Let’s face it, the Nintendo Switch is in a league of its own. Nintendo isn’t trying to compete with the over the top, amazing graphics being pushed by Microsoft with the Xbox One X or the Playstation 4 Pro, but it doesn’t matter. Nintendo, with the help of indie developer’s keeps hitting home run after home run. Nintendo has always been known for stellar first party games and now with the addition of indie support, the Switch has become a runaway success.

Here at Nerd Jock Blog, we are unashamed fan-boys of the Nintendo Switch. We all have an eclectic and unique taste in video games. We all have played many games over the past year. Here, in order of release date are our top five Switch games released in 2018. If you haven’t played one of these gems please click the image and you’ll be able to purchase directly from Amazon!

#1: Let’s Go Eevee, Pikachu, Developer: Game Freak

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For anyone who played the original Pokemon Blue, Red or Yellow, this game is a must-have. Take a stroll down nostalgia lane, or heck just sit atop your friendly Onix and let him down the hard work.

Make your Pokémon journey to the Kanto region with your partner Pikachu or Eevee to become a top Pokémon Trainer as you battle other trainers. Use a throwing motion to catch Pokémon in the wild with either one Joy-Con controller or Poké Ball Plus accessory, which will light up, vibrate, and make sounds to bring your adventure to life. Share your adventure with family or friends in 2-player action on one system using a second Joy-Con or Poké Ball Plus (sold separately). You can even connect to the Pokémon Go app* using a compatible smartphone to bring over Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region!

 

#2: Mario Tennis Aces, Developer: Camelot Software Planning

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A new Mario Tennis™ game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to the Nintendo Switch™ system. Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent’s position and stroke to determine which shot will give you the advantage. And this time the game adds the first story mode since the Mario Tennis game on the Game Boy™ Advance system, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions, boss battles and more.

 

#3: Celeste, Developer: Matt Makes Games Inc.

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Brave hundreds of hand-crafted challenges in this super-tight platformer, as you help Madeline survive her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain! Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer.
• A narrative-driven, single-player adventure like mom used to make, with a charming cast of characters and a touching story of self-discovery
• A massive mountain teeming with 700+ screens of hardcore platforming challenges and devious secrets
• Brutal B-side chapters to unlock, built for only the bravest mountaineers
The controls are simple and accessible – simply jump, air-dash, and climb – but with layers of expressive depth to master, where every death is a lesson. Lightning-fast respawns keep you climbing as you uncover the mysteries of the mountain and brave its many perils.

 

#4: Moonlighter, Developer: 11 Bit Studios

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Moonlight is an action RPG with rogue-little elements that demonstrates two sides of the coin – revealing everyday routines of will, an adventurous shopkeeper that secretly dreams of becoming a hero. During an archaeological excavation – a set of gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and Dimensions. Rynoka, a Small commercial village, was found near the excavation site – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure.

If you are a fan of classic top-down Zelda games or love simulation style games in the style of Stardew Valley, pick this up today! This is certainly one of a kind and a fresh take on RPGs.

 

#5:Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Developer:  Nintendo, HAL Labs, Bandai Namco Games, Sora Ltd.

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Gaming icons clash in the ultimate brawl you can play anytime, anywhere! Smash rivals off the stage as new characters Isabelle, Simon Belmont and King K. Rool join Inkling, Ridley, and every fighter in Super Smash Bros. history. Enjoy enhanced speed and combat at new stages based on the Castlevania series, Super Mario Odyssey, and more!

The team at Nerd Jock Blog give this two thumbs up if you’re looking for competitive multiplayer and wish to relive your youth. The single player wasn’t overlooked either by the developers. There is virtually infinite replayability with this title.

 

 

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