We are now at a point where you can comfortably describe the Nintendo Switch as “mature”. It is no longer a new device, but a several years into the life, with a robust and varied selection of games available. There’s a good chance you picked up a switch to play one of Nintendo’s tent pole franchises – either. super Mario, Animal transition, or Pokémon – but there are many different kinds of experiences available on the tablet. It includes great social titles, classic games and inventive indie releases. Heck, one of my favorite experiences this year has been learning chess on the switch again.
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We have rounded up favorite and most used games, apps and entertainment. Check out our app choices for iPhones, Android phones, Windows PCs, and M1-equipped Macs; our favorite mobile games from Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass; and our best choices for game PCs, den PS5, Xbox One and Series X / S, Nintendo Switch, and VR. We have also listed our favorite streaming shows Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN Plus, and Netflix; some great sci-fi books; and exciting new podcasts. (Note: The price was exact at the time of publication, but is subject to change.)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
With New horizons, Animal transition went from a charming and charming life sim to one of Nintendo’s most important franchises, up there with Mario and Zelda. It’s still a game about carving out a humble, cozy life on an island full of animals, but the addition of online games, more robust customization tools and the fact that almost everyone in the world was stuck at home this year, made it an important cultural test stone. New horizons brought people together, caused family drama and affected communities ranging from Twitch streamers to streetwear enthusiasts. And it’s still going strong, with (free!) Seasonal updates that add more depth and texture to the comfortable world.
Sometimes you just need something familiar, and Clubhouse games fills that niche perfectly. It’s an incredibly simple concept: a collection of more than 50 physical games, from chess to darts to bowling, that you can play on Switch. The package was obviously put together with a lot of love and a level of care and attention to detail that makes this more than just a simple collection. Each game has a pleasant tactile feel, despite the fact that it is a digital recreation. Clubhouse games is full of famous favorites, but will probably also introduce you to new games from around the world. It’s the perfect thing to pick up and play between other, more complex experiences.
The name Coffee talk could not have been more apt: this is a game about both talk and coffee. You take on the role of a barista in an evening cafe in an alternate version of Seattle, one full of magical creatures, all of whom have their own personal issues when they enter the store. From behind the counter you will hear the whole drama, occasionally with some advice, all while making sure to serve the perfect latte or hot chocolate. It’s warm and comforting, and it’s a great way to spend a cozy evening.
Ever since the debut with Bastion, developer Supergiant Games has released a steady stream of hits, from cyberpunk Transistor to the magical Campfire. All the studio’s work has incredible 2D images, deep and engaging worlds, and a game corner that makes it hard to walk away. Hades feels like a culmination of the team’s previous efforts. In your attempt to escape the underworld you will die a lot, but each mistake is a chance to explore new techniques and learn more about the incredible cast. Get ready to lose some sleep.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
No Switch collection is complete without The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo’s first real game in the open world maintained the genre, with an experience that feels huge and deep, but still leaves much of the exploration and discovery to the players. In a world full of games with big signs and mini maps packed with interesting places, Breath of the Wild allows you to move and learn at your own pace. It can be both exciting and quiet, overwhelming and subtle, all at the same time. I’m still learning new things about the game more than three years after its launch. Even better: now you can dig deeper into the story with the spin-off Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
Murder By Numbers
Sometimes two things go so well together that you have to wonder why no one tried it before. This is the case Murder By Numbers. It is a silly, yet touching crime drama that plays out like a visual novel, one that is packed with lovable characters and surprising plot twists. But it’s also a puzzle, one where you complete sudoku-like challenges to find clues and solve crimes. It may not make much sense on the surface, but in practice these two halves fit together perfectly.
Pokémon sword and shield
There are few things that fit better than Pokémon games and Nintendo handhelds, however Sword and Shield go an extra step past also to be good console experiences thanks to the Switch’s hybrid character. Launched last year, the base game is still one of the best role-playing games available on Switch, and it has since been made even bigger thanks to two significant expansions that add new stories to dissect, places to explore and – most importantly – pocket monster to collect.
Ring Fit Adventure
Ring Fit Adventure is not only a great game, it is also one of the few ways to get a decent workout, thanks to COVID-related restrictions. It also does something very rare: makes the boredom of a workout fun. Ring Fit is structured as a fantasy role-playing game, one where you travel to distant worlds that fight against all kinds of magical creatures. But to attack, you have to do yoga poses, squats and lots of planks. It’s exhausting in the best possible way, and Nintendo has also released an update that turns around Ring Fit into a rhythm game complete with classic super Mario songs.
Streets of Rage 4
Sometimes you just want to beat things. Streets of Rage 4 is here to commit. The latest entry in the classic beat ’em up series does not change the formula: you still play as one of a handful of heroes, exploring side-scrolling levels as you pummel every street punk in sight. This time, however, the 2D graphics look incredible, and the gameplay is streamlined so that it feels a little more modern. Surprisingly, the best part can only be the music, with an incredible soundtrack that includes new songs from the famous composer Yuzo Koshiro.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
This collection brings together three of Mario’s most influential 3D adventures: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Not all items will appear in 2020, so you may be frustrated by that 64are relics of a camera, or the difficult controls of Sunshinewater package. But for the most part, every game in Super Mario 3D All-Stars is still fun, and playing through them today is a great way to see how Nintendo’s design philosophy has changed over the years. You will never look Super Mario Odyssey in the same way again.