10 games to play on the Nintendo Switch right now

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While being cooped up inside, I’ve found purpose through solving puzzles online or building a virtual garden. These can all be done and more on the Nintendo Switch, and we’ve curated a list of 10 games to play right now.

There’s something about Nintendo games that always feels so familiar and light-hearted. While gaming consoles will continue to be upgraded and graphics will improve, there will always be Mario and Pokémon.

Here are 10 of the best titles you can play on the Nintendo Switch right now. 

Shop: Animal Crossing New Horizons, $59.99

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If you’re looking for an escape from your normal everyday activities, why not build a new life from scratch? In Animal Crossing: New Horizons you can develop your own private island. This life emulation game is the fifth in the main line series of Animal Crossing and adds new features like using the new digging tool to build paths or using clams as fishing bait to reel in rare fish. These additions only help to add to the charm of the original Animal Crossing. 

Shop: Luigi’s Mansion 3, $59.99

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Thrill seekers look no further. Luigi’s Mansion 3 takes place in a haunted motel that you and your friends have been invited to. While you’re getting settled into your room, Mario, Peach and Toad are captured, and only Luigi can help save them. In this game, you’ll find yourself going through labyrinths and capturing ghosts while unlocking new levels to each floor of the motel. This game will keep you on your toes and have you hooked from the beginning. 

Shop: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild$59.99

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild stunned gamers in 2017, winning best game of the year and it changed the way Nintendo approached open world gaming. This game is equally beautiful as it is challenging and will keep you busy for months to come. The open world aspect allows you to play the game in whatever order you want and as you level up, the challenges remain difficult and keep you on your toes.  

Shop: Pokémon: Sword and Shield, $119.99

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This long awaited addition to the Pokémon role playing game franchise was well worth the wait. Follow your rival through the region of Galar while adding new Pokémon to your team and pursuing your dreams of becoming a champion. 

Shop: Super Mario Odyssey, $59.99

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If it’s been a while since you’ve played a Super Mario game, then this version will feel like a new and improved version of the old school Super Mario 64. This adventure game follows as Mario and his new friend Cappy joins forces to rescue Princess Peach. The graphics along with the gameplay pull you into an immersive storyline and you’ll be hooked from level one.

Shop: Bayonetta 2, $59.99

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While the world waits for Bayonetta 3 why not sharpen up your spells with Bayonetta 2? If you’re looking for a game heavy on combat and summoning demons, then this is for you. 

Shop: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, $59.99

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In this Pokémon spinoff, you can finally live as one of the brand’s 16 characters. Once you’ve picked your main Pokémon, you get the choice of two-partnered Pokémon to help you through your many tasks. Upon finishing your mission, you win points and your team rises through the ranks. 

Shop: Stardew Valley, $14.99

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This open ended game allows you to let your imagination take the wheel. Follow your characters as they take over their grandfather’s farm and adapt to life in Stardew Valley. Raise crops, mine for ore or mingle with the towns folks.

Shop: Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, $59.99

Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening originally came out in 1993 for Nintendo and was recently remade for the Nintendo Switch. This version features updated graphics but retains that same authentic top-down feeling. The art style featured in this update is more rounded and feels a bit like you’re playing with toy figures, which adds to the nostalgia of this version. 

Shop: Splatoon 2, $59.99

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Splatoon 2 is a third person shooting game that allows you to spray ink at your foes in the battlefield as you are able to morph between a humanoid and a squid. When you’re in your squid form, you can travel through the ink you’ve sprayed on the battlefield to regain health and sneak up on your enemies.

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