Top 10 with a big surprise

Hundreds of games have been released for the console since the Nintendo Switch was launched in early 2017. Which ones are really worth it? We not only list the best games for the Switch, but also show you some insider tips from the GIGA editorial team.

Purchase advice

The Nintendo Switch convinces with the almost always great in-house productions by Nintendo, but also has worthwhile insider tips from other game developers to offer. We took a closer look at the best games for the Nintendo Switch in various tests. Here we summarize for you which games have convinced us and other games websites the most. We also give recommendations from the editors and give you an insight into the most popular games for the Nintendo Switch according to the current top sellers on Amazon. Finally, we answer some important questions about buying the console.

The best Switch games of 2021: content

The best games for the Nintendo Switch: This is how we chose

Below are the top 10 best rated games for the Nintendo Switch. The placements are based on the rating on Metacritic, a website that aggregates the ratings from specialist media and users. We limit ourselves to that Ratings of the specialist media. Information and assessments about the game are based solely on our own tests and experience. In addition, at the end we add two tips for switch games, which the GIGA editorial team should not miss.

1st place – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • Coherent action adventure
  • Open world with a lot of freedom
  • Long playing time

Cons:

  • Can be overwhelming at the beginning
  • The vast world is often empty
  • No multiplayer

Not only is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild the best game for the Nintendo Switch, it's also one of the best games overall. At Metacritic, the adventure game tops the list with 97 points, GIGA rated Zelda: Breath of the Wild with 9 out of 10 possible points in the test. No wonder, since the game is considered a good one modern reinterpretation of the famous Nintendo franchise. An open world can be explored more or less freely in it. Unlike in earlier parts, there are numerous ways to reach your goal, and you won't be taken by the hand for every step, but you can try it out for yourself.

The playing time is also convincing: You can alone in the main game 50 hours spend – and then you've just played through the main story. If you want to explore every little corner of the world, you have almost 200 hours to do. With the two previously released DLCs, there are more than 20 hours on top.

The atmosphere is unsurpassed for a Zelda game, the graphic style is unique, the characters have a new design and are still reminiscent of the original. But with a little dedication you can even Newcomerswho have not played a previous Zelda. Zelda: Breath of the Wild does not have a multiplayer mode, as is typical of the series.

2nd place – Super Mario Odyssey

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Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • 3D platformer with variety and fun
  • New playful possibilities thanks to "Cappy"
  • Beginner friendly

disadvantage

  • No co-op for player 2

Just behind with 97 points at Metacritic is Super Mario Odyssey, a new 3D platformer with Ninbtendo's iconic character. Clever innovation: the lively cap Cappy, which takes possession of other characters and even opponents. In addition, various "worlds" can be traveled, each with unique features convince.

There is also one that matches the switch local co-op mode, in which one player takes over Mario and another the character 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, as there is a risk that the second player will quickly get bored.

The varied main story can be found within 12 hours be played through. If you examine every corner and don't want to miss any collectibles, you can be busy with Super Mario Odyssey for up to 60 hours. A recommendable game, in our test for Super Mario Odyssey we rated it with 9.5 out of 10 possible points.

3rd place – Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition

benefits

  • Old school RPG
  • Infinite possibilities
  • Long playing time

disadvantage

  • Requires a long training period
  • For adults only

In third place with 93 points for Metacritic is Divinity: Original Sin 2 in the Definitive Edition. The pure download titles was only released for the hybrid console in September 2019. The game was first published in 2017, but only for the PC at that time. GIGA also tested the game, and Divinity: Original Sin 2 even scored a 9.5 out of 10 possible points in the test.

The role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin 2 challenges you from the start, the Game mechanics are very complex, you are seldom taken by the hand. It starts with the character creation: What you choose also influences which stories and quests you will experience. But almost all paths are open to you in the game. Do you want to defeat an enemy by turning them 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 knows how to convince: If only the main story is important, you still spend more than 50 hours in the world. If you want to explore every corner, you need 140 hours. And since different characters mean different stories, there is even a high replay value.

