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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Mario Strikers: Battle League’

Mario and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom’s most recognizable residents love to indulge in some sports, don’t they? Their spinoff games usually see them going for some kart racing, playing heated tennis matches, and hopping onto the golf course for a few rounds. One of the more revered types of sports the Mario crew loves to get involved in is soccer, which is something that’s going to be front and center in this year’s Mario Strikers: Battle League. This highly anticipated follow-up to 2005’s Super Mario Strikers and 2007’s Mario Strikers Charged is coming to the Switch and it’s looking pretty amazing. So let’s get right into a full breakdown of everything this new Nintendo party-friendly sports game has to offer.

Release Date and Playable Platforms
Nintendo

Mario Strikers: Battle League is set for release on Nintendo Switch come June 10.

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Gameplay and Roster

Like its predecessors, this fast and furious soccer game adopts an arcadey feel that should endear itself to fans of those games and equally zany sports games. The name of the game being played here is “Strike,” which is the Mushroom Kingdom’s rendition of futbol that allows for 4v4 matches. And as expected, those matches allow for unabashed mayhem as players can use items to throw off the other team’s players, tackle them, and use super moves called “Hyper Strikes” that always net two points.

Speaking of items, you’ll be able to trip up the competition with banana peels and even knock them off balance with shells. In order to perform a character’s Hyper Strike, players must nab a special glowing orb that occasionally pops up on the field. And while there’s no “out of bounds” rule in place, an electrified fence keeps players in check (you can use that fence to your advantage by knocking your opponents into it, of course). When it comes to choosing your team setup, there’s a good number of Mario franchise characters to choose from. The recognizable faces that’ll be available at launch include Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach, Rosalina, Toad, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, and Waluigi.

There are customization elements at play in this game as you can attach different pieces of stat-changing gear to your favorite players.

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Local and Online Multiplayer

Mario Strikers: Battle League’s local multiplayer allows for eight players to participate – each player can use a single Joycon and engage in a 4v4 match while the AI handles goalkeeping. The online multiplayer mode lets two players hop online from the same console and hop into that same eight-player match setup. One of the more interesting features of the game’s online multiplayer is something called “Club Mode,” which lets 20 players put together their own club and take on other clubs for bragging rights and the top spot during each season.

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Elton’s ‘Mario Kart 9’ Wishlist

Fam! We have been playing Mario Kart 8 since 2014!

You really can’t be mad at Nintendo for running with that kart racer for the longest time now – the OG Wii U release and the Switch port have sold more than 40 million copies, it’s the best-selling racing game of all time, and it has joined the list of best-selling games of all time period. Gamers of all ages can hop into Mario Kart 8 and have the time of their lives, which is part of the reason why its longevity will seemingly stay infinite as newcomers discover it for the very first time.

But let’s be honest with each other – Mario Kart 8 is a little long in the tooth these days. Hardcore fans of the game have been crying out in droves for a brand new entry made specifically for the Switch in the long-running spinoff kart racing series. We recently learned from Kantan Games’ analyst Serkan Toto that the ninth entry in the series is being made as we speak and is set to come with a “new twist.” And to top it off, Toto also stated that it could be teased as early as this year!

That got me to thinking – what could that new twist possibly entail? And what other fresh features could be thrown into the mix to make Mario Kart 9 feel like the refreshing sequel everyone hopes it will be? Here’s my personal wishlist for everything I’d love to see in the next iteration of the Mario Kart series.

1. Make It An Nintendo All-Stars Affair
Nintendo

Mario Kart 8’s DLC and its Deluxe rerelease spread love to the rest of the Nintendo family by bringing in Link, Villager, Isabelle, and the Inkling Boy & Girl. And to make matters even better, new tracks based on The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, F-Zero, and Excitebike. And to be quite honest with you all, those additions turned out to be the best part of the entire game.

Since it’s being said that the next Mario Kart will come with a “big twist,” my gut is telling me that the developers behind it will make sure that unexpected change is embracing the totality of Nintendo’s best characters and worlds. Mario Kart 9 would send me and plenty of other fans into a frenzy if it came with the subtitle “Nintendo All-Stars.” Racing through the Mushroom Kingdom is cool and all, but I’m tryna hit some nasty drifts and lap the rest of the pack on some other Nintendo-themed tracks. A brand new Mario Kart game that features racers and tracks from Metroid, Splatoon, Kirby, etc. would make my day!

2. The Implementation of Completely New Tracks
Nintendo

Every time a new Mario Kart comes out, its offering of tracks is usually a mix of entirely new themes/layouts and throwbacks that have been upgraded via a current-gen makeover. Mario Kart 8 splits its offering of new and old tracks into 16 apiece, which produced a comfortable mix for longtime players. Now while I do enjoy hopping back into the racing mix on retro tracks such as Mario Circuit and Dry Dry Desert, I think the next entry of Mario Kart should launch with nothing but new tracks.

Now I mentioned beforehand that I’d be completely cool with new tracks themed after separate Nintendo IPs. To add to that, I’d also love to see a wealth of new track layouts that build on the environmental themes seen in past series entries and spread out to other mainline Mario games. I can already imagine racing around Super Mario Odyssey’s New Donk City! I’m totally fine with Mario Kart 9 coming right out the gate with a list full of fresh tracks and bringing back past tracks as DLC later on.

