What to spend your Nintendo Switch gift cards on
Nintendo Switch gift cards are probably the best presents you can get since they allow you to purchase any of the best Nintendo Switch games that you currently have your eye on. There are hundreds if not thousands of titles on the Nintendo eShop, so it can be hard to know what to spend Switch gift cards on. Here are our favorite picks for what to spend your Switch gift cards on. By the way, we can also help you know how to redeem Nintendo Switch gift cards if you aren't sure how to do that.
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This online multiplayer game allows anywhere from four to 10 people to play a social deduction game together. Much like Mafia or Werewolf, players will either be assigned as a regular space explorer or as an imposter who's bent on killing the others or sabotaging the ship. You'll need to vote on who you think the imposter is and launch them out into space.
Take your breath away
In this Game of Year winner from 2017, Link wakes up to discover that he's been asleep for 100 years and just about everyone he knew has fallen to Calamity Ganon. You can go straight to the end boss if you want to, but there are so many magical things to discover in this open-world adventure that you'll be able to entertain yourself for 60+ hours.
Looking for a fun multiplayer? You can't go wrong with Mario Kart. This is the best-selling game on Switch, which isn't surprising given that it allows up to four people to play on one system and offers several familiar characters and tracks from previous games. The optional kid controls make it easier for anyone to play, whether they're small children or adults.
Escape the Underworld
As Hades' son and the Underworld prince, Zagreus wants nothing more than to leave his father's depressing world behind. However, Hades isn't having it. Zagreus must hack and slash his way through dozens of floors and bosses if he is to make his way out. He'll even get some assistant from the Olympian gods, including Zeus, Athena, and more.
Not only has Princess Peach been kidnapped once again by Bowser, but Mario's hat got destroyed in the process. Now Mario is on a journey to save his love with the help of a new friend named Cappy, who can change form to be several different kinds of hats. If you pass a Joy-Con to a friend, one of you will control Cappy, and the other plays as Mario.
Perfect island getaway
Animal Crossing is a chill life simulator that begins by having you arrive at a deserted tropical island. You've got a loan to pay off to Tom Nook, so you'll need to start collecting Bells fast by catching rare fish, ensnaring rare bugs in your net, or harvesting fruits. The game corresponds to real-time and dates so you can celebrate seasonal holidays like Toy Day in December or Halloween.
Prove your favorite Nintendo characters are the very best by brawling against others. There are over 74 characters on the roster, and you'll get to fight in dozens of different arenas. If you're interested, you can also pay for the Fighter DLC Pass Vol 1 or the Fighter DLC Pass Vol 2 to add more characters to the game.
Breath of the wild prequel
Itching for the Breath of the Wild sequel? You can quench your thirst by seeing what exactly took place 100 years before the events of Breath of the Wild. This is a hack and slash adventure that will have you playing as Zelda, Linke, Mipha, Daruk, Revali, Urbosa, and other popular Zelda characters.
This game is kind of like what you'd get if the Zelda and Assassin's Creed franchises had a baby. The winged demigod, Fenyx, is on a quest to save the Greek gods. You'll explore gorgeous locations, acquire powerful weapons, and take on colossal enemies along the way. Plus, the dialogue between the narrator and Zeus are downright hilarious.
If you're not sure what to spend Switch gift cards on, you should really consider picking this title up. It will only be available on the Switch eShop until March 31, 2021, and then it will be pulled. You'll be able to play Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, three classic games from Mario's history.
I choose you!
The latest Pokémon games occur in the UK-inspired Galar region and include a host of new creatures to capture. Perhaps the most exciting part of the games is the Wild Area, where Pokémon spawn in the overworld, and you can run into them to engage in battle. The fun continues when you purchase the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass or the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass
Digital building blocks
Run around this blocky world defeating enemies, gathering items, and building anything from a modest home to an elaborate castle. You'll be able to craft weapons and become more powerful to ward off dangerous mobs better and keep yourself alive. You can seriously get lost in this game.
This is honestly one of the funniest games on the Switch. You play as a mischievous goose who's out to complicate life for several people in a nearby village. Your tasks include things like stealing someone's glasses, hiding a gardener's radio, throwing a man's slippers in a fountain, and more. The best part? You can play in co-op with a friend.
What to spend Switch gift cards on
If you've only got enough Switch gift card money for one game, we highly recommend using it on Among Us. This fun social deduction game is cross-platform, meaning you can play with friends even if they're playing on another Switch, PC, or on their smartphones. It can host up to 10 players and have everyone hooting and hollering as they try to discover who the imposters are. Additionally, it's super inexpensive compared to other options.
My absolute favorite game on the Switch is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game breaks new ground and does things no Zelda game ever has done before, including creating a truly open world, voice acting, and allowing you to tame wild horses. There's so much to do and discover, and you can do it in any order you want. You could even try to take on the end boss right from the start wearing only your underwear and wielding a stick. It's a highly entertaining game with plenty of replay value.
If you're looking for something to enjoy with a friend, I cannot recommend Untitled Goose Game enough. You and a friend play as a geese pair who just want to cause chaos for people in a town. Steal items from a restaurant, drop someone's keys into the river. It's sure to get you and your friend laughing.
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Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.