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Nintendo consoles have always had a bit of a reputation as being kid-focused or family-focused consoles.
This isn’t surprising as many Nintendo games opt for cutesy, colorful graphics and accessible gameplay.
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The Nintendo Switch is different, though.
Due to the sheer number of Nintendo Switch owners, publishers have been working hard to get more adult-friendly games onto the system.
In this guide, we’ve picked some of the best Nintendo Switch games that adults will love.
Table of contents
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Super Smash Bros.
- Breath of the Wild
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Slay The Spire
- DOOM Eternal
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is likely a game that needs no introduction.
First released in 2011, Skyrim has now made an appearance in three different console generations, and we do not doubt that there are still many rereleases on the cards.
Skyrim has been released numerous times for one reason and one reason only. People can’t get enough of it.
Skyrim is a single-player RPG set in the world of Tamriel, specifically the Skyrim region.
As you explore snow-covered landscapes, you will be able to complete one of the most epic dragon-related questlines in history. That is if you even get to the main quest.
With hundreds of side quests and an unlimited supply of radiant quests, you can easily sink thousands of hours into this game, barely touching a single mission in the main questline.
Skyrim will have you navigating through a seemingly endless open world.
There is a new adventure to discover in every one of the hundreds of caves and locales.
If you are looking for a game that you can get lost in, then Skyrim is certainly one that fits the bill.
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. is one of the quintessential Switch titles.
It doesn’t matter whether you are an adult or a child – you need to have this game in your collection.
Super Smash Bros. is a fighting game featuring top characters from video game history.
Of course, you have all of the main Nintendo characters to fight as. On top of that, you have Konami, Square Enix, and even helpings from Microsoft (Banjo Kazooie).
Smash Bros. is all about putting these video game characters against one another. Each has its own special skillset that you can use to annihilate your opposition.
As with most Nintendo games, Smash Bros. is easy to learn but tough to master.
In our opinion, Super Smash Bros. is the ultimate party game.
When we think back to our childhoods, there was no greater thrill than grabbing a few of our friends together and battling on Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64.
The Switch version is better in almost every single way.
When you have mastered the single-player game and trained against friends, you can take your skills online and compete against some of the best players in the world.
There are hundreds of hours of fun in this title.
Breath of the Wild
Zelda games have always been must-buys for adults.
They always offer amazing storylines, unique worlds, and a huge number of puzzles to explore. Breath of the Wild takes this to the next level.
Unlike previous Zelda games, Breath of the Wild gives you an open-world sandbox to just have fun with.
You can spend time completing the main quest. You can collect weapons and armor. You can complete hundreds of puzzle caves. You can even spend a bit of time interacting with the animals that pepper the Hyrule wilderness.
Breath of the Wild is a game that you can easily sink hundreds of hours into and still feel as if you have a lot more to accomplish in the game.
Breath of the Wild is perfect for adults that love an amazing adventure with everything that makes a great open-world game.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart is another game that needs no introduction.
We are positive that you will have played at least one of the Mario Kart games in your time. It is often a staple at smaller parties.
Just like Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8 is one of those games that is easy to learn but tough to master.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch is the best iteration of the game to date.
You have dozens of courses to dive into, with a few dozen more courses available as DLC.
Mario Kart 8 has also brought back a Battle mode.
So, when you get bored of zipping around the countless tracks, you can pit yourself against other players in an old-fashioned battle game. Throw shells, bananas, and other weapons at your opponents to score points.
While we have no doubt that most adults will just love the thrill of playing Mario Kart 8. But if you want to give yourself a bit more of a challenge, we recommend that you try and complete the various time trials, or maybe even dabble in some online play.
Slay The Spire
Slay The Spire is a roguelike deckbuilding game. Don’t worry if you have never heard of this genre before. You will quickly pick it up.
As a roguelike, Slay the Spire will give you one opportunity to beat the game.
If you fail, you are sent right back to the start. Don’t worry, though. It won’t be empty-handed. Each attempt will give you access to more cards and experience that you can use for your next attempt.
As a deckbuilding game, Slay the Spire will require you to put together card decks to tackle the challenges that lay ahead of you.
Each card has its own special attributes, and putting together the right deck is the key to beating the game.
Slay the Spire is a game that requires a lot of logical thinking, as well as trial and error.
But when you complete the game? It is one of the most satisfying experiences.
Sometimes we just want to kick back and enjoy a game. Maybe a game with awesome weapons. Maybe kill a few demons in the process. If this is the sort of game that you are after, then DOOM Eternal is for you.
DOOM Eternal isn’t heavy on the plot. Instead, you will be going through areas, blasting demon after demon.
Unlike other games in the series, DOOM Eternal adds a few puzzle and platforming elements into the mix. It adds to the challenge and keeps things nice and fresh.
DOOM Eternal is a game that can be beaten quickly, but you are going to enjoy every single second of the experience.
It doesn’t matter how many demons you blow to pieces in a bloody goop – it is an experience that you will always enjoy.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is generally regarded as one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and it is easy to see why.
In this Polish-developed game, you will play as the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia.
Your mission? Well, we don’t want to spoil the plot. It is far too amazing. However, along the course of your adventure, you will be facing monster after monster, using all of your Witcher powers.
This includes swordplay, bombs, and even a dash of magic. Other RPG elements include equipment gathering, boosting stats, and general exploration.
There are countless side quests in Wild Hunt, some of which are almost as long as the main plotline in other games!
While you will be exploring an open-world, the action is a little bit more streamlined than Skyrim, which can make Witcher 3 ideal for those that want a little bit more direction in their gameplay.
If you love sophisticated plotlines, tons of side quests, and a whole lot of action, then The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is for you.
Those are our picks for the best Nintendo Switch games that adults will love!
Know of any other great games adults will enjoy on the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comment section below.