Hunting games are a niche game genre, but they're great alternatives to the real thing. If you want to be able to hunt anywhere you go, check out these options and get after some big game on the Nintendo Switch. Not all of these entries are traditional hunting games, but if you expand your definition just a little bit, you'll find quite a selection of hunting games. And don't forget to check out some of the best Nintendo Switch games around while you're looking these up.
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This bundle from Cabela's includes a shotgun-shaped holder for your Joy-Cons, so your hunting experience can be much more immersive. You also get a quick hunt mode to dive into the action, plenty of animals to track down, and 10 North American hunting spots.
No frills hunting
If you don't want or need the extra hardware, Hunting Simulator is another great hunting game. You get 37 species of animals to hunt, 12 regions to roam around across North America and Europe, and 17 different weapons to use. There's a free hunt mode to get going quickly, but you can also hone your skills at the shooting range. Finally, you can compete with three other players from around the world to recreate an epic hunting adventure.
That one from the arcade
Hunting games are some of the most fun to play at an arcade, and Big Buck Hunter makes the leap from the arcade to your Nintendo Switch. The game lets you compete with one other player as you rack up points hunter deer, bears, ducks, and more. There are 33 different levels to hunt through, so you'll get plenty of play time.
Continue the hunt
Hunt 36 animals with 65 licensed weapons across a vast open world. The new hunting dog mechanics will assist you in tracking your prey even more efficiently and effectively, while you hunt animals with realistic behaviors and advanced artificial intelligence.
Big game requires teamwork
With a huge roster of monsters to hunt, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is a game packed full of content. Team up with three other hunters to track and capture massive beasts, using a variety of styles, weapons, and techniques. It might not be a traditional hunt, but if you're looking to track beasts with your friends, look no further than Monster Hunter.
Take careful aim
In Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition, you'll trade hunting wild game for hunting Nazis. and who doesn't love killing Nazis? Including all of the released DLC, multiplayer and co-op modes, and the x-ray kill shots the series is known for.
Take the shot
In Sniper Elite 4, one bullet can make all of the difference. Experience the Italian countryside during World War 2 as you carefully take aim and weed out the occupying Nazi scum. Complete with multiplayer modes, gyro controls, and satisfying x-ray kills, Sniper Elite 4 might be the series best hunt yet.
Gotta catch 'em all
Look, I know I might be stretching the definition of hunting here, but hear me out. Pokémon is a game all about hunting and collecting unique and rare monsters. Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee are both remakes of Pokemon Yellow with the Pokéball throwing mechanics introduced in Pokémon GO. Younger players interested in the hunt will enjoy this game a lot.
The latest Pokémon adventure
But for the older kids, they might prefer a more traditional Pokémon game. That's where Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield come in. Featuring hundreds of Pokémon to capture and battle, they'll find plenty to do and see. Explore the Wild Area and enjoy a Pokémon adventure like never before.
A brand new hunt
Monster Hunter Rise is the latest upcoming installment in the monster hunter series. Featuring bigger hunts, new allies, and a new story, players must work together to take down these ferocious monsters in this brand new adventure. Download the demo now to try it out for yourself before it releases on March 26, 2021.
Hunting for the best game ain't easy
Hunting games cater to a pretty specific market and anyone who is familiar with hunting on console knows that it's not always the most realistic. However, If you want the absolute best hunting game, spend the extra money for Cabela's: The Hunt Championship Edition Bundle (opens in new tab). That awesome controller will make hunting so much more fun, and you get plenty of environments to explore and animals to track. You can just jump into a Quick Hunt, or build your progress in Season mode.
If you decide to go a non-traditional route, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (opens in new tab) is a great hunting game that you can play with friends. Plan your hunt, gather supplies and material, and use your wits (plus a very big sword) to net yourself a huge prize. I prefer a solitary hunt, Sniper Elite 4 (opens in new tab) is for you. Decide how you want to tackle each mission in the game's open world and hunt your target down.
Zackery Cuevas is a writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. He likes playing video games, talking about video games, writing about video games, and most importantly, complaining about video games. If you're cool, you can follow me on Twitter @Zackzackzackery.
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