Mario is probably the most iconic video game character ever made, so if you’re like many people you’d like a game starring the portly plumber. Some of the most memorable Mario games that come to my mind include:
- Super Mario Brothers 3
- Super Mario RPG
- Super Mario 64
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2
There are several fantastic Mario games for the Nintendo Switch that I’ll make you aware of if you haven’t heard of them already. As a general rule of thumb, most Mario games tend to be top-of-the-line when it comes to quality, and the Switch titles are no exception.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The latest and greatest entry in the Mario Kart series has made its way onto the Switch, and boy does it deliver! Originally released on the Wii U as Mario Kart 8, this updated version has been made exclusively for the Switch and includes new tracks, the ability to hold two items at once, and a brand new Battle Mode. The beautiful graphics, adrenaline-fueled gameplay, satisfying controls, stellar soundtrack, and everything else that made the original Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U such a stand-out game is present on the Switch version, so if you’ve played it on the Wii U before you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. The game controls quite well with the Joy-Cons but you can always use a pro-controller if that’s more your preference.
One of the main reasons to grab the Deluxe version if you already have the Wii U version is for the revamped Battle mode, which was admittedly a weak point in the original. In Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, battle mode was played on normal racing courses, despite being a game mode that revolves primarily around scoring points by throwing items at your opponents as opposed to completing laps on a race course. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe there are arenas specifically designed for Battle Mode, as well as a variety of different game modes for those courses as well. If you already have the original Mario Kart 8 and are interested in the new battle system, or if you’ve never played Mario Kart 8 before, this game is an excellent buy for sure.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
An unlikely crossover, but one that seems to work surprisingly well. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom battle is a deceptively simple overworld strategy game, very reminiscent of the X-COM series. You are tasked with restoring order to the Mushroom Kingdom amidst the chaos caused by the titular Rabbids. You can choose three characters from either the Mario universe (Mario, Luigi, Peace, or Yoshi) or their Rabbid facsimiles, each brimming with personality. The gameplay revolves around a turn-based combat system where your characters can move around the field, attack from range with cool Mega-Man style laser cannons, get up close and personal with a giant mallet, fire RPGs, control remote-detonated car-bombs, and all other kinds of wacky, fun nonsense.
This game was a hit with both critics and players alike, being praised for its original gameplay, while having a difficulty curve that ramps up later on to keep strategy enthusiasts interested. Seriously, the difficulty of some challenges and stages near the end of the game cannot be overstated. But it’s precisely that level of challenge that makes solving these puzzles all the more satisfying. On top of this, the level of detail and polish is apparent in every aspect of this game. The worlds feel complete and fleshed out, and the scenery + animations are just a treat to behold. This game has a certain charm to it, and I would definitely recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun and challenging take on the turn-based genre.
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario’s latest and possibly greatest adventure has been out for the Switch for a while now. I think the best way to convey just how much of a success this game has been is to be blunt: if you have a Switch you simply must get Super Mario Odyssey! It has received perfect 10 out of 10 scores from countless review websites and players alike, and was a contender for this year’s Game of the Year. Mario Odyssey takes the best of the old world gameplay that we know and love, being reminiscent of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine with its sandbox-style exploration format, and fuses it seamlessly with refreshing new concepts, most famously the ability to throw your sentient cap “Cappy” to take control of enemies. You should do yourself a favor and pick up this game if you for some reason you haven’t already so you can experience for yourself why so many people are raving about it.
Possible Upcoming Releases
Besides these three main titles, there aren’t any other games for the Switch starring Mario and his crew. There have been rumors that the Super Smash Brother series may make an appearance on the Nintendo Switch at some point in the future, either as a port of the most recent Smash Brothers game for the Wii U, an HD remake of Super Smash Brothers Melee, or an entirely new entry in the series. However, until Nintendo officially confirms or denies this these are just rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt.
To sum up, these games are some very best that the Switch has to offer. Even if you aren’t really a fan of Mario games per-se, there’s no way that you can go wrong with any of these titles. They cover a wide variety of gameplay, from strategy, to racing, to exploration and more, so there is definitely something for everyone here. This year Nintendo has produced some best games ever, and I am extremely excited to see what kinds of adventures they will come up with in the future for Mario. Go get yourself a copy of one of these games today, you won’t regret it!