4th place – Hades

benefits

  • Well staged story
  • Addicting rogue-lite gameplay
  • Ideal for in between
  • High replayability
  • Built-in “God Mode” for less frustration
  • Crossplay between PC and Nintendo Switch

disadvantage

  • Many aspects of the story are hidden behind time-consuming quests
  • Challenging boss fights require patience

Hardly anyone expected the immense success of Hades in 2020. The game is now among the top 10 on all of the best lists – and rightly so! The responsible developer studio Supergiant Games has already had initial successes with previous projects such as Bastion or Transistor. The beautifully staged Rogue lite adventure But Hades goes a step further.

In the game, released in 2020, you slip into the role of Prince Zagreus, whose father is the eponymous ruler of the underworld: Hades. From there you try to escape with the help of the gods of Olympus by going through randomly generated areas fights. That is also the main attraction of the game, there every attempt to escape is different is. The numerous reinforcements from the gods also open up numerous exciting combination options for skills, which makes for even more variety.

But what really makes the game special is the successful balancing act between great staged story and the totally addicting gameplay. While other genre representatives quickly cause frustration, Hades is happy about every death, because more and more parts of the story are revealed. The really cleverly implemented “God Mode” can also be switched on at any time if frustration should arise in some places. The game is particularly recommended for quick sessions in between.

5th place – Undertale

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Undertale (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • Unique gaming experience in an interesting world
  • Easy to learn gameplay
  • High replayability
  • Inexpensive

disadvantage

  • Style takes getting used to
  • Short playing time per run

Undertale is a very special game: There are countless monsters that you can fight in the dialogue-based adventure. But you can also do without fighting completely. To do this, you don't have to sneak past the opponents, you can simply make peace with them and make friends. How you decide will have a decisive influence on the further course of Undertale. This fascinated players so much that the indie game appears in numerous top lists to this day. This also applies to Metacritic, where the game took fourth place with 93 points.

Since Undertale is a single developer's game, the Circumference not too big. A run takes between six and twenty hours. For this it is worthwhile to go through the game again afterwards and to decide contrary to the first run. So you get a second, completely different story.

Opinions also differ on the style: With the Pixel optics and the focus on black and white, which is only occasionally broken by splashes of color, not all players are warm by any means – you might think that this is a game from the C64 era. However, if you get involved, you will get an unparalleled gaming experience that is rarely found in more expensive productions.

6th place – Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • Unique look
  • Great soundtrack
  • Improved gameplay compared to its predecessor
  • Online leaderboards for ambitious players

disadvantage

  • In places, (escape) sequences can cause frustration
  • Little long-term motivation

With Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the developers build on the success of the predecessor and improve in exactly the right places. In addition, it seems as if one was inspired by other representatives of the genre, which is to be understood here at best as a positive criticism.

What (luckily) has not changed: The breathtakingly beautiful graphics of the game as well as the great music. The combat system, on the other hand, has gained significantly in depth through various adjustments and now offers you even more options to fight your way through the intertwined levels in a creative way.

One of the biggest criticisms of the predecessor was probably the numerous Escape sequenceswhich demanded a lot of patience from the players. The newest offshoot provides numerous in this regard Boss fights finally for more variety. However, the sections were not completely omitted. After all, the corresponding challenges can now be interrupted at any time and continued at a later point in time. Overall, the game more than convinced us in our test and therefore received a whopping 9 out of 10 points.

7th place – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • Easy to learn, difficult to master
  • Party fun for up to eight players locally & four players online
  • 72 playable fighters

disadvantage

  • Confusing
  • High luck factor

The multiplayer classic Smash Bros. from Nintendo got a new edition for the Nintendo Switch. The basic principle remains the same: characters from Nintendo games and games from other manufacturers beat each other on platforms and try to push each other into the abyss. It's totally chaotic and a lot of fun. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate offers that Most extensive character line-up to date of the series. Numerous helpers, Pokémon and items are added to the 72 playable fighters in the main game. If you have the Season Pass, you get six additional characters. At Metacritic the game got 93 points.

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

Do you want to go deeper into the gameplay, you have to more complex gameplay mechanics to calm down. You can't avoid it, especially in online mode. The same rule applies to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as to many other games: easy to learn, difficult to master. But that's what makes the game so motivating. You have the main story through in 22 hours, in principle you can spend an infinite amount of time in local co-op or online multiplayer. The game is definitely worth the money. We gave Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 9 out of 10 points in the test.

