Game Releases by User Score

Superliminal 1.

Superliminal

Platform: Switch
July 7, 2020
Perception is reality. Escape from a mind-bending dream where everything is exactly as it seems. As you fall asleep with the TV on at 3AM, you remember catching a glimpse of the commercial from Dr.Pierce’s Somnasculpt dream therapy program. By the time you open your eyes, you’re already dreaming - beginning the first stages of this experimental program. Welcome to Superliminal. Superliminal is a first-person puzzle game based on forced perspective and optical illusions. Puzzles in this game give you a sense of the unexpected. Players need to change their perspective and think outside the box to wake up from the dream.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
9.6
Touken Ranbu Warriors 2.

Touken Ranbu Warriors

Platform: Switch
May 24, 2022
History Revisionists began attacking the past to change history. In order to stop them, the Government of the Time appointed the "Saniwa" with protecting history. Saniwa can awaken tsukumogami (tools with spirits), the Touken Danshi. They travel through time and seek to defeat the History Retrograde Army (HRA) who seek to alter history. The Saniwa and Touken Danshi were enjoying a peaceful life when they were suddenly attacked by the HRA. After a fierce battle, the Touken Danshi managed to overcome the HRA, but the Honmaru was greatly damaged, weakening their military strength. In addition, in the midst of the battle, the Saniwa, who are vital to the Honmaru, disappeared.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
9.2
Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream 3.

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream

Platform: Switch
February 25, 2022
A mysterious story of a mysterious dream... One of the stories experienced throughout the Alchemist Sophie’s many adventures, as she continued her travels after leaving her hometown of Kirchen Bell. This is Sophie’s adventure as she searches for her friend Plachta in the dream world Erde Wiege, where they become separated, and shows the bonds she forms with the people she meets and passing of hearts. ■Evolved turn-based battles & seamless transitions! In the 6 member party turn-based battles, the 3 members in the front and 3 in the back form 2 teams cooperating “multi-linked turn battles”, and transitions from exploration to battles without loading times in “seamless battles”, the entire game can be enjoyed at a great pace. ■2 types of panels for everyone to enjoy synthesis! This game uses panel synthesis, the synthesis system of the Mysterious series, where materials are placed in the panel slots to create new items in this puzzle-like feature. By placing the certain materials in the slots, various effects can be produced. There are 2 types of panels in this game that players can select from : a regular panel and a restricted panel that has a higher synthesis difficulty level. The board of the restricted panel is fairly complex, but when materials are placed just right, items with high effects can be synthesized, which can't be generated from the regular panel.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
9.0
Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires 4.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires

Platform: Switch
February 15, 2022
Empires, a unique "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" experience. Dramatic stories of officers on different sides. All 94 officers who have appeared in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 are playable. In addition, players can control all 700 common officers. A major change from previous series titles, areas around castles become battlefields, evolving into “Storming the Castle” instances. Employ strategic Secret Plans and balance Army Affinity to break through the enemy's gate. Defeat the enemy commander in Decisive Battle mode to claim victory of the castle. The Empires series' signature domestic system is back. With a high degree of flexibility, set long and mid term kingdom goals, recruit new officers, procure logistics, and execute a variety of military, economic and diplomatic commands to strive to unify China.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
9.0
Hades 5.

Hades

Platform: Switch
September 17, 2020
Defy the god of the dead as you hack and slash out of the Underworld in this rogue-like dungeon crawler from the creators of Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre. Hades is a god-like rogue-like dungeon crawler that combines the best aspects of Supergiant's critically acclaimed titles, including the fast-paced action of Bastion, the rich atmosphere and depth of Transistor, and the character-driven storytelling of Pyre. BATTLE OUT OF HELL As the immortal Prince of the Underworld, you'll wield the powers and mythic weapons of Olympus to break free from the clutches of the god of the dead himself, while growing stronger and unraveling more of the story with each unique escape attempt. UNLEASH THE FURY OF OLYMPUS The Olympians have your back! Meet Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, and many more, and choose from their dozens of powerful Boons that enhance your abilities. There are thousands of viable character builds to discover as you go. BEFRIEND GODS, GHOSTS, AND MONSTERS A fully-voiced cast of colorful, larger-than-life characters is waiting to meet you! Grow your relationships with them, and experience thousands of unique story events as you learn about what's really at stake for this big, dysfunctional family. BUILT FOR REPLAYABILITY New surprises await each time you delve into the ever-shifting Underworld, whose guardian bosses will remember you. Use the powerful Mirror of Night to grow permanently stronger, and give yourself a leg up the next time you run away from home. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE Permanent upgrades mean you don't have to be a god yourself to experience the exciting combat and gripping story. Though, if you happen to be one, crank up the challenge and get ready for some white-knuckle action that will put your well-practiced skills to the test. SIGNATURE SUPERGIANT STYLE The rich, atmospheric presentation and unique melding of gameplay and narrative that's been core to Supergiant's games is here in full force: spectacular hand-painted environments and a blood-pumping original score bring the Underworld to life.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
9.0
Hollow Knight 6.

Hollow Knight

Platform: Switch
June 12, 2018
Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruined cities, forests of fungus, temples of bone and other fantastic lands, all on their way to uncovering an ancient mystery.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.0
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX 7.

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX

Platform: Switch
December 9, 2021
Welcome to the magical world of Monster Rancher! The beloved series makes its triumphant return with Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, bringing together the wildly popular simulation games – Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2 – all in one amazing collection. Raise your own monsters and train them to compete against other eccentric creatures in combat and tournaments. With hundreds of different monster types, each with their own skills and abilities, every Rancher will be able to raise and train a monster that's a perfect fit for their personality and play style. Returning fans and newcomers alike can enjoy the timeless monster training and battling experience in Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX!
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.9
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water 8.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Platform: Switch
October 28, 2021
The Fatal Frame series lives again! Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is comprised of three interconnected stories that converge to uncover the truth behind a recent string of tragic deaths in a forest marred by a history of suicides. As one of three people with the power of the Camera Obscura and the ability to see the shadows of those spirited away, youll explore the ruins of an eerie inn, a shrine filled with life-size dolls, and a lake full of dead priestesses. Each shadowy location is connected by a stream of water flowing throughout the mountain, and this once holy water is tied to the darkest mystery of allthe history of death and darkness on Mt. Hikami. Features: * Survive this horrifying new entry in the Fatal Frame series * Explore sinister locales like an underground cave for human sacrifices and a shrine for life-sized dolls * Use the Wii U GamePad controller as your Camera Obscurayour only defense against fatal ghosts * Mt. Hikami is coursing with inexplicably dangerous water; stay dry or die * Investigate and stay alive on the deadly Mt. Hikami
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.9
Astral Chain 9.

Astral Chain

Platform: Switch
August 30, 2019
As part of a police special task force, it’s up to you to fight against mysterious, alien-like creatures who have invaded the world. In the Ark, a multi-cultural city in the near future, disaster strikes when gates to another dimension suddenly appear! Dangerous creatures begin to emerge, attacking the people and polluting the land, and normal police forces are unable to compete with them. To stand up against these threats, a brand new, special police unit known as Neuron is formed. Choose between two playable characters – one male, one female – on your adventure. The character you don’t choose also appears as your younger twin, and a fellow member of Neuron. In order to resist the creatures, humanity developed a special weapon: the Legion. The Legion acts as your partner, and helps with your investigations. However, it’s in battle where the Legion shows its real ability...
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.9
Super Mario Odyssey 10.

Super Mario Odyssey

Platform: Switch
October 27, 2017
New Evolution of Mario Sandbox-Style Gameplay. Mario embarks on a new journey through unknown worlds, running and jumping through huge 3D worlds in the first sandbox-style Mario game since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Set sail between expansive worlds aboard an airship, and perform all-new actions, such as throwing Mario's cap.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
8.9
Kirby and the Forgotten Land 11.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Platform: Switch
March 25, 2022
Join Kirby in an unforgettable journey through a mysterious world in a 3D platforming adventure. Float off on an all-new adventure as the powerful puffball, Kirby. Explore in 3D stages as you discover a mysterious world with abandoned structures from a past civilization—like a shopping mall?! Copy enemies’ abilities like the new Drill and Ranger and use them to attack, explore your surroundings, and save the kidnapped Waddle Dees from the ferocious Beast Pack alongside the mysterious Elfilin. Hope you’re hungry for an unforgettable adventure! Join up with a pointy partner, Bandana Waddle Dee, in co-op play Pass a Joy-Con™ controller to a buddy to play as the spear-wielding Bandana Waddle Dee and help each other explore and battle through this colorful world. While Kirby can float and inhale enemies, Bandana Waddle Dee can spin and stab with his sturdy spear. Find friendship in this forgotten world and save the Waddle Dees! Float over obstacles and fight through enemies on your way to each stage’s goal as you slash, poke, freeze, and hammer using Kirby’s copy abilities. Each themed stage you travel through will hide several friendly Waddle Dees in peril! Save them to grow the home base of your adventure, the once-deserted Waddle Dee Town. The Waddle Dees you rescue will unlock shops and leaderboards*. You’ll also be able to enjoy some of the townsfolk’s favorite games.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Monster Hunter Rise 12.

