Nintendo Switch - Games You Can Play Right Now

NIS sale on Switch until Feb 6. Both Disgaea games, and some other stuff.

I wish the Disgaea discounts were... more.

Disgaea 1 was recently released and was overpriced to begin with imho, while D5 is their cash cow. So, it make sense.

Their other titles like Penny Punching Princess are also overpriced, which is why someone like me who is a fairly big NIS fan has out off buying some of the games until they were at a reasonable sale price.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Hey, everyone! I'd like to update the recommended Switch games for the New Console Buyer FAQ. Currently, it's:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Splatoon 2
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battles
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Dead Cells
  • Hollow Knight
  • Celeste

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate seems like an obvious addition. What else would you all recommend be added or removed? I'm looking to have between 8 and 10 games on the list.

I was about to give my input on this, but then I noticed that of the four (I think) games that I've written off and archived/deleted from my Switch in the last year, three are on this list.

So, yeah, I'll keep my opinions to myself.

I don’t know that it necessarily makes a general consensus 8-10 game list, but I really liked steamworld dig 2, more than at least a few of the games already on that tentative list.

Hmmm, I know it's not everyone's cup of tea. But perhaps a game or two that makes use of the ability to flip the screen vertically?

Danmaku Unlimited 3, Strikers 1945 I or II, Dragon Blaze for shmups, and Pinball FX3 or The Pinball Arcade (PFX3 is superior imo). The Flip Grip is superb for these.

Probably too niche to put on a recommended list, but they play to the system's strengths well.

Stevintendo wrote:

I was about to give my input on this, but then I noticed that of the four (I think) games that I've written off and archived/deleted from my Switch in the last year, three are on this list.

So, yeah, I'll keep my opinions to myself.

Contrary opinions are welcome! I don't like some of the games on that list, either. (And you should see the PS4 list. Woof.)

Which games would you tell a new Switch owner they just had to play?

A_Unicycle wrote:

Hmmm, I know it's not everyone's cup of tea. But perhaps a game or two that makes use of the ability to flip the screen vertically?

Danmaku Unlimited 3, Strikers 1945 I or II, Dragon Blaze for shmups, and Pinball FX3 or The Pinball Arcade (PFX3 is superior imo). The Flip Grip is superb for these.

Probably too niche to put on a recommended list, but they play to the system's strengths well.

FX3 should be on the list. Pinball is perfect on the switch and vertical flip just makes it so much better

juv3nal wrote:

I don’t know that it necessarily makes a general consensus 8-10 game list, but I really liked steamworld dig 2, more than at least a few of the games already on that tentative list.

As much as I love Hollow Knight, Steamworld Dig 2 is the more accessible Metroidvania, and most players are more likely to actually finish it.

If you go to the HK thread, you will find many players around here who got lost, frustrated, forgot where they were or what they needed, and generally never finished the game if they didn't do it in one sitting. It's deep, it's fun, it's got great Dark Souls inspired combat. But it's long and tough and the map system isn't friendly.

Steamworld Dig 2 just flows, and has objectives pointing you in the right direction. Some great upgrades, some fun NPCs, and an entertaining story. In many ways it's the better game, probably for more people.

Yeah, I'd say the list is a "starting point" and is likely intended to reflect a selection of tastes. So having additional games that you favor that others may not doesn't mean those games don't belong.

In regards to Hollow Knight, I'm one of those that ended up being unable to finish it. I was hoping I would on Switch, but the game was getting to feel way too big when I played on PC and knowing just how little I had uncovered in my Switch replay made it feel so daunting. I know plenty of the game's fans believe it was great to be such a large game, but I feel like there's a point where Metroidvanias get TOO big, and Hollow Knight definitely went there.

Stele wrote:
juv3nal wrote:

I don’t know that it necessarily makes a general consensus 8-10 game list, but I really liked steamworld dig 2, more than at least a few of the games already on that tentative list.

As much as I love Hollow Knight, Steamworld Dig 2 is the more accessible Metroidvania, and most players are more likely to actually finish it.

Yes, Steamworld Dig 2 is accessible, flows nicely, and has signposts galore, but that's as much a criticism as a positive. I didn't realize it until reading this, but I completely forgot about Steamworld Dig 2 when writing my 2018 GOTY list. I liked the four hours I played, but I hardly remember them. I don't think the game should be rewarded for being inoffensive.

If you go in the HK thread, you do find a decent number of players that bounced off. You'll also find effusive praise and as many players that declare the game to be one of if not the best Metroidvania they have played. Those of us that love HK love HK. The enthusiasm is real, and the 2018 GWJ GOTY lists reflect this.

HK is also a game that benefited massively from its Switch release. It released on PC in 2017, but it didn't start receiving major kudos until people picked it up on Switch.

TLDR: Don't touch my precious.

Dyni, you make a really good argument that Hollow Knight might be great but is too niche for a general recommendation list...

