Top 10 Best Looking Nintendo Switch Games
VOICE OVER: Peter DeGiglio
WRITTEN BY: Mark Sammut
For a relatively underpowered console, the Nintendo Switch still has some of the best looking games ever made! For this list, we'll be looking at those games that, visually speaking, get the most out of the Nintendo Switch. Our countdown includes Hollow Knight, Yoshi's Crafted World, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and more!
Script written by Mark Sammut
Top 10 Most Gorgeous/Best Looking Switch Games
Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Gorgeous Switch Games.
For this list, we’ll be looking at those games that, visually speaking, get the most out of the Nintendo Switch.
Which Switch game has the best art style? Let us know in the comments!
#10: “Hollow Knight” (2018)
A fantastic entry in the Metroidvania genre, "Hollow Knight" is deceptively gorgeous. Team Cherry crafted a dark and eerie 2D world that reflects its grim lore. Hallownest is quite a bleak place, but the dreary routes that populate this realm are filled with bursts of animation that add depth and color. "Hollow Knight" combines its 2D visuals with hand-drawn art, great effects, and atmospheric backgrounds to create a universe that feels alive. One of the most beautiful indie games on the market, "Hollow Knight" is a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch.
#9: “Yoshi's Crafted World” (2019)
When it comes to Mario's lovable dinosaur, Nintendo tends to get pretty inventive. While 2015's "Yoshi's Woolly World" gave everything a yarn makeover, "Yoshi's Crafted World" opted to go down the diorama route. The result is a game absolutely dripping in creativity and eye-catching visuals. Nintendo managed to capture that childlike imagination that allows plastic bottles to be transformed into spaceships and paper into living creatures. While the areas cover a wide range of styles and settings, the visuals remain consistent throughout, with each level radiating warmth, comfort, and wonder.
#8: “Paper Mario: The Origami King” (2020)
Nintendo apparently has a thing for cardboard. 2020's "Paper Mario" game might be divisive in a lot of ways, but that does not include its visuals. Unsurprisingly, this first-party Nintendo game is a masterpiece in the graphics department. To save Princess Peach and friends from King Olly, the 2D Mario sets out on an exciting adventure through the lavish Mushroom Kingdom. From the vibrant greens of the Whispering Woods to the cold blues of the Origami Castle, "Paper Mario" is a colorful epic oozing in personality and charm.
#7: “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” (2020)
If you're going to be stuck on a deserted island and saddled with a massive mortgage, then the area could at least be beautiful. "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" perfects the cartoony art style synonymous with the series, creating a simply lovely aesthetic. The villagers themselves tend to hog the limelight because they are so damn cute, but "New Horizons'" pleasant environments and backdrops are essential for delivering that tranquil "Animal Crossing" experience. Realism might not be the name of the game, but "New Horizons" includes plenty of tiny touches that make island life so engrossing.
#6: “Hades” (2020)
Along with fluid gameplay, innovative storytelling, and intelligent audio design, Supergiant Games is known for creating a beautiful game or two. "Hades" might be the developer's masterpiece, a highly-addictive roguelike with a brilliant combat system and an ever-developing storyline. As Zagreus attempts his grand escape from the Underworld, the son of Hades traverses four distinct regions that all share a love for splendid artwork, macabre touches, and energized backdrops. When the combat really gets going, "Hades" bombards the screen with all of the special effects, creating a mesmerizing symphony of vivid explosions and flashing lights that just about manage to avoid resembling an indecipherable mess.
#5: “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” (2017)
Taking "Mario Kart 8" and just making it better, the Switch's "Deluxe" edition represents Nintendo's racing franchise at the peak of its powers. Be it new tracks designed for the eighth entry or retro courses that have been given facelifts, "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" never fails to impress in the graphics department. A celebration of the Mario franchise and Nintendo in general, each course feels like a love letter to gaming as they take players through a rollercoaster ride packed with exhilarating thrills and stunning visuals. "Mario Kart 8" also doesn't skimp out when it comes to variety.
#4: “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (2018)
Considering the multitude of artistic styles this crossover has to contend with, the fact "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" looks as congruent as it does is remarkable. With more than 70 characters and over a hundred stages, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" undoubtedly delivers quantity, but that does not come at the expense of quality. Compared to earlier entries in the series, "Ultimate's" visuals are considerably crisper, primarily thanks to a new lighting system and improved textures. At its worst, "Ultimate" still looks fine; at its best, Nintendo's fighter is a marvel to behold.
#3: “Luigi's Mansion 3” (2019)
Luigi might spend most of his solo adventures in a perpetual state of fear, but at least the ghosts tend to pick memorable locations. Be it the design of the characters or the atmospheric, if not necessarily creepy, environments, "Luigi's Mansion 3" never sets a foot wrong visually. As Luigi makes his way up the Last Resort hotel, lobbies and restaurants give way to a variety of wonderfully crafted set pieces. "Luigi's Mansion 3" uses the relatively small scale of its settings to stuff each room with detail, creating an intimate but unforgettable package in the process.
#2: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” (2017)
An open-world game that emphasizes freedom, Link is set loose on a post-apocalyptic Hyrule and told to make it work. From the moment Link steps onto the Great Plateau and takes in the view, "Breath of the Wild" never ceases to be awe-inspiring. Even a realm as desolate and harsh as this Hyrule is not without beauty, permitting someone is willing to search for it. While the simple act of running through Hyrule Fields can be delightful, stumbling upon special locations will lead to breathtaking views and long-lasting memories.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
“The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening” (2019)
Because a 2D Zelda Adventure Has Never Looked This Good.
Because This Is Like a Watercolor Art Book Brought to Life.
“Ori and the Will of the Wisps” (2020)
Because the Stunning Visuals Meld Perfectly With the Storytelling.
“Octopath Traveler” (2018)
Because Pixel Art Blends With 3D Really Well.
#1: “Super Mario Odyssey” (2017)
Mario always demands the best. Armed with a cap and with a princess to save, Mario embarks on an adventure that takes him to plenty of familiar and strange worlds, all of which are impeccably designed. "Mario" games always have picturesque locations and vibrant graphics, but "Odyssey" shows a willingness to experiment more with art styles and even realism. As the first traditional 3D "Mario" game created specifically for an HD console, "Odyssey" takes full advantage of the Switch's capabilities to present this universe in a better light than ever before.