The Nintendo Switch releases today and we're exicted to get playing. We take a look at the games you can play right now, if you want to.
03-03-2016 - by Iris Wijers
After months of waiting it’s finally here: today is the release of Nintendo’s highly anticipated new console the Nintendo Switch. While the console looks great, a good console is nothing without its games. We look at the games you can play on your Nintendo Switch right now, assuming you’ve managed to get your hands on one.
Of course, Breath of the Wild had to top this list. Nintendo’s newest addition to the Zelda franchise takes the series into a beautiful vast open world. The game has received glowing reviews, currently boasting a near-perfect Metascore of 99, which really tells you all you need to know. Breath of the Wild is an absolute must-play and will likely be the first game any Switch owner will boot up on their shiny new console. You can get your copy digitally right here at Startselect if you haven’t gotten your hands on this game yet.
Granted, 1-2 switch seems a little strange: a full game for a console featuring minigames such as milking cows, guessing marbles and dueling cowboy style might raise some eyebrows. Thanks to the game’s impressive hardware, however, the games work very well and are easy to play. The game features 28 kooky games that will certainly liven up any party as you stand face-to-face with your opponent trying to win another crazy contest. Itching for a new party game? Get your digital copy of 1-2 Switch here, at Startselect.
Snipperclips is a charming 2-person co-op game for the Nintendo Switch. In the game, you control paper pals Snip and Clip as they partner up to overcome obstacles and complete objectives such as sharpening a pencil. You can also play the game solo or with three or four friends, so there’s something for everyone in this unique game. Can’t wait to ‘cut it out together’? You can get your digital copy of Snipperclips right here.
Just Dance hardly needs an explanation, it’s all in the title. The immensely popular Dancing game is available on the Switch now and will enable you to show off your moves to your friends anywhere. The games premise is still dead simple: grab a joycon and just dance!
Skylanders Imaginators was originally released in October 2016, but if you didn’t pick it up then, you can play it today on the Nintendo Switch. The game seems aimed at children, but there’s no shame in enjoying this colorful 3D platformer/hack n slash/sandbox game that allows you to create and play with your own wacky character. You can even create the Hulk, if you are so inclined.
Super Bomberman R is, well, Bomberman. The gameplay is everything you would expect and want from a Bomberman game. You can play the game with up to eight people in total via local multiplayer or online. Additionally, there is a story mode that has a puzzly flair to it in which you clear stages through the familiar Bomberman gameplay. If you enjoy Bomberman or are just looking for a multiplayer game full of explosive fun, Super Bomberman R is the game for you.
JRPG fans rejoice: the library of launch titles for Switch includes Chrono Trigger-inspired ‘I am Setsuna’. The game is a classic JRPG in a sad, yet beautiful new jacket. The game mixes authentic JRPG elements, such as turn-based combat, with new additions to craft a modern homage to the JRPG games we used to play in years past.
Fast RMX is a racing game that puts you behind the wheel of anti-gravity cars and sends you down crazy tracks at breakneck speed. Do you need to know more? The indie title allows you to play locally with three friends via split screen, or online against seven other players around the world. The game is fast and futuristic: a treat for anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to race in anti-gravity.
Shovel Knight received its share of praise when it came out for Wii U and 3DS, and returns on Switch to one again show off its fantastic 2D, 8-bit platforming. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove for the Nintendo Switch contains the base game and all its expansions, while Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is a new, standalone game that is sold separately. Both are a treat for those of us who love the classics platformers of yesteryear and want to enjoy them via the luxury of our new console.
Voez is something of an oddball in the Switch release lineup as it seems to be the only game that you can’t play on your television. Voez is a rhythm-based game that tasks the player with tapping the touchscreen to play one of 102 songs. The game was originally released for IOS, but is now available for the Nintendo Switch.
Not a lot is known about New Frontier Days, other than that most people seem to agree that it looks like a mobile game. The town-building simulation game gives you control over pioneers and tasks you with colonizing a new land. The game doesn’t seem to be anything special, but if you enjoy town-building games, it might be worth a look.
World of Goo made its debut in 2008 for Wii and Windows and has since seen releases on many other platforms. Starting today the Nintendo Switch can be added to the list of platforms that this gooey game has featured on. The puzzle game centers around the creation of large structures using balls of goo in order to get a set amount of goo balls to the exit. The game might seem simple, but has received critical acclaim for its charm, humor and challenging gameplay.
Little Inferno is another critically acclaimed puzzle game making its way to the Switch. The game takes place in front of a fireplace and the player is tasked with burning items to get coins to buy more items with. The ultimately useless gameplay is part of the satire that is inherent in the game, and part of the brilliance of the story the game tries to tell. Little Inferno is a game that at its core can’t be explained; it needs to be experienced.
The third and final critically successful puzzle game coming to Switch is Human Resource Machine. The game puts you in the shoes of a man eager to climb the corporate ladder, which you can accomplish via visual programming. The gameplay consists of creating a simple program that allows your avatar to get boxes from an input conveyer belt, possibly process them in some way, and put them on the output belt in the right order. The game is a treat for anyone who knows anything about assembly programming and a friendly introduction to the world for complete newbies.
All games mentioned can be puchased digitally in the Nintendo Store. Purchasing digitally doesn't only ensure you can play the game instantly, it also allows you take part in Nintendo's reward program and save up for a discount on future purchases. Need more Nintendo credit to stock up on games for the Nintendo Switch? You know where to find it!