After months of mystery, we can now buy the Nintendo Switch from various retailers in the UK. But while we love the look of the hardware and can't wait to have a home console that we can also use as a portable, what really matters is the games lineup.

The good news is that while the initial launch selection is slim, there's plenty more on the way in 2017 to keep Switch owners occupied, with both a great selection of Nintendo's own games and enough third-party titles to give fans hope that the Switch will have better support than the Wii U did. So without further ado, here are the Switch games we really can't wait to our hands on.

Nintendo Switch podcast discussion

Best Nintendo Switch games

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • RRP: £59.99, US$59.99

Originally set to come out a few years ago on the Wii U, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now not only a Switch launch title, but also the system's flagship game. It's a sprawling open world adventure that's undeniably the biggest Zelda title yet.

New additions to the series include loot drops, crafting, and cooking, while the expansive overworld stretches as far as you can see. The lush cel-shaded graphics feel like a natural evolution from the Wii's Skyward Sword, while the audio boasts another franchise first: voice acting. This is the best launch title on any console in years, and feels era-defining, reshaping what we expect from open-world games.

Discover more of what we thought of the Switch's best game in our Zelda review.

1-2-Switch

1-2-Switch
  • RRP: £39.99, US$39.99

Just like Wii Sports with the Wii, and Nintendoland with the Wii U, the Switch has its own minigame collection: 1-2-Switch. Unlike those games however, this one doesn't come bundled with any of the launch editions of the console, so you have to buy it separately - though for a slightly lower price than other Switch games have been so far. 

There are 28 different games in the collection, ranging from sword fighting and spell casting to plate spinning and cow milking, and almost all encourage you to look your opponent in the eye while you play, ignoring the actual TV. The result is a collection that's built with parties in mind, and the boozier the better - giggling at the inherent innuendo in 'soda shaking' is at least half the fun.

Unfortunately, the games lack the sort of depth you might remember from Wii Sports or Nintendo Land, so 1-2-Switch is unlikely to keep your interest for too long - but for one or two drunken parties it can be a blast.

Find out more of what we thought of the game in our 1-2-Switch review.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • RRP: £49.99, US$49.99

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe release date: 28 April 2017

One of the best looking games for the Switch was actually already one of the best games on the Wii U. Mario Kart 8 was the best entry in the racing series in years, and this version should be even better. How do we know? Well, it's got 'Deluxe' in the name, so it's got to be good. 

There are a few new additions to justify the re-purchase: courses and new characters from Splatoon and elsewhere, the return of Battle Mode, all of the original game's DLC, and eight-player local multiplayer. There are also a few new items and the ability to carry two items at once.

It's not a major update, and it might be tricky for anyone who already has Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U to justify the upgrade - but if you missed it the first time, this is a great way to get your hands on a brilliant game.

Arms

Arms
  • RRP: £49.99, US$49.99

Arms release date: 16 June 2017

The first brand new Nintendo IP for the Switch, Arms is a slightly odd cross between a boxing game and a shooter. The core gameplay is essentially boxing, but with a major twist: your arms are extendable. 

Using the Joy-Con's motion controls you can punch, block, grab, and dodge, as well as use a few powered up super moves. Nintendo has shown off five characters so far, who range from the generic to the more interesting (the giant, angry Egyptian mummy is a personal favourite), and the aesthetic seems to have taken some inspiration from Overwatch.

The big question mark is how much depth the game has, but right now it looks like a lot of fun at least.

Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2
  • RRP: £59.99, US$59.99

Splatoon 2 release date: 21 July 2017

Splatoon was one of the surprise hits for the Wii U, and a welcome reminder that for all of its reliance on big hitters like Zelda and Mario, Nintendo is still capable of creating brilliant original games when it wants to. 

Nintendo's take on the online multiplayer shooter is very... Nintendo. That means quirky character design, a fun setting, and a brilliant new twist on tired shooter mechanics. Instead of shooting bullets, you fire ink, which can hurt your foes, but more importantly covers the arena. The team with the most ink wins, but it also gives you advantages like faster travel and refilling your ammo as you go.

This sequel looks mostly like more of the same (though boasts a new co-op horde mode), but that's no bad thing, and it will no doubt include new weapons, maps, outfits, and music. We're sold.

Find out more in our Splatoon 2 news round-up.

NBA 2K18 (Switch)

NBA 2K18 (Switch)
  • RRP: £59.99, US$59.99

NBA 2K18 release date: September 2017

There hasn't been a huge amount of major third party games announced for the Switch yet, but a few of the big sports titles have been confirmed, and one of the first to hit the market will be NBA 2K18 in September.

We don't know much about exactly what to expect from the game, or how it will compare to other versions on the market. NBA 2K17 came out on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in addition to the the more recent consoles, and it's possible that if 2K18 does as well then the Switch release could be in line with those versions, given that it's lacking the sheer horsepower of the PS4 and Xbox One.

Either way, this would be the first NBA game on a Nintendo console since NBA 2K13 on the Wii U, so we're sure basketball fans will be excited about the prospect.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch)
  • RRP: £59.99, US$59.99

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim release date: Autumn 2017

Sure, Skyrim first came out more than five years ago, and even the HD re-release has been on the PS4 and Xbox One for months. But you know what you can't do with any of those versions of the game? Play them on the train. Or a plane. Or in a café. Or basically anywhere except your living room. 

For anyone who's lost hours of their life to an Elder Scrolls game before, the idea of getting to take Skyrim with you anywhere you go is pretty undeniably appealing - and even better if you can then seamlessly carry on your game in 1080p on the TV at home.

FIFA (Switch)

FIFA (Switch)
  • RRP: £59.99, US$59.99

FIFA 18 release date: 2017 TBA

After pretty much sitting the Wii U out, Electronic Arts has made a point of coming back to the Nintendo fold and promising support for the Switch, though all the company announced at Nintendo's launch event was the return of FIFA to Nintendo hardware. 

It's going to be "custom built for Nintendo Switch," and EA is billing it as "the most immersive, social, and authentic sports game ever created for Nintendo players." No matter what, FIFA is one of the world's biggest gaming franchises, and plenty of players will no doubt love the idea of a full version of the game that they can also take with them on the go.

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey
  • RRP: £59.99, US$59.99

Super Mario Odyssey release date: Christmas 2017

After recent Mario titles have focused on small, contained levels (much like the original games), Super Mario Odyssey is a return to the Italian plumber's 3D debut: Super Mario 64. Like that game, and the Gamecube's Super Mario Sunshine, Odyssey promises expansive worlds for the Nintendo icon to explore, giving players plenty of freedom along the way. 

What's new this time is the look of those worlds. Mario is breaking out of the Mushroom Kingdom and into unfamiliar territory. That's most obvious in 'New Donk City', an unexpectedly realistic looking take on New York, but a Mexico-inspired desert area looks similarly fresh for the franchise.

Add in the new sentient hat, which Mario can apparently throw and use as a platform itself, and Super Mario Odyssey looks like it could be a killer app. It's just a shame we'll be waiting until Christmas to get the chance to play it.

Find out more in our Super Mario Odyssey news round-up.