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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.

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
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
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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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The 15 Best Horror Games On Switch

Just like watching horror movies is polarising for people, playing horror games has always had people split right down the middle. Some gamers love the thrill and suspense that comes with the jump scares and spookiness that comes with horror games and some gamers don’t understand why you would ever put yourself through something like that.

The Nintendo Switch has grown an immense amount in popularity in the past year and a half and the perception that largely comes along with it is the family-friendly, cute-looking games that Nintendo has been known for decades. However, it does boast a breadth of horror games that are well worth playing – if that’s your thing, of course.

To help you out, here’s a list of what we believe to be the fifteen best horror games on the Nintendo Switch.

1. Alien: Isolation

Taking a classic franchise back to its roots is Alien: Isolation, credited with not just being a good horror game of the bunch that have made their way to the Switch, but genuinely one of the better ones ever made. Set on a space station, this one is all about stealth and survival, which only makes those inevitable bigger horror moments all the more fear-inducing. In the first-person perspective, you play as Amanda Ripley, and along with the main obvious enemy are hostile humans and androids, bringing variety.

Buy now, $34.99
2. Amnesia: Collection

The Amnesia Collection contains three games; The Dark Descent, A Machine For Pigs and Justine. The first of those is widely regarded as the best, but the entire thing is worth playing since you have it anyway. The first game sees you in the classic horror scenario of waking up somewhere with no memory of anything. Your job is to figure things out, all the while maneuvering through a castle and defending yourself against The Gatherers.

Buy now, $29.99
3. Bendy And The Ink Machine

Bendy And The Ink Machine is a great one because of the context of the horror. Characters are being drawn in an animation studio by an animator who has come out of retirement, but the ink is supernatural, which means it brings them to life. In first-person, you play as Henry Stein, the animator. The game is split up into a few chapters and players must play through puzzles and challenges and defeat enemies.

Buy now, $29.99
4. Blair Witch

Released on the Nintendo Switch just last year, as the name suggests, this Bloober Team game is based on the Blair Witch films, a well-respected horror franchise. This game is set in 1996, two years after The Blair Witch Project takes place. It follows Ellis Lynch while he searches for a missing boy in Black Hills Forest. Being alone in the woods will really always be a great setting for any kind of horror content and arguably, the plot devices work better here than in the movies. Either way, if you’ve consumed and been a fan of the movies, this is a must-play game.

Buy now, $29.99
5. Dead By Daylight

This is probably the most popular title on this list, largely because of how it got picked up by streamers. Tens of thousands of streamers have streamed it and at any given time, it’s one of the top fifteen most streamed games out. In a group of five, one of you is the killer who must catch the others before they can repair the seven generators and exit the area. The survivors can also fight back with special perks and items that are scattered throughout the maps. With different perks, load-outs, and tactics possible, you can get hours of fun from this game. Running away with the killer behind you is suspense like no other.

Buy now, $29.99
6. Deadly Premonition Origins

Developed and published by TOYBOX, Deadly Premonition is an open-world survival horror game. Greenvale, Washington is a fictional town in which numerous murders have taken place and you, in the shoes of FBI Special Agent Francis York Morgan, must solve the cases and find the identity of the Raincoat Killer. It’s very easy to get lost in this world, which is all you want from a horror, really.

Buy now, $29.99
7. Detention

Detention is a special game because of how nuanced it is. It’s set during the White Terror period in Taiwan and inspired by Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Wei and Ray are students at Greenwood High School but they find themselves trapped there when a typhoon is about to hit. Now, it’s haunted by evil creatures called the Lingered. The characters are layered and their backstories do a great job of putting the player in their shoes, which only makes the horror even scarier. The soundtrack here is especially eerie too.

Buy now, $12.99
8. Five Nights At Freddy’s

The first Five Nights At Freddy’s game from 2014 spawned an entire series of popular horror games. The premise is simple. You are put in the role of a security guard who has the night shift at a pizza place. You sit in the office with access to a bunch of cameras. The only problem is, the cameras show that the animatronics are trying to kill you. They mainly move when you have an eye on them, so juggling them is key. The objective of the game is to survive five nights there, which gets harder and harder to do every night.

Buy now, $7.99
9. Friday The 13th: The Game

If you know anything about the legendary Friday The 13th movies, then you already know most of what to expect here, but that won’t take away from the horror of things. The game, developed by Illfonic and published by Gun Media, offers both a campaign mode and arena-style gameplay. The latter is exactly what you’d imagine a Friday The 13th game to be. It sees you with a group of people trying to escape Jason Vorhees. The campaign, however, gives you a chance to be the killer, a rare spin for horror games. More great news is that the Switch edition comes with all released content that console players had to wait for.

Buy now, $19.99

While INSIDE doesn’t actively try to scare you for most of the game, it’s the entire aura of the puzzle-platformer that really does the trick. Both developed and published by Playdead, players control a boy in a dystopian world as he figures his way through the gloomy, 2.5D environment. If you’re familiar with Limbo, this is made by the same people and runs on the same engine. Many consider this to be one of the greatest games ever made, largely because of its ending that will flip your world upside down and that there are multiple theories about it.

