Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in early 2017, numerous games for the console have been released. Which are really worth it? GIGA has compiled a top list for you with test reviews of the best games for the Switch. You will also find an overview of the charts here – and what you need to consider when buying the console and games.

Games like Super Mario and Pokémon have long been on the Nintendo Switch. The console convinces with large in-house productions, but also has worthwhile insider tips. We took a closer look at the best games for the console in various tests. Here we summarize which games convinced us and other games websites the most. In addition to our own tests, we pull the website Metacritic to rate. There, the ratings of all relevant websites are put together, thus providing the most objective possible view of the game.

We also give you an insight into the most popular games for gamers on the Nintendo Switch. For this we orient ourselves on the. And at the very end, we answer a few important questions about buying the console: How much does a new Nintendo Switch cost? What models are there? How do you connect your console to another? How do you connect the Nintendo Switch to your TV?

The best games for the Nintendo Switch: How it was tested

Below are the top 10 best-rated games for the Nintendo Switch. The placements are based on the Metacritic rating. The ratings of various tests flow together and form a score. In the game overview of Metacritic, the platform can see the all-time ranking of all players. The user score is also displayed. However, since this is easy to falsify, it is not considered further here.

All information and assessments of the game are based exclusively on our own tests. Above all, fun and design flow into this. But factors such as atmosphere, presentation and accessibility also play a role. At Games-Test we do not strictly split into test categories because indie products are difficult to compare with AAA productions. Our numerical evaluation is very meaningful for this. You can read what it means in our GIGA-GAMES rating philosophy.

Place 1 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best game for the Nintendo Switch. At Metacritic, Breath of the Wild tops the list with 97 points, GIGA has rated the title with a 9 out of 10 possible points in the test. No wonder, the game is considered a successful one modern reinterpretation of the well-known Nintendo franchise. Thanks to the more computing power of the console, an open world can be explored more or less freely. There are numerous ways to get to your goal, and you will not be taken by the hand for every step, but you can try it yourself.

The playing time is also convincing: you can do it alone in the main game 50 hours spend – and then you just went through the main story. If you want to explore every little corner of the world, you have to do almost 200 hours. The two DLCs released so far add up to more than 20 hours.

The atmosphere is unsurpassed for a Zelda game, the characters have all been given a new design and still remind of the original. Of course, the game is very extensive. With a little dedication, you can even newcomersIncorporate those who have not played Zelda before. However, there is no local multiplayer.

Pros:

  • Strengths of the series successfully modernized
  • Open world with a lot of freedom
  • Very long playing time

Cons:

  • Can overwhelm at the beginning
  • High percentage of puzzles
  • No co-op mode

Place 2 – Super Mario Odyssey

Just behind with Metacritic's 97 points is Super Mario Odyssey. This is also a reinterpretation of the well-known Nintendo franchise. With Figure Cappy, which can take possession of other characters and even opponents, a fresh feature has entered the series. In addition, various "worlds" can be traveled, each with unique features convince.

There is also a suitable switch local co-op mode, in which one player takes over Mario and another the figure Cappy. The latter is not a big challenge, so the mode is more aimed at parents who want to play with their young child. Co-op is less suitable for two players with similar skills, here there is a risk that the second player will get bored very quickly.

The main story can be made within 12 hours played through, anyone who scans all corners and does not want to miss a collector's item can spend up to 60 hours with Super Mario Odyssey. In this respect, a very recommendable game, which we even rated with a 9.5 out of 10 possible points in the test.

Pros

  • Strengths of the series successfully modernized
  • New playful possibilities thanks to "Cappy"
  • Suitable for beginners and therefore also suitable for smaller children in co-op

Cons

  • Co-op is not particularly demanding for the second player

3rd place – Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition

Third place with 93 points at Metacritic is Divinity: Original Sin 2 in the Definitive Edition. The pure download titles was released for the hybrid console in September 2019. The game was first released in 2017, but at that time only for the PC. We also tested the game, in our test it even scored 9.5.

