The Nintendo Switch hasn’t even had the whole of 2017 to build a library of games, but it’s already home to a couple of absolute classics. Those and the rest are rounded up in this list of best Nintendo Switch games of 2017.
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Best Nintendo Switch Games of 2017
Disgaea 5 Complete (Nippon Ichi Software)
If you want hardcore JRPG on the go, Disgaea 5 might just be perfect.
“Disgaea 5 Complete is everything that Disgaea 5 was, including all the downloadable content, on a system that you can take with you,” we said in our review. “It's the same game, but the Disgaea series has always been a more enjoyable experience in its portable iterations and that's no different here. If you own it on PS4, it's still worth a re-purchase here. If you don't, welcome to the world of Disgaea.”
Minecraft: Switch Edition (Microsoft)
Minecraft isn’t new, but a version this good to play while out and about is something to get excited about. Unsurprisingly, Minecraft is one of the best Nintendo Switch games of 2017.
“Minecraft Switch Edition isn't quite the best at any one thing, but it fills its niche with style,” we said in our review. “It stands below its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts in the size of the world it can build, but makes up for that by being a pitch-perfect portable experience. The physical controls and four-player splitscreen put it ahead of the full-featured Pocket Edition. It's everything the Vita version wanted to be, becoming the best portable version of Minecraft yet”
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
It might be a re-release, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an essential Wii U purchase and the best version of the game. Easily one of the best Nintendo Switch games of 2017.
“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a victory lap for an amazing entry in the series. The only place Mario Kart 8 faltered was in its Battle Mode and Nintendo has rectified that here with a full-fledged version,” we said in our review. “48 courses, 42 characters, 8 battle arenas, 5 battle modes, extensive multiplayer action, and the ability to take console Mario Kart with you wherever you go. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is absolutely worth the asking price.”
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (DotEmu)
Available on all platforms, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap feels at home on the Switch.
“Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a faithful remaster of a classic that a lot of folks missed,” we said in our review. “Developer LizardCube has kept the original gameplay completely intact and laid some amazing 2D art and great remastered soundtrack over top of it.”
Snake Pass (Sumo Digital)
On the Switch, Snake Pass ranks as one of the best games you can buy, delivering something a little different.
“Visually, Snake Pass recalls the Nintendo 64 era of Rare, with a bright and colorful presentation across its fifteen levels,” we said in our review. “When you dig into the game though, you find a unique set of controls that want to make the player really feel like a snake. If you spend time learning how Snake Pass controls, you'll find a rewarding, if sometimes uneven, experience.”
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Yacht Club Games)
Another game that’s on multiple formats, but feels right at home on the Switch. Shovel Knight is a must own.
“Specter of Torment stands up well next to the previous Shovel Knight and Plague of Shadows campaigns,” we said in our review. “It's a bit on the short side and the bosses are a bit easier, but Yacht Club Games has kicked out some excellent new stages this time around.”
Snipperclips (SFB Games)
Co-op through and through, Snipperclips is one of the most original games released in 2017 and is only available on the Switch.
“Snipperclips is an enjoyable little puzzle game that brings friends and families together,” we said in our review. “The primary mechanic - cutting each other into useful shapes - is instantly intuitive. Whether you're playing in a duo, or in a group of four, Snipperclips will delight... until you run out of puzzles.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
This is the big one. Breath of the Wild may well end 2017 as the best game of 2017, so it certainly needs to be on the list of best Nintendo Switch games of 2017.
“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild draws from many sources of inspiration, including older Zelda games and titles like Skyrim and The Witcher 3, to create something wholly unique,” we said in our review. “Nintendo has crafted a wide, beautiful world to explore, underpinned with some interesting emergent mechanics. Breath of the Wild stands as one of the best in the series and a great opener for Nintendo's newest console.”
While slightly underbaked at the moment, ARMS is packed with depth and will have more content added over the year.
“Arms has a lot to love, and unfortunately, a lot to forget too. After a year of planned updates, I imagine the Arms we see a year from now will be a drastically different game,” we said in our review. “A more fuller one, at that. In the meantime though, while it has potential with its layers of depth, the core game simply doesn't have enough variety among its many arms and fighters to keep the experience feeling fresh for long.”