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Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games

  • Publish Date: October 1, 2018
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Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in January.

Best-reviewed Switch games of 2018 (through September 30)

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Celeste   92
The latest indie release from the developer behind TowerFall is a story-based, 2D platformer.
2Bayonetta 2  92
3INSIDE  91
4Sonic Mania Plus NEWBuy From Amazon91
5Into the Breach NEW 90
6Hollow Knight  90
7Dead Cells NEWBuy From Amazon90
8Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 Buy From Amazon90
9Okami HD NEW 89
10Ikaruga  88
11Hyper Light Drifter NEW 87
12Owlboy  87
13Iconoclasts NEW 87
14The Messenger NEW 87
15Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition  86
16Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Buy From Amazon86
17Shantae and the Pirate's Curse  86
18Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes NEW 86
19Velocity 2X NEW 85
20Night in the Woods  85
21Mini Metro NEW 85
22West of Loathing  85
23Darkest Dungeon  85
24Flat Heroes NEW 85
25Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition Buy From Amazon84
... and the worst-reviewed:
237Scribblenauts Showdown Buy From Amazon47
238Senran Kagura Reflexions NEW 41
239Hello Neighbor NEWBuy From Amazon39
240Hollow  36
241Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy  34

Includes games released between January 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from September 30, 2018.

Best-reviewed Switch games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) Buy From Amazon97
2Super Mario Odyssey (2017) Buy From Amazon97
3Celeste (2018)  92
4Bayonetta 2 (2018)  92
5Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) Buy From Amazon92
6INSIDE (2018)  91
7Sonic Mania Plus (2018) NEWBuy From Amazon91
8SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (2017)  91
9Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (2017)  91
10Into the Breach (2018) NEW 90
11Hollow Knight (2018)  90
12Dead Cells (2018) NEWBuy From Amazon90
13Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 (2018) Buy From Amazon90
14Okami HD (2018) NEW 89
15SteamWorld Dig 2 (2017) Buy From Amazon88
16Ikaruga (2018)  88
17Cave Story + (2017) Buy From Amazon88
18Hyper Light Drifter (2018) NEW 87
19Stardew Valley (2017)  87
20Enter the Gungeon (2017)  87
21Axiom Verge (2017)  87
22Owlboy (2018)  87
23Iconoclasts (2018) NEW 87
24The Messenger (2018) NEW 87
25Rocket League (2017) Buy From Amazon86

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all Switch high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's Switch section.

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