Monster Hunter Rise

Platform: Switch
March 26, 2021
Rise to the challenge and join the hunt. The action-RPG series returns to the Nintendo Switch! Set in the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village, explore lush ecosystems and battle fearsome monsters to become the ultimate hunter. It's been half a century since the last calamity struck, but a terrifying new monster has reared its head and threatens to plunge the land into chaos once again. Hunt solo or in a party with friends to earn rewards that you can use to craft a huge variety of weapons and armor. Brand new gameplay systems such as the high-flying 'Wire Action' and your canine companion 'Palamute' will add exciting new layers to the already robust combat that Monster Hunter is known for. Whether it's at home, on the go, online or offline - you'll always be ready for your next hunt on the Nintendo Switch!
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition 13.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Platform: Switch
May 29, 2020
Join the fight between man and machine in the definitive edition of this critically-acclaimed RPG. Discover the origins of Shulk as he and his companions clash against a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. Wield a future-seeing blade, chain together attacks, and carefully position your party members in strategic, real-time combat as you journey across a massive world. During an attack from the mechanical invaders known as the Mechon, Shulk discovers that he can tap into the full power of a mysterious blade known as the Monado. With the mighty Monado in hand, Shulk sets out to defeat the Mechon once and for all. In addition to the Mechon, you’ll run into wildlife that ranges from docile to deadly. Keep an eye on what attracts monsters’ attention to avoid unwanted conflict…or try your hand at bringing down an ultra-powerful Unique Monster. Upgrade your party as you progress through the adventure by selecting equipment, enhancing weapon skills, and using benefit-granting gems. Put your dependable companions to work by filling the party gauge to trigger a Chain Attack and attack enemies in quick succession.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
AI: The Somnium Files 14.

AI: The Somnium Files

Platform: Switch
September 17, 2019
One rainy night in November, a woman's body is found at an abandoned theme park, mounted on a merry-go-round horse. She had been stabbed repeatedly, and her left eye was gouged out. Kaname Date of the Metropolitan Police Department arrives on the scene. He recognizes the woman. Suddenly, a crash rings out through the rain... AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES chronicles an investigation through both dreams and reality. A thrilling neo-noir detective adventure following Date and his partner is about to unfold.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.8
Fire Emblem: Three Houses 15.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Platform: Switch
July 26, 2019
War is coming to the continent of Fódlan. Here, order is maintained by the Church of Seiros, which hosts the prestigious Officer's Academy within its headquarters. You are invited to teach one of its three mighty houses, each comprised of students brimming with personality and represented by a royal from one of three territories. As their professor, you must lead your students in their academic lives and in turn-based, tactical RPG battles wrought with strategic, new twists to overcome. Which house, and which path, will you choose?
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
Metroid Dread 16.

Metroid Dread

Platform: Switch
October 8, 2021
Join intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran in her first new 2D Metroid™ story in 19 years. Samus’ story continues after the events of the Metroid™ Fusion game when she descends upon planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission sent to the Galactic Federation. The remote planet has become overrun by vicious alien lifeforms and chilling mechanical menaces. Samus is more agile and capable than ever, but can she overcome the inhuman threat stalking the depths of ZDR? Face off against unrelenting E.M.M.I. robots Once DNA-extracting research machines, the imposing E.M.M.I. are now hunting Samus down. Tensions are high as you evade these E.M.M.I. to avoid a cruel death while finding a way to take them down. Find out what turned these robotic wonders into the scourge of ZDR and escape with your life. Feel Samus’ power grow as you gain maneuvers and abilities Acquire new and familiar abilities as you traverse the many environments of this dangerous world. Parkour over obstacles, slide through tight spaces, counter enemies, and battle your way through the planet. Return to areas and use your new abilities to find upgrades, alternate paths, and a way forward. Explore the sprawling map, evade and destroy E.M.M.I. robots, and overcome the dread plaguing ZDR.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.7
The House in Fata Morgana - Dreams of the Revenants Edition - 17.

The House in Fata Morgana - Dreams of the Revenants Edition -

Platform: Switch
April 9, 2021
A gothic suspense tale set in a cursed mansion. ‘The House in Fata Morgana’ is a full-length visual novel spanning nearly a millennium that deals in tragedy, human nature, and insanity. This version includes three games and more: 1: The House in Fata Morgana: the main storyline. 2: A Requiem for Innocence: a prequel shedding light on the origins of Fata Morgana’s terrible curse. 3: Reincarnation: a sequel featuring the central cast members reincarnated in the present day. *The part including voices 4: Other additional short stories.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
8.7
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 18.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Platform: Switch
February 12, 2021
The cat's out of the bag, Super Mario 3D World is on to the Nintendo Switch system. Pounce and climb through dozens of colorful stages! Mario (and his friends) can use power-ups like the Super Bell, which grants catlike abilities, like climbing and scratching. Work together locally or online with up to three other players to reach the goaland to see who can get a high score. The Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury game features the same great co-op gameplay, creative levels and power-ups as the original game, but also so much more.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 19.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Platform: Switch
September 17, 2020
From the creators of Ori and the Blind Forest comes the highly-anticipated sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Embark on an all-new adventure in a vast and exotic world where you’ll encounter towering enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to discover Ori’s true destiny. Immerse yourself in a hand-crafted narrative experience with deeply emotional storytelling, strikingly beautiful environments, and a stunning soundtrack. Master new skills to guide Ori through a journey of untold danger using newly acquired spirit weapons, spells, and attacks. Utilize an all-new shard system to power-up Ori’s newfound abilities. Face larger-than-life bosses and seek help from an expansive cast of new characters who will help you uncover Ori’s mysterious fate. Race to the top of the leaderboards in the all-new Spirit Trials mode where players dash, burrow, grapple, and leap to high scores in unique speed-run challenges throughout the game.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.7
Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 20.

Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2

Platform: Switch
February 16, 2018
The Witch is Back. The witching hour strikes again. Brimming with intricate battles that take place in, on and all over epic set pieces, Bayonetta 2 finds our sassy heroine battling angels and demons in unearthly beautiful HD. You're bound to love how it feels to string together combos with unimaginable weapons and to summon demons using Bayonetta's Wicked Weave in this frantic stylized action game. Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive. Bayonetta comes packed in with the purchase of every retail packaged version of Bayonetta 2. Features: -Initiate the new Umbran Climax technique to temporarily summon demons and boost Bayonetta's attack power and range whenever you fill her magic gauge. -Fight with new over-the-top weapons that open new possibilities to the way you battle, including the Kafka, a bow that shoots poisonous arrows; the Rakshasa, a pair of beautiful katana blades; and a giant rifle-inspired scythe known as the Chernobog. -Team up with a friend in Tag Climax, a two-player online co-op mode. Enjoy a little friendly competition by trying to deal the most damage as you work together to take down angels and demons. -In online quick matches, you can wager halos, the in-game currency that you earn by defeating enemies. You receive a large sum back if you can prove you're a better fighter than your partner. Halos can then be traded in a story mode shop to unlock new techniques, buy accessories and pick up alternate weapon variations. -Every chapter ends with a medal ranking: Stone, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or Pure Platinum. The more skilled you are, the higher your ranking. -This game is approachable for players of all levels, with settings of three difficulty levels. Through Touch Play, you can play with the GamePad stylus and touch screen, regardless of which difficulty you choose.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.7
Stardew Valley 21.

Stardew Valley

Platform: Switch
October 5, 2017
You've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won't be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town's most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 22.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Platform: Switch
March 3, 2017
Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this open-air adventure. Explore the wilds of Hyrule any way you like - Climb up towers and mountain peaks in search of new destinations, then set your own path to get there and plunge into the wilderness. Along the way, you'll battle towering enemies, hunt wild beasts and gather ingredients for the food and elixirs you'll need to sustain you on your journey. More than 100 Shrines of Trials to discover and explore - Shrines dot the landscape, waiting to be discovered in any order you want. Search for them in various ways, and solve a variety of puzzles inside. Work your way through the traps and devices inside to earn special items and other rewards that will help you on your adventure. * Be prepared and properly equipped - With an entire world waiting to be explored, you'll need a variety of outfits and gear to reach every corner. You may need to bundle up with warmer clothes or change into something better suited to the desert heat. Some clothing even has special effects that, for example, can make you faster and stealthier. * Battling enemies requires strategy - The world is inhabited with enemies of all shapes and sizes. Each one has its own attack method and weaponry, so you must think quickly and develop the right strategies to defeat them. * amiibo compatibility - Tap the Wolf Link amiibo (sold separately) to make Wolf Link appear in game. Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help you find items you're searching for.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
8.7
Ring Fit Adventure 23.

Ring Fit Adventure

Platform: Switch
October 18, 2019
Traverse grass-swept plains by jogging in place, attack enemies with overhead shoulder presses, and refill your health meter by striking some yoga poses. Two new accessories, the Ring-Con™ and Leg Strap, measure your real-world actions and help turn them into in-game movements. With additional minigames and customizable workout routines, Ring Fit Adventure is great escape for players of all skill levels and schedules. In Adventure mode, defeat enemies with attacks based on real-world exercises as you traverse more than 100 levels in over 20 worlds. As you work through each level (and possibly work up a sweat), you’ll earn experience points. Between fights, you may encounter some unusual methods of transportation such as squat-powered launch pads. Then, pass around the Ring-Con and leg strap accessories and select from a few minigames: break boxes with gusts of air, craft pottery using squats, and more.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition 24.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition

Platform: Switch
September 27, 2019
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, Dragon Quest XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to long-time fans and franchise newcomers alike. A young man, about to participate in his village's coming of age ceremony, travels to a Sacred Stone alongside his childhood friend. After a series of unexpected events, this intrepid adventurer learns he is the reincarnation of a legendary hero from a forgotten age. The young hero sets forth into an unknown world on a journey to unravel the mystery of his past... but the welcome he receives is far from warm. Upon revealing his identity to the King, the hero is branded as "The Dark spawn" and hunted by a relentless army. Fleeing from his pursuers, the hero assembles a band of endearing adventurers who believe he is actually The Luminary reborn. The hero and his newfound companions embark on a quest that will take them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.6
Resident Evil 25.

