Best Nintendo Switch Games of 2020
Nintendo has always been a pioneer in the gaming niche but in the last two decades, the company’s strategy was not to compete for head to head with either Sony or Microsoft in terms of raw hardware power and photorealistic graphics but to grant us a great stylish gaming experience for all age groups. The company stayed true to its nature and never lost faith in its core characters – such as Mario and Donkey Kong. Thus said and being famous for hitting hard in both home and handheld console scenes, Nintendo’s latest console – the Switch proved to be the living embodiment of the company’s credo.
2020 was another great year for the Switch and we bore witness to some unique titles, that were nothing short of perfect. Housing first-party games, third-party multiplatform titles, and great indies, one thing is for sure – everything plays like a charm on the Switch. To test this theory, get yourself some Nintendo eShop Cards and try these games out for yourself!
Now, ladies and gentlemen, it will be a pleasure of ours to present to you, in no particular order, the best Nintendo Switch games of 2020 so far.
Best Nintendo Switch Games of 2020
Trials of Mana
A remake from a franchise that dates back to when Square Enix was just Squaresoft, Trials of Mana is an action JRPG that besides the fresh look stays true to its predecessors. Wonderfully being transitioned from 2D to 3D, the series has risen like a phoenix on the Nintendo Switch.
Trials of Mana best Nintendo Switch Games have a gorgeous colorful art style with hyper-saturated colors giving everything that dream-like feeling. Soundtrack-wise the original sounds and melodies that are, of course, tweaked to catch up with modern times, sounds phenomenal. A perfectly balanced combat system consisting of real-time actions and a management-side that pauses the action.
Mix all of the above with a great story centering around finding the Sword of Mana and stopping the evil demons called Benevodons and you will find yourself in one of the best Switch games ever. Awesome for old-school fans of the franchise and newcomers alike!
Paper Mario the Origami King
Origami is one of the most complicated things you can make out of paper and this game did exactly that with this Super Mario spin-off franchise. Paper Mario The Origami King is a great addition to the series and exactly what they should look and play like in 2020.
Building on the witty gameplay and style of the previous entries, this game has its own tricks by giving the player open-world freedom, an improved combat system, and sweet new high-resolution graphics.
Get ready to enter the humorous paper world of Mario as you will have to fight King Olly (the Origami King) and try your best to prevent him from turning the Mushroom Kingdom into origami. You cannot skip this one, “It is me Mario”, after all!
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Another long-running Nintendo exclusive that made its way onto the Switch as a remake. As a funny looking real-time strategy mixed with tricky puzzles, Pikmin 3 Deluxe has always been a unique game that seems to have never gotten the recognition it deserved. You are a Nintendo fan and you missed this? How could you?!?
Have you ever wanted to explore a cute alien planet in a search for food for your home? Well, now you have the chance to do so! The world of Pikmin is colorful and adorable, but even so, you will eventually encounter some enemies that you will have to deal with. Don’t worry, it’s nothing like those battle-born strategy games we are all used to. Strategically-wise here you will have to focus on controlling a band of cutesy plant-animal hybrids called Pikmin.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
A game that could have been as huge as the Titans fighting in it, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition could never shine as much as it should when it initially came out for the Nintendo Wii at the end of its lifecycle. The game became one of the console’s swan songs, but even so, it stayed a bit under the radar.
This re-release dubbed as a definitive edition improved on the original in every aspect – high-resolution graphics, new story chapters, better audio effects, and overall a great comeback to a weird and convincing world taking place on the bodies of two absurdly huge creatures clashing with each other.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
When the series started out for Nintendo Gamecube, no one thought it would grow to be one of most played Nintendo games of all time. This peaceful life-simulator, which looks like a polished version of the web-based Farmville (better if you’ve never heard of Farmville), is a great way to actually relax by playing it. What we mean is that you won’t be stressed about killing or surviving here. Exploring an isle, gathering and crafting items, catching fish, playing with animals – this is what the franchise is all about, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the best games in the series.
The game is really fun, with its 8-player multiplayer mode, it is a major success amongst fans and critics. It is the second best-selling Switch game of all time (at the time of writing). A must-play for any Nintendo fan!
Streets of Rage 4
It’s been over 25 years since the last Streets of Rage came out and coming back to the franchise is not an easy task at all. But it somehow happened…we actually got a real continuation of this classic game…We can bravely say it – Streets of Rage 4 is a worthy reincarnation.
Coming back with vengeance, the game is a real masterpiece with its beautiful hand-drawn characters and levels, new gameplay mechanics, and great online and co-op modes. Are we missing something? Here it comes. The Soundtrack! The thing that brought the series to its iconic status. Don’t worry it’s still there!
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
There are games that promise us more than they can offer in fact. Shiny graphics, gaming innovations, and unseen stuff would help them not to drown in the ocean of mediocrity. Well, most of them end up exactly there… But this is not the case with Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It is a direct and worthy sequel of Ori and the Blind Forest and will not make impossible promises to you. This game is not trying to be something that it is not. It will touch your hearts and will make you feel in all kinds of ways, except disappointing.
There isn’t a perfect game in this world but Ori and the Will of the Wisps come pretty close to that. A story that we can not simply tell you about. You just have to see it and feel it for yourself! An elegant platforming, animations that are smooth and gorgeous, unique boss battles, and so much more. Explore magical worlds is not just one of the best games for the Switch, but in one of the best games ever, no matter the platform.
Escape the underworld! This is the premise behind Hades – a rogue-like action RPG. Get ready to travel to the depths of Hell! You are taking the role of the son of Hades and you will have to ascend from the Underworld to reach the gods of Mount Olympus. Sounds familiar? Don’t worry, you won’t end up killing them all.
We won’t spoil the story but after a feud with your Dad – Hades, all the greek gods are being thrown into turmoil and each of them will take part in the conflict. You will visit famous landscapes from Greek Mythology, encounter all kinds of mythical creatures and challenging enemies, and bring chaos to the Underworld.
If you already got hooked from the premise above, just wait to hear about the gameplay! It’s a total blast. Ultra-fast paced combat system, with a solid number of weapons to choose from, and a deep skill-upgrade system, that’s simple at the same time. All that makes the game really fluid, effortless, and totally addictive.
These days all of us are talking about the next generation of consoles coming out. Yes, they are quite a revolution with the fancy 4k output, raytracing, lighting-speed load times, etc., but we seem to have forgotten that the Switch is still out there.
One of the greatest things Nintendo has ever created and it is still gaining power. 2020 was a great example of that and it seems that the console will be home to many great games in the future. Do you guys think that Nintendo Switch games will have trouble keeping up with the next-gen console games? Or will it continue to hit hard in the coming years? Comment below and let us know!