The role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin 2 challenges you right from the start Game mechanics are very complex, rarely will you be taken by the hand. It starts with character creation: what you choose also influences which stories and quests you will experience. But in the game almost all ways are open to you. You want to defeat an opponent by turning him into a suicidal chicken? No problem! However, the game is less suitable for beginners or newcomers to the genre.

The scope of Divinity: Original Sin 2 is also convincing: Whoever cares only about the main story, still spends more than 50 hours in the world. It takes 140 hours to explore every corner. And since different characters mean different stories, there is even a high replay value.

Pros

  • Old school role play
  • Infinite possibilities
  • Very long playing time

Cons

  • Lack of ease of entry
  • Requires very long training

4th place – Undertale

Undertale is a very special game: There are countless monsters that you can fight. You can also do without fighting completely. You don't have to sneak past your opponents, you can just do it make peace with them and befriend you. How you decide will have a decisive influence on the further course of Undertale. This fascinated players so much that the indie game still appears in numerous top lists. So also on Metacritic, where the game occupies fourth place with 93 points.

Since Undertale is a game by a single developer, it is Scope not too big, A run takes between six and twenty hours. It is worth going through the game again afterwards and deciding contrary to the first run. So you get a second, completely different story.

Style also separates the spirits: with the Pixel optics and the focus on black and white, which is only sometimes broken by blobs of color, not all players get warm. However, if you can get involved, you will be offered a game experience that is seldom found in AAA productions.

Pros

  • Unique gaming experience in an interesting world
  • Easy to learn gameplay
  • Replayability
  • Cheap price

Cons

  • Getting used to style
  • Short playing time
  • Big difference to AAA stocks

5th place – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The multi-player classic Smash Bros. from Nintendo also got a new edition for the Nintendo Switch. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate does that Most extensive character line-up so far of the series. In addition to the 72 playable fighters of the main game, there are numerous helpers, Pokémon and items. If you have the Season Pass, you get another six characters. At Metacritic the game got 93 points.

As usual from the series, the screen is packed to the top in the fights and thus quite confusing, If you are not a pro player, you need more luck than skill to win – but this also makes the game motivating for beginners.

If you want to go deeper into the gameplay, you have to open up more complex gameplay mechanics to calm down. You cannot avoid it, especially in online mode. For Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, like many other games, the following applies: easy to learn, difficult to master. But that's what makes the game so motivating. You have completed the main story in 22 hours, in principle an infinite amount of time can be spent in local co-op or online multiplayer. The game is definitely worth the money. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate got 9 out of 10 points in the test.

Pros

  • Easy to learn, difficult to master
  • Basically playable forever
  • Party fun for up to eight players locally & four players online
  • Largest character line-up in the series, 72 playable fighters

Cons

  • Relatively confusing during battles
  • To win is often more luck than skill

6th place – Celeste

The indie game Celeste may look cute on the outside. However, you should not underestimate the game, it has a lot to offer. The gameplay is reminiscent of the genre-related game Super Meat Boy. Celeste is a very demanding jump-and-run, deadly dangers lurk on every corner. If you cannot overcome them, your figure dies and you have to start again at the beginning of the area.

However, the areas are not particularly large, so you won't lose much progress. And so Celeste stays always motivating despite the crisp level of difficulty, We liked that too, so Celeste made it into our top list of insider tips for 2018. And also at Metacritic the game is rated with 92 points.

The story of the game is relatively serious and mature, Celeste is not necessarily intended for children. It's about self-doubt and fear, occupy the main character Madeline while climbing the eponymous mountain Celeste. At eight hours, the playing time is not exactly extensive. But that's not too bad, because Celeste is an indie game that doesn't cost too much.

Pros

  • Cheap price
  • Always challenging despite the difficult level of difficulty
  • Emotional story

Cons

  • Relatively short playing time
  • Not necessarily suitable for children

7th place – Bayonetta 2nd

Bayonetta 2 appeared for the first time in 2014 for the Wii U., The port for the Nintendo Switch followed in 2018 – including the first part. With 92 points, the game is in seventh place at Metacritic. Back then we tested Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U and rated it with an 8 out of 10 possible points. In the game you take control of the sexy, self-determined Umbra witch Bayonetta, who uses stylish weapons to kill opponents in style.

