The 28 Best Nintendo Switch Games to Play in 2022

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When it comes to fun gaming for all ages, Nintendo Switch is the go-to choice for many Canadians. Whether you choose the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite or the new Nintendo Switch OLED, one thing is for sure: there’s a huge library of thrilling games to choose from. The lineup is so big, however, that it can be hard to figure out what to get, especially when kid-friendly Super Mario games sit next to mature titles like Mortal Kombat 11.

To help out, we’ve put together our picks of the best games for Switch. From everyone’s favourite Italian plumber to creative games, exercise games and new entries in the legendary Zelda franchise, our list has something for everyone.

In this guide
1. Action and adventure games
$ 79.96

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Widely regarded as one of the best Switch games ever made, Breath of the Wild delivers a huge open world to explore, brain-teasing puzzles and combat that’s simple for young gamers, yet deep enough for veteran fans.

$ 79.96

LEGO Star Wars :The Skywalker Saga

In this biggest LEGO Star Wars game ever, you and your family can play through video game adaptations of all nine episodes, including the original, prequel and sequel Star Wars trilogies. The Skywalker Saga combines inviting gameplay suitable for all ages along with classic Star Wars scenes infused with signature LEGO video game humour.

$ 49.96

Hotel Transylvania Scary Tale Adventure

Explore spook-tacular fairy tale worlds playing as Drac and Mavis from Sony Picture Animation’s hit series Hotel Transylvania. This frightfully fun puzzle game has everything kids and tweens love, like characters with super abilities, devious challenges and an unearthly amount of collectibles for them to discover.

$ 69.96

Touken Ranbu Warriors

Featuring the electrifying 1 vs 1,000 mosou action fans expect from the Warriors series, Touken Ranbu is an all-new franchise coming to Nintendo Switch on May 24. Similar to Hyrule Warriors, you control a range of elite heroes on the battlefield as you engage in flashy, fast-paced combat to secure victory.

$ 79.96

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

The much-anticipated follow up to Fire Emblem Warriors arrives June 24 for Nintendo Switch. This epic adventure is set in the same world as Fire Emblem: Three Houses where Edelgard, Dimitri and Claude must save a war-torn Fódlan. Expect large-scale battles, action-packed combat and controllable heroes that can unleash devastating combos.

2. Sports and racing games
$ 79.96

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

With its 32 Mario-themed tracks, four-player racing action and the return of Battle Mode, this game gives you and your family near endless fun. All the fan-favourite characters from the Wii U version are back like Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach, plus the Splatoon Inklings appear as all-new guests.

$ 79.96

Mario Golf: Super Rush

Tee off with family and friends in this new Mario Golf sports game featuring eight unique courses and up to four players on the green. There are plenty of ways to play including a full story mode where your Mii goes from beginner to pro, plus action-packed Speed and Battle Golf modes.

$ 79.96

Mario Strikers: Battle League

Nintendo’s super-charged soccer-like sports series returns with a new entry on Nintendo Switch coming June 10. There are no rules in the five-on-five Strike mode where you can tackle opponents, use power-ups and pull off game-scoring Hyper Strikes. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Toad and other famous Super Mario characters round out Battle League’s all-star roster.

$ 64.96

Nintendo Switch Sports

The Wii phenomenon makes its way to Nintendo Switch on April 29. Nintendo Switch Sports will get your whole family moving with events like Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton, and Chambara (Swordplay)—all with intuitive and precise motion controls using the Switch’s Joy-Con controller.

$ 79.96

MLB The Show 22

For the first time ever, PlayStation Studios’ critically acclaimed baseball series is hitting Nintendo Switch. MLB The Show 22 includes modes for everyone, from the Road to the Show baseball RPG experience to the Diamond Dynasty fantasy card-collection mode.

$ 99.96

Ring Fit Adventure

No need to choose between gaming and fitness—Ring Fit Adventure combines both into a fun and active role-playing game the whole family will enjoy. It features Custom Workouts that lets you combine exercises into a routine and minigames to target specific muscle groups.

3. Role-playing games
$ 79.96

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond

Pokémon is one of the most popular game series of all time for children and for good reason—catching, training and battling monsters is so much fun. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl puts you in the fully 3D Sinnoh region where hundreds of Pokémon can be discovered.

$ 79.96

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to open new doors for the popular franchise by fusing action with RPG elements. For the first time ever, Pokémon Trainers will set out to survey and research Pokémon in their natural habitat and complete the first-ever Pokédex for the Hisui region—how exciting!

$ 89.99

Triangle Strategy

Tactical RPG fans won’t want to miss Triangle Strategy from the producer of Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler. This gorgeous game blends HD-2D visuals with 3D environments and has a superb story featuring over 20 playable characters where control of the Serenoa realm is at stake.