8th place – Celeste

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Celeste (Nintendo Switch | Download Code)

benefits

  • Low price
  • Difficulty level hard but fair
  • Emotional story

disadvantage

  • Relatively short playing time
  • Not suitable for children

Outwardly, the indie game Celeste might look cute. However, you shouldn't underestimate the download title. The gameplay is reminiscent of the genre-related game Super Meat Boy. Celeste is a very demanding platformer. Deadly dangers lurk around every corner, if you cannot overcome them, your character dies and you have to start again at the beginning of the area.

The areas are not that big, however, so you won't lose a lot of progress. And that's how 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 of 2018. The game is also rated 92 points by Metacritic.

The story of the game is relatively serious and adult, Celeste is not necessarily intended for children. It's about self-doubt and fearswho have favourited the main character Madeline as she climbs the eponymous mountain Celeste. The playing time is not exactly extensive at eight hours. But that's not a big deal, as Celeste is an indie game that doesn't cost too much.

9th place – Bayonetta 2

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Bayonetta 2 + Bayonetta 1 (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • Fun action spectacle
  • Crazy game world
  • Predecessor included

disadvantage

  • Part 2 with weaknesses compared to its predecessor
  • Suitable for adults only

Bayonetta 2 appeared for the first time in 2014 for the Wii U. The port for the Nintendo Switch followed in 2018. Kind: Bayonetta 1 is also included here. In the action fireworks you take control of the umbra witch Bayonetta, who brings down opponents with her various weapons in the most stylish way possible. The hack-and-slay action game is only suitable for adults due to the stylized fantasy violence.

Like its predecessor, Bayonetta 2 also knows with the crazy, creative design and successful gameplay convince. Partly is the Plot a little thin. If you just want a fun gameplay with an incredible amount of action, you can take it courageously. Bayonetta 1 is around 11 hours long, Bayonetta 2 a little shorter.

With 92 points, the game lands in 7th place on Metacritic. We tested Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U and rated it 8 out of 10 points.

10th place – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • Accessible arcade racing game
  • Great fun in multiplayer
  • Great long-term fun
  • Also for children

disadvantage

  • Hardly any changes to previous parts

In 2017 Nintendo decided to release Mario Kart 8 as a deluxe version after the Wii U for the Nintendo Switch. The action racing game came out just two months after the console, makes optimal use of all the advantages of the Nintendo Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can be enjoyed on TV and in handheld mode. If you connect several consoles wirelessly, twelve players can compete with one another. A four-player co-op mode is available locally on the television.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are all content of the original including the DLC of that time available, all characters and routes are unlocked from the start – only the parts for the car are gradually obtained. This gives you 36 characters and 12 cups with a total of 48 racetracks. In addition to the classic cup driving, there is also again some battle modesthat are not about getting through the racetracks as fast as possible. Instead, it is important to survive the longest or collect as many coins as possible. As always, the core of the game is the multiplayer mode, which is almost perfect – whether on the couch, with locally coupled consoles or via online multiplayer.

In terms of play and graphics, little has changed compared to the Wii U. That's a good thing, because driving down the crazy and varied routes with popular Nintendo characters and hacking yourself with all sorts of fun weapons is just as much fun on the Switch as it is on the Wii U and it still looks very attractive. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is also suitable for children, but has a certain tactical structure and requires enough skill at higher levels to motivate even experienced players in the long term. From our point of view, Mario Kart 8 is a must buy for the Switch.

On Metacritic, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was rated with 92 points. We did not test the new Switch version; the game for the Wii U received 8 out of 10 possible points in the test.

GIGA Tip # 1 – Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • Loving island building simulation
  • Weeks Months of fun
  • New free content regularly
  • Also suitable for children

disadvantage

  • Only one island per console
  • Co-op mode on a console is not much fun

This list cannot exist without Animal Crossing: New Horizons, because the game is a cultural phenomenon. Appeared at the beginning of 2020 practically at the start of the Corona crisis, the title blossomed into a million seller and the perfect virtual haven for fans all over the world in a very short time. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons you do Endless vacation on a (not entirely) lonely island, make friends with anthropomorphic inhabitants, collect resources, expand and beautify your home. Thanks to the co-op feature and online mode, you can easily visit friends and benefit from new resources and items.

