GOOD - I’ve had a lot of fun with Pokémon Sword exploring the Wild Area and catching fully evolved Pokémon wandering around there. There are plenty of issues and it’s far from perfect. Despite that it’s still enjoyable to jump back into the wonderful world of Pokémon with Arcanine by my side.
GREAT - Luigi’s Mansion 3 features stellar graphics and amazing music, creating a charmingly spooky experience that’s dying to be explored. Each floor features unique environments and stylish ghosts that are fun to interact with. Awkward controls that may take some getting used to and weak rewards for solving puzzles (money that serves little purpose) drag down what is otherwise an excellent candidate for Switch game of the year.
EXCELLENT - The Switch is a really good system for highlighting games that have aged well over the years and Skullgirls is a defining example of this. This was a landmark title from that period of gaming, and this port shows that love and support for the Skullgirls name has only continued to thrive. This is an absolute must-have for competitive gamers and anyone who loves a game bursting at the seams with personality.
WORTH CONSIDERING - Your favorite Disney characters star in an easy to pick up party game will never not be a fun time, and Disney Tsum Tsum Festival can absolutely bring the fun when it needs to. But so much more could’ve been done with the concept that it just feels underwhelming more than anything else. The loot box based progression and overall lack of content really hitting this issue home. If you have a small child that you want to get playing more Switch games, this is a solid enough family title, but its reach unfortunately doesn’t extend much further.
GREAT - If you’re up to the challenge, Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Editions are great experiences on the Switch. There is easily over 100 hours of entertainment here and although both look a bit dated, I found playing them on the handheld to be a great deal of fun.
GREAT - Although the games look a bit dated even with the visual enhancements, Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale Enhanced Editions are still fun to play today. Veterans of the PC games should feel right at home here and the ability to play on the go is great. Newcomers may want to push the difficulty down for their first time through.
GREAT - Destiny Connect is a charming JRPG that gets a lot of things right. With a fun combat system, smooth graphical performance, and some quality of life options, most fans of the genre should find something to like here. The bland level design, strange plot points, and odd music aren’t enough to ruin what is otherwise a great choice on the Switch.
GREAT - While it’s definitely suited for a more casual audience, once you pick up New Super Lucky’s Tale it’ll be a hard game to put down. It may not be Conker, but this is an IP bursting at the seams with potential. The addictive gameplay and charming characters really bring it home. If you were curious about this once Xbox One exclusive, it’s definitely worth checking out.
MEDIOCRE - BurgerTime Party is a mediocre introduction of the series to a new generation. The core gameplay remains the same, but everything else just hurts the experience. Lackluster level designs, content stretched to the point of tedium, undercooked multiplayer modes, and terribly unappealing aesthetics contribute to its downfall. As a budget title, this wouldn’t be so bad, but at the asking price of $20 you’re best off playing the original game.