If I haven’t texted you back, it’s probably because I’m playing on my Nintendo Switch. I’ve become more of a gamer since the start of the pandemic. Although it is difficult to find, the Nintendo Switch is perfect for a light gamer like me. I picked up the Switch Lite from Target and play my favorite games all throughout my apartment.
All my playtime has been nothing short of successful. I’ve completed a total of four games and I have to say, seeing the credit roll is such a satisfying feeling! My round-up of completed games is a mix of adventure, platforming, action, and cute characters.
Here are the four Nintendo Switch games I beat as a newbie:
- Super Mario Odyssey: Super Mario was my first mainstream game purchase. I put in over 15 hours to complete this platformer that put a new spin *literally* on Mario’s signature hat. The main story consists of saving Princess Peach from a forced marriage to Browser. The adventure through various kingdoms kept me engrossed in the game because I never knew what was coming next. As my first true adventure game, I had no clue to look for mini-games and collectibles in the nooks and cranny of each world! After completing the main game, I found the game still has more to offer.
- Ori and the Blind Forest: Ori is a Metroidvania style adventure-platformer. The game tells the story of Ori, a guardian spirit, aiming to restore the forest. The game’s checkpoints and ever-evolving map give the player a sense of achievement at every point. After almost every fight, a new skill is unlocked meaning that there’s always a new control to learn. Overall, this game not only helped me improve my platforming skills, but I know exactly how to identify the hidden areas of a game.
My first Nintendo Switch purchases mainly consisted of platformers, so I was down to add in some action.
- Swords of Ditto Mormo’s Curse: Ditto was my first action role-playing game (RPG) and a total change of pace. Instead of spending most of my time exploring, Ditto requires quick thinking and the right weapon. Visually, the game has an Adventure Time flair and the world is made up of toys. To win the game, the player must beat multiple cycles until Mormo’s curse is broken. The cycles are fun at first but get repetitive quickly and some include challenges that take away from the easy-going pace. I honestly only finished the game because I had already put in many hours in the first three cycles.
- Zelda: Link’s Awakening: My latest win is on the Nintendo Switch remake of the 1993 Link’s Awakening for Gameboy. The mix of action and adventure nature of the game rounds out my list and gave me the chance to implement all the new skills I’ve learned. Zelda piqued my interest, not because of its popularity, but because it also makes you think. The game is full of fun puzzles and brain teasers. The main story consists of a stranded Link embarking on a quest to collect items to awaken the Wind Fish and escape the island. Total transparency here: At some points of the game, I had no clue where to go. Thankfully, YouTubers like ZakScottGames got me through with their gameplays.
These Nintendo Switch games are perfect for beginners. The controls are easy to pick up while the actual gameplay will capture you for hours. Looking to save some coins? Start off Ori or Ditto and save up for more popular titles like Mario and Zelda. If you’re like me, you’ll keep an eye out for seasonal and pop-up sales directly from Nintendo – you know I like to budget and save!
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