The 26 best Nintendo Switch games to play through the quarantine – For The Win

If youre staying at home and practicing social distancing to guard against coronavirus, there are plenty of excellent games to play to pass the time if youve got a Nintendo Switch.

The Switch eShop can be difficult to navigate, with massive amounts of new games released each month, but were here to help. We picked the best Switch games available, and theres something in this list for fans of every genre. If youre more of a PS4 and Xbox type of person, check out our overall list of the 34 best games you can play.

Games are listed in no particular order.

1. Animal Crossing: New HorizonsThere's no better way to spend time inside than with Animal Crossing, where you can create your own deserted island utopia with the help of a few adorable animal friends. This game launched at the perfect time.

2. Picross S / S2 / S3The Switch is a perfect picross machine, and the Picross S series of games are extremely affordable and all offer hours and hours of great puzzles.

3. Luigi's Mansion 3Luigi brings Mario and Peach to a hotel for a getaway, only to find the place infested with ghosts. It's an excellent entry in one of Nintendo's best franchises.

4. Super Mario OdysseyIf you loved Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine, you're going to love Odyssey. If you're more of a 2D-Mario player, stick around for one of our later suggestions.

5. CelesteAn inventive and slick platformer with great music that can be seriously challenging.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildMany people will contend that Breath of the Wild is the best Legend of Zelda game ever. I am not one of those people, but this is still an epic open-world adventure and a must-have for Switch owners.

7. Mario Kart 8 DeluxeThe best Mario Kart yet, with excellent online play.

8. Super Mario Maker 2Mario Maker 2 gives you the tools to make your own Mario stages but if you're not feeling too creative, you can also just play the never-ending stream of brilliant community creations.

9. Stardew ValleyIf you're into Animal Crossing but want something a bit more involved, or if you're a farmer, Stardew Valley is the perfect game.

10. The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningA remake of a Game Boy title released in 1993, Link's Awakening has all the classic top-down Zelda action you could want, and it looks gorgeous.

11. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeArguably the best platformer on the Switch but can be tough.

12. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White WitchA meaty RPG that looks like you're playing through a Studio Ghibli film.

13. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive AgeA classic turn-based JRPG, the Switch version allows you to transform the game with a 16-bit mode, which visually transports the game to 1995.

14. Hollow KnightYou might be seeing a trend here. The Switch has a lot of solid platformers, and Hollow Knight is a must for people who like retro games but want a modern feel.

15. Super Smash Bros. UltimateIt's Smash Bros., and thankfully has plenty to offer even if you don't plan on fighting online.

16. Divinity Original Sin II - Definitive EditionA massive RPG with a terrific story, Divinity is best played on a PC, but is certainly playable on Switch. The game offers cross-save with Steam, allowing you to switch off if you're on the go.

17. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive EditionThe visually stunning Xbox platformer is also on Switch.

18. Diablo III: Eternal CollectionI played plenty of Diablo on PC and PS4, and the Switch version isn't a downgrade. The portability factor just makes D3 all the more addictive.

19. Mario PartyA fantastic party game that could benefit from a few additional levels, but there's still plenty to enjoy.

20. The Witcher 3: Wild HuntA mind-blowing port of one of the biggest and best open-world games of the generation. I'm not sure how they got this running on Switch, but it all works surprisingly well.

21. Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD RemasterTwo classic PS2-era JRPGs that have still held up remarkably well, and feel great on Switch.

22. Pokemon Sword and ShieldThe latest entries in the Pokemon series are just as good as you'd expect.

23. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom BattleAn XCOM-style Mario x Rabbids game is certainly not something I ever expected, but it's great - and can also be found fairly cheap nowadays.

24. The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimIs Skyrim still worth playing in 2020? Of course! There are still few games that can deliver the type of atmosphere Skyrim has, and it works well as a pick-up-and-play before bed type of game.

25. Baba Is YouIf you like puzzle games, you need to get Baba Is You.

26. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney TrilogyA mix of a visual novel, point-and-click adventure and courtroom simulator, Phoenix Wright is an experience unlike any you've likely had before.

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