Since its inception, Nintendo has made a concerted effort to maintain a somewhat squeaky clean image. With the occasional Rare exception, a Nintendo console has always been a place where parents didn't have to give a second thought about what their kids might be playing. Those days are long gone. Here are some of the best Nintendo Switch games that kids probably shouldn't be playing, but adults can enjoy right now.

★ Featured favorite

Doom

The Grandaddy of gory first-person shooters has made its move into the world of Switch. Smashing Doom down to fit in the palm of your hand is quite the achievement. Just as big of an achievement is the very idea that you can engage in the splatter-fest on a Nintendo branded system.

$60 at Amazon

Shoot Nazis

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

If you want blood, Wolfenstein's got it. Spend just a little bit of time with this crazy game and you'll quickly see why it was branded with a scarlet M by the ESRB. (Hint: lots of Nazis and swearing is involved, too.)

$51 at Amazon

That's one BFG

Doom

The Grandaddy of gory first-person shooters has made its move into the world of Switch. Smashing Doom down to fit in the palm of your hand is quite the achievement. Just as big of an achievement is the very idea that you can engage in the splatter-fest on a Nintendo branded system.

$60 at Amazon

You will die

Dark Souls: Remastered

Bandai Namco brought Dark Souls itself onto the Nintendo Switch, filling the platform's library with yet another classic. This game is a bit difficult for smaller children, and if the difficulty won't scare them away then the frightening monsters in the game most certainly will.

$39 at Amazon

Deceptively Creepy

Inside

Inside is one of the best games of 2016, but it's also one of the most disturbing. From the creators of Limbo, Inside puts you in control of a young boy as he sneaks through a dark world populated by horrors, moving ever closer to the center of some bizarre, terrifying experiment. This puzzle platformer seems innocent at first, but things quickly take a turn down Queasy Lane.

$20 at Nintendo

Weird Boy

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth

Don't let the charming pixel-based graphics fool you. The Binding of Issac is plenty mature. There is enough blood spatter and dismemberment to go around. Aside from that, however, the themes present are adult enough to creep some out. While it may not be shown directly, the story deals with a violent and abusive mother and your attempt to escape from her.

$37 at Amazon

Femme Fatale

Bayonetta 1 and 2

Bayonetta pretty much does it all when it comes to the sort of things that would get you a Mature rating from the ESRB. There's enough blood, guts, and viscera to make Sam Peckinpah blush. On top of all that, you ought to be prepared for female characters that suggestively gyrate and wear outfits that leave little to the imagination. You can get both games in one nice package.

$49 at Amazon

Police the Streets

This Is The Police

Just imagine any gritty film you've watched about dirty cops and that's what you'll find in This Is The Police. Strong language, references to drugs, and violence abounds. You play the role of the police chief as you manage a team of officers in one of the most corrupt cities you'll find.

$24 at Amazon

Become Dragonborn

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skryim doesn't lean into the gore in the same fashion that Doom or Resident Evil might but there is still a measurable amount of dismemberment. Aside from the occasional decapitation, Skyrim does handle some fairly adult themes.

$51 at Amazon

Solve The Case

L.A. Noire

Developer Rockstar Games is hardly known for its family-friendly output. The house that Grand Theft Auto built is never one to shy away from adult content and L.A. Noire is no exception. It really ticks all the adult-themed boxes. Gore, nudity, sexual themes, strong language, drug use, and violence all come together to make a hell of a detective game.

$30 at GameStop

Defeat Evil

Diablo III: Eternal Collection

In Diablo 3, you're literally fighting through the forces of hell. There are some nasty, scary demons out there trying to wrestle power from the heavens. Your job is to stop them before they destroy the world, with a wide variety of skills and rare items to help you do that. There's blood and gore aplenty, and the dark tones presented throughout this game would surely keep your kid up at night.

$49 at Amazon

Who Killed Kenny?

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

If the name of the game or your own personal viewing experience hasn't already tipped you off to its gaucherie, then we'll just tell you: South Park is not a game for children. It certainly looks the part on the surface, but you wouldn't want your tykes becoming friends with these little miscreants.

$29 at Amazon

Open the Safe

Payday 2

Everyone's thought about robbing a bank at some point, right? Payday 2 puts you in the shoes of a criminal whose idea of a good day is being able to empty out a jewelry store without any witnesses. How you and your comrades go about these hot jobs is up to you, so long as you don't come up short.

$24 at Amazon

If you're worried about the content that your child is consuming on their Nintendo Switch, research is your best friend. There are plenty of outlets available to parents which can help you decide which games are right for your kids. Nintendo offers pretty extensive options when it comes to parental controls on the Switch and even gives you the option of controlling those settings from your phone. And once you've shored things up for your kids, consider coming back to check some of these awesome titles out for yourself!

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