Resident Evil

Platform: Switch
May 21, 2019
The game that defined the survival-horror genre is back! Check out the remastered HD version of Resident Evil. In 1998 a special forces team is sent to investigate some bizarre murders on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Upon arriving they are attacked by a pack of blood-thirsty dogs and are forced to take cover in a nearby mansion. But the scent of death hangs heavy in the air. Supplies are scarce as they struggle to stay alive. Graphics: * More detailed graphics that retain the horror. * The environments come alive with detail thanks to resolution upgrades and non-static 3D models. * Post-processing effects like Bloom filters, which were not easy to do at the time of the original release, have been added to make the HD graphics even more realistic. * High-Resolution Environments - We've increased the resolution of the background environments by recreating them with a mix of high-res static images, plus animated 3D models. * Widescreen (16:9) is supported, so players can experience a greater sense of immersion. In widescreen mode, the screen will scroll. The parts of the screen that get cut off on the top and bottom will scroll into view automatically depending on the character's position. * You can switch the display mode during gameplay in real time. Sound: * High-Quality Sound - The audio has been remastered to increase the sampling rate, and of course 5.1ch output is also now supported. * You can play using the original control scheme or an alternate control scheme that lets you just push the analog stick to move in the direction you want to go. * You can switch the control scheme during gameplay in real time.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Katana ZERO 26.

Katana ZERO

Platform: Switch
April 17, 2019
Katana ZERO is a stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 27.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Platform: Switch
December 7, 2018
Inklings from the Splatoon series, as well as returning Smash characters like Mario and Link will be making appearances in this classic Nintendo franchise's Switch debut. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.6
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country 28.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country

Platform: Switch
September 14, 2018
Guide a group of legendary warriors on a journey through the tragic history that doomed a kingdom and drove a hero down a dark path 500 years before the events of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game. Defend yourself from Malos and his forces using all the fury of this refined battle system, allowing you to fight as both the artificial lifeforms known as Blades and their masters, the Drivers.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
INSIDE 29.

INSIDE

Platform: Switch
June 28, 2018
Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.6
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA 30.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

Platform: Switch
June 26, 2018
Ys returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in an unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana! FEATURES: An Epic Tale - Follow Adol on his latest adventure and uncover the mysteries of the cursed island. Party On! - Change your playable character on-the-fly as you battle ferocious foes in lighting-fast combat. Another Side - Unravel the mystery of the blue-haired maiden Dana through her unique gameplay sections. It Takes a Village! - Rescue your fellow shipwrecked passengers and bring them to your village where they will provide valuable services.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 31.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Platform: Switch
May 4, 2018
Help Donkey Kong and his friends get back their home from Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game from Retro Studios. All the challenging ground-pounding, barrel-blasting and mine cart action from the Donkey Kong Country series is back, along with a bushel of new game-play elements and features.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
Celeste 32.

Celeste

Platform: Switch
January 25, 2018
Help Madeline survive her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of TowerFall.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.6
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 33.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Platform: Switch
December 1, 2017
Search for the ultimate paradise, Elysium, with your companion, Pyra. Explore an endless ocean of clouds, where the last remnants of civilization live on the backs of colossal beasts called Titans. Experience the story of Rex and his new friend, Pyra, a mysterious being known as a Blade who grants him tremendous power. Together, search for Pyras long lost home Elysium, the ultimate paradise for all of humanity. Features: * Explore colossal beasts called Titans, the homes of different civilizations, offering expansive regions to discover. * Form powerful bonds with Blades, unique beings granting tremendous power to their users, called Drivers. * Features a deep battle system that builds on triumphs of the Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X games.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 34.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Platform: Switch
April 28, 2017
Race and battle your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8. Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return. Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. Race your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8, only on Nintendo Switch. Race as every character on every track from the Wii U version, including DLC characters and tracks. Pop some balloons in the revamped Battle mode, complete with Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast. Battle on new courses, like Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, or returning ones, such as GCN Luigi's Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1. Inkling Girl & Inkling Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. join the roster. Players can choose a new Smart Steering feature which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids even at 200cc. Three new vehicles have been added, two are even inspired by Splatoon. Carry two items at the same time. Returning items include Boo, the item stealing ghost, and the Feather, which gives you a high jump in battle mode. Play your friends in local wireless multiplayer with up to 8 players. Drive through in 1080p HD quality in TV mode. Play on the go with handheld mode and play anytime, anywhere.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.6
AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative 35.

AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative

Platform: Switch
June 24, 2022
Six years ago, the right half of a corpse was discovered under mysterious circumstances. The left half was never found...until six years later, when it was discovered completely fresh with no signs of decay, as though the victim was alive until just recently. Now, newly-appointed Special Agent Mizuki and her AI partner Aiba are tasked to solve the bizarre Half Body serial killings...
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge 36.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

Platform: Switch
June 16, 2022
With Bebop and Rocksteady assaulting Channel 6 and stealing super gnarly devices to support Krang and Shredder's latest twisted plan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge sees the Turtles battling across a righteous range of timeless TMNT locations. From Manhattan and Coney Island, to city rooftops and dank sewers, help the fearsome foursome trounce Foot Soldiers, Triceraton Warriors, and Rock Troops all the way to Dimension X! Enjoy stunning full-color pixel art graphics and a vintage TMNT vibe that will rock you straight back to the awesome 80s. Every character, vehicle, weapon, item, and background is directly inspired by the 1987 TV show, making you feel like you hopped into the television -- with a dope mix of killer humor and action-packed adventures!
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim 37.

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Platform: Switch
April 12, 2022
Vanillaware, the storytellers behind Odin Sphere and Dragon's Crown, craft a sci-fi mystery epic spanning thirteen intertwining stories. Uncover the truth and delve into a 2D sidescrolling adventure featuring gorgeous art and environments. Then, battle the kaiju in fast-paced, top-down combat. Customize the Sentinels with an arsenal of mechsuit weaponry, and fight to defend humanity! A departure from the studio's traditional fantasy style, the game takes place in a modern setting punctuated with giant mechs. Although the world may be bleak, Vanillaware's signature artistic shine and gorgeous aesthetics will bring the characters and story of 13 Sentinels to life. CHARACTERS: JURO KURABE A mild-mannered young high school student trying to live a normal life in the 80s. Rarely excited, he is fond of campy old Sci-Fi movies, with their giant robots and space invasions. But it seems like everyone in his life is trying to manipulate him for their own ominous ends... IORI FUYUSAKA She believes she's an ordinary high school girl, with dreams and crushes and a sweet tooth. However, she finds herself at the center of a massive conspiracy, called on to stop an apocalypse before the world is doomed. What she's not sure about is: can she really answer the call? EI SEKIGAHARA A stoic young man with amnesia, Ei finds himself next to a dead body without any memories of his past. Declared a boy "from another dimension", he's constantly pursued by armed gunmen in black suits, and often finds himself in intense life-or-death situations. Through investing the clues and people in 1985, he chases the truth beyond his lost memories... KEITARO MIURA A dutiful young soldier from 1945, fiercely dedicated to defending his country. He'd lay down his life if it meant saving even a single soul. Chosen as part of a secret military program to pilot a new weapon called a "Sentinel", Miura soon discovers that his true enemies lie beyond World War II... MEGUMI YAKUSHIJI A shy, composed girl of few words, with a nurturing domestic side. While she's devoted to her beloved, Juro, he himself has lost all memory of their past relationship. Goaded on by a mysterious talking cat, she agrees to a "contract" -- willing to go to any length to restore the boy she loves. NATSUNO MINAMI A perky, friendly girl on her high school's track team who loves a good Sci-Fi story. When she discovers a small robot hiding in the school, it seems like a story out of one of her favorite movies. However, she finds herself drawn into a massive, apocalyptic conspiracy in which the dangers of her favorite shows becomes disturbingly real. NENJI OGATA A high school punk with a heart of gold. He prefers to punch first and ask questions later, so when he gets involved in a convoluted conspiracy, most of the geek-talk goes over his head. Still, he's determined to bust through and save the girl -- even if he's resigned to her thinking he's just another thug. RENYA GOUTO A cold, brilliant young man who will use any means necessary to find the truth. Gouto processes information and startling revelations with a calm, ready intelligence that baffles (or outpaces) the adults around him. He's no villain, but he knows what's at stake, and what must be done. RYOKO SHININOME An aloof agent desperate to prove her worth to her unrequited love (and mentor) Tetsuya Ida. A mission gone wrong left Ryoko with traumatic brain damage, and dependent on a medicine of unclear origins. Still, she fights through the mental fog and pain to untangle the conspiracies... SHU AMIGUCHI An easygoing late-80s high school playboy, quick to make friends and quick to flirt. Tries not to take life too seriously, whether it's on his side or not. But when his TV turns on by itself, and an idol starts talking to him through it, begging for his help unraveling a mystery...he rolls with it as best he can. TAKATOSHI HIJIYAMA A confident young Japanese soldier in the 1940s, displaced from his home and dropped into a city both foreign and familiar. Adrift, old-fashioned, and out of place, he struggles to make sense of all the changes in his world...and then, after months of living as a solitary vagrant, he finds the young man responsible for uprooting his life. TOMI KISARAGI A flippant, shy teenager. She often hangs out with her gal pals after school, getting snacks and chatting like any other, but she seems to know more than she lets on. Determined to investigate the mysteries of her fate, she surreptitiously follows whatever lead she can, only to discover even greater peril awaiting her... YUKI TAKAMIYA A surly delinquent who (reluctantly) infiltrates the school as a spy to save her best friend. Despite her disdain for her underhanded allies, she stubbornly seeks the truth when everyone else has something to hide. Tough and caustic, but she's got a protective streak and a sharp mind.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Pikmin 3 Deluxe 38.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe

