Whether you’re looking for great games to give to a gamer this Christmas, titles to spend your Christmas money on, or simply want a reminder of the Switch games 2018 brought to us, look no further. Here are ten terrific Switch games from 2018.
Celeste is a narrative-driven adventure platformer featuring pixel graphics. The aim of the game is to help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain. with over 700 screens of platforming challenges and secrets, and over 2 hours of original music featuring live piano and catchy synth beats, it’s no surprise that the game was given a 92% rating by Metacritic upon its release for Switch back in January. At just £17.99, the game undoubtedly offers good value for money.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest addition to Nintendo’s popular Super Smash Bros. series. The Super Smash Bros. series is a collection of crossover fighting games which mainly feature characters from Nintendo’s own franchises. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has new fighters such as Isabelle from Animal Crossing and Inkling from Splatoon, as well as reoccurring favourites such as Yoshi and Pikachu. The game was released just yesterday, the 7th December 2018.
Get Smash Bros. Ultimate here.
Pokemon: Let’s Go! Eevee & Pokemon: Let’s Go! Pikachu
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are the two variations of RPG game Pokemon: Let’s go! The game was developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch console. Using a throwing motion with the Joy-Con or Poké Ball accessory, players can catch a variety of True-to-size Pokemon. Set in the diverse region of Kanto, use skill, timing and a well-placed Poké Ball to catch your favourite Pokemon. You can also connect your game to the Pokémon GO app to receive Kanto region Pokémon. Both versions were released on November 16th, 2018, and cost $59.99 to purchase.
Get Pokemon Let’s Go here.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Yonder is an open-world adventure game by Prideful Sloth that was initially released on July 18th 2017 for PS4 and Windows. Owing to its success, it was also released on the Switch eShop on May 17th 2018. With ‘Very Positive’ reviews on Steam, the game has been praised for its beautiful graphics and music, and the relaxing nature of the game-play. Whilst players can fish, farm, craft, and explore, the main aim of the game is to befriend and collect magical creatures (known as sprites), in order to banish the ‘Murk’ from the world of Gemea.
Get Yonder: The Cloud Catcher here.
Undertale is a story-rich RPG by tobyfox with ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ reviews. Described as ‘The RPG where you don’t have to destroy anyone’, Undertale is story-rich due to your character’s journey, and also due to player choices affecting the game. You play as a human child who has fallen underground into the realm of monsters and thus, tries to find their way home. You encounter both good monsters and bad along the way, which you can choose to spare or fight. There are a variety of puzzles to complete in order to progress, and a variety of interesting areas to explore.
Night in the Woods
Night in the Woods is an autumnal themed indie adventure game. Highly relatable to many, the game shows the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. After the protagonist, Mae Borowski drops out of college and returns to her hometown, she finds things as gloomy and hopeless as ever. But this time there’s something more. Strange and eery occurrences are happening. And there’s something in the woods. This charming game with beautiful music can be purchased for only £17.09 on the Switch eShop.
Little Dragons Cafe
Little Dragons Cafe is a game from Rising Star Games, who are infamous for their Harvest Moon series. The story begins with a twin brother and sister running a small café with their mother. All was peaceful and routine until one morning the twins discovered that their mother fell into a deep sleep and wouldn’t wake up. Suddenly, an old wizard appears and tells the twins that their mother is gravely ill and that they must raise a dragon in order to save her. Working together with their three quirky staff members (waiter, waitress, and chef), the two siblings must raise a dragon and manage the family business while at the same time discover what is causing their mother’s illness and find a cure.
The critically acclaimed story-rich 2016 game Firewatch, is making its way to Switch later this month. Set to be released on the eShop on the 17th December 2018 in America, Europe, Australia and Japan, the game will cost $19.99 to purchase. It is unknown whether Firewatch will get a physical release. Firewatch is an award-winning atmospheric walking simulation adventure game developed by Campo Santo. Set in 1989, you play as a man who is a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Something strange leads you to explore the nearby forest, forcing you to make decisions that can both build and destroy relationships.
The First Tree
The First Tree is a 3D exploration game featuring beautiful graphics and 2 parallel stories. The indie adventure game was Developed and Published on Steam by David Wehle on the 14th November 2017, and has received very positive reviews. Earlier on this year, it was announced that the game would be coming to consoles later on in 2018. St to be released on November 30th, The First Tree: Console Edition will be available to download on Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. The console price has not yet been announced, but the game is currently affordably priced at $7.99 on Steam.
Cattails is a feline-themed simulation RPG game available on Steam and Nintendo Switch. Originally developed and published by Falcon Entertainment for PC, Mac and Linux on December 1st 2017, the game has garnered very ‘paws-itive’ feedback since its release, subsequently leading to the game’s recent release on Switch. Through the eyes of a cat, Cattails allows players to hunt for food, interact with other cats, gather herbs and explore an expansive world. Kotaku have said that “Cattails looks like Stardew Valley, except cats.” and IGN have said that Cattails is “an adorably silly game, but one that’s also a lot of fun.”