Nintendo Switch - Games You Can Play Right Now

I just found out that Jupiter put out another Picross game this fall called "Kemono Friends Picross." It's based on an anime series:

Wikipedia wrote:

Japari Park is a large zoo home to extant species, endangered species, extinct species, cryptids and some legendary creatures. Due to a mysterious substance known as "Sandstar", many of the animals have become anthropomorphized into girls known as Friends.

It's more Picross with 150 puzzles, 150 Mega Picross versions, and also a Clip Picross ( solving several puzzles to create a larger scene). It seems cute so far.

ebarstad wrote:

Has anyone here played Hands of Fate 2? I see it’s on sale, just not sure if I should wait for a deeper discount down the road.

I’m also really craving an xcom 2 type game on the switch. Anything out there scratch that itch?

Into the Breach is great on Switch, if you don't have it already.

And it was $10.04 when I went to the eshop. Oddly when I go there now because I was going to copy a link for the post it is $14.99

I guess I will just be happy that I got it for cheap.

Now what are the tips I should know before I play?

farley3k wrote:

And it was $10.04 when I went to the eshop. Oddly when I go there now because I was going to copy a link for the post it is $14.99

I guess I will just be happy that I got it for cheap.

Now what are the tips I should know before I play?

It's still on sale, maybe they don't show you the sale price if you own it

I guess I belong in this thread now. Picked up a Switch thanks to peer pressure from my little brother and his girlfriend.

Grabbed:
Civilization VI (the main reason I've been considering a Switch to begin with)
Diablo III
Splatoon 2
Smash Bros
Mario Kart
Into the Breach
Banner Saga 1
Puyo Puyo Tetris

And then over in the free games, all of the pinball games for my wife to sample and decide which she likes, Warframe, and (sigh) Fortnite

*Legion* wrote:

I guess I belong in this thread now. Picked up a Switch thanks to peer pressure from my little brother and his girlfriend.
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And then over in the free games, all of the pinball games for my wife to sample and decide which she likes, Warframe, and (sigh) Fortnite

Go grab a flip grip for the pinball games, your wife will thank you.

Legion I am surprised at the absence of Odyssey and Zelda in the list.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Legion I am surprised at the absence of Odyssey and Zelda in the list.

HOT TAKE: Odyssey is terribly overrated and doesn't measure up to A Hat in Time (which I have on Steam and need to finish).

Zelda, I will pick up eventually. I only recently completed Ocarina of Time. After I catch up on the rest of the series, I'll get BOTW.

But for what will be a portable slash family living room system for me, I'm more interested in repeat-play types of games rather than single player story campaign type games. Hence why things like Civilization and Diablo appeal to me for travel, and Mario Kart and the like for living room play.

*Legion* wrote:

Zelda, I will pick up eventually. I only recently completed Ocarina of Time. After I catch up on the rest of the series, I'll get BOTW.

Any particular reason for this? Not only are each of the stories different, but Breath of the Wild is a major departure from those other 3D Zelda games. Other than completionist purposes I'm not sure there's any benefit to playing them all before jumping into Breath of the Wild.

Mario Odyssey is more fun than Mario 64...

I bounced off of Odyssey also (same with any 3D Mario). A lot of people love it though.

I think Zelda is a great travel game if you like that type of gameplay.

DSGamer wrote:

Mario Odyssey is more fun than Mario 64...

And the best 3D Mario game except Galaxy 2.

DSGamer wrote:

Mario Odyssey is more fun than Mario 64...

So is a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. I have enjoyed all the other 3D Mario games I've played but 64 was just never fun for me.

ccesarano wrote:

Any particular reason for this? Not only are each of the stories different, but Breath of the Wild is a major departure from those other 3D Zelda games. Other than completionist purposes I'm not sure there's any benefit to playing them all before jumping into Breath of the Wild.

Because I am interested in playing through those games and I have them already.

*Legion* wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

Any particular reason for this? Not only are each of the stories different, but Breath of the Wild is a major departure from those other 3D Zelda games. Other than completionist purposes I'm not sure there's any benefit to playing them all before jumping into Breath of the Wild.

Because I am interested in playing through those games and I have them already.

This is a good reason.

FWIW, hopefully you didn’t take my Mario snark the wrong way. I totally support people playing games they like. I just think Odyssey is pretty great so I got a little out of control there.

Overall I still think people should play games they like. That’s my policy.

I labeled my Odyssey opinion HOT TAKE for a reason, I know the prevailing opinion of the game differs from mine. Odyssey just felt like a step backwards to me. (3D platformers aren't exactly my go-to genre anyway, so this is the opinion of someone that doesn't usually prioritize these sorts of games)

Breath of the Wild, however, absolutely is a game that interests me. My brother is sitting on my couch playing it on his Switch on my living room TV right now. It'll be on my Switch eventually.

