upgrades" are nominal. Don't sleep on a Flip Grip and M2's Shotriggers either.


Its a nintendo console, on mine i have lots of Mario, arceus and zelda, everything else i play on my ps5 or pc

Unlike previous Nintendo consoles, the Switch has a bunch of third-party games nonetheless. And it sells. CdProjekt wouldn't have bothered to make a port of The Witcher 3 otherwise.
There will even be No Man's Sky in the near future. No point? Well, playing NMS on a handheld appeals to me personally.


Gold Member
I have to OLED too OP and further to my original recommendations I’d say Spyro, Crash, Demon Turf, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Dark Souls and Skyrim.

Lokaum D+

Unlike previous Nintendo consoles, the Switch has a bunch of third-party games nonetheless. And it sells. CdProjekt wouldn't have bothered to make a port of The Witcher 3 otherwise.
There will even be No Man's Sky in the near future. No point? Well, playing NMS on a handheld appeals to me personally.
Geez, imagine playing witcher 3 on switch when the console can even handle Arceus in docked mode with a locked fps ( but runs smooth at portable ), i bought a switch just to play casual games like Marios and other indie games on the go, for third party AAA games i have my ps5, PC and Xcloud.


Jim Ryan Fanclub's #1 Member
I’ve decided to get a Switch OLED after Christmas, but I need any and all recommendations for games. The first 3 games I was thinking about buying are: Astral Chain, Metroid Dread, and Cruis’n Blast. What else should I get? Thank you so much for the help! 🙂
First of all, it was the best purchase ever...

Nintendo Switch is so cool, it's like the Golden Age console of the modern SNES.

Go by law the Zelda Breath of the wild.

It is such an impressive Reboot, which reminds me of the time when Zelda Ocarina of time came out, I love the physics of the game's objects and it surprises you with each section that you play it, I am currently playing it and I love it... (Of course that Gravity rush 1 and 2 are always in my heart) but without a doubt I love the sound effects and the gameplay of BOTW.

With BOTW Nintendo earned my respect again.


I know this is an older thread, but For the King is on sale for $7.50 on the eShop right now. I kniw the reviews are mixed, but it's been one of my favorite blind/sale purchases ever and easily my most played local multi Switch game. If you're looking for the midpoint between Mario Party and D&D for a small group of friends; this game is it.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2/Torna The Golden Country
Luigi Mansion 3
The House in Fata Morgana Dreams of the Revenants Edition
Steamworld Dig 2
Link's Awakening
Mario + Rabbids/Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong Adventure
Bravely Default II
Persona 5 Strikers
Resident Evil HD Remaster
Harmony of Dissonance
Shin Megami Tensei V
Dragon Quest 11 S Definitive Edition
Blue Reflections Second Light
Fire Emblem Three Houses
Mario Odyssey
Astral Chain
Trails of Mana
Disgaea 5 Complete
Grandia 2
Child of Light
Bloodstained Ritual of the Night
Star Ocean First Evolution R
To The Moon
Night In The Woods
Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Future Connected
The World Ends With You Final Remix
Toyko Mirage Session
Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition
Forgotten Anne
Bioshock Remastered
The Banner Saga
The Last Campfire
Dust A Elysium Tale
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Fire Emblem 3 houses
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Eastward or whatever its called
Pikmin 3
Mario X Rabbids
Zelda BOTW
Mario O


There are really too many recommendations when Op provides no direction ...

If I had to pick the games to start my Switch journey assuming no Wii U experience I would go:

Fire Emblem
Pikmin 3
Mario Kart 8
Metroid Dread
Stardew Valley
Switch Sports
Ring Fit
And Mario Odyssey even though I found it very uneven. I would personally get Mario 3d World and Bowsers Fury and Captain Toad before Odyssey as acpackage but they are less Switch staples.

Lovely variety and hundreds of hours of fun.

If I was separately looking to build a starter Indie collection I would add:
Hollow Knight
A Short Hike
The Touryst
Golf Story

Again a nice bunch to make one fall in love with Indies and decent variety too.
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Neo Member
50 more Switch recommendations by publisher:

Thomas Moon Kang - One Step From Eden

Crazy Monkey Studios - Guns, Gore & Cannoli

Tozai Games - Lode Runner Legacy

DECK13 Spotlight - CrossCode

Batterystaple Games - 20XX

Terrible Toybox - Thimbleweed Park

Wired Productions - Vostok Inc.

Adult Swim - Battle Chef Brigade

Doragon Entertainment - Danmaku Unlimited 3

Capcom - Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection

Rainy Frog - Star Ghost

GameMill Entertainment - Cruis'n Blast

Thunder Lotus Games - Spiritfarer

Dufgames - Black Hole

Tribute Games - Flinthook

Aquiris Game Studio - Horizon Chase Turbo

Subset Games - Into the Breach

The Arcade Crew - Blazing Chrome

Bad Habit Productions - Marble It Up!

Matt Makes Games Inc. - TowerFall

Plug In Digital - NeuroVoider

Vblank Entertainment Inc. - Shakedown Hawaii

Whippoorwill Limited - A Short Hike

Chorus Worldwide - The VideoKid

Vertex Pop - Graceful Explosion Machine

Binary Haze Interactive - ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights

Asteroid Base - Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

FuturLab - Velocity 2X

Curve Digital - The Flame in the Flood

Zoink! - Flipping Death

Kitfox Games - Moon Hunters

PlayEveryWare Games - Elliot Quest

Villa Gorilla - Yoku's Island Express

Infinite Dreams - Sky Force Reloaded

11 bit studios - Children of Morta

Bifrost Entertainment - Iconoclasts

The Voxel Agents - The Gardens Between

Playful Corp. - New Super Lucky's Tale

Mike Bithell - Subsurface Circular

Night School Studio - Oxenfree

Taito Corporation - Bubble Bobble 4 Friends


Ysbryd Games - VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

SMG Studio - Death Squared

Wales Interactive - The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker

Aurelien Regard - The Next Penelope

Atooi LLC - Xeodrifter

Perfect World Entertainment - Hob: The Definitive Edition

WayForward - The Mummy Demastered

VooFoo Studios - Mantis Burn Racing
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