The Nintendad Top 10

Written by Kieran Fifield

Nintendad’s top 10

The Nintendo Switch is rife with quality titles spanning a multitude of genres. Here at Nintendad Manor, we’ve sat down and bashed our collective heads together to curate our top ten. 146 titles were entered by the team, ranging from JRPGS to shooty bang-bangs. After weeks of gesticulation between team members, this is the culmination of our mass debate. We’re delighted to present our Top 10 titles.

Whether you’re new to the Nintendo landscape or a longtime fan, these are titles deserving of a place in your library. As a side note, the list is evolving and with more and more heavy hitting titles set to grace our beloved hybrid, we’ll be updating it every six months to cater for any upcoming releases, along with any potential new arrivals into the Nintendad Family.

We hope you enjoy and hope that it can give you some kind of idea as to where to start experiencing the best of what the Nintendo Switch has to offer.

Let us know if you agree with our choices in the comments below.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t necessarily the best Zelda game in the series, but it’s definitely the most important entry since Ocarina of Time. The hybrid Wii U swansong/Switch launch title shook the franchise up by offering a vast open world that begs to be explored. The removal of key items and dungeons allowed for an organic, exploratory experience that encourages players to make their own adventure. While lacking a little of that inimitable Zelda charm, it remains an absolute masterpiece in its own right, and a must have title for every Nintendo Switch owner.

Kieran Fifield

It’s been said before but dammit let’s sing it this time: Super Mario Odyssey is a glorious celebration of Mario’s history. On a console that’s been doing more than its share of history celebration, it’s a pairing made in heaven.

And weirdly, given all the 3D games in-between, it feels like a true sequel to Super Mario 64. Super Mario Sunshine never quite had the eclectic selection of worlds (or, in this writer’s opinion) the quality, to match that seminal 3D platformer. The other 3D games feel almost like off-shoots of the 2D games. It’s nice to finally have Super Mario 128.

What else? Oh yeah, the fun. It’s so fun. Every inch feels stuffed with novel, sandbox inventiveness and signature creativity. It’s all that Mario genius. It’s all that Nintendo genius. It’s all here. Don’t take my word for it: take the Odyssey.

Mark Maultby

3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U was a thing of beauty. It was crazy fun, gorgeous, and delightfully zany. Once this came to the Switch it was polished to an incredible shine. Not only was this version perfect for those who hadn’t had the chance to play it on the Wii U, it was the perfect version for my small kids who don’t quite have a full handle on how controllers work. The addition of the Driver Assist functions made this a game that I can play with my kiddos without them getting frustrated. It’s the perfect family game.

Kevin Orme

After years of waiting, Animal Crossing: New Horizons ended up delivering everything it promised – and then some. Player creativity is no longer confined to a house or a camper – now, anyone can create the deserted island paradise of their dreams, down to the last detail. The best part, perhaps, is the ability to romp around in these customised worlds with friends via online play. You’ll soon forget all about your problems in life – not to mention, that crippling two-million Bell home loan! 

Anna Karasik

Fire Emblem: Three Houses arrived on the Nintendo Switch as the first home console entry in over a decade, after the series saw a resurgence on the 3DS. Its blend of Tactical Role Playing along with its slice of life segments in between battles provides perfect pacing throughout. With its three intertwined stories, four including the DLC, Fire Emblem: Three Houses offers literally hundreds of hours of addictive gameplay,that will keep you coming back for more.

Kieran Fifield

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is a love letter to video games. It brings together over thirty years worth of characters and manages to provide a ridiculously good fighting game as well as a digital museum of sorts. The roster is already as insanely large as it is wide, but the upcoming Fighters Pass Vol. 2 provides further reason for excitement and another justification to come back to an all-time classic!

Richard Strachan

7. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

When I first started playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2, I knew it was going to be special. It gave me vibes very similar to early 90s Squaresoft games. All the characters big and small had such distinctive and lively personalities. I just wanted to get lost with them and learn more. This game gave the player plenty of opportunities to grow and develop them. Even with my modest 100-hour playthrough, there is still so much more to experience! This is why Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is one of the must play titles on the Switch!

Derek Wright

Luigi’s Mansion 3 sets a new standard for environmental storytelling and polish. The Last Resort Hotel is one of the most endearing and well-realized locales in any Nintendo title, and its presentation is bolstered by the incredible animations that bring it to life. This atmospheric excellence is further heightened by the game’s clever puzzle design and gameplay additions that truly cement Luigi’s Mansion as a top-tier Nintendo franchise.

Abram Buehner

9. Splatoon 2

The Splatoon IP – pun totally intended – is one of the freshest in Nintendo’s library. Both from an aesthetic and mechanical perspective, it subverts expectations and delights in equal measure. While Splatoon 2 had a derivative start, retreading similar ground to the Wii U original, that hardly holds true today. Now that its post-launch content is accounted for, the game is bursting with creativity and life. From its inventive maps, weapons, and modes added through free DLC to its sublime, paid Octo Expansion, Splatoon 2 is uncompromisingly bold, fun and an essential addition to any Nintendo Switch collection.

Abram Buehner

It’s hard to believe that it took over 20 years for the team over at Game Freak to release a core Pokemon game to a designated home console. The build up to the release was full of mixed emotion receiving backlash from the fans even death threats were sent to the development team due to the direction and decisions Game Freak had announced for the latest instalment in the franchise.

Pokemon Sword and Shield has now been out for 6 months now and it could be the most ambitious adventure to date. The wild area and raids have been a great addition which have been widely praised by fans of the series and with part 1 (The Isle Of Armour) of the expansion pass about to drop, players will still be exploring the Galar region and trying to fill that Pokedex for months to come.

Brett Hill

Honourable mentions

The power of Nintendo’s IPs has never been stronger than it is now, with the entirety of the Top 10 list made up of Nintendo exclusive titles. That being said, honourable mentions are in order for titles eleven through fifteen, who all ran Pokemon Sword/Shield incredibly close.

11. Hollow Knight
12. Diablo 3 Eternal Collection
13. Dark Souls Remastered
14. Octopath Traveler
15. Dragon Quest X! S: Echoes of an Elusive Age

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