Switch Game Collection
(46 physical, 114 digital)

(*) indicates a physical game in your Switch Boxed Collection
(**) means having 2 copies for Local Wireless (or Online)
(†) designates optional touch screen gameplay controls

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

Digital Download (had the original on Wii U) - 495 MB
AVGN Adventures and AVGN II: ASSimilation
retro 2D game worlds f. James Rolfe's vulgar gaming humor
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 - 4.7 GB
contains original & definitive editions of Lost Vikings 1 & 2, RPM Racing, Blackthorne, and Rock n' Roll Racing
Multiplayer: Yes, split (RNR Racing) or co-op (Lost Vikings)

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 w/ linear levels, AI allies, & 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
Profiles: gritty (Scott) & smccall742 (Finn) ~ EA Child
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 1-2p alternating—but 1943, Forgotten Worlds, Legendary Wings, & Mercs offer local co-op

Digital Download - 807 MB
includes 7 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
includes 8- and 16-bit classics on NES, GB, SNES, and GEN
Bonus JP versions have blood and religious references
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 343 MB
Final Fantasy Adventure (GB 1991), Secret of Mana (SNES 1993), & Trials of Mana (SFC 1995; U.S. 2D localization in 2019)
Multiplayer: Secret (1-3p local co-op) and Trials (1-2p)

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
includes 5 Contra titles from ARC, NES, GB, SNES, & GEN
Bonus JP versions easier; Contra (Famicom) has cutscenes
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 - 303 MB
retro-style 2D action feat. 8-bit aesthetic and cinematic cutscenes inspired by Shadow of the Ninja & Ninja Gaiden
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

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

Digital Download - 4.0 GB (no Save Data Cloud support)
hardcore third-person, dark fantasy action RPG
Multiplayer: Yes, passively (bloodstains, messages, ghosts) or actively (online co-op and invasions); no cross-play

Physical Game Card + 122 MB download (not in U.S.)
SE Asian version; English text w/ Japanese voiceovers
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

Physical Game Card + 1.4 GB download
includes SNES, GEN, & GB versions of Disney's Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Jungle Book
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 (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

Physical Game Card (Limited Run #102 Reg. Ed.)
Doom (1993), Doom II (Classic), Doom 3
Multiplayer: Offline only (2-4p split) co-op and deathmatch, except Doom 3 (1p only)

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 (TBD)
Multiplayer: Up to 8 players (no split) via Online Play or LAN Play (2 digital copies) for co-op and Dukematch

Physical Game Card + 1.3 GB download
3D open-world zombie game with day/night; parkour system to jump, hook, and climb; and makeshift weapons
Multiplayer: Co-Op (no split) via online or Local Wireless

Digital Download - 576 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 - 748 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 + 72 MB patch (no U.S. cart)
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: natesanf (cross-play w/ Nate)
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
HD remake of arcade and NES classic (1986)
Multiplayer: Sort of, as the 2nd player takes control of "The Three Wise Men" spirits to 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 - 768 MB
third-person 3D action puzzle where you ride a pogo stick to jump on magic stamps and aim for the goal
Multiplayer: Up to 2p head-to-head - offline (vert. split)

Digital Download - 1.8 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
survive as long as possible in 2D oceans by eating things while also completing missions and collecting coins
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download (not DL'd - 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

Physical Game Card + 1.0 GB download
easygoing 2.5D platformer where you recruit enemies to be CPU- or player-controller helpers; Heroes DLC is hard
Multiplayer: 1-4 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Digital Download - 280 MB
contains 8 arcade games from the 1980s, including shooters (e.g., Gradius) & Haunted Castle (Castlevania)
Multiplayer: Varies, with 2p co-op and 1-2p alternating

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

Physical Game Card + 38 MB download
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 (only docked)
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 (only docked)
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
Primary: Finn and Secondary: smccall742 (& Nate)
Multiplayer: Story (1-2 local co-op), Scarescrapper (battle online or LW), and Screampark (8 max using one Switch)

Physical Game Card and  Digital (only on Lite) - 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 + 852 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 + 999 MB download
turn-based RPG spinoff where you are a Rider (not Hunter)
Multiplayer: Co-Op Expedition Quest and Versus Battle modes via online or Local Wireless

Digital Download - 49 MB
3D auto-run platformer where you navigate mazes to collect cheese & evade traps created by the cat scientists
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card + 1.8 GB download
realistic 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 (not DL'd - 8.1 GB)
Profiles: gritty (Scott) & smccall742 (Finn) ~ EA Child
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 + 38 MB download
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 - 108 MB
Arcade Archives series - 1988 (side-scrolling beat-em-up)
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)

Physical Game Card + 60 MB patch (no U.S. cart)
SE Asian version; 100% English; works on any Switch
NG Sigma Σ, NG Sigma Σ 2, and NG3: Razor's Edge
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

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 - 740 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 (not DL'd - 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 1 mech); no LW

Digital Download - 839 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
3rd game in the faster-paced Championship Ed. series
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)