3. A Full-Fledged Single-Player Adventure Mode
Nintendo

Do you know why I found myself playing Diddy Kong Racing more than Mario Kart 64 and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled more than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Because both those non-Mario racing games offered something a bit more substantial when it came to single-player content. Kart racers that gift me with full-fledged adventure modes always stick out as my favorites because they give you full open locales to drive around in while in search of new tasks to take on.

The next Mario Kart should follow those games’ lead and go the adventure mode route to truly keep solo players’ attention. Finishing various racing cups, going for different time trials, and attempting to overcome one-on-one boss challenges are the type of features I’m expecting from such a mode. And doing all of that while freely exploring an open hub world that looks like a Nintendo theme park sounds like the extra cherry on top of this winning concept.

4. Better Usage of the Gliders and the Introduction of Boats
Nintendo

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will forever be ranked among the best kart racing games for its evolution of the gameplay concepts seen in Diddy Kong Racing. Instead of splitting up the track layouts based on whatever you were handling at the time (cars, planes, or boats), Sega’s racer relied on courses that changed during new laps and gave each character the ability to change their vehicle on the fly to adapt to their new surroundings.

I wouldn’t be mad at Nintendo for taking that concept and applying it to the next Mario Kart. The last game already got the ball rolling on those types of things via anti-gravity racing and the usage of gliders & motorbikes. I’d totally be fine with Mario Kart 9 featuring tracks that change over time and force players to transform their vehicle of choice to stay in the race. And through that, there could be even more of a fun reliance on the game’s gliders and possibly debut boats for water-themed competitions.

5. A Custom Track and Kart Creator
Nintendo

Sony’s ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet Karting embraced the more creative aspects of the kart racing genre by lettings players create their very own tracks. It felt so good to hop on from time to time to see what kinda crazy designs the player community came up with, plus it felt good to have a nice variety of karts to drive around in.

Mario Kart 9 should follow in the footsteps of those two kart racing gems by instituting its very own custom track suite. Just imagine the limitless possibilities that could be afforded to players if they got a ton of options in their bid to craft their own exciting courses. I’ve always wanted to create my own version of Wario Stadium! Alongside a track creator, it’d be dope if the next Mario Kart also afforded players the ability to make their own karts. There’s so much to gain from Mario Kart 9 being an unlimited source of player creativity.

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The 18 Best ‘Zelda’ Games, Ranked

Earlier this year, the Zelda franchise celebrated a long three and a half decades since its first game. The Legend of Zelda was released on the 21st of February 1986, and ever since, the series has been considered to be not only at the forefront of the RPG, action-adventure genre but one of Nintendo’s staple franchises and one of the best video game series of all time.

The series follows the adventures of Link and Princess Zelda, with the former generally having to rescue the latter from Ganon(dorf). The games feature a mixture of fighting, puzzle-solving, and collecting items. All in all, the series is one of the most successful of all time, selling over 125 million copies as of 2017.

There have been a total of 18 games in the series, and as hard of a job as it is, we’ve done our best to put them in order of what we feel is the worst to the best. You can check it out below.

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18. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes’
Available on: Nintendo 3DS

A lot of the positions on this list are going to be highly debatable, whether you’re someone who’s finished every game in the series or has just played the games casually. But if there are a few games that everyone should agree on, Tri Force Heroes is one of them. It’s almost unanimously agreed to be the worst Zelda game ever released. Released on the 3DS in 2015, Tri Force Heroes is a multiplayer game where you and a pair of friends can play as Red, Green, or Blue Link. You can play it on your own while switching between all three characters, but that’ll only take the main bit of fun away.

Buy now, $39.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-tri-force-heroes-3ds/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/gPTdqK5eaS8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed17. ‘Zelda II: The Adventure of Link'”,”subhedAvailable on: NES”,”buttonTextBuy now, $4.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link-3ds\/</div>
17. ‘Zelda II: The Adventure of Link’
Available on: NES

Though, as we mentioned, the series started off with a bang with the first-ever Zelda game, its immediate sequel didn’t get the same reception from fans or critics. The second Zelda game switched up the formula a lot, making it a side scroller in favor of the top-down view from the original. If that were the only problem, it would probably be remembered much more favorably amongst fans, but there were other glaring issues. Fans found it frustrating to play, not just because of the insane level of difficulty but the lack of direction.

Buy now, $4.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link-3ds/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/rRU15HmivuM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed16. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords'”,”subhedAvailable on: Game Boy Advance”,”buttonTextBuy now”,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-four-swords-anniversary-edition-3ds\/</div>
16. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords’
Available on: Game Boy Advance

The first-ever multiplayer game in the Zelda series, Four Swords, doesn’t get talked about enough, largely because of it being an extension that came with A Link To The Past and people confusing it with Four Swords Adventures. You can play with 1-3 other friends across the four dungeons where you’ll solve puzzles and compete to see who can get the most rupees, although, in the long run, you’re all working together. The plot here is that Link pulls the Four Sword out, which creates the copies of him, and you must all work together to save Zelda from Vaati.

Buy now
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-four-swords-anniversary-edition-3ds/
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15. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Available on: GameCube

Released in North America in 2004, Four Swords Adventures is the sequel to the previously mentioned game. This time, instead of rescuing Zelda, your objective is to bring peace back to Hyrule after Shadow Link takes over. That makes five Links in the game. Even when you’re done battling Shadow Link, you and your friends can battle it out to see who comes out on top. You can play this one solo, but it takes most of the fun out of it. Unfortunately, back in the day, getting three friends together with three consoles and three-link cables was quite the task.