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Dyni, you make a really good argument that Hollow Knight might be great but is too niche for a general recommendation list...

Crap... Well if HK is too niche, so is Bloodborne

I'm of the mind that most of the best games are polarizing in some way and that shouldn't be a disqualifier for even a general recommendation list. It's better to include them in the hopes that someone is able to discover an all-time favorite versus a game that's simply nice enough.

But, you know, that's just like, my opinion.

I think the greater question is how many people waited until 2018 to play SteamWorld Dig 2. I mean, you're not wrong, I'm not sure SteamWorld Dig 2 draws the same passion that Hollow Knight does, but clearly that's not going to help me tell anyone that Darksiders isn't as bad as the game club seemed to believe.

Of course, my only complaint with Hollow Knight is its sheer size. I liked the more challenging gameplay and platforming. But it was simply too huge. But that's not to say I feel less passionate about SteamWorld Dig 2. It had a lot of (potentially optional) challenges, and was incredibly open to sequence breaking if you were skilled enough or could plan your dig well enough. The thing is, it released in 2017 on enough platforms that anyone that really wanted an experience like it, they could get it.

I probably should have waited until the 2018 Switch release to play Hollow Knight. I might have played it in its entirety. Instead, it was the breadth of the game that did me in, and just like some people love a good challenge more than others, I just do not love games that are longer than is necessary. Which is also why I'd say Hollow Knight is a great action game, but not at all a great Metroidvania. Any game that requires a fast-travel – and I level this to Metroid: Samus Returns and AM2R, though they're victims of the original Metroid 2's design – is a bad Metroidvania because your world has, in some way, failed to interconnect in a suitable fashion.

At the same time, my feelings towards Metroidvania are firmly planted in the "Metroid" camp, which is why I ended up loving REmake despite no prior experience with the franchise, and why Resident Evil 2 makes for such a refreshing game. That franchise even fails a bit with the more disconnected latter game stuff, but basically, my point is that there's a group that loves Hollow Knight, but maybe, just maybe, it's got some problems.

Of course, being multiplatform, I don't think either Hollow Knight or SteamWorld Dig 2 belong on the list of must-have exclusives for the Nintendo Switch. But it's not my list, so what do I know.

These days, I think they're all niche in one way or another. I bounce off pretty hard from mainstream titles like RDR2 and The Witcher. I'm a combat guy and I like combat the best in any game. While that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a game that focuses on other aspects of play, if the combat is straight up bad, I'm likely to drop it because of sheer frustration or annoyance. On the other hand, a game like MHW is pretty much all boss battles all the time, and the combat is polished to a mirror sheen. It's just what I want.

I like RTSs, but mainly of the Tower Defense and classical SC-like varieties.
I like TBS games, too, so Civ and XCOM (Turn Based Tactical), and ES are in.
I like shooting.

Etc., etc.

Each game delivers best in its wheelhouse and maybe delivers something else in adjacent boxes. Horizon Zero Dawn has amazing shooting-esque combat and the open world milieu it uses is a fantastic continuous combat arena. But it's not much of an exploration game. It doesn't tick off that box at all. It's kind of pointless of compare it to BotW because fundamentally, they're just not the same sort of game.

So all the games at this point belong in their own niche, and we might recommend them to people who like that sort of game. I know Mario Kart is a stupendous racing game, but I don't like racing games when I play them alone, and I already know no one in my current household likes driving games at all, regardless of the quality. And that's a mainstream title.

Dyni wrote:

Crap... Well if HK is too niche, so is Bloodborne

Come to think of it, the loud, ringing noise I made as I ricocheted off of Hollow Knight did sound a lot like the loud, ringing noise I made as I ricocheted off of Bloodborne.

Hmmm... So if a friend messaged me, saying they've just bought a Switch, and asked for ten Switch games to check out, I would probably say:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Splatoon 2
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battles
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • Celeste (I haven't played this, but I don't doubt it belongs here.)
  • Bayonetta 2

I would agree that Dig 2 belongs on a starter list more that Hollow Knight. It's infinitely more accessible, plus the rhythm of digging till your lamp runs out then returning to the surface fits perfectly with the Switch. However, if my friend told me that they enjoyed Metroidvanias and loved repeatedly smashing their face on big rocks, I wouldn't hesitate to add Hollow Knight to the list.

Octopath Traveller comes to mind too, cause it's an exclusive, but I'm only a few hours into it and couldn't recommend it on that alone.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Contrary opinions are welcome!

Be careful what you wish for; I took Xenoblade off the list...

Alright, I'm going to strongly suggest one name for the list, and it's Civilization VI.

It's both the only full-blown Civ that's portable, AND the only full-blown Civ on a console since the PSX port of Civ II.

As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the Switch's true killer apps.

Y'all crack me up. I'm like, "What games do you recommend on Switch?" And you're like, "What even is genre? Is Darksiders any good? Hast thou considered the tetrapod?"

