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9 best indie games on Nintendo Switch, ranked

Nintendo is best known for its strong first-party games, but the Switch is a haven for excellent indie games, too.

Here are the 9 best indie games on Nintendo Switch.

9. Cadence of Hyrule

The developer of Crypt of the Necrodancer made the most of the rare opportunity to make an indie Legend of Zelda spin-off, turning the RPG into a challenging, hypnotic rhythm game.

8. Donut County

Donut County is sort of a parable about selfishness and exploitive tech companies, but mostly it’s about fun puzzles where you use a remote-controlled hole in the ground to steal an entire town.

7. Gris

Gris is a simple platformer that’s more concerned with its gorgeous presentation and moving story about grief than it is about challenge, making it a meditative experience with a low barrier to entry.

6. Into the Breach

Battles in this turn-based tactics game play out on tiny grids, but its focus on strategic positioning and countering enemy actions makes outwitting invading kaiju immensely gratifying.

5. If Found...

If Found... is a visual novel that makes you erase the pages of a journal to progress. That simple act propels two engrossing stories, of a scientist on a world-saving mission and a trans woman navigating coming out and finding herself.

4. Celeste

If you’re up for a challenge, Celeste combines some of the most satisfying platforming ever with a heartfelt story about climbing mountains both literal and metaphorical.

3. Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight has been on Switch since 2018, and it’s still one of the console’s best action games, thanks to killer combat and a gorgeous world that begs to be explored.

2. Anodyne 2

Anodyne 2 is an endlessly surprising adventure where everything from its art style to story to gameplay is constantly in flux. It’s a deeply weird, funny, and touching love letter to the history of games.

1. Hades

Hades was for many people the game of 2020. It may be the best roguelike ever, both for its incredibly satisfying combat and the revolutionary way it uses repetition to tell its story of a godly family reunion.

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