Buy now, $70
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”805″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/-gnZGtb8c7c” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed14. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass”,”subhedAvailable on: Nintendo DS”,”buttonTextBuy now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-phantom-hourglass-wii-u\/</div>
14. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Available on: Nintendo DS

Released in 2007, Phantom Hourglass is an important one in this series because it was the first game exclusive to the DS, which meant that it was able to take full advantage of the touch controls, letting players solve puzzles on the touchscreen. Unfortunately, that’s where the fun ends for a lot of people. The dungeons and gameplay fall short for a lot of people relative to the other games on this list.

Buy now, $9.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-phantom-hourglass-wii-u/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/1-tJnmNP5ow” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed13. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks”,”subhedAvailable on: Nintendo DS”,”buttonTextBuy now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-spirit-tracks-wii-u\/</div>
13. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Available on: Nintendo DS

Released two years after Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks is its direct sequel. This game comes with a lot of cool tricks. Operating the train was fun, but got old after a while. It was also the first game to feature Link’s Phantom companion. There was a feature where you could blow into the DS’ microphone to use Spirit Pipes and Whirlwind, but again, once the novelty wore off, it just got annoying, especially being in a nosy environment. Spirit Tracks is still a good game, but it being 13th on this list speaks to the greatness of the series as a whole.

Buy now, $9.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-spirit-tracks-wii-u/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/u6GX79JWLvo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed12. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword”,”subhedAvailable on: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch (HD)”,”buttonTextBuy now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-skyward-sword-hd-switch\/</div>
12. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Available on: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch (HD)

Skyward Sword was released in 2011 for the Nintendo Wii. As much as you loved Zelda, if you weren’t a fan of the Wii, using the remote as a weapon and specifically Wii Motion Plus, then this was never going to be one of your favorites. With that being said, an HD remaster for the game was released recently and it boasts optional controls, which could solve the main problems that people had with it. Although, the gameplay is made for swinging a Joy-Con around.

Buy now, $59.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-skyward-sword-hd-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/cSIDghMWVMA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed11. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap”,”subhedAvailable on: Game Boy Advance”,”buttonTextBuy now, $7.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-the-minish-cap-wii-u\/</div>
11. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Available on: Game Boy Advance

As we get into this middle range, it’d be tough to call The Minish Cap one of the worst Zelda games ever released, but it’s far from the best. Developed by Capcom and Flagship, it introduced enough new things for it to be entertaining in the series and feel like a refreshing new entry for hardcore fans, notably the ability for Link to shrink in size, but in the grand scheme of things, the game doesn’t do enough to stand out against some tough competition.

Buy now, $7.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-the-minish-cap-wii-u/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/-CfW2hpHoNI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess”,”subhedAvailable on: GameCube, Nintendo Wii, Wii U (HD)”,”buttonTextBuy now, $49.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-twilight-princess-hd-digital-version-wii-u\/</div>
10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Available on: GameCube, Nintendo Wii, Wii U (HD)

Released in 2006, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess marked the series’ last tenure with the GameCube and its introduction to the Wii. This is where the list starts getting tricky, because this game is great, but it’s tough to put it above so many other games in the series that are also great along with being innovative. Twilight Princess is mostly remembered for being one of the darker games in the series and doing everything by the book. An HD version of the game was released for the Wii U in 2016.

Buy now, $49.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-twilight-princess-hd-digital-version-wii-u/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/PtC6U8hOZTk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed9. The Legend of Zelda: Link\u2019s Awakening”,”subhedAvailable on: Game Boy, Game Boy Colour (DX), Nintendo Switch (HD)”,”buttonTextBuy now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening-switch\/</div>
9. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Available on: Game Boy, Game Boy Colour (DX), Nintendo Switch (HD)

Whatever you think about it, Link’s Awakening is always going to be a special entry in the series because it marked the first Zelda game on a handheld console. The game has seen three iterations; the original from 1993, its DX relaunch in 1998 for the Game Boy Colour, and its HD remaster for the Switch. The latter of those is certainly the best way to play the game because along with the graphics update came improvements to inventory, more items to find, and more.

Buy now, $59.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”805″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/oCLWcxhF0Cw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed8. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages\/Seasons”,”subhedAvailable on: Game Boy Colour”,”buttonTextBuy now, $5.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-oracle-of-ages-3ds\/</div>
8. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons
Available on: Game Boy Colour

This game was released in 2001. It was inevitable that Nintendo was going to try the Pokémon format of releasing two games together that are technically separate and their own entities, but need each other to be complete. All in all, it worked pretty well here. In Ages, you have the ability to travel through time with Link and in Seasons, you guessed it, you can change the season. Depending on how much you liked using Game Boy link cables and passwords to get the full benefit of both games, you could put this higher.

Buy now, $5.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-oracle-of-ages-3ds/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/O_auhDR8VjU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed7. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds”,”subhedAvailable on: Nintendo 3DS”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-a-link-between-worlds-3ds\/</div>
7. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Available on: Nintendo 3DS

A Link Between Worlds is the sequel to A Link To The Past, which appears a little later on this list. Some people make the complaint about this game that it feels a little too much like A Link To The Past rather than its own game, but if you’re a fan of that one, that becomes a pro. In many ways, if this game were released a little earlier in the series, it might not be so high on this list, but because of what came before it, it felt like a nostalgia trip with multiple nods to older features which was welcome in 2013.

