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Nintendo Switch is the successor of Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles and is widely considered to be the first hybrid console on the market. It allows users to play games either at home on a big TV screen or while travelling. This is possible thanks to its revolutionary design, which combines features of both stationary and handheld consoles. It is composed of two main parts: the console unit, which is a 6.2" screen tablet based on Nvidia technology, and the docking station necessary to connect the console to a TV set. Nintendo Switch was released worldwide on March 3, 2017.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

Action 03 March 2017

Another installment in the popular action-adventure game series by Nintendo, and also the first game in the series for WiiU. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you play once again as the main character of the franchise, Link, who gets involved in yet another exciting and dangerous adventure as he tries to learn what led to the downfall of the land of Hyrule. The gameplay is a combination of several genres: adventure, action RPG, and even survival. During the game, you explore the open world, solve puzzles and fight enemies; the combat is arcade-like and requires you to use varied tactics. You also have to gather resources in order to prepare food and drink, which affect your abilities, just like pieces of equipment.

Doom (Switch)
Doom (Switch)

Action 10 November 2017

The fourth part in one of the most famous FPS franchises in history, originated by id Software Studio in 1993. Since then, the overall story premise remained basically unchanged, having the player take on the role of a sole commando who has to fight hordes of demons from Hell spawned in a military research base as a result of a failed experiment. In contrast to the third game, which featured numerous horror elements, Doom focuses on fast-paced action, thus going back to the roots of the series. The hero learned some brand new skills, including spectacular finishers, making the gameplay even more brutal. One of the landmarks of the franchise is the considerable multiplayer mode, this time enriched with a useful tool called SnapMap. It lets players create not only maps and locations, but also their own play modes – from cooperative battles against enemy hordes to classic Deathmatches.

State of Mind (Switch)
State of Mind (Switch)

Adventure August 2018

A science-fiction adventure game set in a dystopian world and created by Daedalic Entertainment. The action takes place in Berlin, and the year is 2048. State of Mind presents a grim prediction on the future of mankind struggling with unending wars, shrinking resources and governments establishing their regimes. The player assumes the role of a man who decides to abandon the physical world along with his family through the digitalization of human consciousness and settle in a utopian, virtual environment known as City 5. Unfortunately however, something goes wrong when the data transfer is being made and the player's task is to help the protagonist to finish the transfer and rejoin his family. In terms of the mechanics, State of Mind is a typical adventure game requiring the player to explore the in-game environments, talk to other characters, collect items and solve puzzles. The player takes on the roles of several different characters undergoing mutual interactions.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)

RPG 01 December 2017

Xenoblade Chronicles is the third entry in the Xenoblade series. The previous entries were Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii and Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. The new entry isn’t directly related to its predecessors, but similarly to Final Fantasy series it shares some common elements with them, including enemies, available items, attacks and character skills. During the adventure the player assumes the role of a boy named Rex. Together with his friend Pyra he starts an epic journey in search for the mythical Elysium that is humanity’s last hope for survival. In order to reach it, the pair and their companions met during the adventure must travel through a vast fantasy world created on the back of monstrous titans.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch)

Action 2018

Another installment of the best-selling FPS series, and at the same time a direct continuation to Wolfenstein: The New Order created by Machine Games. The Action of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is set in 1961 – after waking up from a coma B.J. Blazkowicz and his companions find the United States of America occupied by the Nazis. The main protagonist finds common ground with the leaders of the local resistance, and decides to help them fight the invaders. As in the previous Wolfenstein installment, the gameplay in The New Colossus features exploration, completing consecutive missions, and eliminating scores of diverse foes. The players are given a wide range of murderous weapons – including not only classic firearms but also some more elaborate pieces. Interestingly, once again the developers have decided to abandon health regeneration mechanics in favor of the old-school med-kit system. The game features high-quality 3D graphics – in comparison to its predecessor, the most significant are the texture and special effect enhancements that accompany the gunfights.

Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud (Switch)
Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud (Switch)

RPG 04 April 2018

A special version of Phantasy Star Online 2. It takes advantage of a computing cloud technology. Thanks to that, the players don’t need to download any data before starting the game – they are transferred in real time directly from the servers and the console serves only as a receiver. Except for this, the content of the game is same as the content of the original version of the title.

Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore (Switch)
Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore (Switch)

Action 19 April 2018

Another full-fledged installment in a series of popular space shooter games developed by Fishlabs Entertainment. In terms of the mechanics, this iteration does not bring any revolutionary features and remains similar to its predecessors in many aspects. Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore is first and foremost a third-person space shooter taking the player to the Neox sector - where they become a bounty hunter and their role is to complete subsequent assignments for adequate rewards. The game is typically arcade and requires the player mainly to control their ship, though using different weapons and defensive gadgets in combat is also essential. The gameplay formula focuses on providing the player with a lot of freedom, apart from the game world as such. As a result, the player is capable of applying different methods of achieving their goals and complete various side missions.

Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 (Switch)
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 (Switch)

Fighting 22 September 2017

Another installment in the 3D fighting game series by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the extremely popular manga by Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 utilizes the same formulas as its predecessor by combining the elements of all the series of the DB anime (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super), as well as those from the movies. The game features a multitude of familiar characters and an option to create your own custom character; you can choose their gender, appearance and powers. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 focuses on battles taking place in 3D arenas, during which you use a range of unique attacks and powers derived from the original manga and anime series. The game utilizes the cel-shading technology, just like its first installment, and features the original anime voice actors, but thanks to the capabilities of the new generation devices, the visual and sound layer are much better.

Syberia 3 (Switch)
Syberia 3 (Switch)

Adventure June 2018

A sequel to a popular adventure game series created by the Belgian comic artist Benoit Sokal and Microids Studio, released over a decade after the second part. The story focuses on adventures of Kate Walker, a young lawyer, whose profession, in-born curiosity, and adventurousness get her entangled in a new mystery. Throughout the game, featuring classic point-and-click mechanics, you meet a whole menagerie of characters known from the previous installments in the series, as well as a cast of new heroes, including Still Life's protagonist and an FBI agent Victoria McPherson. Despite of using full 3D graphics that replaced hand drawn backgrounds, the game features the characteristic artwork style consistent with previous games.

Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)
Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)

Action 2018

The fourth full-fledged installment in the best-selling action series Metroid Prime, owned by Nintendo. Metroid Prime 4 is the first installment designed for Nintendo Switch. The game’s protagonist is Samus Aran – an interstellar bounty huntress fighting with Space Pirates. After the events presented in the previous game, the heroine gets entangled in another intrigue, which forces her to embark on another dangerous journey. In the game we go through vast, nonlinear levels and fight the opponents we encounter – implemented in first-person shooter mechanics. The heroine has not only got a diverse arsenal of energy rifles, but also a wide range of special skills. One of them is Morph Ball, which allows her to reach hardly accessible places. Thanks to such mechanics, the challenges the player faces in Metroid Prime 4 are not only arcade in nature but logic-based as well.

Attack on Titan 2 (Switch)
Attack on Titan 2 (Switch)

Action 20 March 2018

A sequel to the 2016 game Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom. Attack on Titan 2 (also known in Europe as A.O.T. 2) was developed by Omega Force (the creators of e.g. Dynasty Warriors), which belongs to Koei Tecmo. The story was based on the second season of the anime, but thanks to the cooperation of the franchise's original creator Hajime Isayama, it also features new plot threads. The production is a TPP action game. You play as trained warriors, who fight the Titans—gigantic humanoid creatures. The second installment features more playable characters and an improved controls system, which also gives you more freedom. The game also allows you not only to fight monsters, but also get to know the key characters.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Trials (Switch)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Trials (Switch)

