Nintendo may have a cheery reputation, but Switch players clearly have a thing for incredibly challenging games. Celeste is a tough-as-nails platformer (with generous difficulty tuning options) that rewards persistence with a moving story of self discovery.
Surreal turn-based RPG Undertale has a massive cult following, but it’s still surprising to see it ranked among the Switch’s biggest games. Undertale is a hilarious, heartfelt adventure that overturns gaming tropes left and right.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of the best platformers in years with a one-of-a-kind art style. With its sweeping score and tight controls, it’s a propulsive game that feels like an evolution of the genre that Nintendo’s earliest hits were built on.
Probably the biggest surprise on the list is The House in Fata Morgana. This massive visual novel is a gothic tale of love and revenge that’s deeply moving, but often uncomfortable. More story than game, it fits well on the easy-to-pick-up Switch.
Where would Nintendo be without Mario? The high-jumping plumber put Nintendo on the map and the series is still innovating decades after the original. Super Mario Odyssey is Mario’s wildest journey yet and a must-have Switch game.