Nintendo has stated that they would like to see 20-30 games released on the Switch EVERY WEEK. Fans are concerned as these games will be mostly filled with shovelware, but deep within that shovelware there will be some hidden gems on Nintendo Switch.
This list is not to list the best indie games on the system, and if that’s what you were hoping for then you can click the link right here. No, this list is to highlight those games that you may just scroll past as you’re searching for that one big title; titles that we believe deserve their chance in the spotlight.
Disclaimer: We will only list games that we have personally played ourselves, so please feel free to list any suggestions in the Comments section below and we’ll be sure to consider it in our updated list in September. Also, all prices listed are in USD.
These games are in no particular order as they are so unique that it is difficult to rank them. That being said, let’s get to it…
Developed By Sometimes You
Published By Sometimes You
Genre Adventure / Platformer / Puzzle / Education
The Mooseman is a 2D puzzle adventure game that has you solving riddles in order to pass through planes of existence and make your way to The Upper World. Inspired by pagan myths of the Chud’ and Finno-Urgic tribes, encounter forgotten gods and unlock new abilities as you make your way through the layers of creation. For what this game may lack in challenge, it makes up for in its setting, presentation and education. The Mooseman offers memorable picturesque moments that you wouldn’t normally find in most mainstream games.
If you’d like to learn more about The Mooseman, click here to read our review.
Jotun: Valhalla Edition
Developed By Thunder Lotus Games
Published By Thunder Lotus Games
Genre Action / Adventure
Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a beautifully hand-drawn action game that immerses you in Norse mythology. Thora, a female viking warrior who has suffered an inglorious death, must prove herself to the Gods in order to enter Valhalla. Featuring nine levels filled to the brim with Viking mythology, take down ferocious Jotuns (giant Norse elementals) with Thora’s two-handed axe and powers bestowed upon her by the gods. While the game has been on many consoles (including Wii U), the game’s polish and unique premise is certainly cause for more notoriety. Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a beautifully rendered action game that is as challenging as it is beautiful.
Shape of the World
Developed By Seaven Studio / Hollow Tree
Published By Plug In Digital
Genre Adventure / Other / Simulation / Music
Shape of the World is a truly breathtaking spectacle. As you wander through the game, the environments will grow around you with beautiful flora and fauna, as well as breathtaking landscapes. Plug In Digital recommend this game for anyone looking to play something after a long day’s work or to relieve some stress and anxiety. Explore a living breathing world, interact with its inhabitants to proceed through the game and relax with a stress-free experience.
If you’d like to learn more about Shape of the World, click here to read our review.
Published By Plug In Digital
Genre Platformer / Arcade / Action
Ever wanted to spray colored ink out of your gun and use that ink to reach certain areas. No we’re not talking about Splatoon; we’re talking about Splasher! This game takes place in a paint factory, and you are a worker that must stand up and fight back against Le Docteur in order to save the Splashers. With challenging platforming that forces you to utilize the game’s unique mechanics, Splasher is a one-of-a-kind 2D platformer that hasn’t had enough time in the spotlight.
If you’d like to learn more about Splasher, click here to read our Quick Review.
Developed By MixedBag Srl
Published By MixedBag Srl
Genre Action / Adventure / Arcade
Being the only Metroidvania on the list, Forma.8 is a unique take on the genre. Play as Forma.8, the little exploration probe tasked with the mission to recover a powerful energy source on an alien planet. With a colorful art style and a clean presentation, Forma.8 is a rich adventure that thrives in its simplistic graphics and surprisingly deep gameplay. Forma.8 is often on sale so it’s definitely a fantastic game to consider for a steal.
Poi: Explorer Edition
Developed By PolyKid, LLC
Published By PolyKid
Genre Platformer / Adventure
For those who grew up in the golden age of 3D platformers, Poi will surely tickle that nostalgia bone. Poi is an ambitious title that takes inspiration from classic Super Mario and Banjo-Kazooie games on the Nintendo 64. Embark on a grand adventure across many worlds, and don’t forget to pick up many collectibles along the way! If you’ve played Super Mario Odyssey and Yooka-Laylee and are still looking for more 3D platforming fun, then Poi should be your next choice.
If you’d like to know more about this game, then click here to read our review of Poi.
Will you be looking into any of these hidden gems on Nintendo Switch? Are there any hidden gems on Nintendo Switch that you think should be on this list? Let us know in the Comments section below.
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