Best Starter Games for Nintendo Switch

With the Nintendo Switch storming the market, there has been a bounty of incredible, must-play games coming out. As brilliant as this is, having so many choices can also be quite overwhelming when first establishing your collection of games.

Not to worry, we’ve put together a handy guide with some of the best games for the Switch to help kickstart your collection. Take your pick!

Classic Nintendo

Part of the charm with Nintendo is its collection of classic characters. Mario and friends, Link, and all the cute Pokémon who have captured our hearts for years. If you’re not too familiar with these, don’t worry, you can still fall in love with them!

Super Mario Odyssey

He’s going on a journey much further than the Mushroom Kingdom. Expansive worlds await, full of secrets and exciting content never seen in any of the previous Mario games. The hours of great gameplay and the fulfilment that comes with Super Mario Odyssey makes this a must-play starter for the Nintendo Switch. Rated ages 10+, this platformer has plenty to discover in every nook and cranny.

Luigi's Mansion 3

The all new spooktacular edition of the fan favourite Luigi’s Mansion series is a must for your Nintendo Switch console. Helping this cowardly hero overcome pesky poltergeists and King Boo’s Bosses is an experience like no other! Whether you want to tackle this solo or with family and friends, Luigi's Mansion 3 has everything you could possibly want from an adventure game. Will you master the power of the ghost capturing power of the Poltergust G-00 and become the ultimate ghost hunter?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

If you want an open, visually beautiful exploration of a mythical world filled with curiosities and puzzles, you don’t want to miss out on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you fancy yourself as an adventurous explorer, you’ll perfectly embody the awesome character of Link! People are raving about this game which is an invaluable addition to your Switch game collection. Keep in mind, this game is rated 12 and is a little trickier, so this may not be suitable for every member of the family!

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Whilst we’re talking about Link; would you prefer his gripping adventures have a more charming art style? If so, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening may be more your cup of tea. This game will make you smile from ear to ear and push you down the rabbit hole of Nintendo’s simply adorable animations. These animations certainly make the puzzling dungeons of Link’s Awakening a little bit less frustrating! Aptly rated ‘E for Everyone’, we would definitely recommend this game to everyone as a starter to your Switch console.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

We can’t let you start your Nintendo Switch journey without experiencing the new age of Pokémon. ‘Pokémon Let’s Go’ allows you to explore the Kanto region of the Pokémon world and discover creatures along the way.

This highly addictive but incredibly soothing game revolves around catching Pokémon in their natural habitat and engaging in battle against fellow trainers. Rated E, this game will immerse you in the captivating Pokémon universe and is a fantastic starter game for the Nintendo Switch. Choose between the charming characters of Pikachu and Eevee and craft your adventure around your cuddly companion. You can also get the Poké Ball Plus which will enhance your adventure as your Pokémon will jump out of the screen and into the real world! Do you have what it takes to be a Pokémon trainer?

Let’s Go isn’t just an altogether great game but is also a fantastic intro to get you into Pokémon’s re-imagined gameplay, ready for Pokémon Sword and Shield, the epic new generation of Pokémon for the Nintendo Switch.

More of a casual gamer?

Stardew Valley

If you prefer a more relaxing gaming experience; one that will get you cosy and ready to chill out with your console, Stardew Valley is perfect for you. There’s something about the soothing music and satisfying simulation of Stardew Valley that makes it feel as though your Switch is giving you a warm hug. What could be more wholesome than inheriting an old farm plot and making it your own? Oh yes, being able to play in handheld mode, whilst snuggled in bed. The gaming experience that any new or devoted gamer needs in their collection, if you fancy yourself a farmer, check Stardew Valley out on the Nintendo e-store!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing games never fail to deliver, and this addition to the franchise will not disappoint! Escape to your own island, build as you please and invite villagers to move. The cutesy characters and adorable art style will have you charmed and relaxed from the get-go! With plenty of seasonal updates, there is so much to experience in this Nintendo game. Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons here..

Family Games

One of the many great things about the Nintendo Switch is its ability to be a great addition to any party or family game night. With games that have plenty for even the littlest family members to play, watch and enjoy. Here are some of the best Nintendo party games to get everyone together for a hilarious night of gaming craziness!

Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Ever wondered who the most competitive person is in your family? Well, Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will likely solve that mystery for you. This wonderfully zany racing game is a staple party game and a firm family favourite during the holidays. Race and battle each other in improved battle modes and more tracks than any other Mario Kart game! There is plenty to keep discovering as a group, or even if you’re more of a solo gamer. As this is rated E for everyone, get the whole family involved!

Super Mario Party

No RSVP needed! Super Mario Party is a fan favourite and an asset to any party or family game night. Travel through a wide variety of boards in order to get gold stars from your guide, Toadette. But of course, there are a bounty of hidden surprises and secrets getting in the way, as well as exciting mini games after each round!

Super Mario Party keeps everyone on the edge of their seat, with randomly generated mini games and special events - with these additions the game gets a whole new dynamic. It could all change with a roll of the dice.

Overcooked 2

How well do you work with others? Because this game will force you to work together with friends and family in a completely frantic and chaotic way. You’re tasked with running a bustling kitchen in a demanding restaurant. All the tasks that come with it are down to you and your accomplices.

Overcooked 2 makes you work through ever-changing levels and all new challenges with every new kitchen you take on. Just when you thought you had it; the floor suddenly has treadmills that you must deal with.

This wild, team-building game is an absolutely awesome addition to the Nintendo Switch, and we wouldn’t want you to miss it!

Final Words

So, that’s our selection of some of the best starter games for the Nintendo Switch console! Did any of these take your fancy? If you want to see what else is available on your console, check out some other Switch games right here