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Best Nintendo Switch Games #1 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Developer: Nintendo

Synopsis: You don’t want Breath of the Wild spoiled for you, so I’ll be brief: Link wakes up in a strange room with no memories of why he is there. A voice guides him out into a gorgeous, natural, open world where Link must use the environment to survive and strengthen himself. Assisted by a mysterious old man, Link gradually learns what has transpired to bring Hyrule to its ruined state, and gathers his strength for the battles ahead. Depending on the path you choose, you can face the evil plaguing Hyrule with nothing but a tree branch, or you can gather your power and memories again to bring a true battle with you to Hyrule Castle.

Why it’s one of the best Nintendo Switch games: Every inch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild speaks to the intimate detail of its design. If you can think to do something with the items, creatures, characters, or physics of the game, by golly, you can do it. Sure, you can bolt your way to the end of the game in less than an hour if you really want to, but aside from speedrunning, who would want to? You can effortlessly spend 60, 70, 80+ hours in Hyrule and still discover new secrets, beautiful sunsets, or quirky moments of game design done right.

And that’s to say nothing of the game’s story, which is easily the most detailed and moving of the series yet. Told via optional, findable cutscenes, Nintendo uses exactly the right amount of well-placed, specific details to lay out a moving and meaningful story, even (finally) placing Zelda in the true heroine role she has always deserved.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t just the best game on the Nintendo Switch. It’s easily a Game of the Year, and the kind of title that will be remembered long, long after its time as an artistic masterpiece. I don’t know how Nintendo can possibly top this game on the Switch, and I know I’ll still be picking Breath of the Wild up again and again, especially as more DLC drops!