So you’re thinking of buying a Nintendo Switch because you heard Zelda and Super Mario Odyssey are great. You’d be right, they are. However (and it’s something I have heard people discussing) what else is there to play after that?
Firstly, getting through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild alone could take months if you want it to. Super Mario Odyssey can take up weeks or months of your life if you collect most of the Power Moons and unlock as much of the game as possible. Even if there is nothing else on the horizon those two games will keep you busy until more titles arrive.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are historically great games and if I do a ‘Top Switch Games’ article we both know what 1 and 2 will be. “How about a list that excludes them” I thought as I tried to avoid writing about these games for the 1000th time.
So…here are the Top 5 games on Nintendo Switch EXCLUDING Zelda and Mario Odyssey.
It turns out that if you mix Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine with Tetris you get a great game. Who knew?! There is a 10 hour ‘campaign’ but the joy of Puyo Puyo Tetris is the 2-4 player action. Players essentially battle side by side on screen against each other. ‘Tetrises’ send garbage over to your opponent with the ultimate goal of filling up their screen. It’s fantastic and there’s a demo on the eShop that is overly generous. You can play rounds of Puyo Puyo Tetris as much as you like, the only catch being that it kicks you back to the main title screen after rounds. It’s a little bit on the expensive side for a puzzle game in my opinion but I have really enjoyed it for bus journeys. I got my moneys worth.
The campaign is complete trash.
With that out of the way let’s talk about the actual game. Bomberman is about multiplayer Battle Mode and always has been. I have loved these Bomberman games since I was a kid, Super Bomberman R has the classic gameplay we all know and love now complete with new fancy graphics. What’s not to love? This was the first game on Switch that gave me that “Switch Commercial” moment. I was playing Battle Mode and my girlfriend wanted to join in. I popped off one of the Joy Con controllers and boom, we were playing 2 Player Bomberman. What is life?!
This is a game that if it was on PS4/XB1 would be absolutely enormous. It’s a PEGI 7 co-op or online multiplayer shooter with cutesy style graphics and customisable characters. Youtubers and Twitch streamers would run this for a very long time and kids would lap it up. The great thing about this is that it’s far from a kids-only game. It’s a fantastic multiplayer game where groups of four players team up to paint the map using various ink-spouting weapons. It’s a competitive shooter where the shooter part is secondary. Sure, shooting your opponents is important to take them off the map for a short period of time but you could spend your time inking areas of the map and avoid any combat if you so choose.
Playing the first game on Wii U reminded me of playing Paint Bomber mode on Bomberman Live back in the early days of Xbox Live Arcade. This is more of the same and is well worth the pick up. The voice chat limitations are a negative for some but personally that isn’t any drawback for me, people are annoying.
Look, this is a full-fat, complete console Mario Kart game for a portable console. What’s not to love? Just like my comment on Super Bomberman R above it really is amazing to instantly jump into two player Mario Kart by popping off a Joy Con to give to a second player.
This is a port of the Wii U version of Mario Kart 8 but all of the characters and tracks are already unlocked right out of the box. It also includes the returning Battle Mode which is just the cherry on the cake. The visuals are beautiful and it plays like a dream in all control types. This is an essential purchase for Switch. Essential.
You can read my review here to get the full picture of why I have placed this as the number one Switch game to pick up when Zelda and Mario Odyssey are excluded. I would place it 3rd just behind the two big hitters in the overall Switch games list. If my review doesn’t sell you on this game nothing will…
Golf Story is yet another must play exclusive, one that could only exist on a format so brimming with imagination that you just follow along with a beaming smile on your face. Even a Third Party like Sidebar Games are making excellent games for the Nintendo Switch. We are in flavour country.
Golf Story is a 16-Bit throwback title, clearly inspired by Earthbound but with a twist, it’s also a golf game. Bare with me here, it’s an RPG and a Sports Sim. Somehow it just works.
Golf Story is a genuine delight. I loved it almost immediately. As I have said before, if you are on the fence with the Nintendo Switch just pull the trigger. The games are there and the density of genuine top quality titles is unbelievable. Buy a Switch, this is another hole in one.
So there you have it, my top games to play AFTER Zelda and Mario Odyssey…you still need to play those!