Sunday, 19 July 2020

TOP 10 Nintendo Switch Remasters

10. Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King

Packaging two of the most beloved Disney games together into one package, this is no mere throwback. Developers Digital Eclipse has lovingly rebuilt both games, not only upscaling them to glorious 1080p but also removing some of the bugs and quirks that infuriated us back in the day. The bundle includes five different versions of each game, ranging from SNES to Mega Drive and even Gameboy, meaning you’re getting plenty of bang for your buck.

9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Originally released on the Wii U, this king of the kart racers; nothing comes close to Mario Kart on the Switch. With the near-perfect balance between pick-up-and-playability and challenge, MK8D truly does cater for everyone. Whether entertaining your grandparents or duking it out with the best online, you’ll find a satisfying experience no matter what you’re looking for.

8. 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.

7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

As the meme suggests, you can play Skyrim on everything, and the Switch is no exception. Porting the 2011 classic in all its glory, the Switch edition also includes motion controls, meaning if you’re playing with Joy-Cons, you can actually swing your character’s sword. It adds a new dimension to gameplay, meaning fans new and old will find something to enjoy.

6. Doom

A port of the 2016 instant classic, consider the rampant disembowelment found in the Switch port of Doom to satiate your sadistic streak. The frenetic, non-stop action feels right at home on the Switch, as you mow down wave after wave of hellspawn. If you’re looking for a deep storyline, look elsewhere, if you’re looking for some of the tightest gameplay around, rev up your chainsaw and get chopping.

5. Sniper Elite V2: Remastered

Looking for a more measured, methodical experience than your regular FPS? The Sniper Elite series is for you, and I think V2 is a great place to start. Set near the end of WW2, you play as an American sniper sent deep behind enemy lines in Berlin to investigate the notorious V2 bomb. All the tight, super satisfying gameplay from the original release can be found here, and with updated graphics, SEV2:R looks right at home on the Switch.

4. Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Although the package offers very little brand new aside from a Ganondorf armour set, it is objectively the most polished version of the game to date, making it well worth a pick up for old and new fans alike. Although character design struggles a bit in dock mode, this is not an issue in handheld, looking good in 720p and playing oh so buttery smooth. 

3. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

This remaster of the cult classic kart racer has managed to retain all of the charm and fun of the original CTR, making it a great game for local co-op or tearing up the leaderboards online. But this isn’t just cheap nostalgia bait, and developers Beenox has added more than a graphical update. Brand new unlockable kart parts, character skins and customisation items mean there’s even more incentive to be the fastest on the track.

2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

How they managed to fit a game the size of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt  - arguably one of the biggest and best games of this console generation - into a portable console is a minor miracle. Sure the textures might not pop like that do on a PC, but the entire game functions perfectly on the Switch, and the controls translate just as well to handheld mode. Long live the Switcher!

1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

A remake of one of the most beloved and bizarre Zelda titles, this has to be one of the best remasters of all time. Taking the original formula, it rebuilds the game into a 3D masterpiece without sacrificing any of the original spirit. Throw in modern conveniences to make it more palatable to the modern gamer, as well as a dungeon builder and you’ve got one of the best Switch games to date.

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