50 Nintendo Switch games that are worth trying out.
The Adventure Pals - A platformer about a kid, a pet rock, their bestie (who happens to be a helicopter-tongued, rideable giraffe named Sparkles), and their quest to save the world from a man out to destroy old people and friendship. The player has a health bar, and an experience bar, the latter of which is increased by defeating enemies. Upon leveling up, they may choose from one of several useful power-ups, such as a magnet to pull in coins and a bigger backpack.
Axiom Verge - An action-adventure game where the player controls Trace, a scientist who, after suffering a crippling injury, wakes up in an ancient and high-tech world. Several areas can be traveled to by means of opening up pathways with the items Trace can find along the way, of which there are over 60.
Bleed 2 - A platformer in which the gameplay is a combination of a twin-stick shooter and platforming. The player has a katana which can be used to deflect bullets, as well as guns that fire an endless stream of bullets, and can also perform a mid-air dash in any direction.
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King - An action-adventure game told in the form of a story passed down from grandfather to grandchildren, which can influence the course of events in the game itself.
Bombslinger - An action game played from a top-down view in which the player navigates a 2D grid by placing and detonating bombs in order to take out every enemy in the area and move onto the next stage. Not only can the player buy items from shops, but also gain XP that funnels into an upgrade system which can enhance movement speed, supply the player with extra bombs, re-fill their health meter, and boost their chances of dodging bullets. The game functions as a roguelike in that it will send the player back to the very beginning of the game if they die, losing every single item, weapon, and upgrade amassed in the previous run, and put the player in a new set of levels.
Celeste - A platformer in which the player controls a girl named Madeline as she makes her way up a mountain while avoiding various deadly obstacles. Along with jumping and climbing up walls for a limited amount of time, Madeline has the ability to perform a mid-air dash in any direction. Throughout each level, the player will encounter additional mechanics, such as springs that launch the player or feathers that allow brief flight, and deadly objects such as spikes which will return Madeline to the start of a section if she dies.
Crawl - A role-playing game where one player controls a hero character, and the rest compete for his position as ghostly apparitions who can summon and take control of creatures or traps.
Danmaku Unlimited 3 - A shoot-'em-up in which the player is tasked with dodging enormous numbers of enemy bullets, often in elaborate patterns. If the player's ship is hit in its core, it will explode, but if the player has any bombs, a bomb automatically goes off, saving the ship and damaging the enemies on the screen.
Death Squared - A puzzle game in which the player work together with others to solve block puzzles and avoid traps.
Enter the Gungeon - A shoot-'em-up in which the player chooses between the four protagonists, all who have different special abilities, such as calling for support or lock picking chests. Enemies vary in strength, endurance, and attack behavior, where the attack can range from simple, straightforward shots to a complicated mixture of shots fired at the same time, which the player may dodge by performing a dodge roll. The game features over 200 different guns and items that can be combined to achieve more powerful effects.
The Final Station - An action-adventure game in which a train conductor must maintain his train while traveling from station to station, picking up passengers, killing zombies, and collecting scrap.
The Flame in the Flood - An adventure game in which the goal is to have the girl Scout and her dog Aesop survive as long as possible, and there are different strips of land and ramshackle settlements that can be explored on foot. They are linked together by a large river, as most of the environment is flooded, and can be navigated using a raft. The game can either be played with the Traveler difficulty level where there are checkpoints and an abundance of supplies, or in the harder Survival mode with permadeath, fewer supplies and having Scout's stats diminish at an increased rate.
Flinthook - A platformer in which the player explores randomly generated levels for treasure with a grappling chain hook, along with a plasma gun and the ability to slow time. The hook is used on environmental elements as well as enemies, such as how some enemies are invulnerable until the player removes their armor via the hook. The player can also unlock different bounties to hunt down.
Floor Kids - A rhythm game featuring unique freestyle gameplay and rhythm challenges. The innovative controls allow the player the freedom to play the way they like with a dynamic scoring system that rewards their moves based on musicality, originality, and style.
Gorogoa - A puzzle game comprised of lavishly illustrated panels that players arrange and combine in imaginative ways to solve puzzles.
Graceful Explosion Machine - A shoot-'em-up in which the player is tasked with murdering aliens across 36 levels that span four different worlds using one of four weapons each mapped to its own button. There's a basic blaster that shoots in a straight line and can overheat, while the other weapons use a power gauge that can be refilled by picking up yellow crystals dropped by slain enemies. These weapons include an energy sword that slices in a circular motion around the ship for two full rotations that not only kills enemies but also their bullets, a sniper beam that reaches all the way across the screen and does massive damage if focused on one enemy, and homing missiles.
INVERSUS Deluxe - An action game in which the player controls a square, moving around the map while shooting opponents and avoiding being shot. The player has to be in their own color in order to move around, and when they shoot their bullets, they cover up the grid tiles all the way until they hit something. This introduces a way to trap people inside an area so that they can't freely move around.
