Nintendo Switch - Games You Can Play Right Now

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This is the thread for Nintendo Switch games that aren't going to get their own threads but are available to play right now. Got a new indie game you love? That goes in here. One of Nintendo's second-tier major releases? That also goes in here. Game that isn't out yet? That goes in the catch-all.

Previous games thread.

I've made ClockworkHouse the creator of this thread. Please update the OP with links or other info you think is helpful for the games discussion. Sorry for locking the old thread, we're starting fresh with Nintendo stuff.

So no first party games, since I don't think any are eshop only. Right. Sure. Ok.

Dr.Ghastly wrote:

So no first party games, since I don't think any are eshop only. Right. Sure. Ok.

There's that Bomberman style game about flipping tiles

This seems more confusing to me than just having a general thread for Switch games that don't warrant their own thread. Do we talk about ARMS here? Aren't all the big games on the eShop anyways?

Also, do I post my comments about the actual eShop here?

Yeah what?

Hey, everyone. I chatted a bit with Certis, and he's asked me to make a determination about what's appropriate for this thread and what isn't, because I'm a bit more bitchy personally invested in Nintendo's games and platforms.

His suggestion—and I think it's a good starting point—is to focus this thread on games that aren't big enough to warrant a dedicated catch-all but are also actually released and available to play, i.e., not stuff you're looking forward to but stuff you're playing right now.

This is the place to post your hot takes, thoughtful impressions, and questions about games that you're playing that other people could play, too. Upcoming releases, hardware questions, online services, peripherals, Nintendo Directs, sales data, and all other Switch-related conversation should go in the Switch thread. The 3DS and Wii U threads will continue to encompass all things Wii U and 3DS. Hopefully that clarifies things a bit.

Hey, you know World of Goo? It's still good.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

Hey, you know World of Goo? It's still good.

Such a great game. I always wondered why they didn't make a sequel, but I guess if you're still releasing and making money off the first game why would you?

Human Resource Machine from the same developers is fantastic. I played it on Android and plan to get it on the Switch just because I loved it so much.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

His suggestion—and I think it's a good starting point—is to focus this thread on games that aren't big enough to warrant a dedicated catch-all but are also actually released and available to play, i.e., not stuff you're looking forward to but stuff you're playing right now.

Cool. This seems like a good compromise.

I purchases I Am Setsuna on sale.

...I haven't started yet.

ccesarano wrote:

I purchases I Am Setsuna on sale.

...I haven't started yet.

I played that almost exclusively when the switch launched (I waited to get BotW for some reason) and It was a lot of fun. Definitely feels like a FF6/Romancing Saga era game with some nicer graphics.

Tagging.

skylarhawk wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

I purchases I Am Setsuna on sale.

...I haven't started yet.

I played that almost exclusively when the switch launched (I waited to get BotW for some reason) and It was a lot of fun. Definitely feels like a FF6/Romancing Saga era game with some nicer graphics.

I really enjoyed it but it definitely helped that you can play it on the go, because it's a bit grindy. Fortunately, the overall game is relatively short, so it balances out well. Be sure to check this video on momentum attacks. The tutorials don't explain it well, and you will have trouble with the game if you don't understand how the system works. Also, it adds a nice rhythmic feel to each of the battles.

Not to keep harping on the rules, but is this the place to discuss unreleased games? There's a new No More Heroes game that just had a trailer linked below. I never finished the second one, but based on the fourth-wall breaking commentary that won't matter.

Gaine wrote:

Not to keep harping on the rules, but is this the place to discuss unreleased games?

Per Certis's request, no. Unreleased games go in the platform catch-all.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Gaine wrote:

Not to keep harping on the rules, but is this the place to discuss unreleased games?

Per Certis's request, no. Unreleased games go in the platform catch-all.

Oops, I guess I should learn to read (all the posts). Carry on everyone!

Anyone have the Puyo Puyo Tetris game? What is it like? I love Tetris, but I can't see paying $40 for it.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Anyone have the Puyo Puyo Tetris game? What is it like? I love Tetris, but I can't see paying $40 for it.

I got everything I needed from the demo and then never felt a need to buy it, for what that is worth.

