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Best Nintendo Switch games to make you forget it's Valentine's Day 2022

Fire Keese The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Fire Keese The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Image credit: iMore)

Valentine's Day tends to be either one of your favorite holidays or the absolute worst. If you just want to set this mushy day on fire, there are all sorts of ways to forget it's happening. Why not play some of the very best Nintendo Switch games ever made? They'll keep you entertained for hours.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

After years and years of waiting, Pokémon Legends: Arceus finally brings the series into a more open-world style where players can run around vast maps and catch Pokemon right in the overworld. Will you choose to battle Pokemon before capturing them? Or will you try to sneak up on them and throw a Poke Ball?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is not only one of the greatest open-world games on the Switch but one of the greatest open-world games ever made. Take on loads of enemies, meet new characters, discover all the nifty things you can do, and if nothing else, just set the world on fire. Immerse yourself in the beautiful world, cook yourself a nice ability-boosting meal, and all but forget Valentine's Day.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3 is the perfect culmination of ghost-catching mayhem for the series and will have you laughing at silly cartoon antics. I mean, running through a haunted hotel, fighting spooky bosses, and solving puzzles are sure to block out the fact that it's singles awareness day. Plus, it's one of the best Nintendo Switch games ever made, so you'll have a blast.

Minecraft

Minecraft is a great, time-consuming game that is sure to help you forget why you don't like Valentine's Day. This game is all about digging for supplies, building your own shelter, and fending off zombies, creepers, and skeletons. You can build whatever you can dream up — as long as you have the supplies.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Make your way through towns, forests, and rivers as you take down dragons and other enemies in this open-world adventure. You are the Dragonborn, the only one with the Voice, and you are Skyrim's last hope to regain balance in the towns. You'll be too busy saving Skyrim to remember what you wanted to find the best Nintendo Switch games to forget Valentine's Day.

Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is a great game to play online if you're looking for a way to take out your frustration, or you can invite some friends over and play against each other. This game is so pleasing to the eye when you play through it, with the characters, different weapons, and different clothing items that it will surely keep you entertained throughout the whole day.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

If you can't forget your dating frustrations, why not focus on someone else's? In Xenoblade Chronicles 2 you'll go through this beautiful world as Rex — a scavenger along with his weapon/girlfriend, Pyra. They've got some serious issues to work out as more and more gets revealed. Take control of all the Blades and bring peace to your world once again.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Distract yourself with The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, the wonderfully nonsensical entry in the Legend of Zelda franchise. It's filled with quirky characters, a gorgeous cartoony art style, and plenty of dungeons for you to explore. It's sure to help take your mind off of Cupid's favorite holiday.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you become a professor at the Garreg Mach Monastery and then decide which class of students you're going to mentor. Soon enough, growing political tensions will force you to make some difficult decisions. This game requires some strategic thinking and offers plenty of replay value to distract you from Valentine's Day.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Whether you choose Pokémon Sword or Shield, the Galar region will keep you distracted by providing a plethora of new Pokémon to discover and various gym leaders to battle. If nothing else, you can spend hours jumping into online Max Raid Battles in the hopes of catching high-level Gigantamax Pokémon.

Untitled Goose Game

Take out your dating frustrations by playing as an ornery goose. You'll run around a small village stealing people's belongings and messing with their day. It's sure to relieve tensions and, if nothing else, make you chuckle to yourself as you do yet another devious deed.

Super Mario Maker 2

If you aren't getting anywhere with your love life, at least you can get somewhere in a Mario side scroller. As long as you have Super Mario Maker 2 and a Nintendo Switch Online account, you can dive into other player's creations or create dastardly courses of your own that require perfect precision to complete.

Better than dating

Valentine's Day is not everyone's favorite holiday, especially if you're a lonely heart on this day or if you've had a spat with your significant other. If you're looking for a way to forget the day even exists, we know the perfect games to play to forget all about it.

The game I recommend most is Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Finally after having a stale formula for 25 years, Game Freak changed things up so you can actually capture Pokémon directly in the overworld. Explore various maps by riding with large Pokémon and see if you can catch every creature you see.

If Pokémon isn't to your tastes, then you really ought to check out Luigi's Mansion 3. It's hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable, so it's sure to distract you from your dating woes. Plus, if you happen to have a friend over, you can play the main storyline in co-op. Or if you have a singles awareness party, you can all play one of the multiplayer games.

If you're looking for something else, you should seriously consider The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I've put well over 100 hours into this game, and I'm still discovering new things that I can do. If nothing else, you can take in the beauty of the impressive open world of Hyrule. You'll get so sucked into it that you'll forget all about dating. And if things just really aren't going well for you right now, you can light everything in Hyrule on fire to vent your frustrations.

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.