There is something to do every day on the island, even after weeks there is no boredom. Achievements sweeten every task, no matter how small, with valuable nook miles that can be spent on new hairstyles or furniture. At Eule Eugen, you can hand in purchased paintings, caught fish and insects, excavated fossils or sea creatures fished out of the water and build an impressive museum. Or you can just make a lounger and relax with a cocktail on the beach.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is completely non-violent, decelerated, creative and simply lovingly designed from front to back. It is suitable for children (from approx. 8 years) and adults alike. At Metacritic, the Switch game achieved an average rating of 90 points, our colleagues from Game Tips have im Animal Crossing New Horizons review also awarded the dream rating of 90%.

GIGA tip # 2 – Ring Fit Adventure

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Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • Play while doing sports
  • Wide range of fitness exercises
  • Ingenious ring concept
  • Motivational accompaniment in the game

disadvantage

  • Irrelevant story
  • Not suitable for children

Gambling and getting fit? This works out. One Joy-Con is placed in a leg strap, the other one clicks into a minimally elastic ring that is about the size of a pizza plate. Belt and ring are included with Ring Fit Adventure, The price and packaging of the game are therefore slightly higher than the normal title. From the pursuer's perspective, you let a heroine or hero whiz around in the game by running on the spot. The faster “in real life”, the faster in the game: the leg strap registers the player's movements and implements it amazingly reliably on the screen. Collecting items, overcoming obstacles and defeating opponents works again with the eponymous Ring that you have to push and pull flexibly.

The game has programmed various exercises that have to be used in combat and have different levels of effectiveness against the numerous monsters – from classic squats to yoga exercises, the execution of which is monitored with a leg strap and ring. If you want, you can also put together your own training program. There is a certain amount for the exercises strength and endurance necessary, so the game is only aimed at young people and adults.

The concept works. A few quick and sweaty Get rid of lockdown pounds, is hardly better or easier than with Ring Fit Adventure. It's amazing how many exercises are possible with this concept and the ring – almost every part of the body can be trained. Information on muscles, health and nutrition as well as support for warming up and stretching and a few mini-games complete the game. That the story is arbitrary and a bit silly is left open – that's not the point. Because anyone who plays Ring Fit Adventure works up a sweat and sometimes gets sore muscles. That's a big credit for a video game.

In the GIGA test, Ring Fit Adventure achieved a rating of 8.5 out of 10 possible points. The average rating at Metacritic is “only” 83% – but because of the unusual concept, the game belongs in this list from our point of view.

GIGA tip # 3 – Immortals Fenyx Rising

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Immortals Fenyx Rising (Nintendo Switch)

benefits

  • Intuitive combat system
  • Lovingly designed game world
  • Successful mix of exploring, fighting and puzzling
  • Promising DLCs in prospect
  • Crossplay between PC and Nintendo Switch

disadvantage

  • Humor takes getting used to
  • Rather flat story
  • Ubisoft account required

What would happen if Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were lumped together? The correct answer is Immortals Fenyx Rising. But it's not that simple after all. The inspiration from other well-known representatives of the genre is clearly evident, but Immortals Fenyx Rising, formerly Gods & Monsters, does some things differently and even better.

That settled in Greek mythology Open world adventure namely, scores above all for being intuitive combat system. The eponymous heroine Fenyx has a total of three types of weapons: sword, ax and bow. These can be gradually upgraded by means of collected resources. The same applies to the divine abilities that you unlock in the course of the game. Finally, we add a combometer that rewards you for skillful play by causing more damage the more hits you can land in a row without interruption. All of this in combination ensures plenty of fun!

To compensate for this, you have one beautifully designed world available that are fun at every nook and cranny Puzzles, boss fights and other secrets ready. Only from the story and the sometimes rather flat humor one should probably not hope too much. For those who are already longing for a successor to Breath of the Wild, Immortals Fenyx Rising is the ideal pastime until the time comes. In particular, the planned DLCs sound really promising so far, as they either introduce a completely new hero or even switch from the first-person to the isometric perspective. So it remains exciting to see what the game will have in store in the future. But even without the expansions, the game is always worth a look.

Nintendo Switch: which is your must-have title?

Whether you are out and about, at home on the couch, playing alone or against other players, the Switch is exactly the right console for it. And by the end of the year, the Switch will also get numerous games. Tell us what's your must-have title for Nintendo Switch?

