There aren't a lot of games for the Nintendo Switch. But there are some good ones to be had. Yes, some. If you've got a Switch in your hot hands, and want to know what to do with it, here are the best games I've tried so far in a week or so of playing.
Good news: except for Zelda, these are affordably priced picks. And Zelda is worth its weight in gold.
Speaking of which: buy Zelda. You already did, of course.
Nintendo's first indie downloadable game on the eShop is a delightful little collaborative puzzler. Two players can each grab one of the Joy-Cons, huddle down and figure out puzzles starring adorable little shape-things. It's kid-perfect, and priced well ($20). Next to Zelda, this is a day one must-get, and a good way to explore multiplayer.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
There aren't any Virtual Console games on Switch yet, which means no retro fun. Except, there is Shovel Knight, a fantastic indie game that looks like it was made for NES. But it wasn't. Shovel Knight's already a classic, and its arrival on Switch means you need to buy it ASAP. But, there are two different Shovel Knight games on the Switch eShop. Let me explain: one is the new spinoff game, Specter of Torment. The other, Treasure Trove, bundles this game with previous games. Get Specter of Torment for $10, but if you want the biggest bang for the buck, go with the whole $25 package.
The only racing game on Switch right now is this one, and Fast RMX is, surprisingly, really good. It's like Wipeout and F-Zero had a hover-racing baby. The 30 included tracks for $20 is a steal, and the super-fast gameplay shows off the Switch graphics well. It can do local split-screen and online multiplayer, too.
Oh, and 1-2 Switch? Pass on that for now, unless you're desperate for novelty or have lots of friends you want to get silly with.