Top 10 best-reviewed Nintendo Switch games of 2018 (so far)

This year has been a pretty wild ride thus far. With unexpectedly amazing Switch games like Celeste and Night in the Woods making their way to Nintendo’s hybrid console and upcoming heavy-hitters like Pokemon Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 2018 has the potential to outdo the spectacular first year of the Nintendo Switch.

Let’s take a look at what Nintendo Switch games have the been the best-reviewed by critics in 2018 so far. The following list was accumulated by Metacritic. About Metacritic: Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: music albums, video games, films, TV shows, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged (a weighted average).

As you can see, Bayonetta 1 + 2 combo took up two spots so I decided to include the eleventh game on the list. Did any of your favorites make the top ten? Be sure to leave all your thoughts in the comments section below, or head over to our social media page and join the discussion!

Our Favorites!


Some of our company’s favorite games are on the list. At the number one spot, we have Celeste. We absolutely adored Celeste for its charming world, meaningful story, and stellar platforming. One of our editors had this to say about it.

“There is nothing that I don’t love about this game and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a powerful plot, genuine narrative, and addictively fun gameplay. Not only is this game is accessible for players of all calibers, but it is available on every major console” -Andrew Baldwin

If you haven’t heard of this precious indie title hopefully this article makes you want to check it out. If you’re interested in hearing more about it, my co-worker Andrew and I sat down and discussed its greatness around the time it launched. You can watch our discussion below.

Bayonetta 1 & 2

As you probably know, the original Bayonetta launched on PS3 and Xbox 360. Then, for the sequel, Nintendo picked up publishing duties. Ever since the then, the Bayonetta series has remained a Nintendo exclusive franchise. We recently re-reviewed Bayonetta 1 & 2 on Nintendo Switch and they hold up quite nicely — this is what we had to say about it.

“Overall, I cannot recommend Bayonetta 2 enough, this is a game that every Nintendo enthusiast and gamer should have in their collection. This game is a technical achievement in game design and has the pacing of classic video games that have defined a generation such as Ocarina of Time and Resident Evil 4. Bayonetta looks great, sounds great, and plays great. It’s without a doubt, one of the greatest action games in the past decade.” -Brett Medlock

You can read our full reviews here (Bayo 1 | Bayo 2). Or check out our video review below.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

The critically praised Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze made its way to Switch last month with a few new bells and whistles. In short, things got a little more funky. Here is what we had to say about the platformer.

“Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was a near-perfect platformer on Wii U, and that hasn’t changed in its transition to Switch. The gorgeous art design, bright graphics, and smooth animations are all still intact and improved by the higher resolution in docked mode. It may only be a remaster, rather than a brand new game, but when it’s as good as this, it’s very hard to be disappointed.” -Steve Clist

You can read our full review of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Nintendo Switch here. Or check out our video review below.

While we loved these titles there are still so many games to come. This year we’re getting Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, which we were lucky to go hands-on with during E3 2018. You can watch our impressions video here. Then, of course, there’s the juggernaut that is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate heading to Switch this December 7th. We were also able to go hands with Smash 5 for a whopping 40 minutes! — Here is what we thought.

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Brett Medlock
Brett Medlock is Nintendo Enthusiast's Editor-in-chief. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll