No one likes rushing around at the last minute to look for a gift to buy. So with gift-buying season quickly approaching, smart shoppers want to get a head start. The only problem is finding the right gifts for the right people. If someone on your list has a Nintendo Switch, you’re in luck. We’ve already put up a rundown of the best Switch accessories, but below we dig into the top Switch games your recipient is all but guaranteed to love.
And if you need more gift ideas for PC and console gamers, or for Anime fans, Star Wars fans, and Marvel fans, we have a whole lot of other great ideas in our Holiday Gift Guide hub.
Super Mario Odyssey
Judging by the long line of excellent Mario games in Nintendo’s history, it’s not really a surprise his latest adventure is one of the best platformers in years. That also makes it a must-have Switch game.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Speaking of must-have games, with Breath of the Wild, Nintendo has done incredible new things with the open-world adventure genre. This stunning game lets you go just about anywhere as you improve Link’s abilities and take down the forces of evil. It’s Link’s biggest adventure yet, and one every Switch owner should try.
Leave it to Nintendo to create a fantastic competitive shooter without all the violence you’ll find in more games in the genre. The Inkling characters in Splatoon move fast and leave gallons of harmless paint in their wake.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Everyone who’s anyone in the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond makes an appearance in this delightful combat racer. Just watch out for those blue shells.
The brilliant thing about this relaxing game of rural life is that you can spend your days doing whatever you want. You can tend your crops, woo a villager, or hit the mines and look for treasure.
The precision platforming in this side-scrolling adventure will put your reflexes to the test. But the surprisingly touching story will keep you coming back until you beat the final stage.
Sonic Mania Plus
Sonic Mania Plus is the best Sonic game in decades–and maybe ever. It has loads of levels, a bunch of bosses, and carefully crafted landscapes that are a pleasure to speed your way through.
Hollow Knight may draw inspiration from series like Metroid and Dark Souls, but it shapes those ideas into something that feels unique. It’s a tough-but-fair game that takes place in a subterranean insect kingdom, every inch of which is meticulously crafted and exhilarating to explore.