Switch Game Collection
(37 physical, 100 digital)

(*) indicates a physical game in your Switch Boxed Collection
(**) means having 2 copies for Local Wireless (or Online)

Digital Download - 82 MB
Switch exclusive voucher download "demake" feat. YU-NO!
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card (x2)
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers & Air Conflicts: Secret Wars
Multiplayer: Online or Local Wireless (2 copies for LAN play); P1 must host and load game before P2 sees it in Server List

Digital Download - 17.8 GB (no physical release)
first-person 3D stealth and survival horror set 15 years after the events of the original Alien (1979) film
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 3.6 GB
similar to Tenchu (third person 3D stealth assassin)
Multiplayer: Online only for 2p co-op (no split/local)

Physical Game Card + 739 MB download
3D educational adventure from the perspective of a bee
Multiplayer: 1-2 player co-op or competitive - offline (split screen)

Physical Game Card
fight as iconic characters from the Rocky and Creed movies
Multiplayer: Up to 2 players head-to-head - offline (same screen)

Digital Download (physical cart NOT complete) - 47.7 GB
Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Online: Nathan
Multiplayer: 1-2p local co-op (split) OR 2-4p online co-op (or LW)

Physical Game Card + 316 MB download
includes arcade version of 1986's Bubble Bobble
Multiplayer: 1-4 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Digital Download - 9.3 GB (no physical release)
3D FPS shooter with linear levels and over-the-top kills
Duke Nukem: select "Duke Nukem’s Tour" on Title Screen
Multiplayer: No (1 player only on Switch)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 3.9 GB
Primary (1p): smccall742 (F) & Secondary (2p): gritty (S)
Multiplayer: Online (press Right on the D-pad) or Start a Party (2-8 players alternating local play)

Digital Download (Tate mode: Pause > Display Settings)
DLC: Pack 1: Dawn of the Arcade (’84 – ’88), Mercs, Strider
Multiplayer: Mostly 1-2 players alternating—but 1943, Forgotten Worlds, & Legendary Wings offer 2p local co-op

Digital Download - 807 MB
includes seven arcade beat 'em ups (1989-1997)
Multiplayer: Mostly 1-3p co-op—except Final Fight (2p) and Battle Circuit (4p)—offline (same screen), online, & LW

Digital Download - 1.4 GB
Bonus JP versions have blood and religious references
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 228 MB
re-release of the 2D platformer (lost episode 3.5) from PC in 1991
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 1.0 GB
Bonus JP versions easier; Contra (Famicom) has cut scenes
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Physical Game Card + 87 MB download
ridiculously over-the-top "straight-ahead" arcade racing
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (vert. split) or Local Wireless; CPU racers only with 2P (not 3P or 4P)

Digital Download - 138 MB (Tate mode: Title Screen > Options)
modern take on "bullet hell" shooters; 2D vert. shump
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card + 122 MB download
SE Asian version; 100% English; works on any Switch
beach sports mini-games feat. titillating characters
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 1.8 GB
mix of air hockey/tennis played from Tennis perspective
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (same screen), online, and Local Wireless

Digital Download (Tate mode: Pause > Display Settings)
Arcade Archives series - 1981
Multiplayer: 1-2 players alternating (2P: press L on controller 1 to add 2+ credits, then press R on controller 2 to start)

Digital Download (Tate mode: Pause > Display Settings)
Arcade Archives series - 1982
Multiplayer: 1-2 players alternating (2P: press L on controller 1 to add 2+ credits, then press R on controller 2 to start)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 21.9 GB
Multiplayer: Online only (no split, no LW); choose Private Match for 1-on-1 deathmatch, select View Party > Friends > Invite, and then have P1 invite friend P2

Digital Download - 650 MB
port of 1993 PC original
Multiplayer: Offline only (2-4p split) co-op and deathmatch; no online, no LW

Digital Download - 643 MB
port of 1994 PC sequel
Multiplayer: Offline only (2-4p split) co-op and deathmatch; no online, no LW

