Whether you're curious to check out Hyrule for the first time or you've been a fan of Link for years, there are so many wonderful Zelda Switch games for you to play on the hybrid console. Each one can take dozens of hours to complete, so you'll be entertained for long stretches as you play through them all. We'll go through all Zelda Switch games, starting with some of the very best Nintendo Switch games.
- ★ Featured favorite: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch
- Master Sword origins: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for Nintendo Switch
- BotW DLC: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass for Nintendo Switch
- Dream land adventure: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch
- Link busts a move: Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer for Nintendo Switch
- Hyrule past and present: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch
- BotW prequel: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for Nintendo Switch
- Retro classics: Nintendo Switch Online Zelda games
- Ocarina of Time: Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
- We can't wait!: Breath of the Wild 2 for Nintendo Switch
★ Featured favorite: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch
Link awakens to discover he's been asleep for 100 years after suffering a near-death defeat from Calamity Ganon. Hyrule has been ravaged, and it's up to him to become strong enough that he can back Princess Zelda in her fight against her ultimate nemesis. It's an open-world adventure filled with so many things to do and see. It's definitely the best Zelda Switch game out there.
Master Sword origins: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for Nintendo SwitchStaff Pick
Skyward Sword is the earliest game in the Zelda timeline. It explains the origins of the Master Sword and provides more information about the Goddess Hylia and a horrible force bent on destruction. Link lives at the Knights Academy on the floating island of Skyloft. Soar down to the world below and delve into dungeons to protect the world as we know it. This new version updates many of the old Wii mechanics and makes motion controls optional.
BotW DLC: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass for Nintendo Switch
Now, this technically isn't another game. Still, it does expand upon Breath of the Wild, bringing new clothing items, collectibles, and challenges for Link to face, including the Master Trials, a hard mode, and a new fast travel feature. If you haven't played it yet, it can tide you over until the Breath of the Wild sequel comes out.
Link busts a move: Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer for Nintendo Switch
While this isn't a core Zelda game, Nintendo and developer Brace Yourself Games did team up to create a new adventure where players control Zelda and Link with rhythmic combat. You'll need to move to iconic Zelda music to execute powerful attacks and make your way through dungeons. Take down Lynels, Bokoblins, and more as you move to the beat.
Hyrule past and present: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch
This hack and slash adventure doesn't include intense puzzles like a core Zelda game; however, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition allows you to play as a host of different Zelda characters from the franchise. Cut your way through enemy hordes playing as Zelda, Midna, Princess Ruto, Sheik, and much more.
BotW prequel: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for Nintendo Switch
After the tremendous success of the Breath of the Wild, it wasn't too surprising to learn that Koei Tecmo's next Dynasty Warriors-style game would serve as a prequel. Age of Calamity explores what happened between Zelda, Link, and the Champions before Link was wounded and fell asleep for 100 years. It's a hack and slash adventure complete with voice acting and new enemies.
Retro classics: Nintendo Switch Online Zelda games
Obviously, Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) isn't a game, but we'd be remiss not to mention all of the classic NES and SNES games that come from being a member of this service. This includes three retro Zelda titles: The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II - The Adventure of Link, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. If you love classic 2D Zelda or want to experience it for the first time, you'll want an NSO subscription.
Ocarina of Time: Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
If players spring for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, they get access to several N64 games, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This is not only one of the best Zelda games ever, but is often listed as one of the best video games of all time. If you haven't experienced it yourself, you really ought to check it out. Prices vary depending on if you're purchasing a Family subscription or an Individual membership.
We can't wait!: Breath of the Wild 2 for Nintendo Switch
At E3 2019, Nintendo surprised us with a teaser trailer that revealed a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild was in the works for Nintendo Switch. It seems to be a bit darker than the first game and has already introduced an evil power that we assume will be the main villain. A teaser trailer also shows Link wearing different clothing and falling through the clouds. Nintendo is shooting for a 2022 release, but no specific date has been given yet. We can't wait to get our hands on this new Zelda game.
All Zelda Switch games
If you're only going to play one Zelda game on the Nintendo Switch, it really ought to be Breath of the Wild. This open-world adventure rewrote the Zelda playbook and has influenced countless other games since it was released. You can go straight to the final boss shortly after starting the game if you want to, but there are so many magical places to explore you'll willingly dive into the rest of Hyrule. After all, you've got to figure out what happened to make Link fall asleep for 100 years. Plus, if you're a collector, there are a bunch of cool Zelda amiibo that unlock special items and characters for the game.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD fixes many things people didn't like about the original Wii game and turned it into something great. Motion controls are now optional, you can skip cutscenes, and many other parts of the game have been streamlined to help you get to gameplay faster. Play to learn about the origins of the Master Sword along with what started the eternal struggle that connects Zelda, Link, and Ganon to each other.
Anyone looking for a classical Zelda game will absolutely love The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. It's a remake of one of the franchise's quirkiest and most playful Zelda games. Plus, that top-down view combined with the cartoony art style does such a good job of paying homage to the original. You'll find yourself diving from one dungeon to another, eagerly figuring out puzzles and uncovering the mystery of the Wind Fish Egg.
I don't know about you, but I'm desperate for Breath of the Wild 2 to come out. If you feel the same, you should definitely check out Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. It's a hack and slash rather than your traditional puzzle adventure. However, it allows players to see interactions between Breath of the Wild characters. You even get to play as Mipha, Urbosa, Zelda, Revali, and Daruk. Not to mention that baby Prince Sidon also makes an appearance.
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