Buy now, $19.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-a-link-between-worlds-3ds/
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6. The Legend of Zelda
Available on: NES

The one that started it all of. For many people who were there from the beginning, this one might be impossible to top, but we think it would be discrediting developers far too much to say they never again reached the height they did with the series’ original entry. Although it’s strange to think about now, this game was very innovative when it was first released in the mid-1980s, but that’s how influential it was. This one is inarguably one of the best video games of all time.

Buy now, $4.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-3ds/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”690″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/wg1MXUZC2_E” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past”,”subhedAvailable on: SNES”,”buttonTextBuy now, $7.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-a-link-to-the-past-3ds\/</div>
5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
Available on: SNES

After the second Zelda game disappointed most, A Link To The Past was a much-needed return to what made the series so great in the first place, including the top-down perspective that drew so many gamers to it in the first place. It is almost as historically important to the franchise as the first game. A Link To The Past introduced us to parallel worlds, Link’s ability to run and move diagonally and so many more key factors. It was everything that Zelda II: Adventure of Link should have been.

Buy now, $7.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-a-link-to-the-past-3ds/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/IkVt1s_ZFbw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker”,”subhedAvailable on: GameCube, Wii U (HD)”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-the-wind-waker-hd-wii-u\/</div>
4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Available on: GameCube, Wii U (HD)

Released in North America in 2003, The Wind Waker, like the name suggests, puts you and Link on a ship called the King of Red Lions to traverse the seas. Going with cell-shading for the art style was definitely a risk that paid off. The original version itself holds up, let alone the HD remake for the Wii U. This game is credited for boasting one of the better storylines of any game in the series, but mostly, it did a good job of switching up the formula and pleasing fans at the same time.

Buy now, $19.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-the-wind-waker-hd-wii-u/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Jfg6RfClZJg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”,”subhedAvailable on: Nintendo 64, GameCube”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time-3d-3ds\/</div>
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Available on: Nintendo 64, GameCube

Released in 1998, Ocarina of Time is widely considered to be one of the best games ever released on the N64 and one of the best of all time. If any other series had a game of this quality, it would likely take the top spot, but that just speaks volumes about Zelda. Ocarina of Time introduced Zelda players to a third-person perspective, a 3D open world, and a targeting system. But it isn’t just that those features are in the game, they’re actually done incredibly well. 

Buy now, $19.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time-3d-3ds/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Hj6cXziHpjQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora\u2019s Mask”,”subhedAvailable on: Nintendo 64, GameCube, 3DS (3D)”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-majoras-mask-3d-3ds\/</div>
2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Available on: Nintendo 64, GameCube, 3DS (3D)

This game is the direct sequel to Ocarina of Time and was released just a year later. Even taking away that handicap, it’s incredible. There’s a mechanic in this game where the moon will crash into Termine in 3 days of game time and you can’t stop it unless you’ve done the right things in-game. It adds a suspenseful layer to the gameplay and gives the game an interesting element that isn’t present for other entries. The 3D remake released for the 3DS in 2015 is worth a try.

Buy now, $19.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/1rPxiXXxftE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”,”subhedAvailable on: Nintendo Switch, Wii U”,”buttonTextBuy now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-switch\/</div>
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Available on: Nintendo Switch, Wii U

Released in 2017, at the time of writing, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the most recent original main series entry in the series and it’s almost unanimously agreed that it’s the best game in the series. It’s not controversial to go a couple of steps further and call it one of the greatest games ever made. Nintendo found the perfect balance of revamping Hyrule, adding detailed new features, and still delivering the classic feel that the very first few games in the series did. Breath of the Wild allows for creativity like never before and for a series to take a giant leap like this, multiple decades into its existence is insane. The great news is that a direct sequel is on its way.

Buy now, $59.99
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-switch/
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The 10 Best Nintendo Switch Sports Games

Over the years, as competitive as Nintendo’s consoles have been with Sony and Microsoft’s consoles, the perception tends to be that where the company is lacking is in games in the sports genre. Compared to the PlayStation or the Xbox, options are relatively scarce and Nintendo’s consoles haven’t always been the best fit for 2K or EA Sports’ offerings, historically anyway.

However, we’re all aware that the Switch is one of the fastest growing consoles around and generally speaking, the way it allows players to game on it lends itself to more traditional sports games much better than the Wii or the DS.

With that being said, if you’re looking to get into some sports games on the Switch, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of the ten best sports games available on the Switch now. Whether you’re into soccer, basketball, golf, or tennis, there’s something here for you. In alphabetical order, here they are.

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1. ‘AO Tennis 2’

Now, due to the fact that the Switch is sort of playing catch up a little with a lot of sports games, the sports games that end up on it do get criticized for being reminiscent of what we already surpassed a long time ago on PlayStation and Xbox. AO Tennis 2 is one of those, to some extent, but most importantly, the gameplay is good and realistic. If you’re into tennis and want the closest thing to a tennis simulator on your Switch, this is a must-have. You can even go online to play with people or play double matches with a friend.

Buy now, $24
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/ao-tennis-2-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”966″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Jmliox1trPQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed2. ‘FIFA 21′”,”buttonTextBuy now, $50″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/fi\u2026</div>
2. ‘FIFA 21’

The FIFA games on Switch get a lot of criticism, but that’s largely because they often get compared to the PlayStation or Xbox iterations of them. If you put that aside and just appreciate what you’re playing on the Switch, you can recognize that this one could be worth picking up for you. Despite the downgrade in graphics that you’re getting from current-gen 4K-ready FIFA, having some of the newer modes to play on the Switch is worth it. The growth potential here is big in the coming years. Admittedly, you probably don’t need to pick up FIFA 21 because it’s similar enough to FIFA 20.

