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Best Nintendo Switch Games 2021: Essential Switch Games Everyone Should Play

From Monster Hunter Rise to Breath of the Wild, here are the best Switch games available in 2021.


The Nintendo Switch is going strong in 2021, with a new OLED model soon to launch and an impressive slate of exclusives to look forward to, like Metroid Dread and Breath of the Wild's sequel. But over the past four years, the Switch has already become home to a staggering number of great games, with the best Switch games featuring a mix of first-party titles, third-party hits, and indie gems. And thankfully, it's much easier to buy a Nintendo Switch than it was in 2020. But with how big the Switch library has become, 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 classics 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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