Digital Download - 150 MB
re-release of 1997 N64 original
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 76 MB
Arcade Archives series - 1987
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op (2P: press L on controller 1 to add 2+ credits, then press R on controller 2 to start)

Digital Download - 63 MB
Arcade Archives series - 1988
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op (2P: press L on controller 1 to add 2+ credits, then press R on controller 2 to start)

Digital Download - 346 MB
enhanced arcade port with more levels (9 vs. 4) and 2D platforming segments; Supreme Master to beat
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Digital Download - 187 MB
less grinding compared to NES version of Dragon Warrior
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download (x2) - 597 MB
Primary (1p): smccall742 (S) & Secondary (2p): gritty (Nate)
Multiplayer: Up to 8 players (no split) via Online Play or LAN Play (2 digital copies) for co-op and Dukematch

Digital Download - 542 MB
analogous to a flying simulator (no enemies, no quests)
Multiplayer: No (only 1 player locally)—but may see a few other birds online as part of “passive” multiplayer

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 744 MB
Japanese version; 100% English; works on any Switch
Multiplayer: Offline (Vs. 2p horz. split), Online (Campaign Co-Op w/ friend), & Local Wireless (2 copies = Vs. separate screens)

Digital Download - 3.8 GB
slightly improved over 1997 PSX original -- not HD
also not the FFVII Remake; Sci-Fi w/ Cloud
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card (physical copy not released in U.S.)
SE Asian version; 100% English; works on any Switch
HD remaster of PS1 release (2000); Medieval w/ Zidane
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card (U.S. version only had code for X-2)
Japanese version; 100% English; works on any Switch
HD remaster of PS2 release (2001); Asian-Pacific w/ Tidus
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 447 MB
somewhat improved over 1993 PC original
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download (Tate mode: Pause > Display Settings)
Arcade Archives series - 1981
Multiplayer: 1-2 players alternating (2P: press L on controller 1 to add 2+ credits, then press R on controller 2 to start)

Digital Download (see DLC at bottom of page) - 7.7 GB
Online: Nate (cross-play)
Multiplayer: Online only (no split/local); choose Battles (2p) to control mix or Co-Op Freestyle (2-4p) to work together on mixes

Digital Download - 3.0 GB
Multiplayer: Sort of, as the 2nd player takes control of "The Three Wise Men" spirits, which float in the air, fire projectiles, and provide assistance to Arthur

Digital Download - 520 MB
variant of Arkanoid, Breakout, etc.
Multiplayer: Versus - 2p same screen (vertical Pong with blocks)

Digital Download (also owned on Wii U) - 639 MB
Metroidvania-style 2D action inspired by Mexican folklore
Multiplayer: 1-4 players local co-op - offline (same screen); approx. 10 mins. to find and don masks for multiplayer

Digital Download - 1.4 GB
DLC: Summer Vibes
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (horz. split), which includes World Tour with the CPU, and online leaderboards

Digital Download - 2.4 GB
port from mobile without microtransactions
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 1.8 GB
3D educational adventure to teach kids about managing money
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 149 MB
requires a pair of Joy-Con controllers (no Switch Lite)
Multiplayer: 1-2 players simultaneously

Digital Download (does not auto save) - 3.1 GB
Control: Usual (2 sticks), Simple (1 stick), and Motion
Multiplayer: Up to 2 players head-to-head - offline (vert. split); press R to travel to Space Mushroom

Digital Download - 2.9 GB
find your way à la Where's Waldo and solve puzzles
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card
HD remake of Game Boy Color's DX version (1998)
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 1.9 GB
reimagining of the 1980s point and click adventure series on PC
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card + 560 MB download
30 country music songs (2013-2018 + a few classics)
supports RB/GH microphones & Let's Sing Mic phone app
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (same screen)

Digital Download - 3.3 GB
30 Queen songs and music videos (1974-1991)
supports RB/GH microphones & Let's Sing Mic phone app
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (same screen)