Like its predecessor, Bayonetta 2 knows with that crazy, creative design and successful gameplay convince. Unfortunately, Bayonetta 2 bites its teeth on the plot of the first part. While the unexpected, also very crazy story was praised in the predecessor, Bayonetta 2 is too much based on the previous one and contains too few innovations. Partly it is Action a bit thin, Friends of creative stories should rather stop after the first part. However, if you simply want fun gameplay, you can take heart.

Unfortunately, Bayonetta 2 also has less to offer than the first part. While Bayonetta's main story was eleven hours long, you are with Bayonetta 2 finished after just nine hours – even though it is a full-price title.

Pros

  • Two games for the price of one
  • Successful, fun gameplay
  • Crazy game world

Cons

  • Thin plot
  • Relatively short playing time for a full price title

8th place – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Because the Wii-U version didn't get as much attention as it deserves, Nintendo decided in 2017 to release Mario Kart 8 as a deluxe version on the Nintendo Switch. The title, which was released just two months after the console was released, takes full advantage of the Nintendo Switch, The game can be enjoyed on TV and in handheld mode. If you connect several consoles in handheld mode, twelve players can compete with each other. A four-player co-op mode is available locally on the television.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are all contents of the original including the DLCs of that time available, everything is unlocked from the start. This gives you 36 characters and 12 cups with a total of 48 race tracks. In addition to classic cup driving, there are also again some battle modesthat are not about getting through the racetracks as quickly as possible. Instead, you have to survive the longest or collect as many coins as possible.

The extensive Mario Kart was rated 92 points on Metacritic. We did not test the new switch version, the game for the Wii U received 8 out of 10 possible points in our test.

Pros

  • Multiplayer fun for up to 12 players in handheld mode
  • Very accessible game principle for everyone
  • Almost infinite playing time
  • The usual Nintendo quality
  • Optimal use of the features of the Nintendo Switch

Cons

  • Hardly any changes to past parts, little innovation

9th place – Inside

Even more than on previous Nintendo consoles, games for adults find a place on the Nintendo Switch. Like the atmospheric indie horror game Inside. The game from the Limbo developers, which was also a complete success, leaves you again look at a dark world through the eyes of a little boy, The nameless protagonist walks past zombie-like people who shuffle through the area as if absorbed in drugs and ignore you.

Even if the zombie people do nothing to you, there are enough opponents who want to harm you. You cannot fight, so you have to avoid your opponents as much as possible. In addition to exploring, that's above all Solving environmental puzzles Main part of the game. The point of criticism is the short playing time of just three to four hours, about which many players, however, due to the atmospheric, unique experience can look away. In addition, Limbo is not a full-price title. At Metacritic Inside is rated 91 points, we at GIGA gave 9 out of 10 possible points in the test.

Pros

  • Atmospheric gaming experience
  • Gripping, dark story
  • Cheap price

Cons

  • Game for adults only
  • Short playing time
  • Getting used to style

10th place – Sonic Mania Plus

For years, Sonic fans had to settle for half-cooked new editions. With Sonic Mania appeared for the 25th anniversary of the series In mid-2017 finally a Sonic that old charm oriented – and thus finally enthused numerous players again. To date, Sonic Mania is considered one of the best new generation Sonic games. No wonder that the switch version made it to 10th place on Metacritic's list with 91 points.

In the game, which is reminiscent of the beginnings of the series in terms of style, Master 2D levels at breakneck speed, This is not so easy, especially in the later levels, there are dangers lurking around every corner that steal valuable coins and time from poor Sonic, you cannot avoid them in time. In the plus version on the Nintendo Switch, additional characters, newly mixed levels and one are waiting Four-player competitive mode,

Still it is Season very short: If you just want to play through the game once, you can do it in just under five hours. Completionists can spend 28 hours in the world. Sonic Mania Plus is now a bit cheaper. Sonic Mania received 8 out of 10 possible points in the GIGA test.

