9 must-play games exclusive to Nintendo Switch

Game news 9 must-play games exclusive to Nintendo Switch

The success of Nintendo Switch is now consolidated. The console, released in 2017, offers a wide choice of titles. Today the editorial staff of JV is interested in the Switch exclusives and offers you a small selection of the most voted games.


  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Metroid terror
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Luigi Palace 3
  • Fire emblem: three houses
  • Triangle strategy
  • Kirby and the Forgotten World
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Super Mario Odyssey

Mario is one of Nintendo’s best known characters and one of the most widely in the video game world. Super Mario Odyssey is a platform game, released the same year as the Switch and turned out to be a pleasant revival for the adventures of the most famous plumber. As usual, Princess Peach has been kidnapped by the infamous Bowser … and Mario must embark on a long journey to save her beauty. But it is Mario’s companion, a living cap named Cappy, who gives originality to the game: our hero can throw it at his enemies to control or attack them and also act as a temporary platform. Super Mario Odyssey is an exploratory adventure that offers a wide variety of gameplay.

Metroid terror

Released in 2021, Metroid Dread is the latest licensing opus and arguably one of the best. We find the armored heroine Samus Aran grappling with a new threat, for a game that seems to go back to the origins of the saga. Samus travels to planet ZDR to uncover strange transmissions suggesting parasites X, long believed to be extinct, and find out what’s going on in this hostile world. Between action, exploration and infiltration, the storyline is captivating and will make any license fan nostalgic. Smooth gameplay, well-balanced difficulty and a wide range of skills guarantee Metroid Dread’s success.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

The famous arena fighting game, released in 2018. From Mario to Bayonetta, through Pikachu or Link, Super Smash Bros Ultimate brings together a total of 75 characters. If most of them had already appeared in previous games, there are a dozen new ones like Marie (Animal Crossing) or Daisy (Super Mario). The rules couldn’t be simpler – attack your opponents until you knock them off the pitch to be the last one standing there. Controlled gameplay, wide range of paths and objects, excellent soundtrack. A good game to have fun, alone or with others, even if we quickly find ourselves completely in these fiery fights. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a true staple of Switch.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The ultimate racing game and simply a cult game! Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has topped the Nintendo charts since its release in 2017, with a current total of 43.35 million copies sold. Super Mario characters, accompanied by prominent representatives from other Nintendo licenses such as Splatoon or Zelda, meet for epic and colorful races. Players can compete in different types of races, mini-games and 32 circuits in the base game alone. Add to this the 48 new DLC races that are gradually coming. With family, friends or even alone, the Mario Kart formula has always convinced its vast audience and this latest work only confirms this rule once again.

Luigi Palace 3

If Mario is Nintendo’s most famous character, his brother Luigi is also entitled to his adventures. In Luigi’s Mansion 3, released in 2018, our hero must once again face his fears and go on a ghost hunt in a haunted mansion. Armed with his ghost vacuum cleaner, Luigi must explore the terrifying house and rescue his friends, who have been ambushed by Amber Brusquade and King Boo. This third opera from Luigi’s Mansion marks the return of Gooigi, a slimy green version of our plumber, with special and very useful skills for this ghost adventure. The game remains a great Nintendo classic with rich gameplay and a memorable atmosphere.

Fire emblem: three houses

Released in 2019, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the thirteenth game in the tactical RPG saga and the first to be released on the Nintendo Switch. Players take on the role of Byleth, a mercenary who has no memory of his past and who finds himself in the midst of a political conflict. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a hit. The organization of team battles is a nice revival for the saga, we also appreciate the wide possibilities of specialization of the units and the taking of scenarios with choices that matter. Despite a somewhat static staging, the game is still an excellent work!

Triangle strategy

Triangle Strategy is a tactical RPG similar to Fire Emblem, released on March 4, 2022. Three nations compete for control of salt and iron mining. In addition to battles where strategy will be required, players must make choices that directly affect the story, especially during political voting where other characters need to be convinced. This is a particularly original point for this game whose ending changes based on these different choices. A beautiful visual and a quality soundtrack complete this very immersive scenario. Triangle Strategy is a nice surprise.

Kirby and the Forgotten World

Recently released (March 25, 2022), Kirby and the Forgotten World is Nintendo’s newest hit. The game is the youngest of the pink ball license, born in 1992. After being sucked into a black hole, Kirby finds himself in the Forgotten World and will have to save him from an evil entity. This time we change the formula: it is still a platform game, but in 3D and in an open world. And it is successful for our cute companion! While the game is overall simple, it is very pleasing both visually and in gameplay and brings a good revival for the license.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

It’s time to finish this selection gently. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a historical game as it was THE containment game, arrived just in time for players to escape while staying at home. The new opus once again transports players to this cute world populated by animals and good vibes. Grow your garden, fish, craft, cook, decorate your island and home … No pressure on Animal Crossing, just relax and escape. On the other hand, the game is less rich than its predecessors, even two years after its release and with its Happy Homes Paradise DLC. But we forgive him and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is still fun to play and an essential title for the Nintendo Switch.

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