Action 30 June 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Trials is the first expansion for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that was developed by Nintendo. It is a typical game expansion that does not introduce any major changes to gameplay mechanics. Nintendo focused on adding new content to the game and, by doing so, expanding our adventures in Hyrule. The biggest introduction that comes with the expansion is the new adventure called Trials of the Sword. It takes us to small maps where we do not have access to our previously gathered equipment and have to fight off waves of enemies. We get new pieces of equipment and useful items by defeating our enemies and exploring our surroundings. Doing so will prepare us for fights with more powerful opponents. Master Trials also introduces a new difficulty level called Master Mode. In terms of new items, this add-on introduces one new mask and eight armor sets.

Rocket League (Switch)
Rocket League (Switch)

Sports 14 November 2017

A futuristic sports game created by Psyonix Studios. This is a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars released in 2008 on PS3. The game features an extraordinary version of soccer, in which players drive uniquely customized rocket-powered cars, trying to get the ball into the opponent’s goal. Cars possess an array of special powers, which can be modified as you progress with over a hundred different gadgets. Matches are played on special cage-shaped arenas with power-ups scattered across them. The game lets you play through a full league season against AI, the pinnacle however, is the multiplayer, both online and local. As compared with the previous game, this one has noticeably better graphics and improved physics engine.

Enter the Gungeon (Switch)
Enter the Gungeon (Switch)

Arcade 14 December 2017

A unique mix of a classic dungeon crawler and a dynamic, two-dimensional shooter from the debuting American studio, Dodge Roll. We play as a hero seeking for the legendary weapon that can change the past of a distant planet. To achieve his goal, he must explore the eponymous ancient temple where many dangers and surprises await him. Featuring a top-down view, the game tasks us with exploration of randomly generated levels of the temple. We come across numerous enemies and bosses, as well various shops and friendly characters that will help us in our journey. The game’s combat system is based on classic twin-stick shooters, allowing us to use environmental objects as weapons in addition to an already vast selection of guns and gadgets.

Hollow (Switch)
Hollow (Switch)

Action 22 February 2018

A horror science-fiction adventure game by Polish studio Forever Entertainment. In Hollow you play as a pilot, who visits an abandoned space station orbiting Saturn, and your task is to learn why its crew is gone. The mission is difficult to complete, however, as the station is infested by humanoid mutants, which you have to fight. The game utilizes a first person's perspective and the gameplay focuses on exploration, solving puzzles, and combat. To understand the story, you have to hack computers and read the notes left by the crew. The game features an atmospheric soundtrack and a claustrophobic feel, resembling classic horror science-fiction games and movies.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Champions' Ballad (Switch)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Champions' Ballad (Switch)

Action 08 December 2017

The second expansion to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This time, players get a chance to meet the four titular Hyrule Champions. Apart from the new storyline, this add-on introduces another dungeon as well as a new weapon and pieces of gear for both Link and his mount. Another novelty in this DLC is the new means of transport, namely the Master Cycle Zero motorcycle.

GRIP (Switch)
GRIP (Switch)

Racing July 2018

A futuristic racing game developed by Caged Element and a spiritual successor to the once-popular Rollcage series. GRIP takes us to an unspecified period in the future and focuses on brutal racing tournaments of well-armored vehicles; the tradition stems from illegal city racing that was popular in early 21st century. As the sport grew more and more popular the number of modifications in racing cars constantly increased, which translated into significantly better performance for the price of taking incredible risks. In the wake of numerous unsuccessful attempts to eradicate the brutal sport, the authorities eventually admitted their defeat and accepted it as an official sports discipline along with its TV broadcasts. The rules are incredibly simple: the players’ task is to reach the finish line as quickly as possible and preferably in one piece. What differentiates GRIP from traditional racing games is the unique construction of the cars that allows them to drive on nearly all surfaces, including ceilings.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch)

