Monday, 13 July 2020

TOP 10 Nintendo Switch Platformer Games


10. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated


A complete remake of the original 2003 game, SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is a welcome return of a beloved franchise, and a worthy remake of the best Spongebob game ever made. THQ Nordic have done a great job in making some of the most vibrant, beautiful levels ever found in a platformer, and there’s enough variety to keep you from ever getting bored. It’s dripping with all the charm that made the show iconic, and that alone makes it worth playing for gamers of any age.


9. Kirby Star Allies


What makes Kirby Star Allies stand out from other recent platformers released by triple-A publishers is its heavy focus on local co-op. Up to four players can jump in and out of gameplay seamlessly, with players 2 to 4 taking the role of former enemies, who have been brainwashed by big cartoon hearts (it’s Nintendo, just roll with it). In a culture when gaming is becoming more isolated, this really does harken back to a time in which gaming was a more traditionally social pastime. 


8. Paper Mario: The Origami King


The Paper Mario series has long been considered a cult fan favourite. Incorporating various RPG elements into the usual platforming formula, there’s a dedicated group of players who advocate them as some of the best Nintendo games ever. Paper Mario: The Origami King is the latest title to continue this legacy, thanks to its enchanting world and its charismatic inhabitants. If you’re a fan of more slow-burn exploration, we can’t recommend it enough.


7. 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.


6. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy


Crash is back… again, as the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy gets ported over to the Switch. Giving all 3 original Crash Bandicoot games a fresh coat of paint, this is sure to provide a shot of nostalgia for any 90s gamer who whiled away the hours in front of the PS1 instead of socialising and making friends! A complete rebuild, rather than a mere upscale, our favourite marsupial has never played and looked so good. 


5. Yoshi’s Crafted World


Yoshi’s Crafted World is a really fun and charming platformer that is absolutely worth picking up. This new adventure takes everything you loved about side-scrolling games and turns it on its head. Playing alone or with friends, this game is a treat for the completionists out there with many collectables to hunt down through all of the adorable and challenging diorama-like levels it has to offer.


4. Super Mario 3D All-Stars


To celebrate the 35th anniversary of everyone’s favourite moustachioed plumber, Nintendo have released Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a collection of some of the crème de la crème of the series, featuring Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. Playing it is like seeing the games the way they were always intended to be seen. The timeless art style finally has the technical support to show them off in all their glory. Whether you’ve played them a million times or just picking them up for the first time, there’s never been a better time to delve into the best of the past. 


3. Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe


Arguably the last big Wii U release to be ported to the Switch, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. is a delight that not enough people have experienced. Whereas as 2017’s Mario Odyssey pushed the limits of what a Mario platformer could be, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. takes the formula back to its 2D basics, a move that proves to be equally successful.


2. Super Mario Maker 2


Super Mario Maker 2 doesn’t change the winning formula of its predecessor too much, after all, there’s a certain satisfaction achieved from building your dream level that can’t be replicated by any other type of game. Yet, tucked away amongst all the creation modes is Story Mode, effectively a brand new Mario adventure in its own right, built from the styles of Mario games throughout the decades. This alone makes it worth picking up, but even if you don’t consider yourself particularly creative, there’s plenty of hours to be lost to the creation modes too. 


1. Mario Odyssey


Mario Odyssey is a belter! Rather than resting on its laurels, Nintendo takes their moustachioed mascot and freshens him up in a new direction; new worlds, new mechanics and new challenges make playing it an absolute delight and a testament to the company’s expertise in game design.



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