These are the 10 best games on the Nintendo Switch (so far)
Nintendo's newest video game console, the Switch, is finally out. If you can find one, the $300 hybrid game console is a delightful little device.
The Switch is a handheld game console, as seen above, but it's also a home game console. You slide it into a dock and — voila! — it's on your TV, right where you left off. Pretty neat!
Since the Switch arrived on March 3, its game library has grown steadily. Here are the best games available for the Switch thus far.
1. "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild"
"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is one of the best games I've played in years.
Much of the setup for "Breath of the Wild" happened 100 years in the past. The game supposes that you (Link) and Princess Zelda — the longtime heroine of the series — failed in a major battle against longtime antagonist Ganon. There's far more to the story than that, but it's much more exciting to discover on your own. Discovery is at the heart of everything in "Breath of the Wild" — it's a massive open world full of secrets waiting to be discovered. Simply put: If you own any game on the Switch, this is the one to buy.
2. "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe"
If you own a Nintendo Switch, you should own "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." No equivocations. No caveats.
Like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," you're looking at a must-own game here for any Nintendo Switch owner. It's a ridiculously good game, alone or with friends. It's literally the best entry in a series composed of great games. There are no truly bad "Mario Kart" games, so that this one stands out says a lot about how good it is. There are dozens of courses, a fantastic new mode that beyond delivers on fan expectations, and a robust online multiplayer mode. I have literally nothing negative to say about "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe," except that Nintendo could've thrown owners a bone and offered some form of discount if you bought the game already on Wii U. But Nintendo knows you'll buy it at $60, so Nintendo is charging $60. Such is capitalism.
3. "Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition"
"Minecraft" is this generation's Super Mario. It's an international phenomenon. Unless you've been living on the moon, you probably already know these things.
It's on computers, phones, tablets, and game consoles — including the Switch as of pretty recently. It's at your local mall, occupying kiosks with plushies and T-shirts. There's a semiannual convention ("MineCon") and an education initiative that's got it in schools (MinecraftEDU).
But why is it so popular? Think of "Minecraft" as virtual LEGO.
It's a system for fitting pieces together to create something — sometimes amazing somethings — from nothing. "Minecraft" provides endless building blocks and a blank canvas. It's up to you to create something incredible, or silly, or referential, or whatever, using the tools it provides. The tools are blessedly user-friendly, as are the systems for employing those tools.
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