Best Nintendo Switch Games iMore 2019

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2018 was a great year for Nintendo Switch owners. There were several high-profile launches to get excited for, including the first-ever launches for both the Pokemon and Super Smash Bros. franchises.

Beyond Nintendo's first-party exclusives, we also saw a number of third-party releases, including new games and ports of existing titles. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games of 2018.

★ Featured favorite: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Over 70 of gaming's most iconic characters from Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Square Enix, and more have been packed into the same game, and they're all looking for a fight. Up to 8 people can battle in this party brawler for the ages.

$60 at Amazon

Smashing: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Everyone's favorite party brawler is back. And it's not only back, it's bigger and better than ever. Over 70 fighters from gaming's most iconic franchises are ready to represent you in battle.

$60 at Amazon

Rule Empires: Civilization 6

Civilization 6 was one of the more surprising ports to launch on Nintendo Switch. Start from humble beginnings as you work to lead your civilization into the future. Go to war, carry out diplomacy, and grow your empire to become a world power.

$60 at Amazon

Roguelike fun: Into the Breach

Into the Breach is one of the more impressive games to come out of the indie scene. By the makers of FTL, this turn-based strategy roguelike challenges you to save the world from a frightening alien threat using powerful futuristic mechs. No two playthroughs are the same, so get out there and see what awaits you!

$15 at Amazon

Be a Trainer: Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Eevee!

In Pokemon: Let's Go, you and your cute companions embark on a journey to become the best team ever. Catch 'em all by yourself or with a partner to cement your status as a legendary Pokemon trainer!

$60 at Amazon

Toy Game: Starlink Battle for Atlas

If your wallet wasn't completely tapped out from the toy craze that was Disney Infinity or Skylanders, Starlink wants to be the one to do it. Collect weapons, pilots, and spaceships to explore new worlds and encounter never-before-seen creatures.

$75 at Amazon

Survive the Storm: Fortnite

The most popular Battle Royale game is now available for your Nintendo Switch. Survive the storm to be the last one standing and get your victory royale, whether you're at home or on the go. And now, you can play with friends no matter which platform they're on thanks to crossplay.

$0 at Nintendo

Defeat Evil: Diablo 3 Eternal Collection

Diablo 3 is the first Blizzard game to launch on a Nintendo platform in over two decades, and Blizzard definitely did it justice. This port gives you a full Diablo 3 experience on your Nintendo Switch, so you can knock out those bounties and greater rifts while you're out and about.

$40 at Amazon

Throwback: Dead Cells

Dead Cells calls itself a "roguevania," a title that calls out its Castlevania and roguelike influences. This 2D side-scrolling action platformer is old school. There are no checkpoints, so if you fail, you'll have to start all over again the hard way.

$35 at Amazon

Ready to die?: Dark Souls: Remastered

It's the game that never dies, but if you play it, you most certainly will. Dark Souls is renowned (or maybe hated) for its old-school difficulty. It also has a meaty story and a satisfying combat system.

$40 at Amazon

Choose your path: Octopath Traveler

There are eight travelers, each with their own roles, stories, and adventures. Whether you're going in as a merchant, a warrior, an apothecary or even a dancer, this turn-based RPG brings out the best in all of gaming's classic play styles.

$60 at Amazon

Rise Up: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

The scene: America. The year: 1961. Those in control: Nazis. Follow the story of BJ Blazkowicz as he fights for him, his family, and his country to drive the Nazi forces out of America. This tight shooter lets you dole out punishment to history's most disgusting regime.

$60 at Amazon

Party Time: Super Mario Party

Grab some family and friends: it's time to party! Super Mario Party brings dozens of mini-games for up to four players. Whether you're tag teaming or going all out in a free-for-all competition, it's all about trying to win and having fun doing it.

$60 at Amazon

Classic Platformer: Hollow Knight

Here's a beautiful game that prides itself on offering that classic 2D platformer feeling we all grew up on. It's tough at times, but the reward for your trouble is an immensely fun game with lots to explore.

$15 at Amazon

Match Point: Mario Tennis Aces

Grab your tennis racquet and meet Mario on the court. Mario Tennis Aces brings sporting fun for the whole family. Compete with and against Nintendo's most beloved characters, and really immerse yourself by using the Joy-Cons as your make-believe tennis racquet.

$60 at Amazon

The most exciting part is that there were even more great games to launch for Nintendo Switch in 2018. We couldn't list them all, but the ones we present here cover a wide range of genres and you'll find something appropriate for all ages. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the safest place to start, but be sure to check all of these games out to see which one you fancy the most.

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