Platform: Switch
October 30, 2020
No mission is too big for the tiny Pikmin. Touch down on a world of rich adventure with Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch. Command a capable crop of tiny creatures and explore a hostile planet in this exciting blend of action and strategy. Use each Pikmin type's unique skills to overcome obstacles and open up a diverse world around you. Seek out valuable items, solve puzzles and overcome powerful creatures in a richly detailed world full of surprises. What's new? Whether you've played Pikmin 3 on Wii U or it's your first venture on planet "PNF-404", Pikmin 3 Deluxe comes packed with exciting new modes and features: * 2P co-op: Journey through the main story in two player co-op* on the same console! * New adventures: Go it alone or team up with a friend to take on brand new prologue and epilogue stories starring Pikmin and Pikmin 2 heroes Olimar and Louie! * Quality of life improvements: Expand your exploration with an enhanced lock-on targeting system, enemy balancing changes, multiple difficulty modes, optional hints and more. * Piklopedia: Unlock profile entries for each character and find out their unique perspectives on each creature you discover. Squad up! If you need a break from your plucky adventure, more fun awaits with returning additional modes. Get competitive with another player in Bingo Battle, or complete unique challenges alone or cooperatively in Mission Mode which includes all DLC from the Wii U version!
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
A Short Hike 39.

A Short Hike

Platform: Switch
August 18, 2020
Follow the marked trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you. Explore the island any way you like. Choose your own path to follow and see where it leads you. You never know what you might stumble into! Hike at your own pace - there's no need to rush to the summit! Take your time fishing along the river banks or swimming by the lakeshore. Collect hidden treasures to reach new heights. Try taking a dive off the mountain peaks to soar above the forests. Chat with the other hikers you meet along your route. You might be able to help each other out! Listen to a lush original soundtrack by Mark Sparling that progresses dynamically as you explore the wilderness.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Alien: Isolation 40.

Alien: Isolation

Platform: Switch
December 5, 2019
HOW WILL YOU SURVIVE? Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien, Ellen Ripleys daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother's disappearance. As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive. Overcome an ever-present deadly threat Experience persistent fear as a truly dynamic and reactive Alien uses its senses to hunt you down and respond to your every move. Improvise to survive Hack systems, scavenge for vital resources and craft items to deal with each situation. Will you evade your enemies, distract them or face them head on? Explore a world of mystery and betrayal Immerse yourself in the detailed setting of Sevastopol, a decommissioned trading station on the fringes of space. Encounter a rich cast of inhabitants in a world scarred by fear and mistrust. When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter Amanda she would return home for her 11th birthday. Amanda never saw her again. Fifteen years later, Amanda, now a Weyland-Yutani employee, hears that the flight recorder of her mothers ship, the Nostromo, has been recovered at the remote trading station Sevastopol. The temptation for her to finally understand what happened is too much to resist. When the crew arrive at Sevastopol, they find something is desperately wrong. It all seems to be connected to an unknown menace, stalking and killing deep in the shadows. In order to uncover the truth about her mother, Amanda is forced to confront the same terrifying thing that separated them.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Luigi's Mansion 3 41.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Platform: Switch
October 31, 2019
Luigi embarks on a dream vacation with Mario and friends upon receiving an invitation to a luxurious hotel. However, his dream quickly becomes a nightmare when King Boo reveals everything had been a ploy to capture Mario and friends. With the assistance of Professor E. Gadd once again, the reluctant and cowardly hero Luigi traverses up and down treacherous floors of the now-ominous hotel on a quest to save them. Wield the upgraded Poltergust G-00 to slam and blow away the ghosts’ defenses, or summon Gooigi, an all-green doppelganger that can help Luigi overcome obstacles he can’t get past alone. Interchange between Luigi and Gooigi as one player, or grab a friend and control one each. For more frenetic multiplayer action, race the timer to clear various objectives on a series of floors in ScareScraper mode. ScareScraper mode can be played online* or locally with up to eight players on four Nintendo Switch systems (additional games required; sold separately).
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition 42.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Platform: Switch
September 27, 2019
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition delivers a multitude of new areas, difficulty options, and gameplay upgrades that should appeal to both new and seasoned Ori players.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.5
Super Mario Maker 2 43.

Super Mario Maker 2

Platform: Switch
June 28, 2019
Mario fans of the world, unite! Now you can play, create, and share the side-scrolling Super Mario courses of your dreams in the Super Mario Maker 2 game, available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Dive into the single-player Story Mode and play built-in courses to rebuild Princess Peach’s castle. Make your own courses, alone or together. And with a Nintendo Switch Online membership*, share your courses, access a near-endless supply made by others, enjoy online multiplayer, and more. A new side-scrolling Mario adventure that unleashes the creative potential of Super Mario Maker 2 awaits in Story Mode, which contains over 100 built-in courses. And in Course Maker, a wide range of parts, tools, and more are available so you can construct your own courses. Want coin-shooting cannons? Bowser riding on a giant Goomba? Cat Mario sliding down slopes to take out an army of baddies? Go for it! You call the shots. Pass a Joy-Con controller to a partner to build cooperatively on a single system.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
GRIS 44.

GRIS

Platform: Switch
December 13, 2018
Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate 45.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

Platform: Switch
August 28, 2018
This critically acclaimed action RPG series makes its debut on Nintendo Switch. Take on epic hunts on the go or from the comfort of your own home! Choose from 14 different weapon types, mix and match them with unique Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts, or even play as an adorable but ferocious Felyne in Prowler Mode! Featuring the largest cast of monsters for any game in the series, from returning fan favourites to mysterious never-before-seen monsters. You can join up to three other players for co-op multiplayer action, either online or in person using local wireless. Join the hunt in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
Octopath Traveler 46.

Octopath Traveler

Platform: Switch
July 12, 2018
Embark on a vast new role-playing adventure as one of eight travelers, all with their own origins, paths, and goals. The producers of the Bravely series at Square Enix have brought a new world to life through a mix of CG, pixel art, and "HD-2D" visuals. Embark on a vast new role-playing adventure as one of eight travelers, all with their own origins, paths, and goals. Where to begin? Who to team up with? Where to go next? Only you can decide. Each traveler can use a distinct Path Action, a specialized way of achieving objectives and interacting with people you encounter. The warrior can "challenge" people to a duel, whereas the dancer can "allure" others to follow her, even into battle! Enjoy the freedom to choose your own path while experiencing the story through the role you play. Combat revolves around the Boost system, a fusion of traditional turn-based battling and modern enhancements. Each turn, build up BP that can be spent to dramatically increase your strength or provide aid. Identifying when to Boost may just be the key to victory. * A new RPG adventure from the minds at Square Enix who brought you the Bravely series * Choose from eight distinct characters, each with their own path, and see where the story takes you * Music and visuals inspired by RPGs of yore, brought to life with modern touches Deep, strategic turn-based combat with an innovative battle system * Enjoy the free demo in Nintendo eShop and help make this an RPG for the ages by sharing your feedback with Square Enix
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Yoku's Island Express 47.

Yoku's Island Express

Platform: Switch
May 29, 2018
Yoku’s Island Express is an open world/metroidvania-style pinball adventure, Seamlessly blending platform navigation with pinball mechanics across a large open world.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Bayonetta 2 48.

Bayonetta 2

Platform: Switch
February 16, 2018
In this climatic sequel to the critically acclaimed Bayonetta action game, players will be on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Brimming with epic, gorgeous cut scenes and battles that are more exhilarating than ever, this game never lets up on the action. Fight on top of a jet as it soars through a downtown city. Duke it out against a giant angel, who bears a whip for an arm, on top of a speeding train. And take to the skies in a fight against a demonic monster while ascending to the top of a skyscraper.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.5
DOOM 49.

DOOM

Platform: Switch
November 10, 2017
Developed by id Software, DOOM returns as a challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat – whether you’re obliterating demon hordes through the depths of Hell in the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in numerous multiplayer modes. There is no taking cover or stopping to regenerate health as you beat back Hell’s raging demon hordes. Combine your arsenal of futuristic and iconic guns, upgrades, movement and an advanced melee system to knock-down, slash, stomp, crush, and blow apart demons in creative and violent ways. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.5
SteamWorld Dig 2 50.

SteamWorld Dig 2

Platform: Switch
September 21, 2017
Grab your pickaxe and dig into the sequel to SteamWorld Dig. A platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames. In search of her lost friend, a lone steambot and her unlikely companion must dig deep, gain riches and explore an underworld riddled with danger. But time is running short... [Nintendo]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut 51.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

Platform: Switch
October 12, 2021
Disco Elysium - The Final Cut is the definitive edition of the smash-hit RPG. Pursue your political dreams in new quests, meet and question more of the city's locals, and explore a whole extra area. Full voice-acting, controller support, and expanded language options also included. Get even more out of this award-winning open world. You're a detective with a unique skill system at your disposal and a whole city block to carve your path across. Interrogate unforgettable characters, crack murders, or take bribes. Become a hero or an absolute disaster of a human being.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
DOOM Eternal 52.

DOOM Eternal

Platform: Switch
December 8, 2020
The demonic invasion is still in progress. Announced at the 2018 Bethesda E3 Showcase, DOOM Eternal is the direct sequel to the award-winning and best-selling DOOM (2016). Developed by id Software, DOOM Eternal will deliver the ultimate combination of speed and power, along with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.4
BioShock: The Collection 53.

BioShock: The Collection

Platform: Switch
May 29, 2020
Return to the cities of Rapture and Columbia and experience the award-winning BioShock franchise like never before, beautifully remastered in 1080p. BioShock: The Collection contains all single-player content from BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, all single-player add-on content, the Columbias Finest pack, and Directors Commentary: Imagining BioShock, featuring Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson. BioShock is a shooter unlike any you've ever played, loaded with weapons and tactics never seen. You'll have a complete arsenal at your disposal from simple revolvers to grenade launchers and chemical throwers, but you'll also be forced to genetically modify your DNA to create an even more deadly weapon: you. *Museum of Orphaned Concepts *Challenge Rooms BioShock 2 Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. Along the Atlantic coastline, a monster has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to the undersea city of Rapture. Players step into the boots of the most iconic denizen of Rapture, the Big Daddy, as they travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers and their own survival. *Minervas Den *Protector Trials BioShock Infinite Bring us the girl, wipe away the debt. The year is 1912. Deep in debt, Booker DeWitt has only one opportunity for a clean slate: rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned since childhood in the flying city of Columbia. *Clash in the Clouds *Burial at Sea 1&2 *Columbias Finest Pack Features *Remastered in 1080p. *BioShock main game and all single player DLC. *BioShock 2 main game and all single player DLC. *BioShock Infinite main game and all single player DLC. *Directors Commentary: Imagining BioShock, featuring Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Streets of Rage 4 54.

Streets of Rage 4

Platform: Switch
April 30, 2020
Amongst the best beat’em up series ever created, jammin’ ‘90s beats and over the top street beating, the iconic series Streets of Rage comes back with a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore. The all-time classic Streets of Rage, known as Bare Knuckle (ベア・ナックル Bea Nakkuru) in Japan, is a beat ‘em up series known for this timeless gameplay and electronic dance influenced music. Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, beautiful hand-drawn visuals and a God tier soundtrack. Team up with iconic and brand-new characters Streets of Rage 4 got its iconic characters back: Axel, Blaze, and Adam teaming up with new brother and sister in arms Floyd Iraia and Cherry Hunter. With some brand-new moves and kickass tracks to take a listen, our heroes are ready to dish out beatdowns to a fledgling group of ill-advised criminals in full force.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection 55.

Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection

Platform: Switch
February 25, 2020
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection brings together six classic titles in one game: Mega Man Zero 1, 2, 3, and 4, as well as Mega Man ZX and ZX Advent. In addition to the original games, this package includes an artwork gallery, music player, special filters, and much more. Casual Scenario Mode and a Save-Assist feature are available for those who would like to enjoy the story at their own pace. Players can also try their hand at the new leaderboard-based Z Chaser Mode, an exclusive new mode created just for this set of games.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 56.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Platform: Switch
September 20, 2019
[*Reviews will go up on September 19 at 5am Pacific] 26 years after its original release on Game Boy, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening will be reborn as a new experience on Nintendo Switch. Buffeted by a storm, Link washes ashore on the mysterious Koholint Island. In order to return home, Link must overcome challenging dungeons and battle against fearsome monsters. This new version of the classic adventure includes many unique elements that appeared in the original Game Boy release, such as 2D platformer-style rooms and appearances from characters outside of The Legend of Zelda series.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition 57.

Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition

Platform: Switch
September 4, 2019
Set a thousand years after the first game, Divinity: Original Sin II presents a darker, more grounded narrative and expands on the tactical combat system of its award-winning predecessor. In Divinity: Original Sin, you were on a quest for the forbidden Source magic. Now, you yourself are a Sourcerer: a dangerously powerful individual whose abilities summon creatures from the encroaching Void. The Divine is dead and the Void is everywhere. Sourcerers are blamed and the Divine Order is leading the charge against the threat: you. Captured and sent to Fort Joy, you will be "cured" of your powers -- no matter the cost. But the Order has secrets of its own that may cast doubt on its so-called holy mission. As you escape from Fort Joy, you realize that if the world remains godless, it will be consumed by the Void.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.4
Resident Evil 4 58.

Resident Evil 4

Platform: Switch
May 21, 2019
Six years after the destruction of Raccoon City, Leon Kennedy, now an agent with the US Secret Service, is sent on a rescue mission in Europe. His target is Ashley Graham, the president's daughter. Leon locates a man in a remote house in the mountains and inquires about Ashley's whereabouts, but receives no answer. Suddenly, the man turns and attempts to strike Leon! Visions of the horror of Raccoon City flood Leon's mind as he realizes his nightmare has not yet ended.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.4
Cuphead 59.

Cuphead

Platform: Switch
April 17, 2019
Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try and pay your debt back to the devil!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Mega Man 11 60.

Mega Man 11

Platform: Switch
October 2, 2018
Thirty years ago, in 1987, a super robot named Mega Man was created. In 2018 after 30 years of unforgettable adventures the fight for everlasting peace continues! The tight action-platformer gameplay that made the series a success is alive and well. To save the day, the Blue Bomber must battle Robot Masters and take their powerful weapons for himself, which now changes the hero's appearance with new levels of detail. A new, vivid visual style refreshes the series' iconic colorfulness, combining hand-drawn environments with detailed, 3D character models.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 61.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

Platform: Switch
September 25, 2018
A Continent Engulfed in the Bitter Flames of War. Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends set out to fight in a desperate war, but bone-chilling blizzards, waves of imperial soldiers, and the godlike powers of the Valkyria stand between them and victory.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
The Messenger 62.

The Messenger

Platform: Switch
August 30, 2018
As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises, and humor.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Okami HD 63.

Okami HD

Platform: Switch
August 9, 2018
In Okami, the player takes the role of the mythical sun goddess Amaterasu, in the form of a wolf. Her task is to restore color (or 'life') to the world by destroying the monsters who have stolen it. Since Amaterasu is a diety, there are naturally people who worship her and people who don't. The more people who worship her (as a result of her restoring color and doing other good deeds for them), the more powerful she becomes.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Dead Cells 64.

Dead Cells

Platform: Switch
August 7, 2018
Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, metroidvania action-platformer. You'll explore a sprawling, everchanging castle... assuming you're able to fight your way past its keepers in 2D souls-lite combat. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat. RogueVania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath. 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair combat, more than fifty weapons and spells with unique gameplay, and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble. Nonlinear progression: Sewers, Ossuary or Remparts? Once unlocked, special permanent abilities allow you to access new paths to reach your objective. Opt for the path that suits your current build, your play style or just your mood. Exploration: Secret rooms, hidden passages, charming landscapes. Take a moment to stroll the towers and breath in that fresh sea mist infused air...
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion 65.

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

Platform: Switch
June 13, 2018
Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon 2 game. This full-on single-player adventure spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens without her memories on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you'll finally be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling. You may think you know everything about the world of Splatoon, but these waters run deep, and so does the lore. Purchase this content today for immediate access to special octo-themed in-game gear.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad 66.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad

Platform: Switch
December 7, 2017
New adventures and challenges have come to the world of Hyrule. Players won't have to wait long for it. Players tackle a never-before-seen dungeon, defeat enemies using the One-Hit Obliterator, and explore new shrines. Upon completing these tasks, Link gain access to a powerful new way to travel: the Master Cycle Zero.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition 67.

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

Platform: Switch
September 12, 2017
Rayman, winner of multiple artistic and musical achievements, is coming to Nintendo Switch with Rayman Legends Definitive Edition. Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump, and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting. * Join the team with up to 4 players in local co-op! * Compete with your friends in tournaments with the Kung Foot experience (local wireless multiplayer) * Run, jump & smack your way through 100+ maps * Jump to the rhythm and rock the party to beat the crazy musical levels
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Sonic Mania 68.

Sonic Mania

Platform: Switch
August 15, 2017
Sonic Mania brings fans back into the 2D world of platform games with nostalgic pixel-style art and core "classic" gameplay by reimagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles, and adding in completely new Zones with all-new Acts and boss fights into the mix. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Splatoon 2 69.

Splatoon 2

Platform: Switch
July 21, 2017
Ink-splatting action is back and fresher than ever. Get hyped for the sequel to the game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic 4 vs. 4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go via local multiplayer in portable play styles. You can also compete in frenetic online matches like before. Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon, and two years have also passed in the game world, leading to an evolution in fashion trends and new styles of weapons and gear. Staying fresh never looked so good. Features: New weapons New dual-wielding Splat Dualies join the action, complete with a new Dodge Roll move. Mainstays like the Splat Roller and Splat Charger have also been remixed to include new gameplay mechanics and brand-new special weapons. Local and Online Multiplayer In a first for the series, compete in local multiplayer Turf War battles, whether in TV mode or on-the-go in handheld or tabletop modes. Online battles also make a return. New ways to play Play using the Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, both of which allow for gyro controls for better aiming and control. New Trends Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon in real life, and two years have also passed in the game world. Some familiar characters return under different circumstances, and new characters are introduced as well. Fresh Updates - Similar to Splatoon for Wii U, updates will roll out post-launch, adding new content. Smart Device Support An upcoming smart-phone application for the Nintendo Switch system will enhance matchmaking and allow for voice chat options. Turf War Iconic 4 vs. 4 Turf War battles return. The goal is to splat ink on as much territory as possible, while strategically submerging yourself in your team's colors and blasting your enemies.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Dodgeball Academia 70.

