10 Games You'll Want to Play on Your Nintendo Switch

Sleepless gaming nights, here we come!

PHOTO BY official Nintendo game covers ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Japanese consumer electronics and video-game company Nintendo was founded in 1889 and released their first home gaming unit—the Color TV-Game—in 1977, and later launched their first handheld gaming gadget—the Game & Watch—two years later. Several products, games, and innovations later, Nintendo has become a household name. They're the ones behind the popular Game Boy, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo Wii, which you probably played games on during your childhood.

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Their latest console release comes in the form of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, a gaming device that can switch from handheld gaming console to home console. Think of it this way: you can connect the Switch to a TV and play at home, and you can unplug it, reattach the joycons, and play on the go. With its versatility and intuitive interface, it has become a popular choice for both casual players and hardcore gamers. Whether you bought yours with holiday discounts or you won the raffle from your office’s Christmas party—or hey, maybe you just decided to finally treat yourself—let us help you choose the best titles that you can play alone and with the squad with the Nintendo Switch.

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Check out these games you can play on your Nintendo Switch:

Minecraft (P1,595)

PHOTO official Nintendo game cover

Minecraft has been, and still is, one of the most popular games in any video-game platform. There is no limit to what you can do in this game: you can hunt zombies, play against another player, or roam and mine for ores and diamonds. Heck, building mansions is even on the menu. It’s the perfect game for casual gamers, whether for kids or kids at heart.

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Available at Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, DataBlitz, and iTech stores nationwide.

Pokémon Sword and Shield (P2,595)

PHOTO official Nintendo game cover

The journey to become a Pokémon master continues! New challenges and Pokémon, of course, await you in the Galar region. The gameplay has not been changed, but this time, Pokémon can use Gigantamax and Dynamax. These abilities let Pokémon enlarge in size and duke it out à la Power Rangers Zords battle. As a bonus, selected Pokémon from other games, such as Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and Pokémon Go, can be transferred to Sword and Shield through the Pokémon Bank app. Gotta catch ‘em all!

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Available at Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, DataBlitz, and iTech stores nationwide.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (P2,450)

PHOTO official Nintendo game cover

This Switch-exclusive is a solo and two-player fighter game a la Tekken but with Nintendo characters (which means button mashing is totally on the table). Choose your fighter from a roster of 74 characters—the most number in any Super Smash Bros. game—each with different abilities and powerful attacks. To make it more challenging, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also sports a new mode called Stage Builder where players can create their own custom stages. It's erfect for (friendly) tourneys with the squad.

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Available at Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, DataBlitz, and iTech stores nationwide.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (P2,495)

PHOTO official Nintendo game cover

Breath of the Wild is the first open-world Zelda game and is considered as one of the best video-game titles to have been developed. In the game, Link has awakened after a hundred years and must defeat Calamity Ganon to save the Hyrule Kingdom. Explore the open world, craft impressive weapons and armor, and head into battle against numerous—and sometimes adorable—monsters. Fun fact: Breath of the Wild is the 2017 Game of the Year!

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Available at Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, DataBlitz, and iTech stores nationwide.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (P2,495)

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Think Ghostbusters without Bill Murray or Melissa McCarthy but with Luigi—that’s Luigi’s Mansion 3! Luigi went to Last Resort hotel only to find Mario and the others missing. It’s up to you to rescue them by catching the ghosts that haunt the hotel. You can use various weapons and abilities to catch them, one of which is summoning Gooigi, Luigi’s doppelganger made of goo who can do things that Luigi cannot. This game can accommodate local wireless or online coop gameplay of up to eight players.

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Available at Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, DataBlitz, and iTech stores nationwide.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (coming out on March 20, TBD)

PHOTO official Nintendo game cover

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is perfect for those who just want chill gaming. In this game, you get to craft tools and materials from scratch and design your own paradise on a deserted island with anthropomorphic animals. Dream vacay, right? You can play with up to eight players and go island-hopping on other players’ paradise. 

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Pre-order at DataBlitz stores nationwide with P500 downpayment.

Splatoon 2 (P2,375)

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Splatoon 2 is Nintendo’s kid-friendly version of Call of Duty. In this shooter, you play one of the squid kids called Inklings. To win a match, you need to cover the battlefield with your team’s ink using ink-shooting guns and weapons. There is Turf War mode for a four-versus-four player-versus-player battle and Salmon Run mode where two to four players must defeat waves of enemies called Salmonids.   

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Available at Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, DataBlitz, and iTech stores nationwide.

Stardew Valley (U.S. $14.99, roughly P758)

PHOTO screencap from Nintendo e-shop

Stardew Valley is a farming simulation game that’ll make you remember the many hours you’ve spent on FarmVille. Get to run your grandpa’s old farm and make it your own by planting crops, raising livestock, and expanding your land. You also get to mine and fish in this game, plus marry a non-player character to help you tend the farm. 

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Available on the Nintendo eShop.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (P2,695)

PHOTO official Nintendo game cover

This turn-based game is made by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. You and your team of ragtag heroes embark on a monster-slaying journey in the world of Erdrea using your powerful weapons and skills. At some point in the game, you’ll meet a non-player character (NPC) that will allow you to visit certain maps from the Dragon Quest IV and VIII games in 2D and 16-bit versions. That’s a nostalgic critical hit in the feels for the loyal fans of this video-game franchise.

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Available at Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, DataBlitz, and iTech stores nationwide.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (P2,450)

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses lets you become an expert fighter-slash-teacher. Your task is to teach your students in academics while improving their battle skills. You can teach them magic, weapon mastery, and even horsemanship. But first, you have three houses of choice to pledge your allegiance to. There are The Black Eagles, The Blue Lions, and The Golden Deer. You must train your students well before the war begins.

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Available at Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, DataBlitz, and iTech stores nationwide.

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