The Nintendo Switch has proven to be Nintendo’s answer to both portable and home consoles, and that gamble has paid off. With just recently reaching 10 million sales, the Switch looks to have plenty of steam to push through 2018, but that wouldn’t have been possible without a stellar 2017 lineup.
Here are the top 5 Nintendo Switch games of 2017:
ARMS started off this year with a rocky start. Even though the game received much critical acclaim through its various test periods and release, it still seems to have not gained much traction in the fighting game genre; this doesn’t mean it isn’t undeserving, however. If there is one thing that ARMS was able to represent, it was taking a fighting game’s mechanics and reducing them into easily digestible bits for all various different skill levels. If you are a beginner or an advanced player, ARMS is equally accessible and provides and a surprising amount of depth for a player to advance. Instead of focusing on things like combos and various complex concepts, ARMS aims to keep things simple by making fights not only slower but more strategic.
ARMS may lack in areas such as a single player or structured online that we have come to love in recent fighting games, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. ARMS adds an inventive twist to fighting games by focusing on a unique mechanic of longer distance fighting with ARMS and expanding it into all facets of design.
You can purchase ARMS here.
4Fire Emblem Warriors
Musou games appearing on a console are the inevitable faith of any successful platform. Nintendo saw great success with combining Zelda and a Musou game together to form Hyrule Warriors. With the Nintendo Switch, Fire Emblem received the same treatment with Fire Emblem Warriors.
While the story is far from being as good as Hyrule Warriors, the gameplay has certainly been expanded with the addition of Fire Emblem. Weapon types and their advantages and disadvantages are introduced where each weapon has a different effect over another. On top of this, you are given greater control over other characters, and in many scenarios is expected to properly direct your forces to achieve victory. While the traditional Musou combat is still the same, it’s these additional layers that take it to another level than other games of the same genre don’t have. Taking these additions and putting them on a portable platform simply makes all these additions even better, acting as the icing on the cake…delicious destroying thousands of enemies in the comfort of your bed icing.
3Puyo Puyo Tetris
Take a delightful game such as Puyo Puyo and merge it with Tetris and it appears you are simply left with one of those refreshed Tetris titles that come out each year. If I played this on the PS4 or any other consoles, I would be inclined to agree. However, when you take a title like Puyo Puyo Tetris and put it on something portable and something that intrinsically can support two-player, well, you have a real winner on your hands.
Puyo Puyo Tetris manages to take old concepts and package them into something bright and colorful. Adding additional modes such as Swap Mode (a personal favorite) that has you switching between Puyo Puyo and Tetris or Big Bang Mode where completing a tetris faster becomes the goal. The addition of these game modes combined with classic titles takes a once a year Tetris remake and turns it into something special that a whole group can enjoy. Where every aspect of the game is user-friendly enough to start, but complex enough to have lasting depth round after round.
Making Puyo Puyo Tetris perhaps one of the best games this year for not only couples but at a party as well.
If there was any sleeper hit on the Nintendo Switch, it was Snipper Clips. Taking an inventive idea of working together with 2 or more people and creating one of the best co-op experiences of the entire year. Players are tasked with solving puzzles ranging from forming certain shapes to trying to get an egg to safety. To accomplish all of these tasks, players must work together by using each other to cut players into certain shapes that can achieve the tasks set forth. The mechanics are simple, but the depth and fun found in trying to complete these trials while working together and against each other are certainly one that cannot be ignored.
If you are looking for a title that is good for a group or a significant other, this is it.
You can purchase Snipper Clips here.
1The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild managed to take the traditional Zelda formula and flip it on its head. No longer was a few large dungeons the focus, but rather, an entire world was created and used to make Link’s latest adventure something unique and special. From finding your first shrine to your 120th, each will offer not only a unique experience when in them, but a journey in finding all of them. Truthfully, that is where Breath of the Wild shines most, in the journey. It is a game that you can get lost in for hours, wandering around a hilly side of a snowy mountain for resources and within 10 minutes find yourself in a desert discovering a puzzle. Each area is begging to be explored, and not simply for its rewards, but just to experience the exploration itself to find new and random challenges to conquer.
This is when Breath of the Wild is best experienced, in the word itself. The few main goals that do exists are a small part of the larger experience of just going through the world. A world that you can find yourself in for hours crafting, discovering, solving, and learning the world around you. This is why Breath of the Wild is the best game on the Switch because the world is your oyster, and it’s in the palm of your hands.