Dodgeball Academia

Platform: Switch
August 5, 2021
In a world where dodgeball is life, you join Otto at the academy and train to become the ultimate dodgeball champion. Across eight episodes, you’ll forge friendships and create rivals, all in the name of developing the best dodgeball team. Level up Otto and develop a dynamic team across a vast and customizable party progression system. All the while, explore the vast Dodgeball Academia and uncover the long hidden truths that reside within the very walls you live, learn, and dominate in.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! 71.

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

Platform: Switch
June 30, 2021
Welcome to the club! Write poems for your crush and experience the terror of school romance in this critically-acclaimed psychological horror story. Enter the #1 Psychological Horror Experience! Welcome to a terrifying world of poetry and romance! Write poems for your crush and erase any mistakes along the way to ensure your perfect ending. Now’s your chance to discover why DDLC is one of the most beloved psychological horror games of the decade! You play as the main character, who reluctantly joins the Literature Club in search of a romantic interest. With every poem you write and every choice you make, you’ll charm your crush and begin to unfold the horrors of school romance. Do you have what it takes to crack the code of dating sims and get the perfect ending? Now, the original mind-shattering DDLC experience is packed with tons of new features and content exclusive to Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated 72.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

Platform: Switch
June 23, 2020
Are you ready, kids? The cult classic is back, faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor! Play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs. Want to save Bikini Bottom from lots of rampant robots with your mighty bubbles? Of course you do! Want to underpants bungee jump? Why wouldn't you! Want to join forces in a brand new multiplayer mode? The battle is on! GAME FEATURES - Play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy and use their unique sets of skills - Thwart Plankton's evil plan to rule Bikini Bottom with his army of wacky robots - Meet countless characters from the beloved series REMAKE FEATURES - Faithful remake of one of the best SpongeBob games ever created - High-end visuals, modern resolutions and carefully polished gameplay - Brand new horde mode multiplayer for up to two players, online and offline - Restored content that was cut from the original game like the Robo Squidward boss fight and more
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.3
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition 73.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition

Platform: Switch
October 15, 2019
AKA "Switcher 3".... A whole world to explore, at home and on the go. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, open world adventure set in a dark fantasy universe. You are Geralt of Rivia, mercenary monster slayer. At your disposal is every tool of the trade: razor-sharp swords, lethal mixtures, stealthy crossbows, and powerful combat magic. Before you stands a war-torn, monster-infested continent you can explore at will. Your current contract? Tracking down the Child of Prophecy, a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world. The Complete Edition contains every piece of downloadable content released for the game, including two massive story expansions: Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine. It's the perfect opportunity to enter this world for the first time or relive the adventure on the go! Features: * A gigantic open world to explore. Visit the luxurious and corrupt city of Novigrad, face the frigid cold of the wind-swept Skellige islands, and challenge the dark forces roaming the forlorn, ravaged No Man's Land. Sail through open seas, dive in search of long lost artifacts or gallop your mount into combat the world of the Witcher beckons to be explored. * Unparalleled novel-like story spanning over 150 hours of gameplay. With over 100 hours of core and side-quest gameplay and over 50 hours of additional content, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt combines the intense, plot-driven pull of traditional RPGs with the freedom of choice only open world games can offer. Make choices and face their consequences to unlock endings tailored to how you play. * Now on Switch play at home and on the go. Developed to take advantage of everything Nintendo Switch has to offer, the game delivers a truly powerful on-the-go experience.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 74.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Platform: Switch
April 30, 2019
Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country. Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age improves upon the 2006 classic Final Fantasy XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The high-definition remaster introduces several modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. With newly implemented trophies and share functions, as well as stark visual and sound improvements in true HD for the first time, players both returning and new to the game will experience a grand adventure that spans the world of Ivalice in an entirely fresh and improved way.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy 75.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Platform: Switch
April 9, 2019
Defend the innocent and save the day! Courtroom hero Phoenix Wright lays down the law this Winter in the digital release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. Experience the original trilogy like never before in clear, high-resolution re-drawn graphics and immersive 3D visuals optimized for the Nintendo 3DS system. Join rookie lawyer Phoenix Wright through the early years of his career in his quest to find the truth behind all of the classic cases! Prepare for intense courtroom showdowns by investigating crime scenes, collecting evidence, and questioning witnesses. Use evidence and the testimonies of witnesses to your advantage as you battle for the innocence of your client. Nothing less of a full acquittal will do in this court of law. Find the contradictions in witnesses' testimonies to expose the truth! As a new feature, the Japanese version of the game, "Gyakuten Saiban 123 Naruhodo Selection," will be included, giving players the option to switch between the Japanese and English versions in-game. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy includes Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations and will be available to purchase as a digital download title exclusively on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. -Three beloved games in one: For the first time ever on Nintendo 3DS, experience all of the classic courtroom drama from the original Phoenix Wright trilogy in one epic collection. -Familiar faces return: Join Phoenix Wright in his early years, as he gets introduced to his colorful cast of friends and foes, including Pearl Fey and rival prosecutor Miles Edgeworth. -Two classic gameplay segments: --Investigation phase - survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and gather evidence that will be used in court. --Court phase - present findings from the investigation to support your case, listen to testimonies and examine witnesses. -Play two versions: the Japanese version of the game, "Gyakuten Saiban 123 Naruhodo Selection," will be included, giving players the option to switch between the Japanese and English versions in-game.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Valkyria Chronicles 76.

Valkyria Chronicles

Platform: Switch
October 16, 2018
Fierce Combat & Explosive Tactics! As heroic Commander Welkin, you must lead a small platoon in defense of your country against the evil invading Empire. Turn-Based tactics meet action-packed real-time shooting in this beautifully crafted epic. Fight in third-person, real-time battles! Epic storyline filled with dramatic warfare! Customize your platoon with 50 characters!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Child of Light 77.

Child of Light

Platform: Switch
October 11, 2018
Save the mysterious kingdom of Lemuria from the Queen of the Night, who has stolen the sun, moon and stars. - Venture through a magical realm full of everything from friendly fairies and gnomes, to vile wolves and dark dragons. - Fight monsters and evil mythical creatures as the mischievous yet brave Aurora and her loyal firefly Igniculus, in thrilling action-based battles. - Go into combat with a friend in the seamless drop-in, drop-out cooperative multiplayer mode.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2 78.

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2

Platform: Switch
July 24, 2018
The celebrated Mega Man X series comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC! Play as Mega Man X the powerful evolution of classic fighting robot Mega Man as he battles a variety of deadly bosses known as Mavericks in eight exhilarating action-platformer games. Mega Man X Legacy Collection includes the legendary 16-bit titles and the series' exciting foray into 32-bits: Mega Man X, Mega Man X2, Mega Man X3, and Mega Man X4. The heroic robot grows stronger as he takes down Mavericks and steals their weapons, and also has the ability to dash and wall jump for thrilling, fast-paced combat. Mega Man X's mysterious friend, Zero, also joins the fray as a playable character later in this collection. Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 also spans two gaming eras, showcasing the evolution of the series with Mega Man X5, Mega Man X6, Mega Man X7, and Mega Man X8. A third playable character, Axl, joins the cast in Mega Man X7 and Mega Man X8 as the series jumps into a new realm of 3D character models and environments. In addition to eight iconic Mega Man X titles, both Mega Man X Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 come with an armory of new features. Test your Maverick-hunting skills in the new X Challenge mode, which pits players against two deadly bosses in a series of two-on-one battles. Think you can take down the slippery Chill Penguin and hulking Frost Walrus simultaneously? Give it your best shot! Additionally, Mega Man X Legacy Collection includes a huge museum filled with rare production art, catalogs of classic merchandise, a playlist of nostalgic commercials, and more. The collection also includes an animated a prequel film starring the origins of Mega Man X villain, Sigma.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
Just Shapes & Beats 79.

Just Shapes & Beats

Platform: Switch
May 31, 2018
A game about shapes, and about beats. "Just Shapes & Beats" is a chaotic co-op musical bullet-hell based on three simple things: avoid Shapes, move to the rad Beats, and die, repeatedly. It's a new spin on SHMUPs, adding a layer of coop that's at the core of the game: 'cause everything is better with friends. Play alone or with up to four players, local or online, through the game's Story Mode or Challenge Runs. MUSIC TO YOUR EARS, AND HANDS You like music? SO. DO. WE. That's why we have 35 hand crafted stages with licensed tracks from over 20 chiptune and EDM artists. Hits like a ton of brick straight into your eardrums and your eyeballs; BAM EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH FRIENDS Gather up your squad and play up to 4 player co-op, drop-in drop-out, either all on your couch for a house party, or an online party! Don't have/like your friends? WE GOTCHU MY DUDES, make new or BETTER friends by playing a few quick online challenge runs. Let us pick your new best buds for the next hours; strangers are just friends you haven't met yet. Kind of a lone wolf, back hurts from carrying people, would rather play with yourself? Do it, the game is just as fun, just a different experience waiting for you; ain't nobody judging here yo. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE We have many different game experiences to offer! Story mode helps you learn the ropes with our intermediate-ish tracks and the optional Casual mode. When you think you're ready, Challenge Runs is where you get to prove yourself: get judged on your skills by playing through randomly picked tracks. Need some kind of training montage to get better? Rip off your sleeves and practice the tracks you're struggling to master in the Playlist. PARTYYYYY Literally the soundtrack for your party! Let the game play in Party Mode and let it light up your social gatherings, + you can even still have people playing this if they like, WE'VE THOUGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING. So yea, go ahead and throw the most epic party of your life thanks to us, you are welcome.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Mega Man Legacy Collection + Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 80.

