25 Nintendo Switch Games We’d Save From Squid Game-Style Oblivion

Oh my god, look at the time – today, the Nintendo Switch turns five years old! It seems that just yesterday, we watched him hobble around the house, and now he has already been present in our lives for half a century.

To celebrate the console that keeps this site running, we’re trying something new: A squid game-style knockout game (or maybe Desert island discs, if you’re older and British) in which all five of us choose one game a year to save. Everything else will be thrown into the trash, never to be played again. The rules are simple: you can’t pick the same game as someone else, and once the game is in the trash, it’s gone forever, and it’s all your fault.

We’ll take turns going first, so everyone has a chance to choose their favorite games, and we’ll start in 2017, the year Zelda was released. As well as Mario – and end in 2021 (which means we won’t be covering games from 2022). Without further ado, let’s collect!

2017: Year one

"Please don't let me be deleted! I was locked up in a castle for 100 years! Come on!"
“Please don’t let me be removed! I was locked up in a castle for 100 years!


2017: First year of the highly anticipated Nintendo Switch, released in March of that year.

After years of disappointing Wii U sales, people were a little skeptical, but Nintendo started the game with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild… and we were sold from that point on. Like the Nintendo Switch, over 14 million units sold by the end of the year! But will we save BOTW from the bin? Let’s start with Gavin’s choice…

Gavin Lane, editor

Sonic Mania is the incredible return of 2D Sonic that old hardcore gamers like me have been waiting for for a couple of decades. It would be easy to look at this and think, “no, they just used the old sprites and built some new levels around them,” but the way the developers included the original Mega Drive levels in the game immediately expanded them was so beautiful. Balanced.

Mania captured the appeal of the 16-bit originals through the level design and signature “flow” so often lacking in other Sonic games over the years. An absolutely perfect revival.

Tom Whitehead, Associate Editor

I will be very boring and take evident one even though Woof gave me a second choice! The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is, of course, a game I love so much that I watched it twice, did two more full DLC playthroughs, and just because. A triumphant masterpiece, etc., and (hopefully) more this year!

Keith Gray, staff writer

I’ll pick a game that I don’t necessarily consider one of the “best” of the year, but because it brought me so much joy: Puyo Puyo Tetris. I’ve played this game for so many hours with friends, and although I haven’t played it more than a couple of times since the pandemic, I think it’s worth keeping. It’s perfect for parties and hangouts, and even short flights on planes and trains and the like (when I ever take it again).

Ollie Reynolds, staff writer

So I was about to go on different, an obvious choice from 2017, but the game that honestly kept me hooked for most of the year was Golf Story. It’s a fantastic mix of RPG and golf, with tons of hilarious dialogue thrown in for good measure (I’m pretty sure I spit out my tea when that flock of geese came to watch my efforts). It brings back fond memories of playing ridiculous golf games from the past, perhaps as recently as the GameCube version of Mario Golf. Turn on Sports History!

Alana Haig, staff writer

At the risk of upsetting a lot of people and ignoring the two huge releases of 2017, I’m choosing Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It’s not my favorite Xenoblade, but it really took the series to stratospheric heights.

There is so much to do and so much to explore, and the combat is so deep and layered that you can still discover new things after 120 hours. It’s also just incredibly beautiful to watch and listen to. Plus, just a year later, we’ve got some of the best DLC. Without it, we wouldn’t have the Definitive Edition, and we wouldn’t be in a frenzy for Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Important games of 2017 that are now in the basket:

Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, LABO, Stardew Valley, Snipperclips, 1-2-Switch, Thumper, Arms, Splatoon 2, Overcooked, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, SteamWorld Dig 2, Axiom Verge, Fire Emblem Warriors, Doom, Rocket League, Enter The Gungeon, Yuka-Leili

Thoughts: Oh my god. Have we thrown away Mario Kart 8, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey?! The comments won’t make us happy. As far as indie goes, Overcooked and Stardew Valley are surprising losses as both seem to have found the perfect home on the Switch. At this rate, we’ve removed almost every Mario game on Switch…

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