Action 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a science fiction action game developed by Ubisoft. The game takes place in a distant future in the titular Atlas planetary system, a place full of breathtaking alien worlds. This part of the galaxy is on the brink of destruction due to the invasion of the machines known as the Forgotten Legion. Our job is to stop the machines and defeat their leader, Grax. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an action game where we control our own, self-made space ship. We use it to fight not only in space, but also in the atmosphere of many planets. The game’s world is open and dynamic, and changes under the influence of ours and our antagonists' decisions. What makes Starlink: Battle for Atlas a unique game is the fact that it is integrated with spaceship minifigures that are sold separately. Those minifigures are modular, which allows us to manually change their parts and pilots. These changes are instantly taken to the virtual world.

2064: Read Only Memories - Integral (Switch)
2064: Read Only Memories - Integral (Switch)

Adventure Monday, 30 April 2018

A classic adventure game developed by independent studio MidBoss. Assuming the role of a journalist, the player finds himself in cyberpunk Neo-San Francisco of 2064 and conducts an investigation so as to find the creator of the machine called Turing – the world’s first Artificial Intelligence with self-consciousness and an ability to think independently. The setting is retrofuturistic – the creators have drawn inspirations from the 1980s’ vision of the future. The effect is magnified by old-school 8-bit graphics. Gameplay in Read Only Memories comes down to world exploration, chatting with various characters, and solving puzzles. From time to time, the player needs to complete arcade sequences consisting in fighting enemies or sneaking past guards. The way the story develops largely depends on the player’s actions and their decisions, which lead to different plot branches.

Mega Man Legacy Collection (Switch)
Mega Man Legacy Collection (Switch)

Arcade 22 May 2018

A bundle of six installments of the popular series of two-dimensional platformer games, Mega Man. The collection includes the major entries in the franchise that were initially published in years 1987-1993 on 8-bit consoles. The action of these titles takes place in an undefined future. While playing, we assume the role of the eponymous Mega Man who is a sentient humanoid robot who fights various mechanical enemies created by a mad scientist and inventor, Dr. Wily. The gameplay follows the genre’s standards and is based on exploring vast maps, collecting items, and avoiding various traps and obstacles. Mega Man Legacy Collection faithfully recreates the six games although not without introducing numerous enhancements such as slightly improved graphics, Challenge mode, online leaderboards, and a virtual museum that contains tons of information on individual installments of the series.

No Thing (Switch)
No Thing (Switch)

Arcade 22 March 2018

A surrealistic arcade game from the Polish Evil Indie Games studio, set in an alternate version of the year 1994. It shows a grim, retrofuturistic vision of future, as imagined in the 70’s. In the age of a totalitarian regime that tries to break all opposition, we play as an ordinary clerk, who is given the task of delivering a message to someone known as the Ice Queen. Gameplay-wise, No Thing is a rather classic arcade game from the endless runner genre, where we observe world from the perspective of our hero, who automatically runs through narrow, floating paths. We must turn at correct moments to remain on the track and avoid colliding with obstacles. Game offers a campaign (with a very twisted plot) mode or an endless mode, the latter with a never-ending path and us trying to go as far as possible.

Fast RMX (Switch)
Fast RMX (Switch)

Racing 03 March 2017

A dynamic racing game developed by independent studio Shin'en Multimedia for the Nintendo Switch console. Fast RMX is sometimes called a spiritual successor to the WipEout series. The players control futuristic cars, with powerful anti-gravity drives on board, and participate in spectacular races, in which they can reach speed of hundreds of miles per hour. In Fast RMX you get to compete for victory on 30 diverse routes, set in such places as vast metropolises, canyons, or snowy mountains. The key to victory lies not only in proper handling of the vehicle of your choice, but also in having perfect knowledge of individual routes, which are filled with various power-ups. Fast RMX can be played either solo or in company of other players in local or online modes. The game sports high quality graphics and smooth animation displayed in 60 frames per second.