In its first four years of life, the Nintendo Switch successfully built a terrific game library that convinced folks that a console/handheld hybrid is something they need in their lives. Even after Sony and Microsoft launched their powerful next-gen consoles, the PlayStation lima and Xbox Series X, respectively, the Switch continues to thrive. And with the new, premium Switch OLED contoh, there’s a Nintendo system with a higher-quality screen, excellent kickstand, and other cosmetic upgrades.
Still, the cheaper, sturdier, handheld-only Nintendo Switch Lite is the ideal way to play Switch games if all you care about is portable play. Nintendo may release a more powerful Switch (separate from the OLED contoh) in the future, but we suspect the Switch Lite will remain the purely portable machine to beat.
From third-party ports to indie hits, these are just some of our favorite games to play on the Nintendo Switch Lite. You’ll notice this list doesn’t include many games made by Nintendo itself. That’s because the company’s first-party output is so strong it already dominates our list of best Nintendo Switch games.
I’ve always felt that the difference in quality between the maligned Assassin’s Creed III and its pirate party prequel Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag wasn’t quite as ocean-vast as others claimed. But Black Flag is a better game, brilliantly centering the open-world experience on navigating the high seas. The islands! Sea shanties! The anarchy! Simply on a technical level, performance is improved on Switch compared to part three’s port. As far as the bonus games go, Assassin’s Creed Rogue is a fun flip on the franchise’s usual morality, but the real standpoint is the anti-slavery miniepic Freedom Cry DLC.
BioShock: The Collection brings together three of the most striking and politically charged single-player shooters of the last generation. The internet is crawling with thinkpieces with how these games explore extreme philosophies in otherworldly retro sci-fi locations. Take on lumbering Big Daddies in the libertarian underwater dystopia of Rapture in BioShock 1 and BioShock dua. Shoot crows from your hands as you escape the floating hypernationalist nightmare city of Columbia in BioShock: Infinite. This collection also includes all the DLC chapters, which are arguably better than the full games.
Bloodroots is another top-down, lightning-fast murder spree clearly descended from Hotline Miami. Instead of the glitzy grime of urban Florida, your carnage takes place across rustic, vaguely medieval fantasy/Weird West landscapes. Your weapons are more primitive, too. In fact, they usually break after just a few hits, and the combat rhythm revolves around quickly finding a replacement. Fortunately, you use not just just axes and swords, but wagon wheels and harpoon guns, too. Each weapon has its own unique finisher. Using different weapons in different platforming situations forces you to think about more than just killing.
Before Destiny, Borderlands had the novel idea of combining action-packed first-person shooting with the long-term role-playing mechanics of a Diablo-esque game. After all, guns make for great loot. So, this lengthy collection of last-gen games plays especially great on a system you can enjoy in many short bursts over an extended period. The cel-shaded art style also holds up nicely a decade later. The shooting itself isn’t quite as satisfying as I expected, but gyro aiming on Switch helps a lot. Play this before Eli Roth makes his inexplicable Borderlands movie.
Many games let you kill with a sword, but in Boyfriend Dungeon you can kiss your sword. One part roguelite dungeon crawler, one part dating sim/visual novel, Boyfriend Dungeon skillfully blends both genres to deliver action-packed combat alongside emotional character-driven storytelling. Just be aware that physical violence isn’t the only way to hurt someone.
Indie games can find great success delivering spiritual successors to classic games forgotten by their original makers. Nintendo still releases Paper Mario games, but the spin-off franchise barely resembles its initial role-playing game self. You can argue whether or not that’s good or bad, but now classic Paper Mario fans can just play Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling. It has everything they want: a cute cut-out art style, a charming and well-written story, and unique insect companions with clever turn-based battle attacks. Fighting massive spider bosses with bee boomerangs, beetle horn thrusts, and ant ice blasts is the A Bug’s Life meets Final Fantasy we never knew we needed.
First of all, Duke Nukem being in this game for no reason whatsoever is the best crossover of its kind since Star Fox in Starlink: Battle for Atlas. It helps, too, that Bulletstorm is an exponentially better game than, say, Duke Nukem Forever. After crash landing on a planet full of crazed feral space tourists the game just gets right to the point and tells you to slaughter them all. There’s even an in-game explanation for the points you earn to unlock new skills. The shooting itself is tight, but the combat’s real creativity comes from the push-pull action of reeling in enemies with your whip and brutally Sparta kicking them away. The world is a canvas of carnage, and a good-looking one that at.
If you want no-nonsense cowboy shootout action that’s a little less boring than Red Dead Redemption dua, here’s Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. If anything, my biggest complaint is that the inherent limitations of old guns (limited ammo capacity, questionable accuracy and range, and weirdly drawn out duels) restrict the otherwise frantic and fun shootouts. Fortunately, accumulated experience opens up upgrades for more seamless slaughter by shotgun. The subtle cel-shaded look and flashback framing device adds a nice layer of saucy spaghetti western style.
Castlevania Advance Collection combines several games from the vampire-hunting franchise’s handheld history. It lets you replay Aria of Sorrow, Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, and Dracula X. Plus, new accessibility modes make it easier than ever to slay the undead. If you’re looking for the best place to start, Aria of Sorrow might rival Symphony of the Night for best Castlevania ever.
As far as weird pinball-based action games go, Creature in the Well makes Yoku’s Island Express look downright traditional. In this sketchy wasteland, you travel through different dungeons playing hack and slash pinball tables. Your “score” is an energy currency that unlocks new rooms, giving you a lot of freedom with how to proceed. Between the constant projectiles and ability to charge and aim shots, it’s like you have multiball all the time. Or imagine an entire game made of that boss fight trope where you and the enemy hit a ball of energy back and forth like tennis. As novel as this all is though, the concept is maybe stretched just a little too thin by the end.
It’s easy to dismiss Darksiders: Genesis as a cheap Diablo clone, another theft from a franchise that has no shame taking from the greats. Although Darksiders: Genesis asks you to crawl through dungeons and score loot, it’s way closer to its traditional third-person, action-adventure big brethren than an RPG. You still have elaborate combos systems, only now melee and projectile attacks are split across the two co-op characters. It features Zelda-esque environmental puzzles, too. Instead of feeling pared back, the levels are impressively huge. Almost too huge considering how aimless they can often feel. As for the story, while it’s nice to finally see all four horsemen, 10 years later it still feels like the actual plot of this franchise is just constantly in a holding pattern.
DropMix walked so Fuser could run. Harmonix perfected its genius musical mashup technology to deliver a DJ simulator that lets anyone mix and match all sorts of songs for deliriously entertaining results. Finally, we can hear the instruments from Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” with the vocals from Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” More than a fantastic game, Fuser is a wildly inspiring creative tool. Take your custom tunes anywhere on Switch.
Fuser (for Nintendo Switch) Review
Gang Beasts is a beat ’em up that ditches crisp combat controls for flailing, physics-based slap fights. More often than not, the comedically chaotic physics system will knock you out before an enemy does. The game is amusing enough in solo mode, but it really shines as a multiplayer party game where you can’t help but laugh as your friend awkwardly tosses you from a roof.