Ranking the top 10 games on Nintendo Switch

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5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 originally came out on the Wii U, but let’s be honest: About three people reading this article and I were the only ones who owned a Wii U. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch is the definitive version, which helps its skirt around our rule of trying to avoid remakes and rereleases.

The latest rendition is the perfect blend of refining old ideas and introducing brand new ones to keep the long-running franchise fresh. The gorgeous graphics are an improvement from the Wii U iteration, and the upbeat, jazzy soundtrack certainly doesn’t hurt, but the sheer amount of available content from the start makes it easy to just pick up and go.

With 48 courses and 42 racers to choose from, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a wealth of options right from the start, whether you’re working your way up individually from 50cc to 200cc in Grand Prix mode or racing up to eight friends over a local connection (if your friends have Switches and copies of the game, that is).

Still, even if that’s not the case, the game still supports traditional four-player split screen action, brings back Battle Mode and also supports online play. This game is a blast whether you’re playing by yourself or with a group, and it’s probably the most crowd-friendly party game you can own on the Switch. From its polish to its impressive, timeless gameplay, this is the definitive Mario Kart, and there’s a reason it’s the highest-selling game all-time on the Switch at 22.96 million copies.