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Nintendo Switch: The 10 Best Switch Games for 2021

Only on the Nintendo Switch can you play the legendary "Super Mario" and "The Legend of Zelda" games in the current generation.

There are also other exclusive titles from popular game universes such as "Animal Crossing".

But which are the best? We introduce you to the ten best games for the Nintendo console.

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The new generation of consoles got off to a somewhat bumpy start at the end of 2020. Due to low stocks, many gamers are probably still waiting in vain to be able to hold a Playstation 5 or an Xbox Series X in their hands. All the more reason to take a look at the Nintendo Switch and its games. In contrast to PS5 and Xbox, the Switch is finally available again without any problems after delivery bottlenecks last year and there is more than enough great game food for 2021.

The top 10 games for the Nintendo Switch

A successor model has not yet been announced for the Nintendo Switch and it is expected that some top-class games will appear for the console in 2021. But even now there is already a considerable number of exciting exclusive titles for the Switch. Which are they? We introduce you to our ten favorite games for the Nintendo Switch.


10. Pikmin 3 Deluxe

"Pikmin 3 Deluxe" - 44.99 euros at Amazon *


Nintendo has now released almost all of the game highlights from the previous Switch console, the Wii U, on the Nintendo Switch. One of the best Wii U games has been missing so far: "Pikmin 3". The third part of the "Pikmin" series, which was successful on all Nintendo consoles, was a reason for many fans to buy a Wii U at all. Since the end of 2020 you can finally command the plant beings called "Pikmin" on your switch while on the move and lead them through colorful levels and exciting battles. "Pikmin 3" is a strategy / tactic mix suitable for children, but it will also bring a lot of joy to all adult gamers.


9. Pokémon Sword & Shield

"Pokémon Sword" - EUR 47.48 at Amazon *

"Pokémon Schild" - 49.99 euros at Amazon *

"Pokémon Sword" or "Pokémon Shield" - expansion pass - 29.99 euros at Amazon *


The latest part of the "Pokémon" series initially split many fans. Numerous missing Pokémon and disappointing animations were the biggest criticisms. With the first expansion "The Isle of Armor" at the latest, however, these points were largely resolved and we can definitely recommend the latest Pokémon adventure to you. In the completely new and beautiful Galar region, fighting and collecting Pokémon is even more fun. The first expansion also shines with a completely new area to explore. You can look forward to the second expansion "Snow Lands of the Crown" in autumn, which is also included in the expansion pass for "Pokémon Sword & Shield".


8. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

"Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle" - 38.49 euros on Amazon *


A tactical game with Mario in the lead role and then a crossover with the Rabbids from Ubisoft? When the game was announced in 2017, few fans could have imagined that this concept would work. However, these fears were eliminated with the first gameplay scenes and even more so with the first play. The turn-based gameplay, in which Mario and his colleagues use cover and have to stalk opponents in order to fight them, works wonderfully. The charm of the Mario and Rabbids universe could be perfectly combined. In addition, the soundtrack by rare composer Grant Kirkhope is unbeatable.


7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" - 49.99 euros at Amazon *


Yes, it is just a remake of the Wii U game "Mario Kart 8", but the mere ability to play this game on the go and anywhere justifies the purchase again. The game has been upgraded in terms of graphics and scope, contains new game modes and drivers and runs smoothly at all times, even in the Switch's handheld mode. In addition, the Mario Kart gameplay is simply unparalleled in racing games.


6. Splatoon 2

"Splatoon 2" - 49.99 euros on Amazon *


Splatoon 2 is a consistent further development of the debut on the Wii U. Almost nothing was changed in the gameplay, but there was no reason to do so due to the ingenuity of the first part and the huge number of players on the Wii U and now on the Switch. The multiplayer rush has remained unbroken to this day. No wonder, you have never seen such original and wacky shooting on consoles, which are also suitable for families due to their non-violence.


5. Super Mario Maker 2

"Super Mario Maker 2" - 46.99 euros on Amazon *


All those who have been missing a really new Mario adventure since 2017 can easily build their own Mario levels with this offshoot. Alternatively, millions of levels are available online that were created by other players and by Nintendo itself. There are no limits to creativity when creating the levels due to the various 2D themes from previous Mario games and numerous items and objects that can be freely placed. Your own level creations can also be uploaded and played by other gamers. The game has also just received its first major expansion, with which Mario gets the skills of Link from the Zelda series. The constant supply of new levels should keep Mario fans busy for the next few years and sweetens the waiting time for a new Mario game.


4. Super Smash Bros Ultimate

"Super Smash Bros Ultimate" - 53.99 euros on Amazon *


Another continuation of a Wii U title, but this time the innovations go far beyond a simple new edition. The selection of characters has now grown to 76 playable fighters from all corners of the Nintendo universe and other games and ensures that every game fan gets his or her money's worth. The multiplayer mode has also been thoroughly revised and works much better than in previous parts. The new solo story and the numerous game modes will also satisfy those who are otherwise less interested in fighting games. The game is also unbeatable in local multiplayer - a hit at every couch party.


3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

"Animal Crossing: New Horizons" - 48.57 euros on Amazon *


If there's such a thing as the perfect time for a video game to be released, it was definitely March 2020 for the latest installment in the Animal Crossing series. Just at lockdown time, gamers received a game that featured a Motivated for a very long period of time in that there is always something new to discover. In fact, you could have fun with it for months or years. Expanding and decorating your apartment and island, interacting with the neighbors and inviting your friends to your island just never gets boring. The game will also be regularly supplied with new updates in 2021, so that you can discover new features almost every month.


2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" - 54.99 euros on Amazon *


As much as “Animal Crossing” hit in 2020, it won't come close to the two undisputed best games for Switch in 2021 either. As expected, it was again a head-to-head race between the two best Nintendo Switch games. The Switch debut of the "The Legend of Zelda" series sends the protagonist Link into his greatest adventure to date, which takes place 10,000 years after the events of the previous Zelda parts. Once again it is important to save Princess Zelda, but this is now happening in a huge, open game world. Instead of the classic dungeons, players have to conquer numerous shrines here, all of which are provided with puzzles and tests. The highlight of this game, however, are the numerous options given to gaming fans. So the path, the missions and the pace of the plot can be decided individually as soon as the game starts.


1. Super Mario Odyssey

"Super Mario Odyssey" - 49.99 euros on Amazon *


It was close, but for us the debut of Super Mario on the Switch is still the best game in 2021. As always, Mario has to save Princess Peach from Bowser, but this happens in a completely revised and wacky scenario with huge, expansive levels. The themes of the levels are so new and unusual that die-hard Mario fans will get a real culture shock. Among other things, Mario jumps and puzzles his way through a real, lifelike city with real people. Thanks to a lively cap, Mario can also take over almost all opponents and play as a giant dinosaur, for example. The numerous crazy ideas and (finally again) open levels make "Super Mario Odyssey" the best game for the Nintendo Switch.


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