10 best Nintendo Switch exclusive games
So you’ve just picked up a Nintendo Switch and are looking to play the best of what the platform has to offer. Luckily, we at Console Deals have got you covered! The beauty of Nintendo’s new hybrid console is that you can play great games on the go as well as at home on the big screen. This is a list of the best exclusive Nintendo Switch games that look and feel great to play on either, guaranteeing you a good time whether you’re on the bus to work or relaxing on the sofa.
1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Previously underserved by the Wii U’s lacklustre sales, Mario Kart’s eighth instalment was able to enjoy a second wind thanks to a souped-up, remastered version in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Drifting around corners as the Mushroom Kingdom’s eclectic cast of characters has never been more thrilling than on the Nintendo Switch, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s new anti-grav sections and overhead racing offering a degree of spectacle that makes boosting past your friends even more of a blast.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features 48 vibrant tracks to play on across 12 cups – four of which were only previously purchasable as additional DLC on the Wii U, but are now available right from the off in this definitive Nintendo Switch version. We say definitive because, in addition to being the most feature-complete Mario Kart 8 package, your ability to break off two Joy-Con and get a couch co-op race going in minutes is truly a modern marvel.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Arguably one of the best games to ever be released alongside a Nintendo console’s launch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild blew everyone’s expectations away with its emphasis on unrestrained freedom of movement through a living, breathing upon world. It does away with the dungeon-based formula of prior entries and asks players to trust their own instincts and immerse themselves within a version of Hyrule that has gone unprotected for hundreds of years.
What sees Breath of the Wild stand so highly above its peers is its insistence to let players go anywhere and climb anything. Eventually you’ll come across what are known as shrines; essentially acting as mini-dungeons that are quickly resolved and gift Link with the ability to improve his health or grip. Both are useful in the bid to defeat Ganon, whether you’re brave enough to tame all four of the divine beasts beforehand or not. Breath of the Wild is a Nintendo Switch essential.
3. Super Mario Odyssey
If Galaxy saw him shoot off to space and Sunshine let him chill on vacation, Super Mario Odyssey sees Nintendo’s little, moustachioed plumber go on a global trip around the world. He’s still attempting to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s grasp, who this time is intent on marrying the poor girl. Thus kicks offs a new 3D platforming adventure for Mario, where players must gather as many Power Moons as possible to power the eponymous ship and stop the wedding before it’s too late.
Odyssey’s gimmick is Mario’s iconic hat, which he can now throw on the head of any enemy you see in order to take possession of them. Doing so feels weird at first, but eventually becomes second nature. Each possession lets you unlock a new way of traversing through whatever world you find yourself in, whether it’s using Bullet Bills to boom across large gaps or capturing one Goomba to form a tower of many and get to high places. Super Mario Odyssey is colourful, creative and fun, rendering not only one of the best Nintendo Switch games, but the best Mario game in a while.
4. Splatoon 2
Not one to promote the gritty and gruesome visuals which typically come with most online shooters, leave it to Nintendo to create one of the most inventive takes on the genre that is kid and adult friendly. Splatoon 2 successfully iterates on the original Wii U title, tasking teams of 4 squidlings and inklings to go at it during online matches while trying to cover the map in your team’s colour. Whatever team has covered the map in the most ink is the winner.
In addition to a dedicated online component, Splatoon 2 also features an in-depth campaign mode which will see your player-created inkling splodge their way through plenty of colour-filled levels and creative bosses. It’s a nice warm up before entering the heat of online matches, letting you hone your ink-shooting skills before taking the action online. Splatoon 2 continues to be supported with new events and weapons – even in 2019.
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
They said it couldn’t be done, but in 2018 we got confirmation in a Nintendo Direct announcement that every known playable fighter ever from Smash Bros. history would be appearing in the Nintendo Switch version. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its title, featuring a staggeringly large roster of 74 characters – and that’s not taking into account the six additional fighters confirmed for those that pick up the Fighter’s Pass.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also sees a revised campaign mode make its debut in World of Light. In it, players are tasked with restoring the spirits of all 74 characters by doing battle with them and overcoming certain challenges that sees most mimic the moves of other characters from game history. The online portion is also more robust than it’s ever been, in frantic fights that support all major Nintendo Switch controller options.
6. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
Having stayed on hiatus for 10 years, the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series returned in full force in 2019 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch with the release of The Black Order. It’s an isometric beat-em-up brawler for all the best reasons, casting players as a team of four classic Marvel superheroes from a staggering roster of 36. From here you’ll chase your way through such iconic locations as Asgard, Wakanda and more, chasing down Thanos and his Black Order in an effort to retrieve the Infinity Stones.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is an easily accessible game, playable either solo with AI-controlled partners or in co-op with friends, that makes the simple act of button-mashing fun. You’ll wail on hordes of various thugs, grunts and bosses, combining superpowers to unleash what’s known as synergy attacks to take down bosses and foes much quicker. Ultimate Alliance 3 is an addictive way to dive into the Marvel universe.