Let’s talk video games. I don’t think I’ve mentioned them here on the blog before, but I know I’ve talked about them on Instagram before. I grew up playing video games. My sister and I had a classic Nintendo, then a Super Nintendo. She had a Game Boy and I had a Game Gear. Then we had a Dreamcast (do any of you even remember the Dreamcast?!) In college, I bought myself a Wii, which we kept up until last winter. And then came my Nintendo Switch. (I have this one, but I can’t lie…I’m watching for a deal on the new coral Switch Lite for traveling. She cute.)
Flash forward to now: we’re all “quarantined” and I’m really glad that I already had my Switch. I mean, I already loved it…but I probably enjoy it even more now. I’ve been winding down with a little Animal Crossing and then reading before bed practically every night of the last month. So, I figured it was about time for me to share my current favorite Nintendo Switch games to play.
My Favorite Nintendo Switch Games
I’m sure this list will change at some point, but I don’t have many more games on my “to try” list right now. (I’d like to pick out a Zelda game at some point, and try out Super Mario Odyssey.) But for now, these are my favorites:
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
This was one of the first games that I picked up for my Nintendo Switch when I got it. (It was released just a few weeks after I bought my Switch, so I pre-ordered it.) I’m sure you’ll be able to tell from this list the type of games that I grew up on.
This is SUCH a great, updated Super Mario Brothers game. Stephen and I have both played through all the levels and we still go back and play it more. If you’re a classic game lover, you’ll probably enjoy playing this one.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
This is another game that I pre-ordered. The art is fantastic, the story is fun to play through. I’ll be honest, it took me a little bit to figure out some of it when I first started it. It came out on Halloween and I probably played it most of that night.
If you like story games, this is a good one. You’ll be battling all different types of ghosts throughout the story. There are also some side games that you can play with friends, but I haven’t tried any of those yet.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Ok, I’ll go ahead and admit that I am completely new to playing Animal Crossing. BUT people on Instagram kept recommending it leading up to the release of this version for the Nintendo Switch. The release happened right when our city went under our Shelter in Place Ordinance, but I got it via curbside pickup and I do not regret it.
This is the perfect game to play at the end of the day. It’s so relaxing and dang cute! I’m still figuring out all the ins and outs, but definitely recommend this one if you want something really relaxing to play.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
We waited a while to pick up Mario Kart for the Nintendo Switch, but once my sister and her family got theirs, we snagged it so that we can play with them (and with my niece) online. I mean, there’s not much I can say except…it’s Mario Kart!
Stephen and I also play this one together for a few races after work if we’re waiting for dinner to finish cooking. We’ll play it more on the weekend, too.
In college, one of my friends had a Super Nintendo in their apartment, and at some point we started having a Mario Kart Cup pretty regularly. It was just a solo cup that had names on it, but it was fun, ok?
Yoshi’s Crafted World
I downloaded Yoshi’s Crafted World a couple of months ago on a whim, just because I was looking for something new to play on my Switch and it wa on sale.
This game is pretty cute, though! It’s perfect to play when you just want to zone out. Nothing too challenging, but fun. I like to play it a little after work, when I’m relaxing and casually listening to whatever is playing on tv (probably Food Network.) I love the artwork—it’s made to look like everything is made from craft supplies.
Mario Tennis Aces
This one is probably not one you see on many Nintendo Switch “best game lists.” BUT it was the very first game that I got for my Switch. In this game, you can play matches or play through a story.
A lot of the story is made up of challenges that incorporate drills. Those drills teach you the special types of shots and trick shots that you can use when you’re playing matches. I don’t play this one as much as I used to, but I really like it. So, it made the list!
Honorable mention goes to the Lego Harry Potter Collection, that I have and enjoy, but don’t play quite as much as these other games. Also, the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, which I played a little the last time I was at my sister’s house. It’s so much like the one that we played when we were younger.
Ok, so…some of y’all have got to like video games. What are your favorite Nintendo Switch games?