Switch it up: Gaming recs for the holidays

With the Nintendo Switch’s great variety of games, some of them must come out on top

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s important for the average gamer to know exactly what video games are worth buying. Even to everyone out there who can’t afford the Nintendo Switch (which is mostly all of us broke college kids), I’ll safely assume we desire it anyway. Hopefully this desire is satisfied through incomes of their parents. These five games are great products of the Nintendo Switch and should be added to everyone’s library.

By Elijah Basu

5: Minecraft

This choice might strike you as odd, as Minecraft is not exclusive to the Switch. Not to mention, it’s massive popularity likely means that most readers have plenty of hours of experience with Minecraft and it’s a game that’s been analysed to death. Those who are tired of hearing about it are portable planning on getting something else for the system. However, there are some pretty distinguishable features that set it aside from the other versions.  Simply put, the Switch’s portability makes Minecraft a more convenient experience. With this remarkable feature, anyone can play the game where they can do whatever they want in whatever place they desire. While Minecraft is also on most Smartphones and the 3DS, the experience is limited as the visuals are worse and some elements are taken out to accommodate the limitations of each system. With console quality hardware, the Switch version of Minecraft is equal in terms of quality to the other console versions of the game while having the benefit of portability. So, even if some people feel they experienced enough of this game, playing Minecraft on the Switch gives them a convenient avenue to play it again and possible find new things to enjoy in it. Or maybe they’re just sick and tired of Minecraft at this point and won’t bother with it, which is fair.

4: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Chaotic, dynamic and fun all define  the Mario Kart series, and Mario Kart 8 continues the legacy of those that came before it. This edition of Mario Kart further refining the gameplay with  introducing a wide variety of tracks, characters, and modes that will keep each play session fresh. Not to mention, the random and frustrating (yet balanced) items keep each race engaging. Mario Kart 8 is simply a fun time for all due to its fun gameplay and chaotic races. The utter chaos makes each race unpredictable and produces some great moments of triumph and destruction. It’s easy to pick up and play for any occasion, and will produce many fond memories of hatred towards the other players. Mario Kart does require friends in order to get the most out of it, so it might not desirable to everyone, especially people like me due to their complete lack of social skills. Because of this, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe falls at the tail end of the list. It’s worth noting, however, that I’m not bitter in the slightest.

3: Kirby Star Allies

Like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Kirby Star Allies is a great time with friends, in this instance because of its emphasis of co-op. However, unlike Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, complete loners can also get the most out of Kirby Star Allies, so they fully enjoy the game and fill the empty hole in their hearts by pretending the AI controlled characters are their friends. This game is very similar to the other games in the Kirby franchise because it emphasizes quality in just about every aspect of the gameplay and ascetics. It adds an emphasis on using AI or human controlled companions to solve puzzles and help defeat the fun bosses. The game is simple wholesome fun throughout with few issues that are easy to overlook. Some might find it too easy (in fact the series is well known for its lack of challenge) so Kirby Star Allies simplyisn’t for those who seek difficulty. But for those like me who are utterly failing at life, as life is the hardest challenge in existence, it’s nice to have something that’s feasible to overcome. Not to mention, anyone will have fun while playing it, and that’s all that matters.

2: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

This is the game that most people generally associate with the Nintendo Switch and it’s the game that Nintendo banked on succeeding at the Switch’s launch that helped Nintendo get out of the rut it was stuck in during the WiiU era. Breath of the Wild truly is a fantastic game as it allows for a greater level of freedom than almost any other video game on the market. There’s something to be said about this game’s level of freedom when the player can potentially make it to the final boss right after the starting area and promptly regret it, as they will die immediately. While there are some pet peeves to be had, mainly how every weapon found seems to be made of glass due to how often they break, the positive far outshine the minor misgrievences. There’s a variety of locations to explore, shrines to solve puzzles in, and ways to die, especially if one isn’t good at video games, like the writer is. Not to mention, Breath of the Wild does have an interesting story and characters that aren’t forced onto the players who prefer gameplay over story, so it satisfies most gamers. It’s clear to see that Breath of the Wild certainly lives up to its prestigious reputation, and is a must have for any Nintendo fan.

1: Super Mario Odyssey

This game is at the number one spot mostly because I had the most fun with it, and fun is the most essential thing in a video game, to me at least. Super Mario Odyssey is probably just as renowned as Breath of the Wild, and like Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey deserves its praise. The game offers so much freedom in what objectives the player wants to complete, and there’s a wide variety of ways to get Moons, the games main collectable. In Odyssey,players gets to explore vast, beautiful, and creative levels in order to find the plethora of moons sprinkled all over the place. Mario has a wide array of movement options that players most certainly won’t pull off, as they are not parkour champs. Luckily running and jumping should mostly suffice. Mario can also control enemies with his hat, completely ignoring the implications of controlling another living being’s very soul and adding a variety to the gameplay. Each poor slave of Mario has their own unique feel and uses, creating many interesting puzzles and challenges. All these elements combined with the game’s charm create a truly amazing experience, with lots of fun from start to finish. Truly, Super Mario Odyssey, along with all the other games on here, are fantastic games to help escape the realities of college and being an adult who needs a job at some point.

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