Mega Man Legacy Collection + Mega Man Legacy Collection 2

Platform: Switch
May 22, 2018
Mega Man Legacy Collection is a celebration of the 8-bit history of Capcoms iconic Blue Bomber. Featuring faithful reproductions of the series origins with the original six Mega Man games, the Legacy Collection will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made Mega Man such a popular and iconic character. Mega Man Legacy Collection will feature all six games and more! In addition to the six Mega Man games, Mega Man Legacy Collection features new ways to experience the classic games with the Museum Mode and new Challenge Mode. Challenge Mode remixes gameplay segments from all six games, with plenty of scaling difficulty objectives for experienced players to conquer yet serving as a good starting point for new players, too. Museum Mode contains a comprehensive collection of history, high-res art and original concept pieces a mega treat for any fan of Mega Man and video game history. FEATURES * Six classic games in one Play a piece of video game history with the original six Mega Man games and experience the origins of the classic series. * 8-bit style with HD flair The games retain their retro 8-bit style with an added HD finish, giving a crisp, clean look to the charming, classic sprites. * Challenge remix mode for new and veteran players The robust new Challenge Mode remixes gameplay from all six games for a new type of challenge. It provides both increasingly difficult trials for experienced players and also teaches newcomers to become familiar with the style of the games and tackle some of the trickier areas. * Museum of the era The Museum Mode features a massive repository of history and art collected from the era of the games in this collection. Take a look back at the history of Mega Man with loads of information, high-res art, concept pieces, sketches and more in the Museum. * Developed with an all-new engine Using the newly developed Eclipse Engine, Capcom and Digital Eclipse are able to archive these six pieces of video game history with faithful reproductions of the originals for a new generation of gamers. * Leaderboards and video replays Fans will be able to watch video replays of the top players on the leaderboards, showcasing a whole new generation of Mega Man talent!
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
Bayonetta 81.

Bayonetta

Platform: Switch
February 16, 2018
Bayonetta is a cinematic and stylish action game from the creative mind of Hideki Kamiya. As a gun-wielding witch with powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless enemies in a game of 100% pure all-out action. Outlandish finishing moves are performed with acrobatic grace as Bayonetta flows from one fight to another. Bayonetta pushes the limits of the action genre with magnificent over-the-top action and fast-paced, dynamic climax combat.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 82.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Platform: Switch
November 17, 2017
The open-world adventure from Bethesda Game Studios where you can virtually be anyone and do anything, now allows you to go anywhere—at home and on the go. New features include motion controls, gear based on the Legend of Zelda series, and amiibo compatibility. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned and the future of Skyrim hangs in the balance. As Dragonborn, the prophesized hero born with the power of The Voice, you are the only one who can stand against them. Live another life, in another world—from battling ancient dragons, exploring rugged mountains, building a home, or mastering hundreds of weapons, spells and abilities. For the first time ever, go into battle Legend of Zelda style: fight with the Master Sword, guard with the Hylian Shield, while wearing the Champion's Tunic. The game also includes official add-ons—Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Axiom Verge 83.

Axiom Verge

Platform: Switch
October 5, 2017
Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line. This is the action-adventure you've been waiting decades for. After a lab accident, a scientist awakens in a mysterious, alien world. Is this a distant planet? The far future? Or a complex virtual-reality computer simulation? Plumb the recesses of a large, labyrinthine world in order to learn its secrets and uncover your role within it. Discover tons of weapons, items, and abilities, each with their own unique behaviors and usage. You'll need your wits to find them all. Combat bizarre biomechanoid constructs, the deadly fallout of an ancient war, and the demons of your own psyche. And finally, break the game itself by using glitches to corrupt foes and solve puzzles in the environment. Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line. It's Axiom Verge.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle 84.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Platform: Switch
August 29, 2017
Welcome to the story of an unexpected encounter between Mario and the irreverent Rabbids. To bring order back to a splintered Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi team up with Rabbids heroes in a journey through four different worlds. Outwit unpredictable enemies in dynamic turn-based combat and co-op challenges, and solve puzzles along the way. Discover a feel-good and modern combat adventure designed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system, playable anywhere, anytime, with anyone. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Pokemon Legends: Arceus 85.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Platform: Switch
January 28, 2022
A Bold New Direction. The Pokémon Legends: Arceus game honors past Pokémon games' core gameplay while infusing new action and RPG elements. You'll need to catch, survey, and research wild Pokémon in a long-gone era of the Sinnoh region to create and complete the region's first Pokédex. -Catch Pokémon- To catch Pokémon in the Pokémon Legends: Arceus game, you can observe them to learn their behavior, then carefully sneak up, aim your Poké Ball, and let fly! You can also have your ally Pokémon battle wild Pokémon that you hope to catch. Just throw the Poké Ball holding your ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon, and you'll seamlessly enter battle and command your Pokémon by choosing from moves it knows. -An Adventure in the Sinnoh of Days Gone By- You'll be brought to the Sinnoh region, the setting for the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games. But this story unfolds in a long-gone era, before ideas such as being a Pokémon Trainer or having a Pokémon League even existed. All around, you'll find Pokémon living wild in harsh environments that make for a Sinnoh unlike the region you may remember from the days of the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games. The Poké Balls of old were apparently built a little differently from the ones we know so well. They were made mostly of wood, and steam puffed from their tops when Pokémon were caught. -Meet Your First Partner Pokémon- As you start off on your adventure to create the region's first Pokédex, you'll be able to choose Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott as a partner. These three Pokémon arrived with a Pokémon Professor, who encountered them on research excursions to various regions. Rowlet Category: Grass Quill Pokémon Type: Grass/Flying Height: 1' Weight: 3.3 lbs. Rowlet is a Pokémon from the Alola region. It uses photosynthesis to store up energy during the day, while becoming active at night. Silently it glides, drawing near its targets. Before they even notice it, it begins to pelt them with vicious kicks. Cyndaquil Category: Fire Mouse Pokémon Type: Fire Height: 1'8" Weight: 17.4 lbs. Cyndaquil is a Pokémon from the Johto region. It is timid and always curls itself up in a ball. When it's surprised, the flames on its back flare up stronger. When it is attacked, it uses its flames to protect itself. Oshawott Category: Sea Otter Pokémon Type: Water Height: 1'8" Weight: 13 lbs. Oshawott is a Pokémon from the Unova region. With the scalchop on its stomach, it blocks opponents' attacks, then retaliates immediately by slashing. Its scalchop can be used to break open hard Berries as well. Arceus Holding the key to this tale is the Pokémon known as Arceus. Arceus is said to have shaped all there is in this world. Just how is this mighty Pokémon connected to your journey? Category: Alpha Pokémon Type: Normal Height: 10'6" Weight: 705.5 lbs.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.2
Blue Reflection: Second Light 86.

Blue Reflection: Second Light

Platform: Switch
November 9, 2021
Blue Reflection: Second Light follows the adventures of three students – Ao Hoshizaki, Kokoro Utsubo, and Yuki Kinjou – who find themselves transported to a mysterious floating academy, searching for clues to find their way back home, with only their names as memories. One day, a path leading to a new land appears, but when the three protagonists set off to unravel the mystery, they’re met by a series of deadly monsters. By battling the fiendish creatures, they unlock unknown powers that only seem to deepen the cryptic nature of their surroundings. Throughout the adventure, the three friends cooperate and struggle to make their everyday-life as rich and as fun as possible. While spending every day trapped in this unknown world, the characters’ true feelings and personalities will be revealed, and as their bonds grow deeper, they will acquire new strengths and abilities.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.2
Mario Party Superstars 87.

Mario Party Superstars

Platform: Switch
October 29, 2021
A Superstar collection of classic Nintendo 64™ boards - Calling all Superstars! Mario Party™ is back with 5 classic boards from the Nintendo 64 Mario Party games. Frosting meets flowers as you race to get the most stars (and sabotage your opponents) on the Peach’s Birthday Cake board from the original Mario Party game. Or watch the countdown that unleashes Bowser Coin Beam and hold onto those coins on the Space Land board. The tides can turn quickly in Mario Party, so stay vigilant, partygoers. This and all other modes can be played online**, too! 100 classic minigames return from the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube™ games and more! Try your hand at a Superstar collection of minigames from throughout the Mario Party series. Whether you are saving up coins for stars in board game mode or practicing in free play, there is nothing quite like being the last one standing in Mushroom Mix-Up or Shy Guy Says. All minigames are played with button controls, so you can stick to the Joy-Con™ controller or bust out the Nintendo Switch™ Pro Controller or a Nintendo Switch Lite system. Party with superstars near or far Bring the party anytime, anywhere with same-system***, local wireless***, or online** play. Matches with friends in board game mode save each turn, so feel free to take a break and pick up where you left off. Use stickers to praise or pester fellow players as you race across the board collecting stars. All modes support online multiplayer, so you can hop in with friends for a few minigames or a marathon 30-turn match. Victory is just as sweet (and stealing stars is just as satisfying) from anywhere across the globe.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
DUSK 88.