Ittle Dew 2+ - An action-adventure game in which protagonist Ittle and her sidekick Tippsie have somehow crashed into a pond in the middle of an island and must collect their eight pieces of raft locked away in eight different dungeons to set sail again. The game features four different upgradable weapons, each with a secondary function as a puzzle-solving tool, and a "Dream World," which features puzzle-filled bonus dungeons.
Lode Runner Legacy - A puzzle game in which the player infiltrates an evil empire and recover stolen gold while avoiding enemies and minefields. The player can blast floors to capture the gold imbedded in blocks, as well as entrap enemies in blocks.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime - A shoot-'em-up in which the player controls different parts of a huge spaceship. The ships engines, weapons and shields have to be maintained at all times if the player is to survive, which requires running to from and to parts of the ship. The spaceship can be upgraded by finding and collecting powerful space-gems that all have their own unique upgrades.
Lumo - A platformer in which the objective is to collect four important objects lost in a long, elaborate maze filled with hazards and platforms. There are over 400 rooms across four unique zones, six hidden mini-games, and all kinds of secrets to uncover.
Masters of Anima - A strategy game in which the player can summon and control large armies of up to 100 creatures, called Guardians. During the game, the player can learn to control new types of Guardians, each with their own unique abilities useful for exploring the world, as well as for taking down bosses.
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood - A platformer in which the player uses a magic marker to draw in the environment to help them get around and defeat enemies. The player can draw platforms to reach higher areas, sprout branches from cliff-tops and vines from ceilings, and shoot fireballs. It can also be used to make sprouts of water cool down lava so that the player can pass or to have the water propel them over gaps.
The Mummy Demastered - An action-adventure game where the player traverses a large map which opens up to the player as they make progress in the game. Upon dying the game resets the player as a new character, who then must retrieve their items from a zombified version of their former selves. There are two endings in this game, each of which are determined by the player's survival in their escape from the collapsing tomb.
NeuroVoider - A shoot-'em-up set in a cyber futuristic world about brains shooting around evil robots with nuclear rocket launchers. There are 8736 unique enemies to blow up and tons of loot to customize their character with, including a double twin-plasma shotgun.
The Next Penelope - A racing game in which the player can steer their spaceship to the left and right, but has no direct influence on the speed of the ship; instead booster arrows, magnetic fields or special ship equipment will temporarily accelerate or decelerate the ship. When selecting a new planet, the player will usually get access to some new equipment for the ship, including a Plasmagun to shoot enemies, a Smashboost to temporarily increase speed, and a Teleport for teleporting the ship over short distances (e.g. to avoid obstacles or reach secret places).
Night in the Woods - An adventure game that takes place in a small town of anthropomorphic animals, and revolves around college dropout Mae as she tries to get reacquainted with her hometown.
OPUS: The Day We Found Earth - An adventure game where the player has to use a space telescope to search through the cosmos, looking for Earth. By locating and scanning nearby stars, the player makes progress and unlocks areas of the spaceship. As a new area is unlocked, they can examine items and facilities inside to explore the stories and secrets of each character.
Overcooked: Special Edition - A cooking simulator where the player needs to cook a number of dishes (salads, soups, burgers, fish and chips etc.) and serve them to the customers within a time limit by cutting foodstuffs, then boiling or frying them and combining it all in a single dish. Many levels introduce hazards and obstacles like rats that snatch foodstuffs, conveyor belts, kitchens inside moving trucks or on ice floes etc. In addition to that, overcooked dishes may start a fire and the players will have to put it down with a fire extinguisher and risk loosing precious time.
Owlboy - An action-adventure game in which the player plays as Otus, a mute owl who is thrust into the role of protecting his friends and family from pirates. He is unable to fight for himself so he relies on his friends ready to fight for him. Using an ancient and mysterious owl relic, gunners can teleport into the player's hands at an instance.
Oxenfree - An adventure game about a group of friends that accidentally open a paranormal rift on an old military island.
Pan-Pan A tiny big adventure - An adventure game in which the objective is to repair your spaceship by collecting various mechanical parts. Puzzles range from redirecting energy through terminals in order to open doors to manipulating bridges to unlock new areas.
Portal Knights - A role-playing game that combines exploration and building elements. The player can craft items such as pickaxes, swords and tools to smash blocks, fight monsters, and construct elaborate buildings, armor, and weapons.
Riptide GP: Renegade - A racing game featuring jet-powered watercraft. The career mode consists of several events where up to three stars can be earned based on the result, needed to keep unlocking new races until there is a showdown with a boss character. Defeating such characters add them to the roster, with a custom hydrojet as a new vehicle to race.
RIVE: Ultimate Edition - A platformer in which the player pilots a spider tank as it runs, jumps and shoots its way through hordes of mechanical enemies on land, underwater, in zero gravity, and even on a moving train.
