20 Best Switch Single Player Games You Should Play

Sometimes it's okay to keep both Joy-Cons to yourself.

Luigi's Mansion 3
Luigi's Mansion 3

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 and are after the best single player Switch games instead?

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 solo games on Switch you should be playing.


The Best Switch Single Player Games

20. Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2
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.


19. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad
Captain Toad

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.


18. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Mario Rabbids
Mario Rabbids

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.

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17. Kirby Star Allies

Kirby Star Allies
Kirby Star Allies

Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo

Kirby Star Allies is designed to be an entertaining multiplayer game suited for kids. 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.


16. Yoshi’s Crafted World

Yoshi's Crafted World
Yoshi’s Crafted World

Developer: Good-Feel
Publisher: Nintendo

There are few things more lovable than Yoshi, so when he gets his own game, I’m immediately on board.

In Yoshi’s Crafted World, players take control of the green dinosaur as his day is interrupted by Kamek and Baby Bowser. When the dastardly duo tries to steal the Sundream Stone to make their “wildest dreams come true,” their plan goes awry, and the stone’s gems are scattered across the colorful world. Luckily, Yoshi has been packing away fruit and is energized for his latest adventure.

Yoshi’s Crafted World has a few nifty gimmicks up its sleeve, including the ability to interact with foreground and background objects. Otherwise, it bears a resemblance to other Yoshi adventures and is just as undeniably cute as them.


15. Okami HD

Okami HD Switch review
Okami HD

Developer: Clover Studio
Publisher: Capcom

Classic Japanese lore comes to life in this vibrant and whimsical adventure that’s gone on to become something of a cult classic. 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 on their Switch.


14. Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight

Developer: Yacht Club Games
Publisher: Yacht Club Games

Grab your shovels, kids, it’s time to… slay evil? Hm, it may not be a sword, but there’s nothing saying a shovel can’t be a weapon. There’s certainly nothing stopping the noble protagonist of Shovel Knight from mastering the shovel.

This side-scrolling adventure is reminiscent of classic platformers, and the inspiration pulled from games like Zelda II: The Adventures of Link and DuckTales is quite evident. That doesn’t mean Shovel Knight isn’t its own experience, because it most definitely is. And it’s a notably entertaining single player game everyone should have downloaded on their Nintendo Switch.

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13. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Link's Awakening Switch
Link’s Awakening

Developer: Grezzo
Publisher: Nintendo

No, you do not have deja vu. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was remade for the Nintendo Switch in full 3D. The cartoonish art style is a far cry from Breath of the Wild, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a perilous journey for the tunic-wearing hero that needs your expertise.

If you’re excited to explore Hyrule and rescue Princess Zelda for the umpteenth time, I have some bad news for you. Link’s Awakening steps away from the series’ staples and sends Link to the distant land of Koholint Island. Only with the help of a mystical godlike whale can Link escape the island and return to those that keep needing him.

Link’s Awakening looks and plays wonderfully and is a suitable remake for the heavily praised Game Boy game. It’s often challenging to rise beyond the shadow of an original. While the Link’s Awakening remake can’t quite surpass the 1993 title, it does plenty to be a memorable


12. Dead Cells

Dead Cells
Dead Cells

Developer: Motion Twin
Publisher: Motion Twin

It’s difficult not to fall in love with the art style of Dead Cells. Almost as difficult as it is to not simply adore the familiar-yet-unique gameplay. The roguevania experience is subtle in its execution and allows the world’s lore to unfold through level details and area descriptions.

Players battle through dingy dungeons and overrun villages, cutting through hordes of villains on their quest to defeat the monstrous Keepers. Unique items and weapons alter the experience along the way while special abilities and skills help the nameless hero level the battlefield.

Dead Cells is surprisingly involved on the backend, forcing players to tinker with weapons, items, and skills to find the ideal combination for every scenario.


11. Valkyria Chronicles 4

Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4

Developer: SEGA / Media Vision
Publisher: SEGA

War is hell, but Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a ton of fun. So, it’s a weird trade off.

The fourth entry in the Valkyria Chronicles series returns players to the battlefield amidst the conflict featured int he original Valkyria Chronicles. Commanding Squad E of the Federation, players utilize the new BLiTZ Battle System to take on the opposition.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 integrates elements of turn-based strategy, RPG, and 3rd person shooter gameplay for an action-packed but well-paced experience. Defend strategic points or storm the enemy’s position in a war game that’s full of heart, soul, and memorable characters.

It’s as if war games don’t have to be relegated to yearly, empty titles.


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