Physical Game Card + 1.0 GB download
Multiplayer: Story (1-2 local co-op), Scarescrapper (battle online or LW), and Screampark (8 max using one Switch)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 3.6 GB
Japanese version; 100% English; works on any Switch
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (split only on primary Switch), online, and Local Wireless (2 copies)

Digital Download - 516 MB
similar to Faceball 2000 (MIDI Maze) on PC
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 363 MB
includes the six 8-bit NES classics
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 2.9 GB
includes the three 16-bit SNES titles and the 1st 32-bit PS entry
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card + 739 MB download
Bedrock Edition - build and play w/ friends on any device
Multiplayer: Offline (4p horz. split) if Settings > Multiplayer slider OFF; press + to join; Online (up to 8) via cross-play

Physical Game Card - 3.3 GB
all-terrain, off-roading simulation
Multiplayer: Co-Op (no split) via online or Local Wireless

Digital Download (Tate mode: press R in-game) - 2.4 GB
Multiplayer: Mostly 1 player; Pac-Man Vs. = Start Game from primary console (3 ghosts), Search for Game from secondary sub-console (Pac-Man)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 8.1 GB
Primary (1p): smccall742 (F) & Secondary (2p): gritty (S)
Multiplayer: Online only (no split/local); Autolog provides asynchronous best time comparisons with friends

Physical Game Card + 1.4 GB download
on-rails first-person photography set in the Lental region
Profile: Finn
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card (Limited Run #008 Reg. Ed.)
re-release of Sega CD's classic FMV game from 1992
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 2.5 GB
overhead twin stick action RPG w/ linear paths & wizards
Online: Nathan (known bug does NOT keep games private)
Multiplayer: 1-4p co-op - offline (same screen), online, & LW

Digital Download - 65 MB
Johnny Turbo's Arcade series - 1992
futuristic game show with guns and pinball
Multiplayer: Up to 3 players - offline (same screen)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 669 MB
Japanese version; 100% English; works on any Switch
Multiplayer: Offline (1p full or 2-4p quad split), online (Nathan), & Local Wireless (2 copies = 2p only separate screens)

Digital Download - 1.0 GB
includes both OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood
Multiplayer: Combo-Rush only available in OlliOlli2 (after tutorial); up to 4 players - offline (quad split)

Digital Download - 116 MB
Sega Ages series - 1986
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 5.7 GB
first-person 3D survival horror in a psychiatric hospital
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 10.1 GB
first-person 3D survival horror investigating a Satanic cult
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 5.3 GB
Japanese version; 100% English; works on any Switch
Multiplayer: Versus (1-2p vert. split), Matchmaking (online), & Arcade (1p or 2-4p co-pilots in single mech); no LW

Digital Download - 784 MB
DLC: "Mode Unlock" adds offline (CPU Battle, Score Attack)
Multiplayer: Online only (99 player battle royale or Private Match with paid DLC)

Digital Download - 2.5 GB
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op - offline (same screen) via Plus 2P's Pair Play mode

Digital Download - 9.0 GB
HD remake of Sega Saturn release (1995)
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card
toddler-friendly 2D platformer with simple controls
Profiles: Myles & Finn
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download (Tate mode: press - button in-game)
DLC: Williams: Universal Monsters; Universal Classics (E.T., JAWS, and Back to the Future); Jurassic World
Multiplayer: 2-4p alternating offline or online (high scores)

Digital Download - 380 MB
clone of Pipe Mania/Oilcap Pro (early 1990s) on PC
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card (Save Data Cloud not supported)
Profile (1p & 2p): Finn - requires one Joy-Con per player
Multiplayer: Co-op (2p) assist. to catch/battle Pokémon; Local Wireless or online to battle or trade w/ friends

Digital Download (had the original on Wii U) - 3.6 GB
high adrenaline, fast-paced 2D trickathon
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 75 MB
variant of Sokoban (Boxxle)
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 1.0 GB
crossover of Tetris and color-matching Puyo Puyo
Online: Nathan
Multiplayer: Up to 4p - offline (same screen), online, & LW Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (same screen), online, and Local Wireless (LAN play: each system shows all players)-->

