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Must-Play Games in Nintendo Switch



If by now you’ve played all the board and card games you have at home and you happen to own a Nintendo Switch, then this list is perfect for you. 

The hybrid console has gained immense popularity in the Philippines simply because of its portability, versatility, and the wide selection of addictive games exclusive to the video game system. The Switch is a culmination of the best assets of all the previous Nintendo consoles, which is why more people have taken a liking to it. Whether you already have one or you’re planning to buy a Switch, here are some of the games both the young and the young at heart will enjoy 100 percent. There’s a game for all types of gamers. These ones are some of the best worth owning.

Zelda Breath of the Wild (BoTW)

One of the best games ever conceived, the title brings out the adventurer/traveler in anyone. Nintendo Switch’s flagship title is an open-world game that sends the player into the beautiful land of Hyrule. From the beginning of the game, you already know you’re in for a treat, as you are presented with an opening cut scene of a gorgeous and vast, open green field overlooking the entire kingdom against the dark and sinister “Mountain of Death.” BoTW is filled with gorgeous landmarks and mysterious places players can navigate through a range of clever and creative ways: from walking, running, and swimming to paragliding, shield surfing, horseback riding, and other physics-defying methods. The level design draws a lot from the idea of a road trip. There are so many things that make this game a winner, of course, including its main story, tons of enjoyable side quests, and the gameplay that is fairly easy (for adept gamers that is).

Fire Emblem Three Houses

A fantasy tactical role-playing game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. Three Houses takes one on an epic journey filled with engrossing grid-based combat and character-driven stories. Turn-based strategy games are always enjoyable because it challenges the mind at a pace any player can cope with. This one is extra, as there are tons of tactical approaches to take, and all sorts of things to discover. You’ll have a lot of ground cover.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

A lot of people are buying the game because it’s Pokemon. It’s doesn’t matter if it’s better or worse than the previous versions. It’s a Nintendo staple. Sword and Shield stays faithful to the Pokemon formula that made the title such a huge hit in the first place: collecting unique and quirky monsters for no good reason. Don’t get us wrong: It’s not a bad version per se. In fact, there are so many new features in the game such as cooperative raid encounters, where you play with other people and gang up on a giant pokemon. And then there’s the open world place called Wild Area, where you can interact with other players or go crazy catching all 400 available Pokemons in the Galar region. There’s also “Dynamaxing,” also known as “Gigantamaxing,” which is basically turning your Pokemons into giants.


The sequel to the hit game about splatting ink and turf-claiming returns in a chaotic four versus four action shooter. It’s competitive yet casual, and friendly to new gamers. Inking floor is simple enough. It can be done well with strategies. For the first time, Turf War battles can be taken on-the-go through local multiplayer in portable play styles. 

Super Mario Party

It’s considered by IGN as the best party game in two console generations. You have 80 top-notch mini games that utilize the features of the Switch Joy-Cons to their fullest. This competitive, strategic, and super fun game delivers the couch multiplayer experience the series is known for.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A good, clean, butt-kicking fun game that is basically a fan service for Nintendo enthusiasts. This crossover fighting game has received universal acclaim both from players and critics, some of whom claim it’s the best installment in the series. It gained various awards as well as praises for its large amount of content and fine-tuning of existing Smash gameplay elements.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi and friends travel to a beautiful hotel that turns out to be a charming haunted house. Everyone else is kidnaped by a ghost so it’s up to you to save them, leading you toexplore the place full of secret pathways, locked doors, and various floors that each has a different theme. A rare breed of slapstick comedy game, its humor doesn’t come from great jokes or witty writing, but from watching Luigi shake in fear.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

One of the chillest games that ever existed. The latest Animal Crossing game is perfect to ease anxiety from the situation we have at present. Experience paradise as you explore, create, and customize your very own deserted island. The island getaway has an abundance of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. You can hunt down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate your island throughout the day, or enjoy sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean. The time of day and the season match real life, so each day on your island is a chance to find new surprises all year round.

Ring Fit Adventure

Go through 100 levels in over 20 vibrant worlds in a quest to defeat a bodybuilding dragon and his minions using real-life exercises. Traverse grass-swept plains by jogging in place, attack enemies with overhead shoulder presses, and refill your health meter by striking some yoga poses. You place your controllers in a ring to rule them all!

Super Mario Odyssey

In this massive, globe-trotting 3D adventure game you use Mario and his incredible new abilities to collect Moons to power up your airship, the Odyssey, and rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s wedding plans. This sandbox-style 3D Mario adventure is one of the bestselling Switch games last year. It also has universal acclaim from critics, calling it one of the best games in the Super Mario series for its inventiveness and originality.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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