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Best Nintendo Switch Games: 30 Essential Nintendo Switch Experiences

From Monster Hunter Rise to Metroid Dread, here are the best Switch games available in 2021.


The Nintendo Switch is having a great year both from a games and hardware perspective. The new and improved OLED model recently launched alongside one of the best Switch games of the year, Metroid Dread. The Switch's library has only become more impressive throughout the year, and there are other heavy hitters still on the horizon this holiday. And 2022? Well, it's shaping up to be another massive year for the console. But with how big the Switch library has become in its four-year lifespan thus far, it can be hard to dig through it all and find the very best Nintendo Switch games worth your time and money, especially if you're a new Switch owner. With that in mind, we've rounded up the Switch games we think are absolutely essential, from early staples like Super Mario Odyssey to recent releases like Monster Hunter Rise--and a few hidden gems that may have slipped past your radar. Note that our picks for the best Switch games are presented in alphabetical order, not ranked.

If you own other consoles, be sure to check out our guides to the best PS5 games, best PS4 games, best Xbox Series X games, and best Xbox One games. While many of the games listed below are suitable for younger folks, we also have a dedicated list of the best Nintendo Switch games for kids, too.

The best Nintendo Switch games

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