5 games that'll make Nintendo Switch a must-have

The release of the Nintendo Switch brings with it the dawn of a new generation of Nintendo-friendly games – awesome games. What we're going to do today is pick out 5 of the best – or 5 of the most potential-filled games, as it were. Several of these games were released in one form or another on previous Nintendo devices and found immense success. We're going to go ahead and safely assume that they'll be back with a vengeance with the Nintendo Switch in 2017.

The Nintendo Switch presents a unique set of gaming possibilities with its ability to play on a TV screen and its own smaller display interchangeably. As such, the games we've chosen have the potential to be super awesome on both displays. Wouldn't want one way to play be forgotten while the other rises up, would we?


The game that makes you feel like you're getting your money's worth out of the Nintendo Switch is ARMS. Without a doubt. In this game, users are given the opportunity to make the most out of their controllers, busting out the battles with their own... well... ARMS. This is as close to Mortal Kombat as we're going to get on a Nintendo system – and just the right distance away, if you ask us! It's time to get wacky.

2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Fans of the original Mario Kart 8 will – obviously – find this title to be attractive, but what we're more interested in is the additions for brand new players. Watch for characters from Splatoon, in particular. This isn't the sort of game you play just once and toss aside from boredom – it's more like the game your younger cousins demand to play whenever they come over to visit – they'll demand it!

3. Sonic Mania

Nintendo's biggest strength in 2017 is its ability to draw power from its retro titles. SEGA got the memo on this one, releasing the heat that is the greatest bits of the history of Sonic the Hedgehog in a single game called Sonic Mania. This game has Pixels. So very many Pixels.

4. Super Bomberman R

The most strategy-involved game in the collection MUST be Super Bomberman R – a game that has precious little to show for itself here at the dawn of the platform. We're crossing our fingers for additional bits and pieces for both ways to play in the near future. For now, we're digging how the new graphics seem to compliment the original-style gameplay.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind

Regardless of what you may have heard, Zelda is not a game made for just anyone. This is a game that requires dedication and patience. The next installment in the Zelda collection will be the most expansive ever made – and it's not for those gamers that want to play for 10 minutes and quit. Those that dive deep into the game, however, will have great potential for vast visual reward.


This is just the beginning. As it is with every console launch, so too is it true that the Nintendo Switch will eventually find even stronger releases coming to it than this launch collection. Keep your eye on classic Nintendo-made titles primarily, but don't count out the 3rd-party developers. Every once in a while they make a Nintendo classic.

Nintendo Switch – the hardware – will be released in March of 2017. For now it's relatively sold out – unless you're lucky. Stick around SlashGear for more information on availability. ALSO: have a peek at the video below for FIVE HOURS OF GAMEPLAY from Nintendo on the Nintendo Switch.