Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games

  • Publish Date: December 31, 2019
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Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in April.

Best-reviewed Switch games of 2019

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition   93
First released in 2017, this terrific sequel to the 2014 RPG Divinity: Original Sin made its way to the Switch in September.
2Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition Buy From Amazon91
3Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition  89
4Fire Emblem: Three Houses Buy From Amazon89
5What Remains of Edith Finch  88
6Super Mario Maker 2 Buy From Amazon88
7Downwell  88
8Cuphead  87
9Astral Chain Buy From Amazon87
10The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Buy From Amazon87
11Assault Android Cactus+  86
12AI: The Somnium Files  86
13Star Wars Pinball Buy From Amazon86
14Luigi's Mansion 3 NEWBuy From Amazon86
15BlazBlue: Central Fiction - Special Edition  86
16Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda  86
17Slay the Spire Buy From Amazon85
18The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition NEWBuy From Amazon85
19Blaster Master Zero II  85
20Dragon Quest Builders 2 Buy From Amazon85
21Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Buy From Amazon85
22Steins;Gate Elite Buy From Amazon85
23Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster Buy From Amazon85
24Disgaea 4 Complete+ NEWBuy From Amazon85
2580 DAYS NEW 84
... and the worst-reviewed:
301The Forbidden Arts  50
302Thief of Thieves: Season One NEW 46
303FIFA 20: Legacy Edition Buy From Amazon43
304Contra: Rogue Corps Buy From Amazon40
305Blades of Time  38

Includes games released between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from December 31, 2019.

Best-reviewed Switch games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) Buy From Amazon97
2Super Mario Odyssey (2017) Buy From Amazon97
3Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (2019)  93
4Undertale (2018)  93
5Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) Buy From Amazon93
6Celeste (2018) Buy From Amazon92
7Bayonetta 2 (2018)  92
8Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) Buy From Amazon92
9INSIDE (2018)  91
10Sonic Mania Plus (2018) Buy From Amazon91
11Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (2019) Buy From Amazon91
12SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (2017)  91
13Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (2017) Buy From Amazon91
14Bastion (2018)  90
15Hollow Knight (2018)  90
16Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 (2018) Buy From Amazon90
17Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (2019)  89
18Dead Cells (2018) Buy From Amazon89
19Into the Breach (2018)  89
20Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019) Buy From Amazon89
21Okami HD (2018)  89
22Hyper Light Drifter (2018)  88
23What Remains of Edith Finch (2019)  88
24Super Mario Maker 2 (2019) Buy From Amazon88
25Downwell (2019)  88

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all Switch high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's Switch section.

Comments (3)

  • johnadam  

    Very nice and informative! As someone who just bought my switch, I really appreciate that you left out any potential spoilers )
    Nice list...

  • PancaikMan1337  

    No Mario Odyssey?

  • Tarasparkels  

    Cool list

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