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The best Switch games 2023 - Our top 10 games

 In our list, we present you the ten best current games for Nintendo Switch.

The best Switch games 2023 - Our top 10 games

The Nintendo Switch continues to be extremely successful; after the initial lack of games during the launch period, new titles are now appearing in the eShop almost every day. To get a quick overview of the best current Switch games, there is this top list.

The rules for the top list: Below we will focus on all games from 2022 so that there is a bit of variety in the list. Here you can find the top 10 Switch games with the currently highest GamePro ratings at a glance.

The ratings also determine the order. If the rating is the same, the younger game goes higher in the list. DLCs ​​and expansions, as well as ports and remasters are not taken into account in this list, and they are not exclusively exclusive titles.

10. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Rating: 86

  • Genre: role-playing game
  • Release: July 29, 2022

That's what it's about: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is the next part of the popular role-playing game series from Monolith Software. This time we follow the events of two nations, Keves and Agnus. Both have a person who uses their flutes to control the life force of the soldiers who died in the war between the nations.

That's what's special: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 tells a mature story with a combat system that has evolved over the past games. This means you can control several characters at the same time and learn new mechanics over the course of the game. But this overabundance of game systems runs throughout the entire game and can become overwhelming for some over time.

Recommended for fans of RPGs who just throw around superlatives.

10. Splatoon 3 - Rating: 86

  • genre: action
  • Release date: September 8, 2022

That's what it's about: Splatoon 3 is now the second main part of the series on the Nintendo Switch. Once again you can throw yourself into a battlefield with the Inklings and Octolings. Instead of normal weapons, you use ink to color the entire map in your team color. Because in the game, defeating opponents is not productive, which means that the shooter is also suitable as a comparable title for younger players.

That's what's special: In addition to the multiplayer, there is also a campaign lasting several hours that turns the gameplay on its head again. Because you have to use the ink to solve puzzles and defeat opponents as skillfully as possible - usually within a time limit. The mode is the perfect preparation for multiplayer mode and helps you learn the slightly different controls.

Recommended for fans of shooters where you don't have to use sharp weapons but ink

9. Octopath Traveler - Rating: 86

  • Genre: Role Playing Game
  • Release: February 24, 2023

That's what it's about: Octopath Traveler 2 is a role-playing game that might especially appeal to fans of the genre. In the classic pixel look with an HD touch, you will experience a comprehensive story from the perspective of eight heroes who gradually meet each other. The game is also quite tough, which is why you have to act tactically in challenging fights.

Here's why you should play it: Octopath Traveler 2 doesn't fall into the trap of many sequels. Because it actually makes changes in the right places and creates a much more coherent story that better connects the events of the individual characters.

8. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp - Rating: 86

  • Genre: Strategy
  • Release: April 21, 2023
That's what it's about: Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is a remake of Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising. As consultants, we carry out turn-based battles in two campaigns and a versus mode with up to four players. We take cities and bases with land, air and naval units, but we have to pay attention to the terrain and weather. The commanders also have their own gifts such as repairing units.

That's why you should play it: Even if Advance Wars seems like a tough strategy title at first glance, there is a lot more logic behind it. Like a puzzle game, you have to position your troops tactically to overcome your opponents, rather than simply building up a huge force that flattens everything in its path.

7. Metroid Prime Remastered - Rating: 87

  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Release: February 9, 2023
That's what it's about: Metroid Prime Remastered is the new edition of the GameCube game that is still convincing over 20 years after release. In the role of Samus Aran, a bounty hunter, we find ourselves on an unexplored planet and explore it in perfect adventure style.

That's why you should play it: regardless of whether you already know the original or are playing it for the first time. Metroid Prime Remastered is the perfect version to experience the classic. Thanks to new control options and adjusted graphics, the game feels more modern than ever before.

6. Bayonetta 3 - Rating: 88

  • genre: action
  • Release date: October 28, 2022

That's what it's about: The witch with the ratchet stilettos and demon hair is finally back. Once again in Bayonetta 3, you have to kick all sorts of creeps from the underworld and heaven with the eponymous heroine. There is also a multiverse plot and a new character named Viola, who you can also play as.

