Modern gaming is largely about the broader community. Fortnite, Overwatch, and the myriad of modern multiplayer titles have emphasized connecting with others around the globe, giving players a sense of “togetherness.” If, by “togetherness,” we mean “other people to scream profanities at.” But what if you’re not interested in linking up with other players?
For the friendless and solitary, the single and the solo, there are plenty of options. Especially if you’re browsing through the Nintendo Switch’s library. Plenty has released for Nintendo’s hybrid console, and we’re here to narrow down the best Switch single player games you should be playing.
The Best Switch Single Player Games
15. Bayonetta 2
Developer: PlatinumGames Publisher: Nintendo
It’s hair and witchcraft galore in this action-packed, debaucherous romp. Though not originally developed for the Nintendo Switch, Bayonetta 2 is the perfect single player hack-and-slash title for the hybrid console.
Play it in public, and you can expect to have people raising an eyebrow at you as your hair-covered avatar battles the forces of evil using her flowing locks. In a post-Devil May Cry world, Bayonetta gets unfairly compared to Dante’s exploits despite being in a league of its own.
At the time of writing this, Bayonetta 3, a Switch exclusive, hasn’t launched, but we fully expect it would replace its predecessor. With PlatinumGames once again at the helm, Bayonetta 3 remains highly anticipated release despite the delay from 2019 to 2020.
14. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Developer: Nintendo Software Technology Publisher: Nintendo
Toad has always been a background character to Mario and Luigi’s adventures. Captain Toad changed all that by turning the humanoid mushroom into a great detective. Or “marginally okay” detective, depending on how good your puzzle-solving skills are.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a fantastic puzzler that’s easy to get sucked into. There’s a multiplayer component, but Treasure Tracker stands up well as a single player experience that sends players on a perilous journey to collect gold stars. If you enjoyed the mini-games snuck into Super Mario World 3D, you’ll love Treasure Tracker.
13. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Developer: Ubisoft Milan Publisher: Ubisoft
When you think Super Mario Bros., you probably don’t picture Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi arming themselves in a battle against insane rabbits. Luckily for you, someone at Ubisoft or Nintendo did, and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was the product.
Combining Nintendo’s beloved heroes (and villains) of the Mushroom Kingdom with Ubisofts’ raving Rabbids, Kingdom Battle borrows from the turn-based tactical genre for a zany, albeit strategic experience. The mingling of franchises and surprisingly deep gameplay makes Kingdom Battle one of the Switch’s best games.
Kirby Star Allies is designed to be an entertaining multiplayer game. However, as with Kirby’s prior games, it’s easy to pick up and go on your own. As the titular pink puffball, players recruit allies by converting enemies. With up to three helpers, Kirby fights through colorful worlds, utilizing his signature copy ability.
New and familiar villains return in Kirby’s first high-def game, playable both stationary and on the go. It’s the kind of game you can play everywhere – and a great conversation starter if someone’s nosy enough to look over your shoulder.
11. Okami HD
Developer: Clover Studio Publisher: Capcom
Classic Japanese lore comes to life in this vibrant and whimsical adventure. Playing as Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess, players man the Celestial Brush to counter the effects of a demonic scourge.
Okami was a visual treat when it first released on the PS2/Wii, but the HD port for the Switch really lets the art style and vibrant colors shine. It’s not a game for everyone, but those that can appreciate the quirky gameplay are in for a memorable single player experience.