*Legion* wrote:

Alright, I'm going to strongly suggest one name for the list, and it's Civilization VI.

It's both the only full-blown Civ that's portable, AND the only full-blown Civ on a console since the PSX port of Civ II.

As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the Switch's true killer apps.

I've had my eye on this one, but how well does it run? Part of what I've found most frustrating on the Switch is how many of the multiplatform games I bought for it ran like poo.

Stevintendo wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Contrary opinions are welcome!

Be careful what you wish for; I took Xenoblade off the list...

It's my favorite Switch game, but I don't readily recommend it. I put it on there because the last few times this conversation came up, people recommended it. If they don't anymore, I'll take it off the list.

It's not my list. My list of recommended Switch games wouldn't have Mario Odyssey or Smash Bros. or Celeste on it. It really is just a rough guess of which games get recommended most often.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

:lol: Y'all crack me up. I'm like, "What games do you recommend on Switch?" And you're like, "What even is genre? Is Darksiders any good? Hast thou considered the tetrapod?"

You're just mad cause I took Xenoblade off the list.

Stevintendo wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

:lol: Y'all crack me up. I'm like, "What games do you recommend on Switch?" And you're like, "What even is genre? Is Darksiders any good? Hast thou considered the tetrapod?"

You're just mad cause I took Xenoblade off the list.

Pfft. I'm not going to tell new Switch owners to go get the gacha boobie game, even if I do think it's one of the best RPGs ever made.

You're probably right to keep it on the list... I bought cause I got the impression that everyone loved it.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

.It's not my list. My list of recommended Switch games wouldn't have Mario Odyssey or Smash Bros. or Celeste on it. It really is just a rough guess of which games get recommended most often.

Out of interest, what would your 8-10 games be?

It's also hard to keep it general... I think Minit is a perfect game for the Switch cause everything is in 60 second chunks, but I don't know how broad that game's appeal would be.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

:lol: Y'all crack me up. I'm like, "What games do you recommend on Switch?" And you're like, "What even is genre? Is Darksiders any good? Hast thou considered the tetrapod?"

To be fair this is pretty much me in every thread.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

:lol: Y'all crack me up. I'm like, "What games do you recommend on Switch?" And you're like, "What even is genre? Is Darksiders any good? Hast thou considered the tetrapod?

I mean... hast thou considered the tetrapod? Look ya'll, I just read, "What are the can't-miss Switch games?" from the FAQ thread and then got unnecessarily meta about it. To me, that means games that people are passionate about or games that resonate strongly enough to land high on our community lists, regardless of perceived niche status. That's true of games like Persona 5 and Bloodborne from the PS4 list and Hollow Knight and Xenoblade 2 from the Switch list.

I feel I'm getting dangerously close to some kind of weird rules-lawyering, so I'm gonna stop my blathering here In summary, I recommend Hollow Knight. Sorry for the derail!

ccesarano wrote:

Of course, being multiplatform, I don't think either Hollow Knight or SteamWorld Dig 2 belong on the list of must-have exclusives for the Nintendo Switch. But it's not my list, so what do I know. :D

Once there are 8-10 must-have Switch exclusives, I'll agree

Stevintendo wrote:

Out of interest, what would your 8-10 games be?

- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Snipperclips: Cut It Out Together
- Super Mario Party
- Breath of the Wild
- Picross S
- Splatoon 2
- Mario + Rabbids

Games I love that I don't readily recommend:
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Bayonetta 2
- Fairune Collection
- Shovel Knight

I'm obviously coming at the Switch from a slightly different angle, one that's slightly less focused on traditional gamer interests, slightly more focused on casual and co-op play. I don't like recommending balls-hard retro platformers to just anyone, nor do I like recommending games with a lot of T&A.

I don't like recommending Mario Odyssey because I think NSMB U is better, but I'd probably mention it.

I wouldn't recommend Smash because if you're not already a Smash fan, a fighting game with roughly 70,000 characters is a terrible introduction. Also, until the fighting game community isn't a hotbed of sexual harassment and racism, I ain't recommending any fighting game to anyone.

Huh. I was expecting ARMS to be on at least one of those lists.

I... kinda totally forgot about ARMS. Brain fart.

It would go on list #1.

I'm pretty sure I haven't even touched that game outside of its release month, perhaps even release week, and yet I'm the one that remembered it existed.

That does seem to happen quite a bit, though. "Hey, you remember that game you really enjoyed and talked very positively about with such enthusiasm?" "....why...why yes, yes I totally remember that game and haven't forgotten about the time I played it... two? No, three....wait, yes, TWO years ago."

Dyni wrote:

I feel I'm getting dangerously close to some kind of weird rules-lawyering, so I'm gonna stop my blathering here In summary, I recommend Hollow Knight. Sorry for the derail!

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