Buy now, $19.99
11. Layers Of Fear: Legacy

Developed by Bloober Team (the same team that made Blair Witch), published by Aspyr, and released on the Switch in 2018, Layers Of Fear is a unique offering in the horror genre. That’s because there’s no main antagonist in the game and it doesn’t rely on jump scares to scare its players, not that there’d be anything wrong with that. Instead, the game plays on your own mind and will have you questioning your sanity. Environments change around you as you traverse the Victorian-era house and try to finish a masterpiece.

Buy now, $19.99
12. Little Nightmares II

Little Nightmares II is mostly considered to be a stronger game than its predecessor, but both are great pick-ups. Released in February of this year, this sequel is actually set before the first game. Making another appearance is Six, who works with the player, Mono, to discover Pale City’s scariest secrets. There are puzzles to get past and while you can fight against smaller enemies, bigger ones require stealth to get past, a healthy mechanic in a horror game that gives the enemies reverence.

Buy now, $29.99
13. Outlast: Bundle Of Terror

Outlast puts you in the shoes of a journalist who is tasked with investigating a psychiatric hospital called Mount Massive Asylum. Once you get in, the gate shuts behind you and the scary reality of what has happened is obvious once you see a mutilated officer warning you to get out with his last breath. Making your way through the hospital trying to unpack its dark secrets is an incredibly fun adventure and there’s no way you can get through this game without getting spooked at least a few times. The great thing about the Bundle Of Terror version that was made for the Switch is that you get the Whistleblower DLC right along with it.

Buy now, $24.99

In OXENFREE, you play as a teenage girl named Alex, who is partying with her stepbrother and their friends before supernatural events occur and they’re tasked with figuring out how to stop it. Despite being a story-driven game here, Night School Studio wanted to make a point of having no cutscenes in the game and it works pretty well. 

Buy now, $9.99
15. Resident Evil Revelations Collection

The Resident Evil games have been a staple in survival horror for a long time, so it’s only right that one of their Switch offerings got a spot on our list. As the name suggests, this collection bundles the two Revelations games together. The sequel is great if you want to try some co-op. If you’re a fan of these, you can also try the Origins Collection.

Buy now, $7.99
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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.

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
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…
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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All 7 Pokémon Switch Games, Ranked

From the start of its gaming franchise in 1996 to now, Pokémon has become Nintendo’s second biggest-selling series, moving out around half a billion units. It comes behind Mario, which has sold around 150 million more units than it, albeit with a head start of around a decade and a half.

Pokémon games started out on the Game Boy in the first generation and have continued all the way through the iterations of the Game Boy and the iterations of the Nintendo DS to now, where games release on the Switch, which is a top-five selling console for Nintendo and is quickly rising on that list.

There has been a total of seven games released on the Nintendo Switch at the time of writing and if you’re wondering how the seventh and eighth generation games are stacking up against each other, below we have compiled a list of them in order from worst to best. But first, we look forward to the game that has been announced for the Switch and what we can expect from them.

1. ‘New Pokémon Snap’
Release date: April 30th, 2021

In 1999, Pokémon Snap was released for the Nintendo 64 in North America, and to this day, the community is split on how good it was. Some consider it one of the better Pokémon spinoff games ever, while some think it was a little boring. The concept of the game is that you’re a photographer called Todd Snap, and you travel around the world, taking pictures of different Pokémon species. Once you’ve taken 60 pictures, you take them back to Professor Oak, who rates each one.

It’s a simple concept that could be perfect for you depending on what kind of games you like. Next month, Bandai Namco Studios are putting out the sequel.

While the original was criticized for only including 63 Pokémon, New Pokémon Snap will feature over 200 different Pokémon. Now, you’ll traverse through jungles, beaches, and deserts on your hovercraft to take your photos and will take them to Professor Mirror who helps judge them with the help of Rita and Phil. Photos can now be retouched and shared online where the most liked pictures will be shared in-game.

A new addition is the Illumina phenomenon, which was teased at the end of the trailer. You’re tasked with helping to investigate it.

Pre-Order, $60
2. ‘Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’
Release date: Late 2021

One of the other games announced in celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary was Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. It will be an enhanced remake of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl which is a fourth-generation game that was released on the Nintendo DS in 2006 in Japan (and 2007 in North America).

The return to Sinnoh is highly anticipated amongst fans. The Diamond & Pearl games were a key turning point in the Pokémon series because they were a step up from previous games and showed fans what the future of the franchise would be. Fourth-generation is where online battling and trading was first introduced so it’s only fitting that it comes back around here. Aside from the obvious graphical changes, the remakes are believed to be faithful.

Interestingly, the games are being developed by ICLA and overseen by Game Freak, when usually the latter is the main developer. This makes this the first time a main series Pokémon game where Game Freak is not the lead developer.

3. ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’
Release date: Early 2022

Last but not least of the games announced earlier this year is Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It serves as a prequel to Pokémon Diamond & Pearl and in turn the Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl games. It is expected to be out around a year from now.

