It’s taken a while but the Nintendo Switch eShop is starting to rival the likes of the Xbox One and PS4 game stores – well, not quite but there’s definitely some brilliant titles that absolutely shine on Ninty’s latest console.
Here are our recommendations for the top Nintendo Switch eShop games to download and buy right now:
Although you can also get Snipperclips as part of a Joy-Con bundle, it’s also one of the few Nintendo Switch launch games available on the eShop. It’s a creative puzzle game that’s focused on two-player co-op gameplay, where you use your imagination to snip paper characters into different shapes in order to solve various puzzles.
It can also be played solo or with up to three other friends too, so it’s a great way to get everyone involved with the Switch from day one.
2. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
If you’ve already played Shovel Knight then you deserve to treat yourself to this prequel, Specter of Torment. You take control of Specter Knight, who’s the servant to the Enchantress, in a brand new quest to recruit knights to create the Order of No Quarter.
3. Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
Price: $39.99/UK version launching this summer
The addictive roguelike randomly generated action RPG shooter, Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ has made its way to the Nintendo Switch at last. It includes the base game and everything up to the Afterbirth+ expansion. This special edition for the Switch contains over 500 items and weapons, more than 1000 hours of gameplay and five unique play modes to keep you busy, even on the toilet. Might as well continue that poop theme, eh?
4. Super Bomberman R
With a price tag like that, it’s actually quite tricky to recommend Super Bomberman R. However, recommend it we will because Bomberman is back with a blast. There’s an awesome Story Mode to conquer that can either be played in single-player or co-operatively with a friend. It’s classic Bomberman gameplay, but with some new 3D levels and features to explore. Don’t forget to check out the eight-player multiplayer Battle Mode too.
5. Fast RMX
Fast FMX is a great little racer set in a futuristic sci-fi world. You’re behind the wheel of an anti-gravity vehicle and you’ll have to attempt to keep control in high-speed races against three of your friends in split-screen or up to seven others in online battles. There are 30 tracks set across various landscapes like alpine peaks and futuristic cities and in TV mode it all looks fantastic at 60fps and at 1080p full HD. It’s the perfect multiplayer stopgap to keep you busy until Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes along.
6. I Am Setsuna
Following its incredibly successful release on Ps4 and PC in early 2016, I Am Setsuna is now coming to Switch, much to our delight. Inspired by Chrono Trigger, this is classic JRPG greatness and an homage to the classics of yesteryear.
7. Puyo Puyo Tetris
Puyo Puyo Tetris is strangely enough one of our most hyped Nintendo Switch releases – apart from Zelda of course. This title sees two puzzling giants smashed together for a party game that’s sure to cause some serious rivalries. Plus, there’s a great little demo available to whet your appetite. Just make sure you’re buying this for the immense single-player content as well as the mad multiplayer sessions.
8. Disgaea 5 Complete
Price: $59.99 /£49.99
Disgaea 5 is finally coming out in the UK and US, so it’s time to get involved with more over-the-top action and hilarious storyline than ever before. Killia and his tenacious army of rebels are ready and waiting to take their revenge on Void Dark.
9. Ultra Street Fighter II
One of the best fighting games ever, Street Fighter II just keeps on winning. This Nintendo Switch version, Ultra Street Fighter II, lets you switch between the original graphics and the HD remaster, as well as the remixed soundtracks and original vibes for the best version yet. Two-player Street Fighter is a fantastic addition to the Switch’s line-up, even if the lack of updates does make the price a little eyewatering.
Rogue-likes are fairly common nowadays, but none are quite like Tumbleseed. This gloriously colourful little romp sees you taking control of a branch of sort, which you control the pitch of with the two analogue sticks. Along this branch will roll various seeds aiming to get to the top of a mountain, along a path of increasingly perilous traps and foes. It’s brilliantly executed on Switch and perfect for brilliant portable rogueing.
11. Snake Pass
Snake Pass is an action-puzzler where you control a snake called Noodle as you explore a world called Harmony Foothills along with your feathered friend called Doodle. As is the case with videogames, someone is trying to end the world and it’s up to you to get everything back on track again. This is a puzzler that’s definitely worth picking up, particularly on the Switch, not just because it’s affordable, but because weaving your way around the colourful worlds successfully is as rewarding as it gets.
This game offers a genre that the developer is calling “rhythm violence”. You’re a little metallic beetle travelling at high speeds and you’ll need to avoid obstacles in time with some rather intense techno music. It’s colourful, brilliant and utterly addictive and definitely occasionally a mind warp.
13. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
This isn’t just another Minecraft port. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch edition comes with all the blocky world-building, skeleton bashing action you love in a beautifully portable package, but it also comes packaged with Super Mario Mash Up pack with tonnes of Mario inspired surprises that make this a really special Nintendo package.
14. Overcooked: Special Edition
If you want something that really takes advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s couch co-op power, you can’t do much better than treat yourself to the Overcooked: Special Edition.
You and your pals (or just you, if you’re going solo) take control of little cute chefs as you work to get dishes out the door for hungry customers. Doing so requires teamwork, a little bit of disaster control and a whole lot of laughs as the tubby characters navigate various perils – not including your soup catching fire.
It’s the best kind of couch co-op because it works so well, is full of personality and the level design is smart and silly in equal measures.
15. Sonic Mania
The best thing that fans of classic gaming could have ever hoped for came out this year in Sonic Mania. Sega kids from the 16-bit era rejoiced when word of a new Sonic was announced for the Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Steam. What makes this game so special on the Switch is how it is a perfect throwback to the Sega Genesis days while also bridging the gap to the long gone glory years of the Game Gear. This is the best Sonic has ever been on a handheld console.
If you grew up playing the original Sonic the Hedgehog games you will love the new game. It’s a brilliant follow-up to Sonic CD and a great game by itself. You speed through each level as the blue blur Sonic while fighting off the evil Dr. Eggman and his robot minions. It’s filled with tons of nods to the original games and is just as fun as any of its predecessors. It’s a Switch essential.