The best Nintendo Switch games in 2023

Shots from the various best Nintendo Switch games on a bright red background and the Switch logo
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The best Nintendo Switch games tend to cover all bases, from the epic open-world adventures and farming simulators to quirky cartoon racers and multiplayer madness for everyone in the family. The best Switch games are timeless, and excellent investments, as you'll find yourself playing them again and again. 

One of the best features of the Nintendo Switch console is the removable controllers (known as Joy-Cons), which let you play in hand-held, table-top or TV mode. This means you can play a huge variety of games with no limits and with a friend too.

Below, you'll find the very best Nintendo Switch games sorted into sections. We regularly update this list based on new releases (if they're any good), so bookmark this page and keep checking back. See our guides to the best Nintendo Switch accessories and best Nintendo Switch travel cases. And if you haven't bought a Switch yet, check our regularly updated hub for the best Nintendo Switch deals.

The best Nintendo Switch games 2023

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What modes does the Nintendo Switch have?

There are three modes that you can play with your Nintendo Switch. Handheld, Tabletop and TV mode. But what are the differences between each? They are all pretty self-explanatory, but we'll break down the main differences for those not in the know. 

Handheld mode means the Joy-Cons are attached to the console and you're playing it as a handheld device not too dissimilar to older Nintendo consoles like the Wii U or the DS. 

Tabletop mode is when the Joy-Cons are detached from the console and you are playing on the Switch's primary screen - this is a great way to play multiplayer games whilst out in public. 

Finally, TV mode is the term for when the Nintendo Switch is placed into the dock and the image is being displayed on your TV or monitor.

Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & Design

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & Design at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.

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