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Recently the trend of the Nintendo Switch has increased, due to a mix of isolation and the release of Animal Crossing. As someone who only games on the Nintendo Switch and prior to owning one, only played The Sims in recent years, I am surprised how much I fell in love with gaming. After all, the only consoles I’ve ever owned are the Wii, and a Nintendo DS alongside a PS1 and 2. So gaming hasn’t ever really been a key element in my life, however, when I discovered the Switch that all changed. I believe it’s because Nintendo make games which are easier to get the hang of and I started by playing games which were pretty easy and expanding that too many hours of Switch time.
I love my Switch as I do enjoy playing it on the TV, but also have the option to play handheld, so when I am out and about (before Corona, obv) it’s easy to use. So if you’re someone who is a newbie to the switch after buying Animal Crossing or someone who is considering buying a Switch during this time, I’ve compiled some of my favourite games all of which are ideal for losing yourself for hours at a time.
Keep reading to find out what my favourite games are. P.s. all of the games can be purchased from the Nintendo Store, which means you can have them digitally straight away.
The game that everybody has been talking about and which I’ve been glued to since midnight on the 20th of March, Animal Crossing. As somebody who hasn’t played it previously, the game is seriously addictive and during current events a fantastic escape. Make your own island, get some villagers on board and head over to visit your pals. Customising your island allows you to be creative and the game has a storyline throughout.
Side note: Tom Nook likes to rip people off!
Smash is one of the best fighting games on the Switch, with a choice of popular characters, different stages and the choice to play it multiplayer, online or even against a CPU. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the Smash mode, there is also a story mode where you free spirits, although I am not a huge fan of the story mode, it can be good if you enjoy that sort of game. Whilst playing on the Smash mode, you get to unlock characters at the end of each battle that you win.
With characters from Splatoon, Street Fighter, Fire Emblem, Pokemon, Mario and more you’re bound to find your ideal character to fight as. The good thing with smash is that they release a number of new characters to download throughout the year and each character comes with a stage. Nintendo also releases new costumes for the Mii fighters and regular tourneys for online players to take part in.
Think your typical shooting game, with the added addition of bright coloured ink. Within the Splatoon games, there is a lot to do, with a number of online battles and also a storyline mode, it’s a game which you can play forever and never really get bored. With an array of colours, styles and even an expansion pack, Splatoon is the ultimate game for playing online, on your own or via local multiplayer. If you’re going to play Spaltoon, I’d recommend starting with the story mode so you can come to terms with the controls a little easier (as I did not do this and it took me ages). Enjoy levelling up and unlocking new guns and clothes.
Pokemon Sword and Shield
In November, Pokemon was a game I couldn’t get enough of! With new additions of Currys, camping and the newly added Dynamaxed pokemon you can battle and train your pokemon to the max. My team was full of Eevee evolutions, and although the story mode only took me a week or so, the game is constantly releasing new characters and in June and November of this year, we will see two sets of new DLC. So your pokemon adventure doesn’t have to end once the game is finished.
Overcooked (and Overcooked 2)
Overcooked is the ultimate co-op game, with hours of fun working your way through various (and very dangerous) levels to make a number of different food orders. Some of the stages include being in the air, across the sea and in moving food trucks. The game itself can be a bit stressful, as it does involve a lot of co-operation with the person you’re playing it with and it results in many angry words being exchanged between Will and I when he doesn’t listen. However, it’s a super fun game and it feels awesome when you can complete a level. The best thing about both Overcooked games is that there is a ton of downloadable content to be played, with different locations and settings to be added.
Finally, one of my favourite games for the switch is Brain Training! When I heard it was coming out, I couldn’t believe it. Training my brain whilst battling against my friends brings out a fierce competitive streak in me. Brain Training also has weekly tournaments which are also quite fun.