The most popular Nintendo Switch games according to Amazon

(As of January 14, 2021, pre-orders excluded)

Amazon's list of the most popular Switch games reflects the current popularity of Switch games rather than an "all-time leaderboard". From our point of view, this is just as worth considering, because this list is more volatile and reflects trends. So the following are the 10 games that currently top the Nintendo Switch bestseller list:

1st place – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)

Mario Kart 8 – to test on GIGA

2nd place – Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)

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3rd place – Just Dance 2021

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Just Dance 2021 (Nintendo Switch)

Just Dance 2020 – to the (fitness) test on GIGA

4th place – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)

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

5th place – New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – to test on GIGA

6th place – Super Mario Odyssey

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Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)

Super Mario Odyssey – to test on GIGA

7th place – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – to test on GIGA

8th place – FIFA 21

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FIFA 21 (Nintendo Switch)

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9th place – Hyrule Warriors: Time of Desolation

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Hyrule Warriors: Time of Desolation (Nintendo Switch)

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10th place – Pokémon Sword

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Pokémon Sword (Nintendo Switch)

Pokémon Sword & Shield – to test on GIGA

Nintendo Switch: These games await us in the future

It is well known that anticipation is the greatest joy. That's why we've put together a list of titles that await us this year, among others. However, if 2020 has taught us anything, it is that release dates cannot really be relied on. Nevertheless, we remain optimistic and do not give up hope for the long-awaited successor to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Metroid Prime.

Nintendo Switch: What you should consider when buying the console

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

The Nintendo Switch is certainly the most accessible of all the consoles currently on the market. she offers Spiele für jede Altersgruppe: Eltern können mit ihren Kindern zusammen Koop-Spielen wie Super Mario Odyssey spielen, für erwachsene Gamer gibt es Spiele wie Dark Souls und The Witcher 3. Und sogar Zielgruppen ohne Gaming-Kontext werden etwa mit Dr. Kawashimas Gehirn-Jogging und Ring Fit Adventure angesprochen.

Die Nintendo Switch kann sowohl an den Fernseher angeschlossen werden als auch mobil im Handheld-Modus genutzt werden. Insofern ist die Konsole fürs Zocken im heimischen Wohnzimmer genauso gut geeignet wie unterwegs in Bahn, Flugzeug und als Mitfahrer im Auto. Dank der Multiplayer-Funktion und den Spielmodi für bis zu zwölf Spieler ist die Konsole perfekt für kleine und große Familien und der Kracher für jede Party.

Alternativ gibt es auf dem Markt aktuell die PlayStation 5, die den bislang erfolgreichsten Verkaufsstart aller bisherigen Konsolen hingelegt hat. Von Microsoft gibt es derzeit die Xbox Series X und S. Bei ersterer handelt es sich dabei um das leistungsstärkere Modell, was vor allem für 4K-Gaming mit bis zu 120 FPS ausgelegt ist. Alle genannten Konsolen lassen sich jedoch nur stationär benutzen. Als Handheld-Alternative bieten sich die Konsolen der Nintendo-3DS-Familie an. Aktuellstes Modell ist hier der New Nintendo 2DS XL. Und natürlich kann auch auf PC und Laptop gespielt werden. Hierzu ist bei den meisten Spielen jedoch ein neues Modell mit leistungsstarker Grafikkarte gefragt.

Bild: GIGA
Bild: GIGA

Unterschied und Preis der Nintendo Switch und Nintendo Switch Lite

Inzwischen sind drei verschiedene Modelle der Nintendo Switch auf dem Markt. The klassische Version aus dem Jahr 2017, deren Modell-Nummer immer mit „HAC“ beginnt, kann am TV, als Handheld oder im Tisch-Modus gespielt werden. Auf ihr funktioniert sämtliche Nintendo-Switch-Software, außerdem ist ein Joy-Con-Set bestehend aus zwei Joy-Cons enthalten. Die Joy-Cons verfügen über HD-Vibration und eine IR-Bewegungskamera. Die Nintendo Switch ist in zwei Farben erhältlich. Zur Auswahl stehen die komplett graue Konsole sowie die Konsole mit Joy-Cons in Neon-Blau und Neon-Rot. Zusätzliche Joy-Cons können inzwischen auch in anderen Farben erworben werden. Besonders beliebt ist die Kombination Neon-Pink und Neon-Grün.

