Best Third-Party Nintendo Switch Games

The main strength of the Nintendo Switch (and Nintendo consoles in general) is its proprietary library, with teams from Nintendo’s core development group and its other studios working to deliver iconic entries in long-running franchises like Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and more.

Still, that doesn’t mean other publishers have simply ignored the Nintendo Switch. It has been well supported and over time some of the best Nintendo Switch games have stood out above the rest. Here are the best third-party Nintendo Switch games you need to play.

Alien Isolation

Alien Isolation has strange origins, being developed by Creative Assembly, a team primarily known for working on strategy games like the Total War: Warhammer franchise. Even so, Alien: Isolation delivers horror in spades, tasking players with finding a way out of Sevastapol Station as Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley.

Along the way, players will be stalked by the titular Alien, who uses advanced AI to learn from each encounter. With polished visuals and effects, this is a port that works well on the Nintendo Switch, so it’s absolutely worth grabbing if you like some of the best horror games.

Dark Souls Remastered

Screenshot of Dark Souls Remastered

(Image credit: Bandai Namco)

Prepare to die. In 2011, Bandai Namco and FromSoftware built a spiritual sequel to Demon’s Souls, creating Dark Souls. Now, with sharper visuals and an improved frame rate, you can carry that quest for balance (or power) with you on your Nintendo Switch.

Use an array of weapons and magic to defeat evil and the forgotten in Lordran, but beware: if you die, you’ll be sent back to your final resting point without any of the souls you’ve already gathered.

Destiny (2016)

Many were skeptical (myself included) that id Software’s Doom reboot would work well on the Nintendo Switch, but thanks to the help of port studio Panic Button, it made it.

While getting a great Nintendo Switch controller is recommended over using the Joy-Cons, Doom (2016) is an absolute pleasure to play, and that pleasure is preserved if you’re playing on the go.

Immortals Fenyx Rising

If you yearn for a game similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, look no further than Ubisoft’s Immortals Fenyx Rising. This tale is straight out of Greek myth, filled to the brim with gods and monsters.

As a new hero, you will have to help the gods and gather forces to challenge the monstrous Typhoon. Along the way, you’ll solve puzzles and face threats, as the story is told with a dash of humor acknowledging the wackiest parts of the mythology.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

With over 30 million copies sold since 2016, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most popular games ever made. The Nintendo Switch port allows gamers to take their fantasy wherever they want by becoming whoever they want, as we covered in our review.

Whether it’s playing a new race, challenging Alduin for the fate of the world, or simply building a house, there’s a reason Skyrim stands the test of time no matter what hardware it’s running on.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Artwork from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt featuring Geralt and Ciri

(Image credit: CD Projekt RED)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is widely regarded as one of the best RPGs ever made, and it’s a technical marvel that CD Projekt RED was able to bring it to the Nintendo Switch with the help of Saber Interactive. We were impressed with the quality of play on Switch during our test. You can even transfer save files between your Nintendo Switch and your PC, so if you’re already playing the PC version of the game, you don’t have to lose your progress!

Accept contracts to hunt monsters and carefully navigate a world torn apart by politics and war. As Geralt struggles to find Ciri, the Wild Hunt also draws closer…

More soon?

The Nintendo Switch has been available for years now, so it’s hard to say exactly when Nintendo will launch a successor. Over time, it becomes increasingly difficult for new third-party games to run on the Nintendo Switch, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any other stellar additions in the future.

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