Rogue Aces - A shoot-'em-up in which the player flies a plane during World War II and does runs that can last for potentially 100 missions, with objectives like taking out bombers or radar facilities as well as shooting down bosses every 20 missions or so. The runs have three lives to start and losing all three ends the run, but being captured by the enemy forces or failing to deploy a parachute at the appropriate time will end the run no matter how many planes remain. Between missions, the plane can be flown back to base for repairs and restocks of missiles and bombs.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - A platformer in which the player takes control of Shantae, a half-genie who can use her hair as a whip to attack enemies. Throughout the game, Shantae can obtain dances that allow her to transform into various forms, each with their own abilities that can access otherwise inaccessible areas. Forms include a bat that can cross long gaps, a crab that can maneuver underwater, and a mouse that can crawl into small mazes.
Skies of Fury DX - A flight combat simulator set in April of 1917 during the Battle of Arras. The player can dogfight through 100 missions using 10 unlockable and fully customizable planes with distinct stats, as well as participate in three game modes: Deathmatch, Time Attack, and Escort.
Sky Force Reloaded - A shoot-'em-up in which the player can assemble and test nine different aircrafts, each with its unique features and play style. The player can hunt down 30 bonus cards, some of which will grant permanent benefits, while others will boost the player's abilities only temporarily. The player can also install hundreds of upgrades to their weapons, shields, and other equipment.
SteamWorld Dig 2 - An action-adventure game which largely involves exploring a vast underground mine, coming up against enemy creatures while also finding various resources as the player digs their way downwards. As the game progresses, the player can gain new abilities and weapons such as pressure bombs, a hookshot, and a pneumatic arm that can punch through rock. Any resources found can be traded in for cash in the game's hub world, where the player can upgrade their health, weapons, and abilities.
SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition - A strategy game which consists of recruiting a team of steam-driven robots, boarding enemy spaceships, and taking down rivaling robot factions in turn-based shootouts. In battle, the player controls the aiming of all firearms and can bounce bullets off the environment for ricocheting trick shots. As the game progresses, players can upgrade and customize their robot crew with different abilities, weapons, and hats.
Steredenn: Binary Stars - A shoot-'em-up with a wide selection of weapons, ranging from fire blasters, to lasers, to swords. While the game follows a linear form of progression, each level plays out is almost entirely random: Enemy placements are constantly changing between runs, weapon drops are never consistent, and multiple stages feature a rotation of bosses.
Stick it to the Man! - An adventure game about Ray Doewood, who wakes up from a coma to find a "16 foot pink spaghetti arm" sticking out of his head, while government agents and a mysterious figure known only as "The Man" take an increasing interest in his life. The arm gives Ray the power to read and manipulate peoples minds, and to change the world around him by sticking objects to each other.
Subsurface Circular - An adventure game in which the player controls a robot detective in a futuristic setting, tasked with solving cases aboard a subway system below a human city that ferries around other robots that serve as the workforce. In the game, the robot detective must solve a case of a number of robots that have gone missing by talking to other robots while they are on the subway cars, following various conversation trees, and at times, solving puzzles to help out a robot and get more information.
Teslagrad - A platformer in which the the player moves inside a tower which can be freely explored, but to progress, they need to use special abilities to solve puzzles which are all based on magnetic fields, such as by using gloves which can change the polarity of objects.
Thimbleweed Park - An adventure game in which two FBI agents named Ray and Reyes arrive at the town of Thimbleweed Park to investigate a murder.
Toki Tori 2 + - A puzzle game in which the player has two skills that are used to manipulate the environment and the creatures within it. The first one being Whistle which generally causes creatures to move closer to the player as well as being used to whistle songs that perform various actions. The other ability available to the player is Stomp, which generally scares creatures into moving away from the player as well as breaking some parts of the environment.
Transcripted - A puzzle game that's a mixture of two gaming styles: the dual-stick shooter and the match three puzzle game. The player takes control of the Nano Probe, a microscopic apparatus used to combat disease, and must successfully navigate through hordes of deadly pathogens to destroy the disease’s pseudo-DNA as it twines perilously on its endless path to infection. Along the way the player must defeat gigantic boss colonies the pathogen has evolved with the sole purpose of stopping the Nano Probe from completing its mission.
Wild Guns Reloaded - A shoot-'em-up in which the object is to shoot through five levels filled with saloons, robots, cowboys and spaceships by moving left and right at the bottom of the screen while independently aiming the crosshair to shoot enemies. Playable characters have various ways of attacking, such as by using an attack drone or grenades.
Worms W.M.D - A strategy game in which the player takes turns taking out an opposing team in environments that are affected by the impact of projectiles and a large influence for physics. The game features the ability to craft weapons by gathering parts from special crates, as well as vehicles and stationary turrets. There are also buildings, which the worms can enter to find shelter from enemy fire or sneak up on opponents.
Thanks to Giant Bomb and MobyGames for help with descriptions.
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