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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Genre: Action RPG Price: $59.99/£49.99 What is it? The latest entry in Nintendo's venerable fantasy franchise, which embraces its own history as often as it upends it Why should you buy it? This is, perhaps more than anything, the biggest showpiece for what the Nintendo Switch can do. Breath of the Wild takes ideas originally introduced in the first Legend of Zelda game along with concepts expanded on by Skyrim and other modern open-world RPGs and Nintendoizes them, distilling them into purest parts, and polishes the hell out of them. It's
  2. Super Mario Odyssey Genre: Adventure Price: $59.99/£49.99 What is it? Mario's biggest 3D adventure yet, taking him all over the globe for some hat-themed adventures. Why should you buy it? If you're only buying two games for the Nintendo Switch, it has to be Zelda and it has to be Mario. Thanks to Mario's new friend Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey manages to successfully bring the series up to date by gifting Mario a ton of new moves. And by moving out of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario feels fresh and new while still retaining every ounce of its nostalgia and retro charm - there are sti
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Genre: Racing Price: $59.99/£39.99 What is it? The best version of Mario Kart 8 money can buy. Why should you buy it? Apart from the telling clue in the line above, the Nintendo experience isn't complete until you've enraged your closest friends by beating them at Mario Kart. It's a rite of passage on every Nintendo console. This immediate, relatable, pick-up-and-play fun is exactly what the Switch was created for. Up to eight people can locally, letting you pretend that you're in a Nintendo lifestyle advert, and it's a novelty that two people can play anywh
  4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses Genre: Adventure / Strategy Price: $59.99 / £49.99 What is it? The latest in the Fire Emblem series, where you must nurture students of one of three prestigious houses through their studies to tactical, turn-based battles on a continent on the verge of war. Why should you buy it? The future of Fódlan rests on the decisions that you make, and that alone serves as quite the selling point. But, in all seriousness, if you're already a fan of the series, Fire Emblem: Three Houses this is the best to date. It realises a new, more meaningful direction for the ser
  5. Tetris 99 Genre: Battle royale Price: Free with a Nintendo Online subscription What is it? Tetris, but battle royale. No, I'm not joking. Why should you buy it? If you love Tetris and think you're better at playing it than anyone else, then you need to try Tetris 99. It's an insane take on battle royale where you play Tetris simultaneously along with 98 other people, but every two or more lines you clear you send as junk to other players, either at random, to the people closest to a KO, to your attackers or to those doing the best so far. It's mad, fast paced and turns the zen T
  6. Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu / Eevee Genre: RPG Price: $59.99 / £49.99 without Poke Ball Plus, $99.99 / £84.99 with Poke Ball Plus What is it? The first ever Pokemon RPG on a home console, blending classic series' elements with mechanics from Pokemon Go. Why should you buy it? You might have already dismissed Pokemon Let's Go as a sub-par Pokemon Go spin-off, but you absolutely shouldn't. What developer GameFreak has done with Let's Go is actually quite ingenious, blending together elements from the immensely popular mobile game Pokemon Go, with classic RPG features from the core se
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Genre: Brawler Price: $59.99 / £59.99 What is it? The latest entry in the Super Smash Bros series - and the first for Switch - delivers more characters and levels than ever before. Why should you buy it? Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is pulling out all the stops when it comes to characters. With a whopping 74 characters available to unlock, this is definitely the busiest roster of them all. That total includes 11 brand new characters - and that's before you've even started on the DLC. That means a whole new set of fighters to learn in the heat of battle
  8. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Genre: Strategy Price: $59.99/£49.99 What is it? If you mix Super Mario with XCOM you basically get Mario + Rabbids, a strange strategy hybrid with tons of charm. Why should you buy it? Don't be put off by the XCOM comment, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a strategy game that works incredibly well even if you're not a fan of strategy games. It features brilliant, polished game mechanics that are introduced in stages to let you get to grips with the game's surprisingly deep tactical gameplay. But it mixes that gameplay with real knowledge of th
  9. Splatoon 2 Genre: Third-person shooter Price: $59.99/£49.99 What is it? A sequel that brings more multiplayer ink-splatting madness than the Wii U exclusive original and more Splatfests too. Why should you buy it? If you missed out on the Wii U exclusive that was Splatoon, the sequel, suprisingly named Splatoon 2, is one of the Switch's best games. It again sees you teaming up with your fellow inklings – that's half squid, half human – to try and paint the most of the map your team's colour in the multiplayer. It's easy to pick up and play, and although it doesn't feel totally fr
  10. Genre: Simulation Price: $14.99/£10.99 What is it? A cute, pixel-art farming simulator that has stolen the hearts of most of the GamesRadar+ office. Why should you buy it? There's a reason Stardew Valley was one of the most highly anticipated titles coming to the Nintendo Switch. This adorable, simple life, farming simulator is the perfect game for taking advantage of the Switch's portability. Farming at home, farming on the go, farming wherever the heck you fancy farming. It's a fantastic game for whiling away the evenings with a spot of farming, mining, animal rearing, fishing a
  11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Exclusive Sarah Michelle Gellar Impersonation) There are only two possible articles that call for a description of 2002's Buffy the Vampire Slayer game: a list of the best Xbox games; and a discussion of good games derived from TV shows, which should just be repackaged as a tweet. The Collective display a genuine love, if not reverence, for Joss Whedon's source material, and find an easy, engaging combat system to match his agile heroine. They couldn't get the real deal to voice Buffy, but the writing, environments and characters all feel lifted straight from t
  12. Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors (Exclusive WTF) The amount of detritus remaining after a proper scuffle between Japanese deities can be measured in blocks -- as in the amount of hard drive space eaten up by From Software's Otogi games. The dreamlike visuals and graceful movements of the playable heroes belie their destructive habits, which tend to reduce villages and forests to computationally expensive mounds of rubble. And when you load up your bloated save file tomorrow, the level will look exactly as you left it. There are no overnight janitors in ancient Japan. Aside from that remembere
  13. GunValkyrie (Exclusive Thumbstick Replacement) GunValkyrie sold Stockholm Syndrome on a disc well before Demon's Souls did. Supposedly starting life as a light-gun shooter for the Dreamcast, GunValkyrie morphed into a fast-paced gauntlet that was challenging in just about every way -- even physically. There's not much elegance to the shooting itself, but the trick to overcoming the game's horde of aggressive space bugs is in your futuristic, rocket-equipped suit of armor. Manipulating both thumbsticks correctly allows you to hover in mid-air, dash forward and backwards, and rotate in 90
  14. Quantum Redshift (Exclusive Particles Galore) First of all: Good luck selling a game called "Quantum Redshift." In case the title didn't clue you in, it's a futuristic racing game (see: pointy hover vehicles) that borrows happily from Wipeout and F-Zero. A more apt comparison at this point would be Star Wars Episode 1: Pod Racer, the one good thing to come out of the prequel trilogy. Despite boasting characters even more irritating than the ones conjured by George Lucas, Quantum Redshift offers a good mix of face-melting speed, shortcuts, and surprisingly large and vibrant environments.
  15. Phantom Dust (Exclusive Psychic Amnesia) This game was overlooked by almost everyone, including Microsoft, who declined to publish this Microsoft Game Studios-developed game outside of Japan. Those who did notice the budget-priced game got a fast-paced, strategic, and weird online experience that has yet to be replicated. It's a multiplayer arena combat game, but it also a card game, with every attack "drawn" from spawn points around each arena. Players build their "decks" to outfit themselves with all the attacks they want, from projectiles to flame swords, and then submit to the luck
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