Buy now, $50
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/fi…
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”966″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/uIONjYnnhTk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed3. ‘Lonely Mountains: Downhill'”,”buttonTextBuy now, $14″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/lonely-mountains-downhill-switch\/</div>
3. ‘Lonely Mountains: Downhill’

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a game where you ride your bike, you guessed it, downhill. Despite a painfully simple premise, this game becomes addictive quite quickly. It’s Megagon Industries’ only offering right now and it’s a great initial showing. If you do give this one a try, definitely do so on the handheld version, which adds a level of immersion to the game that’s too good to pass up. It’s an especially great one for Trials fans to try out.

Buy now, $14
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/lonely-mountains-downhill-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”966″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/TsiuwvMdXdY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed4. ‘Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020′”,”buttonTextBuy now, $60″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/mario-and-sonic-at-the-olympic-games-tokyo-2020-switch\/</div>
4. ‘Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’

If you’ve played any of these kinds of collaboration games since they started happening, especially on the Wii, then you pretty much know what to expect here. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is fun for all the family and is a light-hearted approach to multiple sports. There’s a short story mode, but of course, where the game thrives is in the standard multiplayer. There are 34 different events to try your hand at. When the next Olympic Games happen, whenever that will be, it’s unlikely they’ll be as much fun as this.

Buy now, $60
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/mario-and-sonic-at-the-olympic-games-tokyo-2020-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”966″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/jxrHwK-e1vk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed5. ‘Mario Tennis Aces'”,”buttonTextBuy now, $60″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/mario-tennis-aces-switch\/</div>
5. ‘Mario Tennis Aces’

Perhaps you like the idea of playing a tennis game, but the aforementioned AO Tennis 2 is a little too realistic for you. Perhaps Camelot’s Mario Tennis Aces could be the fit for you. Released a few summers ago, this game is arcade-like and basic enough that anyone could get into the swing of it (see what I did there?), but there are enough mechanics that allow you to take it more seriously and benefit from that too. If the Nintendo Wii’s tennis games bring you a large dose of nostalgia, try out Swing Mode to take things back to the mid-2000s.

Buy now, $60
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/mario-tennis-aces-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”966″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Ib5ygUYjHZI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed6. ‘NBA 2K21′”,”buttonTextBuy now, $20″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/nba-2k21-switch\/</div>
6. ‘NBA 2K21’

Where EA Sports’ FIFA 21 can suffer a little bit on the Switch and feels like the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 version, 2K have done an exceptional job with their basketball series. NBA 2K21 (and every NBA 2K game available on the Switch before it) really lives up to its potential in a way that it’s hard to say any other sports game does. The graphics really push the Switch to its limits and you can play every game mode available on it. Even if you own the Switch but aren’t the biggest basketball fan, you’ll be able to appreciate this game. At the time of writing, there’s a great discount on too.

Buy now, $20
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/nba-2k21-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”966″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/UsfYeLABYgo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed7. ‘PGA Tour 2K21′</div>
7. ‘PGA Tour 2K21’

Another offering from 2K, PGA Tour 2K21, is easily the best golf simulator that’s available on the Switch, and it likely will be until PGA Tour 2K22 comes out. That’s partially a credit to the game and because there aren’t any other games on the Switch that attempt to take golf as seriously as this one does. It’s tough to give this one as much praise as 2K’s previously mentioned basketball offering, but it’s good regardless and has room to grow. If a realistic round of golf isn’t your thing, but you want to hit a course, try Golf With Your Friends or one of the many other arcade golf games that are available on the Switch.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”966″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/skBNiJd61Qw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed8. ‘Ring Fit Adventure'”,”buttonTextBuy now, $80″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/products\/detail\/ring-fit-adventure-switch\/</div>
8. ‘Ring Fit Adventure’

One of the best-selling games on the Switch, Ring Fit Adventure, is this generation of gaming’s answer to Wii Fit, and that’s genuinely the best way to describe it. Developed and published by Nintendo itself, the game comes with a Ring-Con (a device that you hold and that one Joy-Con fits into) and a Leg Strap (that holds your other Joy-Con for you). There is an RPG mode here that adds a storyline to the fitness, but what really sells this game is its fitness routines and party-style modes, which you can work out with music in the background or silently.

Buy now, $80
https://www.nintendo.com/products/detail/ring-fit-adventure-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”966″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/ZykS9kw2lhE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed9. ‘Rocket League'”,”buttonTextBuy now, free”,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/rocket-league-switch\/</div>
9. ‘Rocket League’

Rocket League has always been popular, even from when its predecessor was called Super Sonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars. But when it became free to play last year shortly after Epic Games took over, its stock really shot up. If you’re unaware of the concept, this is basically soccer, but in cars. Soc-car, if you will. The cars can get a massive speed boost and jump high, high enough for you to hit some insane aerial shots if you’re good enough anyway. It can take some practice to get that good, but at this price point, there’s no good reason to pass it up and not try.

