Stuck at home? You can play these 10 downloadable Nintendo Switch games instantly
Even if you already have a Nintendo Switch console, physical copies of popular games on Amazon such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can sometimes take at least four days to arrive at your doorstep due to shipping delays. So wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a way to download your favorite games and play them instantly? Luckily, Amazon and Walmart both offer downloadable Nintendo Switch games — meaning you can grab top titles and play instantly without waiting for shipping.
Below, we've rounded up some of the best Nintendo Switch games to play at home that you can download immediately. We've looked for games that are optimized for single players (like Untitled Goose Game), as well as games that offer a feel-good distraction from what's going on outside your door (such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons). Scroll down to see the 10 best Nintendo Switch games to download now.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
If there's nothing you want more than an escape to a remote island right now, then Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the game for you — literally. As the player, you're transported to a deserted island full of anthropomorphic animals, where the only encumbrance is paying rent to a friendly raccoon. Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo's most beloved series for its warm pastel-colored visuals and its use of real time, and New Horizons was undoubtedly the most anticipated game of 2020. You can also order its accompanying limited-edition Switch console.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Why not take your mind off the unsettling news by playing an even spookier (but hilarious) game? The Luigi's Mansion series showcases Mario's overlooked brother battling ghosts and poltergeists in order to save his friends who are trapped in a haunted mansion. The game's features are exhilarating on the Switch's handheld mode, and Amazon shoppers have given it a 4.8-star rating, with one calling it a "must-own Nintendo Switch title."
Untitled Goose Game
There's no better game for you to vent all your frustrations on the world than Untitled Goose Game. Its description says it all: "It's a lovely morning in the village, and you are a horrible goose." As the giddily nefarious goose, your whole job is to annoy the inhabitants of an English village to their wits' end, and the result is nothing but pure-grade joy. Shoppers have given it a 4.7-star rating on Amazon, and you can read EW's review of the game here.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's best-selling franchises, and there are no games better to get lost in than Link's Awakening and Breath of the Wild. While the latter's acclaimed open-world design is made for exploring all on your own, Link's Awakening sees the return of characters Marin, Tarin, and the Owl to accompany Link. Both games have earned stellar reviews.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
An oldie, but a goodie. Super Mario Bros. is a classic Nintendo game, and its design is optimized for single-user gameplay. This title combines New Super Mario Bros. U with New Super Luigi U, so you can experience both plumber brothers in action. From the music to Mario's jump, familiar comforts abound in this title that thousands of Amazon reviewers have given a 4.8-star rating average.
Buy it! Fitness Boxing — Digital Code, $49.99 at Amazon
Over the course of the pandemic, gyms closed alongside restaurants, theaters, and bars, and exercising became more difficult for many. In addition to Nintendo's popular Ring Fit Adventure, you can get the Switch's boxing game for a cardio session. As one reviewer wrote, "If you actually want to have a great workout and sweat, this is for you."
Just Dance 2020
Just Dance 2020 is not only a perfect game for getting those steps in, but also a great way to entertain restless kids at home. The family-friendly title comes with 40 popular songs (including Frozen II's hit "Into the Unknown"). Amazon shoppers have called it "the best Just Dance game in a while" and have given it 4.7 stars from more than 10,000 reviews.
NBA 2K22 and FIFA 22
Buy it! FIFA 22 Legacy Edition — Digital Code, $32.06 at Walmart
With NBA 2K22 and FIFA 22, you're able to play as your favorite team or athlete. NBA 2K22 features new tactical offense while FIFA 22 features new stadiums. Shoppers have called both worthy additions to their respective series, with NBA 2K22 earning 4.6 stars and FIFA 22 garnering 4.8 on Amazon.