30+ Best Platformers On Switch

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If I tried to catalog all the platformers on Switch, we’d be here for a long time. Nintendo’s hybrid system is home to so many titles in this genre between original software, subscription services, remakes, and port collections. It’s almost overwhelming.

However, for fans of the genre, the Switch is absolutely essential. It’s home to many titles that aren’t just among the best Switch platformers—but the best platformers of all time. So, bearing every eligible game in mind, here are 30 must-play platformers on the system. 0 seconds of 0 secondsVolume 0%

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However, for fans of the genre, the Switch is absolutely essential. It’s home to many titles that aren’t just among the best Switch platformers—but the best platformers of all time. So, bearing every eligible game in mind, here are 30 must-play platformers on the system.

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For many people, Odyssey is the system’s definitive platformer. I can see why, as this game is easily one of the most creative Mario titles ever released. Its diverse Kingdoms introduce the player to myriad peculiar places and faces that are unlike anything else in the series. This feeling of originality motivates genuine exploration.

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SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY

For my money, this is easily among the best Switch platformers Nintendo has released. Forgotten Land gave Kirby the reinvention that he desperately needed. I’ve loved this series for so long, but it undeniably was getting incredibly stale. Everything here feels fresh, from the overgrown urban motifs to the 3D platforming format.

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KIRBY AND THE FORGOTTEN LAND

From a value perspective, this may be the best platformer on Switch. After all, it’s effectively an infinite Mario game. Building upon the foundation of Super Mario Maker 1, the sequel blows the doors off the creative possibilities.

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DONKEY KONG COUNTRY: TROPICAL FREEZE

There’s no doubt in my mind that Tropical Freeze’s level design is at a level of quality that other platformers on Switch can’t reach. Retro Studios’ attention to detail is incredible.

Perhaps I’m playing a bit fast and loose with the “platformer” term here. After all, Captain Toad can’t jump. However, his brand of puzzle-platforming feels so unique given that the genre’s core mechanic is missing.

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CAPTAIN TOAD: TREASURE TRACKER

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