DUSK

Platform: Switch
October 28, 2021
DUSK -A retro FPS that looks and feels like the 90s. Inspired by Quake, Heretic, Hexen, Half-Life and Redneck Rampage.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.2
Castlevania Advance Collection 89.

Castlevania Advance Collection

Platform: Switch
September 23, 2021
Count Dracula is once more back from the dead... Join the fight against Evil in the Castlevania Advance Collection, a compilation of timeless action-exploration masterpieces. In addition to the three legendary Castlevania games that were first released on Game Boy™ Advance, this collection also includes Castlevania: Dracula X and some never-before-seen sketches and artwork from the games! All four games are enhanced with newly added modern features such as Rewind, Save/Load and Replay, making this the best way possible to experience these classics or discover them for the first time! This collection also boasts a handy Encyclopedia, a Music Player with all soundtracks and you can even change the ROM Region to play all games in different versions.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.2
No More Heroes III 90.

No More Heroes III

Platform: Switch
August 27, 2021
Travis Touchdown returns to Santa Destroy after a ten-year absence. There he finds a huge artificial island metropolis floating in the sea, and a mysterious flying object hovering high above. What kind of crazy dangerous assassins will Travis face off against this time?!
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.2
Quake Remastered 91.

Quake Remastered

Platform: Switch
August 19, 2021
The remastered version of Quake is here.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
NEO: The World Ends With You 92.

NEO: The World Ends With You

Platform: Switch
July 27, 2021
"Only the possibility of you can change our fate". A long-awaited new story in The World Ends with You series has arrived. Rindo comes to the grim realization that his life is on the line when he is forced to compete in the so-called "Reapers' Game." There's no telling how this tale will unfold—but it's up to you to find out! Put your psychic prowess to the test as you duke it out on the stylishly animated streets of Shibuya. Features: Delve into a vividly illustrated Shibuya, animated with style, music and monsters. Collect and wield hundreds of Psych abilities to battle surreal threats. Investigate the world around you and beat the "Reapers' Game" to survive.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights 93.

ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights

Platform: Switch
June 22, 2021
Long ago, in the distant reaches of Land's End, an unforeseen rainfall transformed all living things into frenzied undead monstrosities known as the Blighted. Faced with a calamity far beyond their understanding, the kingdom fell into ruin with no end to the accursed rain in sight. Meanwhile in the remnants of this devastated land, a young woman named Lily awakens in the depths of a church Unravel the mystery of the kingdom destroyed by the Rain of Death. Journey through the sprawling and hauntingly beautiful Land's End, traversing a submerged forest, a sealed-off contaminated underground cavern, and a grand castle. Formidable bosses await that will gladly claim your life given even the slightest chance. Defeat these powerful foes and release them from their unending curse to recruit them as allies. Overcome the challenges before you and search for the truth with powerful knights at your side.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.2
Gnosia 94.

Gnosia

Platform: Switch
March 4, 2021
The Gnosia lie. Pretending to be human, they’ll get in close, trick and deceive, and then eliminate one victim at a time... The crew of a drifting spaceship, facing off against a mysterious and deadly threat known as the “Gnosia” and having no idea who among them is really the enemy, formulate a desperate plan for survival. The most suspicious among them will be put into “cold sleep” one by one, in an effort to rid the ship of Gnosia. Gnosia is a Sci-Fi Social Deduction RPG in which you will engage in discussion with a variety of unique characters, with the aim of identifying the Gnosia among the group. Players will have to use what information they can gather during the discussions to ascertain whom they think is Gnosia and then vote to put them into cold sleep. As you progress, your abilities will improve - but so will those of the crew. As the numbers of crew members, Gnosia, and various “roles” increase, it will become increasingly difficult to determine who is telling the truth. Work in collaboration with or against other crew members to ensure your survival until the end. ・Repeatedly play through “loops”, triggering special events to unravel mysteries in a uniquely original narrative. Certain events will unlock new commands for you to use during discussions. ・Step into a variety of roles to develop different character builds. Your stats will determine how effectively you can sway the group’s opinion or lie, and will also affect your likelihood of being selected for cold sleep. ・Engage with an engrossing and eclectic cast of characters and experience randomly triggered events, each one unique to its subject. Character events will reveal information about your crewmates in the form of special “Notes”.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Little Nightmares II 95.

Little Nightmares II

Platform: Switch
February 11, 2021
Little Nightmares II is a suspense-adventure game in which you play as Mono, a young boy trapped in a world that has been distorted by a mysterious transmission from a distant signal tower. With Six, the girl in a yellow raincoat, Mono sets out to discover the dark secrets of The Signal Tower and save Six from her terrible fate; but their journey will not be easy as Mono and Six will face an array of new threats from the terrible residents of this world. Will you dare face this collection of new, little nightmares? PLAY A DARK, THRILLING, SUSPENSE ADVENTURE: A host of brand-new residents lie in wait to haunt your steps and disturb your sleep. Outsmart the sadistic teacher, survive the bloodthirsty hunter and flee from many more terrifying characters, as Mono and Six journey through this world together. DISCOVER A FANTASTICAL WORLD CORRUPTED BY THE SIGNAL TOWER: Escape a world that’s rotten from the inside. Your journey will take you from creepy woodlands to sinister schools on your way to the dreadful Signal Tower. Find the source of the evil that spreads through the TV screens of the world. AWAKEN YOUR INNER CHILD TO SAVE SIX FROM THE DARKNESS: Six is fading from this world, and her only hope is to journey with Mono to find what has afflicted her from the Signal Tower. In this world of unknown terrors, you are her only beacon of hope. Can you gather up the courage to fend off your tormenters, and work with Six to make sense of The Signal Tower?
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Sniper Elite 4 96.

Sniper Elite 4

Platform: Switch
November 17, 2020
Welcome to Italy, 1943. Set in the aftermath of its award-winning predecessor, Sniper Elite 4 continues the series World War Two heritage by transporting players across the beautiful Italian peninsula, from sun-drenched Mediterranean coastal towns, to colossal Nazi mega structures, daunting forests and giddying mountain monasteries inspired by Monte Cassino. Covert agent and elite marksman Karl Fairburne must fight alongside the brave men and women of the Italian Resistance to help free their country from the yoke of Fascism, and defeat a terrifying new threat with the potential to halt the Allied fightback in Europe before its even begun. If his mission fails, there will be no Operation Overlord, no D-Day landings, and no Victory in Europe.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.2
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin 97.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Platform: Switch
November 10, 2020
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humans. In addition to being a fresh take on Japanese mythology and a love letter to action games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to rice and an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Mad Rat Dead 98.

Mad Rat Dead

Platform: Switch
October 30, 2020
Funky tunes: advance by matching your inputs to the rhythm of addictive music tracks. Or Practice your inputs as you get acquainted with stages in the sound test. Mastering the music: unlock music to Mix and match with Replay able stages for different difficulties. Hit the rewind button for Infinite attempts and jump, Dash, and smash your way to the highest score. Audiovisual art: Cartoon visuals Mix with a Punk Aesthetic for a unique art style that changes depending on the number of combos performed.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.2
MindSeize 99.

MindSeize

Platform: Switch
September 29, 2020
MindSeize is a single player 2D Metroidvania game set in a sci-fi universe. Explore untamed planets and stop the mysterious organization that stole the mind of your daughter. You play as the private investigator M.C. Fox, who is chasing a dangerous criminal organization 'The Ascended' across the universe. The first confrontation between M.C. and the leader of The Ascended severely injured M.C. and left him crippled. They also managed to seize the mind of his daughter Taryn. This left only one choice for our protagonist: hire a crew, connect his consciousness into a robotic body called MAG and continue the chase!
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.2
Nexomon: Extinction 100.

Nexomon: Extinction

Platform: Switch
August 28, 2020
Nexomon: Extinction is a return to classic monster catching games, complete with a brand new story, eccentric characters and over 300 unique Nexomon to trap and tame. The world is on the brink of extinction as mighty Tyrant Nexomon fight for dominion over humans and monsters. Join the guild of tamers and begin an epic journey to restore balance before all hope is lost Begin Your Journey Leave the orphanage you grew up in, choose your first Nexomon and start your life as a Tamer. Explore a world teeming with Nexomon Trap and tame over 300 brand new Nexomon from eleven elemental types, with powerful evolutions. Join the Fight Tyrant Nexomon roam free and the Guild of Tamers is stretched to the limit, can you change the tide of the battle? Battle Trainers and Tyrants Step up and take on would-be challengers and dangerous foes in beautifully animated turn-based battles. Discover Diverse Regions From arid deserts to freezing tundra, navigate challenging environments and manage their effects on your Nexomon. Immerse yourself in the world of Nexomon Uncover secrets, stumble upon side-quests and encounter a raft of eccentric characters. Train hard to become the greatest Dynamic difficulty will see the world around you get more challenging as you progress, as even defeated trainers come back stronger than before and ready to battle again!
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.2

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    • Release Date: Jul 1, 2022
    • Rating: E
    • Platform: PC
  2. 73

    Yurukill: The Calumniation Games

    • Release Date: Jul 5, 2022
    • Rating: T
    • Platform: PS5
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    • Release Date: Jul 5, 2022
    • Rating: T
    • Platform: Switch
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  1. 73

    Yurukill: The Calumniation Games

    • Release Date: Jul 5, 2022
    • Rating: T
    • Platform: Switch
  2. 73

    Yurukill: The Calumniation Games

    • Release Date: Jul 5, 2022
    • Rating: T
    • Platform: PS5
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    F1 22

    • Release Date: Jul 1, 2022
    • Rating: E
    • Platform: PC