Six Switch Games I Want To Play
I really enjoy gaming! These days I spend much more time on the PC than I do playing on console but my heart really belongs to Nintendo. Switch games are not cheap so I have to be really picky about what I buy. There are a few games releasing next month that I am very excited about in particular. Here are six Switch games I want to play:
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1) Pokémon Sword/Shield
As a huge fan of the original Game Boy games I am SO excited for a traditional style pokémon game to arrive on the Switch. The great debate of Sword or Shield began as soon as they were announced. I am leaning towards sword at this point mainly because Zacian is just so cute, but then again, Galarian Ponyta…. Decisions, decisions!
The latest pokémon games are set in the expansive Galar region. There are three new companion pokémon to choose from – Scorbunny (fire), Sobble (water) and Grookey (grass). Too many decisions already! I can’t wait to dive in and start playing. Both versions are releasing on 15th November, which is also my birthday! It was clearly meant to be <3
I highly recommend pre-ordering a copy as there are pre-order gifts available. Amazon are offering special in-game content codes for a tracksuit jacket & trackie bottoms as well as an exclusive gold studded leather case. It is about £5 cheaper to get a physical rather than digital copy (£44.99). You can pre-order from Amazon here:
2) Zelda Link’s Awakening
Zelda: Ocarina of Time is my favourite console game ever. I am desperately hoping for a digital remaster of it alongside Majora’s Mask! Zelda Link’s Awakening is a re-imagined version of the classic Game Boy game. I didn’t play the original version and am super excited to give it a go on the Switch. From my research it is very true to the original game, with a few quality of life changes, so if you loved the classic you dive right back in. I love the new cute graphics style, which reminds me a little of the Animal Crossing games. It really makes the dungeons pop. The game opens with Link being washed ashore on Koholint Island and Owl sends you on a quest. I can’t wait to own a copy of this! You can order your own copy here for £42 here:
3) Luigi’s Mansion 3
I have always wanted to play the Luigi’s Mansion games but this will be my first. Historically, I have always bought the ‘main’ Super Mario games and I really enjoy both the characters and the play style. This game seems to follow a similar play style but you can also play local co-op with a friend (hello Gooigi). There is also a multi-player fun mode for up to eight people. From watching some of the game-play online I have to say that the attention to detail with the world is fantastic. I love the Gothic mansion setting and now we have wonderful graphics to really bring it to life. Most importantly though there is a ghost doggy, Polterpup. I’m sold. Luigi’s Mansion 3 releases on Halloween so this may be the perfect way to spend your evening. You can currently pre-order the game with a Polterpup keyring for the same price as the game by itself (£44.99) here:
If you prefer to go the digital download route then the Nintendo store are offering £5 back in Gold Points if you buy a copy before Nov 3rd.
4) Aladdin and The Lion King
The first console game that I was obsessed with was The Lion King on our Sega Megadrive. Yes, I am old. Funnily enough, it turns out that my partner also used to play it and we both have fond memories of hating the stampede level. If you played the original then you will understand! The difference between now and when we were kids is that you can save the game at any point. Back then death really meant death and when the console was turned off you lost your progress. It is both a fun and frustrating way to play! With the new versions you can jump in and play at any point in the game, so if you just can’t bring yourself to play an individual level then Nintendo have you covered. The original music always hits a note of nostalgia and you can play all of your favourites in the new music library. There are also ‘multiple versions’ of each game, although I haven’t managed to get to the bottom of what that means.
The Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King releases on the 29th October 2019. If you want to re-live your childhood or enjoy Disney Classics then you can pre-order your copy for £29.99 below. If you are happy to wait then I suspect that you may be able to grab this title on sale in the not too distant future.
5) Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing New Horizons is one of the Switch games I want to play the most! It is such a great game to be able to play handheld as well as connected up to the TV. It is the perfect game for when you want to relax! Animal Crossing New Horizons is set on your very own desert island. Unlike in previous games you don’t start in an existing town, so you are building from the ground up. A lot of items in the game are craftable and you can collect extra recipes on your adventures. You can lay down paths, plant things and while away your time as you please. Like in previous games the world clock means that night and day in the game will reflect real life.
The best new feature for Animal Crossing New Horizons is that it is now truly multi-player. You are no longer limited to just visiting and watching a friend. Instead, you can interact with their world, sharing recipes, crafting etc. Four players can play on one game in local co-op or up to eight players can live on an island in online play. The game is being released in March 2020, so it may be a bit early to ask but do you want to be friends?! You can pre-order your copy for £49.99 here:
6) Overcooked 2
Overcooked is one of the best co-operative games available on the Nintendo Switch. It is a fantastic game to play with friends and family. Each player chooses a chef character to play and you work your way through cooking challenges. Each level has a different feel to it and you will be cooking up different recipes. As the levels increase so does the difficulty both with the recipes that you are cooking and the kitchens you are cooking them in! For each level you can earn up to three stars depending how many orders you manage to serve. It sounds simple doesn’t it? But oh no. The real challenge is communication. You need to co-ordinate orders with your team for efficiency but you may also not have access to things you need on your side of the kitchen. You have to balance things like frying, washing up, chopping vegetables whilst also passing your friends the things they need so that they can play their part!
I completed the original game with a friend when she came to visit and have played the first couple of levels of Overcooked 2, which may be even better than the first. My Mum became a little obsessed with Overcooked when we were on holiday and was determined to work her way through the levels. For context, as kids we used to lap my Mum on Mario Kart because she would regularly be driving the wrong way around the track. So yes, it is a game you can play with all of the family. It is only £19.97 on the Switch and I highly recommend it. You can order a copy here:
Switch Games Advice
It can be tempting to download games straight from the Nintendo E-shop and there are bargains to be found in the sales. You should know however that it is usually cheaper to buy a physical copy rather than a digital copy. It makes no sense to me, particularly when we are trying to cut back on plastic waste etc. I guess they buy in bulk so offer a discount, although surely this should apply to their digital copies… but nope. Amazon is where I usually purchase games as they normally come out cheaper than elsewhere. The BEST thing about Amazon is that if you pre-order and the item is cheaper on release then they will give you back the difference so you always pay the cheaper price. At the end of November there is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which should have some good deals although probably not on new releases. It is the best time to pick up consoles and peripherals though so keep that in mind!