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?
Let's go back in time to ancient Sinnoh, where people are still afraid of Pokémon. It's up to you to fill out the first-ever Pokédex and teach a local village how to coexist with these creatures.
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.
Link has been asleep for 100 years, and the land of Hyrule has been completely ravaged. It's up to him to become strong, find useful weapons, and come to Princess Zelda's aid.
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.
Mario, Peach, and some Toads have been captured by ghosts in a huge hotel and it's up to Luigi to travel through the various-themed floors to save them all.
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.
Build your own worlds either on your own or with friends. You'll need to gather items, defend yourself from Zombie attacks at night, and find all of the hidden things in the world.
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.
There are so many sidequests and places to explore in this open-world game that you'll be entertained for hundreds of hours.
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.
Mark your territory and prove that your team is the best at painting the town pink or green.
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.
Rex is a deepsea salvager who comes across an ancient weapon in the form of a woman named Pyra. Now it's up to him to travel around the world, defeating monsters and getting stronger so he can save the world.
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.
This old-style Zelda game has been given upgraded graphics and button controls compared to previous versions. It's the whackiest Zelda game in the series.
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.
You've suddenly become a professor at the Garreg Mach Monastery and it's up to you to decide which house of students you're going to train for battle. Your decisions affect the course of the plot.
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.
Run around the UK-inspired Galar region capturing Pokémon and defeating gym leaders. You'll need to work hard to prove you're the very best trainer of them all.
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.
Wreak havoc on a small village by playing as a mischievous duck. This game is absolutely hilarious.
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.
Create your own sidescrolling Mario levels for others to run through. If you have Nintendo Switch Online, you can share your creations online and play other's creations from around the world.
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 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.
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