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The Best Remakes And Remasters For The Nintendo Switch

Updated March 9, 2020 131 votes 19 voters21 items

List RulesVote up your favorite remakes and remastered games on the Switch.

Nintendo is known for a lot of things, but remakes typically aren’t one of them. Or are they? Due to its portability and amazing exclusives, the Nintendo Switch has become one of the most prolific consoles of this generation. Because it's been so popular, it's not surprising that Nintendo has released remasters of classic games for the platform alongside its newer titles. From epic platformers to adventure games and more, there's something here for everyone, regardless of your preferences.

What’s your favorite remastered Switch game? Originally released on the Game Boy, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening got a much-needed facelift with updated graphics, gameplay, and more. And then there are also hidden gems like Neverwinter Nights and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which were both remastered and released on the Switch. And then, of course, you have Mario Kart 8 and New Super Mario Bros. U, which were both released for the Switch as deluxe versions.

Be sure to vote up all your favorite remakes and remastered Switch titles. That way other gamers can see which titles to try next.

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  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
    Photo: Nintendo

    Original release date: 1993

    The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an action-adventure game developed by Nintendo EPD and Grezzo, and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It is a remake of the 1993 game for the Game Boy that retains the original title's top-down perspective and gameplay, along with elements from the 1998 remaster Link's Awakening DX. The remake features a "retro-modern" art style unique within the series with toy-like character designs, diorama-like world designs, and tilt-shift visuals that evoke the original game's presentation on the Game Boy. It also features customizable dungeons which the player can create and then complete for rewards. It was released on September 20, 2019. Its... more on Wikipedia
    • Developer: Nintendo EPD, Grezzo
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles
    Photo: Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition / Monolith Soft

    Original release date: 2010

    Xenoblade Chronicles, known in Japan as Xenoblade, is a science fiction role-playing video game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Wii console. The game was announced during E3 2009 under its original title Monado: Beginning of the World. It was later renamed Xenoblade in January 2010 to honor Tetsuya Takahashi, the director of the game and all prior games in the Xeno series. The game was first released on 10 June 2010 in Japan and later localized and released on 19 August 2011 in Europe. However, remarkable time passed without any confirmation on a North American release, which led to the Operation Rainfall fan movement in order to generate interest in a release... more on Wikipedia
    • Developer: Monolith Soft
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    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
    Photo: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney / Capcom

    Original release date: 2001

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, released in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten, is a visual novel/adventure legal drama video game published and developed by Capcom in Japan, North America, and Europe, and published by Nintendo in Australia. It was first released as Gyakuten Saiban in Japan exclusively for the Game Boy Advance in 2001, and was re-released for the Nintendo DS as an enhanced remake in 2005 with touchscreen support, microphone support, and exclusive content. This version was first released in Japan, and later in North America, Europe, and Australia. The Game Boy Advance version was also re-released for Microsoft Windows as Gyakuten Saiban PC, published by the Japanese... more on Wikipedia
    • Developer: Capcom
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  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    Photo: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo

    Original release date: 2014

    Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing video game and the eighth major installment in the Mario Kart series, developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U video game console. First announced at E3 2013, the game was released worldwide in May 2014. Like other games in the series, in Mario Kart 8, players control characters from the Mario franchise and participate in kart racing on various race tracks, using items to hinder opponents or gain advantages. While incorporating game mechanics originally featured in earlier Mario Kart games, Mario Kart 8 introduces anti-gravity sections that allow players to drive on walls or ceilings. The game features multiple single-player and multiplayer game modes,... more on Wikipedia
    • Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development
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