Ranking the top 10 games on Nintendo Switch

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Since its launch in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has been a wildly successful platform with a rich library of classic games. Here are the top 10 essentials you need to play.

Nintendo has been a staple in the video game community for decades, and the Nintendo Switch is undoubtedly one of its most successful and critically acclaimed consoles ever.

While most gamers opted for the higher-tech platforms like the XBOX One or Playstation 4, a whole new wave of gamers began discovering the Switch back when it launched in 2017. It’s only gained more popularity among casual and hardcore gamers alike since then, given its rich library of games and its ability to either play on the television while docked or on the go in handheld mode.

If you’re a sports fan like me, the coronavirus pandemic has taken away our biggest distraction from the unfortunate realities of our current situation. While I’d love to continue writing about the NBA and sports in general, it may be a while before our favorite leagues are back in action.

Bearing that in mind, it’s only natural that our attention shifts to the mediums that can help us unwind from all the work, classes and constant news cycle we normally use sports to escape from. There’s never been a better time to binge watch a TV show, discover new movies or play through that video game you’ve been meaning to get to. Luckily, because the Nintendo Switch has so many quality games to choose from, this list’s merit extends beyond this current period of self-isolation where free time is suddenly more plentiful.

For the sake of being original, we’re going to try to avoid remakes and rereleases if at all possible. (We know The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Diablo III are fun, but they came out years ago on another console.) Taking all that into account, let’s take a look at the 10 essential games you need to play on Nintendo Switch.

Honorable Mentions: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Maker 2, Stardew Valley, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, Celeste