It’d be safe to say that Nintendo’s experimental hybrid platform has been a rousing success. In part due to its versatile ability to played in two fashions, but also because Nintendo have done a bang-up job ensuring that there’s plenty to play on it. Ports are sometimes given a bad reputation, but are often a good way of re-acquainting yourself with some of gaming’s best. To help separate the rough from the smooth, we’ve put together 5 of the best Nintendo Switch ports so far.
1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Nintendo needed a heavy hitter at the beginning of the Switch’s life, and with both Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe they came out swinging. Running at a smooth 60fps when playing either docked or on-the-go, playing Mario Kart 8: Deluxe it’s hard not to feel the wind through the air when racing along any one of the game’s tracks. Complete with all the DLC found in the Wii U original, it’s hard to imagine Mario Kart getting any better in the future.
2. Resident Evil Revelations
The under-appreciated gem of Capcom’s flagship survival horror series, those craving a true follow-up to Resident Evil 4 should absolutely give the first Revelations a look. Now on Switch after originally starting out life impressively on the 3DS, the game takes a stripped-back approach by stranding you within the confines of the spooky Queen Zenobia. Tasking you to dismantle an earth-shaking epidemic while gunning down inky sludge creatures.
3. The Binding of Isaac
Edmund McMillan’s second game after the wildly successful Super Meat Boy continues to take a dark turn, this time in the form of a gruesomely grotesque rogue-like dungeon crawler. The randomised nature of The Binding of Isaac makes trawling your way through the many baddies and powers infinitely replayable, providing you’ve got the stomach for its mature aesthetic. On Switch it comes jam-packed with more items, enemies, and bosses. What’s not to love?
4. Shovel Knight
The folks over at Yacht Club never fail to impress. Not only delivering on their promises after initially funding Shovel Knight on Kickstarter, but also continuing to support the game with additional characters and campaigns. The original Shovel Knight launched on the Nintendo Switch alongside the shiny new Spector of Torment expansion, and it didn’t let fans down with its faithfulness to the 8-it games of old and tight platforming gameplay.
5. Rayman Legends
One of the greatest 2D side-scrollers of the last generation had been ported to just about every platform imaginable, eventually undergoing one last wind thanks to a Nintendo Switch version. It now comes sporting an arena-based battle mode, and while passable it’s really the core game where Rayman Legends is at its most imaginative and fun. Beautiful to look at, thrilling, and charming to an nth degree, Rayman Legends is a delight from beginning to end. Especially on Switch.