The Switch Marches On
Is it already that time again? With the Holidays closing in once more, we know a lot of you are looking for gifts for all the players in your lives, and maybe some things you’d like to get for yourselves too. If you’re not sure what to get, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From November 3rd to November 18th, we’ll be bringing you guides to satisfy every type of player each weekday. Strap in and kiss your wallet goodbye.
The Switch may be getting a bit long in the tooth, but despite that, Nintendo and even third parties continue to put out excellent titles on it every year. While it may not be too much longer before we can expect new hardware to be on the way, for now, let’s focus on some of the great games that have hit the Switch over the last year, which would make great gifts.
Fans waited a long time for Bayonetta to return, and while that wait was often excruciating, our favorite witch did not disappoint upon arrival. Well, as long as your main focus is on gameplay. The action fans have come to adore from Bayonetta is still intact, with some new powers like directly controlling your demon slaves, shaking things up, and providing a welcome source of variety while new characters and constant set pieces keep things fresh. If your main focus is on the story, that’s been a lot more divisive, but Bayonetta 3 still has all the attitude and personality that sets the series apart from its competition.
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Farming games may have oversaturated the market this year, but Harvestella stands out by putting less focus on that aspect of its gameplay. Sure, you’ll still be harvesting crops, but Harvestella feels a lot more like a traditional RPG outside of it, one that would be right at home alongside the games that were releasing on the PS2 twenty years ago. If you’ve longed for more games in that vein, Harvestella is well worth checking out.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby felt like one of the last holdouts for pure 2D gaming, but after years of asking, fans finally got their fully 3D Kirby game. And guess what? It’s fantastic, with bright and colorful visuals, great controls, imaginative worlds, and Kirby is now able to terrifyingly absorb real-world objects to harness their powers and not just his enemies. Is there anything this pink ball of fun can’t do?
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
The first time Mario and the Rabbids teamed up, it seemed like an insane choice. Then we played that partnership and found the pairing worked shockingly well. This time around, the success isn’t nearly as shocking, but don’t let that take away from how great Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is, offering XCOM-style thrills to Switch players in a Nintendo-shaped package. Sure, it’s lacking a bit in the polish department compared to what we’re used to from games starring everyone’s favorite plumber, but with significantly refined gameplay, this is otherwise an improvement on the original across the board.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
There’s yet another Pokémon title releasing today, and it looks great. Our staff are excited to check it out. Without having been able to play this latest game in the series, it’s hard to say how great it is. We have no such reservations, however, about Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which released early this year and managed to completely shake the way the series works up. With battles taking place right on the overworld, a new means of progression through catching Pokémon, and a story set in the distant past, Arceus showed that this series can still manage something new after all these years. Now we just have to hope some of this has rubbed off on the core series.