Nintendo Switch Starter Kit

Welcome to the first Gloss Starter Kit. For this edition we’ll be taking a look at the best games to play when it comes to the Nintendo Switch’s young library. As that library evolves, so will this guide.

The Nintendo Switch games you need to own

1. The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is the best showcase of the Nintendo Switch’s potential, not just in terms of handheld graphics but also in terms of gameplay variety. BoTW is not only a great home console game, but actually a surprisingly great mobile game. If you only have a few minutes on public transport you can work through one of the games’ smart shrine puzzles, which feel like levels from Portal. Or if you have a few hours to kill you can easily get lost in the games’ incredible open-world, which feels like something designed for a proper home console. If you buy one game for the Switch, buy BoTW. It’s the killer app.

2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is another fine contender for a Switch system-seller. It’s the classic karting game you know and love, now available with home console visuals on the go. If you have a favourite Nintendo franchise too, it’s probably included in this package. Deluxe includes a bunch of DLC packs that came out after the original Wii U release, and also features a much better Battle mode. If you somehow managed to own a Wii U this might be a possible one to miss, but otherwise it’s the perfect Switch party game, especially thanks to the Switch’s Joy-Con’s, which allow for instant split-screen with no other purchase.

3. I Am Setsuna

Released quietly last year on Steam and PS4, I Am Setsuna is a throwback top-down JRPG in the style of early Final Fantasy games. It’s published by Square Enix and is the first game from their new studio Tokyo RPG Factory. Frankly the game is a little formulaic, and a lack of area variety might slow you down, but I’ve still had a lot of fun with the game. It’s simple, and perhaps feels more like an indie-RPG, but I still loved the story and gameplay.

4. Puyo Puyo Tetris

I really love having a copy of Tetris on any portable console I own and Puyo Puyo Tetris is a really fun, fresh take on the classic formula. The game was an instant purchase for me. To be fair you could get a solid quick hit of Tetris fun from the free Puyo Puyo Tetris eShop demo, but online multiplayer and other local modes also mean the asking price makes a lot of sense. It’s also a good palette cleanser if you’re feeling burnt out by a hard Zelda puzzle or need something super simple to play on the train.

5. Cave Story +

I’ve always been intrigued by Cave Story but had never gotten around to playing it prior to the game’s release on Switch. What a mistake. A pioneer for independent gaming, Cave Story is the original indie platformer. I just finished it this week and highly recommend it if you’re looking for a structured, non-roguelike action platformer to play.

Version History

1.0 — Gloss Starter Kit is an evolving look at console game libraries. Be on the lookout for updates as the Switch library grows.