Buy now, free
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/rocket-league-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”966″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/476FbxEsZBE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed10. ‘Super Mega Baseball 3′”,”buttonTextBuy now, $45″,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.nintendo.com\/games\/detail\/super-mega-baseball-3-switch\/</div>
10. ‘Super Mega Baseball 3’

Canadian developer Metalhead Software brings us what is widely considered to be the best baseball game available on the Switch. It features many of the same things as the previous two games (Exhibition, Season, and Elimination, to name a few), but the third installment in the series also adds Franchise mode. It allows you to sign free agents and develop players, a rare sight for arcade games. The freedom of customization given to players is incredible too. This is a game that, even if you’re not necessarily into baseball, you can have fun with.

Buy now, $45
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/super-mega-baseball-3-switch/
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These are the 30 Best Indie Games on Nintendo Switch to Play Right Now

It’s a little more than four years into the Switch’s lifespan and its sales are still going strong, with retailers, particularly in large cities, reporting difficulty keeping stock for more than a few days. With the Switch’s popularity, it’s easy to forget the system isn’t just the hot holiday toy for several years running, it’s also the must-have machine for anyone who prefers indy gaming over AAA fare.

Nintendo recently reminded us of this with a Nintendo Treehouse that emphasized the new indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch. While a number of them look promising, it still remains to be seen if they can find a foothold among the group of Indies the Switch already offers.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/qJf9edBS0TQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed30. ‘The Messenger'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.89″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3qjYRq9</div>
30. ‘The Messenger’

The 2D Ninja Gaiden games have been replicated on modern-day consoles with the Sabotage-developed side-scroller, The Messenger. This ninja-fueled action game starts off simple enough, but it eventually ratchets things up with a wild time-traveling twist. The difficulty level is definitely high here, but it’s well worth testing your quick-twitch skills by carefully maneuvering through a series of dangerous stages.

Buy Now, $19.89
https://amzn.to/3qjYRq9
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/uo2FOBnt11o” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed29. ‘Katana Zero'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/36ba3OL</div>
29. ‘Katana Zero’

Here we have another retro-styled side-scroller that asks you to stay on your P’s and Q’s at all times in order to survive. Katana Zero adopts a neo-noir art style and a gameplay style that emphasizes speed & vicious swordplay. The intricate level design and pixelated visuals on display in Katana Zero will present you with action-packed scenarios that will make you feel like you’re playing something from back in the day.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://amzn.to/36ba3OL
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/mD8x5xLHRho” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed28. ‘Hades'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $43.25″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3ih9UvB</div>
28. ‘Hades’

From the makers of Bastion and Pyre comes Hades, which is a highly addictive roguelike dungeon crawler. The Greek Gods are at the center of this ultimate endurance test as you take control of Zagreus, who is the son of Hades. You’ll make several attempts to escape your father’s Underworld domain as you take the fight to all sorts of mystical beasts and Godly warriors. Hades’ hack and slash combat mechanics are finely tuned, its art design is highly impressive, and its gameplay loop will keep you coming back for more.

Buy Now, $43.25
https://amzn.to/3ih9UvB
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ycsnBIX8wTU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed27. ‘Undertale'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $41.97″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3qgVYq7</div>
27. ‘Undertale’

The solo development work of creator Toby Fox has resulted in one of the trippiest RPGs anyone has ever played. As a small child trapped within a mysterious realm known as the Underground, you’ll encounter a wide array of creatures that task you with either sparing them or killing them in battle. Undertale’s mind-bending plot and complex characters have thrown everyone for a loop by the end – chances are you’ll have your mind blown by it, too.

Buy Now, $41.97
https://amzn.to/3qgVYq7
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/CacV3hrVA9E” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed26. ‘Wargroove'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $48.81″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3CRqEmS</div>
26. ‘Wargroove’

Developer Chucklefish is clearly a big fan of the Advance Wars series as evidenced by this next pick on the list. Wargroove lets you play the part of commander and lead your faction against rival ones during turn-based skirmishes. Up to four players can head into battle and engage in some furious warfare within a beautifully stylized 16-bit realm. The ability to play the main campaign in co-op, create custom battle maps, play quick Arcade missions, and more guarantees that you’ll get your money’s worth from Wargroove.

Buy Now, $48.81
https://amzn.to/3CRqEmS
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/9LL2AtHo1gk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed25. ‘Untitled Goose Game'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $29.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3tk28aP,”jwplayer”</div>
25. ‘Untitled Goose Game’

I’d be remiss not to have included this game somewhere on the list. Untitled Goose Game hit the ground running when it was first released and its popularity burned hot and brightly. Perhaps too hotly and brightly. These days the game isn’t as popular as it once was but it is still good for a laugh or two as players terrorize virtual villagers by way of an ornery goose. Untitled Goose Game represents the kind of silly gameplay that indies excel in and big-name studios don’t do enough of.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://amzn.to/3tk28aP
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/k_YvMnlQjPc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed24. ‘Guacamelee 2′”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $72.45″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3tku0M2,”jwplayer”</div>
24. ‘Guacamelee 2’

The follow-up to the hit Guacamelee, Guacamelee 2 continues the story of Juan as he uses his skills as a luchador to fight the forces of evil. The stunning visuals and snappy controls make a comeback with a few changes. The game features multiplayer, which can, at times, mean too many sprites on the screen, particularly during the game’s more frenzied segments. However, overall, the game is polished and would be a good addition to your library.

