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So I finally bought Nintendo Switch - what games should I play first?

Aside from those already posted, I would add Zelda: Link's Awakening, and Hollow Knight if you haven't played it already, as it's great on a handheld.

SMT V is amazing too, but only if you are into JRPGs.
luigi's mansion 3
super mario maker 2
metroid dread
deadly premonition 1+2

super blood hockey - more people should try this game, haha
axiom verge
blaster master zero 1+2
cat quest 1+2
hollow knight
the messenger
the missing
yoku island express


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Just from the top of my head Luigi’s Mansion, DKC: Tropical Freeze and Metroid Dread are all fantastic.

Splatoon is a great series as well, although I’d probably wait until Splatoon 3 if you’re interested in that.

There’s loads more though, you should probably just go to Metacritic and check the Switch top 100 and you’ll find 90% of the games people will recommend here.


We ain't outta here in ten minutes, we won't need no rocket to fly through space
BOTW and Odyssey should keep you busy for 150 hours if you really dive into those games so, don't buy too many in advance.


I just played 13 Sentinels on my Steam Deck and I had a reasonably good time with it.

And if you are wondering why that's relevant, it was on a Switch emulator (Yuzu).

P.S. Also, same story goes for Metroid Dread.
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Smash Ultimate, Animal Crossing, and Mario Kart 8 are the three other huge games "everyone" got.

There a lot of great Switch exclusives, off the top of my head:
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
Splatoon 2
Fire Emblem
Mario + Rabbids
Metroid Dread
Mario Maker 2
Astral Chain
Link's Awakening
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Luigi's Mansion 3
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Shin Megami Tensei V
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The 5 must own games IMO are BOTW, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Smash Ultimate and Mario Odyssey.

If you don’t own an Xbox or PC you have to buy the two Ori games.

Oh and Dread. Get Dread. There’s loads of other great games suggested here too.
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portal collection (out today)
A Tribe Called Quest Omg GIF
Willem Dafoe Smile GIF

Eye somehow missed this.


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Some other titles:

Dynasty Warriors 8
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Complete
Ni no Kuni
Dicey Dungeons

Honestly there are dozens of good games on the Switch.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2/Torna The Golden Country
Luigi Mansion 3
The House in Fata Morgana Dreams of the Revenants Edition
Steamworld Dig 2
Link's Awakening
Mario + Rabbids/Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong Adventure
Bravely Default II
Persona 5 Strikers
Resident Evil HD Remaster
Harmony of Dissonance
Shin Megami Tensei V
Dragon Quest 11 S Definitive Edition
Blue Reflections Second Light
Fire Emblem Three Houses
Mario Odyssey
Astral Chain
Trails of Mana
Disgaea 5 Complete
Grandia 2
Child of Light
Bloodstained Ritual of the Night
Star Ocean First Evolution R
To The Moon
Night In The Woods
Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Future Connected
The World Ends With You Final Remix
Toyko Mirage Session
Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition
Forgotten Anne
Bioshock Remastered
The Banner Saga
The Last Campfire
Dust A Elysium Tale


Just ordered

immortals fenyx rising
Metroid dread
Astral chain
The walking dead


also these;
child of light
Super bomberman
valiant hearts
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Xenoblade chronicles 1 remake, then 2, torna and then 3, unless you already beat it on wii/ds, then you can skip to 2.
Metroid dread as some recomended and Astral chain as well, think that covers the best stuff thats mostly just on switch.


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If you have someone to play with, Mario Kart 8. Fun as hell. Sure, there's also online MP, but it's so much better as a couch MP game. As a single player game it sucks.

Super Mario 3D World. It's better than Odyssey, and the Bowser's Fury bonus game is also really neat.


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I got my Switch Oled about 6 months ago and having fun with Mario Kart 8, Octopath Traveler, Dragon Quest but really just check out Youtube reviews on genres you enjoy.


Star Wars Pinball. It's a showcase for Switch's HD rumble. You can feel the spinners spin as you crash over them, you feel the ball as it slides along the rails, the subtle taps of the flippers. Comes with 19 tables. Good games too.


Smash Ultimate
Mario Kart 8
Bowsers Fury
Mario Maker 2
DKC Tropical Freeze
Yoshis Crafted World (easy, but really cool design and lots of hidden stuff
Anything Nintendo exclusive. More so because if there’s a version of a game on switch it would better to just get it on a more powerful console or a PC. I like my switch but all the multiplats on it run like shit, either graphically, performance (fps), or both.
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If you haven’t yet played it, Hades runs great on Switch would recommend.

Fire Emblem 3 Houses and 3 Hopes (if you’re into Musou/Warriors games)

Monster Hunter Rise (new expansion comes out soon so maybe wait for that)

Diablo 3 :lollipop_horns:


thinks Halo Infinite is a new graphical benchmark
Breath of the wild and both remasters are must haves owning a switch makes you have better stuff than the Wii U.
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