10 Best Nintendo Switch Games to Play During Quarantine

With quarantine still in effect, some of us have a little more free time on our hands. A great way to keep yourself entertained at the time is to invest some time in gaming. Now I know what you’re thinking; gaming is bad for you, and you don’t gain anything from it. Playing videos can actually be good for your mind and keep your mental abilities sharp. 

Since quarantine has been in effect, the Nintendo Switch has seen a rise in interest and purchases. This is partly due to Nintendo’s cult favorite game, Animal Crossing, coming out. Still, people are taking advantage of their free time and investing in this small handheld console to give them a little entertainment when needed.

If you’re fortunate enough to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite, you might wonder what games are worth your time to look into. We broke down some of the top Nintendo Switch games you can play from the comfort of your couch that will help you pass the time while in quarantine. 

1. Overcooked 2

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When you first start this game out, it might seem a little weird but stick with it. Overcooked 2 is a multiplayer cooking simulation game that requires players to cook, chop, and serve food before the time runs out. Players are required to follow the correct recipes to make the perfect meal, and they must keep a close eye on their food, so it doesn’t burn and lead to the kitchen catching on fire. Throughout the game, the levels get increasingly harder, with obstacles thrown continuously in your way. This game can be played in a story mode for single players, or you can play online with your friends.

2. Untitled Goose Game

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Sometimes it’s fun just to get lost in some of the most random games ever, like Untitled Goose Game. Here you’re playing a goose, a not a very nice one at that. Your job is to make everyone’s life around you a little harder. You’re sure to get a lot of laughs out of this game; even Chrissie Teigen loves it.

3. Pokemon Sword & Shield

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So many OG Nintendo gamers were excited when Nintendo announced the newest Pokemon game. Sword and Shield are separated into two games, each with their unique Pokemon that are new. They have individual move sets and abilities, so choose your game wisely, or you can just buy both and have the time of your life.

4. Super Mario Odyssey 

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Super Marios Odyssey is a 3D adventure that your Mario loving heart will be happy to play. You gain terrific abilities that help you throughout the game and allow you to save Princess Peach. Throughout the game, you will travel around the Mushroom Kingdom with your friend Cappy.

5. Luigi’s Mansion 3

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Luigi’s Mansion is just a fun game to get engrossed in. The animation is excellent, and it allows you to get tactile and precise with your gameplay. Luigi’s Mansion involves a lot of statistic playing, never thought you would have to do that in a Mario type of game, but it’s true. You’ll have fun running away from ghosts and other creatures that are trying to capture you in the haunted house you’re living in. 

6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Super Smash Bros has been a fan favorite of the Nintendo world for a while. There is a massive lineup of characters that you can choose are your fighter when you play against friends. If you like single-player mode, there is a great single-player campaign mode that will leave you feeling completive even when you’re playing by yourself.

7. Tetris 99

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This is not like any other Tetris game you’ve played before. Tetris 99 is like a battle Royale of Tetris and is so insane you won’t even know what is happening around you. The coolest thing about this game is it is currently free when you sign up on Nintendo’s website.

8. Rocket League

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Rocket League is a great way to game with your friends, have a fantastic time, and honestly laugh your butt off. Think of Rocket League as soccer but with cars. Your team goal is to score as many points as you can by shooting a ball into the goal. Throughout the game, you will gain powers that will only assist you throughout the game.

9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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A lot of people have said this is the best game ever made. The game outsold the Nintendo Switch on launch day, so you can see a lot of people were excited about this game. The game is an open-world design and is meant for pure adventure. There are amazing details throughout the game, and it will leave you with a lot of surprises. This is a single-player game, so you can easily spend a lot of time getting lost in the world you’re exploring while going through the story mode. 

10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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If you need a way just to forget what is happening around you, it’s time to get lost in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. With Animal Crossing, you will help create an island paradise, build your own house, pick weeds, and just wholly pointless and mundane tasks that someone relaxes you and leaves you wanting more. The game is set to your specific time zone and hours, with unique things happening around particular times of the day or night. This game requires no strategy or knowledge of gaming and is just a fun game to get lost in.

Right now is the perfect time to get lost in some Nintendo Switch games. You can choose between two Switches, the original Nintendo Switch, which has removable joy-con controllers, and can be hooked up to a television or their newer model, the Nintendo Switch Lite. The lite comes in a variety of fun colors and is a handheld only device that is great for couch lovers. The Switches are hard to come by right now, but retailers like Target and GameStop are continually restocking and allowing online orders for pickup once they come available.