With over 132 million units sold worldwide, Nintendo Switch has dominated since its release in 2017. And for good reason – with games like the next-gen Zelda series, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Bros. Wonder, Pikmin 4 and a plethora of top-tier indie games, which have all sold millions of copies and secured top rating from critics, Switch players have had a good time. There are plenty of great games, and this guide highlights the best Nintendo Switch games you should play.

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But 2024 might be a pivotal point for Nintendo with the rumoured launch of the Switch 2 sometime later this year. While details about the console are scarce, it will be interesting to note what neat tricks Nintendo has up its sleeves to differentiate the new console from its predecessor and what new innovations it brings to the table.

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Best Nintendo Switch Games 2024

Below is our ongoing list of the best games to play on the Nintendo Switch in 2024. we will continue updating it every month, so have this page bookmarked for regular check-ins!

Persona 5 Tactica

Genre: Tactical | Release Date: Nov 17, 2023

Atlas’ new Persona 5 Tactics mixes Persona Q’s ‘chibi’ art style and the turn-based tactical combat of the Fire Emblem series. Players will control a party of three on a grid-based map, with turn-based combat, grid movement, weapon and elemental affinities and more.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2

Genre: Fighter | Release Date: Nov 7, 2023

The original Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl was released just a couple of years ago, in 2021, so seeing a sequel for an online brawler is a bit weird, but it is how it is.

Regardless, the sequel will bring a stellar roster of characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward Tentacles, Jimmy Neutron, and TMNT. Each will have its own unique move set and new cinematic supers, while the game will bring gameplay and visual improvements along with a new single-player campaign.

Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1

Genre: Stealth I Release Date: Oct 24, 2023

If you have never experienced Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid series, here’s your chance to dive into the complex and politically charged stealth adventure franchise in its most modern adaptation yet.

The Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 features remasters of Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Snake’s Revenge, and more. Each game will target 1080p/60fps on consoles, while the Nintendo Switch version will run at a resolution of 720p/30fps in handheld mode and 1080p/30fps in docked mode.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Genre: Platformer I Release Date: Oct 20, 2023

Super Mario Bros. Wonder returns to its classic 2D platforming roots and turns it up a notch or two. The introduction of the Wonder Flower promises significant changes to the gameplay, allowing complete character transformation (Elephant Mario!) and bringing the environment to life.

Along with Mario, players can also play as Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Yoshi, Luigi and Toad. You can adventure solo or invite up to three other players in both couch co-op and online!

Sonic Superstars

Genre: Platformer I Release Date: Oct 17, 2023

It’s been a while since we have had a classic 2D Sonic game, so SEGA’s latest, Sonic Superstars, should scratch that itch quite well. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy and harness all-new Emerald powers to move and attack in brand-new ways.

The game takes place in the mystical Northstar Islands and will offer gorgeous, never-before-seen environments and challenges to master. You can journey solo or invite up to three other players to help stop Dr. Eggman, Fan, and a mysterious new adversary!

Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy

Genre: Action Adventure | Release Date: August 31, 2023

Trine 5 brings yet another adventure for Amadeus the Wizard, Zoya the Thief, and Pontius the Knight to embark on, and developer Frozenbyte promises a fresh and exciting affair.

This 2.5D side-scrolling adventure can be played solo or with up to three other players and offers an all-new cast of characters, upgraded puzzle difficulty, a new combat system, a new skill quest system and lots more.

Disney Illusion island

Genre: Platformer | Release Date: July 28, 2023

Disney Illusion Island is a side-scrolling platformer featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck, who are tasked with finding three magic books to save the island of Monoth from disaster. If you grew up with Disney characters, the game’s beautiful visuals and approachable adventure should be a treat!

Pikmin 4

Genre: Strategy | Release Date: July 21, 2023

It’s hard to believe that the last Pikmin game was released almost a decade ago. But fret not because Nintendo has not abandoned the franchise.

Pikmin 4 and its little critters offer another colourful world to explore, new creatures to befriend, and more frantic Dandori Battles to face.

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals

Genre: Horror | Release Date: July 12, 2023

If you have never heard of Oxenfree, do yourself a favour and get the original as soon as possible. It’s a peculiar horror game mixed with a coming-of-age saga and easily one of the genre’s finest.

With the sequel, Night School Studios, with the backing of Netflix Games, looks to offer a polished narrative experience, with choice-based gameplay, dynamic conversations, and environmental puzzles seeped in stunning artwork.

Diablo 4

Genre: Action RPG | Release Date: June, 2023

Blizzard’s latest entry into its nearly thirty-year-old franchise invites you back to Hell for an endless slaughter of evil demons, countless abilities to master, and massive dungeons to loot and conquer.

According to reviews, there is not much to the story, although it seems like it’s a marked improvement from Diablo 3 (which isn’t saying much). That said, while the game doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, the improvements to the combat, looting and visuals still make for a fresh take on the iconic franchise. You can read our review round-up here.

LEGO 2K Drive

Genre: Racing | Release Date: May 19, 2023

Welcome to Bricklandia, where you can create LEGO cars and race wherever your heart desires. The big pull of LEGO 2K Drive is the ability to create your own race cars from the unlimited number of bricks available in the game. You can create new cars and boats from scratch, modify any existing vehicle, or even unwind with guided builds.

LEGO 2K Drive also presents open-world exploration, a story mode, and Cup Series tournaments, and you also can team up with your friends to drive up some friendly competition on the race tracks.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Genre: JRPG | Release Date: May 12, 2023

Oh boy. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a genre-defining game in its own right and was highly praised by critics and fans alike, making it a modern-day classic. To follow up with a sequel is a tall order, but this is Nintendo we are talking about. They hardly miss.

Tears of the Kingdom looks to expand upon the world and tools created in Breath of the Wild and offer players another riveting adventure through Hyrule. One of the major new developments in the game is the appearance of floating islands all over the world, and these vary from small platforms to giant land masses full of enemies and different environments. Add to that the new puzzles to complete, new weapons, movement mechanics, and more. Tears of the Kingdom promises to deliver in a big way. 

Minecraft Legends

Genre: JRPG | Release Date: March 23, 2023

Minecraft remains as popular as ever, and Microsoft is wise enough to keep releasing new updates and game modes to keep the game ticking along nicely.

Minecraft Legends is a brand new game where the piglins’ Nether corruption is spreading across the Overworld. And it seems only you – the player – can stop it. Players can explore lush biomes filled with precarious dangers but also rewarding treasures, meet new friends, reunite with old ones, and take on the piglins in an epic battle.

Hogwarts Legacy

Genre: Act-Adv | Release Date: April 4, 2023

Smashing all expectations, Hogwarts Legacy became one of the biggest game releases of this year, far surpassing even Elden Rings in sales in the first few months. The game is finally being released for old-gen consoles on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

But, we would be remiss not to throw up a buyers’ beware warning: the game was delayed for a reason, and that’s because when it was released for PC and next-gen consoles back in February, it was a hot mess and extremely unoptimized. We hope Avalanche Studios has optimized it well enough to run on older hardware, but we wouldn’t place our bets just yet before watching some performance analysis.

Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania

Genre: Rougelike | Release Date: March 6, 2023

Return to Castlevania is the latest expansion to Motion Twin’s incredibly good and you-must-play roguelike action RPG, Dead Cells.

This time around, the game is venturing into the gothic world of Castlevania with a brand new storyline, new outfits, three new bosses, 14 new weapons, new enemies, and a cool visual aesthetic.

Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.

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