Der Bildschirm ist ein 6,2-Zoll-LCD, die Auflösung im Handheld-Modus beträgt 1.280 x 720. Mit angeschlossenen Joy-Cons ist die Konsole 102 × 239 × 13,9 mm groß und wiegt 398 Gramm. Ohne Joy-Cons verringert sich ihr Gewicht auf 297 Gramm. Manko an der alten Version war vor allem die Akku-Laufzeit. Inzwischen wurde die Konsole im Handel durch eine neue Version ersetzt, die alte Version ist nur noch gebraucht zu kaufen.

Quelle: Nintendo I Optisch lässt sich die alte Nintendo Switch nur anhand der Verpackung unterscheiden. War die alte Version noch wie auf dem Bild gestaltet, ist die neue Verpackung vorwiegend rot.

Die neue Version der Nintendo Switch, die Mitte August 2019 veröffentlicht wurde sieht genausoi aus wie die alte Version. Lieferumfang und Funktionen sind dieselben, lediglich kleine Anpassungen wurden vorgenommen. Die Konsole, deren Modell-Nummer immer mit „HAD“ beginnt, zeichnet sich vor allem durch eine verbesserte Akku-Laufzeit aus. Außerdem ist sie stromsparender und zeichnet sich durch weniger Hitzeentwicklung aus. Aktuell kostet die Nintendo Switch laut idealo.de zwischen 280 und 320 Euro.

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Nintendo Switch Neon-Rot/Neon-Blau (neue Edition)

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Nintendo Switch Grau (neue Edition)

Neben der klassischen Nintendo Switch gibt es inzwischen auch eine Nintendo Switch Lite. Sie kann ausschließlich im Handheld-Modus gespielt werden. Joy-Cons sind nicht im Lieferumfang enthalten und müssen separat erworben werden. Die Joy-Cons sind für bestimmte Software nötig, auf der Switch Lite kann also nicht ohne weiteres jede Software gespielt werden. Welche Spiele mit der Nintendo Switch Lite kompatibel sind und zu welchen du Zusatz-Hardware benötigst, erfahrt ihr auf der offiziellen Homepage von Nintendo.

Die Nintendo Switch Lite verfügt über einen 5,5-Zoll-LCD-Bildschirm, ist also etwas kleiner als die klassische Konsole. Die Auflösung bleibt trotzdem dieselbe. Die Maße der Nintendo Switch Lite betragen 91,1 Millimeter x 208 Millimeter x 13,9 Millimeter, mit 275 Gramm ist sie um einiges leichter als ihr großer Bruder. Die Akkulaufzeit lässt auch hier leider zu Wünschen übrig. Bedauerlich, ist die Konsole doch eigentlich zum unterwegs Spielen gedacht. Dafür ist sie mit 193 bis 206 Euro jedoch deutlich günstiger als die klassische Nintendo Switch. Die Nintendo Switch Lite gibt es aktuell in den Farben Grau, Gelb und Blau, außerdem gibt es ein weißes Modell mit pinken und blauen Elementen passend zu den Spielen Pokémon Schwert und Schild.

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Nintendo Switch Lite

Was gehört zum Lieferumfang der Nintendo Switch?

Im Lieferumfang der klassischen Nintendo Switch ist neben der Konsole folgendes enthalten:

  • Nintendo Switch Docking Station (zum Aufladen & an den Fernseher anschließen)
  • 2 Joy-Con-Controller (entweder in Grau oder in Neon-Blau / Neon-Rot)
  • 2 Joy-Con-Halterungen für den Tisch-Modus + Handgelenkschlaufen
  • HDMI-Kabel mit 1,5 Meter Länge
  • Netzteil / Ladekabel

Separat erhältlich sind der Nintendo Switch Pro Controller und natürlich die einzelnen Spiele-Softwares.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Dahingegend ist der Lieferumfang der sehr überschaubar. Neben der Konsole ist lediglich ein Ladekabel enthalten.