Hey, I'm there with you. I can see why people enjoy Oddysey, but I was disappointed with it. A step back in difficulty, and without the challenge I felt like collecting all the moons was more busy work than anything. It never really rewarded me. I understand the design philosophy, but there were just so many moons everywhere, they started to feel about as rewarding as running into gold coins.

Beautiful game, amazing style, but it didn't provide me with the thrills and sense of accomplishment as previous Mario games. I enjoyed 3D world and Galaxy way more. Actually, I think I've enjoyed every other Mario game more than Odyssey. None of them were bad, but Odyssey really stood out as the black sheep of the franchise for me.

Odyssey left almost no impression on me. I keep seeing people talk about that great Mario game that came out on Switch, and I want to play it, but then I remember that I already did. It's weird.

*Legion* wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

Any particular reason for this? Not only are each of the stories different, but Breath of the Wild is a major departure from those other 3D Zelda games. Other than completionist purposes I'm not sure there's any benefit to playing them all before jumping into Breath of the Wild.

Because I am interested in playing through those games and I have them already.

Heh. The simplest explanation, I suppose. That's gonna be quite a number of hours, though. I wish you luck.

I think I see the source of all the confusion. Mario Odyssey isn't a Mario game; it's an Odyssey game.

https://kotaku.com/a-look-back-at-th...

Agathos wrote:

I think I see the source of all the confusion. Mario Odyssey isn't a Mario game; it's an Odyssey game.

https://kotaku.com/a-look-back-at-th...

Nice. But no mention of the Magnavox console that started the whole line?

The Switch is so much better a piece of hardware and software than anything Nintendo has released in years that it's not even funny.

I wish the library was as interesting as the platform.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I wish the library was as interesting as the platform.

I hadn’t given it much thought because I am so in love with my Switch, but there’s something to this idea. The Wii was a very weird console to have as an enthusiast, but it had a lot of “boutique” games for lack of a better term. I can’t think of any Switch analogs for No More Heroes, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Pandora’s Tower, Little King’s Story, Zack and Wiki, Fragile Dreams, etc.

There are a ton of great games on Switch, but not a ton that you can’t get elsewhere, I guess. Perhaps it’s down to how unique and uncompromising the design of the Wii proved out.

I think that's just modern gaming. Other than a handful of PS4 exclusives and Nintendo first-party stuff, there aren't too many games that you can't get in more than 1 location.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I wish the library was as interesting as the platform.

This is true. My Wii library was 40+ titles because there were a lot of interesting titles in there doing interesting things that I liked. The Switch is very, very mainstream.

Blind_Evil wrote:

I can’t think of any Switch analogs for No More Heroes, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Pandora’s Tower, Little King’s Story, Zack and Wiki, Fragile Dreams, etc.

It's funny, because if that's what the Switch library was, I wouldn't want one.

Me, I'm looking at this thing and thinking, "goddamn I want XCOM on this". PC games gone mobile is what sold me, along with Nintendo first party games.

My eShop wish list looks like: Darkest Dungeon, Wasteland 2, Cities: Skylines, Prison Architect, This War of Mine, Stardew Valley, Binding of Isaac, and then of course Breath of the Wild.

*Legion* wrote:

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Me, I'm looking at this thing and thinking, "goddamn I want XCOM on this". PC games gone mobile is what sold me, along with Nintendo first party games.
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In lieu of XCOM, check out Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Which appears to be on sale for $20 at the moment.

*Legion* wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

I can’t think of any Switch analogs for No More Heroes, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Pandora’s Tower, Little King’s Story, Zack and Wiki, Fragile Dreams, etc.

It's funny, because if that's what the Switch library was, I wouldn't want one.

Me, I'm looking at this thing and thinking, "goddamn I want XCOM on this". PC games gone mobile is what sold me, along with Nintendo first party games.

Same here. I’m interested in uniquely Switch experiences, but for me the mobile hardware gives the chance to play less unique games that I wouldn’t otherwise put the time in on. A lot of unique experiences I’ve had on the Wii and DS had control schemes that ended up being really tedious. I know I’m not the only one who’s sick of the Wii waggle.

If the Switch library was made up only of Nintendo or "uniques", I don't think the system would be as exciting to me. Besides those things, the Switch also provides me with a portable option for games I already like or want to play from other gaming systems. I personally like that it's more mainstream in that sense. Yes, I can get many of the same games (and have many of them) on my Xbox, but I can't play my Xbox on the go.