Physical Game Card (Bonus not DL'd )
3D action RPG crossover between Atlus' Persona 5 (2016) RPG and Koei Tecmo's hack-and-slash Dynasty Warriors
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download (Tate mode: press - button in-game)
DLC: Williams: Universal Monsters; Universal Classics; Jurassic World; Zen Carnivals and Legends
Multiplayer: 2-4p alternating offline or online (high scores)

Digital Download - 380 MB
difficult puzzle game about plumbing; push, flip up vertically, and flop over pipes in the opposite direction
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card (no Save Data Cloud support)
DLC: Expansion Pass = 2.9 GB download
Profiles: Finn (Lite) and smccall742 & Myles (docked)
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Physical Game Card (no Save Data Cloud support)
Profile: Finn & Myles (docked) - requires one Joy-Con each
Multiplayer: Co-op (2p) assist. to catch/battle Pokémon; Local Wireless or online to battle or trade w/ friends

Digital (not DL'd - 3.6 GB) - have original on Wii U
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

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 - 1.6 GB
remastered port of 1996 PC original; Quake 64 via Add-Ons
Online: natesanf (cross-play w/ Nate)
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) or online

Digital Download - 269 MB
futuristic hydrojet racing with exciting water physics
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 (x2) + 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 4p - offline (quad split) deathmatch

Digital Download - 126 MB
ACA NEOGEO edition - 1997 (vertical run-and-gun)
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 (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
straightforward downhill snowboarding with an emphasis on stomping tricks to get high scores
Multiplayer: Up to 2p head-to-head - offline (vert. split)

Physical Game Card + 197 MB download
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 - 327 MB
fast-paced 2D action featuring a unique zipline mechanic, 16-bit post-apoc style, and hard-rocking tunes
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

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 (SM3DW on Wii U) + 86 MB patch
Multiplayer: Mario 3D World: 2-4 player co-op - offline (same screen) OR online/LW (press R on World Map); Bowser's Fury: 2nd player can control Bowser Jr. (+ Help)

Physical Game Card + 386 MB download
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); Song: Up/Left + L L R L R R
Multiplayer: Offline only w/ Party Games (2-4p split)

Digital Download - 546 MB
cartoony 2D beach 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 - 3.3 GB
Tetris synchronized w/ music; time-stopping Zone move
Online: natesanf (cross-play w/ Nate)
Multiplayer: Offline OR online: 2P versus or 3P Connected co-op

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 with a sci-fi, bio-weapon storyline
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 2.3 GB
analogous to a walking simulator (no enemies, short story, light puzzles & platforming); not a "fox simulator"
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 - 2.0 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 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
3D 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 - 4.2 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 245 MB
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 and  Digital Download - 72 MB
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 + 30 MB download
Day One Edition included Switch exclusive voucher code
HD remake of YU-NO visual novel (1996); adult themes
Multiplayer: No (1 player only)

Digital Download - 242 MB
multi-directional 2D Psikyo shump feat. helicopters that was rebuilt from the 2001 Sega Dreamcast version
Multiplayer: 1-2 players local co-op - offline (same screen)

Physical Game Card and  Digital Download - 5.0 GB
Multiplayer: Campaign (solo/cooperative) and Horde (endless) 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.

I did "double dip," however, with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (for Bowser's Fury).


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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.


Tetris Effect: Connected (Switch) screenshot
3. Tetris Effect: Connected
Imagine modern Tetris (e.g., 1-piece hold, T-spins, hard drop, multi-piece preview) synchronized with how you are playing. Everything—music, backgrounds, sounds, special effects, and even the Tetris pieces themselves—pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect harmony. This is what makes Tetris Effect: Connected such an exhilarating experience; it keeps you "in the zone," especially with the original and innovative soundtrack. The new Zone mechanic and Connected co-op mode are both interesting, and purists may love the Classic Score Attack mode that uses classic Tetris rules. I played this a ton.


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.


Burnout Paradise Remastered (Switch) screenshot
5. 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.


Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition (Switch) screenshot
6. 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 teammates, over-the-top sequences, and a whip-like Leash for ridiculous, slow-mo, combo-based kills.


Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! (Switch) screenshot
7. 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.


Cruis'n Blast (Switch) screenshot
8. Cruis'n Blast
As someone who had fond memories—both in the arcade and on the N64—of Cruis'n USA and Cruis'n World from the mid-1990s, I thought I would enjoy the 2021 Switch port of the 2017 arcade successor: Cruis'n Blast. Wow, what an awesome surprise. Eugene Jarvis' Raw Thrills not only ported the arcade's five (5) bright, colorful, crazy, high-flying, and death-defying levels but also reworked them into 24 new Cruis'n Tour levels for the Switch. The "straight-ahead" racing style, along with simple controls, crazy speeds, rubber band AI, and forgiving crash physics, means nearly anyone can play and have a blast!


OBAKEIDORO! (Switch) screenshot
9. OBAKEIDORO!
With 7000+ 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.


Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch) screenshot
10. 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.


Trials of Mana (Switch) screenshot
11. 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.


Honorable Mention: Tetris 99, MouseBot

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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: January 15, 2022


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