Buy Now, $72.45
https://amzn.to/3tku0M2
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/XwF67xkNSn8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed23. ‘Cuphead'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/cuphead-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
23. ‘Cuphead’

Cuphead is another game that made significant waves when it was first introduced. The game’s art style attracted some, while for others the unforgiving difficulty was its primary draw. Whatever the reason, Cuphead was another significant hit, due in small part to streamers and YouTubers posting endless videos of themselves getting frustrated at the game’s difficulty with at least one reviewer referring to it as a deceptively cute Dark Souls.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/cuphead-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/VFAQPF6a3l8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed22. ‘Dead Cells'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $27.70″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/367SEqc,”jwplayer”</div>
22. ‘Dead Cells’

An ongoing theme among Nintendo’s catalog of indie games is their similarities to classic Nintendo games. That’s probably because a number of these developers grew up playing classic NES and Super Nintendo games and want to pay homage to them. Dead Cells is one of these games. Playing it, one can’t’ help but feel they are playing a faster version of Metroid. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, which earns Dead Cells a place on this list.

Buy Now, $27.70
https://amzn.to/367SEqc
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/045HMGET0uU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed21. ‘Enter the Gungeon'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $53.64″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3IrGy8y,”jwplayer”</div>
21. ‘Enter the Gungeon’

Whereas Dead Cells pays homage to games of decades past, one can’t help but get a distinct impression that Enter the Gungeon’s developers sought out to do the exact opposite. Enter the Gungeon spoofs games featuring the bulky, roided out action hero archetype, from Contra to Doom. One of the ways it does this is by juxtaposing action heroes with cartoonishly adorable enemies. Sometimes the jokes fall flat but when they don’t they only add to this overall delightful game.

Buy Now, $53.64
https://amzn.to/3IrGy8y
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/FjJx6u_5RdU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. ‘Stardew Valley'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3uck722,”jwplayer”</div>
20. ‘Stardew Valley’

In recent months, Nintendo’s own Animal Crossing has seen a resurgence in popularity. It seems that the company’s higher-ups banked on tranquil, do whatever you want, gameplay would be a hit among gamers. They weren’t entirely wrong. Stardew Valley is as close to Animal Crossing as a game can get and it has managed to garner a following of its own.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://amzn.to/3uck722
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/iofYDsA2yqg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘Celeste'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/36b7bBt,”jwplayer”</div>
19. ‘Celeste’

Celeste is one of those games in which its popularity is overshadowed by its critical acclaim. There is no shortage of Youtube videos and articles praising the game for everything, from its visuals, pacing to its controls. Each section of the game requires concentration and precise command of the character. It’s not easy but perfecting the controls makes for a rewarding experience.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://amzn.to/36b7bBt
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/SvCJPOv1e_I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed18. ‘Wandersong'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $62.73″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/36b38Ft,”jwplayer”</div>
18. ‘Wandersong’

One of the more interesting titles on this list, Wandersong draws inspiration from titles like Parappa the Rapper by putting music at the center of the gameplay. That combined with a colorful cast of allies and enemies makes for one of the most creative games on this list. Players are tasked with traversing a dying world and saving it with the power of music. The mechanism used to control the music has a small learning curve but, once learned, the world of Wandersong opens up to you.

Buy Now, $62.73
https://amzn.to/36b38Ft
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ztDrbVzqtG4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed17. ‘EQQO'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $6″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/eqqo-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
17. ‘EQQO’

Indie games are among the most convincing arguments for games as a legitimate art form. EQQO makes that argument in spades, with an artistic direction reminiscent of Breath of the Wild and controls that trade snappiness for being part of the narrative itself. EQQO is easily one of the most fascinating entries on this list.

Buy Now, $6
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/eqqo-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/mt8kIBYCs5I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. ‘In Other Waters’ “,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $5.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/in-other-waters-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
16. ‘In Other Waters’

A game that replaces stunning visuals for eye-catching data visualization graphs, In Other Waters, is best described as a simulation in which players must explore and unlock the secrets to a vast expansive ocean. The learning curve is a bit steep but rewarding once learned.

Buy Now, $5.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/in-other-waters-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZViurcwc-S4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. ‘The First Tree'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $1.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/the-first-tree-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
15. ‘The First Tree’

A game that pushes the Switch’s visual limits, The First Tree is gorgeous and nobody knows this better than the developers. The game looks as if the developers intentionally set out to create a visually arresting game. If that is the case, then they succeeded. The First Tree wears its aesthetic on its sleeve as the player traverses this world of pastels and colors.

Buy Now, $1.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/the-first-tree-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/8vEHyYl1IrA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. ‘Rain World'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/rain-world-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
14. ‘Rain World’

Another visually arresting game but with a completely different aesthetic. Whereas The First Tree is bright and hopeful, Rain World is the opposite. Taking place in a dark and corrupt world, violent death is an ever-present reality for the main character. This post-apocalyptic game pulls no punches and is easily one of the most memorable because of it.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/rain-world-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/1dJvMHToVA4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed13. ‘Shinsekai: Into the Depths'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3Jr6ceT,”jwplayer”</div>
13. ‘Shinsekai: Into the Depths’

An ornate game that blends your standard platformer fare with science fiction elements. Shinsekai unravels a fascinating story about adventure, exploration, and danger and it does so in a visually arresting package.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://amzn.to/3Jr6ceT
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/s5adTeN20dk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed12. ‘Dragon Marked for Death'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $26.90″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3CST93k,”jwplayer”</div>
12. ‘Dragon Marked for Death’

Dragon Marked for Death has echoes of the classic cult hit, Guardian Heroes. A side-scrolling beat-em-up, Dragon Marked for Death takes place in a fantasy world ruled by an evil empire. You take control of one of four characters, each with their own skills, to fight back against hordes of enemies. Multiplayer is where this game shines as parties of four make their way through this fantasy epic.