While it will honor the core gameplay of the games that have become for it, Pokémon Legends: Arceus makes history because it is the first action-RPG in the main series and Game Freak’s first attempt at that sub-genre of games.

The reveal trailer saw many fans comparing the environment, gameplay, and general cinematic style to that of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game is set to feature an open-world setting that is an extension of the Wild Area that was introduced in Pokémon Sword & Shield (which appears in our ranking just below because it was a game for the Switch). Though it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s speculated that the objective of the game will be to create Sinnoh’s first Pokédex.

Now for the list…

Now that we know what’s to come, here’s the ranking of the games that are already out on the Switch.

7. ‘Pokémon HOME’
Release date: February 12th, 2020

Perhaps this is a little unfair considering Pokémon HOME isn’t a game per se, but it’s still an official Pokémon application available on the Switch, so we decided to include it anyway. It’s completely free (more on this later) and acts as cloud-based storage for Pokémon.

There is a mobile version of the game and of course, a Switch version. The Switch version boasts some exclusive features, including access to the Basic Box where 30 Pokémon can be stored. Pokémon from Let’s Go Pikachu!, Let’s Go Eevee! and Pokémon Sword & Shield can all be stored here.

A key criticism of HOME is that if you really want to use the full breadth of it and if you’re a hardcore Pokémon player, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to pay for the Premium plan which allows you to store up to 6,000 Pokémon. A 30-day subscription will cost you $2.69 while a full year will put you $14.39 out of pocket.

Buy now, Free
6.’ Pokémon Café Mix’
Release date: June 23rd, 2020

Developed by Genius Sonority and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Café Mix, just like Pokémon HOME, is completely free. It’s not your average Pokémon game where you have to catch Pokémon. Instead, it’s a puzzle game.

You and Eevee own a Café and serve customers, who are Pokémon. Every time an order is placed, a puzzle is triggered. You must clear matching icons on a screen by linking them in a ring, with a particular focus on items that the customer has just ordered. Every time you complete an order successfully, you’re given the means to upgrade the café, which will, in turn, attract more kinds of Pokémon.

The art style is great, but players have criticized the longevity of the game to some extent. If these kinds of puzzle games that generally appear on mobile aren’t your thing, this game isn’t going to change your mind. But with a price tag of free, it’s worth a try anyway.

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5. ‘Pokémon Quest’
Release date: May 30th, 2018

The growing success of Minecraft meant that a bunch of franchises tried their hand at their own voxel-style games and Pokémon Quest is Game Freak’s attempt.

Set on the appropriately named Tumblecube Island, the new cube-shaped Pokémon we see here are called Pokéxel. There are four parts to the gameplay: base camp management, expeditions, catching Pokémon, and training Pokémon.

Much like Pokémon Café Mix, Pokémon Quest is considered to be a good enough game that it provides an ample distraction from everyday life, but it lacks the depth needed to compete with some of the games that appear later on this list.

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4. ‘Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX’
Release date: March 6th, 2020

Released last year, this game is a remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team & Red Rescue Team. It was the first remake of a Pokémon game that wasn’t a main series game.

You start off as a human who turned into a Pokémon and which one you turn into is decided by a personality test you take at the beginning. From there, you pick a Pokémon to be your partner and take on the jobs that you’re given. These can be anything from rescuing Pokémon to delivering items.

Similar to criticisms of other games that have already appeared on this list, many felt that the game could feel like too much of a grind which took the fun out of it, though considering it a worthy spinoff title that it’s hard for a Pokémon fan to ignore.

Buy now, $60
3. ‘Pokkén Tournament DX’
Release date: September 22nd, 2017

Pokkén Tournament DX is an enhanced version of Pokkén Tournament that was first teased way back in 2013. It was released for Arcade in 2015, Wii U in 2016, and the Switch in 2017.

In Germany and Austria, the game is known as Pokémon Tekken, which should give you an idea about what kind of game it is. It’s a fighting game with a focus on action. Of all of the versions released, the Switch is the only one that has all 23 Pokémon in it.

The game is considered underrated and one of the better fighting titles you can get on the Nintendo Switch, with extra praise going to the Switch version.

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2. ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!’
Release date: November 16th, 2018

Yet another remake, coming in at second place, is Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!, a remake of Pokémon Yellow. These games are unique because they’re made to be a good entry point for new fans as well as older fans who played the original back in 1998.

The return to Kanto did its job in providing nostalgia for the original fans. Fans and critics alike applauded the capture system and Pikachu and Eevee as protagonists.

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1. ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’
Release date: November 15th, 2019

Finally, the best Pokémon game on the Switch, Pokémon Sword & Shield. Here, we go back to the classic storyline of a young Pokémon trainer who wants to become champion, this time of the Galar region by dethroning Leon.

The leadup to the game was shaky. The announcement that not all pre-existing Pokémon would appear had some fans disappointing and calling for a boycott, but all was well post-release. The game’s emphasis on freedom and general design was praised and most consider it one of the better games to be released in the entire series, let alone on the Switch.

Buy now, $112 (bundle)
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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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