The Nintendo Switch is still the best-selling console in the United States, and it has been for the last few years. While many gamers swear by the superior 4K graphics of the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X, there's no question that plenty of people love the more family-friendly style of the Nintendo Switch console ($299) -- and the portability it offers. Plus there are plenty of great Nintendo Switch games in 2021 to play.
If you're looking for games for your new Switch, or just want to find something new to play, there's no shortage of great titles out there. A great place to start is Amazon's list of best selling Switch games, in terms of sales, that are out right now and available for pre-order. There are plenty of classics on the list, such as the fun (and occasionally frustrating) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and plenty of new titles too. We've added in a selection of indie Switch titles popular on the Nintendo eShop right now, as well.
Here are the top Nintendo Switch games on Amazon right now.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
A remaster, not a remake, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a graphically improved version of the 2011 Nintendo Wii title. Some reviewers have panned the game's obsession with motion controls, but even still, the game is a must-play for any The Legend of Zelda fan.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is akin to a digital getaway -- perhaps that's why it became so popular during the pandemic. This low-pressure game places you square on your own deserted island, where you collect resources, craft items and build homes to create your own personalized world.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Though it hasn't been released yet, there's plenty of buzz surrounding Pokemon Legends: Arceus -- enough so that the game's pre-order is already cracking Amazon's top 10 list. It's a significant departure from typical Pokemon gameplay: Instead of the traditional random-encounter-based RPG experience, Pokemon Legends: Arceus has a more open, Breath of the Wild-esque feel where Pokemon can be observed in the wild.
You can begin exploring the Sinnoh region of old when the game releases on Jan. 28, 2022.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond
Another Pokemon pre-order in Amazon's best seller list, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond is a remake of the 2006 Nintendo DS title, Pokemon: Diamond. Also set in the Sinnoh region, the game retains the original story and Pokemon lineup, while also including some nice modern upgrades, such as a revamped battle screen.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond releases on Nov. 19, 2021, alongside its sister title, Pokemon Shining Pearl.
Super Mario Odyssey
This near-perfect 3D Mario platformer, rated 4.9 stars on Amazon, has Mario traversing a number of incredible detailed worlds collecting stars, hidden coins and (of course) rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser.
Amazon reviewer Christopher Boyer says that while "while the game is designed to appeal to everyone, Nintendo took the time to add some extra nods to long-time fans, not only in the worlds and the critters/characters you happen across, but through set pieces and a spectacular mid-game musical number that old-timers like me have to appreciate."
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
An updated HD version of the 2014 Wii U title, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the signature racing experience for the Switch. Race your favorite Nintendo characters across a series of Mario-inspired tracks, including several iterations of the dreaded Rainbow Road track. Just be careful when using the blue shell that targets the first-place racer: It's been known to end friendships.
Ring Fit Adventure
Part video game and part workout, Ring Fit Adventure challenges you to defeat a bodybuilding dragon by completing a series of exercises in real life. Yes, really. This game comes packaged with Ring-con and leg strap accessories -- everything you need to get a good workout in using the Nintendo Switch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The base version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo's iconic fighting franchise, features 74 unique characters, with even more available through DLC. There's a story mode, of course, but the real fun comes in beating up on friends and family, both locally and online, across a series of familiar Nintendo worlds.
Super Mario Party
Nintendo's party game series, Mario Party, launched on the Switch back in 2018 and has been a best-seller since. The title features new game boards, 80 new mini-games and new mechanics such as character-specific dice blocks to enjoy with friends and family locally or online. Reach for those stars!
Want even more great titles for your Nintendo Switch? Check out these most popular Switch games of 2021 on the Nintendo eShop digital store.
A surprise indie hit of the pandemic, Among Us is a social game in the same vein as Mafia and Werewolf. Each game is played online, with a number players labeled as "imposters." Most players attempt to complete a series of simple tasks while the few imposters sneak around trying to kill them and evade detection as the secret bad guys.
If you have kids, chances are you're already familiar with this popular sandbox game. Something akin to digital Lego, Minecraft is a world with nearly infinite terrain that can be mined and foraged. Players explore, fend off baddies, craft buildings and other structures and more, alone or with friends online -- even those playing non-Switch versions of the game.
This charming (and quite tough) indie platformer about a young girl climbing a mountain has a simple, pixelated style, but don't be misled. Aside from offering plenty of serious gaming challenges and a beautiful score, Celeste offers a deep, touching story that deals with serious mental health issues.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!
This sickeningly cute rhythm-based drumming game features a number of J-pop-styled songs to master; more are available as DLC. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun be played with standard Joy-Cons, but for the most arcade-like experience, you'll want to upgrade to the (admittedly pricey) collector's bundle.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
We have just one thing to say to those who haven't played a game from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series: Objection! This two-game collection, set in late 19th century Japan, features 10 cases that require you to search for evidence, think logically and call witnesses out on their lies in the moment.
Something like a cross between Animal Crossing and Farmville, Stardew Valley is a relaxing low-res farming simulator. In it, players grow crops and raise livestock, craft and sell goods, and even raise a family.
More great Nintendo Switch games to consider
While the following Nintendo Switch games are no longer on top of the Amazon best seller lists, they're still fun to play and highly rated by Amazon reviewers.
Mario Golf Super Rush
Mario Golf Super Rush mixes a traditional golfing game, played across a series of Mario-inspired courses, with the kind of chaos you might expect out of a game of Mario Kart. Sure, you can get your ball onto the green -- but that putt might not be so easy if a Bob-omb goes off first.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
A fun, family-oriented companion to the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 locally, or up to eight when playing online., this game lets players control their favorite Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog characters in a series of Olympic events that include surfing, skateboarding, karate, sport climbing and more. Up to four people can play
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