Nintendo Switch has been out for several months now and with a slew of classic games holding up the first party scene – gamers have plenty of choices. It’s a good thing really because, beneath the Breath of the Wild’s, Mario Kart’s and Splatoon’s lurks the usual crud of poorly thought out games. How bad? Let’s take a dive into some of the worst Nintendo Switch games you can buy right now (Or not, if you fancy your sanity.
What Nintendo Switch games do you think are the worst on the console?
Nintendo handheld consoles have had some great mini game collections over the years – offering up a heap of content and quality along the ways. Sadly some developers don’t get the quality part of this right, shovelling rubbish like this out on the console.
Othello looks like a free game from the iOS store – which is pretty much exactly what it was originally. Packing a ton of table top games, the experience goes south quickly as animations mess up and the frame rate bizarrely dips. Clearly, no time was taken to ensure this port works on the Nintendo Switch hardware. – which is odd as the game doesn’t look intensive. There are multiplayer options on offer – but you’d be a fool to pay any money to experience this complete headache.
A complete cash grab. One of the worst Nintendo Switch games, by far.
9. Super Bomberman R
When announced as launch title for Nintendo’s Switch, I was hugely excited to dive in. Bomberman is one of my favourite franchises – but this game doesn’t feel like a full price title.
The single player mode is lacking, while the amount of content in the multiplayer leaves something to be desired. The graphics aren’t anything to write home about and a number of glitches ruined the game’s launch. Perhaps most shocking of all, the games online mode was rendered entirely unplayable post-launch thanks to the devs rushing to get the game out for launch. Patches have smoothed this out, but the experience to this day just isn’t what I expected.
The game generally feels rushed, incomplete and not worthy of the high price tag. Sorry Bomberman, this was a bad outing.
8. Flip Wars
If you’ve ever played Mario Party, you might recognise the concept for this game. If you’re hoping there’s more to come, you’ll be sadly out of luck.
The game leans so heavily on the multiplayer concept that it awkwardly leaves the rest of the game lacking. The lack of content, modes or additional things to do leaves Flip Wars with nothing but laughable holes in its wafer thin roster of options. Even when playing with friends, the game gets insanely repetitive; failing to sell itself as anything more than mini game. Maybe if there was more on offer here, ther’ed be more to recommend – but this game isn’t worth the investment.
7. Cars 3 Driven to Win
Cars 3 makes a solid stab at trying to step out of the expected tropes of movie tie-in games, but ultimately falls into much bigger holes.
In trying to compete against Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Cars 3 Driven to Win feels like a limited pretender – with no new ideas or gameplay to offer up an alternative. The only decent thing it tries is the inclusion of in-game shortcuts – something that arguably makes certain levels unplayable competitively. As for the core mechanics, there’s an awkward stiffness to the cards that makes riding for long periods feel awkwardly unresponsive.
Add in the fact that there’s a severe lack of content – paling awkwardly in comparison to the sheer wealth of games offered up by Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and you’ve got a game that misses the mark. Honestly, just pick up Mario Kart.
Card games are a very hard sell – in particular on consoles that arguably aren’t suited to them. Shephy makes an admirable, but ultimately dull attempt at proving otherwise.
The game looks amazing with its hand drawn card art and scribble style, but everything else works to the detriment of the game. The randomness of each game hurts the learning curve while the game’s music as generic as you possibly imagine. The worst part is that it never really changes any of this up – reminding me of old Windows 95 games you’d get in magazines. It just doesn’t feel like a proper game – lacking any real excitement or reason to stick around.
5. Has Been Heroes
Has Been Heroes on paper sounds great. A group of forgotten heroes banding together and embarking on one final quest for glory should make for an excellent RPG. Sadly it falls over on the first step, and never picks itself back up.
Thanks to some of the worst UI design in any of Nintendo Switch games, you’ll constantly miss out on key information. This information will lead to uncomfortable moments of difficulty, as you struggle through the games sharp difficulty spikes and lacklustre controls. It’s all a shame really, as the game has some graphical charm and at moments, has genuine fun points. I’d be game to see what a second Has Been Heroes has to offer – but this wasn’t the great initial outing the series needed.
4. Dark Witch Music Episode: Rudymical
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not clued up on the Dark Witch series of games, but I suspect that it didn’t get this far shovelling mini games in overpriced packages.
Taking music from previous entries, this game forces you to play along to the beats – in some of the most mind-numbing gameplay you’ll experience. The graphics are nice in small doses, but the entire premise of this game doesn’t warrant its own release.
Complete waste of time for gamers – even fans of the Dark Witch franchise.
3. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
There will always be a market for city building games – no matter how hard EA insist otherwise. With games like this though, it’s no wonder the genre struggles for acceptance.
Frontier Days puts you in control of a group of frontier settlers. You’re tasked with building their village and generally helping them to grow. It sounds interesting but really isn’t. The game looks like something you’d play for 5 minutes on Facebook – the animations laughably limited for a console game. Add in the fact that there’s next to no content to keep you here longer than an hour, as well as no challenges to make you rethink your approach. Every playthrough is the same – because the game has no variety.
It’s a lazy cash grab that exists solely to tempt in potential Sim fans – delivering a terribly executed experience that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Don’t support this rubbish, there are better Nintendo Switch games that you sink many hours into.
Gamers love Resident Evil’s modern day scares, but there’s still a yearning for the more classic Resi experience. Vaccine arrived on the Nintendo eShop with the intention of delivering that – retro graphics and all. The only scary thing here though is just how awful this game is.
Levels are generated on the fly – meaning it’s pretty much left to chance what kind of experience you’ll be getting. Most of these levels just end up as sprawling labyrinths, with no rhyme or reason for their existence. Worse still, the game doesn’t even try to improve on the original Resident Evil experience – lacking features like a crafting system or anything that could make gameplay more enjoyable.
If you’re waiting for a proper Resident Evil experience on Nintendo Switch, do yourself a favour and don’t invest in this car crash of a game. One of the Nintendo Switch games with the best potential, but the absolute worst execution.
1. Vroom in the Night Sky
If you’re wondering what really bad Nintendo Switch games look like, look no further than Vroom in the Night Sky.
Vroom in the Night Sky charges you with collecting stars in an open world environment. As you progress through the levels, you can buy faster vehicles. You’ll be needing these as the starting vehicle is insanely awful, making you wish you could get off the bike and just walk instead.
In this games defence, it’s a cheap as chips download title on the eShop – costing around £8. That being said – the game has all manner of glitches and issues within itself. You’ll regularly pass through solid objects, crash into scenery and generally just wish you playing something. Perhaps the worst thing about this game though is the control layout – which is the most maddening thing I’ve seen on the Nintendo Switch.
If you really don’t like your Nintendo Switch, this is the game to torture yourself with.