Stromverbrauch, Akkulaufzeit und Speicherkapazität der Konsole

Die Nintendo Switch ist eine sehr stromsparende Konsole. Ist sie nicht ans Netzteil angeschlossen, verbraucht sie im Standby-Modus gerade einmal 0,2 Watt, im Menü 7 Watt und beim Spielen 11 Watt. Lädst du die Konsole parallel auf, steigt der Verbrauch auf maximal 18 Watt an. Zum Vergleich: Die Konkurrenz-Konsolen von Sony und Microsoft kommen immerhin auf einen Stromverbrauch von 80 bis 90 Watt. Auch die Temperatur-Entwicklung der Konsole hält sich glücklicherweise im Rahmen. Normalerweise wird sie auf der Rückseite bis zu 40 Grad warm, wenn du im Handheld-Modus spielst.

The Akku-Laufzeit hängt ganz vom Modell ab, das ihr besitzt. Die Nintendo Switch in der alten Version (Modell-Nummer mit „HAC“) kommt gerade einmal auf 2,5 bis 6,5 Stunden, das verbesserte Modell (Nummer mit „HAD“) hält zumindest 4,5 bis 9 Stunden aus, bis sie leer ist. Die Akku-Leistung der Nintendo Switch Lite ähnelt jener der alten Switch: Nach 3 bis 7 Stunden ist Schluss. Wie lange die Konsole durchhält, hängt neben der Bildschirmhelligkeit auch vom Spiel ab – je aufwändiger die Grafik, desto kürzer die Laufzeit.

Während die PlayStation 5 mit einer Festplattenkapazität von 825 GB daherkommt, umfasst der interne Speicher der Nintendo Switch gerade einmal 32 GB. Das reicht kaum für 4-5 Vollpreistitel aus. Schon alleine Zelda: Breath of the Wild frisst 13 GB. Zum Glück kann der Speicher der Nintendo Switch ganz leicht mit Micro-SD-Karten erweitert werden, das Limit hier beträgt 2 TB – damit kommt man weit. Schon 128 GB gibt es für günstig Geld, damit reicht der Speicher für gleich mehrere Switch-Titel. Der Arbeitsspeicher der Konsole beträgt 4 GB.

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Sandisk Ultra, Micro-SDXC Speicherkarte, 128 GB, 100 MB/s

Nintendo Switch mit dem Fernseher verbinden

Um eure Nintendo Switch auch am Fernseher nutzen zu können, sind folgende Schritte zu beachten:

  1. Deckel Rückseite der Docking-Station für die Nintendo Switch öffnen.
  2. Netzteil und HDMI-Kabel in die entsprechenden Plätze im Inneren der Docking-Station einstecken und Deckel wieder schließen.
  3. Netzteil in eine Steckdose einstecken.
  4. HDMI-Kabel in den entsprechenden Platz am Fernseher einstecken.
  5. Joy-Con-Controller von der Konsole entfernen (dazu gibt es auf der Rückseite der Controller einen kleinen runden Knopf, der beim Entfernen gehalten werden muss).
  6. Konsole in die Docking-Station stecken. Ist sie richtig platziert, leuchtet der Bildschirm kurz auf und zeigt das Lade-Icon an.
  7. Kontrollieren, ob am TV der entsprechende HDMI-Eingang ausgewählt ist.

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Nintendo Switch Online – braucht man das zum Spielen?

Der Abo-Service Nintendo Switch Online ermöglicht euch vor allem den Zugang zum Online-Multiplayer sowie zur Smartphone-App des Services, über die ihr Zugang zum Voice-Chat bekommt. Zum lokalen Spielen braucht ihr die App nicht. Momentan kostet der Service im Jahr 19,99 Euro, die Familienmitgliedschaft für bis zu acht Accounts gibt es schon für 34,99 Euro. Dafür bekommt ihr aber auch folgende Service-exklusive Features geboten:

  • Zugang zum Online-Multiplayer.
  • Zugang zu der Smartphone App für Nintendo Switch Online, um das Voice-Chat-Feature zu nutzten.
  • Zahlreiche spielbare SNES- und NES-Spiele für die Nintendo Switch.
  • Spielstände dauerhaft in der Cloud speichern, um euch bei Defekt der Konsole vor Verlust der Spieldaten zu schützen.
  • Exklusive Boni wie Nintendo Switch Game Coupons oder bestimmte Sonderangebote.