Best Switch Games… That Don’t Fit In Other Lists Of Best Switch Games

We make a lot of lists here at Nintendo Life, you may have noticed. Why? Because we’ve all been that person who really wants a game that’s like another game they really enjoyed, and they want some more recommendations. It’s easy to lump games together by genre to answer that query — but what about all the games that fall through the cracks?

Some games defy genre in interesting ways, but that makes them hard to put in nice boxes (although maybe putting things in nice boxes isn’t such a great thing, anyway). Other games mix genres to create something entirely new — like metroidvanias, before “metroidvania” was a thing, or the dreaded deckbuilding roguelike — but that means that they don’t quite fit in anywhere, either.

So, to solve this egregious wrong, we’ve put together a handful of games that we think deserve recommendation, but don’t fit in your neat little categories. They’re different, man. They don’t compliant to your standards. And honestly? That’s why we love ’em.

(Author’s note: Some of these games, like The Stanley Parable and Return of the Obra Dinn, are technically on other lists — Stanley made it to Best Comedy Games and ROTD is on our list of Best Detective Games — but if we’re being totally honest, those lists were made so we could include those specific games. So it doesn’t count.)

Neon White (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Angel Matrix

Release Date: 16th Jun 2022 (USA) / 16th Jun 2022 (UK/EU)
Part Time UFO (Switch eShop)

Part Time UFO (Switch eShop)

Publisher: nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory

Release Date: 28th Oct 2020 (USA) / 28th Oct 2020 (UK/EU)
Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)

Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)

Publisher: bandai namco / Developer: bandai namco

Release Date: 7th Dec 2018 (USA) / 7th Dec 2018 (UK/EU)
The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (Switch eShop)

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Crows Crows Crows / Developer: Crows Crows Crows

Release Date: 27th Apr 2022 (USA) / 27th Apr 2022 (UK/EU)
Do Not Feed the Monkeys (Switch eShop)

Do Not Feed the Monkeys (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Alawar Premium / Developer: Alawar Premium

Release Date: 1st Jun 2020 (USA) / 1st Jun 2020 (UK/EU)
Tux and Fanny (Switch eShop)

Tux and Fanny (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Ghost Time Games / Developer: Ghost Time Games

Release Date: 9th Sep 2021 (USA) / 9th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

Tux and Fanny just want to play soccer but their soccer ball is deflated. In your quest to re-inflate it, you will play as a flea whose entire society has died, a cat who wants to eat birds, a worm who just wants to escape the digestive system it has found itself in, and the titular Tux and Fanny. This game is all over the place, in the absolute best way, with elements of point-and-click adventures that are told in bizarre, absurdist ways. It’s a game about a football, but it’s a game about everything else, too.

Tetris Effect: Connected (Switch eShop)

Tetris Effect: Connected (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Enhance Games / Developer: Resonair

Release Date: 8th Oct 2021 (USA) / 8th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)
Return of the Obra Dinn (Switch eShop)

Return of the Obra Dinn (Switch eShop)

Publisher: 3909 / Developer: 3909

Release Date: 18th Oct 2019 (USA) / 18th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)
Telling Lies (Switch eShop)

Telling Lies (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Sam Barlow

Release Date: 28th Apr 2020 (USA) / 28th Apr 2020 (UK/EU)
No Man's Sky (Switch)

No Man's Sky (Switch)

Publisher: HelloGames / Developer: HelloGames

Release Date: 7th Oct 2022 (USA) / 7th Oct 2022 (UK/EU)

Some games on this list are here because they don’t fit neatly into one genre box. No Man’s Sky, which comes out on Switch in October 2022, is here because it fits into too many boxes.

Your journey through No Man’s Sky is up to you. Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Gold to trade? Or perhaps an explorer?

The gigantic, frequent free updates to this game only add more options.

Loop Hero (Switch eShop)

Loop Hero (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Developer Digital / Developer: Four Quarters

Release Date: 9th Dec 2021 (USA) / 9th Dec 2021 (UK/EU)

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