Digital Download - 86 MB
ACA NEOGEO edition - 1995
Multiplayer: 1-2 players simultaneous (2P: press L on controller 1 to add 2+ credits, then press R on controller 2 to start)

Digital Download - 1.5 GB
remastered port of 1996 PC original; Quake 64 via Add-Ons
Online: Nate (cross-play)
Multiplayer: Offline (2-4p split) OR online co-op & dmatch; no LW

Digital Download - 4.2 GB
foul-mouthed return of 90's era Apogee 2D platforming
Duke Nukem: in Level 2, find the hut w/ green gems above
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Digital Download - 3.6 GB
HD remaster of PC classic (1989)
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 4.0 GB
DLC: Breakout
first-person 3D shooter w/ procedurally generated levels
Multiplayer: 1-2 players co-op - offline (split screen) or online

Digital Download - 269 MB
futuristic hydrojet racing
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (vert. split), which includes with the CPU, and online racing

Digital Download - 596 MB
battle royal feat. River City Ransom (Kunio-kun) characters
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (same screen) or online

Digital Download - 192 MB
HD remakes of R-Type (1987) & R-Type II (1989); 2D horz. shump
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Physical Game Card + 259 MB download
Musou-style (1 vs. 1000) set in feudal Japan (Sengoku)
Multiplayer: 1-2 players co-op - offline (split screen) OR online (Nathan); no LW; 1+hr to unlock co-op after Ch. 1-3 (Turmoil)

Digital Download - 1.1 GB
multiplayer split-screen shooter where everyone is invisible, so you have to "screencheat"
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (quad split) deathmatch

Digital Download (had 1st campaign on Wii U) - 297 MB
All four (4) "Knight" campaigns and "Showdown" battle
Multiplayer: 1-2p local co-op in "Shovel of Hope" campaign only, but 1-4p in Shovel Knight Showdown battle game

Digital Download - 154 MB
Joy-Con Grip control not supported
based on Snake (Surround) lineage
Multiplayer: Up to 6 players simultaneously - same screen (offline)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 7.1 GB
Multiplayer: Cooperative (campaign) and Multiplayer (versus) modes (no split) via online (Nathan) or Local Wireless (2 copies = 2p on separate screens)

Physical Game Card (PAL) ¦  Digital Download - 6.3 GB
Multiplayer: Cooperative (campaign) and Multiplayer (versus) modes (no split) via online (Nathan) or Local Wireless (2 copies = 2p on separate screens)

Digital Download - 945 MB
port from mobile without microtransactions
Multiplayer: Up to 2 players head-to-head - offline (vert. split)

Physical Game Card
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (split screen) competitively; Mania Co-Op: hold L/R on 2nd controller to turn on (Tails) and hold ZL / ZR on 1st controller to turn off

Digital Download - 108 MB
ACA NEOGEO edition - 1996 (horse racing)
Multiplayer: 1-2 players simultaneous (2P: press L on controller 1 to add 2+ credits, then press R on controller 2 to start)

Digital Download - 1.0 GB
dodgeball sports game set in the 1970s
Multiplayer: Up to 6 players simultaneously - same screen (offline)

Digital Download - 5.0 GB
includes 12 arcade titles (SF1, SF2, SF Alpha, SF3)
Online: SF2 Turbo, Super SF2 Turbo, SF Alpha 3, & SF3: 3rd
Multiplayer: Up to 2 players offline (any) + online (above)

Digital Download - 81 MB
Arcade Archives series - 1991 (side-scrolling run-and-gun)
Multiplayer: 1-4 players local co-op (press L on a controller to add credits, then press R on each controller to join)

Digital Download - 3.8 GB
Multiplayer: Story (1-2 local co-op), Battle (Local) (8 max using one Switch; also Local Wireless), and Online Battle (up to 8)

