Nintendo’s hybrid console is not available officially in India since the company isn’t present here like Sony and Microsoft are. That hasn’t stopped specialist game stores and enterprising merchants from importing the hardware and accessories on their own. Despite not having an official presence, Nintendo hardware and first-party software is in a much better position in the country as compared to the Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch Lite releases next month and the upgraded Nintendo Switch with much better battery life has started showing up on store shelves across the world. While there already are people buying a Nintendo Switch each day in India, new hardware will always see more people jump into an ecosystem. If you’ve bought a Nintendo Switch recently or plan on getting the Nintendo Switch Lite or upgraded Nintendo Switch in the future, this set of games is for you.

The best five games to buy for your Nintendo Switch in 2019

Super Mario Odyssey

While most people were blown away by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the Nintendo Switch’s first year, Super Mario Odyssey is a lot more consistent in its quality. Barring some visual issues, Super Mario Odyssey is just about the best Nintendo game you can play on the Nintendo Switch both alone and with a friend in co-op. It has superlative level design, excellent music, and a ton of replay value with loads of secrets spread across the plethora of levels. Super Mario Odyssey is a must have game on Nintendo Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t a perfect game at all. Despite the annoyances with some of the later story segments and the weapon durability initially in the game, it remains an essential purchase on Nintendo Switch with the freedom it offers during exploration and the amazing interactions between all the gameplay systems. You aren’t going to play this game for a fantastic story because it lacks one but the core gameplay and puzzles are remarkable and well worth your time. It also suits portable play brilliantly and looks great in handheld mode.

Splatoon 2

A lot of people are a bit uncertain on Splatoon 2 in 2019 since the last major update for it recently arrived. Despite some uncertainty on future content, Splatoon 2 is has a great single player mode, superb online modes, and only really falters with how it handles disconnections. It is one of the most polished multiplayer experiences available on the system and one that will keep you entertained for a long time with tons of weapon and gear options and a massive paid expansion if you crave more solo content.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

I know Fire Emblem: Three Houses only just released, but it manages to do a lot very well and surpass even the best recent Fire Emblem games. Instead of just using the base of the Nintendo 3DS entries, Fire Emblem: Three Houses borrows from the likes of Trails of Cold Steel and Persona to create a massive cast of characters that complement each other brilliantly across the non-battle aspects of the game. The battles are excellent tactical encounters that keep you on your toes at all times. It also helps that the developers for this game have added multiple difficulty options to ensure all kinds of players can have a ton of fun while putting in dozens of hours into the four varied story paths available here.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ is an essential on Nintendo Switch for a few reasons. It already is an accessible and super polished fighter on any platform, but the Nintendo Switch version is even better because it allows for local multiplayer anywhere. You can play against a friend with a single Joy-Con each on the same screen. The game itself scales very well even in handheld mode. If you’re after a great fighting game experience on Nintendo Switch, Dragon Ball FighterZ is perfect for you.