That's what's special: As with its predecessors, the game shines with its combat system. You can choose different weapons and have to learn completely new combos. Bayonetta 3 also offers gigantic bosses that every fan of the genre shouldn't miss.

Recommended for fans of colorful effects, witches and fast-action

5. It Takes Two - Rating: 90

  • Genre:Action-adventure
  • Release date: November 4, 2022

That's what it's about: The married couple May and Cody have grown apart so much lately, which is why they want to get a divorce. Since her daughter Rose doesn't want to allow this, she asks the Book of Love for help. Without further ado, the parents are transformed into little dolls. From now on, they are forced by the annoying Book of Love to work together to not only get back to their bodies but also save their marriage.

That's what's special: It Takes Two can only be played in split-screen co-op locally or online. So you always need teammates. With the help of the Friends Pass, only one person has to buy the game and the other player can join for free.

Once the hurdle has been overcome, you can expect a varied co-op adventure that continues to offer new gameplay elements right up to the end. These surprises add to the appeal of the game and since the two characters take on different roles, there is also replay value.

Recommended for fans of: Co-op games

4. Return to Monkey Island - Rating: 91

  • genre:Adventure
  • Release date: September 19, 2022

That's what it's about: Return to Monkey Island is a new adventure about undead pirates and daredevil heroes. The game continues one of the most legendary adventure series of all time. However, Return to Monkey Island ignores all the games that were released after Monkey Island 2 and instead picks up directly at the end.

That's what's special: There's hardly anything more important about this game than the mere certainty that Guybrush, Elena, and company are finally back and experiencing a new adventure. But the graphic style, which was criticized by some, also fits the story that is being told here.

Recommended for fans of pirates and classic adventures

3. Pokémon Legends Arceus - Rating: 92

  • genre: An action role-playing game
  • Release date: January 28, 2022

That's what it's about: Who would have thought that after all these years a Pokémon game would actually make it to number 1 on the best list. But Pokémon Legends Arceus deserves it . In the game, you travel to the feudal Hisui region and are part of an expedition that wants to find out how people can live together with Pokémon. To do this, you explore open areas, collect 242 Pokémon, and have the goal of researching the monsters instead of becoming the best trainer. A refreshingly different Pokémon experience that deserves to be at the top.

That's what's special: Pokémon Legends Arceus turns the entire series inside out and reworks almost every aspect when it comes to gameplay. In the more open game world, you have to catch the free-roaming Pokémon using stealth like in a third-person shooter. There are also completely new mechanics for leveling up Pokémon and filling the Pokédex.

Recommended for fans of Pokémon and anyone who wants to experience something new in the series

2. Super Mario Bros. Wonder - Rating: 92

  • genre: Jump 'n' Run
  • Release date: October 20, 2023

That's what it's about: Super Mario Bros. Wonder is the first new 2D offshoot since 2012. And Nintendo has come up with a lot of new ideas for it. The gameplay remains classic, but with the Flower Kingdom, which is haunted by Bowser, there is a completely new setting. This not only offers new abilities, such as the elephant power-up but also never-before-seen opponents.

That's what's special: Of course, the new style is a real eye-catcher, but the real star are the eponymous miracle flowers. Each level offers one of these plants that transform the entire world. The effect is always different and therefore ensures variety throughout the entire game.

Recommended for fans who: like jumping around in 2D or are simply a fan of the plumber.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Rating: 93

  • genre: An action role-playing game
  • Release date: May 12, 2022

That's what it's about: After more than six years, we're finally going back to Hyrule. In Tears of the Kingdom you not only explore the same Hyrule again, but there are also many places waiting for you in the sky and underground. After Link and Zelda discover a new disaster beneath Hyrule Castle, the hero must once again save the princess who has disappeared.

That's what's special: Nintendo has completely replaced Link's abilities and is now relying even more on the sandbox feeling. This means you can connect items to your weapons and shields to create completely new attack options. In addition, objects can be freely combined with each other to create vehicles, paths, and much more.

Recommended for fans who: are looking for a huge sandbox open world.

These were the best Switch games of 2022 and 2023. We are excited to see what new titles will bring us this year.