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If you missed them on the WiiU, play Mk8 and BOTW. Those 2 are the essentials. Mk8 Is IMO the best game the Switch has.
Other than that I heavily advice Astral Chain, Smash Bros U and I guess you could give FE Three Houses a go.
Links Awakening remake is nice if you can find it at a price cut.
Octopath Traveler is a must if you like classic RPGs, which I believe you do.

I cant say much for Mario/Luigi games since I personally get bored with them, Odyssey and Mansion 3 were no exception. When it comes to Pokemon, I personally consider sw/sh the worst main line games in the franchise and that is no exaggeration, but they are divisive games nonetheless, so you might have a different experience than I did.

Edit - Not an exclusive, but its only available on Switch and PC: Hades. That game is so good. 

Last edited by Jpcc86 - on 21 January 2021

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VAMatt said:
IcaroRibeiro said:

Nintendo milk their fanbase with re-releases, the key serecet to enjoy Nintendo is to buy on hardware and skip the other :p 

I've always been an early adopter of Nintendo systems. But, I think those days are over for me. Going forward, I'm going to wait several years before purchasing Nintendo hardware to make sure that there is a sufficient catalog of games that I have not yet played. When we get to that point, if it looks like the next gen hardware is coming soon, I may well do as you suggest and skip a generation.

I really feel like Nintendo has not done right by those of us that were loyal and bought the Wii U.  We get to play the same games again and pay full price for them.  At the very least, they should have offered some sort of trade-in program where you send in your Wii U disc and get half price access to a digital Switch version of the game, or something like that.  For that matter, they could have just sent out discount codes to anyone that played the Wii U versions of the games prior to their release on Switch. Nintendo certainly has that information for the vast majority of us. 

First bold: if you already have the game on Wii U and don't want to rebuy it, then simply don't rebuy it. The Switch versions are for people who don't own a Wii U. Those are new games for them.

Second bold: Has something like that ever existed in gaming?



VAMatt said:

IMO, Switch is worth buying if you're really into the Nintendo core franchises, and won't have to stretch to afford it. If you didn't own a Wii U, there's more reason to get Switch. If you do have a Wii U, about half of the big games are available there.

As I've written elsewhere, my Switch is mostly collecting dust because they haven't released enough new stuff in their core franshises. Zero exclusive Zelda games and no new Mario Kart are the most obvious omissions.  There's also no new 2D Mario, unless you count Mario Maker.  

Links Awakening remake is only on Switch



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Yoshi's Crafted World, Kirby Star Allies, Octopath Traveler, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Astral Chain, Paper Mario: The Origami King and ALL the Xenoblade games are in most recommended list.

Luigi's Mansion 3 while a great looker and a good brain-teaser sometimes, I can't put in the list because unexplicably it didn't click with me.

Also, Switch got plenty of console exclusive indies if you're into those as well ^^ 



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No Virtual Console, and it sucks.
Closest thing is streaming NES and SNES games as long as you're subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online (a garbage service). Even the Wii and Wii U had digital N64 games. And I want them to finally give us GameCube games.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are pretty essential exclusives. Luigi's Mansion 3 is up there as well. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also on Wii U, but you might not have a Wii U. It's a pretty flagship Switch game.



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Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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VAMatt said:
IcaroRibeiro said:

Nintendo milk their fanbase with re-releases, the key serecet to enjoy Nintendo is to buy on hardware and skip the other :p 

I've always been an early adopter of Nintendo systems. But, I think those days are over for me. Going forward, I'm going to wait several years before purchasing Nintendo hardware to make sure that there is a sufficient catalog of games that I have not yet played. When we get to that point, if it looks like the next gen hardware is coming soon, I may well do as you suggest and skip a generation.

I really feel like Nintendo has not done right by those of us that were loyal and bought the Wii U.  We get to play the same games again and pay full price for them.  At the very least, they should have offered some sort of trade-in program where you send in your Wii U disc and get half price access to a digital Switch version of the game, or something like that.  For that matter, they could have just sent out discount codes to anyone that played the Wii U versions of the games prior to their release on Switch. Nintendo certainly has that information for the vast majority of us. 

