Nintendo consoles have always been great if you want to play Nintendo games. The same is not true of third party titles. While the SNES had plenty of third-party support, the consoles that followed were much more spotty.
That is, until the Nintendo Switch came along. Now there are so many games available for the system that it is difficult to separate the wheat from the husk.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of our favorite Nintendo Switch strategy games for hybrid handheld gaming consoles.
1. Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Nintendo is doing everything in its power to bring many of the best Wii U games to the Switch. One of the latest titles to receive the porting treatment was Pikmin 3, the most recent mainline game in the Pikmin franchise. In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, the player controls three different captains, Alf, Brittany and Charlie, as they search for food on PNF-404 to save their planet.
The real-time strategy game requires the Pikmin to get players through obstacles and defeat enemies. The deluxe version of the game adds a co-op mode, a Wii U DLC, and more.
The Vikings are hot right now, unless you’ve failed to prepare for winter, in which case they’re all going to be put to death. In this indie game you’re in control of your clan as they strike a deal, find success and fame through trading, conquest and learning.
Unlike your typical historical Sims, Northgard isn’t afraid to lean into Norse mythology, in which gods play an important role and undead warriors roam the woods. Just keep an eye on the weather report, as the cold winter is likely to end your saga as a band of robbers.
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the first new entry in the mainline Animal Crossing series for nearly eight years and the first entry to be playable on the Nintendo Switch — and it was certainly worth the wait.
New Horizons takes you to a deserted island via a special Nook Ink package. Your job is to make the island a top resort, attracting new islanders by stirring things up and making your island a tropical paradise.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is full of charm and the perfect game for those who want to kick back and just take things at their own pace. It’s familiar and fresh, cleverly combining the old enjoyable parts of the series with some much-needed improvements and with far more depth than ever before. It also keeps on giving you regular seasonal updates to keep you invested. It is one of the best Switch games for relaxing and engaging play.
4. Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble (Switch eShop)
Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble surpasses both its predecessor and the more recent Wargrove to become the number one Advance Wars ‘clone’ available on Switch right now.
In fact, it might be fair to say that this time around developer Area 35 beats Advance Wars to its own game with a super-tight and eclectic SRPG that takes the best from the greats that emulate it and Let’s wrap them up in something more modern. satisfactory package.
The battles here are challenging, tense and highly replayable affairs, the new tactical options add even more depth to the proceedings and the story, once it’s on, will keep you locked in until the fight is over. Long-suffering Advance Wars fans take note – this is really a must.
5. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
The famous Mario meeting with the Rabbids – the neurotic rabbits who made their first appearance in the spinoff of the Rayman series – is a crossover that very few can claim to have predicted. Making things more real is the fact that this is a weird sort of RPG strategy – and a pretty good one at that.
Don’t be fooled by the silly concept or the surreal atmosphere; Here under the hood is a weighty turn-based strategy game with enough equipment, abilities, and characters to satisfy longtime strategy game fans. The game is also not a pushover when it comes to difficulty – the difficult levels are sure to be a true test of even an experienced player’s tactical prowess.
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