Nintendo Switch is the most popular portable gaming device with a humongous gaming library as of writing this article. The additions are so many in number that keeping tabs on the best ones can be a pain. But don’t fret as we have done exhaustive research to find out the best games for Nintendo Switch in 2021. These games work flawlessly, are rich in graphics, and offer a slightly different experience than the traditional 8-bit games that were a part of the Nintendo Switch when it launched a few years back. So let’s see what Nintendo Switch has to offer to the gaming fanatics in the year 2021.
- Monster Hunter Rise
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Streets of Rage 4
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Hollow Knight
- Rocket league
Monster Hunter Rise
Love slashing monsters? Well, who doesn’t? Monster Hunter Rise is the perfect Nintendo Switch game for the year 2021 that brings fast-paced action to the players. Monster Hunter Rise, as the name describes, is a tussle between the protagonist and the monsters, who are wreaking havoc in the village. So you embark on the mission to make the village monster free, kill those who block your way.
Monster Hunter Rise may appear as a simple hack and slash bit it adds plenty of features that amplify the gaming experience. You can tame monsters, use them to ride the landscape, and even fight against enemies. Moreover, you can join teams or build one to tackle the hunt with a team of adept monster warriors.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Another great game for Nintendo Switch for the year 2021. The primary reason is that it is the prequel to the legend of Zelda Breath of the wild. It gives you a glimpse into the world before the chaos and a chance to step into the shoes of mighty Hyrule warriors. You can choose to play with any character that you like while continuously smashing through enemy waves like a hot knife through butter. You can also have a co-op partner as your aide to help tackle the swarm swiftly.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
What’s not to love about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Nothing. It is the game that set a new benchmark for open-world games for a tiny handheld gaming device. It has the most beautiful yet expansive open world of all times, and there are a very few games that even come close to what The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, has to offer.
The protagonist, Link wakes up to alleviate the sorrows of the world, only to be guided by an old man, before embarking on the quest of the lifetime. As we said before, the game has a very interactive open world where most objects are interactable. Zelda has hard woodlands, high peaks, and fluid combat. The boss fights are difficult to just the right amount of exasperation and awesomeness. If you have not yet tried Zelda, we strongly urge you to do so.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
The most requested ports of all time come from the CD Project Red. We are still awestruck with the fact that you can play the ginormous open-world role-playing game on a Nintendo Switch. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition doesn’t miss out on any aspects of the game while making the transition to the Nintendo Switch. It is a satisfying experience to play with the Geralt of Rivia and traverse the open world in hopes of finding Ciri.
Every component, right from the inventory, to weapon crafting or fighting the meanest monsters, is all retained in the port. The developers wanted to bring the full game to the table and we’re successful in doing so. Even the newest expansion packs have made their way to the switch and if you are a console owner who couldn’t play Witcher 3 before, this is the right time to enjoy Witcher 3 on a hand-held console.
Enough of the 3D games. Nintendo was popular for the 2D games that earned it the name of one the most popular gaming console on the planet. Celeste helps you to experience the 2D era once again when the games were equally good even without the ultra-realistic visuals. Celeste isn’t as easy as you think and requires quick reflexes to dodge traps and move forward.
The game is a nostalgic reminder of meticulously crafted fast-paced action games that marked the glorious days of Nintendo consoles. The peppy soundtrack with abruptly popping enemies will keep you hooked for hours before you drain out the battery of your Nintendo Switch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
When you have super and ultimate in one game title, it is bound to raise the expectations by multifold. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate offers an excellent one-on-one or team fighting game in which you battle all the characters from the Nintendo universe. Popular additions are Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Mario while the newest roster adds Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid characters to the collection. You can any fight against others or indulge in multiplayer matches. With 74 fighters to spare and the options to create multiple levels of your choice, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will keep you busy for a long, long time.
Cuphead is a masterpiece that takes you back to the washed-out 1930’s era of animation and is the best adaptation of Disney studios to date. While Mickey mouse doesn’t make an appearance, the 2D game certainly has a lot going on inside the universe. You have to steer the cuphead through a variety of perplexing, intense action levels that require crazy maneuvering skills and focused eyesight to not get absorbed into the beautiful yet moving backgrounds.
The boss fights of cuphead are equally bizarre and finding ways to defeat despicable bosses will get more complex as you advance into the game. It can get infuriating to the point where you may be tempted to quit the game because of the lack of checkpoints. So patience is a key element when playing cuphead.
Streets of Rage 4
The classic beat them up games of all time available on Nintendo Switch now. The best part is obviously the striking colors and the ability to punch, kick and engage with the enemies with a few elements. The best gaming experience is however with a partner as the game is built for co-op mode. You will get eventually bored with the repetition of the combat bit the slightest change in the enemy waves can cause your fingers to aggressively toggle the joycons.
Mortal Kombat 11
The trend of porting popular console and PC games to handheld devices continues. Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest one to receive a Nintendo Switch port and we couldn’t be more pleased. Slowly, the number of fighting games is growing in number for switch users. But unlike the basic brawlers, Mortal Kombat 11 is equally gory and provides a lot of dazzling combinations and a set of amazing fighters with bewitching finishing moves. Even the latest version of Terminator features a playable character in the game. For the price, Mortal Kombat 11 is the most lucrative option for the arcade-style 3D fighting games available for the Nintendo Switch.
Hollow Knight is another hidden gem that is often considered a bleak game from the initial screenshots. On the contrary, it is a massive exploration game with a plethora of options to reach the end and never be bored. The combat is very engaging which requires an agile approach or the enemy decapitates you in a second. Slowly, you get to upgrade your skills to become better at normal things like jumping high and also to unlock different powers. Hollow Knight can easily consume up to 30 plus hours without becoming repetitive or too hard to try. The game wants you to read and understand the excerpts and find the best way to beat the levels.
Rocket League is now available for the Nintendo Switch and it is as good as it can get for the switch owners. For years, rocket league has been one of the greatest hits of the multiplayer gaming segment. It is surely colorful where you have to play football with cars. As ludicrous as it sounds, it is one of the few games suitable for all age groups without any doubt. It was a very demanding game for PC users at the time of the release with intense physics. The Nintendo Switch version surely scrapes some graphics but that doesn’t compromise the overall appeal of rocket league at all.
Nintendo Switch is not just limited to 2D games, which are equally great for the platform. For open-world lovers, we would suggest the legend of Zelda Breath of the wild and the Witcher 3. Both of these games have a beautiful open world with lots and a lot of characters and decisions to make. If you are looking for some gripping 2D action, cuphead or Celeste is your best bet. For casual gamers that just want to pass the time, rocket league and mortal Kombat 11 can be considered.