The Nintendo Switch was released in March 2017 and is moving into its third year of release. Its second year is everything you’d expect from a Nintendo console – first-party Nintendo games dominate the library.
Nintendo’s unique take on video gaming also included a 2018 release of the cardboard Nintendo Labo system that lets you build creations to play your Joy Con controller into for a more immersive experience.
Here are the top 10 video games released for the Nintendo Switch video game console in 2018.
10. Mega Man 11 (80% on Metacritic)
Capcom recreates the magic of Mega Man in this latest installment in the franchise. Upgrade your weapons and battle robot bosses on this modern-day classic video game.
9. Super Mario Party (76% on Metacritic)
The Mario gang gathers to play a Monopoly-inspired video game that ends up more like a Japanese game show than anything else. Super Mario Party is a great party game for laughs, and sometimes that’s all you need.
8. Dead Cells (90% on Metacritic)
Developer Motion Twin markets Dead Cells as a roguelike-metroidvania video game, and that’s about the best way to describe it, honestly. Check it out for yourself.
7. Dragon Ball FighterZ (87% on Metacritic)
Bandai Namco’s latest Dragon Ball release shines on the Nintendo Switch. It’s not a reason to buy the console, but if you have one, it’s a good platform to play on.
6. Octopath Traveler (83% on Metacritic)
Square Enix houses master RPG storytellers, and Nintendo bought this Switch exclusive to broaden its library. Final Fantasy fans are still cleaning up their drool.
5. Kirby Star Allies (73% on Metacritic)
HAL Laboratory and Nintendo teamed up to bring Kirby to the switch. This platformer is reminiscent of the days when Nintendo sat on top of the gaming mountain, shitting gold on everyone beneath.
4. Into the Breach (89% on Metacritic)
Subset Games created the best mecha-combat, turn-based strategy game likely ever to hit the Switch.
3. Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee (79% on Metacritic)
Everything Pokemon is still popular decades after its initial release. Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu are just a small taste of what’s coming down the road for Pokemon fans, and it’s a great taste.
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (93% on Metacritic)
Super Smash Bros. pits all your favorite Nintendo (and some third-party) characters for a free-for-all brawl. Each release creates a tournament frenzy among players, and Ultimate is no exception.
1. Celeste (92% on Metacritic)
Matt Makes Games proved Nintendo isn’t the only developer worth watching on the Switch. In fact, this two-man development team proved indies can hit just as hard as the big guys.