Pros

  • Return to the old strengths of the series
  • To have reduced in the meantime
  • Demanding levels that are not too difficult

Cons

Nintendo Switch: which is your must-have title?

The most popular Nintendo Switch games according to Amazon

The list of the most popular switch games from Amazon is not quite congruent with the top rated switch games. Below are the 10 games that currently top the Nintendo Switch bestseller list (As of January 9, 2020):

1st place – Luigi's Mansion 3rd

Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Our test on GIGA

Place 2 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 – To our test on GIGA

3rd place – Super Mario Party

Super Mario Party – For our test on GIGA

4th place – Pokémon sword

Pokémon sword and shield – For our test on GIGA

5th – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – To our test on GIGA

6th place – New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – For our test on GIGA

7th – Animal Crossing: New Horizon

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has not yet been released. As soon as our test is published, we will add it here.

8th place – Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020

9th place – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – To our test on GIGA

10th place – Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 – For our test on GIGA

Nintendo Switch: What to consider when buying the console

Nintendo Switch: Who is the console suitable for and what are the alternatives?

The Nintendo Switch is certainly the most accessible of all the consoles that are currently on the market. she offers Games for all ages: Parents can play co-op games with their children like Super Mario Odyssey, for adult gamers there are games like Dark Souls and The Witcher 3. And even target groups without a gaming context can be found with Dr. Kawashima's brain jogging and ring fit adventure addressed.

The Nintendo Switch can do both connected to the TV become mobile as well Handheld mode be used. In this respect, the console is just as suitable for gaming in the living room as it is on the train, plane and as a passenger in the car. thanks to the Multiplayer feature and the game modes for up to twelve players, the console is perfect for small and large families and the cracker for every party.

alternative there is currently PlayStation 4 on the market, which is currently the best-selling console of the current generation. Microsoft has the Xbox One, which is more powerful and can even display real 4K with the Xbox One X. However, both consoles can only be used stationary. The consoles of the Nintendo 3DS family offer themselves as a handheld alternative. The latest model is the New Nintendo 2DS XL. And of course you can also play on PC and laptop. Most games require a new model with a powerful graphics card.

Difference and price of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite

There are now three different models of the Nintendo Switch on the market. The classic version from 2017whose model number is always with "HAC" starts, can be played on TV, as a handheld or in table mode. All Nintendo Switch software works on it, and a Joy-Con set consisting of two Joy-Cons is included. The Joy-Cons have HD vibration and an IR motion camera. The Nintendo Switch is in two colors available. You can choose between the completely gray console and the console with Joy-Cons in neon blue and neon red. Additional Joy-Cons can now also be purchased in other colors. It is particularly popular.

The screen is a 6.2-inch LCD, the resolution in handheld mode is 1280 × 720. With connected Joy-Cons, the console is 102 millimeters x 239 millimeters x 13.9 millimeters and weighs 398 grams. Without Joy-Cons, their weight is reduced to 297 grams. The main drawback of the old version was the battery life. In the meantime, the console has been replaced by a new version, it is currently only used to buy.

The new version of the Nintendo Switch, which was released in mid-August 2019, is basically the same as the old version. Scope of delivery and functions are the same, only minor adjustments were made. The console, its model number always with "HAD" begins, is mainly characterized by an improved battery life. It is also more energy efficient and is characterized by less heat development. The Nintendo Switch currently costs loud idealo.de between 280 and 320 euros.

