Whether you are buying Nintendo Switch games during Christmas for the gamer in your life or celebrating a gamer’s birthday, there are some Switch games that are must-haves. The Switch console offers a unique, versatile, and above all fun way to play games, and the games below are the cream of the crop. If you’re looking for the absolute best Nintendo Switch Games of 2019, then read on.
Games such as Just Dance 2020 and Mario Party are regular favorites for social gatherings, while Zelda and Super Mario Odyssey will provide more serious gamers with the challenges and surreal storylines that Nintendo Switch gamers love. Of course, non-gamers who don’t know their Marios from their Warios run the risk of buying the wrong title. If you don’t know what the best games for Nintendo Switch are (and don’t want to ask for advice lest you ruin the surprise of your gift), then you can’t go wrong with any of these Nintendo Switch games.
Untitled Goose Game
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises in the gaming world in 2019 is the success of Untitled Goose Game. Yup, a game so unlikely to be successful the creators didn’t even name it. The premise is simple: you play as a goose whose purpose is to be a complete nightmare and total nuisance to its human neighbors. So, basically, a normal goose. As the partially-titular goose, you bug the hell out of humans by locking them in closets, eating their crops, and honking away relentlessly as you make life miserable for all mankind. It’s definitely one of those games that once you start, before you know it, you’ve put in three hours of gameplay without even blinking an eye. It’s also exactly the kind of videogame title that is uniquely suited to the Nintendo Switch community.
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Pokemon Sword and Shield is a winner for Pokemon fans. The game has something for old-school Pokemon fans as well as newcomers to the universe. You get all the great monster catching and battling that Pokemon lovers have grown accustomed to, but now in the mix of open-world Wild Areas in an RPG-style game. Dynamax battles are also new to Sword and Shield, where giant Pokemon characters compete in battles that are just as big and epic as the characters. These two games also have a ton of online features, which is another calling card for the Pokemon franchise. This game is a must-own for any Nintendo Switch gamer who also loves Pokemon. For non-Pokemon players, it’s best to pick another title on this list.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the latest and best in the series. In this ghostbusting adventure, you control two characters at once: Luigi and Gooigi, Luigi’s slimly and ghostly counterpart, as you attempt to concur King Boo’s haunted mansion. There are a number of new tools at Luigi’s disposal and a handful of new moves and bosses that make the gameplay more fun than ever before. This game is just as challenging as it is fun and will be a for-sure winner as a Nintendo Switch gift for the gamer in your life.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Lovers of the O.G. Zelda videogames from the first Nintendo systems will certainly have a soft spot for Link’s Awakening on Switch. It brings back the classic 2D gameplay, but with new artwork –– as Zelda games tend to switch up artwork styles from time to time. With baby-looking Link –– and, seriously, he’s as cute as a button — you’ll go across the sprawling map trying to solve puzzles and conquer dungeons. But there’s also a new wrinkle: you can create your own dungeons, too. While it’s not nearly as epic as the more immersive Breath of the Wild, it’s still an amazing game that Zelda lovers will appreciate.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate really is the ultimate Smash Bros. This is undoubtedly one of the most popular games to give as a gift to Nintendo Switch users (assuming they don’t already have a copy). Everything is cranked up to 11 on this one. There are 74-characters you can choose from –– everyone from Mario to Metal Gear Solid’s Snake. There are even 100 fight stages included in this ultimate Smash Bros. bonanza. If you want things to get really chaotic, you can have an 8-on-8 battle where the action will be relentless. Or you can dial it down and play the Spirit mode which is great for single player warriors. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fan favorite and one of the most popular Switch games this year.
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is the most expansive, creative and fun Mario in years. This game jumps from world to world like no other. Literally, you could be running down the streets of a city one moment and warped to a 2D world like NES Mario the next. Mario’s hat and companion, Cappy, along with a bunch of new moves, add a new element to the game that was much needed in the Mario franchise. Even though this Mario has a new look and feel, along with expansive and creative new maps, there are still plenty of classic items such as the green pipes and mushrooms that are all too familiar to long-time Mario fans. Super Mario Odyssey is the Mario we’ve all been waiting for.
Just Dance 2020
Just Dance 2020 is one of the best party games for any social occasion. You and your friends can get together and floss your way to greatness. There is a great list of songs and dance routines to choose from. And for those who are a bit more health-conscious, pair this game with the Ring Fit and track the calories burned while dancing. There is even a Kids Mode that includes eight dance routines so the younger generation doesn’t feel left out during your dance party. Just Dance 2020 is a party favorite and great for the Switch gamer who also loves to entertain.
Super Mario Party
Super Mario Party is the perfect game for holiday get-togethers, parties or any social interaction where you and friends want to play flat-out fun videogames. Super Mario Party will have you and your friends standing up in your living room, waving around the joy-cons, and laughing and hollering at the abundance of mini-games that have made Super Mario Party so popular over the years. You can even pair multiple Switches and monitors up for large gatherings. Super Mario Party is a total blast.
Created by fans, for fans, this side-scrolling adventure is a welcome throwback to the 16-bit days of the 90s. It’s a fun game in its own right, but fans of the original Sega series are sure to take an extra liking to it. A welcome addition to Switch’s growing arsenal, Sonic Mania is proof that good things can happen when you put your trust in the right hands.
The blocky phenomenon known as Minecraft has finally made its way into Nintendo’s hands, and subsequently, into gamers’ hearts. C’mon, we know it was only a matter of time. The controls are highly intuitive and the graphics look every bit as good as the PS4 and Xbox One versions. But what makes the Switch iteration so great is the fact that you can literally play it anywhere — on the train to work, at the laundromat, or when you’re over at a friend’s house.
When the Switch first hit the shelves, only a handful of games had been released. While gamers were worried about the lack of titles, ARMS quickly calmed their fears with its fast-paced action and insanely addictive gameplay. It’s quickly become a fan favorite and is just another testament to how good Nintendo is at making videogames that are as fun as they are absurd.
What makes this game so great is the sheer number of customizable modes. A great game on its own, it’s even better when you play with friends. Splatoon‘s graphics are really quite striking, and the splattering ink is such a satisfying sight that it actually makes you want to keep playing. It’s a worthy sequel to the original Wii U hit, and the free updates are a welcome addition.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
As one of the highest-rated games of all time, Breath of Wild may very well go down in history as the best Zelda game ever made (sorry, N64 fans). The sheer level of complexity and the expansive open-world design is enough to keep any gamer satisfied for months. What sets this game apart from anything else in its genre is Nintendo’s signature touch. Easy to pick up and highly addictive, it’s everything we’ve always wanted in a game.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
We can’t forget about Mario Kart! The Switch saw the popular Mario Kart franchise take on a new look with the highly addictive (and insanely fun) Battle mode. While the graphics are roughly the same as the Wii U version, the extra options are reason enough to warrant this game a spot on our list. Plus, it’s even more fun when you play it on the go. This is another classic Nintendo franchise that many people grew up playing, and now it’s the perfect game to share with a new generation of Nintendo fans. For all these reasons, it’s not just one of the best Nintendo Switch games of 2019, but also one of the best gifts to give Nintendo Switch players.
Nintendo Switch Gift Card
If you’ve read our list of the best games for Nintendo Switch and still don’t know what to buy as a gift, then there is a plan B. When you can’t be bothered to learn the difference between Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, and there is a difference, opt instead for a Nintendo Switch gift card. This will allow the gamer in your life to pick out the perfect game for themselves. As a stocking stuffer, Christmas present, birthday present, or just because present, this is a gift that will be much appreciated by your favorite gamer.