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The Best New Switch Games Of 2020 

Kyle Townsend
Updated July 17, 2020 126 votes 37 voters 2.3k views 19 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite new Nintendo releases.

We’re ranking the best Nintendo Switch games of 2020. As one of the most intuitive and versatile next-gen consoles around, the Switch has a dedicated following of loyal gamers and an ever-growing library of exclusive titles and older classics. (Plus, having a whole host of Nintendo exclusives like Super Smash Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario probably doesn't hurt.) While the last few years have been kind to Nintendo in terms of new releases, 2020’s already shaping up to be a stunner.

From simulation classics like Animal Crossing: New Horizons to survival horror sequels like Deadly Premonition 2, the Switch has brought its A-game this year. Who knows, maybe we'll even be graced with a new Zelda or Metroid title, too.

Vote up all your favorite new Nintendo Switch games, and vote down all the titles you tried but couldn’t get into. And if your favorite new Switch games are missing, add them below. Don’t forget to check back often as we update this list with more games.

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Animal Crossing: New Hor... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2020 (Nintendo EPD)

Genres (Video game): Social simulation, real-life simulation

Publisher: Nintendo

As in previous installments in the Animal Crossing series, New Horizons is a nonlinear life simulation game played in real-time. The player assumes the role of a customizable character who moves ...more
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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon:... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: March 6 (Spike Chunsoft)

Genres (Video game): Roguelike

Publisher: The Pokémon Company Nintendo

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a 2020 installation in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series. The game is the first remake of a Pokémon game outside of the main series, and ...more
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Minecraft Dungeons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2020 (Mojang)

Genres (Video game): Dungeon crawler

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios

Minecraft Dungeons has no crafting, building, or the ability to destroy blocks. Instead it focuses on being a dungeon crawler game, where the player explores randomly-generated dungeons filled ...more
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Trials of Mana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing

Publisher: Square Enix

Trials of Mana is a 2020 action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. It is a 3D remake of the Super Famicom title of ...more
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The Dark Crystal: Age of... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2020 (Krafton Game Union)

Genres (Video game): Role-playing game

Publisher: BonusXP

Metacritic score: 61%

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics is a video game based on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. It is a battle-strategy game where you play as the Gelfling in a war against each other. ...more

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My Hero One's Justice 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020

Genres (Video game): Fighting

Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

My Hero One's Justice 2, also known as My Hero Academia: One's Justice 2 in Japan, is 3D battle action fighter video game. It is a sequel to 2018's My Hero One's Justice. It was released on ...more
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Shin Megami Tensei X Fir... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020

Genres (Video game): Role-playing

Publisher: Nintendo

Metacritic score: 81%

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE is a 2015 crossover role-playing video game developed by Atlus and published by Nintendo for the Wii U home console. The game combines gameplay, narrative and aesthetic ...more
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Oddworld: Stranger's Wra... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2005 (Oddworld Inhabitants)

Genres (Video game): Western, Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Third-person Shooter, Action game, + more

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Metacritic score: 71%

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is an action-adventure video game developed by Oddworld Inhabitants and published by Electronic Arts for the Microsoft Xbox. Music for the game was written by composer ...more
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Atelier Ayesha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX

Genres (Video game): Role-playing video game

Metacritic score: 81%

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd. The character designs are by Hidari. It is the fourteenth title in the Atelier series, ...more
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SpongeBob SquarePants: B... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2003 (Heavy Iron Studios)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game, Adventure

Publisher: THQ

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a 2003 video game based on the animated series of the same name, developed by Heavy Iron Studios, AWE Games and Vicarious Visions and published ...more
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Murder by Numbers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2020 (Mediatonic)

Genres (Video game): Visual novel, puzzle

Publisher: The Irregular Corporation

Murder by Numbers is a video game developed by Mediatonic and published by The Irregular Corporation. The game is a hybrid of visual novels with nonogram-style logic puzzles to progress the ...more
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Ninjala is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020

Genres (Video game): Action

Publisher: GungHo Online Entertainment

Ninjala is a free-to-play multiplayer action video game being developed by GungHo Online Entertainment. Ninjala centers upon an eponymous tournament being held by the World Ninja Association, ...more
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Paper Mario: The Origami... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure, Role-playing video game

Publisher: Nintendo

Paper Mario: The Origami King is a 2020 action-adventure RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch console. It is the sixth game in the Paper Mario ...more
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CrossCode is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2018 (Radical Fish Games)

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing

Publisher: Deck13

CrossCode is an action role-playing game developed by Radical Fish Games and published by Deck13. CrossCode is a retro-inspired 2D action role-playing video game set in the distant future, ...more
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The Outer Worlds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2019 (Obsidian Entertainment)

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing

Publisher: Private Division

The Outer Worlds is an action role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Private Division. The game was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on ...more

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Bloodstained: Curse of t... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020

Genres (Video game): Platform

Publisher: Inti Creates

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 was announced in June 2020 as part of the New Game Plus Expo, and was released on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on July 10, 2020. ...more
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Deadly Premonition 2: A ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020

Genres (Video game): Survival horror

Publisher: Ignition Entertainment

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise was announced in September 2019 for the Nintendo Switch. It was released on July 10, 2020. Set in 2019 in Boston, the plot focuses on Aaliyah Davis, ...more
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Doom Eternal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2020 (id Software)

Genres (Video game): First-person shooter

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Doom Eternal is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth main title in the Doom series and a sequel to 2016's Doom. Players once again ...more
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Darksiders Genesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Switch Games Of 2020
Released: 2020 (Airship Syndicate)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Hack and slash

Publisher: THQ Nordic

Metacritic score: 74%

Darksiders Genesis is a top-down hack and slash action role-playing video game developed by American studio Airship Syndicate and published by THQ Nordic. The game was released for Stadia and ...more