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Best HD Rumble games for Nintendo Switch 2022

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Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)

Nintendo invented the Rumble Pak in 1997, setting a new standard for gaming by giving players a physical connection with what's happening on the screen through their controllers. The Nintendo Switch HD Rumble builds on this technology by giving Joy-Cons the ability to provide a variety of subtle feedback to enhance some of the best Nintendo Switch games. Here are the Nintendo Switch HD Rumble games you should try to really take advantage of the technology.

Ready to rumble

Nintendo Switch HD Rumble games add an extra level of immersion by letting you feel a wide variety of sensations as you play through your Joy-Cons vibrations. It might not be the flashiest feature of the console, but it's definitely a fun one.

We recommend picking up Super Mario Odyssey because it's one of the best platformers out there, elevating the Mario franchise with some new twists that include taking full advantage of the haptic feedback. You can also get the feeling of holding a steering wheel and running off the track, thanks to how the feature is implemented in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Both of those are great games even without HD Rumble, but if you really want to see the technology shine, we recommend grabbing 1-2-Switch. The party game really makes you focus on the sensation your Joy-Cons are producing since you're meant to look at your opponent rather than the screen. Whichever of these Nintendo Switch HD Rumble games you try, we think you'll have fun taking full advantage of Nintendo's latest spin on the Rumble Pak.