Physical Game Card + 172 MB download
Galaxy: collect Star Bits in 1080p using touchscreen (best) or Gyro w/ Joy-Cons or Pro; Sunshine upped to 1080p & now 16:9 widescreen; SM64 upscaled to 720p w/ slightly clearer textures

Physical Game Card
Assist Mode: arrows show path, no jumping deaths, more health
Multiplayer: Sort of, as a 2nd player can control Cappy

Digital Download (Digital Deluxe Edition) - 3.2 GB
HD mash-up of 300 stages and 12 minigames from the GameCube releases (2001/02)
Multiplayer: Offline only w/ Party Games (2-4p split)

Digital Download - 546 MB
volleyball sports game
Multiplayer: Up to 4 players - offline (same screen)

Digital Download - 1.5 GB
DLC: "Big Block" adds offline (Marathon, CPU Battle)
Multiplayer: Offline (2P Share), online (99 player battle royale), and Local Wireless (i.e., Local Arena)

Digital Download - 3.2 GB
Tetris synchronized w/ music; time-stopping Zone move
Multiplayer: Offline: Play 1v1 or 3P Connected local co-op or Online head-to-head via cross-play

Digital Download - 1.4 GB
cartoony 2D platforming adventure
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Digital Download - 10.5 GB
modern FMV game
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 2.3 GB
analogous to a walking simulator (no enemies, short story, light puzzles & platforming)
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download (requires Internet to play) - 1.5 GB
Quiplash 2 (3-8p), Trivia (1-8p), Guesspionage (2-8p), Tee K.O. (3-8p), Fakin' It (3-6p)
Multiplayer: Up to 8 players; use phones & tablets as controllers

Digital Download - 1.8 GB
side-scrolling 2D beat'em up inspired by 90's classics
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Digital Download - 68 MB
Sega Ages series - 1990
reworked port of Thunder Force III for arcades; 2D horz. shump
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 12.2 GB
HD remakes of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 (1999) & 2 (2000)
Multiplayer: Up to 2 players head-to-head - offline (vert. split), online, and Local Wireless (2 copies); P2 must refresh

Digital Download - 656 MB
micro-sized 2D motorbike trials game
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card + 154 MB download
HD remake of Seiken Densetsu 3 (1995) from the Super Famicom
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 994 MB
heavy metal-infused 2D action platformer set in deep space
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 3.8 GB
visual novel game (based on tabletop role-playing game)
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 43 MB
Arcade Archives series - 1991 (side-scrolling beat-em-up)
Multiplayer: 1-4 players local co-op (press L on a controller to add credits, then press A on each controller to join)

Physical Game Card (PAL) ¦  Digital Download
only European (PAL) region had a physical release
Uncovered: Save 3 girls; Fully Uncovered: U U D D L R L R B
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Physical Game Card (LR#022) and  Digital Download
port of Neo-Geo game from 1994; similar to air hockey
Multiplayer: Offline (2p same screen), online (2p random or Custom Match w/ friend), & Local Wireless (2 copies)

Digital Download (physical cart NOT complete) - 21.9 GB
3D FPS shooter with alternate reality of Nazis winning WW2; version of Wolfenstein 3D in Eva's Hammer's bar
Multiplayer: No (1 player only on Switch)

Digital Download - 753 MB
HD remake of Wonder Boy (1986) a.k.a. Adventure Island
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card
Day One Edition included Switch exclusive voucher code
HD remake of YU-NO visual novel (1996); adult themes
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 5.1 GB
Multiplayer: Campaign and Horde modes (no split) via online (Nathan) or Local Wireless (2 copies = 2p on separate screens)


Note: I purposefully avoided re-buying most
Wii U games that were later ported to the Switch, such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017 v. 2014), Pokkén Tournament DX (2017 v. 2016), Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (2018 v. 2014), Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2018 v. 2014), New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019 v. 2012), Pikmin 3 Deluxe (2020 v. 2013), etc.

But I plan to "double dip" with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (for Bowser's Fury).


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Return to Scott McCall's Game Library Game Collection All-Time Favorites History Behind Purchase Notes & Thoughts


All-Time Favorite Switch Games

Note: Scott's favorites will fluctuate over time.


Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) screenshot
1. Super Mario Odyssey
When it was announced in January 2017, it seemed to deviate from the Mario formula with worlds that were too realistic or crazy looking. After completing the game, it became apparent to me that Super Mario Odyssey was the sequel to Super Mario 64 that I always wanted. By bringing back the "sandbox" concept and introducing Cappy, Nintendo really delivered an all-time great. On the quest to collect Power Moons, you are treated with a fantastic presentation, creative world design, smooth play control, tons of secrets, nods to Mario's past, and so much more. The Assist Mode for kids is great, too!


Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Switch) screenshot
2. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
I love Tony Hawk. I played a ton of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (N64) back in 2000, including two-player, in college. Then my passion continued with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (GCN) in 2002. So, 20 years later, you can imagine my excitement about the HD remake of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 -- complete with re-licensed music. Although the Switch version arrived 9 months late, and does not look as good as my friend's PS4/PS5 version, it is a great port. Nothing got cut, and everything runs smoothly at 30fps. This is the perfect example of a game that begs to be played in Switch's handheld mode. Addictive and fun.


Burnout Paradise Remastered (Switch) screenshot
3. Burnout Paradise Remastered
Although I never played the Burnout series on PS or Xbox, I was familiar with Burnout Paradise's open-world racing environment from 2013's Need for Speed: Most Wanted U on Wii U. With the 2020 port to Switch, I knew that I would love Burnout Paradise Remastered -- and I was right. It stands the test of time. Just drive and explore, with NO in-game loading, and complete events that include point-to-point races, road rage takedowns, stunt runs, and races against the clock. Furthermore, the Switch version maintains the series' trademark 60fps speed along with real cars, spectacular crashes, and re-licensed music.


Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition (Switch) screenshot
4. Borderlands Legendary Collection
During the COVID-19 pandemic, my couch co-op gaming buddy and I had to get together virtually. Since I finally got around to buying a Switch in 2020, we spent most of our online gaming sessions playing Borderlands 1 and 2. Although he last played the series 10 years earlier on PS3/PC, I had zero experience with "loot shooters." Undeniably, it is still a 3D open-world first-person shooter, but I see how there are some light RPG elements with buying/selling and equipping weapons, shields, abilities, etc. Aside from being less desolate, Borderlands 2 has better looks, more polish, and added challenge. Fun co-op.


Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition (Switch) screenshot
5. Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition
I am a product of my generation. From the mid-1990s and into the early 2000s, in my college years, the American culture accepted raunchiness by permitting vulgarity, objectifying women, and glorifying violence. This epitomizes Duke Nukem. Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition (2019) allows you to play through the entire remastered game as Duke Nukem and even has the original voice actor. As a 3D FPS, Bulletstorm was refreshing in 2011 and still is today. With a more linear level design, the game features an AI-controlled teammate, over-the-top sequences, and a whip-like Leash for ridiculous, slow-mo, combo-based kills.


Trials of Mana (Switch) screenshot
6. Trials of Mana
Back in the Super NES era, I loved the Secret of Mana and all of its multiplayer 2D action RPG glory. That nostalgia caused me to be intrigued by the full-on 3D remake of the largely unknown 1995 sequel: Trials of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 3). Happily, this feels like a Mana game and checks all those same action JRPG boxes: whimsical worlds, enjoyable exploration, fantastic music, suitable storytelling, fast-paced combat, and some quality-of-life improvements. Just a fun, modern single-player adventure for those of us who do not want a game that is too long or complex.


OBAKEIDORO! (Switch) screenshot
7. OBAKEIDORO!
With 5000+ games available on Switch, I view OBAKEIDORO! (aka Bogeyrun!) as a diamond in the rough. This asymmetric action game -- which is analogous to a kids version "Dead by Daylight" or similar to the Cops and Robbers childhood game -- has 3 humans trying to get away from 1 monster during each 3-minute match. You can play any combination of human and computer opponents among the couch split-screen, Local Wireless, and online play modes. Obakeidoro hearkens back to games that are easy to learn, yet have some depth for continued fun.


Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! (Switch) screenshot
8. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
When Pokémon hit American shores in 1998, I was 20-years-old and worked in a toy store -- and was mesmerized by the hype. I bought a Game Boy Pocket just to play Pokémon Red, and I purchased an assortment of licensed products (toys, stuffed animals, sheets, trading cards, books). Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! represented how I would introduce my 7- and 4-year-old boys to the world of Pokémon and my knowledge of Generation I. Since this remake focuses on accessibility to newcomers and cooperative play, I enjoyed watching them play 30+ hours together.


Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch) screenshot
9. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Initially, fans thought this was a lazy port, but Super Mario 3D All-Stars will end up being a great Switch story. Super Mario 64's seemingly subtle port actually makes it look clear and good on your modern TV, especially compared to the Virtual Console versions. Super Mario Sunshine's hybrid remaster/upscale into HD widescreen was a feat unto itself. But, yeah, I am still not a fan of the GCN entry. For me, Super Mario Galaxy is the star and worth the price of admission. This fantastic Mario entry is no longer stuck on the Wii, featuring better graphics and control options.



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History Behind System's Purchase

Nintendo Switch released worldwide on March 3, 2017, but I did not purchase a Switch until December 2020. Yes, you read that right -- nearly four (4) years later. As a lifelong Nintendo gamer, I always purchased the newest Nintendo home console as close to launch as humanly possible, including the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, and Wii U. But NOT the Switch. I did not believe that I had time for Switch in my life when it was released, and in retrospect, that was the correct decision.

Ironically, I received an invitation to the Nintendo Switch Preview Tour in Washington, DC (Union Market) on February 11, 2017, which allowed my friend and I to try the Switch and its games weeks before it launched. Although the event did not cause me to change my mind and get one, it certainly impacted my friend’s decision to go ahead and buy one. In the early days, we played Snipperclips, Overcooked, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. We even had the opportunity to play Switch in Tabletop Mode on our flight to Vegas in March 2018. But, in spite of Switch's increasing popularity, we actually did not play it much together over the next 2-3 years.

With the emergence of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders in March/April 2020, I re-considered if I should get a Switch. Yeah, so did everyone else, as it was sold out everywhere for months and months on end (also due to Animal Crossing: New Horizons). While I waited for the supply chain catch up, I ended up deciding to purchase a...Switch Lite for $199.99 from GameStop.com. From prior birthdays, I had $100 in gift cards, and I was reluctant to buy a docked version with rumors of a “Switch Pro” on the horizon. Oh, and I went with yellow to complement my yellow Game Boy Pocket. It arrived on December 24, 2020.

Then, on January 12, 2021, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch - Mario Red & Blue Edition for $299.99. I knew that I had to get it. With the two-tone color scheme, red Switch dock, and included carrying case, it made sense for my Switch home console to be a special edition inspired by the iconic outfit worn by Mario. I was able to preorder one on GameStop.com at 12:15am. Somewhat surprisingly, however, I also was able to DriveUp to my local Target the next morning and pick it up from the store when it was released on February 12, 2021. In two months time, I went from zero (0) Switches to two (2) Switches.

With regard to my Switch game collection, I compressed several years' worth of purchases into several months. This is also because I spent a lot of time researching the games by reading numerous reviews, reviewing message boards on Reddit, and tracking prices on
Deku Deals.  My eclectic Switch game collection is curated based on these ideals (in no particular order):

With my late adoption of Switch, I do believe that I am set for now and into the future. Neither the Nintendo Switch - OLED Model tempted me nor do I believe that a Switch Pro or next-gen 4K Switch would entice me, especially with my backlog of games!


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Notes & Thoughts

The following bulleted points are some random notes and thoughts about the Nintendo Switch. In the list, you will find information about the system and games that I could not place anywhere else.
Last Updated: October 21, 2021


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