The turn of the year is just over and the internet is therefore well filled with all kinds of retrospectives and outlooks. Of course, we have also selected our highlights and tell you among other things the best switch games 2019, say, what the biggest game pickles of the past 12 months were and which Shitstorms particularly moved us last year, Sometimes you want it to be a bit smaller, a little more personal. And so our three largest Nintendo experts in the editorial team, Katharina Pache, Lukas Schmid and Johannes Gehrling, sat down and selected their very own switch pearls of the past year.

Among them are, of course, also, but not only, the big names like Mario and Zelda. We hope you enjoy reading – let’s start with Katharina's highlights of the Nintendo Year!

Katharina's highlights of the year

As you may know, I not only play on the switch, but also occasionally on the PC and PS4. But: Even if I had only been equipped with the Nintendo console this year, I would have had more than enough great games to pass the time! Here are my personal top 5 of 2019 in mixed order. And I could have named more, but a Super Mario Maker 2, for example, also appears among my colleagues.

Astral chain







Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights inspired the Nintendo editors (6)



Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights inspired the Nintendo editors (6)

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Anyone who knows me knows that platinum games have a stone on my board. Few studios are able to consistently deliver such outstanding action! I even visited the boys and girls in Osaka once, in 2009 it was on the occasion of Bayonetta (and an indexed Wii game). The third part of the action series about the black-haired witch should only appear exclusively for Switch, only when, that's the question. But back to Astral chain: The game scored points for me with the fun fighting system, I also like the design of the characters. Manga artist Masakatsu Katsura was responsible for this, and I also appreciate his works. With all these pro points, the rather average optics, at least for me, is not so bad. I want more such entertaining action games on the switch, whether exclusive or not, is not that important to me. Because the switch always has the advantage of being mobile!

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the Necrodancer feat. The Legend of Zelda







Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights inspired the Nintendo editors (8)



Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights inspired the Nintendo editors (8)

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On Cadence of Hyrule I was very happy in advance – after all, I also liked the "predecessor", or that Original game Crypt of the Necrodancer, And what was I relieved when I found out during the test that the level of difficulty in the Zelda crossover is not as relentless as in the rogue-like music game. The fact that I am also a big fan of Danny Baranowsky also contributed to the enthusiasm. The iconic Zelda melodies combined with the melodies of one of the best video game composers? Count me in! Okay, Cadence of Hyrule has not become a real over-hit objectively, but at least the charming indie game fits perfectly into my loot scheme. Therefore, I would not have had anything against a bit more scope. But well, maybe the sequel, which will hopefully come sometime, will be a little bigger than part one!

Katana Zero







Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights delighted the Nintendo editors (10)



Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights delighted the Nintendo editors (10)

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The look, the sound, the gameplay, the story – actually I can not say exactly what to me Katana Zero I like it best because everything about the game is so successful. As a contract killer, you "work" and live in a wicked cyberpunk metropolis, complete orders and go on a search for traces in your puzzling past. Armed with the katana, you complete the missions from the side. One hit and you're dead – but you can stop the time and rewind it, so start over and over again. The string of cool maneuvers and the efficient approach, the level of difficulty, the dark humor, all of that affects me Miami hotline remembers without acting like a copy. A real indie hit!

Luigi's Mansion 3







Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights inspired the Nintendo editors (13)



Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights inspired the Nintendo editors (13)

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I still remember how much I do Luigi's Mansion I loved the Gamecube in 2002. The second part however, I let out – ashes on my head. With the third game, Luigi and Schreckweg completely picked me up again. The release period in creepy October fits in perfectly with this atmospheric goosebumps game, though Luigi's Mansion 3 of course not a thoroughbred horror game and is also suitable for younger players. And how good the game looks! It doesn't always have to be photo-realistic optics. Even multiplayer fans will get their money's worth in Mario's brother's third adventure in the multiplayer tower and the whole adventure can also be played in co-op mode for two. A really great game for the whole family!

Wilmot's Warehouse







Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights inspired the Nintendo editors (17)



Nintendo in 2019: these switch highlights inspired the Nintendo editors (17)

Source: Richard Hogg




Wilmot's Warehouse is a game in which you train your memory. You work in a warehouse where various goods regularly arrive. Sort the stuff as you see fit: blue things to blue things, ducks to animal objects. Or do you prefer to sort things by temperature? By shape? All of that is up to you, it is only important that you find everything quickly. Because after the clearance, employees come to the service window and want to be provided with the desired objects! This is where a skill element comes into play, because if you don't tackle the blocks properly, you will get caught on corners and lose valuable time. In addition, Wilmot cannot carry an unlimited amount of goods! This indie insider tip sweetened my flight back and forth from Japan and the sleepless jet lag nights.

The next page continues with Lukas' highlights of 2019!