Ironcast is worth a look as a fairly deep but quick to get into game. Match3/Steampunk Mech Combat/RPG

I've put several hours into it. Like it a lot.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Anyone have the Puyo Puyo Tetris game? What is it like? I love Tetris, but I can't see paying $40 for it.

It's pretty good? At the end of the day, it lets you play Tetris on your Switch.

The campaign mode missions vary between Tetris and Puyo Puyo 1v1 matches against the AI, so if you have no interest in the latter, then it might not be a great fit.

(The campaign mode story is rather kiddy, and also pretty surreal. I would venture a guess that it's pretty Japanese?)

Campaign mode aside, there are a lot of modes for single-player as well. I like the mode where it ends when (and if) you reach 150 lines -- it's almost like the traditional endless mode, but the 150-line cap lets you feel like you "win" if you are able to reach it, and also puts an effective top end on the play time for that mode, which is nice.

I had thought I was a pretty good Tetris player, since back in the Game Boy days I was the best person I knew at the Tetris game on that system, but I got absolutely crushed when I played the Tetris mode of Puyo Puyo Tetris online.

jrralls, thanks for the tip on the demo, I never even considered they might have a tetris demo on the store. You are right, it lets me play a quick round of tetris which is nice.

General question for everyone - what is your favorite eShop-only game? I'm looking to expand my library.

LeapingGnome wrote:

General question for everyone - what is your favorite eShop-only game? I'm looking to expand my library.

I've had my eyes on Fast RMX. Haven't got it yet but reviews are good. If Nintendo won't give me another F Zero I guess this is all we get.

Stele wrote:
LeapingGnome wrote:

General question for everyone - what is your favorite eShop-only game? I'm looking to expand my library.

I've had my eyes on Fast RMX. Haven't got it yet but reviews are good. If Nintendo won't give me another F Zero I guess this is all we get.

I really like Fast RMX a lot and I don't usually like racing games.

FastRMX or Thumper would be my favorite. I can't decide. FastRMX is a Wipeout-like arcade racer with a twist. It's very, very good. It was my go-to lunch break game for the first month or so of Switch ownership. Thumper is what happens when someone takes Audiosurf, crafts a custom soundtrack for it and turns it into a horror game.

Wonder Boy/Girl was great for a look at early PEG design with a modern skin so it doesn't look like you're playing an 8-bit game.

Blaster Master Zero is a solid update of the NES action game.

Snipperclips is a cooperative puzzle game of sorts. I highly recommend it if you have someone to play with. The controls are simple enough my non-gaming partner and I played through most of this together. We just haven't returned to finish it.

Any of the above get an easy recommendation from me.

Overcooked is to be avoided for now. It's a fun game, but frustrating to play on the Switch. The developer is working on a performance patch. If they're able to resolve the technical issues with the port, the game is fantastic, frantic fun and again, controls easy enough to play even with non-gamers.

LeapingGnome wrote:

General question for everyone - what is your favorite eShop-only game? I'm looking to expand my library.

If you have another local player, Snipperclips is fantastic. It's a co-op puzzle game where you and another player take cuts out of each other's characters to form them into different shapes to do a variety of things. You'll end up having to make each other into hooks and buckets and gears and all sorts of things.

For a single-player game, I really enjoyed Kamiko. It's a Japanese light action game from the creator of Fairune. It's short and fun, and each of the three characters controls differently enough that there's some variety but not so differently that you feel like you're having to completely relearn how to play.

If we are talking favorite eshop games I guess I should also mention Mighty Gunvolt Burst. If you love Megaman games you shouldn't miss that one.

Shovel Knight: treasure trove has been a perfect fit for this system. I'd recommend that if you haven't played it. It's probably one of the best games I've played this year and the amount of content in it is crazy.

Rave wrote:

Shovel Knight: treasure trove has been a perfect fit for this system. I'd recommend that if you haven't played it. It's probably one of the best games I've played this year and the amount of content in it is crazy.

I'd forgotten this in my list above, and yes... this easily beats out my other recommendations if you haven't played it and/or haven't played the side campaigns. Spectre Knight in particular was a pleasure to play. I had played Shovel Knight prior to buying the Switch copy. When I picked it up for the Switch, I decided to play through each mission with each of the campaigns before moving to the next. It's amazing how they've adjusted the different levels to match the movement and skills available for the (currently 3) different campaigns.

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