$ 79.99

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Launch Edition

Explore beautifully hand-painted environments and battle the kaiju in this fast-paced, top-down 2D sci-fi mystery from Atlus. The adventure mixes 13 intertwining stories from the past and future into a central plot about a ticking doomsday clock.

4. Platforming games
$ 79.96

Metroid Dread

Metroid Dread is one of the best action games available on Nintendo Switch yet. Its combination of incredible graphics, buttery-smooth gameplay and stunning boss battles make it a must-play action-platforming title. But be aware it has a stiff challenge, so it might be best suited for older, more experienced gamers.

$ 79.96

Super Mario Odyssey

Explore 18 kingdoms as Mario and his new pal Cappy, a sentient hat that lets you take control of enemies, like Koopa Troopas and even a T-Rex. You can also play two-player co-op with one person controlling Mario while the other is Cappy and assist each other along the entire journey.

$ 79.96

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Nintendo’s powerful and cute pink puffball, Kirby, stars in his first full 3D platforming adventure. In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, you’ll float off on an exciting and intriguing quest to explore a mysterious world where nature has taken over civilization. Its two-player co-op mode let’s one person play as Kirby while the other controls the spear-wielding Bandana Waddle Dee!

5. Learning games
$ 29.96

Minecraft

Minecraft is one of the most popular kids’ games on the planet. Young builders can unleash their creativity to create anything from simple houses to elaborate castles and even entire worlds.

$ 39.96

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain

Who’s got the sharpest brain in the family? You can find out when the whole family puts their gray matter to the test in Big Brain Academy. This game lets you go brain-to-brain with friends or family in frantic tests focused on math, reading, memorization, shapes and more.

6. Party games
$ 79.96

Mario Party Superstars

Nintendo’s four-player virtual board game series is back, this time with over 100 minigames where the whole family will be climbing, racing or balancing their way to victory. Fan-favourite Super Mario characters make their return including Luigi, Peach, Wario, Yoshi, Birdo and, of course, the famous plumber himself, Mario.

$ 79.96

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Featuring eight-player local play and four-player online battles, this game will bring out the family’s competitive spirit every weekend during game night. It has a huge cast of famous Nintendo characters children adore, like Mario, Peach, Kirby, Pikachu and more.

7. Simulation games
$ 79.96

Animal Crossing New Horizons

If you’re looking for the best kid-friendly game, it’s hard to top what New Horizons offers. As a new villager on a deserted island, your kiddo can start their own town and have a blast doing leisurely activities like fishing for the biggest catch, creating their dream garden, or participating in seasonal events with fellow villagers.

$ 74.96

Rune Factory 5

This unique role-playing simulation game combines stylish RPG combat with the ability to farm and tame monsters. You can also take time out of your adventure to enjoy the finer things in life, such as cooking, crafting and fishing, plus forge friendships that may even lead to marriage and a family.

8. Retro games
$ 29.96

Disney Classic Games Collection

This compilation of classic Disney video games combines the 16-Bit console versions of Aladdin, The Lion King and The Jungle Book into one exciting package. Each game includes custom filter options to represent retro CRT TVs, plus the new rewind feature lets you instantly wind back time to retry difficult areas.

$ 69.96

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 Deluxe Edition

Two NIS console classics are making a comeback, dood! Releasing on May 10, the NIS Classics Volume 2 packs two exciting RPGs—Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound and Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman—into a single enhanced collection featuring new content, plus English and Japanese audio.

$ 39.96

Wonder Boy Collection

Celebrating the legacy of one of gaming’s most iconic game series, the Wonder Boy Collection combines four of the very best Wonder Boy games in one awesome collection. You get the original 1986 arcade game, Wonder Boy in Monster Land (1987), Wonder Boy in Monster World (1991) and Monster World IV (1994). All four titles include modern enhancements like filters and shaders, a rewind button, save feature, plus a beautiful art gallery.

$ 49.96

Capcom Fighting Collection

The Capcom Fighting Collection is an anthology of 10 classic competitive games, faithfully reproduced to play just like they did in the arcades. It includes all five titles from the Darkstalkers series, Hyper Street Fighter II, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix. And you get Red Earth, a fantasy 2D fighting game, appearing for the first time on home consoles.

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Based in Toronto, Paul is a proud Canadian, lifelong gamer, and consumer of all things tech! He is one of Canada’s most trusted gaming and technology experts with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. He is well known for sharing his view on what’s hot and what’s not in an honest, down-to-earth manner. On a personal note, Paul is a dedicated husband and father, and loves travelling with his family to the US and Japan. Come say hi on his Twitter channel @NextGenPlayer.

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