The Nintendo Switch is now available, hurrah. If you haven't anyway, you can now get a Switch of your own.
But a games console is nothing without the, well, games. So here's a run down of all the titles that have been announced so far, including our thoughts on those we've played already.
What is the Nintendo Switch?
The Switch comprises a tablet-style device and docking station, so you can play the same games on your TV at home as when out and about. You slide the unit out of the dock, attach a couple of controllers either side and it becomes a powerful, fully-fledged handheld.
Effectively, it is designed to appeal to Wii U and DS/3DS fans in one. It uses cartridges for its physical games and there is an online service with a download store too.
It is priced £280 ($300), and the Japanese gaming giant promises huge support from developers and games publishers alike, with more than 100 games being released throughout 2017 and beyond.
That's why we've put together this list of games we know are coming in the next 12 months or so, including those you can buy right now.
Nintendo Switch games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
We've played the final version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch extensively so can confirm that not only is a great game for the new console, it's one of the best of all time generally.
You can read our full review, as detailed below, but it's safe to say that it is an enormous RPG that you'll find taking over your life for many hours of play. There is so much to do in a refreshed Hyrule that you might not even bother with the story missions much, only going back to them from time to time.
It is, quite simply, superb and a worthy launch title for sure.
- You can order The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild from Amazon.co.uk here in the UK, here in the US
Nintendo Switch games: 1-2 Switch
The only other Nintendo published launch day title, 1-2 Switch is, in essence, the console's reimagining of Wii Sports. Without the sports.
You can milk a cow. You can unlock a safe. Quick-draw a gun. It's all about head-to-head play-offs, like a proper party game. For many you needn't even look at the screen thanks to the Joy-Con controllers' vibrational feedback.
We're disappointed this one isn't bundled in with the console, though, as it costs an extra £40. Shame, as it's a fun title for all the family.
Nintendo Switch games: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will offer a similar experience to Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, albeit with some enhancements. All the same tracks have been carried across, as well as all downloadable tracks and characters. The Switch version will introduce some new characters, including Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. You can also now collect and use two weapons at once.
Fan favourite tracks such as Luigi's Mansion and Battle Course 1 make a return and players will now get the ability to carry two items at once. Items from previous Mario Kart games are back, including Boo, a ghost that steals other players' items. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will output in up to 1080p quality and will be available from 28 April for £50.
Nintendo Switch games: Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is being described as a "sandbox" 3D platformer, in a similar vein to Super Mario 64 on the N64 console and Super Mario Sunshine on the GameCube.
In Odyssey you'll embark on a journey through "mysterious new places" and sail between worlds on a new airship. These include a "real world' setting for the first time. Super Mario Odyssey will be released in the "holiday season", which we interpret as being near to Christmas.
Nintendo Switch games: Splatoon 2
Splatoon is an important title for Nintendo, so it's no surprise to see a sequel for the Switch platform.
The game will feature traditional 4-on-4 battles, but with new stages, fashions and weapons available. The official information for Splatoon 2 mentions a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which is sold separately, can be used. But the regular Joy-Con controller works just fine, especially in handheld mode as you'll need to use the motion tracking to aim ink.
Nintendo Switch games: Super Bomberman R
Super Bomberman R takes everything from the classic Bomberman series, but gives it visual enhancements and new features thanks to the Switch's gaming capabilities. The premise is the same, you still need to guide your Bomberman character around a maze-like play area where you'll need to take out CPU-controlled characters and use bombs to open walkways.
This new version includes a new battle mode that sees up to eight players dropped into a maze, and only one player can win. Super Bomberman R is a Switch launch title.
Nintendo Switch games confirmed: Snipperclips
Snipperclips, or to give it its full name, "Snipperclips - Cut it out, together!", might have been the unsung highlight at the Nintendo Switch hands-on event.
The game is a two-player co-op title. You each play a U-shaped paper sheet - with legs and arms in very Nintendo style - which can be rotated, moved around the screen like a platform game, and "snipped" by your fellow Snipperclipper friend to re-shape their form.
Various puzzles are depicted with "cut-here" outlined areas, which you’ll need to collaboratively fill with your forms to proceed to the next step. It kind of sounds like a maths exam on paper, but it’s so far removed from that... it’s actually fun.
Priced at £17.99/$20, Snipperclips is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch via the Nintendo eShop. Check it out.
Nintendo Switch games confirmed: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
With a fully remastered Skyrim available for PS4 and Xbox One, it makes sense that the same version will be available for Switch too.
It is expected in late 2017 and we cannot wait to play one of the deepest, most involving RPGs of all time when we're on a long Tube journey.
