Best Switch Games To Play In 2022: Must-Play Nintendo Switch Titles

From Animal Crossing: New Horizons to Kirby and the Forgotten Land, here are our picks for the best Nintendo Switch games.


The Nintendo Switch's library of games is arguably the best in Nintendo history--and the Switch isn't done yet, either. In just over five years, the Nintendo Switch has become home to several of the greatest Nintendo games of all time. From its breakout first year on the market thanks to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey to its more recent hits such as Metroid Dread and Pokemon Legends: Arceus, the Switch's collection of exclusive games seems to get more impressive every couple of months. But it's not just exclusives that fall under the category of best Switch games; the platform is home to far more third-party hits than other recent Nintendo consoles. All told, the Nintendo Switch's library has become a juggernaut in terms of home consoles and handheld gaming. We've rounded up the best Switch games to play in 2022. Our list includes a wide variety of genres. While the best Switch games skew toward exclusives, you'll find plenty of standout indies and third-party games here, too.

2022 is already off to a strong start with Pokemon Legends: Arceus and Kirby and the Forgotten Land joining our list of the best Switch games, and the rest of the year looks quite impressive, too. Splatoon 3, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are all slated to launch before the end of the year. And that's not even all of the upcoming exclusives! Even with the delay to Spring 2023 for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, the Switch's 2022 lineup remains quite exciting. We wouldn't be surprised if a few of the aforementioned titles join the ranks of the best Switch games.

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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