1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
2) Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Mario popularized the platformer game as we know it, and was responsible for dragging the genre into the third dimension with Super Mario 64. Super Mario Galaxy brought players miniature worlds of wonder, and Super Mario Odyssey expands the size of those planets to positive effect. There was almost no way the results could be anything but great.
3) Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
Some have said the modern JRPG has lost its way, with a focus on copy-paste worlds and fan service. After playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a sprawling epic that invites players to stay busy within its surprising environments for more than 100 mostly sensational hours—and lets them take it on the go, if they desire—it’s hard not to see why they say such things about other JRPGs.
4) Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch)
Some people are sick of the Rabbids, Ubisoft’s rabbit-like creatures that did the whole “minion” thing before minions were minions. Others are sick of Mario. It seems like fusing the two would only bring out their worst qualities, and yet this surprising treat from Ubisoft presents addictive combat, creative characters, and a reasonably satisfying story that makes a great introduction to a genre that fans of the two franchises might not otherwise consider trying.
5) Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)
After Mighty No. 9, which should have brought Mega Man action back to the mainstream but totally didn’t, it would have been easy to believe we would never see another game of that type again. IntiCreates went to work, though, and the result in Mighty Gunvolt Burst is one of the best Mega Man games to date, even though it’s technically not a Mega Man game at all. Satisfying platforming action and customization show there’s plenty of life still left in the formula, which is especially good news now that we know Capcom has plans for a Mega Man 11.
6) Piczle Lines DX (Switch)
7) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
If you missed out on Mario Kart 8 when it first arrived on the Wii U because you didn’t own that console, don’t worry; you only missed one of the best Mario Kart experiences to come along in years. Deluxe is the definitive version of that, and includes a ludicrous number of race tracks and racers. It’s as good at parties as it ever was. Better, even, thanks to improved performance.
8) Splatoon 2 (Switch)
9) Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch)
10) Snake Pass (Switch)
by Jason Venter, Editor-in-Chief of Honest Gamers