Nintendo Switch games confirmed: FIFA
Electronic Arts is back on board with Nintendo and has promised the FIFA footie titles will begin to make their way onto the console. We suspect that means a version of FIFA 18 rather than the current FIFA 17 will make its way to the console - but considering it's just called FIFA for Switch for now, it might be something a bit different.
Full confirmed Nintendo Switch games list
Several other publishers have hinted or confirmed titles they will be bringing to the Switch.
Here then are all official games, straight from Nintendo's mouth (including some release dates, where known), plus a few others we've heard about (accurate as of 3 March 2017). We've split them into those available now and the rest that are still to come.
Nintendo Switch games available now
- 1-2 Switch
- ACA NeoGeo Metal Slug 3
- ACA NeoGeo Shock Troopers
- ACA NeoGeo The King of Fighters '98
- ACA NeoGeo Waku Waku 7
- ACE NeoGeo World Heroes Perfect
- Fast RMX
- I Am Setsuna
- Just Dance 2017
- New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
- Shovel Knight: Spector of Torment
- Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
- Skylanders Imaginators
- Super Bomberman R
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Vroom in the Night Sky
Nintendo Switch games coming in 2017/2018
- 1001 Spikes
- 2 Fast 4 Gnomz
- Arcade Archives
- Arms (Q2 2017)
- Audio Hero
- Away: Journey to the Unexpected
- Battle Chef Brigade
- Battle Princess Madelyn
- Binding of Issac: Afterbirth+ (March 2017)
- Bit Boy! Arcade Deluxe
- Blaster Master Zero
- BlazBlue (final title TBC)
- Cave Story
- Constructor (April 2017)
- Cube Life: Island Survival (March 2017)
- De Mambo
- Derby Stallion (final title TBC)
- Disgaea 5 Complete (March 2017)
- Dragonball Xenoverse 2
- Dragon Quest X
- Dragon Quest XI
- Dragon Quest Heroes I and II (March 2017)
- Duck Game
- Dungeon of Zaar
- Enter the Gungeon
- Farming Simulator 18
- Fire Emblem (2018)
- Fire Emblem Warriors (Q3 2017)
- Flipping Death
- Graceful Explosion Machine (Q2 2017)
- Has Been Heroes (March 2017)
- Hollow Knight
- Hover: Revolt of Gamers
- Human Resource Machine (March 2017)
- Ittle Dew 2
- Jackbox Party Pack 3
- Kingdom: Two Crowns
- Lego City Undercover (Q2 2017)
- Lego Worlds
- Little Inferno (March 2017)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 2017)
- Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure
- Minecraft: Switch Edition
- Miina se Wai Wai! Spelunker
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
- Mr Shifty
- Mutant Mudds
- NBA 2K18 (September 2017)
- NBA Playgrounds
- Neuro Volder
- No More Heroes (2018)
- Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence
- Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
- Ohayou! Beginner's Japanese
- Old Time Hockey
- Overcooked: Special Edition
- Pocket Rumble
- Pokemon Stars (final title TBC)
- Portal Knights
- Project Fist (2018)
- Project Mekuru
- Project Octopath Traveller
- Project Sonic 2017 (Q4 2017)
- Puyo Puyo Tetris (May 2017)
- Puzzle Box
- Racing Apex
- Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition
- Redout (Q2 2017)
- Rime (May 2017)
- Rogue Trooper Redux
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII
- Seasons of Heaven
- Shakedown Hawaii
- Shin Megami Tensei (final title TBC)
- Snake Pass (March 2017)
- Soldam: Blooming Declaration
- Sonic Mania (Q2 2017)
- Soratobu Bunbun Baan
- Splatoon 2 (Q3 2017)
- Stardew Valley
- State of Mind
- Steamworld Dig 2 (Q2 2017)
- Story of Seasons (final title TBC)
- Su and the Quest for Meaning
- Sunu Ikkibu: Din Nahu
- Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers
- Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017)
- Syberia 3
- Taiko Drum Master (final title TBC)
- "Tales" (final title TBC)
- Tank it!
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Q3 2017)
- The Escapists 2
- The Fall Part 2: Unbound
- The Next Penelope
- The Sacred Hero (2018)
- The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup
- Toejam & earl: Back in the Groove
- Towerfall: Ascension
- Travis Touchdown (final title TBC)
- Troll and I
- Unbox: Newbie's Adventure
- Ultimate Chicken Horse
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
- Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
- World of Goo (March 2017)
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Yoku's Island Express
- Zombie Vikings