While Mighty No. 9 may have been a disappointment on many levels, its spin-off games are anything but. Mighty Gunvolt Burst combines the worlds of Azure Striker Gunvolt with Mighty No. 9 and features the graphics and classic run and gun platforming of classic Mega Man games with some upgrade and weapon mechanics of their own. If you're feeling nostalgic but want something fresh, definitely check out Mighty Gunvolt Burst.
On the surface, GoNNER is a tough roguelike platformer that lets you explore a vast and changing underground. Under that, though, is a story of a creature named Ikk trying to find the right thing to cheer up his friend: a landbound whale name Sally. As you progress through your runs, you'll find new weapons and heads and talk to what seems to be Death as you traverse through this world, taking out and enemies and bosses as you attempt to do something good for a friend.
There aren't many games that adhere to historical realism, and there's likely no game that does while being a throwback to side-scrolling beat-em-ups of the 90's -- except for Wulverblade. As brutal as can be, Wulverblade takes you back in time to 120AD where the Roman army is marching on Britannia. You play as one of three warriors tasked with fighting back against the unending hordes. And fight you will with axes, swords, shields, and even wolves. If you're feeling extra fancy, you can pick up the head of a fallen enemy to kill another enemy. That should really be the first sentence in any writeup of Wulverblade.
There didn't need to be a story justification for the worlds of Puyo Puyo and Tetris to collide, but they did it. Personified Tetris pieces work alongside Puyo Puyo characters to find out why their two universes are combining, all the while using the tried and true gameplay of their perspective series. And don't worry, the story isn't the only thing there. You can also play traditional Tetris or vanilla Puyo Puyo, play a combination of the two, or check out the Party mode which brings in item use to give yourself an advantage over your opponent.
If you're a fan of platform fighters like Super Smash Bros. and are itching for something new while waiting for the inevitable follow-up, you can't go wrong with Brawlout. Featuring a cast of original characters plus some cameos from games like Hyper Light Drifter and Guacamelee, Brawlout is a beautifully animated party fighting with all the fast fighting, dodging, and jumping that the genre has been come to known for. With a single-player mode, online, and local co-op, the game also takes advantage of the Switch's near field communication, you'll have plenty of chances to kick someone's butt or have your own butt kicked.
The Switch is built for multiplayer gaming, and puzzle game Death Squared takes great advantage of that fact with its simplified control scheme. Work with a group of friends to conquer 40 levels trying to guide your robots to their colored square. That may sound easy but once you get into it, prepare for some real friendship-testing teamwork. And if that's not enough for you, you and one friend can come together to complete 80 levels of co-op puzzling.
Unlike Nintendo's past consoles, the Switch hasn't seen too many lengthy JRPGs quite yet. In comes Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a massive open world action-JRPG where all of civilization lives on the backs of creatures called Titans. You play as Rex, a scavenger who is invited upon which he finds a living weapon named Pyra, and the two of them together go off on a journey to find the paradise of Elysium. While the game is great to look, there is some questionable character design and the English voice acting is iffy. Thankfully, you can download the Japanese voice pack if it bothers you too much.
Steeped in nostalgia from the 16-bit era, Golf Story replaces fantasy lands with golf courses and random battles with hitting balls into holes. The game begins after a bitter-break up inspires a man to rekindle his childhood love of golf. Starting at Wellworn Grove, players will explore 8 different locales, tee off against other golfers, earn money, and use golfing prowess to solve non-golf problems. Golf Story may sound weird, but it's very charming and easy to pick up.
Here's another game on the list that doesn't make any sense when it was first announced. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is an XCOM-style tactics game wherein Ubisoft's Rabbids have invaded the Mushroom Kingdom. The rascally lagomorphs crash landed with a pair of goggles, called the Supamerge, that can combine any two items together and those goggles have merged with one of the Rabbids, whom Bowser Jr. befriends and names Spawny. Turns out this little guy has been combining other Rabbids with objects in the world turning them bad, and now it's up to Mario and friends (plus some Rabbids who are dressed up as said friends) to stop them. This all makes sense in the game, I promise.
The Omega Force crossover games are extremely hit or miss. You either end up with fun button mashers like Hyrule Warriors and Dragon Quest Heroes or boring slogs like Warriors Orochi 3 and Berserk. Thankfully, Fire Emblem Warriors is one of the good ones. Combining the hack and slash action of Dynasty Warriors with the relationship building, army commanding, and weapon rock-paper-scissors of the Fire Emblem series, the game gives you good deal of maps and story to tackle with its story mode and History mode, which takes you through various times in different Fire Emblem games.