From the GameBoy to the Nintendo DS to today's Nintendo Switch - Nintendo has been delighting us with its game consoles for over 30 years.

The secret recipe of the Japanese manufacturer: Innovatively adapt and reinvent established game formats.

This is also the case with the Nintendo Switch.

It came out in 2017, the company's first hybrid game console.

It has since become one of the most popular electronics items on the video game market.

So it's no wonder that both Nintendo and other game developers are diligently producing video games for the model.

With such an offer, the question quickly arises: What are the best Switch games and which ones suit me particularly well?

Mario, Hades, Pokémon and Co. - These are the games that no Nintendo Switch owner should miss out on.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - A game for the soul


Animal Crossing: New Horizons * is arguably the switch game of the corona lockdown.

The game became an instant classic after its release last spring, and with good reason.

Because in contrast to the current reality, the play island is an ideal world, filled with colorful landscapes and cute local residents, in which you can really let your mind wander.

Another bonus: Researchers at Oxford University have found that video games can have a positive effect on our mental health.

In their study, the scientists focused on two games - including Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

So if you need some relaxation, Animal Crossing is the place for you.


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Super Mario: The popular video game series

When it comes to video games, one thing is immediately associated with the name Nintendo: Super Mario.

For the Switch console, the Japanese company has both revived old favorites from the video game series and developed completely new games based on the legendary Italian plumber.

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    In Super Mario 3D All-Stars *, Nintendo has reworked three classic Mario games - Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy - for the Switch.

    This collection of games is a must for all nostalgic fans.

  • Mario Kart 8 *, on the other hand, is a good mood maker for the whole family.

    In multiplayer mode, several people can compete against each other as racing drivers.

    But which of you will end up in first place?

    For even more enjoyment, we recommend the Joy-Con steering wheel * from Nintendo.

  • Super Mario Odyssey * is the latest platform Mario game from Nintendo.

    The game was released in 2017 and has since proven to be one of the most entertaining games on the Switch console.


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Also worth mentioning: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *.

The game is already the fifth part of the popular fighting game series, in which players can duel against each other not only with characters from the Mario world, but from the entire Nintendo universe - and sometimes beyond.


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Hades: A roguelite game on the Nintendo Switch

Those who are interested in Greek mythology or would like to gain an insight into ancient beliefs will quickly find a liking for Hades *.

In the roguelite action game, the player tries as Zagreu's hero to escape from the underworld and reach the surface of the earth.


Memorable graphics, intuitive controls and entertaining conversations with various Olympic gods and underworld monsters make Hades a very special gaming experience that everyone has to try.


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Ring Fit Adventure: Fit through video games

Anyone who plays video games is unsportsmanlike.

At least that is a common stereotype.

But gaming can also be done differently, namely as fitness training.

Ring Fit Adventure * proves this.

The aim of the game is to defeat a fantasy dragon with the help of real exercises.

The whole thing may sound a bit banal, but it makes every work-out a pleasure.

Two accessories are used to record your movements, the Ring-Con and the leg strap.

When buying a game, you should pay attention to whether these parts have to be delivered with the game or ordered separately.


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Pokémon sword and shield

One game series that should definitely not be missing from this list is Pokémon.

Sword * and shield * are the names of the latest editions of the pocket monster series.

The aim is to collect both old and new Pokémon in the enchanting Galar region and prove yourself as a trainer in the Pokémon League.


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In 2020 Nintendo delivered an expansion pass * for both games.

This has added more landscapes that the player can travel and explore.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

But as the saying goes: the best comes at the end.

Although The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild * has been on the market for four years, the flagship game from Nintendo is still convincing today as one of the top open-world video games.


The atmospheric world design and the immersive storyline encourage the player to explore the wide world of Hyrule himself.

The game developers have also managed to stay true to the original design of the Zelda characters and worlds despite their reinterpretation of the classic game series.

Breath of the Wild is therefore a unique game pleasure for loyal Zelda fans as well as for newcomers.


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Compatibility: Games for Nintendo Switch vs. Switch Lite

If a video game is marked with the Nintendo Switch logo, it can be played on the normal Switch console.

However, owners of a Nintendo Switch Lite should make sure that their device is compatible with the respective game software before buying a game.

While the original model supports all switch software, the Lite device is somewhat more limited in terms of software.

In general, all Nintendo Switch titles that support handheld mode can be played on the Lite model.

Nintendo Switch: A game console for every age group

When buying a game console, the range of games is often a decisive factor.

Should you decide to buy a Nintendo Switch or a Switch Lite, it is worth knowing the differences between the two Switch models.

One of the main reasons for the popularity of the Nintendo Switch * is its multifunctionality.

With the classic model, you don't have to choose between a stationary or a portable console - the game console can be used in both handheld and table mode.

The switch can also be connected to a TV to enjoy games on a larger screen.

The Nintendo console can also be used to play alone or with others: thanks to the multiplayer function, up to eight controllers can be linked at the same time.

With older models of the Switch, the runtime is between two and a half and six and a half hours, depending on the game, with newer models * (from mid-2019) even four and a half to nine hours.


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Nintendo Switch Lite: The affordable model from Nintendo

The Japanese manufacturer has the Switch Lite * on offer as a cheaper model.

Although the device cannot be used in table or TV mode, it is particularly well adapted to handheld gaming.

On the one hand, the controllers are integrated into the Nintendo Switch Lite.

In addition, as the name suggests, the console is a real lightweight - the Lite model weighs just 275 grams.

Nevertheless, the device shines with a 5.5-inch LCD screen and a resolution of 1270x720 pixels.

The Switch Lite is also convincing in terms of battery life: depending on the game, you can get around three to seven hours of gaming time.


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