Buy Now, $26.90
https://amzn.to/3CST93k
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/gicpB7w6SXo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. ‘Greak: Memories of Azur'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $37.88″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3CVtxTq,”jwplayer”</div>
11. ‘Greak: Memories of Azur’

Those wanting a bit of sword-and-sorcery will find Greak: Memories of Azur a welcome addition to their libraries. Taking place in a mysterious kingdom players must make their way through an enchanted forest filled with an assortment of monsters. Players can work solo or as a team with each character having their own skillsets, such as the knight who can cut just about anything down. The combat is only half the fun as the game challenges players to unravel the world’s mystery.

Buy Now, $37.88
https://amzn.to/3CVtxTq
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/t-NmNCRDcc0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. ‘Spiritfarer'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $34.80″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3N5fsru,”jwplayer”</div>
10. ‘Spiritfarer’

Another visually arresting game that looks inspired by folklore. Spiritfarer tasks the player with accompanying spirits to their version of the afterlife after getting to know them by building up your shared home. With echoes of Stardew Valley, the game is incredibly is a perfect example of not requiring high stakes to be considered remarkable.

Buy Now, $34.80
https://amzn.to/3N5fsru
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/e5PM3PhOMjY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. ‘Stela'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/stela-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
9. ‘Stela’

An epic sidescrolling adventure in which the character is pursued by nameless shadows, along with a number of other enemies. Stela’s dark aesthetic lends itself well to a game that is rife with danger. When not being pursued by all manner of creatures, players must solve clever puzzles that show developers had an eye for detail when putting this game together.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/stela-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/gE2UZOPRJT0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. ‘Mosaic'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/mosaic-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
8. ‘Mosaic’

At first look, Mosaic seems like a game that is trying to make a statement about the drudgery of modern life. And in a lot of ways, Mosaic does exactly that. But the narrative behind this game is so much more than that. Mosaic is a game of choices in which the player can dictate what path any given story can take. Mosaic developers should be proud they were able to put together a story that balances brevity in despair.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/mosaic-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/TaO-WDvOkdE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed7. ‘The Gardens Between'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $175″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3iofPPu,”jwplayer”</div>
7. ‘The Gardens Between’

A game meant to trigger nostalgic memories, The Gardens Between is a surreal game of childhood adventure. With echoes of Ico, with a dash of Prince of Persia, players are able to traverse landscapes and solve puzzles by controlling time. Its only mechanic is the players’ repertoire.

Buy Now, $175
https://amzn.to/3iofPPu
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/9rskuZKO8hk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. ‘Unruly Heroes'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/unruly-heroes-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
6. ‘Unruly Heroes’

A spirited side-scrolling beat-em-up game, Unruly Heroes is set in a world where players have to fight back against the forces of evil seeking to disrupt the balance. While the game is meant to be played as an adventure, players will likely get the most mileage out of its multiplayer mode where players fight one another in matches similar to Super Smash Brothers.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/unruly-heroes-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ReB3xEfT1Xw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed5. ‘Sleep Tight'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/sleep-tight-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
5. ‘Sleep Tight’

Imagine if the kids from the beginning of Monsters Inc. decided to fight back. That is the basic idea behind Sleep Tight. Players must prepare their defenses in preparation to fight back against the monsters that haunt most pre-adolescent minds.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/sleep-tight-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_YyYQLx2kZc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed4. ‘The Banner Saga'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $29.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3KYEmH8,”jwplayer”</div>
4. ‘The Banner Saga’

One of the more popular indie games on the platform, Banner Saga tasks players with micro-managing a caravan of travelers as they make their way through a harsh environment, making and breaking alliances. The game is beautifully rendered with a story that is as engaging as the epic story. This game is for lovers of fantasy but grounded in harsh reality.

Buy Now, $29.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/9zXBu_JHpsw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed3. ‘Thumper'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $99.13″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3MVPV3M,”jwplayer”</div>
3. ‘Thumper’

Stylistically one of the coolest games on the system. Thumper is an intense racing game that, unlike F-zero, combines speed with rhythm. The result is an unforgettable racing game that constantly keeps players on the edge of their seats.

Buy Now, $99.13
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/qQY8HFgd8ms” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed2. ‘Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.nintendo.com/store/products/shovel-knight-specter-of-torment-switch/,”jwplayer”</div>
2. ‘Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment’

Shovel Knight owed much of its success to comparisons to classic Mega Man games. The game was so successful developers quickly put out a sequel, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, which featured a beloved villain in the original game. Specter of Torment played ever so slightly different than its predecessor, featuring faster and more frenzied gameplay. It remains one of the top sellers within Switch’s Indie market.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/shovel-knight-specter-of-torment-switch/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/kWo5g-tsBNk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed1. ‘Hollow Knight'”,”subhed”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $36.89″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3JjDMn4,”jwplayer”</div>
1. ‘Hollow Knight’

The Granddaddy of Switch indie games. To say this game is popular would be a wild understatement. Hollow Knight is one of a few games on this list that managed to equally be a commercial and critical hit. Everything from the game’s incredible controls, art style, and amazing narrative drew players in and held them without loosening its grip after so many years. There is no better introductory title to the Switch than this game.

Buy Now, $36.89
https://amzn.to/3JjDMn4