GREAT - Despite the indie background, Spirit of the North feels like a master class in atmosphere and just how much you can do with it. Even with some noticeably rough edges, the world we get a glimpse into is beautiful, bold, and begging to be explored.
EXCELLENT - Saints Row IV was Volition intentionally jumping the shark with their own franchise and somehow taking it to new heights in the process. Fanfare for the Saints brand faded a bit thanks to both time and some poorly received spin-offs, but even still I’d say this is a game absolutely worth owning on the Switch. This was a dark horse game of the year contender back in 2013 and a cult following for the title continues to this day. It’s a non-stop sci-fi romp with as much heart as senseless explosions.
EXCELLENT - The Switch is a really good system for highlighting games that have aged well over the years and Skullgirls is a defining example of this. This was a landmark title from that period of gaming, and this port shows that love and support for the Skullgirls name has only continued to thrive. This is an absolute must-have for competitive gamers and anyone who loves a game bursting at the seams with personality.
WORTH CONSIDERING - Your favorite Disney characters star in an easy to pick up party game will never not be a fun time, and Disney Tsum Tsum Festival can absolutely bring the fun when it needs to. But so much more could’ve been done with the concept that it just feels underwhelming more than anything else. The loot box based progression and overall lack of content really hitting this issue home. If you have a small child that you want to get playing more Switch games, this is a solid enough family title, but its reach unfortunately doesn’t extend much further.
GREAT - While it’s definitely suited for a more casual audience, once you pick up New Super Lucky’s Tale it’ll be a hard game to put down. It may not be Conker, but this is an IP bursting at the seams with potential. The addictive gameplay and charming characters really bring it home. If you were curious about this once Xbox One exclusive, it’s definitely worth checking out.
GREAT - With Nintendo’s flagship Switch party title 1-2-Switch receiving mixed reviews at launch, Mario & Sonic 2020 may be the replacement to Wii Sports fans have been waiting for. It still suffers from some of that budget title awkwardness we all remember so fondly from the Wii era, but its new ideas combined with the refreshing of old concepts will wow and impress anyone who picks it up.
GREAT - If you were waiting for this game to appear on the Switch library to play it – play it. It is still an absolute joy to experience. Technical issues aside, this unique indie gem stacks up even against Nintendo’s most iconic titles. If you’re still looking for that true love letter to fans of late 90’s platforming, you owe it to yourself to check out A Hat in Time.
GREAT - Lego Jurassic World is an incredibly easy to pick up platformer. It’s a solid throwback to old school adventure games, and a super fun way to experience the story of the franchise. It’s definitely not as fleshed out as the more “Triple A” Lego titles, but this game shows a lot of love to the Jurassic park fandom and will have fans hooked almost immediately.
GREAT - Dad-joke in the title aside, Red Faction Guerrilla: Re-MARS-tered Edition is an excellent ride, one that breathes a rush of new life into a mostly forgotten franchise. Those who played the original absolutely owe it to themselves to give this title a second look, and new players just trying to hammer away at other people’s space-tech will be more than satisfied.
GOOD - The overall lack of polish on Saints Row: The Third is apparent, but it’s still a lot fun to jump back to a time where open world shooters weren’t overrun with loot boxes and forced online functionality. A bit more refinement would’ve made this a must-have title, but fans of customization, blowing up helicopters, and Burt Reynolds, should find a lot to like here.