Top 10 Best Nintendo Switch Games You Can Enjoy Playing In 2022

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Dan N. Scarborough

Dan N. Scarborough

Last updated:  2022-05-08 06:03:12

Nintendo Switch remains relevant in 2022, despite turning five years old. The significant part of the console's appeal is its unique design, allowing players to enjoy it on the move or at home on their gaming TV. Therefore, it's much different from PS5 and the Xbox Series consoles and somewhat similar to the much more expensive Steam Deck.

Another significant factor is its games, imposing flagship titles, and excellent indies. Furthermore, Switch has had one of the best first-year game libraries in gaming history. As expected, Nintendo first-party games are still rock-solid franchises with some of the best representatives on the Switch. Additionally, the system has many excellent second and third-party titles available. This is the top ten list of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time in 2022, and we'll continue updating it.

10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You will hate raccoons more than anything

Animal Crossing: New Horizons pretty much defined 2020. This franchise has always had a faithful player base, but the latest entry turned out to be the most popular Switch game. Furthermore, the global lockdown due to Covid-19 made players rush into this title and build virtual communities in the lack of real ones. 

In this game, you'll create a home, interact with cute animal residents and explore and customize the deserted island that's your home now. Freedom and relaxation while doing communal activities never felt so good except for paying the mortgage to that goddamn raccoon. 

9. Bayonetta 2

Amazing game with an unfortunate launch

Bayonetta 2 is one of the games doing everything perfectly except for the choice of the system for the launch. Wii U was too marginalized in the console wars, so being a Wii U exclusive didn't benefit Bayonetta 2. Nevertheless, this is still one of the best action games on the market. 

This time, Bayonetta tries to save her friend by finding the Gates of Hell in the Middle East. The sequel made many original characters return and introduced us to some new faces. Porting Bayonetta 2 from the Wii U to the Switch finally gives this game the attention and devotion it deserves. With slick controls, challenging gameplay, and plenty of style, this remaster is a pinnacle of the action genre.

8. Bravely Default II

Reminder of why we love JRPGs

Bravely Default and its sequel remind us why we like classic Japanese role-playing games such as Final Fantasy I-VI. Modern Final Fantasy games developed in totally different directions, leaving their origins behind. However, there are still representatives of the good old "four people in a row" genre. The best proof of that is the success of Octopath Traveler.

Bravely Default II has a unique gameplay mechanic described by its name. You can perform multiple actions at once (Brave) or opt for the classical turn-based moves (Default). The gameplay world is depicted in dioramas, looking nostalgic and beautiful at the same time. 

7. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Harsh platformer made a bit easier

Nintendo Switch has a reputation as a port machine. Indeed, many Wii U exclusives that didn't get the recognition got their second chance on Nintendo Switch. One of them is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, an excellent title severely underappreciated in its time.

Donkey Kong is the first trademarked Nintendo video game character, and his games are usually on par with the rest of the company's mascots. The Switch version of Tropical Freeze has some upgrades and added content. This includes Funky Kong Mode, a more accessible difficulty setting, and an additional character, Funky Kong himself. With these additions, the surprisingly unforgiving game is now a bit more comfortable to play. 

6. Splatoon 2

A sequel to innovative team shooter

When it first appeared on Wii U, Splatoon was a true sleeper hit. Out of nowhere, there was a game with a fresh take on the team-based shooter genre. Splatoon was family-friendly, colorful, and, most important, entertaining. The title became so popular because of its innovation and unique identity. Despite being a shooting game, the goal is not to pile up kills but to paint the area in your team's colored ink.

Moreover, Nintendo kept updating it with new weapons, maps, and modes. Splatoon 2 arrived on Nintendo Switch, and it didn't bring enough innovation to be a full-fledged sequel. Still, it brings some new weapons, mods, and improved graphics. Therefore, it's among the best Nintendo Switch multiplayer games.

5. Pokemon Sword/Shield

Gotta catch them all

Pokémon is one of the strongest Nintendo franchises, with numerous games for every generation of consoles since the original Gameboy. Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee was an excellent game, but only a warm-up for Sword and Shield. Pokémon Sword and Shield titles bring the Pokémon world to life as no other game did. Finally, Pokémon battles and exploring look as good as they feel.

Your character travels across vast landscapes and captures bigger pocket monsters, with new expansion packs giving trainers more regions to explore. Of course, more areas mean more Pokémon to catch. Therefore, the players will quickly complete their Pokedex.

4. Super Mario Maker 2

Build, test, play, upload

Mario Maker was a great game for introducing people to game design. Using different elements, you could build custom levels for Mario, upload them, and let people play and grade them. You could create levels based on the Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. elements and from the classics Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3.

The only limiting factor is your imagination and affinity toward the suffering of other players. This second installment is a welcome upgrade with a new skin, new themes, and additional tools. Now you can create even more challenging Mario levels and further stress out players.

3. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Mario is at his best in platform games

Mario is undoubtedly one of the most beloved video game protagonists. He appeared in every Nintendo generation of consoles and was a protagonist of many games of different genres. However, even among Nintendo Switch games, Mario will always be an arcade platform character. 

That's pretty obvious when playing 3D World, where he is back to his roots, mixing open-ended platforming and classic 2D elements. The Nintendo Switch version added Bowser's Fury, an innovative open-world platform showing how good a Mario game can be.

2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Mascot clobbering never felt so fun

Super Smash Bros games originated on Nintendo 64 and haven't stopped since. There's something attractive in seeing beloved video game mascots beat the crap out of each other. With each generation of consoles, Super Smash games grew further in terms of the roster and gameplay.

The Switch version brought faster gameplay and a massive roster of every character that ever appeared in Smash games, plus some new, quite surprising names. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the perfect mixture of competitive gameplay, content, and fanservice.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Revolutionary Zelda and the best Nintendo Switch game

The Legend of Zelda games led their protagonist Link through many adventures. Thus, our fairy Hyrulean hero saved the world too many times to count. In the middle of every Zelda game is the dynamic between Link, princess Zelda and the villain Ganon. Luckily, the Breath of the Wild keeps that intact.

However, every other aspect of Zelda games is fundamentally changed. Instead of dungeon exploration, expect vast lands, stacked with weapons, monsters, puzzles, and quests. This is one of the best open-world games of all time, and players are still discovering all its secrets. 

Nintendo Switch brought a lot of innovation to the handheld consoles market. Consequently, the revolutionary concept of a hybrid handheld/home system attracted many people, despite not being a powerful console. Still, the main selling point of Switch is a great games library that continues growing. While we won't see Grand Theft Auto 6 on it, it has many other brilliant and often exclusive titles.

What are your favorite Nintendo Switch games to play in 2022? Which software titles would you add to this top ten list?

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