The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!.

In the Serial Smack My Switch Up! PeterKoelewijn gives buying tips for the best Nintendo Switch games by genre. This time the genre that made Nintendo big: platform games!

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best games you can buy for the Switch. The game lets you explore large 3D worlds as Mario, while he must find Power Moons hiding everywhere. He wears a magic cap that lets him take over certain enemies to use their special abilities. A spiritual successor to Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, Odyssey proves that the plumber is still the king of games.

The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!

MSRP: 59.99 euros

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

In the style of the Super Nintendo Donkey Kong Country games, Tropical Freeze is the very best version of the 2D platform series. The game was previously released for Wii U but the Switch version comes with a higher resolution and Funky Kong as a playable character. Funky is also the easiest character to traverse the tough levels with, which certainly comes in handy when playing it together with a less experienced player.

The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!

MSRP: 59.99 euros

Yooka-Laylee

A group of ex-Rare employees has made a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. The chameleon and bat, named Yooka and Laylee, traverse multiple worlds in search of Pagies. Like the N64 classic, the emphasis is on 3D platforming, puzzles and cutscenes with a lot of dry humor.

The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!

MSRP: 39.99 euros

Sonic Mania Plus

The quality of Sonic games has been hit and miss for the past 10 years and I am mildly expressing myself. Sonic Mania, however, is a brilliant throwback to the original 2D games. Lovingly developed by a studio full of Sonic fans, Sonic Mania takes the look of classic levels and adds a whole list of new challenges and bosses. The Plus version of Sonic Mania comes with 2 new characters Mighty and Ray and adds additional play modes. The best deal for every Sonic fan!

The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!

MSRP: 29.99 euros

Kirby Star Allies

If you like Kirby 2D platforming games then Star Allies is stepping into a hot bath. In this adventure, Kirby can not only take over the special powers of enemies, he can make friends with them so that they can join and even fight. Up to 4 players can play Kirby Star Allies and experience the adventure together.

MSRP: 59.99 euros

The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!

Celeste

Fans of extremely spicy 2D platform games will have a blast with Celeste. In this beautiful pixelated adventure, you have to help the girl Madeline climb the Celesteberg. Celeste offers a tough challenge and also a large amount of bonus levels that are even more difficult. Fortunately, the chiptunes soundtrack is very addictive, so it’s not too bad that you die a million times in the game.

MSRP: 19.99 euros

Super Meat Boy

The classic that made difficult 2D platformers a thing again! Super Meat Boy is playable on Switch with 300+ levels where you navigate a lump of meat through increasingly insane courses. Super Meat Boy also introduces a Race Mode on Switch, which allows 2 players to race through levels of their choice. What makes Super Meat Boy a classic is that the controls are so perfect that you can only blame yourself for every wrong move. Fun guaranteed!

The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!

MSRP: 12.99 euros

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Crash Bandicoot is back! The marsupial caused a furore on the first PlayStation but you can now also play on the Switch. The N. Sane Trilogy features beautiful remasters of the first 3 games ever developed by Naughty Dog. The challenging linear platform levels are interspersed with different vehicle levels and lots of fun Crash death animations.

MSRP: 39.99 euros

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Did you grow up with the original Mega Man games and Ducktales for NES and Game Boy? Shovel Knight combines the best of both classics to make it one of the most perfect pixel platformers ever. Extremely difficult but never frustrating thanks to smart level design and many help items. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove contains the original adventure plus all DLC adventures.

The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!

MSRP: 24.99 euros

Hollow Knight

Afraid of insects but a fan of Metroid and 2D Castlevania? Hollow Knight is your game! The beautiful animations are combined with a large underground world to explore, full of secrets and extremely deadly enemies. The gloomy atmosphere creates a unique presentation that makes Hollow Knight one of the best platformers for the Switch.

MSRP: 14.99 euros

The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!

Mega Man 11

Mega Man has grown up on Nintendo systems, so it’s only natural that his latest adventure is available on Switch. It’s 2D platforming as ever, with spunky robot masters to defeat at the end of each level to unlock new powers for Mega Man. Particle 11 introduces a new system that allows you to temporarily boost Mega Man or slow down time. Capcom has also added an Easy Mode to the game, so anyone with a little reflexes can handle this Mega Man.

MSRP: 29.99 euros

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1

Even more Mega Man in the form of the X Legacy Collection 1. There is also a Legacy Collection 2, which contains parts 5 to 8. But the first 4 Mega Man X games are significantly better designed with more fun levels and bosses. The X games have a slightly more mature anime look to them, but the structure is just as challenging and addictive as all Mega Man games.

MSRP: 19.99 euros

Dead Cells

Dead Cells combines many genres but is essentially a platform game. Your character explores a randomly generated dungeon and can find stronger weapons and items like in an RPG. However, you lose your progress once you die … except for specific power-ups that help you explore new areas of the dungeon. It also has elements of Metroid and Castlevania. Dead Cells thus has a lot of hay on its fork, but knows how to present the best of all genres to the player.

MSRP: 24.99 euros

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

Rayman Legends was already one of the best platformers on the Wii U and comes on the Switch with even more content! Not only has the resolution increased in docked mode, you also get all of the DLC characters that were previously exclusive to certain versions of the game. Rayman Legends is also one of the most fun platformers to play together. You can hit each other and push each other off an abyss – and let’s be honest: that’s what you play multiplayer for!

MSRP: 29.99 euros

The best platform games for Nintendo Switch – Smack My Switch Up!

And those are my personal platform recommendations for the Nintendo Switch. Do you still miss your favorite platformer in the list or do you have recommendations in other genres for new Switch owners? Post them in the comments and who knows, I might take your tips with me in the next Smack My Switch Up!

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