March 28, 2017
As everyone comes to the end of their epic journey through the vast expanse of Hyrule in Breath of the Wild, one thing is surely on their minds, what to play next.
So, to fill the gaming void until Mario Kart comes out this April, here’s 5 games to play on the switch that aren’t Breath of the Wild.
5. Fast RMX
A sequel / remake to the WiiU game Fast Racing Neo, which in it’s self was a sequel / remake of the Wii Ware title, Fast Racing. Fast RMX perfects the futuristic racing formula set out by Shin’en way back in 2011. Their expertise shine though in what is arguably the Switch’s best looking game so far. Silky smooth 60fps racing at speeds that make even F-Zero GX look tame in comparison! It’s just a shame that the gameplay doesn’t quite match up to the gold standard that F-Zero set.
This is not just a basic F-Zero clone though, they also implemented an Ikaruga style colour switching mechanic which allows you to get boost from various coloured tiles on the floor.
The controls take a bit of getting used to and some of the course designs seem a bit bland. It’s not even close to being as good as F-Zero GX, Overall though, Fast RMX is a good racing game and one that every Switch owner should play!
4. Blaster Master Zero
Blaster Master Zero takes everything that was great about the original NES game from 1989 and gives it a fresh lick of 2017 paint, in the form of much smoother controls, a map (thank god!) and some great new pixel art! This game is a joy to play, and for anyone who’s played the original, it’s fun to see what changes they made.
The game it’s self is very Metroid, you traverse alien environments in your buggy, named Sophia 3rd. The twist in this series is the ability to get out of the buggy and continue on foot. Being on foot opens up a few more possibilities including entering some top-down Zelda like dungeons. Most dungeons have some kind of new item at the end which lets you advance to a new area when you emerge, while others just have a selection of power up’s. It really gives the game a great sense of progression.
I have been enjoying this game a lot so far and look forward to diving back in and completing it! If you’re a retro fan, this is definitely not one to miss!
3. Super Bomberman R
Bomberman is back with a bang after a long hiatus and some questionable choices on Konami’s end… (I’m looking at you, Act Zero!) If you’ve ever played a Bomberman game before then you’ll instantly feel right at home here. This is the classic Bomberman you all know and love. When I say classic, I mean classic. There’s no adventure mode and no kangaroos.
This is a very stripped down pure bomber man experience, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, the game is very polished and includes support for up to 8 players at once, no need to go out and buy the Saturn version and a multi-tap any more!
The story mode is a fun diversion but can get frustratingly difficult quite early on, mix that with some quite baffling colour schemes and an awkward camera and your have a pretty clunky feeling extra mode. Fortunately though, the gameplay does make up for a lot of these issues as it’s still a blast to play, especially if you have a friend along for the ride. The music is surprisingly good too!
This is definitely one to recommend if you want a multiplayer game or something to play online before the big hitters, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 later in the year.
2. Shovel Knight Treasure Trove / Spectre of Torment
Shovel Knight is already available on the WiiU but it’s definitely worth playing again, the Switch has two Shovel Knight games available on the eShop at the moment, the Treasure Trove which includes the original Shovel Knight game and the DLC, and Spectre of Torment which is an all new prequel to the game with a different play style.
Shovel knight is a love letter to classic 8-Bit Platformers, It’s an amazing game and I really enjoyed my time with it, I do think it’s a bit too easy though but maybe thats just me coming from it as a seasoned Mega Man and Castlevania veteran.
People new to the genre will have a great time though. Now I just wish Capcom would take a page out of Yacht Club Game’s book and make another 8-Bit Mega Man game!
The only game on the Switch which exclusively uses the touch screen. VOEZ was released a while back on IOS and Android, this version included all the songs in one package, which is great.
The songs are all of a similar style, so if you’re into J-pop or Techno songs then there is a lot for you to love here!
As far as music rhythm games go, this is a pretty standard affair, with three different types of notes moving down the screen for you to hit in time with the beat. The difference here is that the columns which the notes travel down aren’t static, they move and pulse in time with the music.
This dynamic playing field makes for a much more interesting experience. It’s not as good as something like Project Diva, but it’s certainly the best option the switch has at the moment to get your Music Rhythm fix, it even has some Vocaloid tracks!
Here’s hoping for a full Project Diva game from Sega in the future!
Thanks for reading, that was 5 more games to play on the Switch.
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