Nintendo Switch OLED: 10 games to relive on the new screen

Nintendo Switch OLED: 10 games to relive on the new screen

Nintendo Switch OLED

Together with Metroid Dread, last October 8, the new version of Nintendo Switch was released: Nintendo Switch OLED. We talked in depth about the hardware - which you can take home for 349 euros - in our review; here we reiterate only some key concepts of the new product.

Nintendo Switch OLED: the white version, the most advertised one. Whether or not to buy the Nintendo Switch OLED depends above all on your needs for use, and clearly on having (or not) already another model of the console at home. You didn't own any Nintendo Switch, clearly OLED would be the best possible choice, even using mainly the console inside the Dock. If, on the other hand, you play mainly in portable mode, there is no doubt that, thanks to the larger screen size and the vibrant and contrasted color rendering, the purchase of OLED can be taken into consideration even if you already have the normal (or Lite) version of the platform. Nintendo. Which by now, as Satoru Iwata had announced years ago, has become in effect an ecosystem.

Have you decided to grab the new console, with its vertical packaging and its rounded Dock, in this special we have selected 10 games that take advantage of the Nintendo Switch OLED.

Metroid Dread

A dark and rich gray and black level of Metroid Dread The console was not launched together with Metroid Dread by chance: the new Nintendo title, developed in collaboration between Nintendo EPD 7 and MercurySteam, it's packed with dark blacks and grays, to the point where it's hard to find an image of the game that doesn't understand them. Not only that: to accompany the gloomy profiles of the structures, there are often strongly bright and contrasting colors, perfect to stand out on the Nintendo Switch OLED. Metroid Dread is a work that we recommend you live on your TV - assuming you have a good one - but, if you preferred the portable mode, there is no doubt that OLED provides a radically different experience from the classic Nintendo Switch.

Would you like to know more about the game, find our recent Metroid Dread review here.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: one of the game's sunsets. Whatever list you make for Nintendo Switch, excluding a ranking of the best multiplayer titles, it would be impossible to keep The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild out. The Nintendo masterpiece, developed by EPD 3, directed by Hidemaro Fujibayashi and produced by Eiji Aonuma, is still the iconic game of the console: after almost five years, nothing has come out that has approached its quality. While waiting to see if the sequel will succeed (here is our preview after the last presentation), we advise you to replay - or, if you didn't, we threaten to play - Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch OLED: its beautiful sunsets will be quite another thing. Perhaps by reaching the highest peak in the game, which is Mount Death.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons: the splendid roundness of the game. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, directed by Aya Kyogoku (the first woman to fill a similar role within Nintendo) was an incredible success, both for the great quality of the game, and for the favorable contingencies, temporal and pandemic, in which was launched. And graphically it is perhaps the closest game to perfection that exists on Nintendo Switch: "perfection" intended as valuable stylistic research and consequent technical achievement. Its bright colors can only be enhanced on the Nintendo Switch OLED, and in general it is a game that is enhanced the most on a portable console.

Hollow Knight

The chiaroscuro of Hollow Knight are perfect for Switch OLED Hollow Knight is one of the most revered indie titles on the planet; developed by Team Cherry, and originally released in 2017, on the Nintendo Switch it has reached an audience - and revenues - that it has not touched on any other platform. The adventure you will live (or relive) in Nidosacro is amazing: labyrinthine, grotesque, gloomy. This is probably the best metroidvania around; it is a masterpiece, whose development we talked about a few months ago. Its gloomy hues, the blacks that accompany each setting, make it a perfect game to experience on the Nintendo Switch OLED.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: the colorful racing game Nintendo. There was a moment, right after launch, when it looked like Animal Crossing: New Horizons was going to outstrip the sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It did not go like this: in recent months, Nintendo racing has returned to being the favorite title for buyers. And how to blame him: it is an extraordinary work, probably the best episode of the series, which continues to sell despite the first publication - on Wii U - dates back to 2014. Its colorful tracks will enchant you even more on the new screen OLED; not only that, thanks to the larger dimensions and the firmer pedestal, it will finally be possible to play in "tabletop" mode, in multiplayer, with less effort on the eyes (and without the risk of disintegrating the console, pantoclastic outlets excluded).

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3: is it Pixar or Nintendo? The Next Level Games game, supervised by EPD 6, was released two years ago: despite this, it is probably the most impressive work, on a technical level, published on the Nintendo Switch. The Canadian developers will have helped the domestic settings, and therefore limited, but the work done from the graphic point of view is still extraordinary. The reflections, lights and transparencies of Luigi's Mansion 3, which represent a fundamental part of the game experience, will shine like never before on the OLED screen.

Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 : between blacks and flashes of light. Bayonetta 2 originally came out in 2014, on the Nintendo Wii U; was ported to Nintendo Switch in 2018, and still costs 49 euros. Despite this, you hadn't played it, and you liked action games, it is one of the best titles around, perhaps the best exponent of the genre. While waiting for Bayonetta 3, which should arrive during the course of 2022, its predecessor, with its dynamic scenes and its refractions of light, is a good way to enjoy Nintendo Switch OLED.

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey: Mario on the wasp found in New Donk City. Stylistically, Super Mario Odyssey is a questionable game: despite this, there's no denying his courage. It really mixes everything: cartoon settings, urban scenarios, humans in tuxedos, talking forks, trout swimming next to smack fish. A world in which Yoshi, with its roundness and its wails, and a tyrannosaurus with realistic proportions and roars coexist. The technical implementation, as usual for Nintendo EPD 8, is still perfect. This multifaceted mixture creates very strong tonal differences, which are sublimated by the OLED screen. Just like Super Mario, we are referring to the character, who has never been as beautiful and well animated as in Odyssey.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: the water seems to come out of a tube of cyan-colored gouache. We would not have wanted to include two games from the same series on this list, but The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, despite the technical problems (of cleanliness and, above all, of framerate) is really too good to be kept out. We have various reasons to recommend it on OLED. First, its vibrant and bright colors. Second: the strongly material representation of the objects, which emerges clearly. Like water, which seems to have been spilled from a very diluted tube of cyan tempera. Third: it is the remake of a portable game, and in pocket mode it gives its best, more than on the TV (for the size of the game world and the view, mainly). Unlike other titles present here, which are still more enjoyable from the Dock, we can say and subscribe that there has never been a better platform to explore Koholint Island than Nintendo Switch OLED.

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation: a game immersed in darkness, perfect for the Nintendo Switch OLED. Alien: Isolation originally came out in 2014; was developed by the talented British studio Creative Assembly (famous for the Total War saga), and published by SEGA. On Nintendo Switch it arrived in 2019, including every DLC and other additional features, such as support for HD Rumble and motion sensors (here you find our review). We are probably talking about the best video game based on the Alien brand, where you take control of Amanda Ripley, in search of the missing mother Ellen (the protagonist of the first film). He manages to perfectly convey the tension, anxiety and terror that characterize the saga originated by Ridley Scott. It costs less than most of the games on this list (34 Euros). We opened with a Metroid, a series inspired by Alien, and we end up with the best Alien video game in circulation: again in the name of darkness, and of the "new" black to be experienced on OLED.

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