19 Best Nintendo Switch Games (2020): 'Odyssey', 'Cuphead', and More thumbnail

19 Best Nintendo Switch Games (2020): ‘Odyssey’, ‘Cuphead’, and More

The Switch is one of Nintendo’s most successful and influential systems ever. There’s something unique about carrying a home-console-quality gaming device everywhere you go. Figuring out what to play, though—that’s getting harder every year, as the roster of first-party and indie games grows deeper and deeper.

Thankfully, WIRED has plenty of opinionated Nintendo fans on staff, and we’ve put our heads together to compile a list of the best Switch games. We’ve listed the digital version for most of them here, so make sure you get a spacious MicroSD card to store all your game files. (We recommend this one.) Be sure to also read up on our Switch Tips and Secrets, Favorite Switch Accessories, and Bundle Deals.

Updated for June 2020: We added Jackbox to our roundup.

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    For Everyone

    Super Mario Odyssey

    If it weren’t for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey might have taken home even more game-of-the-year awards in 2017. The game plays like a 3D Mario game, à la Mario 64, but instead of collecting stars, you’re hunting for nearly 1,000 moons that propel your airship. The worlds are quirky and densely packed with new gameplay, like Mario’s new living hat that lets him inhabit classic Super Mario creatures like Goombas and Chomp Chains. We called it “a surrealist triumph” in our review. [For 1-2 players]

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    For Vacationers

    Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    The newest Animal Crossing installment plops you on a deserted island. Through the help of DIY recipes, crafting materials, your neighbors, and your favorite capitalist raccoon, you can transform the island into a bustling paradise. Robust social features let you live your island dreams alongside your real-life friends (though local co-op is a little lacking). AC:NH will be familiar to Animal Crossing fans, but there are enough new aspects to keep you intrigued if you’ve played other games in the series. This title is especially great if you could use a mental break. [For 1-8 players]

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    For Adventurers

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Breath of the Wild is a stunning reimagining of The Legend of Zelda series. The linear story of previous Zelda games is gone entirely, replaced by a wide-open world with dungeons and hidden secrets you can tackle as you wish. Breath of the Wild is sometimes more difficult and holds your hand less, but it’s so amazingly fun to explore Hyrule, and you’ll enjoy making mistakes. Did we mention Link can climb any mountain you see in this picture? Read our full review. [For 1 player]

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