Got a new Nintendo Switch? These are the BEST games to buy for your new console

If you were lucky enough to receive a Nintendo Switch this Christmas, then you’ll be wanting some equally brilliant games to go with it.

With the January sales about to begin, Express Online has picked out some of the very best games the Nintendo Switch and its OLED successor have to offer.

From Mario Party Superstars to Metroid Dread, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond to Skyward Sword, these are the games every Nintendo Switch owner must buy.

Metroid Dread…

Taking place directly after the events of GBA masterpiece Metroid Fusion, Dread shifts the action to Planet ZDR, where Samus must regain her abilities (and acquire some new ones) in a bid to survive tense encounters with deadly EMMI robots (Extraplanetary Multiform Mobile Identifiers).

A flawlessly designed game with superb boss battles and plenty of variety, Metroid Dread is another essential first-party release for the Nintendo Switch.

Zelda Skyward Sword HD…

To say the original Skyward Sword is a slow starter is an understatement. It’s like Nintendo designed it for people who had never touched a video game before, let alone a Legend of Zelda release.

Fortunately, one or two smart quality of life improvements ensures Zelda Skyward Sword HD doesn’t suffer the same fate. The speedier pace and option to turn off motion controls makes for a far more enjoyable adventure. There’s never been a better time to learn about the origins of Hyrule.

Mario Party Superstars…

The perfect game for the Christmas holidays, Mario Party Superstars features five classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era, not to mention 100 addictive mini-games from across the entire series.

It’s also bursting with ways to play, including free-for-all, four-player mini-games, 2 vs 2 battles, 1 vs 3 matches, and head-to-head. Best of all, you can play the entire thing online against your friends.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl…

The release of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl gives newcomers and long-time fans the chance to discover the stunning Sinnoh region on a new generation of consoles. 

The story has been faithfully reproduced alongside the general sense of scale and size of the old map, while brand new Pokemon Hideaways give returning players something different to explore.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe…

Mario Kart 8 was a stone-cold classic when it released back in 2014, and it’s even better now. The action is timeless, the visuals are dazzling and the sheer versatility of the Nintendo Switch ensures Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fulfils its potential as a multiplayer classic.

Mario Kart 8 may have originated on the Wii U, but it was made for the Nintendo Switch and should be in everybody’s game collection.

Animal Crossing New Horizons…

Coming along at the perfect time in 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons captured the hearts, minds, and lives of long-time fans and newcomers alike.

While the latest entry only introduces a handful of new mechanics, it doubles down and improves on so many of the older aspects. So much so that fans will be absolutely giddy by the end of the first day.

A game that lets you escape to a tropical paradise is THE perfect game for winter, and a must-have for all Nintendo Switch owners.

Super Mario Odyssey…

In a series with so many high points – the aforementioned Super Mario Galaxy, Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy, to name but a few – Nintendo somehow managed to raise the bar to lofty new heights with the unbelievably inventive Super Mario Odyssey.

Indeed, the only downside to Super Mario Odyssey is that Nintendo hasn’t followed up with any post-release DLC. If you own a Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey is a voyage every Nintendo Switch owner should take.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate…

With the release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate on Switch, Nintendo has given itself a big problem: where exactly does the series go next?

It’s hard to imagine anything bigger, better and more definitive that Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which well and truly lives up to its name.

The size of the roster, the number of stages, the endless Easter eggs, the cameos, the wonderful World of Light mode, the multiplayer, the post release DLC, Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the game that keeps on giving.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild…

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild may have been a Nintendo Switch launch title, but it’s arguably yet to be bettered. Nintendo promised to shake things up for the latest Zelda adventure, and boy did they deliver.

Taking place in a gorgeous open world with endless secrets to discover, Breath of the Wild gives players complete freedom to carve their own adventure. With some of the series’ most inventive puzzles and best boss battles, this is a truly must-have release.

Crimzon Clover – World EXplosion…

If you’re a fan of classic 2D shoot-em-up games, then you simply must pick up a copy of bullet hell shmup Crimzon Clover World EXplosion. The 2D shooter genre is currently experiencing a renaissance on Switch, with new releases landing on seemingly a weekly basis.

Crimzon Clover is one of the best of its kind, featuring sublime visuals, smooth gameplay, and a deep scoring system that will keep you coming back for more.

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