I don't see a point of being an early adopter of any system tbh, but with Nintendo is specially true we need to wait at least 2 years. Handhelds are almost always guaranteed to be a hit and having decent support either 1st, 2nd or 3rd party, but home consoles tends to be more... erratic 

Switch is both, so I guess it's a middle ground. If next Switch hardware is home console only then I advice you to be cautious and don't let the hype consume you 

If it's more like a handheld I guess it's not really any options left in the market. Unless you stick gaming on Switch for many more years of course, which is not that bad a prospect 



GoOnKid said:
VAMatt said:

I've always been an early adopter of Nintendo systems. But, I think those days are over for me. Going forward, I'm going to wait several years before purchasing Nintendo hardware to make sure that there is a sufficient catalog of games that I have not yet played. When we get to that point, if it looks like the next gen hardware is coming soon, I may well do as you suggest and skip a generation.

I really feel like Nintendo has not done right by those of us that were loyal and bought the Wii U.  We get to play the same games again and pay full price for them.  At the very least, they should have offered some sort of trade-in program where you send in your Wii U disc and get half price access to a digital Switch version of the game, or something like that.  For that matter, they could have just sent out discount codes to anyone that played the Wii U versions of the games prior to their release on Switch. Nintendo certainly has that information for the vast majority of us. 

First bold: if you already have the game on Wii U and don't want to rebuy it, then simply don't rebuy it. The Switch versions are for people who don't own a Wii U. Those are new games for them.

Second bold: Has something like that ever existed in gaming?

I'm sure Xbox is doing smart delivery this gen. You buy a game on Xbone and will have it for free on Series X/S



GoOnKid said:
VAMatt said:

I've always been an early adopter of Nintendo systems. But, I think those days are over for me. Going forward, I'm going to wait several years before purchasing Nintendo hardware to make sure that there is a sufficient catalog of games that I have not yet played. When we get to that point, if it looks like the next gen hardware is coming soon, I may well do as you suggest and skip a generation.

I really feel like Nintendo has not done right by those of us that were loyal and bought the Wii U.  We get to play the same games again and pay full price for them.  At the very least, they should have offered some sort of trade-in program where you send in your Wii U disc and get half price access to a digital Switch version of the game, or something like that.  For that matter, they could have just sent out discount codes to anyone that played the Wii U versions of the games prior to their release on Switch. Nintendo certainly has that information for the vast majority of us. 

First bold: if you already have the game on Wii U and don't want to rebuy it, then simply don't rebuy it. The Switch versions are for people who don't own a Wii U. Those are new games for them.

Second bold: Has something like that ever existed in gaming?

I definitely do not buy re-releases of Wii U games.  That's my point.  Since I won't pay for the same games again, I don't get to play a Mario Kart, 2D Mario, etc. on Switch.  Those are the games that most people, myself included, buy Nintendo systems for.  Especially Kart.  That's their biggest series lately, and there isn't a new one on Switch.  Ridiculous, IMO.

As to the discount codes thing.... I'm not aware of such a thing ever happening.  Doesn't mean it, or something like it, can't happen.  As was noted, MS is doing better than that this gen by giving free upgrades.  



VAMatt said:
GoOnKid said:

First bold: if you already have the game on Wii U and don't want to rebuy it, then simply don't rebuy it. The Switch versions are for people who don't own a Wii U. Those are new games for them.

Second bold: Has something like that ever existed in gaming?

I definitely do not buy re-releases of Wii U games.  That's my point.  Since I won't pay for the same games again, I don't get to play a Mario Kart, 2D Mario, etc. on Switch.  Those are the games that most people, myself included, buy Nintendo systems for.  Especially Kart.  That's their biggest series lately, and there isn't a new one on Switch.  Ridiculous, IMO.

As to the discount codes thing.... I'm not aware of such a thing ever happening.  Doesn't mean it, or something like it, can't happen.  As was noted, MS is doing better than that this gen by giving free upgrades.  

I see. Well, it's unfortunate that you can't find more games to play on the Switch. I hope there will be a few more someday.



Nintendo is certainly fortunate enough that the vast majority of Switch users didn't get to play Wii U games, and also because there are many people like me who don't have problem buying again 2 or 3 games from the old system. Well, the only games I have bought again are Bayo 1+2, Pikmin 3 and Child of Light, but I would honestly rebuy the latter two every chance I had presented to me.



My bet with The_Liquid_Laser: I think the Switch won't surpass the PS2 as the best selling system of all time. If it does, I'll play a game of a list that The_Liquid_Laser will provide, I will have to play it for 50 hours or complete it, whatever comes first.