The Switch launched in March 2017 and Nintendo's done a pretty stellar job getting exclusives onto the company's newest console. Within its first year, the Switch had incredible triple-A exclusives like Super Mario Odyssey and smaller surprises like Golf Story. That trend isn't slowing down in 2018, with games like Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate scheduled to launch before the year is up.
Click ahead to view GameSpot's highest-rated Switch exclusives since the console's launch. The titles are in alphabetical order and don't reflect our own personal ranking of each game. The list only includes games we've awarded an 8/10 or higher and we've limited the gallery based on console exclusivity, so you'll see a few games that are also available on PC.
This means titles that are on both Wii U and Switch without the Switch version being a remaster are not included. That's why Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition made the cut, while titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild did not.
Some of these titles can be found on our recommended list of cheap Switch games. If you're thinking of buying one, then consider checking that list first.
We've only given one Nintendo Switch console exclusive a perfect 10/10 score. Do you know which one it was? Click ahead to find out. Be sure to also read through our list of every PS4 console exclusive game we've given a review score of 8/10 or higher. As you might surmise, that list is significantly longer than this one. And yet, surprisingly, there's only one 10/10 review score in that gallery as well.
Let us know what your favorite Nintendo Switch exclusive is in the comment section down below.


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker


We gave the game an 8/10.
In our Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review, Daniel Starkey wrote, "Despite a smattering of minor complaints, [Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker] stands as a pint-sized version of Nintendo's stellar first party pedigree. It's among the best Mario spin-offs around and a delightful iteration on old ideas."


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze


We gave the game a 9/10.
In our Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review, Peter Brown wrote, "Tropical Freeze isn't a heavy-hitter from Nintendo in the same way Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey are, but it's a fantastic platformer that's bursting with creativity and expertly designed challenges. It's tuned just right--always tough but rarely frustrating--to ensure that even the most common moments feel great. If you missed out when the game first debuted back in 2014, give it a shot today. It easily stands the test of time."


Golf Story


We gave the game an 8/10.
In our Golf Story review, Ginny Woo wrote, "It can take a little while for the narrative to ramp up in Golf Story and for you to feel like you've really cultivated the skills of a champion, but based on the sheer scope of what the game delivers, there's likely something for everyone to enjoy whether their shtick is mini-golfing or terrorising delinquents with frisbees. It has successfully captured the trappings of yesteryear's RPGs, and the witticisms and idiosyncrasies of the characters you encounter are a great palate cleanser between rounds. Switch has had a swathe of indies hit its eShop recently, but if you're looking for something that'll give you satisfaction in terms of an interesting story and a rewarding mechanic, then Golf Story is certainly par for the course."


Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition


We gave the game an 8/10.
In our Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition review, Daniel Starkey wrote, "Those returning to the fray will likely be a little disappointed as there just isn't enough new content to rouse fresh excitement. For newcomers, though, Hyrule Warriors is a delightful, bizarre outing that opens up the Zelda series, taking us places we've been before, just with thousands of monsters and awesome, screen-clearing magical attacks."


Kirby Star Allies


We gave the game an 8/10.
In our Kirby Star Allies review, Peter Brown wrote, "Star Allies is yet another Kirby game, but it's up there with some of the best. It's an artistic showcase, and a great opportunity for co-op platforming. The one real complaint you can levy at it is that it gates off its more challenging aspects, but the fact that they are present to begin with will please anyone who's grown weary of the series' painless platforming."


Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle


We gave the game a 9/10.
In our Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle review, Edmond Tran wrote, "Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle exudes off-beat optimism that never dissolves. It's a consistent delight, no matter how challenging the road becomes, because Kingdom Battle's unique turn-based tactics system is in every way a pleasure to engage with. Coupled with the annoyingly infectious allure of Rabbids, and the always delightful, colorful world of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is an implausibly engrossing formula that is positively challenging and endlessly charming."


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe


We gave the game a 9/10.
In our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review, Kallie Pragge wrote, "Deluxe also adds some small quality-of-life updates that make for a more polished package. Load times are shorter on Switch than on Wii U, and the game takes advantage of the Joy-Cons' vibration capabilities--off-roading is bumpier and drifting boosts feel more satisfying thanks to a stronger sense of acceleration. Plus, you can change your kart configuration in multiplayer without having to leave the lobby first. (About time.)"


Octopath Traveler


We gave the game an 8/10.
In our Octopath Traveler review, Peter Brown wrote, "Despite the lackluster stories that pull you through the world, [Octopath Traveler] thrives on its character progression and the temptations of high-level challenges and rewards. The promise of new jobs, exciting boss fights, and powerful gear will inspire you to poke around every corner, and there are no shortage of discoveries to strive for. And all the while, you're treated to one of the most interesting and effective re-imaginings of a retro aesthetic around. Octopath will likely be a divisive game due to its fractured storytelling, but it's one worth playing despite its lesser qualities. Its high points are simply too good to ignore."


Splatoon 2


We gave the game an 8/10.
In our Splatoon 2 review, Kallie Pragge wrote, "At first glance, Splatoon 2 seems very similar to the first game. But all the small changes, and even the bigger ones in single player and League Battles, make for a fresh take on the already unique shooter. If you played a lot of the original, the sequel has enough to keep you coming back, and if you're new to the game, it's a fantastic place to jump in."


Super Mario Odyssey


We gave the game a perfect 10/10.
In our Super Mario Odyssey review, Peter Brown wrote, "Odyssey is sustained beyond its major milestones not only through colorful worlds and hidden challenges, but through the sheer joy of controlling Mario, who's never felt more responsive or dynamic in action. Even with everything new that's been introduced, Nintendo's forward-thinking platformer retains the series' classic handcrafted appeal, which is even more impressive when you realize how densely packed each kingdom is. Mario's latest outing is big, bold, and bursting with new ideas, and like Breath of the Wild, is another instance of Nintendo going above and beyond to redefine our expectations. It's a shining example of refined creativity, and another crown jewel for Switch that is without equal."


West Of Loathing


We gave the game an 8/10.
In our West of Loathing review, Edmond Tran wrote, "There are a few minor issues--inventory management on Switch becomes cumbersome as you collect an increasing amount of things, fights with a lot of enemies can obscure some pertinent information, and the stakes sometimes feel a little too low to be completely motivating. But West of Loathing's focus on maintaining a flexible, open-ended nature and lighthearted, humorous feel keeps you engaged in what feels like an imaginative pen-and-paper Dungeons and Dragons campaign, led by a game master whose only goal is to make sure you're laughing and having a fun time. West of Loathing's visuals are monochromatic, but there's enjoyable comedy painted between every line, a pitch-perfect Spaghetti Western soundtrack, and a full spectrum of role-playing possibilities to choose from that make it a consistently enjoyable madcap cowboy jaunt."




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