Best Nintendo Switch Shooters iMore 2021
Ah, the humble shooter. There was once a time back in the Jurassic age of gaming wherein you could mention the genre, and people knew exactly what you were talking about. Now, what defines a shooter is much broader. Still, when it comes right down to it, if the main mechanic is shooting, then you are likely playing a shooter. Whatever the flavour, if you are looking for some fun shooters to play on your Nintendo Switch, here are some of the best the console has to offer.
- ★ Featured favorite: Doom
- Gotcha!: Splatoon 2
- Nazi killin time: Wolfenstein II: New Colossus
- Modern with retro style: Butcher
- Classic SHMUP: Pulstar
- Modern SHMUP: Danmaku Unlimited 3
- Better with friends: Wolfenstein: Youngblood
★ Featured favorite: DoomFeatured Favorite
If you require blood and exploding viscera with your shooters, then you're probably going to want to pick up a copy of DOOM for your Nintendo Switch. The new port of DOOM on the Switch has pretty much everything you have come to expect from the franchise but squeezed down to fit in the palm of your hand.
Gotcha!: Splatoon 2Staff Pick
If you're hot for some 3D runnin' and gunnin', you can't do much better than Splatoon 2. This third-person shooter is loaded with colourful whimsy and tons of fun. Use your ink guns to blast your way through a single-player story mode or battle for supremacy online with your friends.
Nazi killin time: Wolfenstein II: New Colossus
How would the world be if Nazis managed to not only win WWII but also take over America? You'll know with Wolfenstein II: New Colossus. It's a dark game that puts you in the middle of the second American Revolution as you take down the Nazis one SS commander at a time.
Modern with retro style: Butcher
Maybe you love the idea of a game like DOOM, but you're getting sick and tired of that darned third dimension. Don't you worry, there is a solution: Butcher. This game is unrelentingly difficult and an absolute blast to play.
Classic SHMUP: Pulstar
The SHMUP or shoot em' up is one of my all-time favourite genres. And one of my all-time favourite SHMUPs is R-Type. It has been said that R-Type will be making its way to the Switch sometime in the future. However, until that day comes, Pulstar does a great job of filling the void. A clear spiritual successor to R-type, Pulstar was originally released in 1995.
Modern SHMUP: Danmaku Unlimited 3
Fortunately for SHMUP lovers, there are still developers out there fighting the good fight for the genre. Danmaku Unlimted 3 takes everything that's fun about a shoot em' up and puts a gorgeous modern-day polish on the graphics, music, and gameplay.
Better with friends: Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Killing Nazis is now a co-op affair with Wolfenstein: Youngblood as you enter rebellion in an alternate 80s. Traverse the graffiti-laden streets of Paris as the Blazkowicz twins continue to fight the good fight against Nazi scum. Plan out how to destroy the Nazi regime from deep underground in the catacombs, wield new weapons and armour, and enjoy the most open-ended Wolfenstein game yet.
Our Favorite Shooters
Being that the shooter genre covers such a wide area of the gaming landscape, there is always a lot of options for fans of repeatedly smashing the fire button. I am confident that we will continue to see great shooters landing on the Nintendo Switch and I couldn't be more pleased with the prospect.
If you want the best shooter on Nintendo Switch, then you've got to check out Splatoon 2, and it's hilarious ink splattering gameplay. It's a shooter that is fun for all ages since it isn't as violent as many other games in the genre.
Another excellent option is Doom, which shows off just what first-person shooters were made for. You'll run through crazy levels, shooting demons and trying not to run out of health or ammo in the process.
Last but not least is Wolfenstein II: New Colossus which transports you to a dark alternate world where Nazis won the Second World War. Take America back through stealth or go in guns blazing as you kill the Nazis.
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