The 50 best Nintendo Switch games right now

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Nintendo melds their flair for portable gameplay with the polish of their console offerings on the Nintendo Switch. Here are the best games out right now.

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(List current as of January 23, 2018)

Leave the Wii U in the past; it’s time to enter a new era with the Nintendo Switch. Since the console launched on March 3rd, 2017, Nintendo has fought an uphill battle to convince its audience that it has a solid roster of titles available for the system. It’s a battle that will get nothing but easier as more are released, though, in its early stages, the Switch presents a very, very mixed bag. But that’s true of any console on launch.

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As with our other best games lists, we intend to round this list of the best Nintendo Switch games out right now at 50, at which point we’ll begin replacing older entries with better games until this becomes a comprehensive guide to the best of the best on the system. In its current form, this represents all the games out for the Nintendo Switch right now, ranked from worst to best.

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This listing of the best 50 Nintendo Switch games right now ranks Switch titles based on multiple factors: graphics, design, gameplay, narrative where applicable, how much fun they were, and replayability. Staff experience was taken into account, along with the public’s reception to these games.

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We’ll be adding to this list extensively over the next several months and years, so keep checking back for the updated rankings. Let’s-a-go!

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Best Nintendo Switch Games #50 – Puyo Puyo Tetris

Developer: Sonic Team

Synopsis: You thought you understood how to clear lines in Tetris, so Sonic Team turned them into Puyos or Slimes, and now you have to match four of one color to clear them instead of just making neat lines with blocks. Regular Tetris makes an appearance in Puyo Puyo Tetris too, though, and you can even play both versions at the same time!

Why it’s one of the best Nintendo Switch games: Our continued fascination with the game Tetris and all sorts of deviations from the formula never ceases to amaze me, but I can’t argue that the endless string of re-imaginings aren’t effective. Puyo Puyo Tetris certainly satisfies as yet another new spin on the stacking game, though it (like surprisingly many of the titles on the first rendition of this list) suffers from a high difficulty level: you either get it, or you don’t. Puyo Puyo Tetris nonetheless feels right at home on the Nintendo Switch, especially with its portable capabilities as a title you can play a quick round of anytime, anywhere.