In addition to the classic Nintendo Switch, there is now also one Nintendo Switch Lite, It can only be played in handheld mode. Joy-Cons are not included in the scope of delivery and must be purchased separately. The Joy-Cons are required for certain software, so not all software can be played on the Switch Lite easily. You can find out which games are compatible with the Nintendo Switch Lite and which you need additional hardware for on the official homepage of Nintendo,

The Nintendo Switch Lite has a 5.5-inch LCD screen, which is slightly smaller than the classic console. The resolution remains the same. The dimensions of the Nintendo Switch Lite are 91.1 millimeters x 208 millimeters x 13.9 millimeters, at 275 grams it is a lot lighter than its big brother. The battery life unfortunately leaves something to be desired here. Unfortunately, the console is actually intended for playing on the go. But it is for 193 to 206 euros significantly cheaper than the classic Nintendo Switch, The Nintendo Switch Lite is currently available in gray, yellow and blue, and there is also a white model with pink and blue elements to match the Pokémon sword and shield games.

What does the Nintendo Switch come with?

The classic Nintendo Switch comes with the following items in addition to the console:

  • Nintendo Switch Docking Station (for charging & connecting to the TV)
  • 2 Joy-Con controllers (either in gray or in neon blue / neon red)
  • 2 Joy-Con brackets for table mode + wrist straps
  • HDMI cable with a length of 1.5 meters
  • Power supply / charging cable

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and of course the individual game software are available separately.

In contrast, the scope of delivery is very manageable. In addition to the console, only a charging cable is included.

Power consumption, battery life and storage capacity of the console

The Nintendo Switch is one very energy saving console, If it is not connected to the power supply, it consumes just 0.2 watts in standby mode, 7 watts in the menu and 11 watts when playing. If you charge the console in parallel, the consumption increases to a maximum of 18 watts. For comparison: The competing consoles from Sony and Microsoft have a power consumption of 80 to 90 watts. Fortunately, the temperature development of the console is also within reason. Usually, it warms up to 40 degrees on the back when you play in handheld mode.

The Battery Life depends on the model you own. The old version of Nintendo Switch (model number with "HAC") only manages 2.5 to 6.5 hours, the improved model (number with "HAD") lasts at least 4.5 to 9 hours until it goes empty. The battery power of the Nintendo Switch Lite is similar to that of the old Switch: it will be empty after about 3 to 7 hours. How long the console lasts always depends on the software that is currently active.

While the PlayStation 4 is available with either a 500 GB or 1 TB hard drive, the the Nintendo Switch's internal memory is just 32 GB, That is hardly enough for 4-5 full-price titles. Zelda alone: ​​Breath of the Wild eats 13 GB. Fortunately, the memory of the Nintendo Switch can be easily can be expanded with micro SD cards, the limit here is 2 TB – so you can go far. There is already 128 GB for cheap money, so there is enough memory for several switch titles. The working memory of the console is 4 GB.

Connect the Nintendo Switch to the TV

In order to be able to use your Nintendo Switch on the television, the following steps have to be followed:

  1. Open the lid of the back of the docking station for the Nintendo Switch.
  2. Plug the power supply and HDMI cable into the corresponding places inside the docking station and close the cover again.
  3. Plug the power adapter into a socket.
  4. Plug the HDMI cable into the appropriate place on the TV.
  5. Remove the Joy-Con controller from the console (there is a small round button on the back of the controller that has to be held when removing).
  6. Place the console in the docking station. If it is placed correctly, the screen lights up briefly and shows the charging icon.
  7. Check whether the corresponding HDMI input is selected on the TV.

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Nintendo Switch Online: New free SNES games including Star Fox 2

Nintendo Switch Online – do you need it to play?

The subscription service Nintendo Switch Online enables you above all Access to online multiplayer as well as the smartphone app for the service, which gives you access to voice chat. You don't need the app to play locally. The service is currently costing in the year 19.99 euros, Family membership for up to eight accounts is available for 34.99 euros. But you also get the following service-exclusive features:

  • Access to online multiplayer.
  • Access to the smartphone app for Nintendo Switch Online to use the voice chat feature.
  • Numerous playable SNES and NES games for the Nintendo Switch.
  • Save games permanently in the cloud to protect yourself against loss of game data if the console is defective.
  • Exclusive bonuses like Nintendo Switch Game Coupons or certain special offers.