The Nintendo Switch seems to be unstoppable when it comes to sales lately, and with the way 2020 has been, it’s no surprise that it’s so popular. So, here is, in no particular order, a list of the top five go-to games for new Switch owners.

Pokemon Sword/ Pokemon Shield

It’s no surprise that the latest Pokemon would be somewhere on this list. A surprisingly deep JRPG with a serviceable story, a ton of content and 400 Pokemon to catch, raise, this is a must-have for any new Switch owner who has had any interest in the series over its 25-year lifespan.

Beyond that, there are also two robust expansion packs to dive into, featuring new areas to explore and new pokemon to catch this is a great addition to an already fantastic title.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield retail for $59.99, but you can find them on sale depending on where you look.

Price: $59.99, Price + Expansion Pass: $99.99.

Play time: 160+ hours.

Pokemon Sword purchase link, Pokemon Shield purchase link. Alternatively, you can also purchase these titles, along with the expansion pass, on the Nintendo eShop, or at any major retailer.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild was the Switch’s flagship release title for a reason.

With a somber tone and stunning art style, Breath of the Wild took The Legend of Zelda, and the open-world genre, in a whole new direction.

With the ability to go almost anywhere, jump, climb, explore, and discover every nook and cranny in this massive open world with minimal story elements but maximum immersion.

Whether it’s cooking with apples you just found from a tree you cut down, or parrying Guardian beam attacks with your shield at the last second during an intense encounter, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a little bit of something for everyone, and is a title that should not be missed by any Switch owner.

You can purchase The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here, at any major retailer, as well as the Nintendo eShop.

Price: $59.99.

Play time: 150+ hours.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

A spiritual sequel to Hyrule Warriors, and direct prequel to Breath of the Wild, Age of Calamity is a mashup between Dynasty Warrior’s gameplay and Breath of the Wild’s setting.

Breaking away from the typical Zelda formula, even more so than Breath of the Wild already did, and following in the footsteps of it’s predecessor, Hyrule Warriors, Age of Calamity dives deeper into Breath of the Wild’s back story, and gives players a scope of what Hyrule was like before the Great Calamity.

If you like hack-and-slash titles akin to Dynasty Warriors, and found Breath of the Wild compelling in terms of setting and characters, than this is a great title to pickup.

Featuring over 13 playable characters, each with different move sets, a ton of levels to play through, and an interesting story to unravel, there is plenty of content to sink your teeth into here.

Price: $59.99.

Play Time: 35+ hours.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity can be purchased here, at any major retailer, and also on the eShop.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

One of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate takes all the great things about past games, including the roster, and goes all out. Seriously. This game features every character that has ever been in a Smash Bros. title, and it even has new DLC fighters, most notably among them being the latest addition, Sephiroth.

Whether you want to play it casually at get-togethers, or focus on your combos and take your skills online, Smash Bros. is the perfect fighting game to pick up and play. With plenty of options to assist those who aren’t familar with the game, and plenty of options to spice up matches between veterans, this title has it all.

That’s not even mentioning the entire RPG-esque World of Light story mode to play through. Regardless of what type of games you like, Smash Bros. really is a rare title in that it appeals to everyone, and as such, it can’t be overlooked.

Price: $59.99.

Play Time: 50+ hours.

You can purchase Super Smash Bros. Ultimate here, at any major retailer, as well as on the Nintendo eShop.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Expanding on the initial Wii U version of Mario Kart 8, Deluxe expands the game with more characters to choose from and more stages to race through.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is another one of those great Nintendo titles that anyone can pickup and have fun with, whether you want to play solo, couch co-op, or online, there’s always fun to be had here.

Beyond the standard gameplay of picking your favorite character and racing through stages, there are a ton of new karts to unlock for the cahracter, which have different stats, as well as tires, which also have different stats.

Additionally, there is a competitive battle mode, which changes up the gameplay a bit, and makes thing smore about precision item use, rather than blasting past the competition.

If you want something easy to pick up, and great for parties, you can’t go wrong with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Price: $59.99

Play Time: 30+ hours.

You can purchase Mario Kart 8 Deluxe here, at all major retailers, or on the Nintendo eShop.

Wrapping Up

Have you played any of these titles before, or are there any that you are excited to check out? Let us know below!

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