Best horror games for Nintendo Switch iMore 2021

Although Nintendo is a family-friendly game company, there are a few horror titles available right now we would consider the best horror games for the Switch. Plus, there are more iconic horror characters and brand-new titles on the way. So don't count the Switch out in this game genre, and keep an eye out for what's to come. If you love horror games, these are the best ones available on Nintendo Switch.

Layers of Fear: Legacy

★ Featured Favorite: Layers of Fear: Legacy for Nintendo Switch

Possibly the best horror game for Switch so far, Layers of Fear: Legacy traps you in a lonely Victorian-era house with a protagonist whose sanity is slowly deteriorating. As you move between the present and past, you'll see what it is that makes your POV protagonist lose his mind. Are those paintings really moving, or are you just losing it? I'd keep the lights on for this one; it's going to scare you.

$20 at Nintendo
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Childhood fears: Little Nightmares 2 for Nintendo Switch

Staff Pick

Adding on to the spooky thrill that was Little Nightmares comes Little Nightmares 2. With a whole new story, new villain, and new twist, this title speaks for itself. Solve the puzzles and see if you can make it out of the trance the rest of the world is caught in. The cute animation and unique style make this a title worth mentioning.


Horror in the asylum: Outlast: Bundle of Terror for Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch's re-release of this horror adventure game is not going to make things easy for you. As a journalist investigating a murder that took place at an asylum, you're walking down dark hallways, revealing bloody scenes, and being chased by crazed inmates around every corner. The worst part is that you don't have any weapons to protect yourself — you're just a journalist, after all. When things go completely dark, you have your trusty camcorder to help you see the horror that awaits you. Don't overuse it, though... batteries don't last forever.

$25 at Nintendo
Resident Evil Revelations

The classic: Resident Evil Revelations Collection for Nintendo Switch

Resident Evil was the first horror game I ever played and the first game I played all the way through to the end. Revelations and Revelations 2 are interim games that take place between the main titles. Revelations takes place between Resident Evil 4 and 5 and follows Jill Valentine on an abandoned cruise ship while Revelations 2 takes place between Resident Evil 5 and 6 and follows Claire Redfield on an abandoned prison island. The two games tie up some loose ends from the franchise and give you some more good old-fashioned Resident Evil fun.


A lesson in horror: Detention for Nintendo Switch

Detention takes hints from Asian horror to put you in the front seat of a disturbing chain of events that leads to some seriously dark stuff. Though the gameplay itself isn't challenging, the atmosphere is completely immersive. You control a student trapped at a school that was recently evacuated due to a... typhoon? Only typhoons don't turn people into a flesh-eating Lingered or leave curses on walls written in blood.

$13 at Nintendo

Blind terror: Perception for Nintendo Switch

In Perception, you play the role of a blind woman trying to uncover the mystery of a recurring nightmare by exploring a haunted mansion. Through echolocation, you're able to see glimpses of your surroundings. Tapping your cane on the ground as you walk reveals outlines of objects. This creepy mansion also has a horrifying presence that will kill you if you make a sound when it's nearby.

$3 at Nintendo
Luigi's Mansion 3

Horror for kids: Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch

Join the classic Mario crew on their horror adventure with Luigi as the star in Luigi's Mansion 3. This is a kid-friendly, ghost-hunting horror game. Play the story mode to save your friends from the big bad ghost himself, King Boo, or play with family and friends in a multiplayer mode with new mini-games.


Olly, olly: Oxenfree for Nintendo Switch

Oops — You've opened up a ghost rift when you were partying with your stepbrother and friends. What do you do now? In Oxenfree, that's totally up to you as the story and your relationships with the other game characters changes based on your decisions.

$4 at Nintendo
Amnesia Collection Switch Screenshot

Hard to forget: Amnesia: Collection for Nintendo Switch

Get three games in one with Amnesia: Collection, including The Dark Descent, A Machine For Pigs, and Justine. As you start in The Dark Descent, you awake alone in a castle with no past memory. With no way to defend yourself, you must find a way to remember and survive. Continue with new characters and new mysteries in A Machine For Pigs and Justine.

$30 at Nintendo
Friday the 13th Nintendo Switch

Slash or be slashed: Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition for Nintendo Switch

In this horror tribute to the Friday the 13th movies all Jason Voorhees fans love, it's slash or be slashed. You can choose to play as one of the campers running from the killer or get into the mind of the killer himself and make sure no one makes it out alive. Which will you be?

Death Mark Switch

Death marks the spot: Spirit Hunter: Death Mark for Nintendo Switch

A haunting mark is appearing randomly on unsuspecting citizens of Tokyo and seems to mean an untimely death. There's a special location said to prevent the mark from taking your life if you have it. You don't know why, but you've found yourself there. Discover its secrets and see if you can survive.

$33 at Amazon

What are you afraid of?

There is nothing quite as fun as a video game that can scare the pants off of you. It's a bit like watching a horror movie, but you actually get to become a part of the terror! No matter what your fear, there's sure to be a game to highlight it and bring on the excitement of facing it. Heighten your adrenaline by playing with sound up, or maybe even wearing headphones and with the lights out!

We'd highly recommend checking out all the best horror games for Switch on this list, although we're partial to Layers of Fear: Legacy, which might be the best horror title to hit the Switch so far. Going through the journey of losing your mind brings a new level of immersion to your horror game experience. For horror with a touch of cute, we recommend the puzzle that is Little Nightmares II. Can you figure out how to get away from the trance?

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