The best Switch exclusives in 2022

From familiar faces to brand new franchises, these are the best Switch exclusives

Own a Nintendo Switch? These are the exclusive games you need to play on the handheld hybrid...

9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Yes, this is technically a glorified Wii U port, but a great game is a great game and on Switch, Mario Kart 8 is better than ever.

8. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

An utterly gorgeous, plasticky diorama-style reimagining of the 1993 classic, which first appeared on the Game Boy. 

7. Splatoon 2

The sequel to the Wii U's groundbreaking squad-based shooter improves on just about everything from the original, with more maps, more weapons, more diverse Inklings to play as.

6. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

A brilliant JRPG that boasts varied and challenging combat. It also controls like a dream with the Switch’s setup, making every move on the battlefield satisfyingly easy to map out.

5. Luigi's Mansion 3

Not only is Luigi's Mansion 3 one of the best looking games on Switch, it's also a wonderful adventure. An effortlessly charming gem. 

4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

With new features, like crafting and terraforming, there's a lot to see in New Horizons, but the game also thrives on the gentle ticking of real-world time, meaning nothing is hurried.

3. Super Smash Bros Ultimate

With every character, stage, and piece of music to ever appear in a Smash Bros game, this iconic beat 'em up is a monumental achievement. 

2. Super Mario Odyssey

A ludicrously inventive platforming masterpiece that's simply a joy from start to finish. Own a Switch? This is the beyond essential. 

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

BotW's jaw-dropping visuals and versatile blend of melee combat and magical abilities cement it as an immediate and timeless classic – and still the best experience on the Switch.

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