Friday, 17 July 2020

TOP 10 Nintendo Switch Hidden Gems

10. Star Wars Pinball

You might’ve played pinball countless times before, but never like this! With different machines for every movie, spin-off and main character, there’s a surprising amount of depth and even narrative investment to complement the tight, realistic mechanics. Couple this with a competitive multiplayer scene and you’ve got one of the best ‘pick up and play’ games on the Switch. Added bonus points for the unintentionally hilarious voice acting!

9. Shaq Fu - A Legend Reborn

Chalk this up in the ‘I can’t believe those maniacs actually made this’ category. The spiritual successor to the SNES’s Shaq Fu, A Legend Reborn takes the basketball icon from the fighting game arena to the realm of Double Dragon-esque side-scrolling beat 'em up. Sure it may be shallow, sure it may be crass and toeing the line of bad taste, but damn is it a lot of fun.

8. New Super Lucky's Tale

The platforming category might be dominated by first-party Nintendo titles, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook New Super Lucky’s Tale! With a delightfully cute art style, responsive controls and an endearing story that both kids and adults can enjoy, there’s so much to enjoy with this game and is sure to put a smile on even the most jaded gamer’s face. It only loses points because the logo is missing the apostrophe, and it bothers us.

7. Aragami: Shadow Edition

In this true sleeper hit, you play as Aragmi, a warrior with supernatural abilities. Summoned into existence by Yamiko, a prisoner of an evil army, you’re tasked with collecting up Talismans to help secure her freedom. The cell-shaded art style is gorgeous, the stealth mechanics are spot on and most of the levels can be completed pretty quickly, making it perfect for gaming on the go. A must-play for any fan of ninja hack and slashers.

6. Owlboy

Inspired by NES classics such as Super Mario 3 and Kid Icarus, this “Hi-Bit” title is an absolute joy from start to finish. You play as Otus, a mute boy from a species of owl people, on an adventure that’s not only a blast to play through, but challenges you with deep, well-crafted themes that really give you pause for thought. More mainstream publishers such as EA and Ubisoft would do well to learn from the nuance found in Owlboy.

5. Mutant Year Zero: The Road To Eden

Adapted from a tabletop RPG, MYZ:RTE employs grid-based tactics ala XCOM against a unique, post-apocalyptic backdrop. Gameplay-wise, what makes the game so interesting is the way it blends turn-based mechanics with real-time stealth. It opens up so many possibilities and variations of ways you can play the game, and this decision making really makes you think about the best ways to approach each situation, making for a very rewarding experience.

4. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Criminally overlooked compared to Breath of the Wild, this Zelda-meets-Dynasty Warriors title brings a new experience to a well-explored world. Your character feels more powerful than ever before as you sweep hordes of enemies aside with a swipe of your blade. It fixes many of the performance issues from the previous iteration, making for a much more enjoyable experience. A must-have for any Zelda fans.

3. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

This remake of the underrated Wii U title sees the titular ape at his side-scrolling best, with gorgeous animation coupled with satisfying if at times a little punishing gameplay. However, if you’re a fan of a more casual experience or just a bit crap, the brand new Funky mode lets you play as Donkey’s totally rad uncle Funky Kong, an experience which offers you more lives and greater resistance to damage. Proof that a surfboard can cure all of life’s ailments.

2. Syberia

One of the true PC cult classics, Syberia finally has the second life it deserves on the Switch after multiple failed attempts to port it to consoles. Inspired by the works of Georges Méliès, this point and click adventure combines soft fantasy, science fiction and a rich narrative to create an intriguing experience that’s stood the test of time, and will hopefully be discovered by a new generation of curious gamers.

1. Mega Drive Classics

In our retro obsessed age, why fork out the money for a plastic mini-console when you can get over 50 of the best Mega Drive games on your Switch! From Sonic to Golden Axe, all your favourites can be found here, looking crisp either in docked mode or handheld, and playing just as well as you remember. We also love how the menu is decked out to look like a 90s bedroom - truly the icing on the cake.

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