10 Games Every Nintendo Switch Player Needs

When will gaming’s worst, short-sighted fanboys learn to stop doubting a Nintendo portable system? Nintendo, despite a coalition of online naysayers questioning each of the company’s moves, has sold more than 5 million Switch units worldwide since its March 2017 debut. And those sales are not at all riding a hype train.

Nintendo Switch boasts a unique home-and-away design that lets you play your favorite titles on a big-screen TV when docked or in handheld mode when you’re waiting in line at the post office. It’s a system that’s especially convenient for commuters or people with busy lifestyles.

boasts a unique home-and-away design that lets you play your favorite titles on a big-screen TV when docked or in handheld mode when you’re waiting in line at the post office. It’s a system that’s especially convenient for commuters or people with busy lifestyles.

Switch also benefits from a terrific first-year library that’s one of the best in gaming history. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-RPG that will be spoken about for years to come. Splatoon 2 is a more-than-worthy follow-up to the excellent Wii U original. And Super Mario Odyssey plops the plumber into a world in which he uses a hat-based morphing power to topple enemies.

Critics will likely retort, “You just mentioned first-party games!” Yes, because they’re absolutely darling titles. That said, Switch has a very solid third-party lineup that will get even better this holidays season with the release of Doom, Rocket League, Skyrim, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Critics will likely retort, “You just mentioned first-party games!” Yes, because they’re absolutely darling titles. That said, Switch has a very solid third-party lineup that will get even better

The system is strong with retro and indie games, too. Hamster, a company that specializes in many arcade-to-console ports, has brought many of SNK’s classic Neo Geo titles to the system, such as The King of Fighters ’98 and Metal Slug . Indies are well-represented with the likes of Human Resource Machine, Mr. Shifty, and NBA Playgrounds.

The system is strong with retro and indie games, too. Hamster, a company that specializes in many arcade-to-console ports, has brought many of SNK’s classic Neo Geo titles to the system, such as The King of Fighters ’98 and Metal Slug

. Indies are well-represented with the likes of Human Resource Machine, Mr. Shifty, and NBA Playgrounds.

So, in short, Nintendo Switch is the most interesting console on the market, and it has plenty of excellent games in its catalog. If you want to experience the JoyCon life, the 10 games listed below will welcome you into the fold.