It’s the Nintendo Switch launch weekend, meaning millions of gamers are picking up their brand new consoles and playing any of the great launch titles for the system. We listed our favorites that are available, but now it’s time to start looking to the future. We have a long list of games that are coming to the system over the next few months, but we wanted to talk about what it should have. Here’s our top 5 games that need to come to Nintendo Switch.
We’re going with games that are already out, rather than coming up with them, or going with stuff that might get a Switch version before it ever hits store shelves. We’re looking back at both Nintendo and non-Nintendo platforms for these, with an emphasis on bringing over games that will benefit in some way from being on the handheld/console hybrid. These are kind of ranked, but the ranking isn’t all that set in stone. It’s more about listing out what we hope Nintendo and its third party partners are working on for the months or years ahead.
#5 – The Legend of Zelda HD Remakes
Yes, we already have what might be the best Zelda game of all time available on the Nintendo Switch with Breath of the Wild. However, I want the Switch to become a Zelda hub. I want to be able to play Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, A Link to the Past, and the original NES classic, which should come with the Virtual Console. However, I also want to be able to play the amazing Wii U HD remakes of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. Make the Switch a Zelda machine in more than just Breath of the Wild and you’ll see them continue flying off the shelves even after the BotW hype dies down, which should be in about 20 years when another milestone title is released.
#4 – FTL: Faster than Light
This little PC gem would work beautifully on the Nintendo Switch multi-touch screen. Making for another portable-only game, it would work better here than on any other console, which is why it hasn’t even made its way to those other consoles. The slow paced gameplay fits with a handheld, where you might have to stop playing at any moment. The game is also very different from what we’ve been seeing from the Switch, giving it something unique in its catelog.
#3 – Super Mario Maker and More
The Nintendo Switch launched without a Mario game, which is a real shame. It’s fine, we got Zelda instead and Super Mario Odyssey is looking fricking amazing. But still, with the portable nature of the Switch it is the perfect home to 2D Mario, and what is better than getting all the 2D Mario you could ever want with Super Mario Maker. Sure, it just hit the 3DS, and that version is just fine, but I’d love to see it on the 720p screen. With its touch-screen, making levels would be easy, and the home console part of the Switch would allow it to have the network features that were removed for 3DS. On top of this, I would kill to get Super Mario 64 in a portable form outside of the so-so Nintendo DS version, so get that Virtual Console up and running Nintendo, please.
#2 – Metroid Prime Trilogy
Yes, we’d all love a brand new game in the Metroid Prime series, and Federation Force doesn’t count. We’re probably not getting it though, and it seems more and more like Nintendo is shifting away from the Metroid series in a lot of ways. But we still have three of the best games ever made ready and raring to go for Switch, if Nintendo just ports over the exceptional Metroid Prime Trilogy set from Wii. Sure, we’d lose out on the Wii pointer controls that actually made for a better experience. The games would have to be reworked a bit as well, likely shifting to dual-stick controls, at least as an option. No matter how it gets on the Switch, just please get it there.
#1 – Rocket League
Seriously, please, this has to happen. Rocket League went from a relatively unknown game to one of the biggest in the world thanks to its amazing multiplayer gameplay. The Switch is a perfect home for the game, putting it onto a handheld for the first time. With just WiFi internet access, you wouldn’t always be able to access the most important parts of the game, but just having the option to hand out a couple of controllers and get a Rocket League match going wherever you are would be amazing. The splitscreen would be tiny on the 6.2 inch screen, but two player could work decently well. Basically, I love Rocket League, millions of players love Rocket League, so more Rocket League is never a bad thing.
And that’s our list of top 5 games that need to come to Nintendo Switch. Let us know what you want to see on Nintendo’s new console in the comments below.